The whole reason I decided to make the trip from Canberra to Adelaide for the Adelaide Fashion Festival this year was for SLOW Saturday. Everything else was a bonus.
After starting life on the fringe of last year’s Festival, this year SLOW became an official part of the schedule in 2018. The runway is the brainchild of designers and creatives Anny Duff from Good Studios, Natalie Ivanov of Re-Swim Club and Emily Sheahan from The Commons Studio & Exchange who together sought to take the conversation about sustainability mainstream.
The event began with a statement from Vogue Australia’s Sustainability editor Clare Press, who discussed how the fashion industry is evolving, particularly when it comes to environmental and social impact.
As an author, podcaster and ethical fashion advocate, Clare has seen her fair share of sustainable runways. She is therefore well places to comment that there has never been anything like SLOW that has taken part within a mainstream fashion week.
The runway itself was presented in three parts, each styled by Vogue Australia’s Fashion Editor Philippa Moroney.
Ethical and Sustainable Designers
The first section of the runway featured new garments that had been designed and created using ethical and sustainable practices. Labels included Good Studios, Kalaurie, From Found, Home Job, Autark, A. BCH, Re-Swim Club, Nobody Denim, KitX, and Bianca Spender.
Vintage and Pre-loved
The second section of the runway featured vintage and pre-loved pieces from The Commons & Exchange, and Claire Inc. Check out our video here.
The third section of the runway featured new garments created from deadstock — merchandise that was never sold to or used by consumers.
After enjoying the runway presentation we moved outside to enjoy a slow three-course lunch prepared by Tasting Australia’s Simon Bryant teamed with Wicks Estate wines.
SLOW Saturday presented attendees with the opportunity to think differently about the clothes they wear and to question the assumptions they may have about ethical clothing and I will certainly be doing my best to be back next year.
This runway was sponsored by Karl Chehade Dry Cleaning, Australia’s leading environmentally friendly GreenEarth dry cleaner.