• Catherine Schuller

hiTechMODA initiates the ReGen Runway™ a sustainable catwalk segment at NatGeo Encounter space

Hope everyone is staying safe during this unprecedented pandemic and practicing all the mindful behaviors that will enable us to curb this global outbreak of COVID-19. We are all madly pivoting and finding ways to do a lot of things that had “slipped through the cracks” when we were running around living our former daily, hectic, well-socialized lives. As Curator/Creative Director of hiTechMODA, I felt the need to have hiTechMODA produce a fashion segment within our show lineup that was wholly dedicated to the critically important subject of sustainability. ReGen Runway™ was borne out of that desire. This blog is a direct reflection of staying in touch while practicing social distancing.

I began teaching the hot topic at LIM College in my home base of New York City in their newly created Sustainability Program. It was exactly the same month that our first ReGen Runway™ segment during hiTechMODA was started during NYFW in September 2019. The success of that segment was truly inspiring. We actually featured two designers who were Native American with Buffalo Hunt Camp and Native American Notions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6_OpV3eDfY&t=215s I learned the tribe’s adage, “We don’t inherit the land from our ancestors, we borrow it from out children.” Do you see any similarity between their belief and the very definition of sustainable development mentioned above? I think so!!

We all got to talking here last week during our first quarantined WFH base camp and I therefore think it would be a great integration of my teaching and curating to create a blog dedicated to the ReGen Runway™…In it I’ll impart the same step by step instruction and knowledge about developments in the world of sustainability. I see all the hiTechMODA fans and supporters as an extended classroom, and will be tackling different aspects of sustainability in this blog on a regular basis.

All right virtual classroom out there….Listen Up!!! The first thing you’ll need to know is the DEFINITION of SUSTAINABILITY. It’s a good idea to memorize it because it helps to keep it at the forefront of your mind when in conversation or discussing this topic. Here it goes: Sustainable development is the development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. I know this sounds rather general in nature, but the United Nations created a whole segment with all the world leaders to address how this definition can be successfully met. It’s called the UN Sustainable Development Goals and there are seventeen of them. In this blog I will address a lot of these goals and hark back to them and see how everything that ReGen Runway™ executes is somehow in answer to the satisfaction of those goals. You should also Google “Paris Agreement” to learn about the climate initiatives that are part of that accord.

The logo for ReGen Runway™ is a reflection of the colors and palette of the sustainable color wheel. I think the chart the logo is derived from is quite colorful and eye catching. I actually have it hanging in my classroom. I even created a game where all the students form a circle and toss around an inflatable beach ball in the shape of the globe and have to say a goal when they catch the globe and pass it to another student who catches it and says another goal. It’s a great game to play for repetition and memory and when we get back to the luxury of gathering once more, it has become a fun closing exercise in my class. Some of you with little ones at home may want to start them young with this game. It’s a wonderful way to start them on climate consciousness.

I am sure you’ve seen the global effect of this coronavirus pandemic in the health of the planet. The dolphins have returned to the canals in Venice, the emissions are lessened because cars are not being driven and gas being used everyday to get to work and transport goods. This is an extreme case, but I think we’ve turned the corner on seeing the impact of lessening our consumption. There is a great little short documentary created by Annie Leonard of Greenpeace called The Story of Stuff. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GorqroigqM

Hope you enjoyed my first foray into the world of sustainability and that you practice conscious awareness of your behavior everyday to leave less of a carbon footprint and more of a positive impact on our beautiful Earth. Planet. People. Purpose. That is our mantra and we intend to live by it. Hope you will join us at ReGen Runway when we have Season 4 at the National Geographic Encounter space in the Fall of 2020 during NYFW. Till then, follow our Instagram and Facebook pages and our website www.hitechmoda.com

Yours in sustainability,

Cat Schuller

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