So I’ve been living in London for two months now, but only recently had a chance to explore the area I’m staying in, Dulwich, this week, and was pleasantly surprised to discover Fashion Conscience, an eco-concept store filled to the brim with ethical fashion!
Christopher Ræburn is a luxury fashion label that prioritizes the three R’s – Reduced, Remade, Recycled – without compromising on style. To celebrate studio Raeburn’s striking Spring/Summer 18 collection shown this month at London Fashion Week Men’s, I looked back on his past projects and collaborations and explored the various ways that the British designer is championing sustainable fashion.
I am still buzzing from last Sunday where Siam Colvine, Hope Miller and I spent the day at Graduate Fashion Week at the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch, London. GFW is a showcase of the work of hundreds of fashion graduates from all over the UK, from womenswear and menswear to communication and marketing, with a vast exhibition space fille with portfolios, sketchbooks, samples and CVs on display for the industry to browse through, and a packed schedule of runway shows, career support, presentations, performances, awards, workshops and live talks.
Fast fashion is a troublesome industry full of hypocrisy and lies. Are you feeling ugly and unsuccessful? Buy this dress, it will make you happy. Oh, but buy a different one next week, as that happiness won’t last. Do you wish you could afford designer fashion but don’t have the budget? Buy these cheap shoes, but of course they won’t last, so buy more, and more, until you can’t afford your rent. Do you equate fashion to glamour and fame? Well, the underpaid, overworked seamstresses in Bangladesh might disagree.
Ethical fashion aims to combat these problems by creating more envirnomentally and socially friendly products. But unfortunately, as more and more ethical fashion brands are formed, this creates yet more, arguably pointless, stuff, which ultimately puts more pressure on the world’s resources. I call this new kind of hypocrisy ‘the buying more stuff matrix’. Read on to find out why.
When it comes to fashion, an industry that changes constantly and rapidly, you can never stop learning. I think to write about fashion, and in this case ethical fashion, I’ve got to stay educated, above and beyond my university course, so I thought I’d compile here some of my favourite ethical fashion resources, including the best book, film, magazine, blog, podcast and Ted talk. Stay tuned until the end, where I have some very exciting ethcial fashion news of my own!