Checking out his androgynous clothing – for which he received ‘The Golden Fur Pin’, an annual design competition hosted by Kopenhagen Fur, the world’s largest fur auction house, in 2007 – it’s easy to see that Andersen enjoys experimenting with different shapes and textures.
Her collections are androgynous, futuristic and simplistic with subtle intricacies. High-technology fabrics and other ethically friendly materials – such as artificial silk, hand-knit, recycled polyester, organic cotton and cashmere – feature repeatedly.
If you’re heading to a festival this summer, don’t rule out a spot of shopping while waiting to watch your favourite bands play. This year sees Oxfam celebrate its 70th anniversary and, as part of the occasion, Oxfam Fashion will once more be installing pop-up shops at 20 UK festivals including Leeds, Bestival and Reading.
Arranged by theme, such as Rave, High Camp and New Romantics, the display highlights not just specific designers but how dominant the desire to reinvent and take risks was. In the 1980s, the exhibition suggests, clothes were a canvas for expression, and club culture was a way of exhibiting yourself.
Interbrand recently published their ‘Best Global Green Brands’ for 2013, a list which not only reflects the state of sustainability but also motivates businesses and brands to pay more attention to growing consumer concerns with green issues. Some unexpected names appeared in the top 50.
“Strength in design lies not in the decisions we make but in the reasons behind those decisions. If you understand why you do what you do, then your art will always be powerful. Others may not like it, but it will have the strength to defend itself.” So says pharmaceutical scientist turned designer Nimesh Gadhia
Fight for Peace was established by Luke Downey MBE in 2000 to provide a means for young local men and women in Rio’s Complexo del Mare – and now also in London’s Woolwich – to pour their energy into something positive rather than fall into a world of drugs and gun crime.
Eco-fashion e-tailer Think Boutique has launched a new collection of clothes and accessories for summer 2013. Featuring some of the UK’s best ethical designers – from Eco Boutique and Nancy D to Uncommonly Beautiful – the collection takes inspiration from vintage styles, bold colours and cool prints, and includes coats, dresses, shorts and tops as well as funky luminous jewellery and colourful satchels.
If you live in or are visiting Glasgow during June, you can head along to the city’s vibrant West End Festival to check out some of the pieces before you buy; Think Boutique is running a pop-up shop at the festival in collaboration with a sustainable/ethical art and lifestyle retailer.