Last week we celebrated World Water Day. How concerned should we be with water scarcity and safety, especially when we consider the implications for our mental health? Can we better engage with climate change by understanding the impact of what we wear on water?
It's a story of serendipity. Beatie Wolfe, singer songwriter and digital pioneer of the NFC-launched album Montagu Square met me at, well, 34 Montagu...
What makes a good design? What makes a great designer? Does it have anything to do with taste? Does it matter? The question I prefer to ask is how does the designer's work make me feel? What does it inspire in me? If the answer is nothing, then subjectively, it's not for me.
Terms like off-the-peg, tailored, ready-to-wear, custom-made, made-to-measure and bespoke have all been suggested by someone 'in the know' but other than understanding that some options are pricier than others, most blokes don't really know what it all means and what is actually right for them.
The fashion month is over and oh my, what a fantastic roller-coaster it was. While attending Milan Fashion Week for the first time and for the entire fashion week I had the chance to experience so many different emotions, from excitement and being amazed to getting extremely tired and skipping meals.
I would argue that customers really should be better informed with regard to what it is they're paying for. For the most part multinational luxury brands no longer produce in traditional, heritage markets. Many have now opted to source from lower-cost, large-scale manufacturing.
With the end of Fair Fashion Month, our ethical fashion campaign with Fairphone came the judging for A Sustainable World 2016 - our annual Art competition which attracts applicants from across the world. I was honoured to be joined on the judging panel by my current collaborator from across the pond, renowned vegan artist Dana Ellyn, and London's King of conceptual art Duggie Fields.
So, the wardrobe clearance begins. The endless folding and lamenting 'ah but she looks so cute in that - maybe I could squeeze another wear out of it'. Again, I should know better, there is no point in this.
Two years on from my original idea and I have now launched my business. I have one style of handbag in four different colours, waiting to enter someones life of memories and chapters. Though the basis of my business is about the design of my products, I aim to encourage other businesses to support our treasured craftspeople of the country.
I worked in an office for four years in NYC while living there. It was a great experience and taught me a lot of things. I had moved from London and was the new girl. Over and above the hard work you need to put in to prove to your peers you're one of them.
What makes a 'sustainable' wardrobe? Quantity is certainly the first thing that comes to my mind. We all have far too many clothes. And despite this, I'm willing to bet that most, if not all of us, always gravitate towards the same small number of items, again and again. The first item to kick off this series of features is worthy of its number one spot: The White Shirt.
On Naomi, Christy, Linda, et al, the white shirt looks incredible worn with distressed jeans (or, indeed, no jeans); on me, it's frumpy. Carolina Herrera and Laura Bailey are elegant and composed in white shirts tucked into full, mid-length skirts; on me, the look is bulky, my waist lost under the layers of fabric.
Why are men's and women's clothes so different? Why is there a range of clothes called 'boyfriend' style. What? You have to pretend to appropriate your boyfriend's clothes to wear a style that you like? So it comes down to this. The high street shops are lazy...
As Kermit the Frog once said 'it's not easy being green' and this is especially true when it comes to fashion. We always assume going green involves wearing a hemp sack and not washing your hair for weeks on end but this just isn't true.
London Fashion Week might have ended but we got close and personal with the most stylish fashionistas during the week. They do say the best place to scout new styles and trends are at London Fashion Week.
As shoe consumption continues to rise, it is vital that we stop the exploitation and poverty trap that women homeworkers find themselves in. The answer is not the knee-jerk reaction that some brands may advocate of banning homeworking from their supply chains.