By Chere Di Boscio
The highlight of any eco-fashionista’s Fashion Week schedule, Estethica showcased eight designers this year, including Auria, Bottletop, Charini, Christopher Raeburn, Eden Diodati, Mich Dulce x Zacarias, Pachacuti and Termite. The Emerging Talents showroom featured ready-to-wear by Flavia La Rocca, luxury knitwear by Katie Jones, sportswear by Louise De Testa and hand knitted pieces by Wool and the Gang.
Focus on: Christopher Raeburn
In just five short years, Raeburn has made a name for himself as Britain’s most innovative designer, having used re-purposed parachutes and army supplies in his first and subsequent collections. But this season, the designer has brought in a touch more femininity, with the addition of a shocking fuchsia fabric, pastel pink and pale blue touches, and floaty Italian organza.
The result is all that distinctively sporty Raeburn style, with a candy-sweet flavour.
Estethica London Fashion Week boasted an Emerging Talents showroom with an installation by multi-media artist, Alex Noble, featuring two of his EMG (Everything Must Go) sustainable projects. The first was a collection of unique t-shirts created using leftover materials from British designers including Agi & Sam, Giles Deacon, Kit Neale, Louise Gray and Zandra Rhodes and secondly was an installation supported by Monsoon to announce his collaboration with Indian SEWA (Self Employed Women Association) using intricate beaded fabric waste provided by SEWA and Monsoon.
To further entertain attendees, there was an Estethica film screening of the Next Black, a documentary exploring the future of clothing produced by AEG will be screened alongside five short films from the Estethica Emerging Talents: Auria, Bottletop , Flavia La Rocca, Louise de Testa and Wool and the Gang, two of which you can see below and by clicking here.
Caroline Rush, CEO British Fashion Council commented: “Estethica celebrates designers who are committed to the future – the future of fashion, the future of the environment and the future of textile production and manufacturing. The British Fashion Council is always looking for ways to encourage fashion that is sustainable and aims to implement positive fashion values across all of its pillars and initiatives.”
Focus on: Flavia La Rocca
Flavia La Rocca wants you to get creative with her clothing. Our new favourite emerging eco designer has constructed her range so that each piece can be worn in different ways throughout different situations. For example, she’s included elastic bands that split, allowing for various adjustments; removable braces, and hidden zippers that can expand or contract garments, meaning one piece can in fact take on many different forms.
Generally, the designer favours clean, geometric lines, and prefers to use natural cotton and crepe materials, as well as eel skin, which is more eco-friendly than cow leather. This season, her palette is largely monochrome, but includes shades of blue, copper and cherry for touches of summery colour.
Focus on: Ada Zanditon
September 14 saw the unveiling of British designer Ada Zanditon’s first ever couture collection. Zanditon recently made the decision to focus solely on couture and one-off pieces, and showed a powerful range of designs in her presentation focused on a theme of the ‘Baroque Warrior Goddess’ in her debut collection. The eight sculptural designs featured dusky pale pinks, metallics and monochrome layers and silks, with PRECIOSA crystal embellishments.