Sunday, 31 January 2016

Slow Fashion and Sustainability News: January Edition



It's only been a few weeks since we said goodbye to 2015 and welcomed in the start of a fresh new year, but as January draws to a close it's the perfect time to review (or re-do!) your New Year's resolutions and prepare for the coming season. This month was a busy one for the fashion industry, as designers around the world showed off their new collections during fashion week, retail giants IKEA and C&A announced positive developments in cotton sourcing, Adidas and H&M came out on top in two different global sustainability rankings, and THE GREEN SCENE made its debut on Oxfam's Fashion Blog!
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Friday, 29 January 2016

REVIEW: The Ethical Fashion Show January 2016


As you might have spotted recently from my Twitter and Instagram, last week I attended the January edition of the Ethical Fashion Show, a bi-annual event taking place during Berlin Fashion Week with over 160 eco-friendly and sustainable fashion brands from 19 countries. I was really looking forward to seeing what had changed since the last time I visited the show in July 2015, and I wasn't disappointed - there were even more brands, a bigger exhibition space, and what felt like a much greater emphasis on style and aesthetics, with the designers focusing on their place in the fashion world just as much as on ethical and sustainable production.
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Monday, 25 January 2016

Oxfam Fashion SS16 Update: The New White Shirt

From left: DIY by A Pair and a Spare, street style on The Style HQ and a twist on the classic at Nasty Gal
Whilst the start of 2016 may have been a bit cold and depressing (it’s no fun being stone-cold sober in -9C…thanks, Dry January), it’s now time to start getting excited about the new season and re-discovering your favourite Spring pieces, such as the classic white shirt. This wardrobe staple is a great item to update for SS16 through some easy DIYs - the perfect topic for my first Oxfam Fashion post!
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Sunday, 17 January 2016

Second Hand Style #2: Autumn/Winter Update

Clockwise from top: 1. Leather bag // Colours Kreuzberg 2. Wool jumper // B&B Secondhand 3. Denim dress // Topshop via Ebay 4. Grey silk & angora jumper // B&B Secondhand 5. Ethnic jumper // Zara via Ebay
A big part of ethical fashion is all about regularly curating your wardrobe - making the most of what you already have and adding well-thought out pieces when necessary that will stand the test of time - or as Vivienne Westwood says: "Buy less, choose well, make it last". There are so many great ethical fashion brands to choose from these days, but if your budget doesn't stretch that far then buying second hand or vintage instead is an easy and fun way of shopping more consciously, and of developing your own unique style.
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Friday, 15 January 2016

Planning for The Ethical Fashion Show


It’s that time of the year again, when the Ethical Fashion Show opens its doors to over 100 eco-friendly brands and acts as a space for open discussion on some of the hottest topics in the fashion industry right now. I visited the show for the first time last July as part of Berlin Fashion Week, and was amazed at the range of brands on offer, from established labels like People Tree and Komodo to new and upcoming brands such as Muka Va. This year the focus of the show is “Circularity”, and I’m really looking forward to attending some of the lectures led by industry experts.
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Tuesday, 12 January 2016

FREE Course: How to Build a Sustainable Fashion Business


Maybe you're already an established ethical fashion designer looking to improve your business? Maybe you'd like to start designing, but don't know where to start combining your creative ideas with a solid business plan and respect for both people and the planet? Maybe, like me, one of your New Year's resolutions was simply to learn more about how fashion and sustainability can work together, and how you can play a role in it? Then the free course "How to Build a Sustainable Fashion Business" from Future Learn and the Ethical Fashion Forum is for you.
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Saturday, 9 January 2016

REVIEW: "Fast Fashion: The Dark Side of Fashion" in Dresden

Back in May I posted about a ground-breaking exhibition in Hamburg which aimed to shine some light on the darker side of fast fashion by exploring the impact on its employees, the environment and the global economy. Over 80,000 people visited the exhibition, which has now moved to the Hygiene Museum in Dresden until 3rd July 2016, and as I missed the original format I was very happy to finally get to see it!
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Thursday, 7 January 2016

Second Hand Shopping in Berlin #1: Kreuzberg

Colours vintage store in Kreuzberg
It's been just over a month since I moved to Berlin, and now that Christmas and New Year are out of the way I can finally get round to one of the things I've been most looking forward to - second hand shopping! For the first part of this guide, I've focused on two of the biggest vintage stores in Kreuzberg, in the heart the city. Luckily, although the streets have changed somewhat since I lived here in 2010, both stores are still going strong and between them offer an exceptionally wide range of clothing for men and women in all the colours of the rainbow, from the 1950s onwards. Read on for the first part of my guide to second hand style in Berlin!
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Sunday, 3 January 2016

Thoughts on New Year's Resolutions


Looking down my Facebook feed on New Year's Eve, it was interesting to see how differently people were reacting to the arrival of 2016. As you might expect, the majority were celebrating the past twelve months and looking forward what the new year will bring, but I was also surprised to see a few bitter comments about how bad 2015 had been, despite good health, many friends and stable jobs.
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