VFW founder Jamal Abdourahman is hosting the biggest fashion week Vancouver has ever seen. The Opening Gala was definitely a taste of the week coming with plenty of emerging talent, and innovative fashion.
Returning this season is Evan Clayton, Green Embassy, Connally McDougall, Hong Kiyoung, Nikkie Babie, Pappillon, Shelly Klassen blushing boutique, Dawson & Deveraux and others. LaSalle College, a design school in Vancouver will be showcasing on Wednesday evening.
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Zuhal Kuvan-Mills of Green Embassy has always called herself “an artist that makes clothes.” Upon viewing her latest men’s and women’s S/S 15 collection at Vancouver Fashion Week a few days ago, she is going to have to get comfortable to being referred to as a couture fashion designer.
My first introduction to the eco-friendly Green Embassy line from Australia was last March at Vancouver Fashion Week F/W 14 show. Where she featured 16 exquisite women dresses and returned last week with a dramatic runway show of 38 pieces, worthy of any established European fashion house.
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The Opening Gala (Mon 9.15), Saturday and Sunday appeared to have drawn the best dressed crowds. There were quite a few guests I would love to feature. The same applies to the Designers. I attended 22 shows and I loved Aiaizel, Grandi’s Atelier, Lubov Tumanova and Green Embassy.
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GREEN EMBASSY founder and designer Zuhal Kuvan-Mills, once again presents an outstanding collection of contemporary fashion. Zuhal’s new series, Connected to Land reveals a journey of discovery where land and fashion meet. Drawing inspiration from the palette of the West Australian bush, collaborations with West Australia visual artists, and her previous wearable Collections (Night in the Bush, Regeneration and Earth) this new series delivers captivating, wearable sculptures that ‘revision’ natural forms, rocks, waterholes, earth and precious, fragile leaf structures.
Zuhal’s conception for minimalistic, natural fashion is transformed into an exciting body of daring design pieces, striking evening and stylish day wear. These unique, naturally hand-dyed pieces utilise a subtle blend of complimentary fabrics, soft felted Merino, placed to work with playful pleats and glamorous flowing folds. Zuhal describes her embellishments as “biomorphic drawings, paintings and sculptures” viewing her creations as more than fashion, rather, textile artworks delivering a message.
Using locally sourced Australian alpaca, Merino wool and recycled organic natural fibres, hand-dyed with Eucalyptus leaves, Zuhal continues to produce works which proclaim her passion for “eco-consciousness”. The care in which the designer has spun, dyed, felted, stitched and embroidered these exquisite “textile sculptures for the body” is testament to her dedication to sustainability and quality. Zuhal continues to place great importance in recreating luxury through organic processes and the resulting works reflect her love of materials and her craft. The inclusion of precious found metal objects, pearls, hand-painted vintage glass represents her “transfer of memories from the past” into new expressions of land.
Her Connected to Land series focuses on an earthy palette with a blend of strong, black and white contrasts. Zuhal recreates an authentic Australian notion of beauty through the use of muted, rustic ‘Outback’ tones and “sunset” oranges that nourish the soul and reconnect with the earth.
For this collection of work Zuhal researched many culture’s responses to the land, with a particular focus on North American, Maori and Aboriginal art forms. She was inspired by their collective respect and view of the land as a living entity, entwined in their religious beliefs and daily practices.
Connected to Land is invigorated by the introduction of collaborative work by two West Australian visual artists, Deborah Bonar and Jude Taylor, who along with Zuhal, are based in the picturesque Swan Valley region of Western Australia.
Aboriginal artist Deborah Bonar and Zuhal share the ideology of drawing from their traditional cultural arts practices to create contemporary works reflecting their response to country. Printmaker Jude Taylor’s work is inspired by, “the ability of Western Australian wildflowers to sustain life in a hostile environment and the hardy Australian bush women, who were both able to flourish in a harsh West Australian environment.”
Deborah Bonar has exhibited widely in WA and has previously been the recipient of the coveted Cossack Art Award (Indigenous). She is represented in both private and public collections including the City of Perth and the Credit Suisse Art Collections.
Deborah’s artwork is an exploration and a celebration of her Gija and Yamatji heritage. She explains, through her art, she “reconnects with her Aboriginal culture. Creating art gives her a voice and the artistic expression to tell her interpretive stories of Aboriginal culture and her people’s strong spiritual connection to land, water and nature.”
Deborah and Jude are both renowned for their bright design work, combining traditional techniques with a contemporary palette. Both artists have collaborated to extend and reinterpret their traditional design practice to create works to inspire and create visions amongst the landscape for this collection.
