By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS
Thigh-high, rhinestone-studded stiletto boots and flowy, silky, floor-length evening frocks made for an unexpectedly elegant look at the Sivuplé and Steve Madden sustainable fashion parade at the NH Hotel Reforma in Mexico City on Wednesday, Oct. 28.
The stunning combination of the party-ready, statement-making pairing combined cosmopolitan chic with down-to-earth practicality since bare shoulders plus exposed toes from strappy heels in winter months is definitely a recipe for a flu infection, or at least a case of the chills.
But with Madden’s keep-your-tootsies-warm evening boots — in slick metallic silver, sparkling glittery white and jewel-encrusted rainbow shades — the ultra-feminine gowns from Sivuplé high-end rental service made for a cozy night-out look that was both festive and glamourous.
Also intriguing were the combinations of little black dresses with bold animal-print boots, evening minis in neon-bright prints with above-the-knee, heeled mukluks, and gemstone-hued gowns with glossy patent leather booties, which created an added level of sophistication.
The stunning boots-and-garbs catwalk, sponsored by the NH Hotel Group in cooperation with Sivuplé and Steve Madden shoes, was aimed at helping to show ways to help reduce the negative impact that fashion can have on the environment.
Just as a point of reference, the global fashion industry, valued at around $2.5 trillion, is responsible for no less than 20 percent of waste water production worldwide, and 10 percent of international carbon emissions, according to the United Nations.
And one of the biggest culprits are fast-fashion retailers, who replicate catwalk trends and mass produce them at super low prices, using over 50 percent nonrecyclable plastics in their products.
Moreover, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 11.3 million tons of discarded clothing — mostly fast-fashion castaways — are sent to landfill sites each year.
Consequently, the stars of the NH Hotel Reforma fashion night were the Sivuplé rental dresses, which allow fashionistas and street-mode-savvy women alike to flaunt the latest styles without having to shell out a small fortune for a single-use gown and without having to buy clothing that will soon end up in a trash heap.
The Sivuplé concept extends the use of slow-fashion garments, generating sustainable, environmentally guiltless, haute couture consumption and inspiring a collective planet-conscience approach to dernier cri style.
The by-invitation-only catwalk was held on the roof-garden and swimming pool terrace of the NH Collection Mexico City Reforma Hotel and included a sumptuous cocktail and canapé buffet, courtesy of the hotel’s executivechef Francisco García.