Edun and Made-By run a T-shirt design competition

September 30, 2009 by Maria Kaski · 2 Comments 

Bonnie-WrightBonnie Wright and celebrity pals will judge T-shirt designs for the Edun and Made-By sustainable design competition. Maria Kaski writes.

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Lily Cole and friends launch The North Circular

September 30, 2009 by Maria Kaski · 3 Comments 

‘Knitted by grannies, supported by supermodels’ is the motto behind new eco knitwear label, The North Circular. Amiee Jones writes.
The company is a joint effort between models Lily Cole and Katherine Poulton, Central Saint Martins graduate Alice Ashby and entrepreneur Isobel Davies. The line is comprised completely from the wool of rescued Wensleydale sheep and employs local grannies to whip them up into next seasons must-have, eco solution to blustery english weather.
The rescued sheep are from Izzy Lane’s sheep sanctuary in North Yorkshire, where the sheep chew on organic grass and live out their entire life. The dyes used to colour the wool is also natural, the dyeing being carried out within a 120 mile radius of the sanctuary to cut down on cO2 emissions. They also keep the packaging they use to a minimum and use recycled materials wherever possible.
Traditional english pieces are injected with a dose of the contemporary to create cozy, individual pieces you’ll be pulling out year are year. The knits are thick, chunky and practical, with just the right amount of quirkiness.
You can also invest in your very own bespoke North Circular piece by choosing from one of sixteen designs and five colours, so you get the exact combination you want. There is even a blog that keeps customers updated on the progress of their personalised order.
Gloves and scarfs are only the first step however, as the brand is working on expanding into other areas of accessories as well as luxurious yet understated eco women’s wear in the near future.

BOBBLE_2‘Knitted by grannies, supported by supermodels’ is the motto behind Lily Cole’s new eco knitwear label, The North Circular. Amiee Jones writes.

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Daily eBay – Comptoir des Cotonniers cardigan

September 30, 2009 by Maria Kaski · Leave a Comment 

Comptoir des Cotonniers, a French label now well established in Great Britain, does laid back chic like no other brand. Their collection is full of garments ideal for weekend layering. Lucie Goulet picks today’s Daily eBay.
This UK 10 belted cardigan will look gorgeous over a white tee or contrasting colour tank top. Its white and grey stripes make it ideal for a relaxed weekend lunch. Dress it up with grey pleated trousers for a work-appropriate look.
Comptoir’s clothes are regularly featured in fashion photoshoots. Fashion blogger and journalist Liberty London Girl recently named one of their bags as a central part of her handbag collection. Illustrator Daisy de Villeneuve is also a fan.
Bidding on this item starts at £4.99 and ends on September 30th.
Find the cardigan on Ebay: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Chic-Comptoir-des-Cotonniers-cardigan-top-size-S-UK-10_W0QQitemZ170386453036QQcmdZViewItemQQptZWomen_s_Clothing?hash=item27abd2f22c&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

DE-Sept-30Comptoir des Cotonniers, a French label now well established in Great Britain, does laid back chic like no other brand. Their collection is full of garments ideal for weekend layering. Lucie Goulet picks today’s Daily eBay.

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Daily eBay – Zadig & Voltaire scarf

September 29, 2009 by Maria Kaski · Leave a Comment 

With Paris Fashion Week starting tomorrow, the focus this week is on French designers. Zadig & Voltaire first made its name among fashion editors thanks to its cashmere jumpers and Tunisiens tees adorned with skulls, band names and hemp leaves is now the epitome of Left Bank glam rock chic. Lucie Goulet picks today’s Daily eBay.
This versatile mauve scarf is an easy way to introduce French cool into your wardrobe. In wool with silver thread woven through, it will instantly add glamour to your outfit on cold weekends. It would look amazing with a white coat à la Ludivine Sagnier in Les Chansons d’Amour or quickly thrown over a neutral jumper.
Sienna Miller wore a Zadig blazer while promoting Boss Orange, Alexis Bledel went for a head-to-toe look for a magazine party while Eva Longoria was spotted shopping in their West Hollywood boutique.
Bidding on this item starts at £14.99 and ends October 1st.
Find the scarf on Ebay:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Zadig-Voltaire-Lux-Mauve-sparkly-fancy-knit-scarf_W0QQitemZ370265020019QQcmdZViewItemQQptZWomen_s_Clothing?hash=item563583d673&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

