Last night, the unofficial kick-off to New York Fashion Week was a dais for one of fashion’s biggest trends. Future Fashion (, an initiative organized by Earth Pledge with the aid of Barneys’ fashion director Julie Gilhart, was a high-fashion hurrah for earth-conscious apparel, featuring designs from some of the industry’s heaviest hitters.

In what was an enormously successful effort to show just how glamorous clothing can be without sacrificing ethics, looks comprised entirely of earth-friendly fabrications including bamboo, hemp, mud silks and cottons, organic cottons, organic wool, abaca (a durable natural fiber made from the plant leaf stalks of a banana species) and Pina (derived from the pineapple plant).

Opening the show, Marni’s undyed organic cotton dress set the air for classic, smart design with a cocktail shift, decorated with many signature strings of beads. Other standouts included Calvin Klein’s grey two-piece suite of hemp/lyocell with a hemp/silk overcoat, Burberry Prorsum’s abaca/cotton/silk coat dress - which could have walked off of the runway of Bailey’s main collection - Jil Sander’s exquisitely effortless 100% organic cashmere floor-length caftan dress, and Givenchy’s hand loomed naturally dyed silk jacket and skirt, while Boudicca’s PLA shirt, silk moiré skirt, pants and pleated pompom ensemble added some glorious avent-garde style to the runway.

Leslie Hoffman, Executive Director of Earth Pledge, was keen to emphasize the importance behind the event, which intends to be the first of many. All designers who took part, said Hoffman, “have raised the bar of our ability to showcase the environmental issue associated with fashion – as well as beautiful solutions.” Designers, in order of run-of-show, were: Marni; Rodarte; Bottega Veneta; Doo Ri; Stella Mccartney; Moschino; Giambattista Valli; Boudicca; Derek Lam; Dian Von Furstenberg; Narciso Rodriguez; Calvin Klein; Jil Sander; Burberry Prorsum; Thakoon; Michael Kors; Bahnaz Sarafpour; Duro Olowu; threeasFour; Isabel Toledo; Rogan; Yves Saint Laurent; Givenchy; Maison Martin Margiela; Ralph Lauren; Martin Grant; Donna Karan; Versace.

Yesterday also saw the installation-style showing from Boy by Band of Outsiders (, which took place in a derelict space atop a gallery building in Chelsea’s art district. Scott Sternberg, the NY cult designer and CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nominee, presented a collection he called both grown-up and romantic, with his usual edgy tailoring that nodded to the country-dwelling Brit aristocrats meets school-uniform, with some seriously downtown styling. Key pieces included cashmere rugby tops, a tartan waxed-cotton trenchcoat, a camel plain-weave-wool double-breasted polo-coat that was teamed with a navy candy-stripe dress shirt and tartan-cuffed trousers. A variety of tartan and checked fabrics were present throughout in the form of oxford cloth shirts, slim-cut trousers, blazers, waistcoats and jersey sweaters.