Melbourne’s biggest fashion event of the year, the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF) has almost wrapped up. This year, the annual celebration of fashion, arts and ideas took sustainability into its fabric with a slew of ethical labels and special events.
Lois Hazel is a Melbourne-based boutique brand that combines sharp design, the skills of local dressmakers and the principles of honesty and sustainability. We spoke to founder Lois McGruer-Fraser ahead of the launch of the label’s seventh collection at Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival.
Carlie Ballard creates modern, chic clothing by harnessing the skills and knowledge of traditional dressmakers. Each piece of fabric is hand-loomed and dyed, making every garment unique — like a wearable artwork. But it’s her connection to the artisans behind the clothing that makes her collections truly special.
The great news is that in 2018 we have access to more reliable, robust and in-depth knowledge on the fashion industry than ever before. That doesn’t mean you should stop using your ability to think critically and look for reputable sources to back up those shocking facts and figures you read about! Here are 6 persistent statements about fashion, that you’re probably familiar with, that deserve a closer look. Read More
For many of us, the simple (or not-so-simple) act of getting dressed in the morning has become a daunting task, particularly when faced with an overstuffed wardrobe and too many options! With the new year upon us, now is the perfect time to make a resolution that you can actually keep by not only cutting down the number of clothes you purchase but also the amount you wear by creating your very own capsule wardrobe! Read More
The holidays are the perfect time to relax with a good book, whether it’s out at the beach under the sweltering sun or snug inside by the fireplace. To help you create a shortlist, we’ve asked three amazing women to review ground-breaking books which delve deep into the world of fashion. Read More
Let’s face it – it’s hard enough to buy for men as it is, let alone figuring out a gift that is kind to the environment, workers and animals. So if you’re still on the hunt, you can stop stressing! We’ve found the perfect last-minute presents that don’t compromise on style or ethics. Plus, you can avoid the chaotic shopping malls altogether! Read More
American fashion chain Urban Outfitters have made a name for themselves with their on-trend and affordable clothing aimed at young adults. Affectionately referring to their customer base as ‘metropolitan hipsters’, they pull consumers in with their carefully curated, Insta-worthy image. But are their ethics as shiny as their brand persona? Read More
The silly season is truly upon us now. It can be hard to find the perfect gift, but that doesn’t mean your ethical conscience needs go out the window! Check out these 13 eco-friendly and ethical retailers bringing you that perfect something for everyone – from Nana to your Secret Santa. Read More
Citizen Wolf started with a very simple idea: what if clothes were made to fit you, and not the other way around? Meet the fashion label that allows you to build an ethical wardrobe that’s truly tailored to your needs! Read More