DE-Sept-29With Paris Fashion Week starting tomorrow, the focus this week is on French designers. Zadig & Voltaire first made its name among fashion editors thanks to its cashmere jumpers and Tunisiens tees adorned with skulls, band names and hemp leaves is now the epitome of Left Bank glam rock chic. Lucie Goulet picks today’s Daily eBay.

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Remade fashion gets colourful

September 28, 2009 by Maria Kaski · 2 Comments 

Remade uses unwanted clothes to create new garments and accessories.
The ever-quickening pace of fashion has significantly increased the number of clothes bought and gotten rid of. According to an article published in Style in May 2008, “we now consume 2m tonnes of clothing and textiles a year. 1.1m tonnes go straight in the bin, while just 300,000 tonnes are recycled”. Lucie Goulet reports on the remade craze.
Remade fashion targets all the unrecycled tonnes and gives them a new wardrobe life. Most remade clothes are unique because they are sewn from apparel or fabrics existing in limited quantity. In addition to endless styling possibilities, remade offers clothes with a personality, which guarantees you will stand out in the crowd. And once you’re bored with your remade item, you can always give it a new life by turning in into something different.
Womenswear: My Only One.
My Only One takes your old sports tees and remakes them, Sport Nouveau style. Working on a concept pioneered by Junky Styling and its use of men suits, My Only One turns t-shirts into dresses and skirts or trendy jumpsuits. Pamela Daniels, creative director and co-founder of the brand, is highly involved in ethical fashion. She currently is the director of green style hotspot Ethical Fashion Forum.
Daniels explains that the idea for My Only One came because she had “a stack of clothes in her wardrobe waiting for little alterations that she never got around to.” The brand is now on sale in Topshop’s flagship store on Oxford Street, London.
HYPERLINK “http://www.myonlyone.co.uk/” http://www.myonlyone.co.uk/
Womenswear: Goodone
Goodone was set up in 2005 by Brighton University graduates Nin Castle and Phoebe Emerson. All Goodone pieces are created from recycled garments either donated to the brand or chosen in local recycling factories. Castle and Emerson also work with other fashion designers to give a new shelf life to faulty garments which otherwise would have been thrown away.
The quality and uniqueness of the Goodone creations has attracted national press coverage. Last April, the label launched a collection in support of Breakthrough Breast Cancer made with recycled Fashion Targets Breast Cancer tees.
HYPERLINK “http://www.goodone.co.uk/” http://www.goodone.co.uk/
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Accessories: Helena Jewellery
Helena Jewellery creates remade fascinators, brooches and headband using flowers, earrings and cameos bought in charity shops. All of them are personalised with spray paint, glitter or buttons before being added to the new accessories. Designer Helena Canfora explained that one of the interests of using pre-owned object in her creation process was to “imagine who could have been their previous owners”. She considers recycling to make new accessories an evidence, saying that she “doesn’t see the point in not recycling if you can”.
HYPERLINK “http://www.helenajewellery.co.uk/” http://www.helenajewellery.co.uk/
Underwear: Kerrie Curzon
Kerrie Curzon started creating remade garments when she was given old clothes and fabrics from her grandmother’s wardrobe, and ill-fitting apparel by friends. She started by turning the dresses into skirts. Realising how much fabric was still going to waste, she decided to sew underwear out of the cuts. As her business was growing, notably with her participation in the Remade Fashion Fair in Birmingham last February, Curzon started using outfits found in charity shops.
Of her creation process, she explains that “making pants from shirts is always pleasing as there are many ways to arrange the pattern pieces. The buttons can be used as a feature running along the back hip line, or the button placket can be done up and used to run vertically down the back”.
HYPERLINK “http://www.paperfairies.moonfruit.com/” http://www.paperfairies.moonfruit.com/

myonlyoneRemade fashion involves using unwanted clothes to create new garments and accessories. The ever-quickening pace of fashion has significantly increased the number of clothes bought and gotten rid of. According to an article published in Style in May 2008, “we now consume 2m tonnes of clothing and textiles a year. 1.1m tonnes go straight in the bin, while just 300,000 tonnes are recycled”. Lucie Goulet reports on the remade craze.

