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What the heck did I do in 2017?

Isabel Varela

It has definitely been awhile since the last post however I have definitely been staying busy. Here are few of the highlights:

AUGUST 2017

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I was so excited to do an amazing collaboration with Make A Change World.  Both Gary Bencheghib and Sam Bencheghib of Make A Change World  kayaked down the #CitarumRiver in a boat made out of recycled bottles wearing Izavel Varela Shirts made out of Bamboo! 

The Citarum River is one of the most polluted rivers because of all the waste coming from household and also industry waste which includes waste from the fashion industry. This definitely made a huge impact and brought awareness to the the dangers that plastic has on the environment and humanity. They also were able to meet with others along the way that are also helping to reduce this pollution. 

Make A Change World is a media outlet and creative agency that is on a mission to do good by creating 100% original digital videos

To learn more about Make A Change World, visit http://makeachange.world

 

SEPTEMBER 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 


Another great collaboration was with REDRESS, Hong Kong based NGO working to reduce textile waste in the fashion industry. I partnered up with them for the month of September to not only celebrate their 10th Anniversary but to also empower everyone to be more conscious of their wardrobe. I wore 10 different articles of clothing for 10 days, in 10 different ways! I also donated a percentage of my online sales to them! The pieces that I chose to wear were from my eco wear line along with 3 pieces that were each over 10 years old! Check out the slide show!

To learn more about Redress, visit https://www.redress.com.hk.

 

OCTOBER 2017

This year I took a vacation to Costa Rica, however it wasn't your typical getaway. I spent 5 days in Punta Mona, Regenerative Design and Permaculture Education Center.  I spent my days living in an open-air cabin in the middle of a jungle! I was definitely living with nature, eating off the land, and of course learning more about how to live in a zero-waste community. I fell in love with this location and highly recommend everyone that is up for an adventure!

To learn more about Punta Mona, visit http://puntamona.org

 

JULY 2017

 

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I was really excited about this next opportunity! I created the costumes for Anne of Green Gables Part 1 by Royal Family Productions! What was really great is I was able to up cycle fabric to create the costumes! 

 

WHAT A YEAR! 

As you can see it was a very busy year! In between this projects I was also working on building more brand awareness, making custom suits for various clients, made a custom gown for a client attending the International Indian Film Festival Academy Awards, presented a speech on "How to Dress for Interviews and the history of Men and women's suits, hosted by Bloomberg and Fortune Society  and of course preparing ideas for my next event!

 

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The Ethics Behind A Vegan Fashionista

Isabel Varela

 Chouara Tannery, one of the largest and oldest tanneries in the world, is located in Fez, Morrocco.    Photo Credit

Chouara Tannery, one of the largest and oldest tanneries in the world, is located in Fez, Morrocco. 

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With Gemini as my rising star, I have a natural passionate spirit for many things. Ethics in both food and fashion fuel my passion for my forward-thinking, cruelty-free fashion brand–Designed to empower people.

Here’s the truth behind why I don’t use leather anymore and why I do not fall into stereotyping or categorizing myself as completely vegan or vegetarian.

Let’s start with what we eat. Vegetarianism is usually a diet, while veganism is a lifestyle. It’s all about balance. I am not completely 100 percent vegan at this point, but the more that I realize the atrocities that happen to animals, the less I want to eat them, and the more minimalist I find myself becoming.  

 One of my favorite dishes! A Root Vegetable Fritata with Zucchini Pasta and Cranberry Sauce. 

One of my favorite dishes! A Root Vegetable Fritata with Zucchini Pasta and Cranberry Sauce. 

Here’s the shocking truth about leatherLeather is not a byproduct and it is not produced in efforts to minimize waste. The horrors of leather come from skinning animals alive followed by the tanneries drenching them in cancer causing chemicals.

The great news is that there are more cruelty-free options nowadays. I am continuously looking for healthier ways to produce fashion, and I am thrilled the new wave of innovative textiles will focus on the use of biotechnology. Did you know there is a fabric called Pinatex, which are fibers extracted from pineapples? And did I mention, spider webs can now be made into fibers!

This is proof there are better alternatives out there and more are to come! I strive to make my company cruelty-free and I want to inspire companies to do the same. The more I learn about the environment and all the harm that is happening around the world, the more that I want to do better in the world.

