I believe there should be a story behind design & a quality supporting the made creation. A garment has to be wearable as well as beautiful. However qualities such as ecological & sustainable aren't given enough consideration...until now! Brighton Fashion Week has sourced designers that give reason as well as functionality to designs through eco methods displayed in BFW's first 'Sustain' show. The audience was there for the designer storytellers & rode the show through its roller-coaster ride of a night. With what seemed a backpack transforming into a quilted jacket and all the materials either found or sustainably sourced, eyes were not just open, but treated to a beautiful display of eco-fashion...
What we wore...
My Outfit Recipe [Let's take it from the top & break it down]...
- Brighton Pier print camisole top *printed & made by me*
- Black tassel skirt [Wood, Oldham St, Manchester]
Accessorize my Life...
- Black studded leather jacket
- Black patent clutch *transformation from a handbag to a clutch by tucking the strap in*
- Black platform wedge heels
Sean's Outfit Recipe [Let's take it from the top & break it down]...
- Swallow print shirt
- Navy tailored trousers *latest wardrobe addition*
Accessorize My Man's Life...
- Woven brown leather belt
- Pocket-watch *a Gentleman's accessory*
- Tan leather loafers
What we saw...
Rebecca Jayne-Taylor's 'Gore-Tex Up-Cycle' kicked of the Sustain show with a big fashion punch, showcasing how eco can be cool with a block coloured ski-wear concept. The combinations of texture really stood out, placing Gore-Tex & knitwear alongside one another under helmets of dinosaur-esque spines.
With a special Brighton Marina sponsor, the over-sized neutral patchwork dollies of 'SmartFolk' by Emma Burniston appealed to the sunshine seaside city, playing with frills combined with masculine tailored shapes. The 'laundry bundle' inspired headdresses nodded to a modern twist on the turban, worn in a The Only Way is Brighton way.
Stirring up the audience in a unexpected fashion frenzy, Anna Bykova's adjustable features caught the eye of many cameras, creating a pause at the end of the runway while one model transformed the other's accessory into a fully-functioning quilted over-coat [as seen above] combining useful & fashionable in an ecological yet sporty twist.
Collaborating with the event sponsors, Daisy H-B created her 'Dumpster Design' collection from recycled magazines, sculpted into ball-gowns of layered news & gossip. Presenting the more obvious use of eco-fashion through the use of typically associated recycled materials proved effective & created a high comparison level to the more materialistic creations, stretching the limits of what sustainability can achieve.
Captured in cocoon shoulders, feathered plastics & structured neutral canvas tones, Anja Crabb expressed her 'Past:Present' Womenswear collection with ease. The shapes presented ease of wear, with brushes of mustards & sky to lighten the palette.
*personal highlight...reflective trousers*
Liora Lassalle really embraced texture in an admirable way for her Autumn/Winter'13 collection, strikingly combining neon panels with reflective tape with an inventive touch. Worn with birds-nest messy Victorian costume wigs, the flashes of yellow were more street style on the catwalk than double yellow lines!
Menswear in the Sustain show continued to push the boundaries with head-to-toe potato bag inspired disguises to painterly suits, fast-forwarding the models down the runway like a flash. With features including built in gloves that permanently held the star trek hand signal to papery effect fabric, it is the detail that makes the difference.
Looking down the catwalk to the high reach of the stained glass church walls, the backdrop to Henrietta Ludgate's 'Supernova' finale couldn't dream to be more surreal. With her minimalistic structural silhouettes breaking away from the dusky arches, it felt like seeing a heavenly angel calling us to the end of a striking Brighton Fashion Week 2013 Sustain show.
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