Beatriz Veiga De Sousa Machado

Beatriz Machado
Lisbon, Portugal


Since the beginning of the year, our world has endured drastic changes, subsequently slowing down. Contrasting, nature has had an opportunity to thrive and regain strength. The lesser pollution allowed it to recover its vitality and flourish.
As a society, we should take the past generation’s view of nature in retrospect: Nature isn’t just for exploitation. It is of course the origin of sustenance, but also the source of our health and freedom. The ideal behavior is to live in harmony with nature. Taking naturalism’s philosophical position we can learn from it, in the sense that it regards nature as a defining force as well as the beginning of everything.
“As the name implies, this tendency consists essentially of looking upon nature as the one original and fundamental source of all that exists(..)” — Dubray 1911
In many attempts of helping the environment, an activity that comes to mind and is directly correlated with nurturing nature would be gardening. The act of gardening involves active participation in the cultivation, growing, and preservation of plants, which can be seen as a selfless deed that benefits and respects nature. In times where nature is most times disregarded, the delicate and time-consuming practice of gardening shows concern and respect.
In this concept, the idea is to value the environment through actions and choices. As mentioned before, gardening is the prime example of directly getting involved with the nourishment of nature. Yet, this activity doesn’t have an impact if it is not accompanied by other responsible choices.
Respecting nature shouldn’t mean to live in discomfort. Even though it may be impossible for us to stop waste altogether, we can minimize it.
Clothes shouldn’t deteriorate after a few usages, few clothes are recycled and turned into new pieces, for that reason, the fabrics chosen are of great importance. Not all sources of materials for clothes are ethical for the environment, but some for sure have less of an impact. In this sense, sustainability in fabrics plays a role in helping nature. Recycled fabrics, as well as, high enduring good quality textiles should be prioritized to extend clothes life span and lessen the waste.
As stated previously, the collection will be strongly influenced by a slow lifestyle during the quarantine. Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean the clothes are going to be completely disconnected from our previous understanding of daily clothes. The collection should translate from the comfort of the slow lifestyle of quarantine to our new reality of working life. The perfect encapsulation would be a working woman of a city, that during lockdown retrieved to her family home. There she came in contact with her roots and sees the opportunity to connect with nature. She goes after nature, thrives for it, and gets involved with it, appreciating and learning from the older generations how to take care of it. There, she learns to admire, nourish, and love nature.

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The collection is strongly influenced by a slow lifestyle during the quarantine. However, the clothes won’t be completely disconnected from the understanding of daily clothes. The collection should create the comfort of the slow lifestyle of quarantine to our new reality of working life. We tried to combine her concept with a little bit of cottage core aesthetic and also exposing more on the gardening theme as it can be a positive productive activity we can do during quarantine. Not only it can help us kill time, we can also help to make the world greener and fresher.

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Celica Andrea Kahlaa

I am Celica Kahlaa from Indonesia. I am twenty years old. I have always loved fashion and their industry. I was always dressing up everywhere even to school, but unfortunately I wasn’t accepted well. So, I figured that they weren’t my people. In 2018, I moved to Milan to pursue Fashion in NABA. It has been a blessing to study here even though I had to move back to my hometown due to COVID - 19.