Category: "Eco Fashion"

Make Fashion Great Again

April 21st, 2017 | no comments
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Wearing the ‘Greenest Tshirt on the planet’ from Kusaga Athletic! Jeans by Outland denim, super ethical and all about helping women less fortunate.

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Striped trench coat by Lois Hazel, honest womens wear made in Melbourne. Tee by Citizen Wolf – these guys are all about small runs and bespoke tailoring. Jeans from Outland Denim

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Love this bag from The Hides, an Australian brand focused on sustainable manufacturing. The accessories are all a by product of the beef industry and come from reputable tanneries.

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Might Good Undies! Certified Fairtrade and Organic cotton goodness for your cheeky be-hind!

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A close up of this fantastic bag from The Hides

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Citizen Wolf stripe tee, I chose the mens for that comfy slouchy fit and did the same with oversized jeans from Outland denim. Belt by the Hides

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Dress by Saaki. In the ancient Indian language Sanksrit, SAAKI means a loved one. Saaki features carefully curated and one of a kind limited pieces.

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‘The idea that you can’t access responsible fashion is a mindset’. A valid and very true statement from Melinda Tually who heads up Fashion Revolution here in Australia and NZ. I touched on this in my last post It’s Easy Being Green and attending an eco fashion event and forum last night drove home the same message, there is so much we can do!

Try thrift shopping, vintage, swap, borrow and #buybetter ethical brands.

I was fortunate to play dress ups at the Fashion Revolution and Good On You Pop Up shop in Surry Hills recently so I wanted to show you some of the stunning pieces I found. Have a look under each photo for details.

Everything you see here has mother nature in mind yet style is still at the forefront.

Explore the brands for yourself and make fashion great again

#WhoMadeMyClothes

Thanks to Wes for taking the pics

The Hides

Citizen Wolf

Outland Denim

Lois Hazel

Kusaga Athletic

Saaki

Its Easy Being Green

April 14th, 2017 | no comments

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The whole sustainable style thing can be a bit daunting at times. Perhaps you have questions like

Where do I start?

What can I really do?

Will I still look cool?

Well the good news is, if you ask me it’s easy being green and our individual impact can actually have a profound effect.

My top two tips are

  1. Ask questions!? Check out online app Good On You. This is a great platform which allows you to be more informed and find out whether the brands you love are doing loving things. Type in a label you shop with and uncover their ethics, production values and workers rights. From there you can make choices that feel good for you.
  2. Get thrifty with it! Op shopping is a great way to save money and support charities helping those less fortunate. I hope through my work you can see that second hand never means having to sacrifice style. It’s also a fantastic thing to do for mother nature, preventing textile waste from ending up in landfill.

I reached out on instagram and asked my followers how they get their #grexy on (Grexy = Green + Sexy)

Here are some of their responses

‘Faye you inspired me to really start opshopping when I saw all the awesome things you had found and up cycled. It has been a huge shift of belief for me to buy second hand (former snob here!) I have shifted so far that I have challenged myself to 12 months of only opshopping

 – @casual_chick_style

Don’t be a slave to trends, stick with your style and invest in outfits you’ll love and wear for years to come

-@thegreenhub_

It’s all about buying pieces that are stylish and not trend based. Also quality fabrics’

-@rocket_science

‘Think outside the norm. Don’t be afraid to modify clothes and put pieces together in ways that surprise you. The small outlay in cost gives freedom to risk and have fun’ 

@thehuntergatherers

‘Fall in love with your current wardrobe. We have an attention problem as consumers because we always want something new to add to it. I put this down to advertising. i laugh sometimes at how we shop because we discard what we already have to make way for the new but i think imagine if we treated our relationships like they were as disposable as our fashion’

 – @ecowarriorprincess

‘I love it when you find a one-of-a-kind treasure that seems to have been waiting there just for you. My favourite pieces are the unique pieces with unique personality that resonates with your own. it feels so lovely and just the opposite to choosing something off the rack from a row of a dozen items that are exactly the same. that feels a bit sterile somehow, like those pieces of clothing have never been on an adventure and have no stories to tell. i dream about my op shop finds and the stories they could tell about their if they could talk

