Blondie star Debbie Harry took to the London catwalk Monday to support sustainably fabrics created by VIN + OMI, designers experimenting with everything from environmentally-friendly latex to leather-style mushrooms.
Draped in a golden gown and flanked by the design duo, wearing hoodies reading “Stop fucking the planet”, singer Harry said the world had reached a “tipping point” and desperately needed to tackle waste.
“I think that they have a great purpose and a great focus in trying to make these sustainable fabrics that are part of the future,” the 72-year-old musician told AFP.
“I think it’s very important for everybody to recognise it and should be involved in it; because we all are inevitably,” she added.
Harry was speaking after walking in VIN + OMI’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection, ahead of London Fashion Week starting on Friday, which highlighted the issue of plastic waste.
Wearing heels encased in plastic and stepping through clear plastic strewn across the floor, models showed off a bold collection including slogans such as “wake up” and “hope”.
There was a wide range of fabrics used in the show, which the designers said proves environmentally-friendly materials can still make the runway.
“It can still look great, it doesn’t have to look like hessian sacks when you’re making eco-fashion,” designer Vin told AFP.
Most of the new collection is made from materials created out of recycled plastic, a technique the designers experimented with around seven years ago when they made t-shirts each created from 11 bottles.
“You can make fur-type fabric out of plastic bottles, so you don’t need to wear fur. Any type of fabric now can be made out of plastic-based material,” explained Vin.