Spread out across the beautiful buildings of the London House at Goodenough College, The Good Fashion Show lit up in its first year as an ethical fashion event for buyers, press, and the public. The off schedule London Fashion Week event featured the talents of emerging and established designers, along with vintage sellers at a day-long exhibition yesterday. There was a diverse range of exhibitors, including handmade, knitted winter wear, truly vintage teacups, luxury label z-mode debuting their black and white collection, hand-crafted Ghanaian accessories, and breathtaking gowns and structured jackets, inspired by the Victorian era. The beautiful gowns were my favorite! The dress that caught my eye was a long, flowing gown made out of upcycled curtains (over on the right). The designer also had a top on show with velvet down to the midsection, then wrapped with a rehab corset (like a back brace) and shredded wash cloths that he found at a car wash, dangling on the bottom. A structured jacket was made out of a potato sack, and tied with fisherman string. They were created by a young designer, who grew up in a Turkish village, and learned how to literally make the best with what he had around him.
|Designer Tuncer Tonun with potato sack jacket|
|Designer Tuncer Tonun with upcycled gown|
|Vintage teaware alongside other exhibitors|
|Vintage teacup...so cute!|
The evening show dazzled ethical fashion lovers, but more so in terms of performance than as a fashion show. It was held in a grand regal room, with red velvet curtains and wooden chairs lined in the shape of a U, around the catwalk. I attended the champagne reception for press, which was pretty nice. Once everyone was seated, the catwalk show opened with soulful singer and pianist, Omar, who has worked with Erykah Badu and Stevie Wonder. Music was a big part of the show, but not like a typical catwalk show play booming, provocative music, but there was a live indie band that played throughout. Some of the first looks to hit the runway were both simple and obscure, and the main highlight of the bunch was a short black dress with long lace, exposing the model's butt cheeks. After seeing an incredible contortionist and other performances during catwalk breaks, and more ethical looks that weren't entirely impressive, it was the finale of feathery skirts and dresses over tutus, the gowns of my favorite designer, and a gorgeous bubble wrap dress that made the show!
|This was the back of a girl's sweater at the show. My black & white dress is in the reflection :)|
|The contortionist! Amazing!|
|Bubble wrap dress. Incredible, I know.|