Sustainable Style at the Oscars

Celebrities can have a huge influence on fashions and trends and it was fantastic to see so many celebrities opting for sustainable style at the Oscars this year, showing just how amazing eco fashion can look. The very fact that so many celebrities decided to don something amazing and sustainable for this years event, shows that people are starting to take sustainability seriously.

Livia Firth Oscars

 

Image credit – Eco Age

Livia Firth has been looking stunning for many seasons with her Green Carpet challenge which she co founded in 2010. Such a fantastic project which is inspiring many people to try and minimise the impact of their style on the environment but getting everyone talking about eco fashion and even getting plenty of hi end designers involved along the way. For the Oscars Livia wore a beautiful Grace Kelly-inspired dress made from GOTS certified organic silk made by New Zealand-born designer Emilia Wickstead. She also showed that she is totally up for recycling by accessorising with the same Roger Vivier shoes and clutch as she wore for the last two academy awards.

Bond Girl, Naomie Harris wore a dress featuringr ecycled zippers, vintage glass beads, and embellishments made from discarded candy wrappers by Ghanian designer Michael Badger who was also the winner of the Red Carpet, green dress challenge.

Anne Hathaway vegan shoesImage credit – Ecorazzi

Anne Hathaway has become known for her choice of vegan shoes and she did not disappoint at this years Oscars with her choice of custom cruelty-free pumps by Giuseppe Zanotti.

helen Hunt Oscars dressImage credit – Metro

Helen Hunt, Best supporting Actress Nominee really turned heads in a stunning blue gown from the H&M Consious Collection. An interesting choice that combines both high street and sustainable fashion proving that it is completely possible to look amazing in eco fashion on a budget.

These were just a few of the sustainable and stylish outfits that were worn for this years Oscars, there was plenty more including some ‘made in the US’ fashion. What do you think of the Eco fashion at this years Oscars. Has it inspired you at all?

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

Ceri writes at Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog and is the founder of style-is.co.uk. You can find her on twitter @StyleEyes.

 

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7 Favourite Ethical Pinners on Pinterest


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I love Pinterest! The inspiration and discovery possibilities are really endless and there are some great great ethical pinners sharing great DIYs, new ethical brands, and various ways to become greener. Here are 7 of my favorites.

A note about my favorites: I totally understand sharing your posts from your own blog on Pinterest, in fact I encourage you to do so! BUT, I really tried to share pinners who are not solely pinning from their own site.

I think pinners who draw from many different places offer way more diversity plus sharing posts and items from other sites is a great way to support shops and blogs you love…so share share share.

1. Jen Bluecaravan

You might have heard of blue caravan, the fabulous ethical design market based in Australia. Jen from blue caravan, has a great mix of boards from street art to tutorials and a variety of ethical products.

2. Hipcycle

Hipcycle is a really amazing online boutique. Everything at Hipcycle is upcycled and I think their product selections are just excellent. As a pinner Hipcycle pins not just items from their shop but also ideas on DIYs and general upcycling desings.

3. Reincarnations Art

Reincarnations Art is also a shop that sells only upcycled items. I think the shop is super charming. They share tons of upcycle DIY ideas and I love how they’ve broken up their pinterest boards into certain items; for example a board for just upcycling doilies or mason jars.

4. Caitlin Bristol

Caitlin Bristol works on the team at Ebay Green. I started to see Bristol’s pins on my Pinterest feed and I was always attracted to them so I decided to randomly follow Bristol, a stranger. I googled her for this post and now my attraction to the ethical fashion she shares and style inspirations makes complete sense to me.

5. TreeHugger

If you’re into green living you probably heard of treehugger, they are one of the larger green sites on the internet. Their boards do have a lot of treehugger posts, but in this case I think it doesn’t feel redundant since they have such a variety of topics and contributors. Their Pinterest account also covers fashion and DIYs which are not frequent subjects on treehugger.

6. Practically Green

Practically Green is a services that helps you become more sustainable and helps you track how green your life is. They also have a great blog. I LOVE this pinterest account it has a lot of great upcycling ideas, along with yummy recipes and green gadgets.

