Naturevsfuture®’ is an artistic statement in the form of clothing launched in the spring of 2002 by Brooklyn native and Parsons graduate Nina Valenti. ‘NVF’ fuses classic with cutting edge, and deconstructive with a refined elegance to create an exciting new look. Blending natural and futuristic fabric with architectural designs ‘NVF’ is a new breed of organic futurism via clothing. It’s functional, comfortable and bold, made to truly fit the body. The woman that wear ‘naturevsfuture®’ are creative, intelligent, independent and sophisticated woman that do not follow trends but rather make their own statement. They are career oriented and self sustaining; classic yet modern; refined yet sexy; innovative, unique and mindful.
Designed with an eco-conscious approach, ‘naturevsfuture®’ acknowledges the increased environmental concerns and the need to preserve and respect the earth while advancing. Organic, sustainable, renewable, biodegradable, recycled and surplus materials are incorporated into each collection. Each style is designed to be timeless and worn for years to come. The collection is produced locally in the NYC garment center.
Through the years ‘naturevsfuture®’, has received plenty of international attention from the press including reviews in WWD, Italian Vogue, Italian Glamour, Elle Bulgaria, Elle Turkey, ELLEgirl, Nylon, Fader, V Magazine, Lucky, The New York Times, Time Magazine and Time Out New York to name a few. ‘Naturevsfuture®’ was also featured in two books published in Germany: ‘Green/ Designed Fashion’ by Christine Anna Bierhals, and ‘Ecodesign’ by Silvia Barbero and Brunella Cozzo.
Besides the naturevsfuture® main collection, Valenti has also designed ‘NVF’ uniforms for restaurants such as award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Riingo located in the Alex Hotel in NYC and the retro, chic restaurant Vinyl in Cincinnati, Ohio. Other custom work also includes eco-friendly wedding gowns and evening dresses as well as a ball gown made from thousands of reused, non-recyclable drink pouches. This piece was commissioned by ‘TerraCycle’ and the internationally renowned pianist Soyeon Lee and worn by Ms. Lee at her performance at Carnegie Hall in February of 2008. This unique gown received a multitude of media attention.
Select ‘naturevsfuture®’ pieces have been on view at museum exhibitions & galleries worldwide including NYC, Tokyo, Paris, Italy and Belgium. In 2010 ‘NVF’ was featured at The Museum at FIT’s ‘Eco-Fashion: Going Green’ exhibit in the Fashion and Textile History Gallery. In 2011 NVF was on view at ‘The Future That Never Was Alter Nature’ exhibit presented by the Fashion Museum of Hasselt (MMH) in Belgium.
In the near future Valenti plans to launch the long awaited NVF men's collection.