Four years ago, NYC filmmaker (and pastry chef!) Arden Wohl teamed up with Julie Dicterow, co-founder of vegan-approved brand Cri de Coeur. The result? Arden Wohl x Cri de Coeur. Fast-forward to a few collections later and the collab is still going strong. We sat down with the environmentally conscious designers before the hustle and bustle of NYFW to get the scoop on their latest line.
How long have you two been collaborating?
Julie: This is our fourth season together, but Cri de Coeur has been around since 2008.
Arden: The interesting thing is that it’s no longer a one-off – it’s now a full-time partnership.
Julie: We’re joining forces!
How do world issues influence your designs?
Arden: We stopped using leather with global warming in mind. Some of the world’s greatest problems would end if the world went vegetarian.
Julie: It’s all about veganism beyond the dinner plate – it’s what we wear, everything we do, and the businesses we support.
Do you think fashion will become more sustainable now that major houses, like Stella McCartney, are setting the tone?
Julie: We’re depending on it. The more people know, the more it’s possible to do things the way we’ve been doing them. We hope the demand grows nationwide and around the world.
What’s exciting you about fashion today?
Arden: New technology!
Julie: Sustainable fashion – the new fabrics and textiles that are becoming available that aren’t leather. Using denim and polyurethane for shoes… and faux fur is really exciting!
Tell us about your inspiration for the Spring/Summer 2016 Collection.
Arden: It was based off a French film from the 60s, Cléo from 5 to 7, which was all about transitioning from an old-school way of living to the modern world. We felt very connected to that and recreated the French-marketplace feel in our installation.
Julie: It’s a feminist movement!
Arden: Someone got mad at me once and called me a “vegetarian feminist,” and I thought that was actually the best compliment ever.
What’s one pair of shoes from the collection every girl should have?
Arden: The fringed booties!
Favorite NY spot?
Arden: Oh, this is hard. The High Line! I love being on the West Side and the High Line.
By Elizabeth Burns, Assistant Fashion Editor
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