Luxury Fashion & Ethics: A Fashion Month Roundup

Luxury Fashion & Ethics: A Fashion Month Roundup

 Luxury fashion and ethics aren’t particularly a match made in heaven, and as Fashion Week follows Fashion Week throughout the 4 capitals, it’s clear that being socially responsible is not exactly a trend that most designers are pushing. But if we take a closer look you’ll find that there are those, (whether it be designers themselves or initiatives held by fashion organisations), that are making a conscious effort to incorporate ethics into high fashion. We’ve rounded up the game changers in the industry making steps towards sustainability as the SS14 shows come to a close.

LONDON

Christopher Raeburn

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As always Christopher Raeburn delivered an array of utilitarian inspired pieces made from reworked military items such as parachutes, while incorporating his signature sport luxe style. Raeburn consistently proves that recycling materials can produce original results without compromising on quality.

See the full collection here

Vivienne Westwood

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Ethical fashion ambassador Vivienne Westwood has been a prominent figure in the industry for her unique vision and continuous positive contribution towards environmental issues. After the show, when asked about her ethical approach to fashion, Westwood stated:

“Buy less. Choose well. Make it last. Quality not quantity. Everybody’s buying far too many clothes.”

Fellow environmentalist and friend, model Lily Cole finished the show, having worked closely with the designer on her climate change initiative.

 See the full collection here.

Adidas By Stella McCartney

 

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Stella McCartney continues to incorporate ethics into her designs with another stand out collection for Adidas. The British designer uses sustainable materials wherever possible, and this season she’s included organic cotton and recycled polyester in her SS14 collection. This collection has also incorporated Adidas’s Dry Dye water saving technology, ensuring sustainability is embedded into every aspect of the range.

 See the full collection here

NEW YORK

 

Titania Inglis

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Showcasing at MADE Fashion Week, which coincides with NYFW, Titiana’s use of sustainable materials with such a contemporary, architectural edge was a definite favourite of mine. Inglis uses a neutral colour palette, organic cottons and natural dyes, in this latest collection ‘Tesselation’, which focuses on form and dimension. In2012 Inglis won an award at the Ecco Domani Fashion foundation for her sustainable designs.

View the full collection here

SUNO

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This season Max Osterweiss and Erin Beatty of SUNO veered away from overpowering prints, and chose to focus on texture and sillhouettes. I particularly liked the pillar-box red laser cut top and zebra motif pieces, which were a nod to their work in Africa. Since 2008, the founders of SUNO have been working towards helping Kenyans, by sourcing quality craftsmanship from local artisans, and purchasing vintage Kenyan textiles. Suno’s production has now expanded to Peru and India.

View the full collection here

 Organic By John Patrick

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John Patrick kept to simple, soft elegance, as is his signature style. Fabrics flowed and melted into each other in a feminine, refreshing predominantly light palette. Serene, floaty pastel greens and creamy whites gave a soft, spring ease, while a long, volumnous off white A-line skirt particularly caught my attention!

View the full collection here

Edun

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Head to toe monochrome took over at Edun, as new creative director Danielle Sherman added sharp structures and bold geometric patterns to the collection. Although Edun’s founding team have left, the charitable ethos still remains. All clothing is produced by artisans on a global scale, with hand woven pieces included in the collection.

 View the full collection here

ITALY

 So Critical So Fashion

So Critical So Fashion

 So Critical So Fashion is a three-day event on ethical fashion, taking place in Milan. Run by Terre Di Mezzo, this September was the fourth series, and the biggest since the event was founded. So Critical So Fashion provides a platform to bring together small enterprises and start-ups, as it aims to showcase the best of socially responsible style.

PARIS

Maiyet

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The SS14 collection was Maiyet’s founder Kristy Caylor’s first time back as creative director. Caylor showcased the best of artisanal craftsmanship. Silk embroidery was hand stitched, and as always, materials had been sourced from around the world. As expected Maiyet manages to bring ethics to design without compromising on style.

 See the full collection here

 Stella McCartney

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 As mentioned previously in this post, the name Stella McCartney is known worldwide as one of the biggest names in the industry, but is also slowly becoming synonymous with ethics. McCartney introduced environmentally friendly design to the luxury fashion world, and is a strong campaigner for animal rights.  She continues to use sustainable materials throughout her collections, while still remaining at the top of her game.

 See the full collection here

 

 

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