7. ecosalon

First off, YAY(!) times a million ecosalon has returned!!! They’ve found sponsorship and are pumping out new and great content. This makes me super duper super happy. I think their pinterest boards are really fun and varied just like their site, ecosalon also pins from a lot of different sites which makes for great boards and a lot of discovery.

Some Tips for Following on Pinterest

  • Finding Pinners to Follow-If I like someone’s Pinterest account I’ll look to who they’re following. A lot of times I’ll like them too! A great trick when you feel like you need fresh content on your feed.
  • Follow Selectively: Your Pinterest feed is not selective, you can’t really browse by category or type of pinners. So if you don’t follow carefully your Pinterest feed could be clogged with things that don’t interest you.
  • Pick Your Boards: You don’t have to follow every board someone has, only select the boards that really interested you so that your Pinterest feed will be things you really love and want to know more about. For instance a lot of the people I follow have wedding boards, I’m not suuuper interested in this topic so I choose to not follow those boards.

 

Do you guys have any suggestion on who to follow? I would love to hear them! And what are your tips for using Pinterest, what do you love? Hate?

P.S- You can follow Ethical Fashion Bloggers on Pinterest HERE.

Jamillah writes at made-to-travel about ethical shopping and happy things. You can find her on twitter @made2travel.

 

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The January Freestyle Outfit Challenge

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.

I hope you are having a good week!

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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Style-is.co.uk – A New Search Engine for Sustainable Fashion

Sustainable fashion search engine www.style-is.co.uk

I wanted to share my new website www.style-is.co.uk, a search engine for sustainable UK fashion. Obviously a deliberate plug on my behalf but I also though it would be a useful resource for anyone who would like to shop more sustainably but have found it time consuming or difficult to find exactly what they want or need.

Style-is.co.uk brings together thousands if sustainable and stylish choices from over 100 brands together under one virtual roof. It features clothes, shoes and accessories for men, women and children in a number of sustainability categories including organic, Fair trade, recycled, vintage, vegan and for hire. The site features a wide selection of styles, all chosen for their design but also commitment to sustainability or ethics.

For those looking to shop ethically on a budget, there is also a sales page so you can check out the latest reductions and a number of offers and discounts available on some products listed on the site.

Whether you are looking for an ethical fashion dress by UK designers including Henrietta Ludgate or Ada Zanditon, organic clothing from a ‘Made in Britain’ brand like Seasalt Cornwall, high performance outdoor wear from brands like Timberland and Patagonia, stylish vegan shoes or quirky recycled accessories, we hope you will find a piece of clothing that you can love, treasure and wear for a long time.

I would love to know what you think or if you know of any other useful resources for shopping more sustainably.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

 

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Happy New Year and Ethical Fashion Link Round Up

Happy New Year! 2012 has been an exciting year for ethical and sustainable fashion, with so many innovative new brands and interesting developments in the industry. Some times it can be difficult to keep up with everything that is going on both globally and locally and in 2013, I hope that we can continue to grow and develop our community to provide a useful and supportive resource for our our members and beyond, both for blogging and finding the most sustainable style choices.

I am really inspired by the many different styles and blog posts that I have seen from Ethical Fashion Bloggers so far and would like to help share this in 2013 with a monthly post round up. This month, with it being the being the beginning of the new year, we have some fantastic posts including round ups of 2012, ethical finds in the sales and, of course, plenty of new years resolutions and challenges, enjoy!

Made to Travel  rounds up in My Fave Posts of 2012

Recycled Fashion tells us about Designer Brands Starting the Recycling Revolution

The Conscience Collective share 20 New Years Dresses with Personality

Jessie Anne O will be joining Little House in Town for the 2013 Wartime Wardrobe Challenge!

Citizen Rosebud takes the Shop Second Hand First Pledge

Honey Go Lightly is taking part in the 100 Day Spending Ban

Country Girl Does Norfolk shares her lean, mean and green Resolutions for 2012.

