Tall models swayed, dancers dove and dipped, while a parade of little girls some timid, some bold carried pinwheel flowers down a runway at the Redress Raleigh fashion show Saturday at City Market.
The event, part of the Redress Eco-Fashion and Textiles Conference, featured work from about a dozen local and regional clothing designers.
Redress Raleigh, a local eco-fashion company, is in its sixth year of featuring clothing designers who strive to be environmentally and ethically conscious in their work. Clothing designs at this years show included casual, bridal, sleepwear and accessories.
The eco-fashion movement has come a long way since its early days when it was associated with hippie-hemp-sack clothing. As designers like Stella McCartney have embraced the eco-fashion philosophy and the designs have gotten more stylish, stars like Keira Knightley, Bono and Kate Bosworth have gotten on board, bringing the movement more into the mainstream.
As with many other industries, fashion has seen an increased buy local consciousness. This years Redress show represented that trend as well.
Theres a whole lot more local boutiques, especially in Wake County, than there were just a few years ago, said Jennifer Martin, executive director of Shop Local Raleigh, a merchants association that encourages local and smaller businesses.
Now, theres something for everybody, Martin said.