As London Fashion Week draws to a close, we’ve had time to reflect and look back on the wonderful sustainable and eco-friendly collections featured in the Estethica exhibition. Estethica has become one of the industry’s leading showcases of eco sustainable design, supporting over 100 pioneering designers and promoting awareness about ethical fashion around the world. All designers featured in Estethica are chosen for their dedication to sustainability, as well as for their design quality, and must abide by at least one of Estethica’s principles. These include fair trade and ethical practice in the production process, the use of organic materials and the use of recycled and upcycled fabrics.
So, without further ado, here are our top 5 sustainable fashion collections which caught our eye at Estethica SS14!
People Tree – Atelier Collection
People Tree is recognised both by customers and fashion industry experts as a pioneer in Fair Trade and environmentally sustainable fashion. For over twenty years, People Tree has partnered with Fair Trade artisans and farmers in the developing world to produce a collection of ethical and eco fashion. Their SS14 collection, Atelier, presents a bold range of styles, from strapless cuff pant suits to statement evening dresses.
Designed by award winning fashion designer Tracey Mulligan, the Atelier collection is hand-dyed and hand-woven from 100% Fair Trade fabric, keeping with People Tree’s high ethical standards, providing some of the world’s most marginalised communities with sustainable living.
Bottletop is a London-based charity which is dedicated to design, craftsmanship and culture. Bottletop redefines the notion of ‘luxury’ by creating upcycled fashion accessories which promotes true craftsmanship, blend design and technique across cultures and handcrafted aesthetic.
Through the creation of their recycled collections, Bottletop give artisans in developing countries the chance to support themselves and their families. They reach the wider community through their Bottletop Foundation to ensure a long lasting and more sustainable impact. The Bottletop Foundation supports young people through education projects, which in turn empowers them to take control of own their lives.
Liora Lassalle – Soft Fruit and Hard Lines Collection
Winner of the Estethica Re-Source competition with Central Saint Martins, Liora Lassalle’s latest collection features energetic and colourful prints sitting playfully within harsher lines, giving the impression of barely contained excitement and boundless enthusiasm.
Environmental and social ethics have always been very important to Liora and, at the age of 18, she and a friend set up and taught four upcycling fashion workshops for teens resulting in a charity fashion show. For her latest collection, Liora has used upcycled denim, leather and special hemp blends to produce a lively and dynamic range of garments.
Katrien Van Hecke
Katrien Van Hecke is an emerging woman’s wear designer based in Antwerp, Belgium. Her fashion stands for modern artisanal luxury with a strong focus on silk and hand dyed dresses.
Katrien always starts from raw white materials that she uses as a canvas to find structures and prints. She believes sustainability is the new high fashion. The collections are produced in Belgium only working with high quality materials that prove their sustainability.
Beautiful Soul – ‘Bee 4 Blossom’ Collection
Beautiful Soul is a British, luxury womenswear label based in London's Notting Hill. They employ the most exquisite fabrics, including British wool, British lace, luxury vintage fabrics, sustainable, organic and Fairtrade fabrics and unique signature prints, giving their customers an alternative, more ethical choice that does not compromise luxury.
For SS14, the Beautiful Soul’s statement print is inspired by blossom and bumblebees. Their “Bee 4 Blossom” collection includes the brand’s best selling dresses and playsuits, with the addition of a range of covetable separates including tops, shorts, trousers, skirts and a shirt coat and shirt jacket.
So what do you think? Which of our top picks stand out to you? Let us know in the comments!
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