A sunny London Fashion Week came and went with a flurry excitement amongst the knowing walls of Somerset House. Us Gather&See girls were thrilled to meet some exciting new faces as well as catch up with some old friends. Above all we were happy to see a continued nod to sustainable and ethical fashion thanks to Estethica, the ethical arm of the British Fashion Council.
On the catwalk on Friday night Christopher Raeburn delivered an airy show full of sporty silhouettes – bombers, parkas and pilot suits with a feminine feel and softened for spring with touches of sheer silk organza, tropical prints and khaki and bright pink shades. Raeburn’s commitment to using sustainably sourced fabrics was apparent once again with his use of reclaimed silk from parachutes used in humanitarian aid drops. Truly inspiring stuff.
New discoveries included brilliant eyewear from Termite – made in England from sustainable wood sources – in most cases recycled or reclaimed. The avant-garde shapes and colourful lenses jumped out at us and were certainly a hit with the fashion press. Watch this space! In the Estethica emerging designers area, Louise de Testa’s sweatshirts and silk shorts caught our attention while Steph couldn’t keep her mits off the lovely Wool & the Gang’s soft knits. We also had the chance to catch up with the wonderful Finlay&Co whose new collection features rounder lenses in acetone frames all of which come with reflected clip-ons to match. Flavia La Rocca impressed us once again with her brilliant modular pieces that are interchangeable to create different looks out of one outfit. This season she has worked with different textures and fabrics including cork, culminating in really strong collection - we want it all!
Lastly we were fortunate to join the great and the good of the Ethical Fashion world for Estethica’s screening of ‘The New Black’, a film that explores the future of sustainable fashion. We found the discussion on the relationship between science, digital technology and fashion particularly fascinating – the future of fashion has to be sustainable. Food for thought indeed.