Aquafina Vietnam International Fashion Week Favors Recycled Fashion | culture/art
On the AVIFW SS 2022 runway, the audience couldn’t take their eyes off supermodel Thanh Hang’s stunning blue gown. It was made from plastic bottles and belonged to the H2O collection created by designer Vo Cong Khanh. It is impossible for the audience to guess that the fabric was a mixture of materials available in nature and synthetic materials as it is so charming and sophisticated.
“I wish Vietnamese fashion to move towards sustainable development. As a designer, I believe my responsibility is not just to create new attractive clothes, but to convey meaningful stories through my creations, in this case the need to recycle to protect the environment,” said designer Khanh.
Regarded as a resounding harmony between painting and fashion, designer Hoang Quyen’s Hidden Gem Collection this time wowed audiences with long dresses that flashed like water waves with random paint splashes and intentionally arranged geometric block prints, adding a 3D effect to the smooth surface of produced the substance. This fabric is made from recycled PET bottles, used coffee grounds, oyster shells and lotus fibers.
Designer Anh Tuan’s Lang Du Collection includes 50 items made from natural silk, linen and recycled fabric made from lotus fibers and oyster shells. Designer Ly Giam Tien’s Future Woman Collection, who works with Faslink, also made great use of oyster shells, recycled plastic, used coffee grounds and lotus fiber.
With the motto ReFashion, which aims to promote sustainable and eco-friendly fashion, AVIFW SS 2022 facilitates the use of natural materials by 6 designers from Vo Cong Khanh, Adrian Anh Tuan, Hoang Minh Ha, Nguyen Tien Truyen, Ly Giam Tien and Hoang Quyen.
Trang Le, Chairwoman of the Council of ASEAN Fashion Designers and President of AVIFW, stressed that we should shift our regular fashion operations and thinking to a more sustainable one. The use of environmentally friendly materials for clothing serves both to extend the product life and to protect our precious environment.
Prodotti Alfa’s Corium® (Italy) Global CEO, Mario Ferrari, explained that all leading international fashion brands value recycled fabrics as potential future materials. Vietnam will see significant growth in this area in the coming period, and Vietnam’s sustainable fashion will flourish beautifully.
Recycled fabrics made from used coffee grounds, lotus fibers and oyster shells with superior properties have become a topic that is attracting a lot of public attention, as quoted at the recent “Natural Materials for Fashion and Furniture” conference hosted by Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam.
In order to produce a large amount of recycled fabric, there must be a strong, stable source of raw materials. However, the biggest challenge for many designers right now is limiting these sources. Following the trend of sustainable development in various fields, raw material supply for recycled fabrics could become a valuable opportunity for Vietnam.