The Connected to Land Collection flirts with earthy abstract shapes, natural prints, lush hand-made fabrics and sleek, sensual lines, sharing with you the artist’s respect, love and enchantment with the Australian Land.
Beijing, China (April 11, 2014)–Organically certified fashion line GREEN EMBASSY, (http://greenembassy.com.au/), has announced their participation in the PLITZS New York Fashion Week, taking place in Beijing, China. The PLITZS New York Fashion Week China show is presented by Ying Sheng International Art Center and PLITZS Fashion Marketing. www.plitzschina.com. Various fashion designers from all over the world will come together on Jun 17th– 19th June , 2014 to celebrate the international showcase, and show their diverse designs off to the world. Zuhal Kuvan-Mills, designer and creator of GREEN EMBASSY, will be presenting her S/S 15 line alongside designers from all over the globe for this one-of-a-kind event. GREEN EMBASSY fills a constant void in the fashion industry through the use of traditional handcrafting techniques and use of luxury, organically certified materials that are incorporated into timeless, wearable works of art fit for fashion forward individuals. The coveted brand will be presenting their high-end women’s and men line of GOTS certified handmade pieces.
GREEN EMBASSY is my way of letting modern artists know exactly what their creations are capable of,” begins designer of GREEN EMBASSY, Zuhal Kuvan-Mills. “This is a big year for GREEN EMBASSY, and we can’t wait to show during PLITZS New York Fashion Week China! Our brand’s participation really shows that eco-conscious fashion is growing, and able to compete with any other high-end line out there. GREEN EMBASSY is one step closer to helping women and men all over the world embrace a sense of responsibility without sacrificing style or beauty.”
GREEN EMBASSY is known for being Australia’s first internationally recognized organically certified fashion label. A fashion brand with a deeper meaning, GREEN EMBASSY has a targeted spotlight on a practical yet minimalist appeal along with a deep sense of social responsibility, which sets the brand apart from any other. Zuhal Kuvan-Mills designs and finds inspiration in her very own backyard of the Australian Outback. Every garment stretches toward spreading a sustainable lifestyle, organic agriculture, and modern art by using only the finest of material such as 100% certified organic Australian alpaca, merino, silk and other organic natural fibers. GREEN EMBASSY recently showed during Vancouver Fashion Week, Seattle, and EcoLuxe London for London Fashion Week 2014. Zuhal was also recently welcomed into the World Fashion Week Committee as a member, remaining one of the fastest growing designers making her way through various international fashion week runways.
“I have been crowned Mrs. Australia World and go off to compete at the Mrs World competition which has origins from Mrs America. This is a huge honour and I can wait to represent Australia and have a better platform to promote ovarian cancer awareness.” – Danielle Marsh (www.daniellemarsh.com)
Danielle Marsh delegated Green Embassy to design her Australian national costume for the Mrs. World 2014 to be held in the US (date to be announced).
Thank you, Vogue UK, for this!
See the pictures here: http://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/autumn-winter-2014/ready-to-wear/green-embassy
An artisan line inspired by the beauty of in the Australian Outback, Green Embassy showcased their Fall 2014 collection in Vancouver last week. Angie Adventure and Madeline Althammer took in the show.
Green Embassy is Australia’s first organically certified fashion label. Designed, spun, knit, felted, stitched and embroidered from scratch by Artist and Designer Zuhal Kuvan-Mills who uses 100% certified organic Australian alpaca, merino, silk and organic natural fibers. Kuvan-Mills believes sustainability should be at the heart of business and of the fashion industry. The eco-fashion creations are certified by the Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS), and the fibres used are certified by the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA-IFOAM).
Green Embassy is Australia’s first internationally recognized organically certified fashion label and Canada got its first taste of the line during this year’s Vancouver Fashion Week. Running this year from the 18th to the 24th of March, the week has been drawing crowds of celebrities, fashionistas and media from across the country and around the world to showcase each chosen designer’s latest looks.
Showing from the label’s ‘Night in the Bush’ collection, models strutted their stuff down the runway in one-of-a-kind handmade designs (which run anywhere from $2 000 to $15 000). Green Embassy is designed, knitted, stitched and embroidered from scratch by Australian artist and label creator, Zuhal Kuvan-Mills at her home in the western Australian bush. Using 100% certified organic Australian alpaca, merino, silk and organic natural fibers, she crafts garments that are inspired by her surroundings.
