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Quietly Eco: Collette Dinnigan

By Chere Di Boscio I must admit I had a shock at the  Collette Dinnigan show this Paris Fashion Week. While I was familiar with the delicacy of the Australian born designer’s stitch-work, the fantasy behind her bridal gowns…

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Loving the Alien: Iris van Herpen

By Chere Di Boscio Wild, generated by powerful forces, creating startling beauty–this description could fit not only nature itself, but also a woman greatly inspired by nature: Iris van Herpen. For her fifth collection shown in Paris as an…

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Asia Goes Eco Chic

By Chere Di Boscio The EcoChic competition, held each year since 2007 by the NGO Redress, is becoming a showcase for design talent that rivals anything that television’s global Project Runways could deliver; not because the designers are necessarily…

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The Art of Fashion: Katrien Van Hecke

By Franziska Furst They say there’s nothing better to stimulate the creative juices than a blank canvas, and that’s exactly how Belgium based ethical designer Katrien Van Hecke starts to work. The designer always starts from raw white materials…

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The Best of British: Beulah

By Chere Di Boscio When your sister is Katherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, married to the next in line for the British crown, it’s a bit of an understatement to say you really need to choose your outfits carefully.…

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All Bark: Bobby Kolade

By Franzisca Furst Bobby Kolade, 26-year-old graduate from Kunsthochschule Weißensee Berlin,  made a sensation at Berlin’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, winning an award with his fashion-forward designs and the use of an innovative textile: Bark Cloth, a 100% sustainable source…

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Nikolay Bozhilov: Bulgarian Boy Wonder

By Daniela Milosheska Even from a young age, Nikolay Bozhilov always believed that ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and as a child, he would use found objects to fashion into unique pieces of clothing. But little did…

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Vegan Couture: Tammam

By Chiara Spagnoli Garbardi British designer Lucy Tammam, fashion graduate of the prestigious Central Saint Martins University, is the creative director and designer of the first “VegSoc” approved couture brand. The UK Vegetarian Society is the oldest vegetarian society…

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Valentino Leads the Green Couture Pack

By Cailyn Cox Valentino has long been one of the most prominent and respected Italian fashion brands in the world, but now there’s even more reason to laud the Italian couturier: the company has vowed to eliminating all hazardous…

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Isabell de Hillerin’s European Tradition

By Arwa Lodhi The trend for eco-fashion rising in Eastern Europe continues. Using eco fabrics like Tercel, silk and wool, Isabell de Hillerin’s designs are defined by elegant, structured cuts, but we also love the label for its dedication…

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Daniel Silverstein: Eco Fashion Star

By Chere Di Boscio Europe has Project Runway, but in America, Fashion Star is the biggest show where designers compete to become the ‘star’ of the catwalk. Now past its second season, the show whittles 13 hopefuls down to…

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Sanyukta Shrestha’s White Weddings

By Arwa Lodi One of the fastest growing names in wedding is also one of the most ethical: Sanyukta Shrestha. This eco-designer makes exquisite creations from sustainable materials, using fairly waged, specialised labour to do so. Characterised by their…

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Charlotte Bialas: Prints Charming

One of our very favourite French eco-designers has got to be Charlotte Bialas. The Swedish native has an eye for gorgeous printed fabric: whether it’s a transparent aubergine silk with tiny floral details crafted into a floating kaftan, or…

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Martin Raffa: Eco-Couture

Argentinian born, Parisian based eco-couture designer Martin Raffa’s eco-couture collections go from strength to strength. Using materials discarded by the fashion industry, self-taught Raffa demonstrates how capable he is of creating red-carpet beauty out of what some would consider…

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American Beauty: David Peck

By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi The Houston-born, Paris-trained, New York-based eco-friendly fashion designer David Peck has finally unveiled his CrOp Fall/Winter 2013 collection. The designer found inspiration for this line in his passion for classic cinema, combining a mid-century elegance…

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McQueen’s Elizabethan Inspiration

By Diane Small With its clever cultural and historical style references, Alexander McQueen is fast becoming the intellectual fashionista’s favourite brand. Noted last season by her unique take on a bee-keeping theme, Sarah Burton’s creativity was once again demonstrated…

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Martin Raffa: Couture King

By Chere Di Boscio With a seamstress mother and a surgeon father, it seems Argentine designer Martin Raffa was destined to work with a needle and thread. The designer blends paternal and maternal influences remarkably:  from his father, he…

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The Queen of Prints: Charlotte Bialas

Sumptuous silks, buttery cottons and feathery chiffons in a dazzling array of colours and prints are used by fashion houses every season. They are carefully cut, draped and sewn into the latest styles. And then these exquisite textiles are…

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Haute Couture: the Ultimate Slow Fashion

By Chere Di Boscio Fashion has never been faster. Producers can create a look direct from the runways into a product on the racks within two weeks, and these are almost certain to be snapped up immediately by trend-hungry…