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Jasper Garvida unveils couture recycling at LFW

September 25, 2009 by Maria Kaski · Leave a Comment 

As the official partner to designer Jasper Garvida at London Fashion Week 2010, Japan’s premium beer Asahi not only featured as the main sponsor for the designer but actually made an appearance on the Catwalk itself. Jennifer Ebert writes.
The designer styled Asahi bottle tops in to embellishments on dresses in his collections creating an exciting ‘Couture Recycling’ collaboration between the two brands that is guaranteed to turn heads.
The process of creating decorative bottle tops involved hammering the bottle tops flat and puncturing holes through the metal, large brightly coloured sequins were then placed over the bottle cap and attached using the holes which were then secured with beads – an extremely time consuming and challenging process but to a wonderful effect to ignite the creativity in us all.
The hotly anticipated collaboration took centre stage at the prestigious ON/OFF Catwalk on September 19th 2009, to acclaimed reviews.  Jaspers has already made dresses for a number of celebrity clients including Lady Shakira Caine, Jodie Kidd, Sophie Dahl and Liz Hurley. Show-goers were met by a wonderfully bold and bright springtime collection, replete with ruffles, sequin and bottle tops of course!

jasper2As the official partner to designer Jasper Garvida at London Fashion Week 2010, Japan’s premium beer Asahi not only featured as the main sponsor for the designer but actually made an appearance on the Catwalk itself. Jennifer Ebert writes.

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Melissa and Campana create a range of exotic footwear

September 25, 2009 by Maria Kaski · 1 Comment 

Melissa, the Brazilian plastic shoes brand and the Campana brothers, famous South American designers, are teaming up for a range of sandals, the Campana Zig Zag, the Carioca model and the newest Melissa + Campana Corallo. Lucie Goulet writes.
The Corallo, inspired by Fernando and Humberto Campana’s Corallo chair, is made of 30% recycled PVC. Each shoe design will be unique because of the intertwining strings making the body of the sandal. Corallo will be available in translucid (purple, crystal, lime green, fume and orange) and solid (silver, pearl pink) colours which should take you from a stroll on the beach to work to an evening out. To complement the shoes, the Campanas and Melissa created a handbag made in the same traces.
Part of the money raised from the sales will go to the Visao Mundial de Recife, a charity dear to the Campana brothers.
Their work is inspired by Brazilian streetlife and carnival and mostly uses unwanted materials such as wood or off-cut fabrics. The London Design Museum defines their work as “transforming something poor into something decadent and opulent”.
Plastic shoes are currently having a runway moment. Melissa and Vivienne Westwood are collaborating on shoes ranging from flats with bows to practical ankle boots. Jimmy Choo and Hunter teamed up for luxury rain boots while See by Chloé produced bright yellow jelly shoes seen on Kate Bosworth this summer.

an-CAMPANAMelissa, the Brazilian plastic shoes brand and the Campana brothers, famous South American designers, are teaming up for a range of sandals, the Campana Zig Zag, the Carioca model and the newest Melissa + Campana Corallo. Lucie Goulet writes.