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GREEN EMBASSY, The Eco-conscious Australian Designer Label Shines with Organically Certified Line in Canada for Vancouver Fashion Week
Recent FW14/15 Vancouver Fashion Week had introduced wide array of international talents, including some that captured my attention. One of them, GREEN EMBASSY, an Aussie based label founded by designer Zuhal Kuvan-Mills, had struck a positive cord at the Vancouver Fashion Week.
Being Australia’s first internationally recognized organically certified fashion label, GREEN EMBASSY stands behind the philosophy of “eco-consciousness”. Every piece was knitted, spun, felted, stitched and embroidered from scratch at the designer’s sun-drenched farm in the Western Australian bush.
Focusing on both high quality and sustainability, GREEN EMBASSY collection maintains eco-friendly yet opulent avant garde designs. The label had previously presented its Haute Couture women’s line pieces that retail between $2000 and $15,000.
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I was very excited to attend the Green Embassy show at Vancouver Fashion Week.
From the images on the website, I knew I was in for a treat. Then seeing these visions glide down the runway was even more amazing. I also had the honour to interview the beautiful designer.
GREEN EMBASSY is Australia’s first internationally recognized organically certified fashion label. As a company they believe that sustainability should be at the heart of their business and of the fashion industry. With a strong focus on a modern minimalist feel along with practicality, eco-conscious consumers flock to the line. Zuhal herself find daily inspiration for her artisan line through mature textile crafting traditions, and the beauty lurking in the Australian Outback. Each and every garment easily shows her responsibility toward living sustainably, organic architecture, and art. GREEN EMBASSY uses only the finest materials such as 100% certified organic Australian alpaca, merino, silk and organic natural fibers. The brand recently had a successful show for EcoLuxe London for London Fashion Week 2014, and is also participated recently in a Seattle for the “Everybody Every Body Fashion Show” where the debut of their Night in The Bush Collection took place. GREEN EMBASSY is also slotted to present in a New York eco fashion show for May.
Zuhal Kuvan-Mills is the true modern renaissance woman. This debut fashion line is her new baby born from her love for textile art. Like a true artist, she is not bound by one medium and soon exploded into fashion with her artfully crafted pieces. Zuhal’s line aims to celebrate every woman and make us feel capable and strong when we don on these pieces. The most amazing part of her story is the fact that she has only been doing this for a few months! Her collection has already jetsetted around the world at different fashion weeks. Speaks volumes to the caliber of her work.
“Vancouver Fashion Week has been very successful, and has even extended their six-day events to a seven-day run.” States Designer Zuhal Kuvan-Mills. “I’m very happy to have GREEN EMBASSY be a part of it. I want women to know that their art piece garment is as earth-friendly as possible, and that they can definitely wear stylish yet guilt-free fashions. My hands have touched everything which makes every garment haute-couture and unlike any other.
I absolutely love the fact that this whole collection is certified organic and eco friendly. She has over 50 alpacas and all the threads are made from their fur harvested cruelty free. No additional dyes are used the colors are the original colors of the alpacas. Zuhal also advocates zero waste, her piece that closed the show is actually made from left over material. When she told me that I almost fainted in disbelief! We need to do more to help reduce the amount of textile waste created in this world.
Zuhal is an absolutely incredible woman, her warmth and insight has really inspired me to live even more eco-friendly. In the world of convenience and fast fashion, when we spend $10 on a piece of clothing, who really pays the price? Powerful and thought provoking quote from her is where I will be leaving off this post. I hope we can all do our part to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Article Source: http://www.posinginvintage.com/2014/03/green-embassy-organics-and-eco-fashion.html
Vancouver, Canada, (March 5th, 2014) – Breathtaking fashion label GREEN EMBASSY, (http://greenembassy.com.au), struck a positive cord at Vancouver Fashion Week on March 19th, 2014 at 6:30pm located at 50 E Pender St. Vancouver Canada. GREEN EMBASSY is an organically certified artisan clothing brand created by Australian Artist and Fashion DesignerZuhal Kuvan-Mills. GREEN EMBASSY is designed, knitted, spun, felted, stitched and embroidered from scratch at her sun-drenched farm in the Western Australian bush. GREEN EMBASSY combines the lack of eco-consciousness missing in the fashion industry with timeless designs, luxury organically certified materials, traditional handmade techniques, and elaborate art into fashionable, wearable pieces. With a unique mission to provide women with one of a kind garments that are both high quality and sustainable, it is easy to see why GREEN EMBASSY is a highly coveted brand.
