The Earth’s ecosystem is spectacular and mysterious in its infinite details. Often, nature’s diverse elements of flora, fauna, jungle and aquatic life have inspired fashion designers around the world – be it the hues of the ocean and the skyline or the patterns of leaves, flower blooms or even marine species. The easiest and the most complicated features have coloured designers’ canvas and resulted into stunning ensembles that exude the essence of nature, its superior aesthetics and a message to let its beauty be, in its purest form.
Celebrate World Environment, take a walk through these nature-inspired fashion collections of Versace, Rahul Mishra, Alexander McQueen, Georges Hobeika, Iris van Herpen and others.
This is Versace’s reinterpretation of its iconic green jungle print runway dress from 2000. Its flowy, nature-defined design presents palm embroidery teamed with leaf-cut sandals.
Iris Van Herpen
Known for her extraordinary fluid silhouettes, Iris van Herpen is majorly influenced by the diverse facets of nature. For her Spring/Summer 2020 Sensory Seas edit, she created Nautiloid, a dress which features translucent layers of blue, green and ochre meshwork and 3D lasercut bubbles that mirror the anthropology of a marine organism.
Touted as Stella McCartney’s most sustainable collection till date, Spring 2020 was all about the beautiful nuances of our planet, manifested in vivid colours. The model in this frame dons a yellow dress that mirrors the elegance of a golden trumpet tree.
Dolce & Gabbana
Dolce & Gabbana opted for a jungle-themed runway for their Spring/Summer’20. Floral and animal prints, safari-style apparel, pineapple patchworks and motifs, exotic headwear and a range of colours taken from nature’s landscape, every outfit was styled like a piece from Jumanji or Tarzan.
Rahul Mishra’s long-standing affection for nature always gives life to a new, outstanding couture creation. For his Paris Haute Couture Week showcase, Mishra combined the intricate, lifelike details of forests, oceans, sky and mountains into one collection called Home.
Lebanese designer Georges Hobeika fused striking features of nature with the philosophy of entertainment. Through her designs, Hobeika maps the shores of Sardinia, the Virgilian sky, golden sand and turquoise scenes from the Mediterranean.
Fashion model Kaia Gerber is clad in a hand-pleated spiked flower dress in rose pink silk organza gauze, from Alexander McQueen’s S/S 2020 line. The collection depicts the candid beauty of nature recreated with gentle strokes of luxurious fabrics and soft colours.
Noir Kei Ninomiya
Bridging the existing space between the magnificent nature, art and couture, Noir Kei Ninomiya explores the planet’s habitat in a never-seen-before concept. The clean-white spiked dress here is imagined together with an unusual headgear of an assembly of cacti-like plants, and eyes highlighted with a green palette.