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Celebrities attend the Reclaim Exhibition at London’s Eco Age

September 25, 2009 by Jen Marsden · 1 Comment 

Last night saw the launch of Reclaim at Eco Age, an exhibition promoting the greener side of design and just one part of the many activities held in association with the London Design Festival. Jen Marsden writes.
Eco Age, the West London shop established by siblings Livia Firth and Nicola Giuggioli, opened its doors to a host of celebrities and eco-lovers, including Livia’s star actor hubbie Colin Firth.
Enough of Colin though – this small exhibition was the leading evening spectacle. Nicola Giuggioli explained where the idea came from. “We wanted to put together all the elements of what Eco Age focuses on, such as fashion, textiles, design and homewares. So, we sent Orsola De Castro, (curator of LFW’s Estethica and revolutionary fashion label  HYPERLINK “http://www.fromsomewhere.co.uk” From Somewhere) and an incredibly good interior and furniture designer called John Teal to Heathrow to the lost luggage auction to buy 20 pieces.” Not knowing what was inside each suitcase, their challenge was to produce an item from whatever mixed textiles they came across.
Both designers reached different conclusions on what to create. Teal produced a fabulous bedspread made out of the entire contents of one bought bag that got the big thumbs up from the Greenmystyle.com team. It had been carefully stitched together to give the effect that you’ve got clothes strewn across your bed. And, on the off chance that you haven’t quite sorted out your washing since your summer holiday, no visitor will ever know with this ingenious concept.
De Castro created a selection of quirky yet gorgeous wedding dresses, using elements of her classic From Somewhere signature expression. One piece has a chopped up and re-stitched ‘I heart NY’ tee as the focal point of the dress’s rear, with variations of white that included floral and striped fabrics eclectically mingled. This was to represent the new explosion of life that the garment has been given, while not forgetting the “elements of people’s lives from all over the world, all their history, and stories.” Another elegant black dress has rosette details that has been created from discovered panties (washed and clean, we were thankfully told).
Giugggioli is already taking the Reclaim idea to the next level: ‘I wonder about what would happen if the actual owner of one of those suitcases showed up at the shop and recognised his or her belongings in the new creations… I hope I will have the chance to see the reaction!’
The Reclaim exhibition is taking place until 27th September 2009, so head to  HYPERLINK “http://www.eco-age.com” Eco Age at 213 Chiswick High Road, London, W4 2DW to have a gander.

wedding_dressLast night saw the launch of Reclaim at Eco Age, an exhibition promoting the greener side of design and just one part of the many activities held in association with the London Design Festival. Jen Marsden writes.

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Daily eBay – Vintage 80s suede clutch bag

September 25, 2009 by Maria Kaski · 1 Comment 

No wardrobe is complete without a collection of elegant clutch bags, and even when one’s closet is fit to burst, there’s always room for one more little bundle of joy. Amiee Jones picks today’s Daily eBay.
There’s nothing more chic than carrying a small yet perfectly formed bag, that unlike more cumbersome models, don’t take away from an outfit.
The classic clutch comes in all manner of shapes, sizes and finishes, this vintage eighties piece being a fabulous find. The pastel colours are delicately feathered onto the suede to create a dreamy watercolour effect, reminiscent of expressionist paintings.
The bag is given structure by it’s glinting gold frame, and is lined with immaculate black and gold silky fabric. It fastens with a discreet and convenient magnetic popper, meaning quicker and easier make-up touch ups.
Pair this unique bag with a white dress and grecian style plaited hair during the summer, for a modern take on a classic screen goddess look. The soft colours will work wonderfully against white jersey with lashings of gold jewellery to set it off.
A gorgeous addition to any bag collection, this clutch is the stuff of vintage dreams.
The bid is currently at £9.99, the auction ends on 30th September.

ebayNo wardrobe is complete without a collection of elegant clutch bags, and even when one’s closet is fit to burst, there’s always room for one more little bundle of joy. Amiee Jones picks today’s Daily eBay.

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GreenmyLIFEstyle’s Zoe Robinson picks her top Estethica dresses

