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Join Susie Lau and Take the #Secondhandfirst Pledge This Week

#Secondhandfirst Week  was launched by the fashion reuse charity TRAID to celebrate the power of second-hand to change the world by keeping the resources we already have in use for longer. This year, it runs from 23 – 28 November. Take TRAID’s #SECONDHANDFIRST Pledge and let them know what percentage of … Continue reading

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Fashion Revolution Day: the Vintage #Haulternative

With UK shoppers throwing away enough clothing to fill Wembley Stadium each year, our attitude towards fashion needs to change.  Fast fashion means that we can buy what we want and discard it with equal abandon.  New collections come and go so quickly that I don’t have time to fall in … Continue reading

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Who Made My T-Shirt in the Who Made My Clothes Video?

This week I made a video about How to Join the Fashion Revolution. To demonstrate how to take a selfie showing your label, I wore my favourite T-Shirt with the slogan WE ARE THE SEA.   And then I started wondering: Who made the T-Shirt I was wearing in the video? Where … Continue reading

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Water: Fashion’s Dirty Secret

Today is World Water Day.  Cotton is one of the world’s dirtiest crops. When you pick up a cotton T-shirt on the High Street, and only wear it a couple of times, do you ever stop to think about the impact which the water used for that garment has had … Continue reading

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Rise of the normal-sized models

I have never once considered myself a plus-sized model, yet I don’t fit the mould of the willowy size 6 models. However, a flow of normal-sized models are beginning to sweep the fashion industry.   The French Parliament have proposed a legislation to set a minimum weight for any model … Continue reading

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London Fashion Weekend

Visiting London Fashion Weekend is like going to a huge sample sale.  Although spending money to go shopping may seem like an alien concept to a lot of students, the savings you make on one garment can easily eclipse the price of the entrance ticket. The Luxe Lounge houses two … Continue reading

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The Savvy Student Guide to London Fashion Week AW15

Thought that London Fashion Week was only for fashion buyers and press? Think again. There are plenty of events happening all over London throughout that week which are open to the public.  Even better, most of them are free! Naomi Campbell’s Fashion for Relief is back! I was fortunate enough to … Continue reading

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February Sample Sales

Whilst we have a few more sample sales appearing on our radar for February, there’s still a limited amounts of events. I find this time of year is great for charity shop shopping (see my blog on second-hand clothing here)  I try to at the start (although it always ends up … Continue reading

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January Sample Sales

January seems to be the month for bridal sample sales. Unless you are in the market for a wedding dress, other sample sales are quite thin on the ground.  But to be honest, with some great discounts out on the High Street, at independents and online, it really isn’t the … Continue reading

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December Sample Sales (including Alexander McQueen)

Alexander McQueen 3rd December 11am – 9pm  4th &  5th December 10am – 9pm and 6th December 10am – 6pm Shoreditch Town Hall, Assembly Hall, 380 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT At last, the not to be missed Alexander McQueen sample sale has arrived. What better place to find a … Continue reading

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Join Susie Lau and Take the #Secondhandfirst Pledge This Week

#Secondhandfirst Week  was launched by the fashion reuse charity TRAID to celebrate the power of second-hand to change the world by keeping the resources we already have in use for longer. This year, it runs from 23 – 28 November.

Take TRAID’s #SECONDHANDFIRST Pledge and let them know what percentage of your wardrobe you will commit to sourcing second-hand, rather than buying new. Tweet your progress to @traid #secondhandfirst

Susie Lau of Style Bubble has taken TRAID’s Pledge in support of #Secondhandfirst Week, will you?

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This year I took part in Fashion Revolution’s #haulternative – a new way of refreshing your wardrobe without having to buy new. You can see many of my great secondhand finds in this video. If you would like to make your own #haulternative video to show off the great #secondhandfirst finds you have made, there is now a brilliant guide to the Haulternative available to download on the Fashion Revolution website: http://fashionrevolution.org/get-involved/

One of my best charity shop finds of recent months has to be this pair of gold Valentino trousers for just £10 in our local cancer research shop.

