Sunday, 23 September 2012

Chinti and Parker with added goop

Let's face it, the gorgeous Gwyneth Paltrow is such an icon that she could probably get away with rocking a piano tie and bubble skirt combo and we'd all give it a go. As one of the most recognisable lifestyle influencers out there, with her hugely popular website, it's great to see her flying the flag for ethical fashion through a new partnership with Chinti and Parker.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

GraciaWoman joins British stars for Fashion for the Brave

Jade Parfitt in a Corrie Nielsen Union Jack dress created especially for this year's Fashion for the Brave

This evening The Dorchester plays host to a super-glam crowd of British stars for Fashion for the Brave, an annual gala event to raise funds for the Household Cavalry Operational Casualties Fund (HCOCF) and the British Forces Foundation (BFF). This year the theme is Town and Country, hosted by Claudia Winkleman, with Hilary Alexander introducing a fashion show featuring several gorgeous British fashion favourites including GraciaWoman.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Estethica/Veolia Re-Source competition winner announced

The British Fashion Council has announced Liora Lasselle as the winner of the Estethica / Veolia Re-Source competition with Central Saint Martins (CSM). This new collaboration aims to identify and nurture a CSM student to develop creative and sustainable solutions in fashion.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

At Estethica SS13: Q&A with Victim Fashion Street

Since 2000 Mei-hui Liu has been creating one-off items on London's Fashion Street, just off buzzing Brick Lane. A Taiwan-born devotee of Victorian lace and frills, she soon found herself slashing some of the sweetness out of salvaged garments and antique trimmings, developing an edgy and individual look. Her label is among 15 exhibiting at this season's London Fashion Week ethical showcase Estethica, and here she reveals a little bit more about herself and the thoughts behind her new collection:

Friday, 14 September 2012

Livia Firth & Lucy Siegle launch Green Cut

L-R Stephen Jones (& Model wearing Stephen Jones hat), Model wearing Stella McCartney, Roksanda Ilincic (& Model wearing Roksanda Ilincic), Caroline Rush (CEO, British Fashion Council), Model in Tom Ford, Lisa Gregg (Vice President at American Express), Standing behind: Model in Marios Schwab, Marios Scwab, Sitting: Jonathan Saunders & Model in Jonathan Saunders, Antonio Berardi (& Model in Antonio Berardi), Livia Firth, Alice Temperley (& Model in Temperley).
Green Cut is a new and unique initiative from The Green Carpet Challenge co-founders, Livia Firth and Lucy Siegle in association with American Express, celebrating the very best of fashion, film and sustainability. Launched last night at Somerset House, Green Cut pairs eight seminal fashion designers with eight iconic British films to raise awareness of a sustainable approach to fashion design.

My Fair Lady has been reinterpreted by the fabulous milliner Stephen Jones, and my favourite, The Red Shoes has been beautifully re-imagined by Jonathan Saunders. The other (all stunning!) Green Cut designer and film pairings are:
  • Evergreen, Directed by Victor Saville (1934) - Re-interpreted by Antonio Berardi 
  • Darling, Directed by John Schlesinger (1965) - Re-interpreted by Tom Ford 
  • Its Love Again, Directed by Victor Saville (1936) - Re-interpreted by Roksanda Ilincic 
  • Accident, Directed by Harold Pinter, (1967) - Re-interpreted by Stella McCartney 
  • Things to Come, Directed by William Cameron Menzies, (1936) - Re-interpreted by Marios Schwab 
  • Velvet Goldmine, Directed by Todd Haynes, (1998) - Re-interpreted by Alice Temperley
It's so fantastic to see each of these super-star designers showing their support for an eco-friendly fashion approach!

These wonderful creations are now on exhibit to all UK and international press and buyers attending LFW this season, housed in the entrance to the BFC’s ethical and sustainable initiative Estethica. After LFW, the showcase will move exclusively to Harrods, 22nd October-5th November.

