Behind the glamour of London Fashion Week and the aspirational images in glossy magazines is the reality of the global fashion industry: a grim picture of women living in abject poverty, struggling to survive whilst making the clothes sold on UK high streets for major fashion brands.
Every once in a while, I find it beneficial to pause my eco mission and join the wider fashion crowd to see what's happening. An interesting and informative place to go is PURE London, arguably one of the UK's largest trade events for designers and fashion buyers.
I've long been in favour of taking the pantomime out of politics and that's especially the case with the weekly performance that is Prime Minister's Q...
Spring is upon us! And soon we'll be putting away the faux furs and boots in exchange for light and floaty attire ready to show more skin for warmer weather. London Fashion Week last year was just a teaser of what was expected this year, one thing I gathered was that the 70's are coming back!
The world and it's perception of beauty is changing, and in the UK, the black and minority population has doubled over the last 10 years, and the mixed race population is one of the fastest growing ethnic groups. I now see more and more advertising campaigns and magazine editorials that feature a wider range of ethnicities.
There are many, many other ways that we, the Greater Normal Public (GNP), can adopt and interpret the more wearable trends for Autumn/Winter. And what a delectable choice we have. From the stunning sequins of Preen to the gorgeous gowns of Emilia Wickstead; the drop-dead swoony dresses of Daks to the endless hipsta ensembles of Isa Arfen.
Don't wear any clothes that match EVER at fashion week. Street cool aims for a look akin to that petulant six year old on the tube whose exhausted mother allowed her to wear her Disney 'Frozen' dress over her dungarees because she wouldn't stop screaming.
Challenging the dominance of the white model, for example, in a country with a history of colonialism is an inevitable part of progress. It is about moving beyond the limitations of the past. High fashion would do well to be a part of this.
I have an obsession with beautiful things. Beautiful furnishings, beautiful food, beautiful dresses, beautiful music, beautiful photographs and definitely beautiful shoes.
From the age of 10 I was obsessed with models and fashion I loved the creativity and the glamour. I would look at these images and wish I to could look like those models in the magazines, being young and naive I was unaware about the hard work that is put into creating an image and that what I was really looking at were images of fantasy.
We kept our eyes glued to the Central-East European selection (can't blame - this is what we do) and the selection was pretty visually pleasing, with the Czech Republic at the centre of attention. My humble guess was that the first prize for the best Country representation this year will come back to Europe, Central Europe, Czech Republic, and my prediction was correct.
Sana Rezwan is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Indelust.com, the curated online luxury lifestyle boutique for independent and ethical fashion,...
If I hadn't known already that Düsseldorf was a city of fashion, I would have discovered it as soon as I walked into the Hotel Indigo after a surprisingly quick, cheap and hassle-free taxi drive from the airport, which is about four miles and €20 away. I know I'm in the right place from the big hotel sign out front in, of course, indigo. But where's the reception?
I am proud of my uniqueness and believe individuality should be celebrated. Why try and blend in when you were born to stand out?! I refuse to be labelled. I am not a robot, or a carbon copy. I am a human being. My arm does not define me as a person. It is just part of me, like every other part is.
This week, Indonesian brand and e-commerce platform HijUp made an appearance at London Fashion Week. Early in 2015 they took venture funding between $US1 million and $US10 million from a pool of global investors.
London Fashion Week AW16 is only just kicking off and already we have witnessed some historic transformations. As technology and social media have become increasingly prominent parts of our daily lives, the way in which we interact with brands is changing and the fashion industry is being compelled to respond.