Tuesday, 28 August 2012

LFW celebrates the style guru that is Minnie Mouse!

This September, Disney will celebrate Minnie Mouse as a cultural icon by collaborating with a number of international designers creating ‘Minnie Mouse Must Haves’ - one-off garments and accessories, to be unveiled at London Fashion Week. Each designer involved - including Giles, Michael van der Ham, Richard Nicoll (image above), Katie Hillier, Lulu Guinness, and Terry de Havillandwill creatively interpret Minnie's signature bows and trademark polka dots. In addition, Meadham Kirchhoff will reveal a collaboration with Ms Mouse at its SS13 show.

Following the ‘Inspired by Minnie Mouse’ showcase, each of the ‘Minnie Mouse Must Haves’ will be available at an exclusive auction on eBay, offering fashion followers and Disney fans around the world the opportunity to own a unique one-off Minnie Mouse-inspired creation. Proceeds from the auction will be donated by Disney to support the Fashion Arts Foundation, a British Fashion Council initiative to nurture relationships between the creative industries and maintain a reputation for fashion innovation.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Q&A: Parker Liautaud

Not your average ski trip - a previous North Pole expendition
Parker Liautaud is one busy chap. Celebrated as a climate change campaigner, global policy leader, public speaker, environmental journalist and polar adventurer...yet he's still only 17 years old. Having recently delivered a million strong petition to Prime Minister David Cameron, he is committed to stimulating public debate on the importance of the environmental plight that he firmly believes is threatening the planet. He's certainly not afraid to lead from the front, acting as a spokesperson for his generation and showing admirable commitment and drive.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Michael Fish: B.A.S.E jumping legend!

Who'd have thought it eh?! Michael Fish, MBE, is now a fully fledged, bona fide freefaller since the brave man took the plunge to raise awareness of climate change. Fish, who is 68 years old, made the jump from a rooftop to highlight this important cause that's close to his heart - what a legend!

As a highly trained meteorologist he has a greater grasp of the effects of climate change than the average chap and he believes that drawing attention to the issue is well worth the risk.

“Raising awareness of climate change is really important, because there is no doubt whatsoever that if we carry on the way we are there will be shortages of food, shortages of water, towns and cities will be flooded, there’s all sorts of chaos that could arise, in fact some of it is already happening.

"We have to something about it now, not wait until it’s too late. If some of us have to make sacrifices, like risking our lives by jumping off buildings, then so be it”

Top marks to Fish, and Rapanui, the eco fashion brand that captured the event on video and released the footage online to support him in drawing attention to the issue. Rapanui know their stuff when it comes to sustainability and make some great looking clobber to boot - to hear more about them, check out their Q&A that previously featured on BonTonTimes here.

Show your support by sharing the video and applauding the man himself: Michael Fish, B.A.S.E jumping legend!

Friday, 17 August 2012

New natural body & hair care from Australian Native Botanicals

If you're on the look out for a nastiness-free skin and hair care experience, than the new Australian Native Botanicals range of completely natural products could be for you.

Available for different hair types, the professional-style hair treatments help keep your hair in better condition and are made using all natural, wild harvested, organic native Australian botanicals and essential oils, and are sulphate-free.

There's also a range of sulphate-free gels, scrub and lotions developed with spa and beauty salon professionals to gently cleanse and pamper the whole body while restoring the natural moisture balance of the skin.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Belen Echandia launches diffusion line

Luxury leather handbag designer Belen Echandia, famous for it's limited editions, is launching a brand new, and rather gorgeous, diffusion line ‘B.E. by Belen Echandia’. The new collection is inspired by style seen out on the street, taking everyday chic, stylish women for its muse and is a pared down version of the classic Belen Echandia look.

The collection has been created to provide further support for the skilled artisans that make each Belen Echandia bag. Jackie Cawthra, Belen Echandia's Creative Director explains why:

"The economic climate has caused many accessories' brands to relocate their production facilities to China in an attempt to slow the squeeze on margins caused by the mass of discounting of the last few years. This has put many European craftsmen out of business. We are not willing to compromise on the incomparable quality of our workmanship nor to walk away from the loyal, talented artisans that have brought the brand this far. Our ethos is to connect our customers with local artisans and our new diffusion line, B.E. by Belen Echandia, helps to protect our atelier so that future handbag lovers can experience the quality of a hand-made piece."

The first bags in the new collection include two chic wearable totes (our faves), a smart satchel and a soft hobo in very wearable colours - vermillion; petrol blue; fiery red and light gold - each hand-crafted by a family-run Italian atelier in leathers such as saffiano textured calf and soft pebbled cowhide.

Available from 8th August 2012 - go buy B.E. by Belen Echandia online at www.belenechandia.com (prices ranging from £30 to £350).

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Saturday, 4 August 2012

TOMS / Dazed & Confused film project competition

Groundbreaking footwear label TOMS has partnered up with Dazed & Confused on a new creative film project called Generation Change, asking UK-based filmmakers to submit a treatment for a short three minute film exploring 'British Change Makers'.

To be judged by TOMS, Dazed and British director Lucy Walker (Waste Land, The Tsunami and The Cherry Blossom), the winner will receive a massive £5,000 to make their film for TOMS and be featured on Dazed Digital. If you are inspired to make a statement, than you can find more details on how to apply here and the closing deadline is 28 August.

TOMS is a hugely successful company founded in 2006 by American traveller Blake Mycoskie who, having befriended children in Argentina, found they had no shoes with which to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS, which matches every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need - a programme which is the absolute living and breathing proof that all you need is a simple idea to make a huge difference.

The company has since given over 1,000,000 shoes to children in need, and has recently launched a new One for One eyewear initiative.


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