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Green Embassy is Australia’s first internationally recognized organically certified fashion label. Says Turkish-born designer Zuhal Kuvan-Mills, “I want women to know that their art piece garment is as earth-friendly as possible, and that they can definitely wear stylish yet guilt-free fashions. My hands have touched everything which makes every garment haute-couture and unlike any other.”
Article source: http://www.stylebyfire.ca/2014/03/20/vancouver-fashion-week-fw14-day-1-green-embassy-jin-and-jacqueline-shelley-klassen/
Artisan fashion designer Zuhal Kuvan-Mills ultra eco friendly label Green Embassy launched Vancouver Fashion Week Wednesday evening with her breathtaking haute couture art designs, one of the top style trends for spring summer.
“I think of fashion as an artist . . . the runway is my gallery” stated Zuhal Kuvan-Mills in a interview with StyleDrama. With a rather diverse background, she was trained in Turkey as a veterinarian surgeon, a former teacher in the UK and now an Australian contemporary artist.
Wearable art fashions were first introduced on the Paris and Milan runways for spring summer 2014 by Chanel, Dior and Prada, so we now include Green Embassy Australia’s first internationally recognized organically certified fashion label on the cutting edge of this new style trend.
Titled Earth Series, she showcased 16 outfits on the runway at Vancouver Fashion Week as her one of a kind fashions are minimalist while dramatic and only uses 100% certified organic merino, silk and Australian alpaca raised on her own farm in Perth.
As a designer, Zuhal Kuvan-Mills has been heavily inspired by ancient textile making techniques such as hand spinning and kitted fibers, weaving, felting, stitching, embroidery to eco-dyed fabrics with Eucalyptus leaves.
“My hands have touched everything which makes every garment haute-couture and unlike any other,” said Zuhal Kuvan-Mills.
What I loved about her wearable art pieces is that they are full of earthly abstract shapes and drawings, plus with the addition of tulle she brings a playful sexiness.
You can still see her fabulous art designs up close as she has a booth at Vancouver Fashion Week, 2nd floor this Thursday and Friday from 4:30 – 9 pm.
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The first day of runway shows at Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW) always offers a little extra excitement. But with 60 designers from 30 countries on the schedule this season, the energy was palpable. Media, buyers and fashion enthusiasts could be found in the lobby, up in the VIP lounge and on the runway greeting those they haven’t seen since last season, sipping wine and talking about the designers showcasing that day. Big smiles were in evidence everywhere – lots of hugs and warm greetings the norm.
Green Embassy – was another collection that stood out for creating unique garments from unusual fabric – in this case wool felting. Turkish born artist/designer Zuhal Kuvan-Mills is the creative force behind this Australian label, each a hand-made and totally unique. In She grew up with a love of nature and learned dressmaking from her mother and spinning/weaving from her grandmother. In 2004 she rediscovered her love of art and complete studies at the University of Creative Arts in London and Curtin University in WA. I love this description found on her website, “…a collectible artisan haute-couture label with higher meaning. In essence, her wearable pieces of art are individual prayers for sustainability on earth.” The goal is to find that perfect balance between couture, sustainability and the concept of slow fashion.
I sat in awe during this show. There was something very organic about the way the textural fabrics and unique dye choices were combined the the silhouette and each is unique. Fabrics include 100% handmade organic Australian alpaca, merino, silk and recycled natural fibres. Each garment is crafted and hand dyed and knits are fashioned from hand-spun yarns. This is wearable art and I can only hope to have a garment from Green Embassy hanging in my closet one day. Kudos to the designer on a show that took my breath away.
Vancouver Fashion Week’s Opening Gala is the biggest night of fashion in the city. This year’s event at the Chinese Cultural Centre delivered an array of colour, styles and people. Whether the guests were students, business owners or designers, everyone was ready to show off their best look, and they did not disappoint. It may have been due to the flowing alcohol or the excitement behind this year’s newest collections, but attendees were particularly enthusiastic about speaking with HUSH Magazine and posing for street style. Read more here.
Remy was chosen as one of the best dressed wearing Green Embassy’s dress designed by Zuhal Kuvan-Mills.
