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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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Absolutely essential Dresses for summertime

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Absolutely essential Dresses for summertime

Stuffing your closet with different dress styles is actually a good step this summer, due to the fact they could be worn in a great number of different ways. There are actually countless multipurpose dress variations to pick from which are suited for use at all times of the day. A dress is a perfect garment to get decked out in, or alternatively throw on as an informal outfit. Dresses offer comfort and glamour, a real heroine of one’s wardrobe. Here are some fashionable dress styles that absolutely merit a spot in your closet ready for when it comes to summer.

The Maxi Dress

Maxi Dresses are a lot of enjoyment to wear and extremely functional. All through the breeziness of a long scorching summers day you’ll enjoy the flattering, womanly feeling this dress delivers. Maxi dresses are superb for keeping fresh without revealing all. Perfect for just about all sizes and shapes, a summer Maxi is perfect with a wedge heel shoe or roman sandals, and an additional belt highlight to emphasise the curve around the hips. Go to AX Paris for Maxi Dresses to suit your style and budget.

Midi

For taller ladies, a midi dress can be highly flattering. A very fashionable way to wear this style of dress at this point in time is in the form of a single colour block worn with a flat and relaxed shoe together with a summer season purse that ‘impresses’.

The Party Dress

This may not be very first choice for heading to the seaside, however for any summer evening, a party dress is really a must. A stylish party dress is actually the answer to your steamy summer night requirements and will certainly turn heads anywhere you go, whether it is a short or a long style. Simple to add some finishing touches, slide on your best heels or flatter shoes, and a designer purse and some statement jewelry and you’re geared up for an outstanding night out.

The Shift Dress

Bosomy, rounded women will like the way they look in a shift. Shift dresses may be found in a wide range of materials, tones and designs, making it easy to uncover delicate, bright styles that you fall in love with this summertime. Another style of dress that easily transfers from informal daywear to chic eveningwear simply with the addition of heels.

The Long Shirt Style

Stylish girls will be drawn towards the shirt style dress, the remarkably popular, fashionable dress of the time. Shirt style dresses are available in the market in a large selection of materials, styles, and colors, making them really flexible for all types of events, and the ideal item to accessorize with. They offer a laid-back appearance and look impeccable when paired with heels, flatter shoes or virtually any kind of footwear.

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The meaning of diamond ring

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The meaning of diamond ring

1 carat: You are my everything
1 carat is 100 points, which means love you 100% without reservation. At the same time, the integer number of diamonds above 1 carat is also very collectible. The room for appreciation is also very large, and can also be used as a heirloom promise rings.

2 carat diamond: You and me equal to us

1+1=2, me + you = us. The world of one person is lonely, the world of two people is sweet.

3 carat diamond: The love of the past, present, and future

3 carats of diamonds symbolizing the love of past, present and future, not limited by time and space till forever name necklaces.

4 carat diamond: Live with you forever

4 carats of diamonds represent it is enough to have you a lifetime.

5 carat diamond: You are my other half

The 5-carat diamond symbolizes “you are my other half”, expressing your good wishes for living with your loved ones.

6 carat diamonds: Everything goes well

The 6-carat diamond symbolizes a lifetime of companionship with your lover and wishes that everything goes well.
The maintenance of diamond rings is very important in daily life. If you want your diamond ring that shines forever, learn more about the maintenance of the diamond ring.

1. Diamonds are lipophilic

It is easy to get stains, which weakens the luster and brilliance effect of the diamond. So don’t touch the diamond custom name necklace often, try not to wear diamonds in the kitchen while cooking or washing clothes.
2. Keep the diamond away from hot oxidants such as bleach and disinfectant. It will erode some of the diamond’s crystallographically weaker crystal faces, creating artificial craters and fading the setting.
3. Diamond is the hardest substance in nature, but it is also very brittle. Try not to put diamond customized necklace jewelry together, otherwise they will hurt each other. Diamond jewelry should be wrapped in a jewelry box or a transparent plastic bag with a soft handkerchief. Do not put it in a plastic box. It is recommended to gently wipe it with a soft cloth before storing.
4. Regularly use a pair of tweezers or toothpicks to toggle the diamond monogram necklace to check for looseness. It is best to check every 3 years to see if it is loose or worn and re-fixed and polished.
5. If you are cleaning at home, you can use a cup of warm water, add a little detergent (preferably neutral), put the mothers rings jewelry into the water, and then wipe it clean. You can also go to the store to clean it for free.
The diamond ring is really beautiful, but it will become dim if it is not maintained at all. If you want your diamond ring to be beautiful forever, then take care of it, just like maintaining your love, so that love will always be gorgeous!

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