There are a few pieces in the Edun resort 2017 collection that really made my ’70s-style-loving heart happy. The dress above is at the top of the list. The kaftan, of course, is also a favorite, and the dress below with its choker situation is very Jaclyn Smith.
I’m a longtime Edun fan (I have a pair of their jeans from around 2010 that are entirely too tight, but I just can’t give them up) partly because of its mission to support manufacturing and artisans in Africa. The brand was founded in 2005 by Ali Hewson and her husband Bono, and everyone knows I’m a sucker for anything in fashion that crosses paths with rock and roll. Give it an eco spin plus the stunning designs from the past three years and I’m all in.
Big changes are afoot, though. Edun’s latest creative director, Danielle Sherman, resigned in May. She’s credited with elevating the brand’s profile and price point with edgy, sophisticated designs for those past three highlight years while keeping 95 percent of the production in Africa.
The resort collection was a team effort that references designs that worked in previous seasons. Vogue writes:
…inspiration came from the work of artist Louise Bourgeois; a 1970s picture of Diana Ross (poolside in Palm Springs in a sporty striped maillot); and the ceremonial garb of Liberia’s Gio people, who use different patterns and manners of draping to signify hierarchy within their society.
Also according to Vogue, CEO Julien Labat says the brand is considering a “new creative organization,” which worries me a little bit. Fingers crossed Edun will find another designer who can take Sherman’s momentum and run with it.