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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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Get The Spectacular Sterling Silver Jewellery – For Stunning Look!

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Get The Spectacular Sterling Silver Jewellery – For Stunning Look!

Are you in search of a unique wholesale silver jewelry collection? Then, it’s time to pay close attention to this session, which will help you a lot before making a final purchase.

We Silver Jewelry are one of the leading manufacturers to deliver the finest quality jewelry based on customer needs and expectations at affordable prices. You probably know that jewelry across the world has been the sign of elegance and class since eternity. When it comes to offering wholesale silver jewelry, you have plenty of options because all are available in various designs, shapes, sizes, and patterns. We silver jewels provide a wide range of collections that are perfectly suited for your loved one, youngsters, working professionals, homemakers. It has been purchased for gifting reasons on numerous occasions and special events. The unique and contemporary designs give a stunning look and improve your personality.

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When you buy your silver jewelry from We Silver Jewels, you are getting a factory direct pricing with more discounts available for bulk purchase. When looking for wholesale jewelry supplies, the only thing you have to do is search by product or by the supplier. Now, you can find a supplier that you like, then check out their catalog and contact them for more information. Most importantly, wholesale jewelry is designed with the best quality materials to make your own jewelry, even run jewelry making classes. We Silver Jewels is the perfect place for you. Always offer excellent quality and a great range to make your jewelry collections unique.

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How To Make Your Look Leggings Chic And Stylish

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How To Make Your Look Leggings Chic And Stylish

When it comes to chic or stylish wear, leggings are not something that comes to your mind first. But if you want something both stylish and comfortable, then leggings are the way to go. If you know how to style your leggings the right way, then you can create a lot of funny looks.

In this style guide, we will help you style your leggings and make it look chic. Whether you have ladies pink camo leggings or all-black leggings, we can help you style it the right way. So without wasting time, let’s get started.

Style Tips For Leggings

Here are some tips to style your leggings the right way.

  • Go all black

If you want a sleek and sexy look for the evening, then we would suggest you go all black. This is probably the most favourite leggings look that is even loved by celebrities.

Get your black pair of leggings and pair it up with a stylish black crop top. To make it look chic, you can wear a long length black jacket or shrug over it. For accessories, you can wear just a pair of nice black or white sneakers and you are good to go.

  • Denim is the best

For those who are all about the casual and street look, you can pair your black leggings with oversized denim. This will give you a very casual girly look for the day.

A white crop top and black leggings look great. But with an oversized denim jacket on top, it will look the best. To look more intense, wear a nice pair of glasses.

  • Cropped hoodie look

You must have seen many of the celebrities carrying this look outside the Starbucks or Airport. This is one of the basic and simple leggings look you can go for.

All you have to do is wear a cropped hoodie with your leggings and that’s all. Along with that, a pair of sneakers is enough to complete the entire look.

  • Style it up with a fancy jacket

If you have an evening party to attend, then this fancy jacket look will work best for you.

Get a fancy jacket and wear it with your leggings. However, make sure that the jacket is a fitted one. Inside the jacket, you can wear a vest if you want. But if you are bold enough to go without it, then good for you.

These looks are sure to grab a few attention when you hit the streets.

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