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TRAID charity shops, and many of its partners in London, across the UK and globally, are hosting a week of events and actions designed to connect you to the huge environmental and social benefits of second-hand and to encourage you to buy less new. Over-consumption is having a seriously negative environmental impact on the planet, while exploitative labour and unsafe working conditions are commonplace in our supply chains. This insatiable demand on rapidly diminishing resources, like land and water, simply cannot continue. Sourcing more of our clothes and other goods second-hand reduces consumption, our use of scarce resources, waste and carbon emissions. At the same time, we extend the life-cycle of wearable clothes and other material objects while sourcing things in more interesting and socially beneficial ways like swapping, lending and making.

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Events and ways to take part include:

  • Late night charity shopping will help you to rebalance your wardrobe way from buying new to second-hand
  • TRAIDTALKS with author and design activist Professor Kate Fletcher on how we use our clothes
  • Spoken word performances from poet and rapper Potent Whisper, Sabrina Mahfouz and other guests
  • Plastic Seconds Jewellery Workshop transforming unrecyclable plastics into art objects led by Maria Papadimitriou
  • Screen printing with reclaimed garments with Peckham’s Captured in the Rye
  • Discover the lost art of darning at repair workshops run by TRAID and Fabrications
  • Global film screenings of the documentary ‘Udita’ by documentary makers Rainbow Collective on Bangladeshi women workers in the garment industry
  • A ‘river of waste’ art installation at Hornsey Town Hall and much more.

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This year, #Secondhandfirst Week coincides with Black Friday, a day of price cuts by major retailers on items like TV’s, furniture and clothes designed to create a frenzy of consumption that has seen fights, crushes and huge queues over discounted goods. Black Friday is an uncritical celebration of materialism without regards for its impacts on people and planet. #Secondhandfirst Week provides a counterpoint to this orgy of consumption and aims to increase society’s appetite for second-hand as a viable alternative to buying new.

Maria Chenoweth Casey, TRAID’s Chief Executive and a passionate proponent of second-hand said, “#Secondhandfirst is more than a week, it’s a philosophy that celebrates and recognises the power of reusing clothes – and other resources – to improve our world, and, it’s a practical way of immediately adopting a more sustainable way of living.”

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The benefits of dramatically increasing our use of second-hand goods also includes a social and cultural dimension that has the potential to transform us from individual consumers into collective citizens connected to communities and people rather than material objects, and that loosens the grip of advertising and corporations on shaping our style and identity.

Fittingly, #Secondhandfirst Week ends on Sunday November 29th the day of the global People’s Climate March in London. This march aims to break last year’s record for the largest climate change mobilisation in history, and TRAID will be making a banner from second-hand textiles and invites everyone to march with them to stop climate change.

Image credits: Traid and Fashion Revolution

Fashion Revolution Day: the Vintage #Haulternative

With UK shoppers throwing away enough clothing to fill Wembley Stadium each year, our attitude towards fashion needs to change.  Fast fashion means that we can buy what we want and discard it with equal abandon.  New collections come and go so quickly that I don’t have time to fall in love with a beautiful piece of clothing, save up for it, and then cherish it. By the time I have earned enough money, it will be long gone from the rails.

 

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Buying vintage fashion, I can own beautiful quality, timeless pieces which come with ready-made authenticity, whatever decade happens to be on trend.  I also never have to worry about meeting anyone else wearing the same outfit!

My Haulternative for Fashion Revolution Day is different to a traditional haul. I want to demonstrate that vintage fashion really can provide a viable alternative, not just to the High Street but to Designer fashion as well.  From my floor-length, gold Gucci dress worn 20 years ago on Blind Date, to my denim Burberry jacket picked up from a stand at Glastonbury, here is my vintage #haulternative.

To see more of my fabulous vintage finds, from £10 gold Valentino trousers to red Sergio Tacchini Tennis shorts for a quid, check out my previous blog on Preloved Clothing.

Vintage clothing comes with a ready-made story attached. I wonder who has worn it and where it has travelled. Fashion Revolution Day, on the 24th of April, wants you to think about the story behind your clothes, and ask brands and retailers #WhoMadeMyClothes?

“Be curious, find out, do something.
Become a part of the solution.
You can help to change the world, one outfit at a time”

On 24th of April, I will be supporting Fashion Revolution Day. If you want to join in too, watch my short video to find out how.

