On September 14th, we made one of our last stops of New York Fashion week at Livari, a zero-waste womenswear label made ethically in New York. The label is a collaboration between Alysia Reiner, best known for playing Natalie “Fig” Figueroa on the Netflix comedy “Orange Is the New Black”; Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs, a Women’s March organizer and founder of her fashion label, Tabii Just; and Claudine DeSola, a celebrity stylist and founder of Caravan Stylist Studio.
Not only is Livari a sustainable brand, but it also approaches fit and design to a wide spectrum of all ages and size. The label serves to embody womens’ diversities rather than to the current trend, relaying an authentic and “real” image that women can see themselves in. Livari was also by Hosted IVY, a social club that includes salon discussions with distinguished thought leaders, art nights, cocktail and dinner parties, film screenings, theater and symphony performances, fitness and wellness activities, and getaways.
The collection consisted of monochromatic and neutral colors based on simple and flattering cuts made using unconventional materials like fish leather and root dye. Cohesiveness between the pieces were brought together by the backbone design, printed on t-shirts and dresses that expressed an strong female character whilst conveying a chic and edgy feel. The models showcased were diverse in ethnicity and age, such as a model carrying a her baby down the runway in a pomegranate cherry dress. Conservative looks inspired by Muslim culture included a red hijab with a silver and red patterned stole. While the looks showed limited innovation in design, the clothing invokes a need for community within the fashion industry for all women of races and backgrounds.
After the show, attendees were invited next door to the Hudson Terrace for an after party with live music and drinks.