Sustainable Fashion

The Essence of Estethica: London Fashion Week's Platform for Emerging Sustainable Talent

Veronica Crespi | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Veronica Crespi

When it comes to the core concept of launching, nurturing and mentoring new brands, that's when the new concept really reveals its new, winning formula. With the tag 'Fashion For A Sustainable Future', it is clear the mission for the new 'Estethica: Emerging Talents' is to forge a new and stronger generation of sustainable forces.

Best of 2013 Part Two: Fashioning A Better Future

Christine de Leon | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christine de Leon

After the Rana Plaza disaster last April, consumers could see first hand how their appetite for cheap clothes fuels exploitative working conditions amongst the poorest people on Earth. 2013 became the year that the industry were forced to reevaluate the efficacy of their corporate social responsibility policies.

Join the Fashion Revolution - Who Made Your Clothes?

Amisha Ghadiali | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amisha Ghadiali

Please mark 24 April 2014 in your diaries as this is Fashion Revolution Day when we will come together to commemorate the first anniversary of the collapse, remember the victims of Rana Plaza and change our fashion future.

From Fast Fashion to Slow Style

Fiona McPhillips | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona McPhillips

So workers are suffering because of low wages and dangerous working conditions, consumers are suffering thanks to poor quality clothing that doesn't last and the environment is suffering due to the overproduction of clothes and a complete lack of regard for sustainability. The clothes may be cheap but we are all paying for them one way or another.

Five Easy Ways to Recycle Your Old Clothes

Kate Holroyd | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Holroyd

You don't always need to have comprehensive sewing skills to be able to transform an item of clothing into something that's trendy, and on the cheap.

Why I May Never Buy New Again

Zoe Yates | Posted 12.09.2013 | UK Style
Zoe Yates

This year at Brighton Fashion Week we saw the introduction of the Sustain show, an event created to showcase ethically minded design. Designs were created using both sustainable and up-cycled materials - and wow, what a show it was!

Let Your Feet Do the Talking!

Kate Lawson | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Style
Kate Lawson

A day-to-night sandal is often a key factor when choosing Summer footwear - while trend and comfort are also important, making a style statement with your feet which can work across on or off duty ensembles, is ultimately what drives most women to shop in store or online.

Made in England

Christine de Leon | Posted 03.05.2013 | UK Style
Christine de Leon

It is quicker and better to circumvent a murky supply chain altogether by reframing our love for fashion in two ways: first, decide that it is better to buy from independent designers rather than a multinational corporation and second, look for labels that are manufactured locally.

What Are Your Rules To Dress By?

Amisha Ghadiali | Posted 17.03.2013 | UK Style
Amisha Ghadiali

The global industry that employs one sixth of the world's population is riddled with issues such as fast fashion, toxic chemical use, forced labour and waste. Let's make 2013 the year each of us become conscious consumers and demand that the fashion industry is changed.

What if, Man? - The Power of Fashion

Mart Drake-Knight | Posted 19.02.2013 | UK Style
Mart Drake-Knight

Right now it's so powerful that people are happy to shop in high street stores without any real clue as to where the clothing comes from, what it's made of and who made it - other than it probably came from somewhere in the third world, and that it's going in the bin in a month's time.

Treasure Vintage in the Age of Austerity

Christine de Leon | Posted 30.01.2013 | UK Style
Christine de Leon

It's safe to say that the festive season has begun. The office Christmas party is booked and New Year's Eve party invitations have been RSVP'd, so now the 'What will I wear?' question looms in the air, somewhere between your wardrobe as it is now and your bank account.

The Classic Bride: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Christine de Leon | Posted 30.09.2012 | UK Style
Christine de Leon

If you're walking down the aisle for the first time - or not as the case may be - I've got some sustainable wedding dresses for you to consider.

Swedish Hasbeens - Better Shoes, for a Better World | An Interview With Founder Emy Blixt

Akeela Bhattay | Posted 05.06.2012 | UK Style
Akeela Bhattay

I must confess; I am not a fan of the cuspate, six-incher heel. Yes, they look very fetching and yes, they can add a prominent elegance and sometimes ...

Fashion People Who Push the Environmental Agenda

Christine de Leon | Posted 19.05.2012 | UK Style
Christine de Leon

The earth's resources can't sustain the hideous environmental impact of fast, cheap fashion. As our landfills reach capacity with our binned six-week-old Primark leggings, it feels very much to me like the healthy future of the environment is in the fibres in which we chose to clothe ourselves.

London Fashion Week: Prophetik

Nick Bain | Posted 24.04.2012 | UK Style
Nick Bain

Prophetik needs time and space to continue to grow, London Fashion Week and Vauxhall Fashion Scout are great incubators of talent so next season should be stronger. Bizarrely the menswear succeeded in it's rebirth of past times, where this caused the womenswear to flounder slightly.

London Fashion Week Day Three: Estethica Rules the Roost

Christine de Leon | Posted 21.04.2012 | UK Style
Christine de Leon

I met Audrey Hepburn on Day Three of London Fashion Week at a fashion party in Somerset House. As we all know Audrey is a style icon, so what could be a better way to inspire the next couple of days of Oxfam London Fashion Week challenge?

London Fashion Week Day 2: When Off-Schedule is Just 'Off'

Christine de Leon | Posted 20.04.2012 | UK Style
Christine de Leon

The largest off-schedule event at London Fashion Week this year was The Good Fashion Show, a public event dedicated to eco-fashion.

Prophetik: Think Globally, Act Locally

Christine de Leon | Posted 10.04.2012 | UK Style
Christine de Leon

What Jeff Garner is doing with Prophetik is unique. Apart from being an artist with a clear vision, he is an entrepreneur who owns his means of production, he is a businessman who understands the values of environmental justice drive that his brand forward and these factors combined create Prophetik's unique position in the market.

Recycled and Cooked: Sustainable Jewellery

Christine de Leon | Posted 23.01.2012 | UK Style
Christine de Leon

I was at the Wellcome Trust recently to see an exhibition about charms and superstition called Charmed Life: The Solace of Objects, which is - you guessed it - about charms, amulets and superstition.

Sustainable and Ethical: Trainers that Don't Cost the Earth

Christine de Leon | Posted 04.01.2012 | UK Style
Christine de Leon

When I think of monolithic sportswear brands and their highly questionable supply chains, I just have to resign myself that the Gazelle and the Chuck T are both one of those "It was great while it lasted, and even though you're still hot, it just isn't working for me anymore," relationships.

London Fashion Week: Corrie Nielsen S/S 12 and the Carbon Off-Set Dilemma

Christine de Leon | Posted 19.11.2011 | UK Style
Christine de Leon

Corrie Nielsen's Spring/Summer 2012 Collection entitled Arbiter Elegantiarum is heavily inspired by Wildean Victoriana where she cleverly melds English tailoring with modernist Japanese aesthetics...But how carbon neutral can she remain as a business?

The Malcolm X T-shirt Revisited

Christine de Leon | Posted 15.11.2011 | UK Style
Christine de Leon

The early 1990s were a golden era in postmodern black consciousness and 'X' was a symbol of empowerment emblazoned across the chests of so many young black men. However, within three or four years of such a potent resurgence of black radical thought, the 'X' tees seemed to disappear into the bottom drawer. So to see this symbol re-emerge on a suit jacket in 2011 was positively sublime.