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.
Raquel Gracia, founder and designer for GraciaWoman, tells us a little more about her ethically luxurious brand, and why being a part of Fashion for the Brave is important to her...

"Two years ago I decided to change my hectic life, follow my dream and design a collection made of 100% ecological and organic clothing while supporting craftsmanship and small communities.

"For years I researched, visited countries and attended conferences about ecological, conservation, organic and fair trade textiles. My company does not only support small communities of weavers in the Sahara - where I source cactus silks and produce clothing - but also contributes to the wellbeing of our planet.

"My focal point is 100% the environment ...all my cottons are 100% organic and fair trade. My organic denim is washed in Ozone, a method that uses very little cold water and hardly any energy.
Richmond Blazer, £295
"My Scottish tweed is 775gr which makes it the thickest and heaviest available today. The blazer's design comes from the Victorian age and resembles my great grandmother’s riding jacket. The jackets are all rounded and extra fitted and enhance the natural woman’s waist and silhouette. In a few words, it makes your waist smaller and gives you an optical slender silhouette - it is all in the pattern construction from my grandmother.

"It is vital we all help the servicemen and women who serve on the front line and in operational theatres all over the world. I am truly honoured to have been asked to be part of the Fashion for the Brave’s Catwalk Show."

The show is certainly in aid of two very good causes and is quite rightly supported by some big names including patrons Sienna Miller and Jasper Conran. The HCOCF provides financial support to injured soldiers and their families, including those who have lost their lives on active service, and the BFF boosts the morale of servicemen and women on the frontline and in operational theatres all over the world. 

Other supporters for this evening include Ethical British beauty brand Maison D'Anu, which has launched a bespoke red nail colour in support of the HCOCF. The nail polish, named Brave, will be showcased at the event. Laura Mercier will be providing the make up team on the night and Hackett will be sponsoring the menswear element of the evening. Other brands that have generously donated prizes and elements for the evening include Boodles, Cocorose, Anjli London, The Dorchester, and Albany, and the event is supported by the British Fashion Council.

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