BFW14 – Sustain preview
Laura Cartledge looks ahead to the eco-side of Brighton Fashion Week
SUSTAIN Debate, October 10 from 3:30-5pm
Sallis Benny Theatre, Brighton,
Proving it is more than just a pretty face will see this year’s fashion offering begins with its first debate.
Tackling important and urgent questions – like ‘at what point does the cost of looking good become too much?’ – will be Caroline Lucas MP and some of the advocates of ‘pioneering change in the industry’:
Carry Somers – Founder of Fashion Revolution and Pachacuti,
Ben Ramsden – Founder of Pants to Poverty and creator of the 3D P and L,
Tamsin Lejeune – CEO of the Ethical Fashion Forum.
Purna Sen – Deputy Director of the Institute of Public Affairs at London School of Economics and Labour candidate for Brighton Pavilion.
Plus there will be Material Fiction stories by Izzie Roffe-Silvester.
SUSTAIN CATWALK SHOW – October 10 from 6:30pm
The Old Ship Hotel, Kings Road, Brighton
Following the debate, six sustainable designers will test (and undoubtedly disprove) your preconceptions of ethical clothing.
The audience are told to ‘forget hemp and fair trade cotton’ and instead are promised ‘true talent, coming from both the head and the heart’.
Despite only debuting last year Sustain already has a reputation as being ‘the best place’ to discover an ‘ethic conscious’ catwalk.
As well as stunning designs the focus is on sustainability and each garment will be carefully considered from inception to consumption.
Brighton, with its reputation for morality and strong ethical values, is the perfect setting for such an occasion, while the beautiful backdrop of The Paganini Ballroom and Regency Room will ensure it is an event to remember.
The 2013 showcase included the likes of headliner Henrietta Ludgate, Dumpster Design’s logo-laden seven sins dresses and Emma Burniston’s patchwork pieces – so the bar has been set high.
Jack Kindred Boothby
An interest in gender and the way it affects how we wear clothing, buy clothing and talk about clothing is key for Jack Kindred-Boothby.
Jack says he ‘designs clothes because he wants to reimagine them’ and for Brighton Fashion Week 2014 he has made a collection of sustainable reclaimed menswear garments that challenge tradition masculine ideas. Jack graduated from University College Falmouth and has been working as a pattern-cutter in London since 2012.
Brandy Nicole Easter
Since graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2012 this sustainable womenswear and accessory designer has worked for the likes of From Somewhere, Lu Flux, and Orla Kiely.
Brandy Nicole Easter produces her collections by using fabric she has hoarded from car boot sales, charity shops, family, and friends.
The Cat Outs collection formed as a result of a lifetime of admiring painters and is particularly inspired by Matisse’s cut outs.
This recent womenswear fashion graduate from the Manchester School of Art and has interned at Peter Pilotto and Aitor Throup and currently works as a coordinator at Harris and Zei men’s tailor. Since becoming a finalist in the The EcoChic Design Award 2013, her attitude towards fashion designs has changed and in January 2014 she showcased her first sustainable collection at Hong Kong fashion week.
Now utilising her design skills in menswear tailoring, Catherine’s collections are described as ‘looking to the future potential of fabrication whilst borrowing from the traditions of the past’.
Her on-trend pastel shades are sure to be a hit on the BFW catwalk with her inspirations ranging from Francis Bacon to 1940’s Zoot suits.
As the creative influence behind Knitty Gritty Clothing, Victoria’s designs are rich in colour and texture.
The use of crochet, knit, print and embroidery, grew from the desire to ‘connect our experience of urban living with our fashion choices’.
It is about ‘wearing the art of streets, the texture of buildings and the patterns of landscapes’.
Victoria started her own textiles and fashion retail and teaching business at the age of 21 after graduating from University of Brighton in 2009 and for two years she has collaborated with her brother who specializes in Street and Fashion Photography.
Working with graffiti artists Spen CP and Bobas CP has created a unique visual language which is used to showcase Victoria’s designs.
Wan & Wong Fashion
With a philosophy of returning to ‘minimal’ Wan & Wong Fashion founded in Spring of last year and focuses on clean cuts and sharp lines, combined with soft colours. The result is unique silhouettes with modern senses and new proportions.
Up-cycling, zero-waste and reconstruction are also really important with all materials being carefully handled and chosen to eliminate messy design details.
Having started “Re-cycle style” in 2008, Kuminko Tani has attracted attention not least with her Newspaper Collection which graced various magazines and galleries in the U.K. and Japan.
Since then her work has featured in numerous places including Dased & Confused, Fudge and Untitled magazin.
There’s an obvious sense of drama to the creations and it comes as no surprise that current clients include several theatre production companies.