Slow Fashion: my favorites (1)

This article is the first of my new favorites format. I’m changing my favorites posts in order to write thematic articles. I start today with my latest Sustainable Fashion favorites:

* The red gown worn by Danielle Macdonald at the Academy Awards

This glamourous gown was created by Christian Siriano with recycled tulle. The bright red color was made using vegetable dye. Danielle MacDonald wore this eco-responsible outfit to support Red Carpet Green Dress initiative.

Drawing inspired by the red gown worn by Danielle Macdonald at the Academy Awards by Christian Siriano

* The Stella McCartney Fall-Winter 2019-2020 Fashion Show upcycled multicoloured dress

This dress has been made from vintage T-shirts which have been stripped, knotted end to end and knitted.

The Stella McCartney Fall-Winter 2019-2020 Fashion Show upcycled multicoloured dress

Photo: Armando Grillo

* The vintage Dior dress that Emily Deschanel wore at the Academy Awards

This strappy midi dress could be worn on several occasions. I like its timeless style.

Drawing inspired by the vintage Dior dress worn by Emily Deschanel at the Academy Awards

That’s it for my latest slow fashion crushes. Feel free to leave me comments regarding this new format and see you soon.

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Drawinterview with Ceri from Style Eyes blog

Style Eyes is one of the first Ethical Fashion blogs I followed. I love that this personal style blog is written by a person who stays authentic and whose outfits are within reach. Ceri shares her work wear or festival-goer looks and also her sustainable fashion discoveries.

I have drawn Ceri wearing her favorite outfit and I have asked her a few fashion questions.

drawing of Ceri from Style Eyes blog wearing her favorite outfit

Who are you?

I am Ceri, Mummy, Digital marketer, blogger and ethical fashion advocate.

Could you tell me the story of your outfit?

My hat is by pachacuti. It is one of my favourite accessories but for one reason or another, one that I don’t get the chance to wear as often as I would like. It is made by artisans for Pachacuti, a Fair Trade brand which not only makes lovely hats but also creates opportunities for those that have be economically disadvantaged by the trading system. My hat is made in a family run workshop in Northern Equador.

My vest top is made from Fairtrade cotton helping to ensure a better deal for cotton farmers.

The jacket was originally a vintage dressing gown that I found in a second hand shop and shortened to create a jacket and the jeans were from a charity shop both alternatives to buying new.

The necklace and ring are from a brand called Made UK another Fair Trade brand creating handmade accessories in Kenya.

What are your favorite fashion shops/brands?

All of my favourite shops combine style with sustainability and ethics. I buy lots of vintage and second hand from Oxfam’s online shop and Etsy. I also love People Tree, Annie Greenabelle, SkunkFunk, Braintree and Bibico.

Do you have tips to dress more ethically on a budget?

I think buying from charity shops is definitely the best way to shop ethically on a a budget. Not only do you save clothes from landfill and reduce your impact on the world by not buying new, but you also contribute towards a very worthwhile charity.

Thank you Ceri!

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2016 Fashion Revolution

Fashion Revolution which takes place from 18 to 24 April is an opportunity to ask brands more information on working conditions in the factories that make our clothes. This year, I have asked French Ethical Fashion brand Ekyog who made my ‘Hoki’ T-shirt.

drawing of a woman wearing a coral T-shirt worn inside out and grey trousers by Ekyog for Fashion Revolution

A Hoki T-shirt worn inside out and grey Haby trousers by Ekyog

Here is their reply:

“The HOKI t-shirt was made in Izmir, Turkey, in a workshop we have been working with for many years.

For 20 years, the company has been developping and making items such as T-shirts, sweatshirts, polo shirts, nightgowns, tracksuits etc. The company, that was created in 1992, is working exclusively for exportation. It’s a small factory with 25 employees.

It’s also GOTS (GLOBAL ORGANIC TEXTILE STANDARDS) certified. GOTS is an international standard for textiles made from organic fibres. It regulates production environmental aspects but also social and organisational aspects (documentation preservation, implementation of an environmental policy…)

During our audit, we have noticed that the company is working on its employees well-being.