I want to be able to help the world, and it all starts with a conscience choice. That is why I am focused on producing safe, ethical clothing and creating awareness around options for a healthier choice.

 In the process of finishing one of the Red Bamboo Long Draped Dress.

In the process of finishing one of the Red Bamboo Long Draped Dress.

In the future, I strive for synergy in both food and fashion. I am working to offer a manufacturing company that pays fair wages to sewers, uses ethically sourced and produces organic fabric while combining a healthy lifestyle, showing others how to eat and live healthy.

The Future is ours and we will directly impact humanity and the environment. Everyone has free will to choose what they want, but as long as society becomes more aware of what is going on we will be able to choose the better choice.

 

My Green Runway

Isabel Varela

 Photography By:  Thomas Garza Photography |  Models (Left To Right) : Takako Wao, Nikisha Cummings, Julissa Ford, Caitie Mcmillan, Loydeen, Aminata Jajua, Charity Woods, Madeline, Sirisha Reddy  

Photography By: Thomas Garza Photography|  Models (Left To Right) : Takako Wao, Nikisha Cummings, Julissa Ford, Caitie Mcmillan, Loydeen, Aminata Jajua, Charity Woods, Madeline, Sirisha Reddy  

Methodical details, bamboo draped basics, natural flowing silk lines, overpowering organic fabrics, and even biodegradable prints are the organic statements that fueled my collection and creativity for this year’s New York Fashion Week. Year after year, NYFW always manages to embrace the eye-catching designs that make their mark and embellish for seasons to come. For decades, NYFW and its intrinsic artists have influenced humanity, instantaneously labeling designers as goddess trendsetters. Collections from the runway set to inspire entire various product lines, mold our culture and become a dictatorship in the world of style … And yet, for an industry that prides itself on staying inventively abreast of futuristic trends, where is the voice when it comes to sustainability, one of the most significant trends of all?

Strangely the fashion world is self-inflicting pain, as it is labeled the second dirtiest industry in the world after oil and gas. The sustainable movement has begun making its appearance awakening humanity with transparency, opening hearts with the realization of the negative affects and corrupted nature that manipulate consumers. Many fashionistas are becoming aware of the fashion industry’s robotic process that lives to pump money into the seams of 1 percent of the population … all the while it blindly continues to unconsciously brainwash the minds of society as its prey.

There is a need for a proactive change in fashion before the industry self-destructs in its own unlawful and manipulative ways of operating. We are now seeing whole industries shift their thought processes to be competitive in the rising green economy. This is our time to band together unite as one, and demand healthier options!

Model Yoka Wao wears the Alina Dress made out of 100% Bamboo

A humble feeling came over me as I was granted the opportunity to show my S/S 2016 collection on the green runway for Fashion Week with the partnership of The Set NYC and Freedom Ladder, a charity that brings awareness to stopping sex trafficking. With the help of my amazing team, my green line became reality. My collection served as a voice and highlights the luxury of sustainable fashion, empowering women to accept sustainable practices industry-wide as the true fashion of the future.

This vicious cycle will continue year after year and only worsen, if we don’t change our buying habits. Leading sustainable and organic lifestyle companies of all sizes are now responding to increasing consumer demand for products that holistically outfit their lifestyles and values.

With more eco-friendly options available, you have the power to choose a better life for yourself and to shop at local places that support the community.

Makeup By Maria Cristina Ochoa at NYFW Spring 2016

We must all work as a community and come together to support each other. The vision of my company sets to educate and live by a minimalist example, ultimately inspiring and educating others to become aware of the daily choices they make. By purchasing a garment from IZAVEL VARELA, you are choosing to help yourself and the environment simultaneously. Our mission is to live with the environment, not against it. We pride ourselves on the use of eco-friendly dyes, our recycled fabrics, ethical work with local production, fair wages, lending ourselves through  philanthropic efforts to help charities from around the world.

Isabel Varela next to her mannequin wearing a custom gown made out of Vegan Leather and Tulle.

In our near future we are working to become a full lifestyle brand, offering a plethora of holistic products from around the world. Mindfully, we will work with unique vendors to offer natural products including everything from accessories, hats, shoes, and beauty. By doing the right thing we help everyone, and by doing the wrong thing we only hurt ourselves and everyone else.

What will you choose?