Estethica has been a key part of London Fashion Week for four years now and with each season it continues to blossom and garner more attention from the mainstream industry. This season the glamour factor was at an all time high, probably thanks to input from Burak Camak of the Gucci Group. We were even treated to an official Ethical Fashion Show, by Royal Appointment at Clarence House, as part of the Garden Party To Make a Difference. Here are five fabulous dresses that we fell in love with this season at Estethica.
From Somewhere with Seedo - Images via From Somewhere
From Somewhere Teams Up with Speedo
Remember the Speedo pavilion? Well now we've got Speedo high fashion, courtesy of a new collaboration between From Somewhere and Speedo. Designer Orsola de Castro has used the same reclaimed LZR racer swimsuit fabric as the design students at Chelsea College of Art and Design to produce this spectacular ruffle dress. There will be a full Speedo/From Somewhere collection revealed in early 2011. Orsola says of the new partnership:
"'From Somewhere is incredibly excited about collaborating with Speedo, as the high-tech fabrics allow for our creativity to run wild. The collection is design led and directional as well as having a considerable environmental impact. We look forward to digging deeper both into our creative resources and into Speedo's excess stock!'
Ada Zanditon Pyramora SS11 - Images by Paul Persky via Ecover
As we mentioned in our longer post on Ada Zanditon's SS11 Pyramora collection this talented designer has taken on the subject of complex mathematics and resurrection with her homage to the Great Pyramids of Giza and the restoration of coral in the Red Sea. We particularly love this amazing peace silk dress which recalls the pyramids in both structure and colour.
Ivana Basilotta SS11 - Images by Paul Weaver via Ivana Basilotta
Chosen as one of our favourite new ethical labels last season Ivana Basilotta has wowed us again with this gorgeous electric blue 20s inspired dress with exquisite detailing. Basilotta says she is dedicated to using the best and most innovative in organic, Eco, biodegradable, peace silk/ vegetarian silk and recycled fabrics. "We use the craftsmanship of local artisans and we work with small manufacturers and suppliers. The silk we use is organic peace-silk also known as Vegetarian silk. Peace silk is manufactured in a process where silkworms are not killed. The moths emerge from their cocoons to live out their full life cycle."
Emesha SS11 - Images via Emesha
We love the sharp contemporary styling of the Emesha's designs with their clean lines and eye catching asymmetrical structures. This modern take on a puff ball dress was the stand out piece in the SS11 collection. Emesha says her Spring/Summer 2011 collection was inspired by hanging puppets, "primarily Russian artist Alexandra Exter's geometric marionette figures from the 1920s."
Monsoon Ethereal SS11 - Image by Leonora Oppenheim
For the first time this season Estethica's sponsor have launched their own ethical fashion range called Love. The Monsoon collection is divided between Elements, which uses hand block printing, vegetable dyes and quilting, and Ethereal, an entirely white collection using cheese cloths, crocheting and lace. We love these ultra feminine Ethereal dresses which make use of Monsoon off-cuts and recycled glass and pearl for trims and buttons.
A selection of Estethica designers are now available to buy online at Yooxygen the eco-friendly initiative of Yoox.com
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