"As a fashion designer, I'm always searching for the 'new' in beauty the same way a scientist or engineer is looking for advances in bio or tech," says Sylvia Heisel, whose eye for style extends beyond the catwalk to temporary interiors and environments that are sustainable. "It's important to me that sustainable doesn't imply holding on to the past and that fashion embraces the new technology that is changing the world."
Like her Fall 2012 collection featuring coats, dresses & separates made from something more commonly seen in offices rather than closets: the recyclable plastic tyvek in those overnight envelopes. Combined with polartec, the soft fleece made from recycled soda-bottles in active wear, her pieces embody a kind of performance couture.
- Lesley Scott