Karl Lagerfeld backs organic with a country theme for Chanel

October 8, 2009 by Maria Kaski · Leave a Comment 

Karl Lagerfeld designs a country themed collection for Chanel.
The fashionistas have flooded to Paris this week for what is arguably the most anticipated of all the fashion weeks. New York is sleek, London is directional, Milan is glamourous and Paris is high fashion at it’s most concentrated. Karl Lagerfeld’s latest collection for power-fashion-house, Chanel, took everyone by surprise with its agricultural, environmental references. Amiee Jones writes.
Lagerfeld’s creations are usually directed at the most conscientious of dressers. Three years ago, he dubbed canadian model, Daria Werbowy ‘the girl of the moment,’ his other muses including Keira Knightly, and most recently, Lily Allen. Yet, he claims his latest offering was designed with agricultural workers in mind. Although, they may struggle to harvest their crops wearing the sky high clogs slipped onto the models’ feet.
The designers’ uniform of tailored black clothing with a high collared white shirt, black sunglasses and leather gloves was even given a country twist by way of some cowboys boots, replacing his usual dress shoes. “I’m from the country darling,” he joked whilst standing against one of the shows key props; a haystack.
Celebrity guests at the show, including Rihanna and Prince watched the models stride around the wooden barn set from seats made to look like huge hay bales. The set was certainly impressive and couldn’t have communicated the country theme any better.
Interestingly, the influential designer seems to be on the side of environmentally-friendly fashion, so long as it doesn’t compromise on luxury.
He stated: “I hear all this talk about organic farming and the environment and I’m all for it, but there must be a certain sophistication, so its not used as an excuse to let things go to seed.”

chanel_lagerfeld_ha_624276aAt Paris Fashion Week, Karl Lagerfeld‘s latest collection for fashion power house Chanel took everyone by surprise with its agricultural and environmental references. Amiee Jones writes.

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International Fashion Weeks – Paris set for Ethical Fashion Show

September 15, 2009 by Maria Kaski · Leave a Comment 

Now in its sixth year, the Ethical Fashion Show, held in Paris during the Semaine de la Mode à Paris (1st – 4th October 2009) is the most important yearly ethical fashion gathering in France. Lucie Goulet writes.
Over the course of four days, including one open to the public, fashion professionals can discuss the present and future issues of the clothing industry, showcase their collections in the showroom or attend runway shows and video presentations.
The event, supported by the French government, home shopping company La Redoute and LVMH, also hosts the “Ethical Fashion Show Award”. The jury is made up of fashion and green experts. The prizes range from a lump sum to the donation of textiles for the winning brand’s upcoming collection.
Exhibitors from all over the world have to meet strict criteria, including the insurance that their fashion is “designed and produced in conditions that respect mankind”, “decreases the environmental impact of the textile industry, from the design of fabric, through confection to the end of clothes lives” and “preserves local skills”.
2009
This year, the Show will take place at Le Tapis Rouge, the oldest department store in Paris. Franco-British accessory designers Veja, sportswear brand Monsieur Poulet, jewellery company Ombre Claire and ready-to-wear label Göttin des Glücks are among the many expected exhibitors.
The programme includes a fashion show with designers from Latin America such as Columbian label Guio Dominguez. An auction of designs by Satya Joti and the EFS team will benefit the construction of medical infrastructures in India. Conferences about biological and sustainable textiles and consumers’ responsibility in ethical fashion are also planned.
The Ethical Fashion Show will be opened to the public on October 4th for a workshop on ethical fashion aimed at students and teachers and a closing catwalk.
2008
In 2008, the event took place at the centre of Paris Fashion Week, the Carrousel du Louvre. British ready-to-wear designer Ada Zanditon, known for her fashion-forward creations, won the Creativity Award. Satya Jyoti, an Indian fashion brand dedicated to sustainable farming, the safeguard of local skills and improving its employees life conditions, was awarded the Special Award of the Jury “for its social and environmental involvement”. The 3rd Award went to Sebola, a French sportswear brand which demonstrated a global ecological approach to the production process as a whole.
The Show hosted a series of conferences, including one available in Listening on Demand on the Ethical Fashion Show website, in French, about the role of ethical fashion in economic integration.

EFSNow in its sixth year, the Ethical Fashion Show, held in Paris during the Semaine de la Mode à Paris (1st – 4th October 2009) is the most important yearly ethical fashion gathering in France. Lucie Goulet writes.

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International Fashion Weeks – London

September 14, 2009 by Maria Kaski · Leave a Comment 

In the run up to London Fashion Week, we will be taking a look at how the four big fashion capitals, London, Paris, Milan and New York, are embracing ethical fashion. Today, Greenmystyle writer Lucie Goulet, takes a look at London Fashion Week’s Esthetica.
London is fast gaining a reputation as the capital of ethical fashion, and the Esthetica exhibition was one of the first of its kind to showcase ethical fashion during a major fashion week.
Esthetica
Esthetica showcases the best of ethical fashion. Now in its seventh season, the event, sponsored by high-street chain Monsoon, has nearly tripled its number of exhibitors, from just above 10 to nearly 40. The exhibition is co-curated by Orsola de Castro, founder of From Somewhere, Filippo Ricci and the British Fashion Council.
In order to qualify for a position in Esthetica, clothes and accessories brands from all over the word have to meet one of the following criteria: organic, fair trade or recycled.
Last season, Esthetica was one of the opening catwalks of the Autumn/Winter Fashion Week, proving its importance alongside long-established designers such as Paul Costello and Caroline Charles. Article 23, Goodone, Minna and Nina Dolcetti are among the designers that will exhibit at Esthetica this year.
One of Esthetica’s main achievement is to show consumers that ethical fashion does not necessarily mean frumpy clothes. In February 2009, Peter Ingwersen, founder of label Noir, explained to the Guardian that, “We all look to inspire the industry and consumers that sexiness, luxury, fashion, corporate social responsibility and ethics can work in harmony together without compromising style”.
At the forefront of ethical fashion initiatives
London Fashion Week has become the ideal place for the British government to launch fashion related initiatives. Last season, the government launched its Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (Scap) on the first day. Scap, supported by companies such as Tesco, Nike and Marks & Spencer aims at making the fashion industry greener. Initiatives include widening fair trade and organic fashion offer and not using factories employing children.
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LFWpic1In the run up to London Fashion Week, we will be taking a look at how the four big fashion capitals, London, Paris, Milan and New York, are embracing ethical fashion. Today, Greenmystyle writer Lucie Goulet, takes a look at London Fashion Week’s Esthetica.

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