Here are some examples of what managers take charge of:

– Additional paid leave (in addition to legislation), sickness leave, maternity leave, sick child leave…

– Access to training

– Taking care of transportation, meals, tea & coffee

– Support the primary schooling of children near the production sites

The organic cotton comes from Turkey too, it’s knitted and dyed in a town close to Izmir.”

That is what I call a complete reply. Once a gain, a small brand show that it’s possible to be transparent whith its clients and to control the supply chain. It’s all the more important when you know that Syrian children are illegally working in some clothing factories in Turkey.

You can get involved in Fashion Revolution too. Here is how:

1. Take a picture of yourself with a clothing label visible

2. Post your picture on social medias with the hashtag #WhoMadeMyClothes

3. Tag the brand you’re wearing to ask them who made this item of clothing

For more information:
Fashion Revolution website
Ekyog website (in French)

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2016 Oscars & Cesars: my favourite outfits

Last weekend took place the Oscars and the Césars (the French Academy Awards). It was an opportunity to spot beautiful eveningwear, even if I regret the lack of risk of red carpet fashion.

My favorite outfit at the Césars is a long black dress with openwork patterns that was worn by an unindentified woman.

drawing of a woman wearing a long black dress with openwork patterns at the 2016 Cesars

I found Mélanie Laurent very chic in a long black strapless gown by Saint Laurent. The actress and director was here for ‘Demain’ (Tomorrow in English) her documentary on Ecology.

drawing of Mélanie Laurent wearing a long black strapless gown by Saint Laurent at the 2016 Cesars

Incidentally Ecology was quite present at this year’s awards ceremonies: ‘Demain’ won the best documentary award at the Césars and Leonardo DiCaprio’s acceptance speech called for action on climate change.

More Ecology on the red carpet with Red Carpet Green Dress project for which actress Sophie Turner wore a crepe long grey dress ethically made by Galvan.

drawing of Sophie Turner wearing a crepe long grey dress ethically made by Galvan at the 2016 Academy Awards

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Jewelry at Valentino 2016 Summer Couture Fashion Show

For once, I was more attracted by jewelry than by clothes at Valentino 2016 Summer Couture Fashion Show. On long dresses inspired by Antiquity or Middle Ages, necklaces became also belts.

drawing of a woman wearing a long dark red dress with golden jewelry from Valentino Couture 2016 Spring-Summer collection

rawing of a woman wearing a long white dress with golden jewelry from Valentino Couture 2016 Spring-Summer collection

This idea can be reproduced to boost a dull outfit by wearing two crossed long necklaces over the shoulder.

You can see pictures of this Fashion Show on Vogue and Style Bubble websites.

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First review of my clothing purchases

This article is not a haul with my latest purchases. Instead I will talk about the clothes and shoes I bought 2 or 3 years ago. I had the time to wear, stain, wash and use them. So now I’m ready for a review: Were those good buys, regarding style, comfort, quality and also ethics?

drawing of pullovers

* Marks & Spencer cashmere pullovers

I bought Marks & Spencer cashmere pullovers that are soft and don’t bobble. However, the elbows are worn out.

I would say that the ethics of my pullovers is not very good. Marks & Spencer has a sustainability strategy called ‘plan A’ with precise social and environmental goals. On the other hand, cashmere has a negative impact on the environment: cashmere overproduction is responsible for a desertification in Mongolia.

Would I buy them again: Maybe. I would like to find more durable pullovers and also try alpaga that seems to be more ecological than cashmere but very soft too.

drawing of socks

* Bleu Forêt socks

Bleu Forêt is a French brand of socks and tights. I bought elegant socks that are quite solid. In France they are sold in some supermarkets and department stores.

I would say that the ethics of my socks is good. Bleu Forêt socks are all made in France, in the Jura region.

Would I buy them again: Yes

drawing of a T-shirt

* An Ethos Paris T-shirt

It’s a simple organic T-shirt that is comfortable and enduring.

I would say that the ethics of my T-shirt is very good. Ethos Paris values Fair Trade and the Environment thanks to organic materials.

Would I buy it again: Yes

drawing of shoes

* Nike sneakers

I’m intensively wearing my Nike sneakers. They are comfortable and resistant even if they are not as waterproof as they were at the beginning.

