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By Arwa Lodhi
Arguably the best way to create a unique look is to go thrifting. I mean, thrifted outfits are far less likely to show up on someone else the way fast fashion ones do, and you can mix old and new clothes to create something that really expresses your individuality.
But if you feel less than confident with your styling skills, we have a great way to help you: Barnardo’s children’s charity has teamed up with the London College of Fashion to show off the countless unique looks you can create from pre-loved clothes in the charity’s new ‘One of a Kind’ summer trend book.
The book highlights a plethora of colourful and exciting seasonal looks, celebrating individuality and taking inspiration from those who shun trends in favour of self-expression.
‘One of a Kind’ was launched to highlight the potential of pre-loved items in Barnardo’s stores and show some of the amazing styles which can be put together using clothes and accessorises donated to the charity. Both men and women are featured in their Summer 2018 edition, in a bid to inspire sustainable, ethical and economical fashion lovers everywhere to consider charity shops as a viable shopping destination.
The collaboration with MA students from the prestigious London College of Fashion uses models from Atlantis and Profile agencies to reveal the quirky looks created from Barnardo’s items. The book will be available in Barnardo’s 700+ stores across the UK from Saturday, June 9th following a launch party at the charity’s store in Brixton, UK.
Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan says: “Shopping at Barnardo’s helps us achieve our goal to reach and support even more vulnerable children, young people, parents and carers across the UK. We have 700 plus shops across the UK, each of them raising funds that go towards our vital services. We hope our new trend book will continue to inspire and encourage people to visit their local Barnardo’s shop.”
Barnardo’s has also teamed up with global fashion movement, Fashion Revolution, to educate shoppers about the damaging effects textiles have on the environment and fashion industry, whilst promoting pre-loved fashion as an alternative and refreshing way to purchasing new garments.
A recent event saw Fashion Revolution hold an Open Studio at Barnardo’s Brixton store, where guests could learn about how to upcycle and customise pre-loved clothes to breathe new life into the garment and extend its use.
Extending the life of clothing by a further nine months would reduce carbon, waste and water footprints by around 20-30%*, so by shopping pre-loved you are helping the environment as well as helping to change the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children and young people.
Copies of the Summer 2018 ‘One of Kind’ trend book will be available in your local Barnardo’s store from Saturday, 9th June. For more information or to find your local branch, just click here.