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FASHION ENVIE'S WARM BODIES: Fashion in the age of climate change

You might have heard the phrase "sustainable fashion" being used a lot lately. If you have not had an opportunity to get familiar with it, here is your introduction. Sustainable fashion is part of a growing trend towards an Eco-focused movement in design. The fashion industry is starting to consider the environmental impact of it's products. Many designers are now using Eco-friendly materials, and manufacturing methods.


L-R: Alita Daniels, Jennifer Nnamani, Robin Shumays, and Adrina Nelson

On April 17, the Beau Monde Society presented the third annual Fashion Envie fashion showcase. Beau Monde Society was founded in 2012 by Nigerian born Jennifer Nnamani. BMS is described by Ms. Nnamani as a "fashion-driven agency specializing in services tailored to fit our clients." The mission of BMS is to create a more fashionable, and ethically minded society. Beau Monde Society is about; individuality, innovation, and most importantly, enhancing the fun aspect of fashion. For Beau Monde Society it's also about challenging the status quo.

Fashion Envie is BMS's annual eco-collective featuring ethical designers and artists. Since it's inception in 2013, Fashion Envie continues to serve as a platform for those in the industry promoting a sustainable future. This year the theme was of the presentation focused on climate change, and was titled ; WARM BODIES. To pull of this stylish event Jennifer put together a skilled team. Background designer for the event was Stephanie Nnamani, and Set Design by Adam Torres. Makeup: Make-Up Pro INC. Hair by Sophistication Loc Salon. Nails by Conceptual Nail Art.


Fashion envie's WARM BODIES was also the debut of Jennifer's own fashion line, LADY GEORGE "It's something I've always wanted to do. Especially with my father's design background, I've ways nurtured that desire to make clothes that expresses my individual style." As for the name of the brand, we asked Ms. Nnamani about the inspiration behind the choice. "It's named after my Grandmother. She's late now. In true Igbo tradition, I was named after her. In Igbo it means Ada George but in loose English translation it's "Lady George." Included in the designer lineup were exceptional talent from the NY area that brought style panache, and some edge to the evening.

Based in Brooklyn, NY, Adrina Fanore is a caused-based apparel line specializing in casual women and menswear. Each design is produce in the U.S. and display minimalist styles and silhouettes. Focus is put into the fit, quality, and versatility of each product.
Jewelry designer, Alita Daniels. Silly Simone is about being bold and unusual with just the right amount of “silly” and a whole lot of fun! The Silly Simone jewelry and brand have grown to become a hot commodity across the globe and can be seen worn in Australia, China and even Italy.

Robin Dameshe Shumays is an up-and-coming African-American fashion designer based in Long Island NY. Heavily influenced by Indian, Japanese, Middle Eastern and African culture and textiles, hennaflower is a unique fusion couture line with a fun, flirty ethnic edge.


The interdependent nature of fashion and art has always intrigued Jennifer Nnamani. Lady George is inspired by the strength of womanhood, and fusing comfort with geometric patterns. Inspired by her recent trip to Nigeria, she embarked on creating pieces that have become her signature look. A blend of Western interpretation on West African wax prints with a slight androgynous tailored flair true to her design name.

Fashion Envie's WARM BODIES was a great night of fashion and increased awareness of the industry's impact on the environment. Beau Monde Society was founded on the basic principles of fashion and the role it plays in our daily lives Fashion is not only a vehicle for self expression but an art form that celebrates our individuality. We wish BMS continued success in the goal to raise awareness of Eco-friendly fashion.


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Photo Credit: Roy Anthony Morrison

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