 – @kirsty_sharneil

‘Purchase quality second hand garments and don’t worry if its too big for you, you can always have it taken in. Go for classics that are pertaining to your own style. For every item you purchase, take one out of your wardrobe to donate. Make sure its a good quality donation though’ 

 – @hana.nata

‘Definitely good quality second hand. I have my favourite source but I also track a few brands on eBay and buy second hand there. Regular pop ins are essential for finding great thrifted goodies’ 

 – @retiring_not_shy

Some great tips there from my eco tribe! PS I’m wearing a thrifted pure silk Fleur Wood jumpsuit I found for $15, the belt is thrifted too, it was 50c in Brooklyn. I found my authentic Manolos for $25 at the Salvation Army in NYC (They still had the $840 sticker on the sole!!!) and my biker jacket is vintage, 3 old ones upcycled into a new one! All second hand but totally on trend.

What are your tips for being green!?

Stop Before You Shop

February 23rd, 2017 | no comments


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I loved this Zara look but I wanted to challenge myself to do it sustainably…so I hand painted my $8 thrifted shirt and found my corset on Etsy ♻ will definitely try the scarf and jacket vibes when it gets colder.

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Slow fashion versus fast fashion…it’s always got me thinking.

Im the first to admit that in my 20’s I used to spend all my wages on the latest and greatest, I didn’t know any better. I just knew that the bright lights, pumping beats and the beckoning of all those ‘beautiful’ new clothes made me want to buy, so I did. Thank god, by way of necessity I found another way to live, it was not only a relief to my back pocket but my anxiety levels as well.

I go into the high street stores a lot, to scope out the trends and to see how they style things. I find it fascinating to think about how I can recreate what I see, however what I also see affirms why I do all I can now to shop sustainably.

These stores are like nightclubs filled with furious consumers hunting for their sartorial happiness but as I discovered that’s pretty hard to find.

More more more… Now now now…it’s actually really exhausting and that’s why I’ve chosen the slow lane with style. It’s kinder on the planet and my personal feel good levels. I’ve removed that pressure of thinking I have to have everything yesterday to be accepted or fashionable and now I love a preloved vibe.

Don’t get me wrong though

I’m a visual creature so I do get super excited when I see all these pretty things in the fast fashion stores and of course I am tempted but here’s what I do.

I take a breath, I stop before I shop and ask myself how can I recreate this look without breaking mother natures back. Case in point this painted white shirt.

I LOVE customized clothing, it’s got that great one of a kind feel and my heart skipped a beat when I saw this however, it’s not going to be one of a kind when it’s from Zara. Essentially it’s just a white oversized shirt with paint and a message that I couldn’t even make out.

So I hit the Salvos and found myself an oversized men’s shirt for $8.

My next stop was spotlight for black fabric paint and a brush.

METHOD

1.I poured some paint in a little bowl, mixed it up and I laid the shirt out on my kitchen floor.

2.I filled up the brush and let the excess drip onto the shirt, I also kind of flicked the brush to get a scattered effect. Then I chose a message with meaning

3. LESS IS MORE is one of my favorites when it comes to fashion so I scribed it on the pocket in a similar style to the Zara shirt.

I left it to dry for the day and then voila the slow fashion version of a high street must have.

I also LOVED the black corset belt contrast so I found myself one on Etsy

This market place is a great slow Fashion alternative, much smaller runs and lots of small traders making items like this themselves plus it will be delivered right to your door.Do a search trust me you’ll find plenty.

PS my leather leggings and manolo’s are also from the Salvation Army here in Sydney and New York.

