New York, NY (September 9, 2017) — Runa Ray showed New York Fashion Week that sustainable is beautiful with her awe-inspiring display of all natural, feminine ensembles walking down the catwalk. Her Spring Summer 2018 collection, named Imagine, was influenced by the incredible natural elements used to dye and weave the fibers. 

 Runa Ray used ancient techniques in treating the materials represented in her collection. I have used handwoven fabrics such as bamboo silks, bamboo cottons, and silks. Natural dyes such as Indian madder, indigo, pomegranate peels, and areca nut create the different tones of the materials. These natural fabrics are dipped in aloe vera to create a medicinal benefit found in the womenswear lining and fashionable menswear jackets and bottoms” said the designer. 

Using hand woven, organically dyed and printed fabrics give the collection an enchanted forest type botanical feel 

 The show opened with a series of neutral cream silk pieces printed with leaves and florals in a fossilized motif. Oversized, asymmetrical flutter sleeves were a theme in both her ivory and blush pieces sprinkled with a hint of sparkle detail.  

 Runa Ray showed a variety of silhouettes extending from dresses and jumpsuits to separates and even menswear.  

Bold harem pants and detailed tops wowed guests with the surprise of men’s pieces on the SS18 catwalk. Natural leaf embroideries trickled through several silhouettes for both men and women. Glitter overlays, rich florals, and gold tones elevated the final series of the presentation. An easygoing aura permeated throughout the entire collection. 

Closing the show was Runa Ray’s The Bleeding Dress which made an impact scripted with “Imagination is the Only Weapon Against Reality”. Fast fashion is crowding the space for designers like Runa Ray who artistically and carefully craft every item. Runa Ray created this collection with a crying heart for Mother Earth who is currently suffering from the damage of humankind. 

 “Together we can save our planet from ecological waste and fast fashion. Fashion can be a powerful tool to educate and push people to join in saving and preserving our planet” said the designer.  

Notable attendees included wrestler Tami Roman of Basketball Wives, WWE star Danielle Moinet, actress Maria Cotto, Diandra Barnwell of So Cosmo, and Az Marie from Empire.