Fashion is undergoing one of the biggest shifts it has ever faced, as growing audiences become increasingly concerned with the social and environmental impact that the industry has. Just look at Fashion Revolution, founded by Ordola De Castro and Cary Somers and after a textile factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing thousands of workers who were making cheap fast-fashion for our high-streets.
Fashion Revolution prompted people to question #WhoMadeMyClothes, and to say no to unethical fashion that funds exploitation.
And then there is the fact that we are becoming more aware and educated about how damaging the industry is to the environment – and not just on the manufacturing side, it’s also the amount of waste produced, as each season we chuck out old pieces, refilling our wardrobes with new items hot of the catwalks.
It’s time for a change – so for this season’s trends, it’s not about buying new, it’s about upcycling and restyling the old, or opting for second hand, vintage pieces. That doesn’t mean you need to ignore the trends – here are three looks to rework into your wardrobe this season.
Sequins: If there is one thing your mum/gran/local vintage shopper or just left over from carnival ; its sequins – and luckily they are back this season, as seen at Ashish, Halpern, House of Holland, David Koma and Roberta Einer.
Tie Dye: Finding tie-dye pieces to recycle couldn’t be easier and luckily the trend is back. Stella McCartney, Prada, Dior and Prabal Gurung rocked it on the catwalks, now dig out your old tie-dye or a white tee that’s not so white and have a go yourself !! It’s fun and plenty of how to videos on YouTube
Fringing: Last year it was all about the cowboy boot, this season wild-west style fringing is all over everything, from handbags and shoes, to skirts and jackets. Tom Ford, Cushnie and Coach all championed fringing, so now indulge your creativity and see what you can do with what you’ve already got