The climate crisis was on the agenda again at London fashion week on Monday, with sustainability experts and activists taking part in a symposium at the Finnish Institute focusing on creativity and sustainability. It was in keeping with fashion week so far, which has seen Extinction Rebellion activists stage a “die-in” and swarm the Victoria Beckham show, one of the week’s highest-profile events, hoping to force the industry to take the climate emergency seriously. The symposium was a follow-up to July’s Helsinki fashion week, which is open exclusively to designers and brands who produce sustainable collections. Similar events have already taken place in New York, and there are more planned for Paris and Milan – part of a programme focusing on sustainability and the identity of each host city. For London’s instalment, which was chaired by Helsinki fashion week’s founder, Evelyn Mora, creativity was deemed an appropriate topic given the British … [Read more...] about ‘It’s finding something new in the old’: how fashion can confront the climate crisis
Rediscovering culture transforming fashion
I love fashion. I love going to catwalk shows. I love getting dressed up. I love the illicit thrill of some frippery I can’t really afford, accompanied by the rustle of tissue paper in a crisp shopping bag – a sound bested only by a champagne cork popping. And that’s not even the half of it. More than anything, I love the thrill of the high street chase. I love stopping a woman on the street to ask where her dress is from, and hunting it down and ordering it from my phone at the bus stop. I have been known to go weak at the knees over new suede boots and I will never, ever have enough earrings. But you know what else I love? Living in a climate that doesn’t fry me alive. Oceans with fish and icebergs in them rather than plastic. Mars is a long way – and besides, Elon Musk? No thanks. Which means I need to love clothes in a way that doesn’t create huge amounts of waste and use a disproportionate amount of the world’s carbon budget. It is obscene … [Read more...] about The fashion editor’s eco-makeover: can I rethink my love affair with clothes?
If you thought stickers were the preserve of toddlers’ books and playgrounds, think again. Branded stickers are now among the fashion industry’s most sought-after items, something to slap on laptops and lunchboxes as a way of conveying an affinity with a label at a fraction of the cost of buying its goods. Last week, skateboard brand Palace released its winter sticker pack and it sold out within an hour. With other rare versions, such as a single Supreme x Playboy sticker, reselling online for as much as £200, the big-name fashion brands are also jumping on the bandwagon. Calvin Klein Jeans recently made stickers using a classic 1980s image by Richard Avedon of Brooke Shields, while the fashion brand Coach has produced leather stickers, and Berlin’s hip o32c magazine featured sticker sheets from Louis Vuitton’s creative director, Virgil Abloh. A partnership between the luggage manufacturer Rimowa and Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson yielded a limited … [Read more...] about Get stuck in: how the humble sticker went high-fashion
A group of six eco-conscious young professionals on a budget have revealed how they completely transformed their home in a day, spending just £216 each on charity finds. Alex Short, and Anna Watts, both 28, share their four bedroom home in Camberwell, south London, with four flat mates. They were desperate to give their tired house a revamp, but wanted to avoid spending too much money on the rented property, and keen not to invest in throw away buys. The couple have told how they turned their cluttered and simple abode into a millennial paradise brimming with character, simply by painting their old furniture and buying some statement pieces from their local charity shop. Junior doctor Anna, and solicitor Alex live with Alex's brother Fraser, 26, a digital manager at an art dealership and three other junior doctors, Edward, 28, Edward, 29, and Emily, 28. ‹ Slide me › Alex Short, and Anna Watts, both 28, share their four bedroom home in Camberwell, … [Read more...] about Six young professionals transform their house-share into a millennial paradise in just 24 hours by upcycling hand-me-down furniture and spending £216 each on charity finds
20. Bratz: The Movie (2007) For the uninitiated, a Bratz doll is a Barbie doll without any of the intellectual heft. Accordingly, Bratz: The Movie is what Mean Girls would have been if everyone gave the impression of being there against their will. A terrible, miserable, cynical film that would have exploded if it had contained a single original idea. 19. My Little Pony: The Movie (1986) Not to be confused with the 2017 movie of the same name or the myriad straight-to-video sequels, My Little Pony: The Movie rode the mid-80s wave of animated toy films that also brought us The Care Bears Movie and Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw (more of which later). In this film, the ponies are forced to band together to save their land from a sentient purple gunk with a song called Nothing Can Stop the Smooze, which sounds exactly like what dying must feel like. 18. Dungeons & Dragons (2000) Again, not to be confused with the animated TV series, this reimagining starred the likes of Thora … [Read more...] about From Trolls to Transformers: toy films – ranked!