So my lovelies next time you are feeling fast and fashion furious breathe in deep and drop it down to slow

I guarantee it’s a sweeter ride

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#TiedTogether

February 19th, 2017 | no comments

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Fashion is an incredibly influential platform, but whether you are a dedicated follower or not you can’t deny the power of pretty things. Celebrities wear it, we want it. Unfortunately, this is a side to the industry that is far from cute. Fast Fashion stores create new clothes at an alarming rate –  all to feed the insatiable appetite of the masses and mindfulness goes out the window. So when style has something positive to say I salute it. Sustainable fashion is at the core of my heart and I also think it’s wonderful when brands can use this platform for good. In this case, make a stand for human rights and be tied together .

Here’s what the beautiful brains behind BOF have created

‘As the fashion industry embarks on a month-long circuit of women’s shows amidst growing uncertainty and a dangerous narrative peddling division, The Business of Fashion invites the fashion industry to stand together and make a clear statement of solidarity, unity and inclusiveness, and raise donations for the ACLU and UNHCR. This is not a political statement, it is a positive statement in support of humanity during a time of turmoil and fear in many nations around the world.

 

The symbol of our movement is the white bandana — because in fashion, visuals often speak louder than words. So join together this Fashion Month to make a simple and singular visual statement: wear a white bandana as a sign to the world that you believe in the common bonds of humankind — regardless of race, sexuality, gender or religion.

Our goal is to reach a total of 10,000 #tiedtogether posts on Instagram this Fashion Month. For each #tiedtogether post, our donors and benefactors will pledge $5 to the #tiedtogether campaign for a target of $50,000. It’s this simple: The more you post, the more money we raise together.’

If you’ve been checking out the NYFW shows and surrounding street style you may have seen the white bandana wandering around.

Designers like Tommy Hilfiger, Raf Simmons for Calvin Klein, Jonathan Saunders for Diane von Furstenberg, Tadashi Shoji, Prabal Gurung, Thakoon have all featured them in their shows and they have been worn by models, celebrities and influencers including Gigi and Bella Hadid, Julianne Moore, Aimee Song and you can too.

It’s easy to join in, just get yourself a white bandana. I found mine at the Salvos for $3 – but there are also plenty on etsy and ebay. Tie it around your wrist like I have, or try your neck, head, handbag . . . take a photo, share it on social media and tag someone to show you are #tiedtogether. You can also support the campaign by Donating to the ACLU and/or UNHCR.

If you’d like to find out more about #tiedtogether: Check out the Frequently Asked Questions

Here’s to fashion with a heart

x

PS I also found my NO pin, khaki Witchery jacket, leather pants and suede boots at the Salvos for a total of $40

Valentino bag was a birthday gift from my beautiful sis

Marc Jacobs watch also a gift from my dear friend Anita

Stay-cation Style

February 6th, 2017 | no comments

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When you want them holiday feels but you can’t afford to leave your hood you need some stay-cation style!

Clothes that make you feel like you kinda could be in the Caribbean.

It’s a cruel summer here in Sydney at present so garments that are lightweight and breathable are the choice du jour.

While dresses are an obvious destination there’s something wonderful about travelling to the trouser side of town.

Teamed with one of the biggest trends of the season – underwear as outerwear.

It’s easy breezy without being sleazy.

To add to the (earth) savings of a stay-cation try shopping sustainably.

I found my satin bralette and beautiful lace top for $5 each at Salvos Stores.

The white pants are by gorgeous ethical brand Graziela and are a smart slow fashion investment you’ll wear season after season.

Slides and Valentino bag a gift from my sweet sister.

Bon (non) Voyage

-Faye x

Thinner By Dinner

January 31st, 2017 | no comments

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It’s a new season for my friends at Ch9’s TODAY extra and I’m thrilled to be a part of the line up. Together with Salvos stores, we have the pleasure of inspiring real women get their mojo back in eco chic segments on the show.

This is beautiful Marilyn and she’s 67, by her own admission she has developed a few ‘festive curves’ over the holidays and wanted some help dressing her new shape while she gets back to the exercise.

The mid section can be a tricky spot for us ladies as we age, or even when we are young too, the tummy can be a spot where we hold weight.

Of course diet and exercise is key but there are definitely a few fashion tricks you can enlist to have you looking thinner by dinner!