September 24, 2009 by greenmystyle · Leave a Comment 

Stepping in to this year’s Estethica at LFW I was surprised to see so many neutrals for SS10, but on venturing just a little further inside I was delighted to find an abundance of gorgeous garments in stunning colours that I can’t wait to wear next year. Here are my top 10 dresses, each picked for their great party potential, versatile casual style or for being perfect work wear.
Firstly the casual dresses – they’ll be a wardrobe staple so they need to go with everything and have the ability to be dressed up at a moment’s notice for an impromptu summer BBQ or cocktail on the beach.
People Tree – I love the 70’s beach wear vibe of this jersey dress from People Tree. You can wear with sandals on the beach, team with a jacket and pumps for work or throw on wedges or heels, a pink belt and vintage beads for a fab evening look.
Globe Hope – Finnish brand Globe Hope have ingeniously styled this cute dress from post consumer linen. The detail on the neckline is so gorgeous that it doesn’t need a lot of accessorising and I’d be inclined to keep it simple – for day wear this dress would look cute worn with pumps or sandals or for a more elegant look add heels and a clutch bag.
Article 23  – We’re told this silk jersey dress was picked out of 1000’s of pieces for the Paris fashion week’s top 100 for their catwalk show and we can see why – the stunning fabric feels amazingly soft  so not only is it super stylish but also very comfortable to wear.  Wear loose with sandals and a fedora on the beach or for a sharper look, add heels and accessorise with long beads or chains and chunky bracelets. To give the figure more definition cinch in at the waist with a tan belt or lower on your hips for a more relaxed look.
Minna – This beautiful dress from Minna certainly stood out for its beautiful design and fabric and could easily have gone in the party dress top picks too. This is the kind of dress you can throw on when you feel you have nothing to wear and you’ll instantly feel gorgeous.  No jewellery (or shoes) required with this one but it’s also easy to dress up with heels and delicate jewellery or down with sandals and a flower in your hair!
Eco work wear can be hard to get right in a smart office environment – you don’t want to compromise on style but have to look tailored and professional. Here are my top work dresses that can easily dressed up or down according to the occasion.
Henrietta Ludgate – This dress is simply stunning and would be a wonderful addition to any wardrobe. With the flared hemline giving a twist on the classic wiggle dress this offers a fresh and current alternative for work wear, plus it can be accessorised to perfection a number of ways. Add some colourful statement jewellery and shoes to enhance the quirky element of the dress, or go for timeless elegance by wearing with simple gold jewellery.
Junky Styling – Another brilliant re-worked design from Junky Styling – the traditional stripe shirt, updated in this gorgeous and innovative style makes it perfect work wear. This dress is beautifully tailored and nicely fitted at the waist so is very flattering as well as being a good length for the office. Super versatile, it can be teamed with trainers or pumps for a more casual look
Article 23  - Stylish, tailored, eco work wear can be scarce, so this fitted shift dress from Article 23 is a great find. Also available in black, this dress is so versatile – it can be worn as in the picture with a shirt underneath or with matching fitted jacket for a sharper, more formal look. Go straight from the office to an evening do by accessorising with killer heels, skinny belt and some stunning jewellery.
After my initial concern that colour in the SS10 collections was somewhat lacking I’m happy to bring you my top party dresses from Estethica:
Lalesso – This gorgeous 50’s inspired Lalesso dress has a cut away back and comes in a few different patterns.  Beautifully styled in this photo, I love this exotic flower and leaf print which is at its best worn with minimal jewellery (anything more might be overkill). Team with a simple bright pink belt or ribbon at the waist and heels or wedge sandals for the evening. For day wear, add a cardigan and pumps for an updated 50’s feel.
Mark Liu’s zero waste designs need little accessorising as each one of them is a work of art in itself. The shape and style of this dress is striking and sexy but feminine and the fabric is stunning. Wear with simple jewellery, gold for the evening – anything more would detract from this amazing dress.
Minna – Last but absolutely not least is the Maria dress from Minna. I could have chosen numerous pieces from this label for my top picks and I opted for this because of the beautiful vintage fabric, gorgeous cut and its versatility. An obvious party dress, this one is perfect for so many occasions I certainly can’t mention them all – for an evening out or wedding wear with white or tan heels, a clutch and chunky bangles; for daytime, team with some trusty pumps or sandals and for work wear add a jacket and you’re away!

Globe-Hope-dressGreenmyLIFEstyle personal fashion stylist Zoe Robinson picks her top 10 Spring Summer 2010 dresses, from the designers taking part in Estethica, London Fashion Week’s ethical fashion zone. From home, to office, to parties, find out now what you’ll be wearing next year.

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