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Bianca Spender on sustainable fashion: ‘There’s always a way to weave in something beautiful’

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The #MeToo movement, the 19th-century designer Emilie Flöge and the water stewardship council of Australia may seem to be unlikely inspirations for a fashion show but these are all part of the backstory for Bianca Spender’s latest collection.

On Monday the designer launched her resort collection at Australian fashion week. In a show staged in a cavernous warehouse with bare-brick walls, she sent a parade of young women down the runway in draped dresses, sculptural tops and tailored pants.

The collection was filled with glorious but unexpected combinations of mint green, terracotta, buttery yellow, royal blue and white, with a splash of fluoro orange. Even the most casual observer would have appreciated that the clothes looked both elegant and wearable.

But there’s much more to the design of these clothes than their expertly draped finish. Firstly, Spender didn’t start off thinking about the latest trends or the hottest colours; she began by thinking about the emancipation of women. “[I was] trying to think about the role that fashion has and the role that fashion has had in our lives in giving us power and freedom and equality.”

Bianca Spender in her studio three days before her fashion week 2018 show
 Bianca Spender in her studio: ‘I think [being sustainable] means being careful and respectful. That sounds really simple but it’s really complex in a creative world to be careful with your resources.’ Photograph: Carly Earl for the Guardian

She spent hours researching the Victorian dress reform movement, which brought about the abandonment of corsets, the push for women to wear pants in the mid 19th century, and the aesthetic dress movement, to which Flöge belonged. “[The aesthetics] were like it’s not beautiful to distort women’s bodies, why are we doing this?”

The dress-reform movement also shifted the emphasis of women’s clothes away from the waist and up to the shoulders – an idea that has changed Spender’s approach to design. “It’s really interesting when your anchor point changes, how you come about designing and what you’re allowed to hold off – for me, it’s a major shift.”

In her work, she’s also attempting to untangle some of the sustainability conundrums inherent in the fashion industry. The industry is one of the most polluting in the world and is often linked to worker exploitation, but Spender is looking for solutions.

“I think [being sustainable] means being careful and respectful. That sounds really simple but it’s really complex in a creative world to be careful with your resources, to be really respectful of every metre of fabric you use.”

She has used dead-stock fabrics – those end-of-run fabrics usually discarded by manufacturers – since she started her label almost 10 ten years ago. And she has now made a commitment to increase the use of those fabrics from 23{193319180524fe1cbcf93f2fa4436f311e82d10b1113c9fa2c57b372435e0a56} to 50{193319180524fe1cbcf93f2fa4436f311e82d10b1113c9fa2c57b372435e0a56} of her production.

A model at Bianca Spender's fashion show
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 Spender’s Australian-made clothes are accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia. Photograph: Matt Jelonek/WireImage

In this collection, the fluoro orange, mint, butter and graphic blue print fabrics were all dead-stock fabrics. Using these fabrics makes her more creative: “I had to find ways to weave them in because they are so beautiful and compelling. There’s always a way to weave in something beautiful.”

She has worked with the same makers for many years, and her Australian-made clothes are accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia. She’s also working with a company that makes recycled polyesters and recycled fabrics, she has got rid of most of the plastic in her packaging and she has worked with The Social Outfit on a capsule collection made by refugee and new-migrant sewing technicians. Her next challenge is working with Water Stewardship Australia to look at the Chinese companies that make her silks, addressing how they can improve their water usage.

Spender also believes sustainability is about creating clothes that last and she says she has worn many of her own clothes for about 10 years. “[My collections are] always designed to not be out of fashion next season, so that is also intrinsic in it.”

She’s not alone in her push to increase fashion sustainability: other Australian high-end brands including Lee Matthews, Ginger & Smart, Arnsdorf and KitX are trying to improve things, while smaller ethical brands including Vege Threads, Pure Pods and Good Day Girl are breaking through. There’s also an industry push with initiatives including the Australian Circular Fashion conference, and online retailers including Well Made Clothes.

But she knows there is much more to be done, individually and collectively. “I’m not going to solve it on my own, but I’m just trying to work with anyone who’s interested in working with it and look at all of these different layers to see what version I can do.”

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Mobile Phone Cover and Cases – A Trending Accessory at Ounass

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Originally produced for the protection of your phone, mobile phone cases and covers are now one of the most trending accessories. If you’re in the UAE and are looking for some of the coolest and trendiest phone covers and cases for your mobile phones such as iPhone and Samsung, then the best place to shop is Ounass. At Ounass you will be able to find top brands such as Gucci, PRADA, Jimmy Choo, Stella McCartney, Alexander Queen, and Dolce & Gabbana. You can use the Ounass coupon to get some amazing discounts on these top luxurious brands.

Silicon Cases

The silicon cases are one of the most common cases types in the mobile phone categories. They are famous for their long-lasting quality and durability. Not only do they last long, but they also provide the utmost protection to your phone from the back and corner sides. They ensure that your mobile phone remains scratch less and also shockproof in case it falls because of hand slip. At Ounass you will be able to find some amazing silicon cases from Dolce & Gabbana and Off-White in some amazing designs. These designs are gender-neutral and can be an amazing fit for your iPhone. Use an Ounass coupon to get a discount on these amazing silicone cases

Flip Covers

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Phone Case Bags and Holders

Phone case bags, or also known deer cases are trending in the women fashion category these days. These small bags are made exactly in the size of your phone and have a leather or metallic chain attached to it so that you can hang it by your shoulder, just like a sleek long shoulder bag. With different designs from Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney, you can get one for any formal or casual occasion. If you only want to carry your mobile phone to an event, then carrying a whole bag for it will be useless, hence it is better to invest in Phone Case bags. With the Ounass coupon you can also purchase phone holders that serve the same purpose however doesn’t have a belt attached to it.

Leather Wristlet

The latest style in mobile phone cases is the leather wristlet. This little pouch bag like phone cover has a small band on its side which can be worn on the wrist and then you can carry this bag like a clutch in hand. At Ounass you will be able to find many designs from top brands, make sure to use the Ounass coupon to get a discount.

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Accessibility and Affordability On Branded Personalized Items

By the year 2022, it is estimated that couponing will be at a higher level than it is right now. Coupons are said to be a channel that is vital for reaching customers. On the other hand, if we consider buyers prospective, coupon is more than a saving opportunity. There are various other aspects that are to be considered as well. Bloomingdales promo code is a unique way of getting banded personalized items at a budget friendly cost. Coupon.ae is a place from where getting codes is extremely easy. There is a high volume of promos offered with which customers can save on some of the hottest brands like Burberry, Diane von Furstenberg and Michael Kors. Upon redeeming the same promotional code, buyers can make sure that they get zero-cost delivery and additional discounts on check out as well. Now, prices on Bloomingdales are much more accessible and affordable. Try these codes for premium shopping experience just by activating the codes available at Coupon Arab Emirates.

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