Eco Warrior Princess makes it her new year resolution To Buy Nothing New

The Only Way is Ethical share 15 of the Best (ethical) January Sales

You can also check out My Sustainable Style Resolutions for 2012

Thank you to everyone who has been involved in Ethical Fashion Bloggers during 2012, you are amazing! Looking forward to lots more fashion blogging in 2013, lets make it a sustainable and glamorous one.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

Image – Katherine Hamnett T Shirt at Yoox

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Christmas Outfit Challenge

A very Happy Christmas to all Ethical Fashion Bloggers! Here is our slightly belated Christmas party outfit challenge.

Bella at the Citizen Rosebud has put together a beautiful festive outfit for Christmas using second hand clothes. You can check out her Shop second hand Pledge here.

Jean of Jean of All Trades has put together a thrifty designer outfit for Christmas featuring Aramani trousers and Manolo Blahnik shoes.

Pao of Project Minima has created a fantastic outfit in her post The Artist Not Wearing Banksy or Hirst

For my Christmas outfit which is featured on Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog, I have worn a vintage maxi dress from a local charity shop.

Have a lovely time!

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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We Need You! The Wartime Challenge 2013

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We need you! The Wartime Wardrobe Challenge 2013

Fellow ethical fashionistas and bloggers, lovers of all things green, vintage and Fairtrade, I come bearing festive news of an ethical fashion challenge designed to change the way we think about our wardrobes, promote the ethical fashion cause and raise some much-needed money to support garment workers worldwide.

So, what is it?

The Wartime Wardrobe Challenge is based on the clothes
rationing system introduced in June 1941 in response to the shortage of
materials and need for factory space to produce war supplies. In short,
everyone was expected to make only essential clothes purchases, and make the
most out of their existing wardrobes using the principles of ‘Make Do and
Mend’. The coupon allowance for men and women during this time was 66 coupons,
with different garment types attracting different coupon values (e.g. a dress
was 7 coupons and a coat was 14).

In 2013, Meg (the Double Life of Mrs M) and I (Nik of Little House in Town) will be challenging ourselves to live within these ration restrictions, but (of course) with an ethical twist!

Any items purchased that are deemed ‘unethical’ will be penalised
- attracting a higher coupon charge than their counterparts. We will also be
encouraging re-use and repair by making all second-hand and vintage purchases coupon-free, as well as allowing free use of sewing materials and existing fabric stocks.

In addition, any overspend on our coupon allowance will result in a hefty fine – the proceeds from which will go to garment worker charities.

(You can see the full list of coupon values and rules here.)

 What can I do?

Throughout 2013, in addition to blogging our progress in the challenge, Meg and I will also be sharing practical, useful advice and tutorials to highlight the issues in the fashion industry, get to grips with the background of ethical fabrics, learn new skills in making and repairing our clothes, and experiment with clothes washing techniques and item care.

Of course we would love for you all to sign up and take part in the challenge with us, blog your own progress and display our lovely badge for the world to see. But even if you choose not to join in with us, there are other ways that you can help us raise awareness of the challenge and (therefore) the benefits of curating an ethical wardrobe.

  1. Share your shopping/mending/making skills with us!
    Take over our blogs for the day and showcase your talents, or teach us how to
    do something new.
  2. Follow us on Facebook (Nik, Meg) and Twitter (Nik, Meg) and share our progress with your
    followers (#WWC).
  3. Let us know about any ethical fashion posts
    you’ve done on your own blog that could be of use to us in the challenge, so we
    can share them with other participants.

Or anything else you can think of! The key aim of this challenge is to bring awareness – of the fashion industry, of the alternatives available, of the simple ways each person can make a difference. We, as ethical fashion bloggers, are the natural ambassadors for all of these things and if with our knowledge and influence we can convince one single person to change their habits for good then I think it will have been a good use of my 2013.

A very Merry Xmas to everyone, and here’s to an ethical 2013 (said in Queen’s Speech-esque voice)!

