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Responsibility on the NYFW Runway

responsible-fashion-at-new-york-fashion-weekMax Gengos (pronounced “jenn­‐joss”) has already created looks for Kylie Jenner (for Teen Vogue, no less) and Calvin Klein. But his legacy may be something far more enduring: responsible luxury.

One of the great ironies in fashion is the disconnect between the beauty of the products, and the way the materials are often sourced. It’s a core paradox that’s increasingly at the forefront of the industry, thanks in part to recent clashes between manufactuers and influencers such as Jane Birkin and Stella McCartney.

One of the great ironies in fashion is the disconnect between the beauty of the products, and the way the materials are often sourced.

An increasing social consciousness and responsibility wave — which has embraced everything from gay marriage to transgenderism — is also demanding humane treatment of animals, an end to “conflict-sourced” materials (think: blood diamonds), unfair working conditions and labor practices, and a turn to eco-friendly materials.

An increasing social consciousness and responsibility wave is pushing for humane treatment of animals and eco-friendly materials.

Enter an array of young designers like Max Gengos.

According to Gengos’ press release, Max’s “concept of ‘responsible luxury’ is reflected in his dedication to sustainable and ethical production: from working with an Italian mill using photovoltaic cells for renewable energy, to closely monitoring his NYC ‘slow-tech’ production facilities.

“His forthcoming Spring 2016 collection, ‘Neo-Tropico,’ builds upon the designer’s signature form-flattering silhouettes and infinity hems with the addition of tailoring and outerwear, as well as a fresh, modern color palette beyond his core neutrals.

“Included in the new collection will be Max’s leather-alternative ‘vegan moto jacket.'”

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More info.: maxgengos.com

Max Gengos’ New York Fashion Week presentation will be Friday, Sept. 11, from 4:30 pm – 7 pm.

With love,

FWO

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