 

 

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Who Made My T-Shirt in the Who Made My Clothes Video?

This week I made a video about How to Join the Fashion Revolution.

To demonstrate how to take a selfie showing your label, I wore my favourite T-Shirt with the slogan WE ARE THE SEA.

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And then I started wondering:

Who made the T-Shirt I was wearing in the video? Where was the cotton grown?  Where was it printed?

 

 

So, I decided to contact the brand, We are Islanders, and ask them #WhoMadeMyClothes?

This is the fantastic reply which I have just received from Erin at We Are Islanders:

“Hi Sienna, thanks for asking! Your We Are The Sea t-shirt is from Continental Clothing’s Earth Positive Apparel collection, meaning it is 100% organic with 90% reduced CO2.

The production of this t-shirt has been audited by the Fair Wear Foundation before being hand-printed by the We Are Islanders team in a Dublin print collective.”

 

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We Are Islanders also sent me some photos of them screenprinting T-Shirts like the one I wore, so now I really do know Who Made My T-shirt!

 

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Water: Fashion’s Dirty Secret

Today is World Water Day.  Cotton is one of the world’s dirtiest crops.

When you pick up a cotton T-shirt on the High Street, and only wear it a couple of times, do you ever stop to think about the impact which the water used for that garment has had on the local environnment? Probably not. Your average cotton T-Shirt has comsumed a staggering 2700 litres of water on its journey from the cotton field to the shop where you bought it.

“The fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world, causing human misery, enormous cost of life and gigantic environmental devastation” Katharine Hamnett

The World Bank estimates that around 20% of industrial water pollution in the world comes from the treatment and dyeing of textiles. The textile industry is second only to agriculture as the biggest global polluter of clean water.

The water needed to grow cotton threatens precious water resources for local people. The Aral Sea was once the fourth largest lake in the world, home to millions of fish and surrounded by fishing communities. Now covers only 10% of its former surface area and holds less than 10% of the volume of water it held in the 1970s. Why? Demand for cotton.

Six months ago, NASA made the shock announcement that a large area of the Aral Sea had completely dried up. Beyond the loss of fresh water and their livelihoods, local communities are also suffering from carcinogenic dust from the lake bed being blown into their villages.  As we are talking about water, I won’t even start on the forced labour of thousands of people sent to work to pick cotton every harvest by the Uzbeki authorities.

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Source: USGS/NASA

According to Frances Corner in her book Why Fashion Matters, if we all extended the lifecycle of our cotton garments by 9 months, this could reduce the water footprint of our clothing by 30%. Surely 9 months isn’t too much to ask?

This week, Greenpeace released a new Detox Catwalk video. At the same time, they released new rankings to show which companies really are detoxing their supply chains and which ones are greenwashing or taking no responsibility for their toxic trail. See the rankings here

 

On Thursday, the Oceana Junior Ocean Council Fashions for the Future event took place at Phillips Auction House in Berkeley Square, London. Oceana is the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world’s oceans. Since 2001 Oceana has protected over 1.2 million square miles of ocean, including innumerable sea turtles, sharks, dolphins and other sea creatures. Find out more about Oceana here


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CEO of Oceana, Andrew Sharpless, said:

“If you care about biodiversity, save the oceans.
If you care about climate change, save the oceans.
If you care about jobs for coastal communities, save the oceans.
If you care about human health, save the oceans.
This is the single thing we can do to make a difference for the future”

Rise of the normal-sized models

I have never once considered myself a plus-sized model, yet I don’t fit the mould of the willowy size 6 models. However, a flow of normal-sized models are beginning to sweep the fashion industry.

 

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Sienna Somers, photographed by Dave Purgas

The French Parliament have proposed a legislation to set a minimum weight for any model working in France, whether it be catwalk, editorial or high fashion. Models would be required to have a healthy BMI, which is considered above 18. The average model is 5 foot 9 and would have to weigh around 125 pounds, whilst the current average weight for a model is between 90-120 pounds. Employers would be required to ask models for proof of healthy BMI, both before and after a model is employed. Regular weight checks with agencies and employers would be enforced and violators could face a fine of up to 75,000 euros and six months in prison.

