The Fashion Revolution
The curtain has closed on yet another fashion week, and what a week it was! But before we move on to Milan, there is plenty to talk about from the past week in London.
It was a case of who wasn’t there at Victoria Beckham’s AW19 ready-to-wear show. From Anna, to the British Vogue pose, Danish influencer Perneille Teisbaek, Instagram titan Eva Chen, and ‘that guy’ you see everywhere, YouTube’s Derek Blasberg.
But it was the Beckham clan that truly stole the show, or should we say Harper and her newly cut bob, mocked on social for its likeness to the ‘queen’ of the bob Anna Wintour who happened to be seated right next to her. #Who wore it better?
Despite the attention of the front-row line up, Victoria Beckham’s AW19 show was newsworthy in its own right.
The ready-to-wear collection was far more tapered to every woman, with print and colour featured amongst investment pieces including tailored blazers, pencil skirts and loose-fitting blouses, a far cry from the black, grey and white palette and body-con silhouette in previous seasons.
The former Spice Girl is also forging a new digital direction that allows her to reach a social media hungry generation (cough, younger) by launching her own YouTube channel. In line with the launch of her own channel, the Victoria Beckham show was the first piece of live content to be broadcast on the channel.
The queen of punk and activism, Vivienne Westwood didn’t disappoint with her AW19/20 show.
Lead by models with microphones shouting about the state of the planet, climate change, Brexit, and the mistreatment of Julian Assange, the androgynous/rebellious inspired show was more a theatrical call to action and was met with a deserving standing ovation at its end. When Vivienne came out for the finale walk, she used the platform to sing that Britain can one day lead again – true Westwood style! A must watch.
BBC EARTH X Mother of Pearl
Putting sustainability at the forefront of the fashion week agenda, British Fashion Council, BBC Earth and Mother of Pearl hosted a number of talks during the week. Bringing together environmental experts and fashion leaders to discuss the implications of the fast fashion cycle and the effect this is having on the planet, while also offering advice to consumers on how to change buying behaviours and get more out of our clothes.
On Monday, Mother of Pearl showcased their ‘No Frills’ collection, a core and sustainable diffusion collection. The ‘No Frills’ collection features products with a transparent supply chain, organic natural materials, social responsibility, respect to animals, a low carbon footprint and great quality pieces.
Since taking on the reigns as MOP’s Creative Director, Amy Powney has been on a mission to infuse sustainability and ethically conscious production as a primary focus at MOP.
‘Our studio is a plastic bottle free zone, we use eco energy suppliers and have a package-free vegetarian lunch scheme made sourced from local organic produce,’ says Powney.
Powney told London Fashion Week Festival that, ‘this collection is the beginning of our long term mindset to apply our learnings to the full Mother of Pearl collection. Our goal is for sustainable fashion to be the norm, not the exception.’