I would say that the ethics of my sneakers is average. Since the nineties, Nike made some progress regardings its working conditions.

Would I buy them again: Yes. Still I would like to try Veja leather sneakers to find out if they can be a more ethical alternative.

* Clarks sandals

I’ve already mentioned those ultra-comfy shoes in my July 2014 favorites. Well, they’re still there.

I would say that the ethics of my sandals is average.

Would I buy them again: Yes

* Crocs Cleo sandals

I bought those plastic sandals in 2010 and today they are still like new. I start wondering if those shoes are everlasting.

I would say that the ethics of my sandals is average. Made with petroleum products, they are not ecological but they are vegan.

Would I buy them again: Yes

After reading my article again, I give the impression of being a smart shopper. The truth is that I bought other clothes that I haven’t really tried out. Indeed I wear them rarely, probably because those are shopping mistakes. We’ll talk about them in my next clothing purchases review.

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Bamboo print skirt at Armani Privé 2015 Summer Couture Fashion Show

Armani Privé fashion show was the one I prefered at 2015 Spring-Summer Couture Fashion Week.

The outfit I have drawn is made up of a black bustier, a beige skirt and a black tulle skirt with a bamboo pattern. A wide belt is tied on the skirt.

drawing of a woman wearing a black bustier and a beige skirt with a bamboo pattern from Armani Privé Couture 2015 Spring-Summer collection

I like the Japanese inspiration of the bamboo print and the belt that reminds a kimono belt. This inspiration can be found in all the collection that is both zen and smart.

I have also drawn a tutorial to do the same belt knot.

You can see all the pictures of this Fashion Show on Vogue website.

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Fifties beach outfits

I have already written two articles on Fifties Fashion, one on day outfits and the other one on evening wear but this series would not be complete without the most important: beachwear!

In the fifties in France, more and more people take advantage of their annual leave to go on holiday. Beach outfits are usually laid back and comfortable.

Nevertheless beach clothes created by Haute Couture designers were to be at the cutting edge of fashion. For example this green outfit with a surrealism-inspired pattern from Grès 1948 Spring-Summer collection was ideal not to go unnoticed.

drawing of a woman wearing a green and white beach outfit by Grès

This strapless dress by Lanvin-Castillo has a typical New Look shape but what is funny is the choice of the fabric that is a mattress ticking fabric.

illustration of a woman wearing a Fifties white and grey striped beach dress by Lanvin-Castillo

And to feel like being on the beach, I finish by a Hermes purple one-piece strapless swimsuit.

illustration of a woman wearing a Fifties Hermes purple one-piece strapless swimsuit

Other articles about Fifties fashion on this blog:

Fifties day outfits

Fifties evening dresses

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Fifties evening dresses

In the Fifties, evening dresses looked like princess dresses. I have drawn some evening dresses that I had seen at last summer 50s Fashion exhibition in Paris.

Many of those dresses are timeless, you could wear them today, as this fuchsia long evening dress with ruby red rhinestone straps by Jean Dessès.

illustration of a Fifties fuchsia long evening dress by Jean Dessès

I like the originality of this Jacques Fath white long dress with bare shoulders and three quarter sleeves. There are buttons on the top and two big pockets on the full skirt that add character to the outfit. Even the fabric, a white honeycomb cotton, is unexpected for an evening gown.

coloring picture of a woman wearing a Fifties evening gown by Jacques Fath

Click on the coloring picture to enlarge and print it

Fashion designer Jacques Fath was Christian Dior’s rival in the Fifties. He has been a little forgotten since his maison de haute couture closed in 1957 but he was a big name in fashion at that time.

This long and wide white gown by Christian Dior is simple but effective with three ribbons sewn on the bustier. It would make a beautiful wedding dress, as the previous one by Jacques Fath.

coloring picture of a woman wearing a Fifties evening gown by Christian Dior

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Finally, I like this modest black cocktail dress by Chanel that contrasted with all the wide dresses shown in the same exhibition room. It’s ornamented with a golden and turquoise blue brooch.

illustration of a Fifties black cocktail dress by Chanel

Other articles about Fifties fashion on this blog:

Fifties day outfits

Fifties beach outfits

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