This legislation aims to reduce the glorification of too-thin women, in the hope to combat anorexia. It is estimated that 30,000 to 40,000 people in France suffer from anorexia, a number which is ever increasing.

Plus sized models have been taking the modelling industry by storm in the last year, with Ashley Graham being the first plus-sized model to ever be published in Sports Illustrated.

 

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Whilst the rise of plus sized models is a fantastic thing, it also raises some other issues, nowadays, anyone who doesn’t conform to the thin model ideals are automatically filed under the plus-sized model category. I consider myself one of the individuals stuck in this nameless limbo. Normal-sized model Myla Dalbesio, a healthy sized 10 was recently cast in a Calvin Klein‘s “Perfectly Fit” campaign and discusses size in an interview as part of the What’s Underneath project.

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If the french legislation is successful, this could revolutionise the fashion industry and the models of the future. Most of the ‘it girls’ of the last 20 years have been under the healthy BMI; Kate Moss- 16, Cara Delevigne- 16, Jordan Dunn-15, Miranda Kerr-16, Rosie Huntington-Whitely-17. These faces may stop becoming regulars at Paris Fashion Week. Hopefully this will encourage healthy sized people to pursue modelling and change the modelling industry.

 

London Fashion Weekend

Visiting London Fashion Weekend is like going to a huge sample sale.  Although spending money to go shopping may seem like an alien concept to a lot of students, the savings you make on one garment can easily eclipse the price of the entrance ticket.
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The Luxe Lounge houses two areas which I would highly recommend as your first stop: the LFW Pop-up and Shop the Catwalk.  This is where you may will find rails from the designers who actually show at London Fashion Week. Although prices may be a little higher in this area, with some deep discounts it brings designer clothing within a student budget.  The quality of the garments in this area was noticeably higher as well, meaning that if you look at cost per wear over the lifetime of the garment, rather than overall cost, you will undoubtedly be saving money.

The LFW Pop-up area included a rail of Christopher Raeburn’s clothing, although I think I’ll wait for SS15 collection to appear at London Fashion Weekend as loved the deep olive parachute silk which he used this season.  A new discovery was J. JS LEE – great cut and I loved the checked wool dresses with the lower part being brushed to blur up the checks.  So cosy for winter and would be a wardrobe staple for many years.  And best of all, everything was made in England.

In the Shop the Catwalk section, most of the Pringle outlet in Morning Lane seems to have moved down to Somerset House.  A large stand with some beautiful knitwear, of course, and gorgeous dresses.

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Although attracted by the popping tangerine top at Osman, my eye was caught by a rich, black velvet skirt at Markus Lupfer.  Despite telling myself I don’t need any more black in my wardrobe, this was a classic I couldn’t resist.  At just £70, the quality feels amazing, thick and heavy velvet with a great sheen which feels more like pony skin, and the classic flared shape just skimming the knee means that this is an item of clothing which could stay in my wardrobe for decades to come.  Best of all, the label says Made in England.  Apparently most of the dresses at Markus Lupfer, and obviously some skirts, are made in a studio in Hoxton.

Amid several stands selling vintage and faux fur, a new discovery for me was Karl Donoghue.  Their luxury jackets and accessories are all handcrafted in combinations of shearling, leather and fur, finished with touches of buffalo horn trim.  But this is no ordinary ‘fur’ and certainly shouldn’t send a shiver down the sustainable shopper’s spine.  Karl Donaghue pride themselves on providing a cruelty-free option.    Every item is crafted and hand-finished in the UK and the brand prides themselves on a cruelty-free production process, as well as recycling offcuts.  Lambskin earmuffs came in some great pastel shades such as lemon and coral, as well as a range of natural tones and textures.karl donoghue ear muffs london fashion weekend savvy student sienna somers

Upstairs, don’t miss Finchittida Finch, a London-based jewellery label by twin sisters: Lisa & Tida Finch. This amazing company vows that every purchase from them helps fund Mines Advisory Group bomb disposal in Laos.  Their new Empress Collection embodies cultural diversity and courageous women, you’ll be sure to make a statement wearing these incredible pieces.

 

 

The Savvy Student Guide to London Fashion Week AW15

Thought that London Fashion Week was only for fashion buyers and press? Think again. There are plenty of events happening all over London throughout that week which are open to the public.  Even better, most of them are free!

