The London Design Festival is upon us once more! Last weekend I attended the Estethica champagne reception at London Fashion Week. Estethica is an initiative by the British Fashion Council and is now in its thirteenth season, co-curated by Orsola de Castro and Filippo Ricci of From Somewhere and Reclaim to Wear. Designers who are selected to participate must adhere to at least one of their fairtrade and ethical principles in the production process.
Amongst the fifteen chosen to exhibit their SS13 collections was Auria, a collaboration between Diana Auria and illustrator Margot Bowman. This exuberant swimwear collection is made from a material that derives from recycled fishing nets and carpets. Image above via Auria.
MAXJENNY by Danish designer Maxjenny Forslund creates breathable rainproof pieces made from light weight recycled pet bottle fibre fabric. The strong graphic prints for SS13 are a collaboration with Stockholm painter Astrid Sylwan. She also uses the maximum amount of fabric in each piece so there is minimal waste off cut material. Image via LFW
Junky Styling who began in 1997 and are renowned for their ‘deconstructed suits’ have come up with a collection inspired by the UK’s interchangeable weather conditions. They also continue to offer wardrobe surgery at their recently relocated shop at 21 Hackney Road. Here customers can bring in old clothing to be reconstructed to suit their needs. Image via Junky Styling
Also in the upcycling vein was the latest collection by Victim Fashion Street. Born in Taiwan and a Londoner of 14 years, Mei-Hui Liu is another early pioneer of the upcycling movement. She says of her work, “Above all else, it’s got to embrace opulence even if it is ethical.” Photo by David Shih Chen Ta via Victim Fashion Street.
Finally, a mention to the winner of the Estethica/Veolia Re-Source Competition with Central Saint Martins, fashion student Liora Lassalle. Her Mexican inspired collection incorporates a wealth of upcycled textiles and even metal detailing made from recycled tin cans. Photos above © 2012 Christopher Moore Limited