New York Fashion Week is officially O-V-A! I basically took a week off from blogging to cover some of the fashion madness. But not for naught – there was lots of buzz about friendly fashion on the runways this year. There was even the first ever (Sustainable) Fashion’s Night Out! Here’s a recap of the designers who were doing good during NYFW S/S 2012.

(Sustainable) Fashion’s Night Out | Eco Chick

EcoSalon in conjunction with the NYC Fair Trade Coalition and the Ghanaian fair trade apparel company, Of Rags, took over the Textile Arts Center in New York to host the first ever (Sustainable) Fashion’s Night Out party. More than 500 guests showed up for shopping, vegan/organic desserts, ethically-minded education and (of course) mixing and mingling with sustainable designers like Afia, Feral Childe, and Kaelyn Garcia.

EDUN | Fashionologie

EDUN, the altruistic fashion brainchild of rockstar Bono and his wife Ali Hewson, launched its third collection under creative director Sharon Wauchob. In an ode to the African warrior princess, the collection showed off clean lines with the occasional fishnet mesh, tie-dye, and crochet.

Duro Olowu | Imaxtree

British designer Duro Olowu’s reclaimed vintage fabrics and bold prints paid homage to his family’s immigration from the West Indies to England in the ’50s.

Suzanne Rae

The organic swimwear and easy breezy fabrics on Suzanne Rae’s runway were reminiscent of SoCal beach lounging.

Mara Hoffman

How adorable are Mara Hoffman’s domestically-made tribal print fabrics reworked with those gorgeous tropic-inspired colors?

Costello Tagliapietra | Imaxtree

Former Lexus / CDFA Eco-Fashion Challenge winner, Costello Tagliapietra, went ultra feminine with bold prints and hues created using water-free AirDye technology.

Chris Benz | Imaxtree

The psychedelic shades on Chris Benz’s spring runway were not only made in the USA, but the silk fabrics that were used as a backdrop for the show will be reincarnated as dresses and auctioned off for charity.

John Patrick

John Patrick’s eco-friendly line, Organic by John Patrick, is more than a decade old. But his upcycled fabrics and fresh take on ’90s classics gave his Spring 2012 collection a modern-day edge.

M. Patmos

One of this year’s Lexus / CDFA Eco-Fashion Challenge winners, Marcia Patmos, delivered a green-friendly knitwear line in neutral tones inspired by New York artist Mary Judge, and the book The Birth of Cool: California Art, Design and Culture at Midcentury.