London fashion week is over, yet memories from the shows I watched linger. There’s no surprise there, from fashion designs that wowed me to clothing that made political statements, the ILFWDA AW19 sustainable fashion show had plenty to share.
This year, the event was held at the opulent Beach Blanket Babylon restaurant, Notting-hill on the 15th of February. Like last year’s show, the event gave a platform to sustainable fashion designers from across the word to showcase their designs.
Sustainable fashion promotes slow fashion, which is much needed for our consumerist society. If you are wondering, fast fashion denotes the ever so thriving mass produced, cheaply priced, labour exploiting, catwalk- style duplicating, non-degradable fabric-using pieces of clothing that account for massive amount of pollutants clogging our landfills (note to self: patent this definition). The paradox however, is that not everyone is well placed to splurge on slow fashion as it is expensive.
Personally, I love going to vintage and thrift/charity stores to see what treasures I could find. That is however, a little contribution we can make to protect the environment. Additionally, checking clothing labels to ensure that the textile used are biodegradable is also helpful.
What else can we do? kindly leave your contributions below.
Some designers from the Show
From sourcing traditional textiles in compliance with fair trade regulations, to supporting slow fashion, Merdi Sihombing is a fashion designer cum singer who is an advocate for wearable ethical fashion. His designs therefore, are inspired by North Sumatera traditional textiles with a twist of modern Western fashion.
If the ideology of sustainable ethical fashion is not clear enough, Stephanie Amaziago’ s collection, made out of recycled plastic, dumbs it down for us with a clear unmistakable imperative note. As soon as the first piece hit the runway, a cursory glance at the audience, indicated a sense of discomfort yet a clear realisation of a message which needs no explanation.
“French Algerian designer Nadira specialises in heavily embellished red carpet dresses fit for a Queen . She creates stunning gowns and jewellery with Vintage upcycled fabrics and ornate jewellery pieces. She loves working with silk laces and pearls. All her gowns are embellished with handmade flowers and stones. Her dresses can be seen worn by celebrities and beauty contestants of MISS prestige National France.”- ILFWDA
Stacey Strahand is a luxury women’s fashion designer who specialises in the creation of wearable pieces made from fabrics that celebrate the English heritage MORE…
“CHEN has a profound interest in re-evaluating ‘uselessness’ to redesign for ‘usefulness’. ‘3PM’ stands for ‘3P Maker’. It focuses on design for a sustainable future; whilst the 3P stands for the 3P’s of ‘people, planet and profit’ the three bottom lines of sustainability”- ILFWDA
The designer behind this brand is Jeff Garner. True to his story telling designing signature, his newest collection “Women of the Crown” was also a history preserving collection.
USA based designer for the brand Siren Skirts, working under the principles of “reuse, reduce, recycle”. They are known for their feminine handmade full length mermaid skirts, clingy and drapey designs, asymmetrical neckline and fold over waist lines.
“English student designer Holly from Leeds is our youngest participant for the show. She incorporates Music , Art and Spirituaity into her clothing alongside her love for youth , rave and circus culture movement throughout the ages. Her expertise is Knitting and Crocheting. Watch her beautiful handicraft come to life on the 15th of February as she launches her first Crochet Bralette collection” –ILFWDA
Gh lingerie launched their brand at the ILFWDA sustainable fashion show with their sexual equality lingerie collection made to inspire confidence and comfort. With their experiences in the fashion industry, they have hinted on some innovative ideas of expand their line to indulge the senses of smell and taste.
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