Saturday, October 28, 2006

Ethical aisle style...

Well, I'm pleased to say the trend for eco-friendly ethical bridalwear is not going away. Another young designer is stepping up to the mark ready to put her own stamp on the green wedding dress... but before she takes the plunge, she wants to know a bit more about the stylish ethical bride, so that's where you ladies come in! Over to Sabina at Motasem... Calling all stylish eco-conscious ladies who live/work in London and the south east! Are you eco and fashion conscious? Are you a modern working woman? Newly engaged? Or just need a fabulous frock? I am trying to find out how eco-minded professional women shop when they need a non-traditional wedding dress or party frock. Your input will be invaluable in helping to create a range of gorgeous dresses that women will be proud to wear, feel fabulous in, have fun in, and be eco-friendly at the same time. The first half of the questionnaire is about party frocks and the last part non-traditional wedding dresses for anyone who has already had her big day, or is about to... So if you have a spare 5 minutes to tell me a little about your style, please take my survey! Hope to hear from you soon... Sabina x Cheers, Sabina. Can't wait to see the collection! Take care, Katie Technorati tags:

Saturday, October 21, 2006


The Natural History Museum has shrugged off its vegan silk shawl and stepped out of its organic cotton gown but I have not yet forgotten London Fashion Week's Estethica exhibition that took place there a few weeks ago. I attended with my Ethical Weddings hat on (at a jaunty angle of course!) but was blown away by the whole thing from Davina Hawthorne's 'Auntie Winnies Party' collection of recycled wool and floral fabrics juxtaposing day of the dead Mexican printed skulls and Victorian inspired hair pieces to Enamore's sexy hemp underwear! You didn't have to look too hard, however, to see the potential for the ethical bride... First up is Deborah Milner who has been working with the support of Aveda to develop eco-sustainable fabrics that meet the high standards of haute couture. Deborah's journey has been an unusual one, from St Martins, the Royal College of Art and a successful fashion career, to a year working on environmental sustainability initiatives in Brazil then back to the fashion world with a desire to combine these two seemingly incompatible interests (read more about Deborah's story on Treehugger). When I chatted with Deborah, she mentioned that she had previously designed bridalwear and is looking to do so again. Indeed, she has already created the "Bridal Lace Dress" from melted plastic bags! So watch this space...! Next we move on to an absolutely stunning collection (and fab website) from Trash Couture - who recycle vintage frocks - that would make you an unforgettable bride. I didn't dare ask "how much?" in case I was tempted! But they do have an outlet in West London if you fancy investigating further. Strolling over to the next stand, Sarah Ratty of Ciel had a number of dresses on display that had already been worn for weddings - a simple white tea dress for the bride (as featured in 'Brides' magazine) that could easily be worn again had proved very popular, as had beautiful red hemp/silk bridesmaid dresses. And finally, we musn't forget the bride's green feet! Natalie at Beyond Skin was proud to show off their new range of luxury ethical footwear - Sui Generis -
"inspired by romantic vintage with a hint of candy quirkiness".
And if there is nothing in the collection to take your fancy (which I would find hard to believe!) Beyond Skin also offer a bespoke service for weddings. So there you have it, a pleasant day out for me and some ethical wedding outfit ideas for almost made me want to get married all over again! Take care, Katie Technorati tags:

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The bride wore green?!

After a bit of a blog block for the last few weeks, Ethical Weddings is back with a guest spot from Joanne Mackin of Wholly-Jo's. So, over to you, Jo! Hello! My name is Joanne and I am an ethical wedding dress designer. Here is my mini guide to a green wedding dress. 80% of brides keep their wedding dress after the event but only 20% or so wear it again. It is virtually impossible to meet all the criteria that you may think of for a wedding dress. So decide what is most important to you and go for that angle. Think vegan, fair trade, organic, sustainable... In no particular order: Re-use - get hold of a pre-loved dress (!). Look to Mum (or even Grandma), sisters and friends. Oxfam run a small chain of bridal shops, charity shops, ebay etc. A local dressmaker will be able to alter it to fit or make adjustments to style or even just re-use the fabrics from one or more dresses to make a new dress. Finding a dressmaker: ask handy friends, try google, local fabric shops often have lists, yellow pages or try Sew Direct for a list of professional dressmakers in your area. Get one made from ethical fabrics - Do it yourself, ask a creative friend or try: Organic Silks Loop Fabric Greenfibres Fabrics Ltd Even a dress made from conventional fabrics by a local dressmaker will be more green than one produced in poor conditions in a faraway land. Hire one or buy one and re-sell it. Choose a dress you can wear again. Natural fibres can be dyed after the big day - or you could take the dress up to make it more wearable. Separates can be used with other items if you want to dress them down - a corset top with jeans, perhaps? If I can help let me know. I cover design, making, restyles and alterations. I can also supply ethical fabrics including peace silk (veggie silk). See my website or my listing on Ethical Weddings when it's all up and running! All the best, Joanne Thank you very much for the tips, Joanne - really helpful! We'll be back soon with the latest from London Fashion Week's sustainable fashion exhibition: Estethica Take care, Katie Technorati tags: