Best known for show-stopping couture pieces and red carpet evening gowns, designer Lana Mueller went in a different direction for her Fall/Winter 20/21 collection. Inspired by the ubiquitous subjects of climate change and the coronavirus pandemic, Lana Mueller created her first largely sustainable ready-to-wear collection. “I am taking a new path as a designer and with the collection, one that I like to call LANA MUELLER FEELS GREEN,” the designer says. To that end, the latest collection features GOTS-certified organic cotton jersey fabrics and is not solely comprised of elegant dresses – it also includes suits and jumpsuits, another first for the Berlin-based fashion designer. The events of the past year have made her reflect on her work and the message she wants to send with her clothes: “Purely red carpet-worthy looks, or the idea of wearing a dress just for one night…that seems outdated to me. It’s a pointless waste of resources and materials, especially considering that we spend most of our time at home these days. I wanted to create something that brings joy to women and is very versatile,” she explains.
For Lana Mueller, this translates into a casual collection with a fresh color palette: coral, mint or moss green to “offset the darker days.” And when this designer makes a jumpsuit, you know there will be some sort of luxe twist. In this case, the pieces aren’t done up with buttons or zippers, but tied with a specific knot technique. The concept of making her designs sustainable, and how that’s evolved for her label, seems to have brought on a change in the designer herself – maybe even in a more lasting way: “Once I started thinking about sustainability, I couldn’t stop. I know that LANA MUELLER FEELS GREEN is just the first step on my journey.”
Watch the full Lana Mueller AW21 show here.
text by Kelly Niesen
edited by Melissa Frost
featured image: Photo by Sebastian Reuter/Getty Images for MBFW