Naomi Campbell’s Fashion for Relief is back!

I was fortunate enough to attend Fashion for Relief Haiti at London Fashion Week in 2010 in my then role as a DFID Youth Reporter. I was only 14! Here I am on my way to the show snapped by icône du jour

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At the time I commented:

I loved Fashion for Relief in aid of Haiti as I think it was great for the fashion industry. With celebrities from Ronnie Corbett to Kate Moss modelling, it not only shows that everyone can help make a difference but demonstrates that any sized person can walk down the runway. I went to this show at LFW last week as a youth reporter for DFID and I sat 3 rows back from the front where I had an amazing view of the fabulous designs of Alexander McQueen’s blue mini dresses worn my Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Pixie Geldof. I am sure that Lee McQueen would like to have known that the last piece he created was sold in a very good cause.

 

Now Naomi is back! This time she is raising money to aid the fight against Ebola.  Following the same format as before, she asks her friends to donate some amazing designer clothes, and they then model them on the catwalk and hopefully raise a great deal of money.

Photo credit: Westfield Centre

Photo credit: Westfield Centre

The Fashion For Relief show will kick off London Fashion Week and takes place at Somerset House on Thursday 19 February at 8pm. A limited amount of tickets will be made available to the public this year and are priced from £50 via Ticketmaster

International Fashion Showcase

 

The International Fashion Showcase is a festival of emerging designers from around the world, organised by the British Council and the British Fashion Council during London Fashion Week in collaboration with London embassies and cultural institutes.  The event provides a  showcase for their countries’ most exciting designers and reflects their culture. I have attended some of the shows over the past few years and it is a fascinating glimpse into contemporary designers from around the world, often rooted in designs and techniques which reflect their traditional culture and heritage.

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Maxhosa by Laduma, South Africa

In previous years, the International Fashion Showcase could be seen in various embassies around the capital, but this year there is just one venue, Brewer Street Car Park, from n 20-24 February 2015. The event is free of charge and, with 130 designers from almost 30 countries, it is the largest public fashion exhibition of its kind.

International Fashion Showcase Events & Talks

 

You can also attend a programme of talks and events both before and during the showcase, including a designer mentoring programme facilitated by London College of Fashion.

16 FEBRUARY

PRIVATE VIEW: STYLE SHARING
16 February, 18:30-20:30
Korean Cultural Centre UK, Grand Buildings, 1-3 Strand, London WC2N 5BW
Private view of Style Sharing, an exhibition exploring the symbiotic
relationship with Korean and British style.
RSVP: Jeyun Moon jy.moon@kccuk.org.uk

17 FEBRUARY

ANOTHER AUSTRIA: NARRATIVE THREADS
17 February, 19.00-21.00
Austrian Cultural Forum London, 28 Rutland Gate, London SW7 1PQ
Live reading combined with a fashion performance of the exhibition texts, featuring
some of the designers and writers.
RSVP Vanessa Fewster office@acflondon.org

18 FEBRUARY

PRIVATE VIEW: CRASH POP
18 February, 18:30-20:30
Embassy of Japan, 101-104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT
Japan’s hottest designers come crashing into London – find out what inspires
them in contemporary Japan at the private view.
Invite only. For queries please contact: info@ld.mofa.go.jp

19 FEBRUARY

CH TALENTS: VISIONARIES: PRIVATE VIEW
18:30-20:30
Display Gallery, 26 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2AQ
Join us for the inauguration of the CH talents: Visionaries Exhibition. The garments designed by students from HEAD Genève and the Institute of Fashion Design, Basel will be presented on live models throughout the run of the exhibition.
RSVP: lon.events@eda.admin.ch

20 FEBRUARY

TANZANIA PRIVATE VIEW: SERENGETI SIRENS
13:00-15:00
3 Stratford Place, London W1C 1AS
A reception to celebrate Serengeti Sirens the Tanzanian International Fashion
Showcase putting spotlight on the designers and sponsors, and meeting the
press. A talk from the Patron Mrs Joyce Kallaghe (spouse of the Tanzanian High
Commissioner).
Invite only.

