Sunday, 18 September 2011

London Fashion Week – Estethica

It's London Fashion Week this month and Estethica is showcasing another collection of eco fashion from international designers.

This year is the 5th anniversary of Estethica, an exhibition founded by the British Fashion Council to showcase eco fashion; fashion designers committed to sustainable eco principles. The exhibition is running from the 16th – 20th September, alongside London Fashion Week.

This year there are 19 designers featured, all of which must meet at least one of three criteria to be included in the collection: fair trade and ethical practices, the use of organic fibre and recycled or up-cycled materials. Their guidelines expect designers to give thought to the entire life-cycle of their products from design and use of raw materials, to packaging, transport and end of life.

The Spring/Summer 2012 Estethica Exhibition Designers:

Up-cycled Tote - Lost Property of London

Ada Zanditon
Aiste Nesterovaite
Dr Noki’s NHS
Environmental Justice Foundation
Eva Zingoni
From Somewhere
Henrietta Ludgate
Joanna Cave
Junky Styling
Lost Property of London
Michelle Loewe-Holder
Rajkumar Dyeing & Printing Works
Soil Association Certification

The collection is not limited to fashion, but includes accessories such as the photo above by Lost Property of London who create unique, earthy totes and bags from recycled fair trade coffee bags. On the jewellery front there is Joanna Cave who's easy-to-wear collection of earrings and necklaces is made from among other things, recycled silver and describes her pieces as 'ethnic chic'. Another of the featured designers is Charini, a Sri Lankan designer who's high-end lingerie is crafted from silks and lace using traditional Sri Lankan techniques.

For more coverage of the exhibition and designers, the Ecologist has reviewed the exhibit and profiled a number of the fashion designers in their article: Fashion special The Ecologist guide to Estethica.

- by O2wear Australia - style basics | specialising in women's bamboo clothing under layers

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