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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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Five Women Fashion and Style Gift Ideas for Men to Buy From

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The Lady In Your Life Demands Special Gifts To Develop Lovely Memories:

A woman always utilizes the gifts that make her life easier and comfortable. Men looking for the top gifts for their women should focus on 2020 trends. The latest gift trends are bending towards technology. Yes, women love latest technologies such as a Smartphone, Smart Watch, beauty tool or even a hair dryer. All these things are very attractive but no woman can ignore the significance of fashion apparels, jewelry items and accessories.

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Function and style are top on ladies minds. There is a sleek and chic activity tracker that keeps your beloved one connected, a drawing tablet with several features and a brilliant outfit for the upcoming party event.

Buy the Dresses:

Well, there are several types of dresses when you start finding the right one for her. For example, ladies like casual and dressy dresses.  Tops include sweaters, tanks, tees and fashion tops. Men can also buy pants such as dress pants, jeans and shorts. Does she like skirts? It is common. Buy the special, casual and dressy skirt.

Buy Trendy Accessories:

Now there is a big list of accessories for ladies. You are going to put hands in a deep box. There are hundreds of gift choices in this category. You can pick a necklace, bracelet, scarves, hats, bags, belts, leggings, tights, socks and more. Is there variety available in all these categories? Yes, there is a wide range of varieties present. Choose your favorite colors, sizes and designs.  Ask her about her favorite colors and designs if you have no idea.

Think About Trendy Shoes:

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Undergarments:

This is an imperative category for ladies. Men can gift them undergarments such as bras, panties, sleepwear and more. There are fabulous designs and styles available in this category. Undergarments for different seasons such as summer and winters are available online. Shop these things according to the season. This will definitely please her. You can also choose from the erotic designs and styles if she is little bold.

Choose From Brands:

Is she little touchy about brands? Men dealing with sensitive ladies should keep these things in mind. Max Promo Code enables the shoppers to pick affordable products from famous brands. Find latest designs and styles introduced by Denim, Levi’s, Kleins, Clae Shoes, Indie and Mae, Liberty Fabrics and more.

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How To Buy a Trucker Hat?

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Introduction

You know that icky ring that gets around the top of a hat from sweat? That ring that looks black and icky. When that ring gets out of control then it is time to get a new hat. But how do you know what kind of hat to get? Trucker hats are comfortable, stylish and can help keep the sun out of your eyes. Whether you are a trucker or just don’t want to do your hair consider these tips on how to buy a new hat.

Consider the Fit

When it comes to trucker hats, they are not all alike. There are a few different things they can have to enable a good fit. The flex fit hats have a type of spandex in the material that helps them stretch. There is also elastic in the band that helps fit and stay on your head. This is perfect for people who may be in between sizes. Another great fitting technique is a trucker hat with a sizer in the back. It is a plastic strip that you can size up or down like a belt. This can help you get a good fit. These hats also have a hole in the back. They are super hand if you have a lot of hair and need a hole to put your hair. All these different ways to size a hat makes them easier to fit to your head. Try a Richardson 6 Panel Star Hats if you are looking for a tight-fitting and nice-looking hat.

Consider What its Made From

All hats are made a little differently. There may be a different mix of cotton and spandex. Along with that, some trucker hats have a mesh back. This is great for getting extra air flow for cruising in a hot truck. However, the mesh back hats can let a lot of sun in and sunburn your head if you are bald or light haired. So if you are looking for a hat to protect you from the sun you may want to consider a full back trucker hat. It is just another difference that can make a hat a better fit for you. Richardson 6 Panel Star Hats are made from high quality cotton and spandex. They are perfect if you are needing a hat that repels sweat and water. Their ingredients within their hats are sure to impress you with how long they last and how nice they stay.

Consider What’s on it

It is super common for companies to put a logo on a trucker hat. This helps rep their company by their logo just riding around on someone’s head. Along with this, some people like certain brands of hats. Just like how some people like different brands of shirts or pants, you have to find the right brand of hat that you enjoy. Richardson 6 Panel Star Hats are super comfortable but also come with many different logos. You could even buy the super comfortable hats and have your own logo put on it. They are high quality and long lasting hats.

Conclusion

At the end of the day, not all trucker hats are alike. It is important to find one that fits comfortably on your head and that you enjoy wearing. Try a flex fit if you are needing a tighter fit. If you have a lot of hair that you would like to be able to put out the back of your hat then consider a button back hat. These are all things to think about when you are picking your next trucker hat.

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