ART FASHION – RECONSTRUCTION 2 – THE ACADEMY’S LABYRINTHS
15.30 – 17.30
Brewer Street Car Park, Brewer Street, London W1F 0LA
A presentation introducing the Georgian exhibition Art Fashion – Reconstruction
2 – Academy’s labyrinths. The talk will explore the concept behind the exhibition,
the Reconstruction of the historic building – Tbilisi State Academy of Arts, an architectural monument of cultural heritage for Georgia. Open to the public,
RSVP essential.
RSVP: maya.kipiani@art.edu.ge

PRIVATE VIEW: IN THE FOLD
18:30-20:30
Brewer Street Car Park, Brewer Street, London W1F 0LA
Launch event for Ireland’s International Fashion Showcase entry presented by
Irish Design 2015 in collaboration with fashion exhibition partner Kildare Village.
Invite Only
RSVP: ifs2015@irishdesign2015.ie

PRIVATE VIEW: UNTAMED SKIN: THE ROMANIAN BLOUSE
19:30-21:30
Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave
Square, London. SW1X 8PH.
Exhibition Launch party
RSVP: Gabriela Mocan gabriela.mocan@icr-london.co.uk

21 FEBRUARY

REFASHIONING ARCHIVES
13.00-14.00
Brewer Street Car Park, Brewer Street,
London. W1F 0LA
A panel discussion exploring what the archive means in contemporary fashion
both as an inspiration for designers and as a way for museums to connect with the industry today.
RSVP: rsvp.showcase@britishcouncil.org

THE ART OF CRAFT WORKSHOP
14:00-16:00
Brewer Street Car Park, Brewer Street, London. W1F 0LA
Create your own accessory with Czech designers. No prior experience is needed
and all materials and guidance will be provided. Open to the public, booking
required.
RSVP: info@czechcentre.org.uk

GIVING LIGHT: MEET THE DESIGNERS
16:00-17:00
Brewer Street Car Park, Brewer Street, London W1F 0LA
An opportunity to meet the Bilbao International Art & Fashion designers
showcased in Spain’s exhibition ‘Giving Light’ and learn about their work and
Bilbao as a creative city.
RSVP: Aina Pomar – colaboradores.apc@maec.es or Rocío Sánchez -bilbaoartandfashion@bilboost.com by 17 February

ONCE UPON A TIME:PRIVATE VIEW
18:30-20:30
Brewer Street Car Park, Brewer Street, London. W1F 0LA
A Private View in the presence of all participating designers, featuring a live
music performance by Stepan Ruzicka and his band. With cocktails, Czech beer and
refreshments.
RSVP: info@czechcentre.org.uk

23 FEBRUARY

FASHION WITHOUT BOUNDARIES
23 February, 17.00 – 18.00
Brewer Street Car Park, Brewer Street,
London W1F 0LA
London fashion thrives on the convergence of cultures, this panel discussion will
celebrate the influence of international fashion on the capital and explores how the city can continue to welcome international emerging talents.
RSVP: rsvp.showcase@britishcouncil.org

PRIVATE VIEW: FRAMEWORK
23 February, 19:00-21:00
Brewer Street Car Park, Brewer Street, London W1F 0LA
Private view of the Colombian International Fashion Showcase ‘Framework’.
To register your interest email: events@colombianembassy.co.uk

24 FEBRUARY

HIJAB STYLING WORKSHOP WITH DIAN PELANGI
14:00-15:00
Brewer Street Car Park, Brewer Street, London W1F 0LA
Indonesian fashion designer Dian Pelangi will host a Hijab Styling Workshop
showing her unique style for this traditional headwear.
RSVP: n.watson@fashion.arts.ac.uk

FASHION IN RESIDENCE
17:00-18:00
Brewer Street Car Park, Brewer Street, London W1F 0LA

Holly Jayne Smith, the winner of the British Council’s inaugural Graduate Fashion Week International Residency Award, will present her capsule collection, inspired her month-long residency at the Casa Moda Academy in Morocco. Holly will discuss her experience working overseas, her perceptions of the Moroccan fashion scene and the importance of cultural exchange in design in conversation with Martyn Roberts, Director of Graduate Fashion Week.
RSVP: rsvp.showcase@britishcouncil.org

