The pandemic, for the lucky few, has been a time to reconnect with yourself, nature, your passions, or whatever inspires and reinforces a positive attitude. The fashion industry, which contributes 10% of all carbon emissions while 85% of textiles are thrown away each year, embraces the adage “don’t waste, don’t want”. Taking a step towards a greener future, Nicole Miller, an iconic American designer, is helping to improve the welfare of elephants in northern Thailand with her Pre-Fall 2021 collection.
Elephants are an endangered species in northern Thailand
Due to the pandemic, at least 85 elephant camps in northern Thailand have closed. As a result, the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort and the Foundation welcomed three elephants and their carers. Currently, it costs around US $ 18,000 to care for a single elephant for a year.
Rumble in the Thai Jungle inspires the collection
Nicole Miller traveled to the ancient jungle in northern Thailand with her close friend, Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell in early 2020, where rescued elephants roam their natural habitat. During her stay at the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, the fashion designer and style icon was introduced to a group of gentle giants who made their home at this luxury resort.
Miller participated in the signature Walking With Giants experience and spent time observing Thailand’s majestic elephants in their natural habitat. More than 20 elephants have been shut in with all their mahout (guardian) family. The picturesque beauty of the region served as the inspiration for its Pre-Fall 2021 collection, which focuses on the urge to travel.
Pre-Fall 2021 collection focuses on sustainability
Recycled luxury fashion can be hard to reinvent, but Miller did it with chic aplomb. This season features recycled distressed clothing denim designed by artist Cara Marie Piazza to create blazers and bags, including knits using all natural vegetable dyes. From short skirts to playful patterns and sober colors, pachyderm patterns are splashed throughout the collection.
A percentage of August’s online sales will be donated to the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation. Click on here for more information.