Bhavna

In recent years, fashion fanatics have been turning away from high street, mass produced fast fashion in search of something more unique and, most importantly, ethically produced. For years, Fair Trade design houses like People Tree have been at the forefront of this socially conscious project of making high quality clothing in a high quality working environment. Now, more companies thinking along this mindset have begun to emerge, and Bhavna is one that I highly recommend to any ethically-minded fashion aficionado.

Bhavna Rishi founded the eponymously named company Bhavna, showcasing her first collection of scarves at London Fashion Week in 2010. Each scarf is designed in England and handcrafted in India, meaning that each has received lavish care and attention in its production and is unlike any other. As part of the production process, Bhavna educates individuals and communities in their rich textile heritage, teaching skills such as embroidery, smocking, dyeing and printing to ensure that these inimitable methods are not lost. In addition, the company steadfastly supports three charities: The Sacred Childhood Foundation, The Women Vikas Institute and Find Your Feet.

The scarves and kaftans themselves are exquisitely designed, distinctively colourful and translate from beach to city, and across spring, summer and autumn effortlessly. When I first encountered Bhavna’s work, I was immediately reminded of the flowing, statement kaftans seen on the likes of Serena Van Der Woodsen in Gossip Girl, reeking of sophistication and vibrancy. I have not been partial to much kaftan-wearing in the past, but with clothing of such material and ethical quality on offer, Bhavna may have just converted me!

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Markus Lupfer

When attending London Fashion Week recently one of the shows that stood out to me was the Markus Lupfer presentation! If you haven’t heard of him, you may recognise his infamous sequined printed jumpers selling on sites like Net A Porter and ASOS.

Instead of having an actual catwalk show he opted for a presentation where the SS14 collection was shown through a select group of models surrounded by a teenage girls bedroom backdrop. The whole vibe of this collection was trying to encapture that 90s MTV generation and with that created a luxury looking collection appealing to the packed room!

There were rich silks, printed floral graphics and lots of sequined motifs!

The press release made it clear that he was trying to channel this quirky girly theme, think Daria crossed with cult chick flick Mean Girls! In my opinion everything about the collection was perfect and the embellished ‘Loser’ t-shirt is now a must have and would look great with a pair of Gola x Liberty sneaks!