For further information on the challenge, email nicola@littlehouseintown.co.uk or visit www.littlehouseintown.co.uk / thedoublelifeofmrsm.wordpress.com  

 

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DIY Round Up – The Perfect Fit

The latest DIY round up on Ethical Fashion Bloggers had a theme of ‘the perfect fit’. We all probably have at least one or two pieces of clothing in our wardrobe that don’t fit quite right and this challenge was all about converting them into something beautiful and wearable that fits just right.

Erica of Recycled Fashion has upcycled a mens business shirt into a fabulous casual shirt without sleeves.

Pao of Project Minima has cleverly changed the fit of her shirt completely by making it into trousers.

I have removed the sleeves from this dress which I posted about on Ethical Fashion Blog.

I hope that you are having a good week.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

 

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Brand Spotlight – Antithesis

In the first ever of our brand spotlight features on Ethical Fashion Bloggers, I interview Zahra Ash-Harper of slow fashion brand Antithesis to find out a little more about the brand.

What is the inspiration behind the name ‘Antithesis’?

ANTITHESIS breaks away from the fashion mainstream by developing clothing outside of trends or seasons, we offer women the opportunity to wear stylish yet timeless clothing. We believe there is enough space in the fashion industry for all types of fashion brands so we don’t see large companies and fast fashion as our competition.

However we do feel it’s important to offer consumers an attractive alternative. We hope to be considered the “antithesis” to fast fashion principles, Through slow fashion and local manufacturing we highlight that there are other routes to bringing fashionable garments to customers and other approaches to the design process. Our name ANTITHESIS inspires to be different and daring in an industry that has very established practices, it reminds us daily that the risks we take to achieve our vision is significant in a wider context – slow fashion is needed to balance what is happening in mainstream fast fashion.

What do you hope to achieve with Antithesis and what inspires you?

We’re very inspired by the influential ‘modern woman of the 21st Century’. We hope to provide these women with clothing that is both physically and emotionally durable, to bring them items that can be treasured over a lifetime. We feel it’s important that people feel a renewed sense of connection and dependance on garments in their closets, so they don’t become things that eventually they tire of. For this reason we are focused on functionality of each piece we feel if an ANTITHESIS piece has a multiplicity of looks and/or purpose and it can win it’s place in the wardrobe and will be called upon frequently to support the needs of the wearer. If it’s useful and helpful the to our customers we hope this will develop a relationship which goes beyond ‘it looks nice’ thus it’s place in the heart and mind of that woman will remain over time and she will take care of the garment. Our dream is to never see a ANTITHESIS garment hit a landfill, for our clothes to be passed on at best or recycled for new purposes. 

Do you think it is possible to combine fashion and sustainability?

Definitely! Of late there are always new and ever improving ways in which people can try to live more sustainable lives. By adopting ‘slow fashion’ principles we hope to decrease the extraordinary amount of textile waste that enters landfills each year, not to mention the fashion industry’s sizable water-and-energy footprint. Our business is based on the premise that there are women out there agree that fashion and sustainability are not mutually exclusive.

We are constantly discovering new sustainable fashion brands and products every day, just this week we visited the Pure Thread/EJF pop up store on Carnaby street and discover brands such as Kami and Jux which are both producing beautiful sustainable clothing. There are many clothes, accessories, lingerie designers who seek to uphold their values alongside creating beautiful garments, and the ranks are surely growing.

How do your designs benefit the environment and society and what benefits do they offer to the wearer? Why a 10 piece capsule collection?

All our materials are sourced locally and we operate a UK manufacturing policy which helps to reduce environmental impact. Encouraging a slower consumption is a strong part of Antithesis’ philosophy. We are trying to influence the average consumer who wouldn’t necessarily be interested in sustainable fashion by bringing in increased functionality and versatility. We believe this functionality will encourage fashion consumers to consider the value inherent in the garments and clearly show the craftsmanship and though that goes into designing and making clothes. We want the term “conscious consumption” to be on the tip of all women’s tongues when they shop with us – but also when they go into any other store. We believe that in thinking why a garment is needed when making a purchase, what one needs to do when wearing it as well as the fabric content and quality and how long the garment could be with you. Fashion garments have a monetary and lifestyle value, even when sitting in a closet, and like any other investment should be considered from many angles, rather than based on aesthetics alone.