1. Try asymmetrical or waterfall shapes in blouses and tops. They create interesting lines and divert the eye.

2. Don’t wear any tight tops. Keep the top half loose and flowy.

3. Let lovely legs like Marilyns be the feature and try skinny jeans and leggings. They are also great for sucking everything in!

4. Print dresses are a great option as they add texture and more for the eye to look at. The dress I chose in particular for Marilyn is great because it has vertical pleating which draws the eye downwards.

5. Shape wear is a sneaky trick and also a smart way to tighten everything up

PS Everything you see here is from Salvos Stores and under $40 for each look – sustainable and sexy chic

Stay tuned for my segments on the show soon

-Faye x

Inside Is The New Out

January 11th, 2017 | no comments

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If you ask me style really isn’t about how much you spend, its about being savvy and sustainable with how you flex your fashion dollar further.

While it’s wonderful to treat yourself with the best of the best, sometimes you really don’t have to, to achieve a similar look.

I first noticed the underwear as outerwear trend via Milan fashion week street style, see the pic above.

One of the heartbreakingly cool fashion girls had her bra-lette peeking out from beneath her oversized army shirt, she teamed it with jeans and lace up heels.

Reading this months Australian Vogue, the trend is in there too.

Upon studying the image I realised I actually had very similar items in my wardrobe.

That’s the thing about a lot of the high fashion looks we love, they are often made up of simple classic pieces like denim, khaki, black, white and neutrals.

I love the nonchalant layering of this look and the loveliest bit is that I found it all at Salvos Stores

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Images By David Ross 

New Year Old Gear

January 1st, 2017 | no comments

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New Year Old Gear… but honestly guys would you guess my outfit wasn’t brand spanking?

But never the less it all hails from second hand havens like Salvos Stores and eco chic brand The Reformation. 

There are so many great options to go for a more sustainable approach to fashion.

You really don’t need to buy new or fast, slow and steady definitely wins the style race.

As we embark upon a new year I say here’s to a fresh crispy 2017 canvas with an old world charm.

Why not try to

Reinvent yet Reuse 

Remaster yet Reduce

Recreate and cultivate a conscious heart

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Images by David Thomas Ross 

Little White Dress

December 20th, 2016 | no comments

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She’s the light as a feather cousin to the iconic dark lady of fashion, but the little white dress is emerging from the shadows and certainly making a name for herself in the style stakes.

If you ask me I think she packs just as much punch.

A crisp clean take on a classic.

Instead of buying one from the high street I had my dressmaker create mine from a gorgeous style I saw on Kim K.

A good fit for my curves.

Although I must say I’m still working up to wearing the black lingerie underneath!

I think the secret with a LWD is to not go too tight, skim the body rather than strangle and I think a 3/4 length style is incredibly chic.

I have got just as much wear out of this white version as I have my LBD’s.

I teamed her here with black accessories and a customised clutch I made using broken brooches and earrings.

It’s a super chic look for the holidays but you know what she looks just as cute with white sneakers

What a gal!

Images by Bryan Marden

To Tie For

December 13th, 2016 | no comments

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It’s the modern and dramatically more comfortable cousin but the lace up and corset trend will certainly cinch you in.

I mean it just looks so cool.

Seen everywhere from shoes to shirts, skirts, structured jackets

and then of course there’s the amazing corset belts themselves.

Fashion seems to be focused on sublime details, ways in which our clothes can speak.

Customising, embellishment and carefully placed eye catching qualities.

There is a return to story telling in style, takes me back to my Dad’s era on kings road in London and I love it.

I’m a sucker for a good vintage tee, so when I saw the lace up vibes had hit them too I had to have one.

Instead of buying it new though I bribed my trusty dressmaker to upcycle this Harley find I picked up in NYC.

She sliced a V down the middle, stitched on the eyelet tape and we threaded it with a shoelace I found at the Salvos for 50c.

TO TIE FOR right 😉

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Images by Bryan Marden