We’ve been watching Auralis Herrero-Lugo eponymous line since she debuted at the New York Fashion Week’s Greenshows a few seasons ago. Since then, she has refined her designs, learned about eco fabrics and processes by doing, and most recently, taken on Scottish partner Jennifer Macgregor-Dennis, for the F/W 2012 collection shown here, which takes Urban Tropical to the hills of Scotland.
“What would Iris Chacón, the Puerto Rican icon, wear to wine and dine in a Scottish castle?” Auralis asks. (See above and below!)
The majority of the fabrics you see here were hand dyed at Auralís’ Studio using only natural, sustainable, fair trade dyes. “The process of dying fabric requires large quantities of water. Achieving our rich colors naturally was the next logical step for our eco-venture. Madder gave us Bracken, which covers the Scottish hills it also gave us Maga; Puerto Rico’s national flower. Logwood brought us Heather, Scotland’s violet flower and our staple New York City Grey,” says Auralis.
Harris tweed, the world’s only commercially produced hand woven tweed, was used in some pieces, and a collaboration with fellow sustainable designer, Zaida Adriana Goveo-Balmaseda rounds out the Autumn/Winter offerings. “The collaboration includes a scarf and a turban, knitted using a blend of organic merino, baby alpaca and silk yarn; luxurious on the skin and beautiful on the eye,” according to the brand.
All images by Monica Felix.