For Antithesis’ first collection, we wanted to produce a 10-piece capsule collection that would respond to the hectic lifestyle of cosmopolitan professional women. The pieces had to be versatile, comfortable and easy to pack, while of course looking stylish and sexy. We researched into the pieces that make up the core wardrobe for professional women and put a spin on these classics. Recently we met a women who proudly claimed to have 300 dresses alone. She was neither a millionaire nor apparently a shopping addict. This is something which boggles the mind! That’s nearly enough to wear a different dress every day of the year!  We believe people loyal to our garments, should be offered variety too but in a responsible way. Our future collections will always offer new attachments and bases that way existing pieces can be mixed and matched to create new looks.

What is the Antithesis Collective, please tell us more?

Each season we will be working in collaboration with a new designer in order to develop a one-off product, not only does it complement our collection to offer something we don’t have the expertise to make alone in house but it allows us to showcase the skills and talent of other designers out there. It’s a challenge for our collaborators as often they have not considered multifunction in their design before and they seem to enjoy the experimentation For us it’s a great way to encourage others in fashion to also consider the needs and preferences of women.

What future do you see for sustainable fashion and also for Antithesis?

We think there is a good future for sustainable fashion, with consumers becoming more ethically aware these days everyone is looking for ways to become more sustainable and these practices can definitely be adopted by fashion brands. Plus, big names like Livia Firth and Stella McCartney have definitely been helping to raise the profile for conscious consumption within the fashion industry and we believe it’s a trend that’s set to continue as more people become ethically aware.

The People Behind Antithesis

ANTITHESIS is a partnership Made up of Renée and Zahra. Renée is originally from northern Ontario, but moved to Montréal to study fashion design. She worked in Italy for 6 months during her degree in Veneto, Italy’s Jeans Valley. After finishing her BA studies, she traveled to Peru and volunteered for an NGO working with indigenous female weavers. Back in Montréal, she acquired experience as a Junior Designer in a leading apparel company before moving to London to specialise in sustainable design. During her MA, she interned with ethical designer Christopher Raeburn and around this time she met Zahra.

Zahra followed a rather more unusual path into Fashion. She gained her BA in philosophy, fascinated by ideas of aesthetics, expression, representation and existentialism. In her last year she became particularly interested in the impact these ideas have on identity construction. A native Londoner, she returned home and settled into a communications agency with a focus on branding, PR and marketing. In 2009 she decided to take a break from agency work, freelancing with several fashion start up brands helping them develop low cost, but high impact communications strategies. It was this interaction with SME businesses which strengthened her resolve to establish a fashion start-up of her own. She applied to the MA Fashion Enterprenuership programme at LCF, won the prestigious Harold Tillman scholarship in 2010 as well as interning with the Centre for Fashion Enterprise and the Fashion Business Resource Studio.

Zahra and Renee are partners as well as friends, they share a vision and although very different in skills, personality and style recognized in each other that these differences we a combined strength and would allow them to work together compatibly over the long term.

You can find out more and check out the full collection at www.antithesis.co

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Have an Ethical Cyber Monday

Hello Ethical Fashion Bloggers! There are sooooo many fantastic ways to have an Ethical Cyber Monday! This year lots and lots of wonderful ethical shops are participating in deep discounts that are too good to miss! Here are my faves!

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*P.S.-I bought these fab riding boots from the Compassion Couture Sample Sale :) .

THREAD 4 THOUGHT 40% OFF Everything for 4 Days. Black Friday Revolution Ends Monday, Nov. 26th at 11:59pst. Promo Code: GIVEGOOD

*PPS!-I shopped Fashioning Change’s sales too :D .

MATA TRADERS

25% off all Clothing and Shoes-At Checkout, use code: gobblegobble

***PPS!!- I’ll be looking out for sales for you all day! And tweeting additions on twitter HERE. And I would love to know any deals that come your way.

Enjoy Cyber Monday!

Jamillah writes at made-to-travel about ethical shopping and happy things. You can find her on twitter @made2travel.

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