Ethical Fashion Updates and a Sparkly Vintage Maxi Dress

I keep hearing about new ethical and sustainable fashion developments, collections and labels and I wanted to share them with you. There seems to be so much happening with ethical fashion at the moment, it is difficult to keep up so if you like this kind of post (?), I might make Friday a regular spot for a quick catch up.

Firstly, if you haven’t already done so, you can still enter my ethical outfit competition (closes Monday). There are some great prizes including £100 of shoe vouchers. All you need to do is put together an outfit including at least one ethical piece which could include anything vintage, second hand or upcycled as well as by an ethical brand. You can find out more details of prizes and how to enter here.

It really is now cool to be eco fabulous. The latest designer to get in on the act (in case you haven’t heard) is Manolo Blahnik. His first foray into the world of sustainable shoes with Marcia Patmos will be a collection made from discarded tilapia skins(I think that’s a fish, isn’t it? and a by product of the food industry), cork and raffia. The 2 styles  a double strap, open-toe flat and a strappy, high-heeled sandal will be available in electric blue, black, nude and yellow and will be available from Manolo Blahnik stores in the spring.

Also from the Spring, we will be seeing more eco fashion on the high street in the form of sustainable fashion brand Seasalt at John Lewis. The collection, which is inspired by spired by the artists and potters of St. Ives and exclusively designed for John Lewis, will be available in the Spring. If you can’t wait until then, you can always pop over to the Seasalt website for some of their signature west Country style in sustainable textiles including organic cotton and bamboo. They have some great knitwear and accessories which would make lovely Christmas pressies.

Henrietta Ludgate, eco designer and favourite of Livia Firth has just opened a new shop which will also double as her London studio. Her collections which are shown at the LFW Estethica exhibition are architectural and minimal but with a vibrant palette. Henrietta who is Scottish, commits aims to showcase  Scottish craftsmanship. She also helps to provide skills, training and employment for local communities and uses fabrics that are upcycled from British fabric mills. She will also be running fashion Illustration  and  ‘How to make a dress in a day.’courses and offering customised clothes with personalised linings with inscriptions. The shop is at Whitleley’s in London’s Queensway. If you do stop by I would love to know what you think. You can also buy Henrietta Ludgate from Yoox.

I have always loved the designs by sustainable fashion label Tara Starlet and was really interested to hear that they have now launched a lingerie collection. I was disappointed to miss out on the launch party last night which sounded like great fun, but think the collection is great, definitely one for the Christmas list!

The photograph above shows my latest charity shop find a sparkly seventies maxi dress. I deliberately haven’t shortened it because as much as I love it, my wardrobe is just getting too full and I have decided to use it as the first piece for a vintage fashion online store that I have decided to open. I am not really sure where I am going to sell yet but am considering ASOS marketplace. I would be really grateful any tips or advice from those with experience of selling vintage.

I have a fun packed weekend with the family planned, are you doing anything fun?

With warmest wishes

Ceri X



20 thoughts on “Ethical Fashion Updates and a Sparkly Vintage Maxi Dress

  1. What a dress! It’s beautiful! I’ve only just read about the competition otherwise I’d have loved to have taken part. Maybe another time :o)

    Penny x

    • Thanks for the feedback. Not sure why, I have been a bit nervous of using ebay, but lots of people have recommended so I think I will give it a go.

    • I hadn’t seen your Tweet, maybe because your Tweets were protected but thanks very much for entering the comp, I have now added you to the comp. I will be juding the comp and tweeting/ posting the winners tommorrow.

  2. The colours in this dress are very complimentary, gorgeous! ASOS marketplace is such a great avenue to buy/sell, and be inspired!