Make a statement with chic, eco-friendly fashion

PUBLISHED : Friday, 08 October, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 08 October, 2010, 12:00am

Glamour and eco-consciousness shared the runway at the EcoChic Asia fashion show, hosted by the non-profit Green2Greener and Messe Frankfurt at the Interstoff Asia Essential textiles fair.

'We've been doing EcoChic shows all over the world for some time,' Christina Dean, Green2Greener founder and a local resident, said. 'This is the first time we've featured only designers from Asia, to highlight the contributions our region has made towards sustainable fashion.'

Wednesday's show featured 26 looks by 29 designers from 14 countries. The ready-to-wear collection emphasised comfort with a stylish twist, seen in local designer Johanna Ho's recycled PET dress and knitted eco-yarn cardigan. The couture collection showcased jaw-dropping numbers, such as a ruby-red silk dress made by Ziad Ghanem from Lebanon that was a real show-stopper.

Handmade artisanal jewellery was provided almost exclusively by Niin, launched five years ago in London by Jeanine Hsu, who relocated to Hong Kong last November.

'I've found a lot of inspiration since moving to Asia, including the work that Linda Garland and [retired jeweller] John Hardy are doing in Bali,' said Hsu (pictured with Dean). 'Bamboo is just one of the materials I've been working with; it's sustainable to grow and beautiful, with so many colours and shades.'