Sunday, October 19, 2008

Eco Chic: Nicolas Ghesquière Likes His Latex

"I'm not saying I'm Stella McCartney or anything... but although it's not seen that way, latex is, in fact, very noble because it comes from trees. It's a natural texture," says Balenciaga's Nicolas Ghesquière in a recent article in the Independent. As if the designer's SS09 collection--one rife with drool-worthy futuristic metallic jackets and motorcross pants--wasn't enough reason to love the man, he's considerate of his ecological imprint as well.

While Ghesquière isn't the first to work with the fabric that's traditionally seen as more S&M than serious fashion (the aforementioned article cites Giles Deacon's SS08 collection as precedence), with Balenciaga's SS09 line, as the Independent so wonderfully puts it, Ghesquière "has taken this fashion bull by its none-too-salubrious horns and run with it." According to the designer, the division between kink and couture lies in a layer of silk separating the latex from ones flesh. "It's a softer image, not about fetishism at all," he explains. At this rate, maybe non-sustainable garments really will be a thing of the past. Regardless, going green never looked so chic.

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Alisa Gould-Simon is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn.