AS part of her plan to protect the earth’s animals and nature, Zuhal Kuvan-Mills has created a new 2016 Spring Summer collection that has once again embraced recycling, protection, nurturing and divinity. Her brand Green Embassy is Australia’s first internationally recognised organically certified fashion label. Her previous collections which have sold out overseas include eco-printed organic cottons, organically merino and alpaca wools embedded with eucalyptus leaves and fine dyed-silks.
In this latest collection she uses flowers, plants and natural materials to help convey her message about the fragility and sensitivity of the world’s ecosystems.
“This time my abstract eco-prints are made from hibiscus flowers, bougainvilleas, ferns, orchids, purple carrots, pomegranates, forest berries, beetroot, red cabbage and turmeric and the lotus,” she said from her home in Brigadoon.
For the raindrops and dew, Kuvan-Mills has chosen bursts of Swarovski’s crystal, beads and glass which give the garments a 1920s edge of elegance, romance and sophistication. This season her colour palette is a feast for the senses with golds, creams, crimsons and violets. Delicate and subtle and also visually stunning, Silent Rainforest evokes the lightness of the rainforest canopy with its sea of ferns, mosses, trees, butterflies, colourful birds and flowers.
Kuvan-Mills said much of her inspiration had come from the 1962 classic Silent Spring, a book by Rachel Carson which is widely regarded as launching the modern environmental movement. Read more here.