Plastic


                Leiden: What is your relationship with fashion? Lydia Downe: I have always been a big fan of fashion. From a very young age I have used design as a creative outlet and fashion design in particular has always been one of my passions. There’s a very real ‘human’ element to fashion and I love the way it can be used as a form of expression on a personal level and also as a reflection of society. I studied textiles throughout high school and college and after college I moved to Melbourne to… Continue Reading

Clothes and Accessories made from Recycled Materials


It’s National Recycling Week so what better excuse to celebrate fashion and accessories labels who are making products from recycled materials. If you haven’t already, check out our ode to recycling, it’s got lots of information about recycling, links between gender and recycling, and tips for what can and cannot be recycled.   Made from recycled plastic Girlfriend Collective’s core fabric products are made from 79% recycled polyester (or RPET) and 21% spandex. RPET is made from post-consumer water bottles. Try ShopMate to ship them from the US.Shop Now.     Mr Tumbuktu makes active wear from recycled bottles and fishing nets. Shop Now.  … Continue Reading

Adelaide Fashion Festival SLOW Saturday


  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… Continue Reading

Rise and Resist – Learn How to Change the World with Clare Press


Join as at the Rise and Resist Book Launch Canberra, an event hosted by eco stylist Nina Gbor to celebrate author Clare Press   With so much shit going down at the moment, it’s no wonder we are so dissatisfied with the state of the world. It’s also no wonder that in the face of increased adversity activism is on the rise with more and more people speaking up, taking action and striving for lasting change. Author, speaker and sustainable and ethical fashion expert Clare Press is no stranger to striving for change, having long tackled the fashion industry on… Continue Reading

Faye De Lanty at the Canberra Fashion Market


  Eco fashion advocate Faye De Lanty is a self confessed shopaholic. But not the regular max-out-your-credit-card-at-the-mall kind. Faye is the thrifty kind. Instead of loading up on fast fashion, Faye is slowing things down and embracing a love of the pre-loved, something that has been important to her since she was fifteen years old. ‘It didn’t become a necessity for me until I was living overseas and didn’t have a lot of money,’ she said. ‘I’d have twenty quid and challenge myself on how to pull together an outfit. People would comment on how they loved what I was… Continue Reading

Designer Profile – Taloma


  Thanks to the ABC’s War on Waste and a whole raft of hard working advocates who have been working in the fashion space (think Clare Press, Emma Watson, Amber Valetta and Livia Firth), ethical and sustainable fashion has reached a tipping point and is beginning to go mainstream. This not only encourages existing brands to question their operations but also expands the market for the makers and labels who value sustainability and are open about their ethics and supply chain. One such label is TALOMA, a Melbourne based label specialising in luxe wardrobe essentials. We caught up with Justine,… Continue Reading

Revival


              Credits Photography: Polished Photography / www.polishedphotography.com.au / Facebook / Instagram @polished.cbr Clothing and styling: Pure Pod / purepod.com.au / Facebook / Instagram @purepodfashion Styling Assist: Emma Batchelor Model: Joanna Bear

Ethical Fashion Table – Discussing Sustainable Fashion


  On Saturday 16 June, I attended an Ethical Fashion Table organised by the founder of ethical clothing label Pure Pod, Kelli Donovan. Kelli has spent twenty-eight years working in the fashion industry, with eleven of those running her own ethical fashion label. She is a passionate advocate for the Australian fashion industry, particularly the sustainable fashion movement. In creating this event, Kelli sought to bring like minds together to not only support one another but to openly discuss and suggest solutions for the environmental and social issues associated with the global world of fashion. Over a delicious meal, organised… Continue Reading