How to Recreate London Fashion Week Looks in a Charity Shop

Your local charity shop is definitely the Savvy Student’s best friend for a fashion bargain.

Honestly, why would you go to the High Street when you can find some incredible bargains in charity shops.  My mum bought a pair of gold Valentino trousers for £10 in the Cancer Research shop in Ashbourne and I recently picked up a Gucci clutch for £3!

Sibling Recreated for Charity Fashion Live

Sibling Recreated for Charity Fashion Live

When I heard that Emma Slade Edmondson was going to recreate London Fashion Week looks live in a British Red Cross shop, using only the clothes she found there, I was excited to see the results.  I met Emma on 24 April when she was styling customers at the Designer Jumble shop in Westfield Stratford for Fashion Revolution Day, an initiative founded by my mother.  I had seen the results of her work, so I had high expectations of some great results at #charityfashionlive and I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

 Why is shopping second-hand  so important?

“1 million tonnes of clothes go to the landfill each year. Fast fashion has created a climate in which people have a throwaway relationship with their clothes. As a result of this people and the environment are readily exploited by the garment industry. If we all extended the active use of our clothes for just 3 months, we could each cut down on our
carbon and water and waste footprint by up to 10%.” explained Emma

 

Holly Fulton recreated for Charity Fashion Live

Holly Fulton recreated for Charity Fashion Live

It was great to see that some of the designers themselves supported this initiative.  Sibling tweeted: OK, this gets 100×100 Sibling vote. Kyla La Grange shared one of the Sibling looks and Kirsty Allsopp, Jasper Conran and Poppy Dinsey (founder WIWT.com) got involved over twitter.

Jasper Conran at Charity Fashion Live

Jasper Conran at Charity Fashion Live

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