Rahul Mishra Brings Sustainability to Paris Fashion Week

Rahul Mishra opened his Fall/Winter 15-16 fashion show at Paris Fashion Week with a flash. With the Interstellar movie soundtrack playing in the background, the models strutted down the runway while the lights were flashing. Luckily this was only an artistic opening that died down when the real show started, finally making it easy to see the details of his collection.

The Indian fashion designer won the International Woolmark Prize at Milan Fashion Week in 2014. All of Mishra’s designs are made out of sustainable materials like wool, with the current Fall/Winter collection being no exception. In an interview with Merino, the designer explained his belief in using sustainable material.

“I have always believed from the beginning of my career about sustainability; that is why sustainable luxury is the world for me. My idea is to create new jobs which help (people) in their own villages – I take work to them rather than calling them to work for me. If villages are stronger you will have a stronger country, a stronger nation, a stronger world. So my entire idea, my entire philosophy, revolves around that.”

Sheer material and embroidered bird. Photo: Elise Johnsen

Sheer material and embroidered bird. Photo: Elise Johnsen

With wavy hair and smoky eyes, the models showed off Mishra’s newest creations at Palais de Tokyo. Being my first fashion show, I was happy to see that the ready-to-wear show was actually ready to wear. The color palette went from light to dark; from models sporting nudes and whites to blacks and cobalt blue.

Sheer panel on skirts. Photo: Elise Johnsen

Sheer panel on skirts. Photo: Elise Johnsen

The biggest trend in the collection was the use of sheer materials. Either being the bottom of a skirt, creating a midi-length on a mini skirt, or as a panel for sweaters, jackets and skirts. On the sheer materials there was a reoccurrence of embroidered prints. The prints ranged from organic shapes to birds, flowers and houses, tying the theme of “The Village” together.

A favorite from the collection. Photo: Elise Johnsen

A favorite from the collection. Photo: Elise Johnsen

While the whole collection was made of sustainable clothing, looking at it you would never know. With a preference for soft materials in what I wear, the collection was spot on – giving me the impression of comfort and style. The use of neutral colors and soft-looking materials remind me of the quintessential Scandinavian style.

Elise Johnsen

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