London Fashion Week: Sustainable Fashion Round Up
Fashion Week returned to the capital last week in the depths of the royal mourning period. Whilst the usual parties were cancelled, the majority of scheduled shows remained in place, bar those postponed for the Queen’s funeral on Monday 19 September. Here at Fashion District, we’ve been keeping our eye on the sustainably-focused designers presenting their SS23 collections this month. Check out our highlights below:
The artistic director of Fiorucci and founder of his namesake label, Daniel W. Fletcher, is a big advocate for sustainability within fashion. The latest collection, presented on 15th September, was produced in collaboration with Nona Source using high quality deadstock textiles from LVMH’s Maisons.
Independent designer Rosie Evans describes her brand as a ‘high fantasy’ luxury fashion label, defined by creating one-off pieces and small runs of historically inspired fashion. Evans’ SS23 collection, Leave Nothing But Footprints, showcased the designer’s commitment to using fabrics with a past through corsets, trousers and jackets embellished with patchwork and applique from secondhand textiles.
Plants and the natural world are at the heart of each collection created by Eirinn Hayhow, and Plantasia is no different. With materials, dyes, inks and paints grown and foraged by the designer, this collection experiments with biocouture in an attempt to imbed the healing properties of plants into each garment. Hayhow’s London Fashion Week presentation featured collaborations with creatives that embodied the central theme of natural magic, including jewellery from Femme de Feu and 3D art from Hakan Keppler amongst many others.
Renowned fashion designer and Design Futures 2022 judge, Phoebe English, presented her latest collection Joy + Sorrow during London Fashion Week. In the last decade the studio has been devoted to focus on circularity, designing out of waste and exploring plant dyes, with each of these practices evident in her pieces.
Founded by Emma Chopova and Laura Lowena, the emerging design house is focused on merging sustainability with tradition and modern craftmanship. Their debut runway show at London Fashion Week, Rose is a rose is a rose, showcased looks that paid homage to their Bulgarian roots and folklore, and featured upcycled components that demonstrate the brands dedication to using recycled materials.
Sustainability continues to be one of the biggest challenges to tackle within the industry but, it is reassuring to see the growing number of conscious designers filling the LFW schedule. Keep your eyes peeled for more updates on designers making a positive difference… we have an upcoming announcement that you won’t want to miss!
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