CANADA HOUSE PRESENTS THOMAS TAIT
18:00 – 20:00
Canada House, Trafalgar Square, London. WC2N 5NJ
Winner of the first LVMH Young Designers Prize in 2014, Montreal-born Thomas Tait on structure, fluidity and his unique readyto-wear collection.
RSVP: Attendance strictly by invitation only. To register your interest email
programmes.london@international.gc.ca

19 MARCH

TORY TURK IN CONVERSATION WITH ROK HWANG
19.00
Korean Cultural Centre UK, Grand Buildings, 1-3 Strand, London WC2N 5BW
Rok Hwang – the designer behind the freshly launched rokh label – talks to ‘Style Sharing’ exhibition curator Tory Turk about living, and setting up a
fashion label, in London, in a film made by British filmmaker Eoin Glaister.

Clerkenwell vintage fair 

 

To celebrate London Fashion Week, Clerkenwell Vintage Fair  brings you The Vintage Collections on Sunday 15 February. £4 entry (£2 with NUS card)

You will find key iconic looks from different eras and can shop for pieces which don’t just hark back to a particular era, but are actually part of it.

Fashion editors, designers from London Fashion Week (my mother always attends), celebrity stylists and models return every season to source rare pieces, as well as getting inspiration for next season’s collection.

I have bought many of my favourite pieces at the fair, including both of my school prom dresses. For my Sixth Form Prom I bought an amazing gold Gucci long dress which was worn 25 years ago on the TV show Blind Date with Cilla Black.  And I actually bought it from the lady who wore it on the show!

My gold Gucci dress. Photo credit: Paul Pickard

My gold Gucci dress. Photo credit: Paul Pickard

 

Fashion at MeLondon

 

Presented in partnership with Felicities,  FASHIONatMELONDON has a host of events including catwalk shows, presentations, live photo-shoots and film making, installations in the Marconi Lounge and a MEdia Lounge every afternoon during London Fashion Week in the Radio Roof Top Bar.

London Fashion Weekend

 

With a blend of established and emerging designers, London Fashion Weekend is a great opportunity to shop the season’s (or last seasons as is often the case) key pieces direct from the designers.  I have attended several times and always find some bargains. Like a giant sample sale, but with a catwalk schedule.

For all you Savvy shoppers reading this, use the Promotional Code FIRSTNIGHT to receive 25% off all tickets apart from the Luxe ticket on Thursday 26 February. Offer includes a free glass of Prosecco.

26 February – 1 March. Somerset House, The Strand, London WC2R 1LA  (map and times)

Photo: London Fashion Weekend

Photo: London Fashion Weekend

February Sample Sales

Whilst we have a few more sample sales appearing on our radar for February, there’s still a limited amounts of events. I find this time of year is great for charity shop shopping (see my blog on second-hand clothing here)  I try to at the start (although it always ends up being mid season when I get around to it) to look at the current/next season trends and pull out a few key pieces which are on trend in my wardrobe and then see what simple things I can pair with them.

 

Kat Maconie, Paper London and many more.. 

Many Brands at this pop up event including: Kat Maconie, Silken Favours, Oyuna, Celestine Eleven, Blake LDN, Paper London, Marina, Merchant Archive, Georgia Hardinge and the coveted bags of Meli Melo.
Thursday 5th February 2015- 10.30am – 9pm
26 South Molton Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 5LF

Spencer Hart

Major sale at the Saville Row Tailors who have dressed everyone from Benedict Cumberbatch to Ed Milliband, Maybe snatch a suit for your other half this Valentines?
1st-7th February 2015 (11am-5pm)
62 – 64 Brook Street, London, W1K 5DX

People Tree

Get an all Fair Trade and Sustainable bargain at People Tree’s February sample sale
5th-7th of February or 26th-28th February 2015
5 Huguenot Place, 17a Heneage Street, London E1 5LN

People Tree Sample Sale February 2015 Savvy Student Sienna Somers

Designer Warehouse Sales

Many high fashion names can be found here such as Gucci, Prada and Vivienne Westwood
6th-8th February 2015
5|6 Islington Studios, Thane Works, Thane Villas, London N7 7NU

A.P.C. sample sale 

With up to 70% off and constantly restocked items, it’s worth heading down to this one!
12th-18th February 2015 (except Sunday 15th)
34 Ledbury Road, London, W11 2AB.

