Naomie Harris launches sustainable fashion collection for Omnes

“Embracing sustainable fashion isn’t a passing trend,” Naomie Harris tells me. Of course, she’s right: unlike the rise and fall of our jean waistbands, skinny scarves, ‘tomato girl’ summer and ‘Barbiecore’, sustainability is one trend we simply cannot afford to ignore. “It’s imperative for our planet’s wellbeing and a powerful way for consumers to make a positive environmental impact,” the actress says.

Harris is passionate about preserving our planet. It’s a journey that she says was sparked by health complications at a young age. “As a result of having scoliosis and a Harrington rod operation at age 15 [where a stainless steel rod is implanted along the spinal column], I spent a month in hospital and had to learn how to sit up and walk again,” she explains. “All of the muscles along my spine were cut through.”

naomie harris sustainable collection omnes

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naomie harris sustainable collection omnes

courtesy of omnes

Her scoliosis diagnosis – where the spine twists and curves to the side of the body – sadly led to a difficult personal relationship with her own body, compared to that of her peers. “While they experimented with alcohol and other typical teenage activities, my focus centred on health and making sure I did everything to never end up in hospital again.” Her interest in wellness led to a fascination with healthy living, which expanded to encompass the environment, too. This consciousness from an early age led to Harris becoming a positive force for change – something that she’s now been practising for decades.

Most recently, Harris collaborated on a collection with the conscious fashion label Omnes. Bazaar first interviewed the brand’s founder and lead designer back in 2021 and, since then, Omnes has only carved a bigger niche in the conscious fashion space, setting a good example of how to be a sustainable label in today’s world. The brand (Omnes translates as ‘for all’ in Latin) launched in 2020, with the sole mission of making conscious clothing accessible, no matter what your budget. From the fabrics used to the production process, each step is well-researched and carefully monitored.

“Embracing sustainable fashion isn’t a passing trend”

naomie harris sustainable collection omnes

courtesy of omnes

“I wanted to find a way to democratise the red carpet, by wearing clothes that were affordable, size-inclusive and sustainable,” explains Harris, who has wanted to design a clothing collection for a long time. The actress felt uncomfortable about wearing environmentally harmful garments, so she reached out personally to Omnes. “I was so impressed that they had the exact same ethos and ambition as I did,” she recalls. “Our goals aligned perfectly. I got in touch via Instagram and asked if they’d be willing to have me design a capsule collection for them.” Thankfully for shoppers, Omnes agreed. Her favourite piece from the collection? The elegant black Mariana dress made from Repreve, a material crafted from recycled plastic bottles. “It embodies the essence of the collection: inclusive, flattering for all body types, affordable and sustainable,” notes Harris.

naomie harris sustainable collection omnes

courtesy of omnes

It’s a “significant misconception” that conscious style has to be expensive, Harris adds. “Breaking this misconception is crucial, as sustainable options should be available to as wide a range of consumers as possible.” So why aren’t we seeing a more affordable price point for sustainable fashion across the board? “Quite simply, the reason that other conscious brands are more expensive is because they’re not willing to accept the higher prices for ethical suppliers and sustainable materials,” explains Harris, “as that would mean giving leeway in their profit margins, to make it more affordable for shoppers.”

As well as a higher price tag, shoppers can often be put off investing in sustainable fashion as it’s hard to know who to trust. Greenwashing is a common problem throughout the industry.

naomie harris sustainable collection omnes

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“Many fashion industry players merely pay lip service to sustainability without genuinely transforming their practices,” continues the actress. “It’s incredibly important that consumers learn how to discern between brands that authentically commit to sustainable principles and those that merely use it for marketing. True sustainability involves substantive changes in business practices rather than just surface-level gestures.”

“I wanted to find a way to democratise the red carpet”

naomie harris sustainable collection omnes

courtesy of omnes

But it’s not all doom and gloom. The power is also in the hands – and wallets – of the shopper, and it starts with changing your mindset.

“One of the most important things is to stop thinking of fashion in terms of trends, and instead adopt a long-term view when purchasing clothes,” Harris advises. “As we know, 85 per cent of all textiles end up in landfill sites, so one of the best ways a consumer can prevent adding to that waste is by using more discernment when shopping and only purchasing items that they plan to keep, love and re-wear for years to come.” Her creations with Omnes adhere to this perfectly, promising long-lasting wear and timeless design.

When so many brands are guilty of greenwashing, there are a few sources Harris normally turns to for fact-checking and peace of mind. “There’s so much accessible reporting about sustainability nowadays,” she says, citing The Business of Fashion as “a great source of well-informed reporting about sustainability and ethics in fashion. Instagram is also a mine of information, with hundreds of accounts talking about conscious fashion: both @thesustainablefashionforum and @fash_rev are good places to start.”

naomie harris sustainable collection omnes

courtesy of omnes

naomie harris sustainable collection omnes

courtesy of omnes

The biggest lesson Harris has learnt, however, is that the possibility for change is endless – and we already have the answers. “There’s immense potential for positive change in fashion,” she tells me. The industry currently accounts for 10 per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions, so it’s vital we make the change now, before it’s too late. “The eco-fabrics, technology, and ethical suppliers already exist – all that’s needed is a true desire on the part of the industry to want to change, and then a new way can be instituted, relatively seamlessly, of operating in fashion that is kinder both to humanity and our planet.”


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