London Fashion Week has held the Estethica showcase of environmental fashion for six years now. It's a smaller, more compact show in the winter, with many names familiar to followers of ethical fashion.
Charini, from Sri Lanka, is the new kid on the block this year. Looking like something Madonna or Ga Ga would wear, it's gorgeous lingerie, with an updated vintage feel. It is made from hand-woven silk by women in the local community. The trimmings are all off-cuts; bits of left-over lace and elastic combined with delicate handmade lace and crochet trims. There is no metal used as clips, only plastic.
Victim Fashion Street is not clothing for the faint-hearted. Designed by a Tai-Wanese woman who has been living in London for 12 years, it is made out of vintage fabrics and laces. These recycled dresses have a hint of Victorian times, a bit of naughtiness, and a contemporary twist. She believes that you can "embrace opulence, even when it is ethical."
Pachacuti makes those great Panama straw hats, a skill reintroduced to the local community in Ecuador. They were one of the first Fair Trade fashion companies, and now they are celebrating 20 years of ethical fashion. They are showing their summer straw hats and these wonderful wool-felted winter ones. The feathers are from a Scottish hunting estate; the most beautiful ones are rescued from the rubbish by a local artist.
Central Saint Martins is an art school with a famous fashion course; many of the British greats studied there. This year two teams of students from the school were set the challenge of creating an upcycled clothing collection, using surplus fabrics and off-cuts. These great looking outfits were amongst the winners. Both made of stock remnants and left-over pieces.
Not much jewellery this year, but these chunky pieces by Luca Romanyi , at Ada Zanditon were a nice touch. Made out of walnut off-cuts from a furniture factory, they are surprisingly light weight. They are decorated with left-over pieces of leather from the clothing collection. Then they are laser cut and etched. They would look good with any simple top.