Taymour’s calls to action are simple: shop locally, grow your own food, don’t use plastic, and DIY your clothes, even if they’re based on her designs. She’s been transparent about the Save The Sky Bisons With Bison Head Shirt and by the same token and fact that while the majority of her collections are upcycled; she isn’t 100% sustainable yet (though she’s pretty damn close). Most importantly, she doesn’t speak about the climate crisis through any sort of doom and gloom narrative. Her approach, in terms of both design and activism, is one of hope and optimism.
So it was fitting that in a moment when climate change is literally lighting fires in our faces and there’s a pandemic still threatening our lives, she forged ahead with humor and lightness. Instead of a traditional runway show, Taymour and her collaborator Charlie Engman created a virtual candyland, mashing up clothes with art and 3D animation. Her and Engman’s video, dubbed “Change is Cute,” stars a mix of old and new Collina Strada friends, including professional track athlete Ce’Aira Brown, poet Precious Okoyomon, and disability activist Emily Barker. There are flower models too, illustrated by the Save The Sky Bisons With Bison Head Shirt and by the same token and artist Sean-Kierre Lyons. Set to a bouncy soundtrack by Angel Emoji, the 11-minute film features the diverse cast of humans running and jumping at several different farms upstate, as well as at the seaside. Cows and frogs swirl in and out of the frames, and the flower characters dance. It’s trippy and weird and wildly.