Australian Designer Bursts on to London Fashion Scene With Coveted Handmade Textile Designs
Awe-inspiring clothing label, GREEN EMBASSY, debuted their line on 17 February at the EcoLuxe London event, a luxury sustainable fashion show held during London Fashion Week. GREEN EMBASSY is an artisan clothing label created by Australian Artist & Fashion Designer Zuhal Kuvan-Mills, and her work celebrates the spirit of sustainability. In a unique fusion of timeless textile sculptures, traditional handmade techniques, organically certified materials and luxury quality, these wearable art pieces elevate slow fashion to a whole new level. With a superb eco-conscious ethos, the line’s sumptuous garments pay homage to the brilliance of nature, the community, and life as a whole. GREEN EMBASSY is designed, knitted, spun, felted, stitched and embroidered from scratch by artist, designer and earth ambassador Zuhal Kuvan-Mills at her sun-drenched farm in the Western Australian bush. This emerging ‘organic aesthetic’ brand offers multi-purpose garments which balance elegantly between sophistication, sustainability and contemporary slow fashion.
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The University of Washington was the host for this truly one of a kind fashion show. A lot of the clothes modeled were ‘GREEN’/Environmentally friendly. The Student Union Building was packed with eager and excited fashion forward guests awaiting to view the garments that were going to walkout on the runway. Located in the Ballroom, the booming music could be heard from all the way downstairs. One of the featured designers who showcased their designs was Green Embassy.
Green Embassy, Australia’s first internationally recognized organic fashion label. Zuhal Kuvan-Mills is the artist, designer and earth ambassador for Green Embassy. Extreme kudos to the UW for having such a well recognized designer headline their show.
So what does it mean to have environmentally helpful clothing? Using 100% certified organic Australian alpaca, merino, silk and recycled natural fibres, Zuhal’s handmade collections are earthy yet sublime, authentic yet edgy. This is something to take note of. Changing how we see fashion entirely and challenging our thought process of wearable beauty.
With a rare commitment to zero-waste production and natural handmade materials, the Turkish-born creative director, artist and designer has created a collectable artisan haute-couture label with higher meaning. In essence, her wearable pieces of art are individual prayers for sustainability on earth.
Article source: http://talkinthecity.com/green-embassy-fashion-show-in-seattle/
Check out more of our pics at Ecoluxe London for London Fashion Week 2014 on Demotix!
Vancouver Fashion Week is quickly approaching! I wanted to give some exposure to some international talent making their way over to the West Coast to show their collections this year, so I caught up with a few of the designers. First up, Green Embassy – a line designed by Zuhal Kuvan-Mills in Western Australia. She designs certified organic couture and also is a veterinarian! If you’re interested in eco friendly fashion, this is one designer you need to know.
Read the full interview here: http://theladylikeleopard.com/2014/03/13/green-embassy-eco-friendly-fashion-at-vancouver-fashion-week/
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New York, NY (March 5th, 2014) – World Fashion Week International Committee, also known as WFW, playing a major role in contributing to the harmonious growth and development of the global fashion industry, has recently welcomed Zuhal Kuvan-Mills – founder/designer of GREEN EMBASSY, as an official member. The committee found Zuhal to be a huge asset in the fashion industry and to the WFW team in working towards a greater good of harnessing and supporting international relationships to keep the global fashion industry sustainable and fair. With her ultra-green label GREEN EMBASSY to back up her commitment to creating a greener and healthier industry, Zuhal Kuvan-Mills is sure to bring her creative value to the table of the organization.
“I am extremely delighted to have been able to receive such an extension of appreciation on behalf of WFW,” begins founder and designer of GREEN EMBASSY, Zuhal Kuvan-Mills. “It’s such an honor to be a part of an organization that holds similar values to mine. WFW’s goal is to create positive and beneficial changes in the world, and I believe full heartedly in their mission. I will do my very best to contribute as well as help in every way possible to enhance and represent WFW across the globe.”
GREEN EMBASSY is Australia’s first internationally recognized organically certified fashion label with sustainability at the heart of the business. Modern minimalism and practicality meet in the eco-conscious high-end fashion label. Each and every garment is made with the finest earth-friendly materials such as 100% Organic certified organic Australian alpaca, merino, silk and organic natural fibers. The WFW´s humanitarian mission is to globally expand the potential power of fashion as a tool to fight against poverty, further develop economies, promote Corporate, Environmental and Social responsibility within the fashion and textile industries, foster human development, education and social integration, as well as solidify the vision of “Give Your Light to the World – Fashion for Life” which will in turn will promote a shift in consciousness to a more unified, fair and socially responsible global community. With GREEN EMBASSY having been already successfully featured in ECOLuxe London for London Fashion Week 2014, this year at Seattle’s “Everybody Every Body Fashion Show”, and soon Vancouver Fashion Week as well, the Zuhal Kuvan-Mills makes a perfect fit for the organization. The one of a kind line features haute-couture pieces that retail between $2000 and $15,000.