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27 October 2011

Press round-up: September

Contributor Ethical Fashion Forum

Safia Minney Book - Naked Fashion

A round-up of ethical fashion that's made the headlines over the past month.

Ethical fashion: best new buys (Guardian)

“Fashion Conscience’s Lianne Ludlow has hand picked a selection of items for the Guardian to show off, and says: ‘This autumn eco fashion is all about heritage, prim, winter brights and the mod look. Ethical fashion labels handle the trends with aplomb, not to mention heart, by using eco fabrics and fair trade production.”

Safia Minney: fashion’s impact on the earth (The Ecologist)

“In an exclusive extract from her new book – Naked Fashion – the People Tree founder looks at the environmental damage caused by modern fashion – and sketches out a radical new way forward.”

Shopping guide to Designer Clothing and Luxury Fashion (Ethical Consumer)

“While high street brands are used to having their names dragged through the mud following sweatshop exposés, their designer counterparts have been largely unhampered by such reputation-damaging scandals. We are calling for the luxury sector to take responsibility and start reporting on its social and environmental impacts.”

Putting a stylish twist on up-cycling (New York Times)*

“London fashion is becoming a hub of “up-cycling” with the Estethica section at the trade show, sponsored by the Monsoon brand, proving how far the fashion world has come since “green” was seen as a worthy, hairy-legs-and-sandals cause.”

International buzz at the Paris Ethical Fashion Show (EcoFashionWorld.com)

“The Ethical Fashion Show in Paris is one of the must-attend events of the year for anybody working or interested in sustainable fashion […] It was the perfect occasion to discover new brands, for industry professionals to meet and exchange ideas, and to give public access to a dedicated fashion event.”

Fibre2fashion to launch initiative on sustainable practices (Fibre2Fashion)

“In order to contribute its mite to a greener world and adoption of sustainable practices by the textile sector, Fibre2fashion – the world’s largest B2B portal for the textile, apparel and fashion industry – is publishing an Impact Feature on ‘Latest Issues and Innovations in Textile Sustainability’.”

Rachel Freire’s “cow nipple” dress sparks controversy at London Fashion Week (Ecouterre)

“Their use is absolutely no different to any use of leather, the source is exactly the same,” Freire says.

Martick’s Mozambique project proves a big hit (ProfessionalJeweller.com)

“Martick jewellers, creator of fashion-led silver jewellery has said that its new collections have wowed at this year’s jewellery shows, in particular its ethical project working with silversmiths in Africa. Founded by Julie Martick in 1988, the brand says that its most recent Shipwrecked silver collection has been a bestseller.”

Return Of The Mak (Vogue)

“Veteran model Mak Gilchrist used to be thought “difficult” by a fashion industry not yet on board with her ethical beliefs. Now, inspired by Livia Firth’s Green Carpet Challenge on VOGUE.COM, Gilchrist is launching the The Green Carpet Catwalk.”

H&M plans to unveil collection of greener suppliers (Eco-Business.com)

“H&M has become the latest high-street clothing brand to promise to ‘detox’ its supply chain, following a Greenpeace campaign that has already prompted Nike, Puma and Adidas to commit to the phasing out of hazardous chemicals by 2020.”

Our 8 Favorite Eco Fashion Shows from New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012! (Inhabitat)

“Ecouterre has braved blistered feet, sleepless nights, and bags under our eyes the size of miniature dachshunds—all to bring you breaking reports from the frontlines of New York Fashion Week.”

Inside the London College of Fashion’s eco-hub (The Ecologist)

“Fashionable ideas get an ethical makeover at the Centre for Sustainable Fashion.”

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