New York Fashion Week Greenshows: Romancing the 40's with Deux FM


The Deux FM show certainly didn’t look like any of the other shows during Fashion Week’s Greenshows. I spoke with designer Anna Gilkerson after her show and she told me that this collection “was inspired by the 1940’s because like today, people were getting glammed up again but there was no money around. I kept details modern though- no buttons, instead using zippers and ties as part of the styling.”

Gilkerson used a host of ecofabrics for her creations, including a jacket of organic cotton twill, dresses of viscose, organic cotton jersey, and a modal/cashmere mix, a denim trench made with GOTS certified yarn-dyed cotton, and a Melton car coat of 100% organic wool. Locally produced in Gilkerson’s native Nova Scotia, a few non-eco materials were used in the collection, but those were all locally-sourced.

Deux FM’s mission statement is: “We are part of the global movement for a sustainable future and our mission is to inspire ethical and environmental awareness by implementing sustainable action through innovative design.” Not to mention some really knockout pieces.










Designer Gilkerson (middle) celebrates after her show during New York Fashion Week.

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.