Aimé sample sale

Feeling French? Then head down to this sample sale with brands such as Forte Forte, Repetto, Isabel Marant, Etoile and many more.
20th-28th of February 2015 (except 22nd)
34 Ledbury Road, London, W11 2AB

Designer Sales UK

One of the biggest selection of designers, including; Armani, D&G, Chloe, Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Christian Lacroix, Celine, Pringle, Paul Smith, Moschino, Missoni, Vivienne Westwood (Get there fast!)
21st February 2015 (12pm-5pm)
Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, London, SW3 5EE

January Sample Sales

January seems to be the month for bridal sample sales. Unless you are in the market for a wedding dress, other sample sales are quite thin on the ground.  But to be honest, with some great discounts out on the High Street, at independents and online, it really isn’t the month when we need sample sales to grab a bargain.

A Number of Names

Up to 75% off menswear brands including Bedwin & the Heartbreakers, Bathing Ape, Human Made, Pharrell’s Billionaire Boys Club, IceCream, Le Specs and Ebbets Field Flannels
31 December to 11 January 2015
36 Marshall Street London W1F 7EY

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Bournemouth Warehouse Sale
Friday 9th Jan 10am – 7pm, Saturday 10th Jan 10am – 6pm, Sunday 11th Jan 10am – 5pm
Solent Hall Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road, Bournemouth BH2 5BH

 Hush

Stock up on cashmere, cute bed shorts and cosy pyjamas at the Hush Sample Sale
Thurs 29th January  12-8pm, Fri 30th 10-6pm, Sat 31st 10-4pm
Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road London , SW3 5EE

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Cheltenham Warehouse Sale
Friday 30th Jan 10am – 7pm, Saturday 1st Feb 10am – 6pm, Sunday 2nd Feb 10am – 5pm
Gold Cup Room Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire GL50 4SH

December Sample Sales (including Alexander McQueen)

Alexander McQueen
3rd December 11am – 9pm  4th &  5th December 10am – 9pm and 6th December 10am – 6pm
Shoreditch Town Hall, Assembly Hall, 380 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT

Alexander McQueen sample sale dragonfly dress. Photo credit Paul Pickard

Alexander McQueen sample sale dragonfly dress. Photo credit Paul Pickard

At last, the not to be missed Alexander McQueen sample sale has arrived. What better place to find a new dress for Christmas at a bargain price.  If last year is anything to go by, the prices at this sample sale are really affordable, even on a student budget. Bodycon skirts for £40, for instance.
Be prepared for a queue to get in, but it’s worth it!  Also, more stock is added every day so there really is no need to skip lectures to queue up on Wednesday morning – all of the rails were still filled with great stock on the Saturday last year. Print out this invite for entry.

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Erdem
3-4th December 10am-7pm
The Music Room 26 South Molton Lane, London, W1K 5AB

Oyuna
5th – 6th December  10am-7pm
The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, London, W1K 5AB

Jonathan Saunders, Richard Nicoll,Marios Schwab, Peter Pilotto, Roksanda Illincic,
J.W Anderson, Michael Van Der Ham, Olivia Von Halle, House Of Holland & Prism.
8 December 10:30am-8pm
The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, London, W1K 5AB
This time last year there were some fabulous items at this small multi-label sample sale, although the Spring version was rather disappointing.  Let’s hope it’s as good as the one last winter!  My £40 Made in Britain Jonathan Saunders quilted red skirt was perfect for Christmas, combined with my silver Richard Nicoll vest!

Preen
11th December 12-8pm, 12th-13th December 10am-8pm
The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, London, W1K 5AB
Prices start from as low as £10 for past season pieces at this three-day clear out which definitely puts it well within a student budget.

Peter Jensen
12th December 3pm-7pm 13th December 11am-5pm
18 Shacklewell Lane, Studio 1C, London, E8 2EZ
Danish designer Peter Jensen is renowned for his offbeat cool style

Peter Jensen has collaborated with Fair Trade fashion brand People Tree in the past.  Listen to him talking about why sustainable fashion is so important.