Faux fur favourites

Fur or faux? What’s your stance? I’ve never been quite rich enough to afford fur and when I grew up I lost interest in it. Now I have friends with beautiful vintage in their wardrobes but I don’t know anyone who has bought it recently – do you? The fur industry is estimated to be worth more than £30.2billion ($40billion) a year but I never see people really rocking fur when I go out? If I do see it, I am more likely to see them rocking a fur charm or scarf, rather than a coat? Does this mean all my friends are broke?! Or that they just think it’s not cool anymore?

I personally agreed when Marco Bizzarri, chief executive of the Italian brand Gucci, told BoF “It’s not modern… It’s a little bit out-dated,” With brands like Gucci recently announcing that it would go fur-free as the material is no longer “modern”. Marco Bizzarri, Gucci CEO, said the brand would go fur-free beginning with its Spring 2018 collection Other brands to have banned fur include Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani, and Ralph Lauren. The move has been welcomed by animal rights activists, who have campaigned for years to ban fur in the fashion industry.

We have put together a list of the top brands to pick up faux fur from…

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Sustainable Cashmere Tips

In many ways with its inherent luxurious quality, long-lasting nature, and natural fibre status, cashmere – knit or woven – is the ultimate sustainable fibre. If you own cashmere you will know that the good credible stuff will keep going for decades if well looked after without pilling and it is known to get even softer with wear.

So where does it come from and how do we get it? Well, cashmere comes from goats’ coats, and there are only set conditions (terrain and temperature-wise) within which cashmere goats can prosper, meaning there are only twelve regions in the world – including Mongolia, China, India and Iran – where you’ll find the soft ones roaming. Goats in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert (400 miles off-road from the nearest city) are known to produce the finest cashmere in the world, so the best stuff comes from there. Specifically cashmere is harvested from the underbelly of the goat’s undercoat, where superfine fibres sit beneath the animals’ coarse hair. When the goats molt, workers comb the belly hair for its wool, and whilst this is definitely time consuming in process, this is what the more ethical suppliers choose to do as opposed to shearing because it is much kinder and less stressful for the goats. The wool is then hand-sorted and sent to dehairing facilities for washing and refinement.  Read more…

WRONG Fashion

WRONG is a contemporary fashion brand by Fashion4Freedom, a renowned social enterprise and a name you need to get familiar with! The name WRONG – taken from ‘Rong’ which means dragon in Vietnamese – seeks to question the current state of the fashion industry today. The same industry where a truckload of clothing is wasted every second across the world, and the average number of times a garment is worn before it ceases to be used has decreased by 36% in 15 years.

Fashion 4 Freedom, the hub from which WRONG extends, is a socially minded design house who approach design as a process in problem solving and a solution to shape a better society and future. The brands’ goal is to provide supply-chain transparency and end exploitation in the garment industry and it’s making great headway so far, as currently the Fashion4Freedom collective includes 71 communities of  villages, artisans, tailors and 10 large manufacturing partners. In the fashion industry, inclusion is crucial and so when a brand seeks to champion this, I am all for it. With Fashion 4 Freedom this means redefining luxury to include Vietnamese artisans excluded from world markets.

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Independent East London Fashion Part 2

With this look I wanted to zoom in on the two pieces of gold jewellery – the cuff and necklace. The cuff was gifted, made by Laura Elizabeth. The pieces in Laura Elizabeth’s jewellery collections represent personal stories and the lives of incredible people she calls friends. In this case, named after Laura’s friend ‘Courtenay’, my cuff is a cast of a dusty miller leaf. Made from 100% recycled brass and gold (or silver) plated, it’s completely movable so can be moulded to your wrist. Even though parts look thin, it is strong and tough. Coupled with the outfit, I wore my ‘Classic diamond medallion necklace’. AWE jewellery is anchored by the AWE medallion— its four teardrops represent the blood, sweat and tears (of sorrow and joy) that define each survivor’s journey. Wearing AWE signals to the world that you’re stronger because of your experience, and connects you to a larger community while giving back to your fellow survivors. Giving AWE says, “I’m in AWE of you and what you’ve overcome.”

Photo credit: Brandon Hickman

My ‘I Want Your Love’ jumpsuit (currently available only in red) is from independent fashion brand, The Lazy Ones. Created in 2001 by the creative duo Nat and Diego, The Lazy Ones started as a band to later give name to the label and in 2004 to the store located in Shoreditch. TLO is sourced and manufactured in London and its on-going collections have secured them contracts with some of the biggest international retail companies such as Topshop, PixieMarket or Itochu in Japan. Beyonce, Kate Moss, Alexa Chung, Keira Knightley or Felicity Jones are among some of the names that have shopped for The Lazy Ones designs.

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Independent East London Fashion Part 1

Independent British fashion was the order of the day with this look, the statement piece coming from one of my most comfortable pair of trousers. Found off the beaten path, independent fashion, Brick Lane will always be one of my go-to’s – you can find anything from a vintage leather jacket to small British designers, making on a small scale and selling no-two-are-alike collections. You can spend hours walking end to end and still not have discovered all the long street and its adjacent lanes have to offer.

My trousers were picked up in one of my favourite shopping haunts – Twins Diverse. Inspired by the concept of a single source – in this case, design duo Silvio Orrico and Sonia Tauhid – spawning two unique personalities, the his-and-her wares at Twins Diverse share the same DNA, but little else. While the men’s line of graphic tees, denim and a standout yellow biker jacket skews casual, the more delicate, dressier women’s pieces include Euro-chic skirts and trousers with intricate pleats and scalloped edges. For affordable pieces (my trousers cost around £70) that you will wear again and again have a wander down the lane if you live this side of the pond – 194 Brick Lane, E1 6SA, London.

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VOIX Meets Mode Editorial Shoot Look Details

Created by Gea Antonini, Federica Croce and Laura Zama Hebe – three Italian designers who bring together experience from brands such as Valentino, Roberto Cavalli and Vera Wang – womenswear brand Hebe Studio is quickly becoming known for immaculately tailored suits with a clean, fresh femininity. Essentially designing wardrobe dead certs and everlasting pieces these women are onto something. The brand combines conventional with contemporary to deliver some of the best cuts in trousers or jackets you will ever try on – dress up, dress down, thoughtless wearability meets urbane polish. Read more…

Behind the scenes for Environmental Media Awards

I recently attended the Environmental Media Awards, and loved wearing British brand accessories by Toolally alongside my special find from Sue Ryder.

Some of my most favourite pieces have come from independent retailers, luxury (quality-focused) brands, independent designers or one-off vintage markets, and charity shops. I picked up the clutch below up from Sue Ryder Charity (they support people with complex needs and life-threatening illnesses). Personally, I would rather find something original, often vintage, and pre-loved which is great quality , especially when the race to the bottom and design obsolescence has meant that today’s clothing barely compares in quality to what was made 10, 20, 30 years ago. What about you? Read more…