Sunday, 23 July 2017

THE GREEN SCENE Is Taking A Break...

You might have noticed it's been a bit quiet on the blog recently, but behind the scenes lots of exciting things have been happening (including the opportunity of my dream job working in sustainable fashion full-time!), which has meant that after more than two years and over 100 posts I've decided to take a long-term break from writing. 

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Fashion Revolution Fanzine #2 – Call For Submissions!

Fashion Revolution is now accepting submissions for edition #002 of its fanzine, on the theme “Loved Clothes Last”. In the three years since the campaign was founded to commemorate the Rana Plaza factory disaster in Bangladesh, the movement to push for greater transparency in the fashion industry has become truly global, with 70,000 people asking #whomademyclothes in 2016 and the first fanzine launching in January of this year. 

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Easy DIY One-Shoulder Ruffled Top

We've had some amazing weather in the last couple of weeks, which is really getting me in the holiday mood and excited to try out some of this summer's hottest trends: ruffles and tropical prints! This easy DIY is the perfect project to breathe new life into leftover fabric or a dress you no longer wear, and is proof that you don't always need to buy new to stay up to date - just some creativity, some basic sewing supplies and a spare couple of hours.


Sunday, 14 May 2017

A Quick Guide To Second Hand Shopping in Paris

I visited Paris for the first time two weeks ago - a beautiful city with a surprisingly high density of vintage and second hand kilo stores peppered in and amongst the designer flagships and glamorous contemporary boutiques. Of course I couldn't visit every vintage store in only three days (and I don't think my boyfriend would have let me hijack our trip with second hand shopping!) but I've put together a list of my favourites below, plus an interactive map if you are heading there yourself anytime soon.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

5 Easy Ways To A More Mindful Wardrobe

Fashion Revolution Week has just ended, with tens of thousands of people asking their favourite brands #whomademyclothes and demanding more transparency in the fashion industry. If Fashion Revolution was the first time you'd started to wonder where your clothes come from, and the concept of ethical/sustainable fashion seems like a black hole of endless information, don't worry! If you're just getting started, remember these five easy tips and you'll soon be on your way to a more mindful (and ultimately useable) wardrobe:

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Fashion Revolution Week 2017: What's On In Berlin

The countdown to Fashion Revolution Week has begun - the global movement which calls for better working conditions in the fashion industry and asks your favourite brands #whomademyclothes? With only a few days left to go, it's time to start planning what events to attend (if you haven't already), so if you're out and about in Berlin, read on for my round up of everything happening across the city.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

10 Ethical And/Or Sustainable Shoe Brands You Should Know

Summer's on its way, which mean it's time to pack away your winter boots and get ready for the warmer weather. But whereas nowadays it's relatively easy to find clothing brands and boutiques doing the right thing for people and the planet, finding conscious shoe brands can be difficult because of the more complicated manufacturing processes involved. To shorten the search, here's a handy round up of ten of the best ethical and/or sustainable shoe brands you should know.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Is H&M's New Brand "Arket" A Move Away From Fast Fashion?

The H&M Group has just announced the launch of new brand Arket, a “modern-day market that will offer essential products for men, women, children and home" alongside a range of products from non-H&M brands. Originally reported in the Business of Fashion, H&M's new venture is a calculated move to cash in on the changing shopping behaviour of the millennial generation, but is the brand's focus on "classic, quality products" and "style beyond trend" also a sign that fast fashion might finally be slowing down?

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

5 New Season Trends to DIY Now

The new season has just kicked off and stores are already full to bursting with racks and racks of new clothes. But instead of rushing out to buy yet more items you don't really need, why not try updating what you already have with a few quick DIYs? Check out these five new season trends to try now, without increasing your wardrobe and decreasing your bank balance!

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Fairtrade Fortnight: People Tree's Style Reinvention

What better way to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight (27th February-12th March) than with original ethical fashion pioneer People Tree, which has been leading the way in ethical and sustainable fashion since 1991 and was the first clothing company to receive the World Fair Trade Organisation Fair Trade product mark in 2013. Although the brand has been a major player over the last 25 years in making sustainable fashion both accessible and desirable, this season's Spring Summer collection is their best yet, showing a a clear move on towards a more fashion-forward aesthetic through logo print tees, minimal silhouettes and more contemporary pieces such as culottes. 

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Why Emma Watson Is Everyone's Favourite Eco Princess

Whether through her work as a UN Goodwill Ambassador, producer of the short gender equality film Hurdles or multiple collaborations with Zady and the Green Carpet Challenge, Emma Watson has been carving out quite the reputation as both a feminist and sustainable fashion icon over the last few years. Her latest project, the eagerly anticipated Beauty and the Beast, hasn't only got film critics excited about the feminist twist added to Disney's classic fairytale, but it's causing quite a stir in fashion circles too, thanks to Watson's recent press tour, which has been a masterclass in sustainable style.


Sunday, 19 February 2017

My 10x10 Challenge: 10 Items, 10 Outfits, 10 Days

If someone asked you to wear only ten items of clothing for the next ten days, could you? Well, this is exactly the challenge that I took on last month, along with many other slow fashion bloggers, with the aim of making the most of our existing wardrobes and demonstrating that you don't always have to buy new to put together a creative, fun and inspiring outfit.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Could You Be The Next Oxfam Fashion Blogger?

Exciting news for all slow fashion bloggers! The Oxfam Fashion Blog is currently looking for new contributors with a passion for sustainable style to inspire its readers and help promote ethical and charitable fashion.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Highlights from the Ethical Fashion Show, Berlin

Berlin Fashion Week is over, and what a week it was - with an estimated 200,000 visitors, 3,500 and over 70 designer shows including the launch of Kate Moss's new clothing collection, the city is fast building a reputation as an incubator of new and innovative talent. All this is great news for the Ethical Fashion Show, which has seen attendance soar in recent years. This month's edition played host to 178 international labels - a 15% increase on last season - including both established brands and some exciting new sustainable designers to watch for 2017. 

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Review: Fashion#TALK Panel Discussion in Berlin

It's the start of a new year, and time to think about what 2017 might mean for sustainable fashion. In the run up to the Ethical Fashion Show and hot on the heels of Ecouterre's fantastic roundup of predictions featuring Livia Firth and Kathleen Talbot of Reformation, we also recently debated the topic here in Berlin, during the latest edition of Fashion#TALK at the University of Applied Sciences.
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