Since landing in my new home city of Sydney, Australia I’ve been delving deeper and deeper into the Aussie ethical fashion world. There is a definite difference in designers and size of the ethical fashion market compared with London, but the unique flare that these Antipodeans neighbours bring, more than make up for it. The designers that stand out from the crowd for me are Ginger & Smart.
Ginger & Smart are sister duo Alexandra and Genevieve Smart, who founded the brand in Sydney over 10 years ago in 2002. They are one of the few high-end designers in Australia to be accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia. Their designs project a cool sophisticated confidence that any women would be happy to encapsulate and epitomise eco-chic.
The array of pink garments and accessories is right on trend for AW13.
Ginger & Smart will be featuring their latest collection at this year’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia event. It’s not hard to see why these designers have fast become my favourite Aussie brand, I’m hoping to get into the their collection show to see this style duo up close and personal.
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Our outfit challenge for January was a freestyle one. Basically we could choose anything we wanted as long as it was sustainable or ethical. The Freestyle challenge is the chance for bloggers to show us their favourite style or try out something new.
Bella of Citizen Rosebud describes her outfit “I’m wearing a dress from Karina Dresses, an USA manufactured dress. Designed and sewn in the United States has its challenges, especially in a global economy that wants cheap prices for quality goods. Committed in giving their employees a living wage, and proud of their long term commitment to sustainable practices, Karina Dresses puts their money where their mouth is and also donates “100% of net proceeds of their LOVE CLUB membership to The Little Stars School of Varanasi, India (littlestarsschool.org), an organization that provides an education – including sewing classes! – for street children, especially young girls.”
At Joyatri’s Adventures in Vintage, a post on Long Term Commitment features a fantastic vintage outfit. She also talks about how she has bought beautiful quality clothes to last a long time.
My Freestyle Outfit (posted on Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog) which I have also entered in the Observer Ethical Awards (Check out how you can enter here!) features a top by ethical brand YouMeWe and trousers by ASOS Africa, vegetable tanned leather shoes by Dream in Green and second hand/ vintage jacket and bag.
Our February outfit challenge was to create an ethical/ sustainable outfit inspired by Frida Kahlo. Frida was a Mexican painter whose work is considered emblematic of national and indigenous tradition and is also celebrated by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.
Ethical Fashion Blogger Pao of Project Minima created this fantastic photograph inspired by a Frida painting for a feature about imitating art on Thrifted Shift.
I have also noticed plenty of fashion inspired by Frida Kahlo lately, which just happens to be sustainable. Check these out!
These Frida Kahlo pieces arehandmade by Lilygrace Originals using vintage beads and Rhinestones. Check out the website for more Frida inspired jewellery.
This Frida t shirt by Ink Apparel is dip dyed with original artwork hand painted onto an eco cotton t shirt. It is made in compliance with the Fairwear Foundation.
In case you are interested, there was an interesting article about Frida as a fashion icon in the Daily Mail last month.
I hope you are having a good week. Please keep your eye out for our November DIY challenge which I will be posting very soon.
This month at Ethical Fashion Bloggers, we are having a slightly more creative challenge than usual. Our challenge for this month is to create an outfit inspired by Frida Kahlo, the Mexican artist and icon of female creativity. Your outfit can be inspired by Frida herself or one of her paintings, it should also include at least one piece of ethical, vintage, upcycled or second hand clothing. You can find images of Frida’s paintings as well as further information about her on www.fridakahlo.org.
To enter this challenge please comment below this post or email me on ceri at heathcotecommunications.co.uk with the link to your Frida inspired outfit post by Saturday 17th November. I will post the round up on Sunday. I look forward to seeing your outfits.
For November, we are running our first ever Polyvore challenge at Ethical Fashion Bloggers. The competition is open to everyone and anyone, where or not you are a member of Ethical Fashion Bloggers or even a fashion blogger. The only requirements are that you have a Polyvore account and that you set predominantly features ethical / sustainable fashion.
The outfit should be for Autumn and winter and can feature any sustainable pieces that you love including ethical/eco brands, second hand (as mine is above) or vintage which you can add to Polyvore using the ‘clip to Polyvore’ tool. You can also find eco/ ethical items that have already been added to the Polyvore site.
Once you have made and published your outfit on Polyvore, you can either share the link by commenting below or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org by 13th November. If we have enough interest, I hope to run this challenge monthly and will set up an Ethical Fashion Bloggers Group on Polyvore. For this month, I will be posting all entries here on the blog.
I hope you can join in and I can’t wait to see what you create!
For October at Ethical Fashion Bloggers, the DIY upcycled challenge is all about knitwear. Of course knitwear is always a good way to keep warm at this time of year but it can also look amazing too!
Vix at Vintage Vixen looks stunning in this floor length crochet coat made by her Mum from unravelled jumble sale jumpers in the 1970s!
Pao of Project Minima has repaired and rejuvenated this beautiful pair of pearl embellished gloves. Make sure you check out her blog for the fantastic DIY outfit that she wore with her gloves.
Over on my Ethical Fashion Blog, I tried my hand at dip dying a cardigan from a charity shop. More details of what I did on the blog.
I hope that you are having a fantastic October. A big thank you to all of those who have participated in this months outfit challenges and round ups. I will be in touch soon with more details of what we will be doing in November soon.
This months DIY/ Upcycling challenge is all about lace. You can either make something or upcycle something using lace or upcycle something old made from lace. All you need to do is post your DIY to your blog and email the link to email@example.com by Sunday 23rd September. I will post a round up of all of the posts on Monday 24th.
Just in case you are in need of a little inspiration, check out the You Tube tutorial for Anthroplogie inspired lace shorts above.
Layering is the perfect way to restyle a piece of clothing in a new way. It is also a great way of adapting your wardrobe for the next season and allowing you to adapt to the changeable weather. For this months outfit challenge at Ethical Fashion Bloggers, we challenged bloggers to create a layered outfit with at least one ethical/ sustainable piece of clothing. As always the bloggers have risen to the challenge and proved that you really can be stylish and sustainable by including more than one item in their outfits. Check out the links for further details of the outfits.
Franca of Oranges and Apples opts for brightly coloured layers using a dress and a top from a charity shop.
At Thrifted Shift, a pretty summer dress has been transformed for the cooler weather with leggings and a cardigan (all thrifty of course).
Pao at Project Minima has created a beautiful pattern mixed outfit using clothes that she has upcycled or made from scratch.
Next up on Ethical Fashion Bloggers is out DIY/ upcycling challenge, I will be posting the details shortly.