2017 Pret-a-Porter: Fashion’s Global Transcendence

At first blush, the IIDA Pret-A-Porter fashion design challenge might not seem like the most natural place to explore concepts related to Design 2 Thrive, but our Interiors team took a thoughtful, socially conscious (as well as chic!) approach to this year’s challenge that drew from more than a few of our 12 principles.   

Once every two years, the Interiors team in our Denver office gets the chance to take their design skills and apply them to a whole new industry: fashion.

RNL Interior Designer Katey Trepanier, RNL Associate Sandy Gerulat and RNL Senior Interior Designer and IIDA Chapter President Rene Stremel

RNL Interior Designer Katey Trepanier, RNL Associate Sandy Gerulat and RNL Senior Interior Designer and IIDA Chapter President Rene Stremel

IIDA’s Pret-A-Porter fashion show challenges designers to bring finish to fashion. Firms are paired at random with local product manufactures and dealerships to design, create and model an haute couture garment made entirely out of the manufacturer’s product.

This year, we were fortunate to be paired with Global Furniture Group. Which sparked the inspiration for this year’s design, Fashion’s Global Transcendence.

In a time of so much conflict and division in the world, our team wanted to have a moment of celebration, unity, and togetherness. Our goal was to celebrate our similarities as well as our uniqueness, and use something that we all enjoy – fashion – to acknowledge our role in the global community.

Global Furniture Group provided our team with materials that included 100 percent recycled content upholstery, discontinued leather that was diverted from the waste, simple edgebanding that is typically used on the edges of tables and work surfaces, hardware, nuts & bolts, and a chair mesh back fabric that reminded us of the materials from the highly conflicted regions that inspired our garment. RNL Interior Designer Katey Trepanier bought it to life on the runway. 

RNL Interior Designer Katey Trepanier modeled RNL's creation.

RNL Interior Designer Katey Trepanier modeled RNL's creation.

As a group, the challenge gave us the opportunity to explore using materials in new ways, avoiding waste, building something that would be both functional and aesthetically beautiful, and using design to bring communities together – all essential elements of our Design 2 Thrive principles.

Pret-a-Porter is an event we always look forward to and have so much fun being a part of. Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to everyone that worked together to make it all possible.