At Estethica SS13: Makepiece

“We’ve chosen a tonal palette in hues of mauve this year. You can’t help but be influenced by the liquidity and turbulence that has been all around us. We’re using the colour to enhance the fluidity of our knits.”
- Makepiece designer, Nicola Sherlock-Windle.

Estethica, the ethical fashion exhibition now in it's sixth year at London Fashion Week, will be showcasing 15 cutting-edge designers this season, all of whom adhere to fair trade and sustainable principles. One of the chosen is Makepiece, a label established in 2004 in the Pennine town of Todmorden.

Makepiece designs draw inspiration from the Pennine landscape, and the label produces two seasonal collections a year; a classic range of accessories including unique knitted shrugs and a collection of knitted wedding dresses, shrugs and capes.

The latest collection almost didnt make it to LFW having been lost in the recent flooding. Luckily, Makepiece dyer Keith Newland at Paint Box Textiles, stepped forward to sponsor the collection and supply beautiful British Bluefaced Leicester wool dyed precisely at their mill in Liversedge near Dewsbury. The resulting collection was entitled 'Between the Floods'.

Makepiece is a label designed to be ethical and sustainable, using 100% British wool, mohair and alpaca - wool is naturally renewable and biodegradable. Yarns come from their own flock of low impact Shetland sheep with dying done only 20 miles from where they’re knitted in Yorkshire, UK to EU Standards with no azo dyes, no heavy metals, and effluent cleansing. Paint Box is accredited to dye to the Global Organic Textile Standard.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Belen Enchandia launch new handbags for AW12

Stockholm Tote (£475)

The London-based luxury accessories brand has launched a very tasty new handbag collection all lovingly hand-made by their family-run Italian atelier. Belen Enchandia are steadfast in their refusal to move their production to cheaper climes, which means you benefit from high-quality, artisan production, assured that the makers are living and working in fair conditions, and the brand can offer incredibly personal service.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

New Wave style from Chinti and Parker AW12

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Chinti and Parker's AW12 collection will make you feel like one of Jean-Luc Godard's hottest heroines, channeling New Wave chic with ease! Gorgeous autumn shades of fox red, forest green and deep saffron yellow warms the cockles, alongside a playful dose of ʻ50s Americana in the form of ditsy stars and graphic polka dots.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Somerset by Alice Temperley launches today

Calling all Alice Temperley fans! Roll on down to your nearest John Lewis immediately as a 60 piece collection from new label Somerset by Alice Temperley hits stores across the UK today. Named after Temperley’s beloved home county in the South West of England, the label’s first high street collaboration makes her deliciously romantic signature style accessible to us all, with her trademark lace detailing and silks a feature of much of the collection.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Special Edition Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish launches for The Prince's Trust

Launching this month is the scrummy Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Rose and Lavender Prince’s Trust Special Edition - a unique product resulting from a collaboration between one of the UKs leading beauty experts and Rebecca Taylor, a 26 year old entrepreneur supported by The Prince's Trust.

Liz Earle Beauty Co is the exclusive beauty partner for The Prince’s Trust Tomorrow campaign which launched back in spring. Tomorrow was created to inspire the next generation and is giving six Trust-supported young people simply the best start to a dazzling career by pairing them up with iconic mentors to create a product that will be retailed nationwide to raise funds for the Trust.

As if you needed an excuse to buy this product - the original Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser is easily the best best best around - £2.00 from every product sold is being donated to The Prince’s Trust’s vital work, helping young people into jobs and training. This special edition offers a little twist, with a unique blend of rose and lavender essential oils to Zen you out and relax your senses, helping to give you a good night’s sleep.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

One to watch: Q&A with Rebecca Desnos

Rebecca wearing one of her scarves
Rebecca Desnos launched her line of eco-conscious textiles this summer, with each piece handmade and dyed using only natural plant dyes and sustainable fibres. The scarves are made from sumptuously soft bamboo fabric that has a lustre akin to silk, and since bamboo is a sustainable resource that thrives naturally without the need for pesticides, it fits well with Rebecca's commitment to ethical practice.  Here she tells us a little more about her new label: