Sustainable London Fashion Week SS20 – Part Two

Omar Mansoor – Fashion Pact

Showcasing at Fashion London, Mansoor’s collection is titled ‘Fashion Pact’ – a pact Mansoor has made with ethics and sustainability.

Mansoor chose a colour palette of blue and green: blue representing the oceans and green the forests, as both are becoming more polluted with the effect of fast fashion.

Mansoor uses fabrics from fair trade sources: Peace silks sourced from Nepal; 30% recycled georgettes sourced from Korea and guipure cotton lace constructed from organic sourced cotton. It is important to use organic sourced cottons because although cotton is a natural fibre, the current production methods are very carbon intensive requiring heavy use of pesticides and fertilisers. Certified organic cotton is grown without harmful pesticides, requires less energy and water, and uses sustainable fertilising practices.

The designs are then manufactured and garments produced in London, keeping the carbon footprint low.

Footwear: Lucy Choi London.

Photography: Shahid Malik.

Kepaza – ‘Colour Me Rad’

Pernille Fristad, the designer and founder of this Norwegian fashion house collaborated with abstract painter Sirenes to create two distinct prints for the collection.

The brand used two different types of organic Tencel, one is soft and light and the other warmer and thicker. Tencel is a fibre made from the wood pulp of trees that are grown and replenished on specialised tree farms. Tencel is produced using recyclable, earth friendly solvents. When blended with cotton, tencel adds wrinkle resistance and the lustrous feel of silk.

Photographer: Joanna Mitori.

Wei-Yu Hung

This emerging designer believes ‘Tradition is avant-garde, local is global’ and so juxtaposes the culture and old handcrafts into modern designs whilst embracing the concept of sustainable fashion.

Hung uses Tapa (tree bark lace), a traditional Austronesian handicraft which turns the tree bark into a non-woven textile through beating and washing without chemicals. He combined this bark fabric with embroidery, beading and crochet. Hung collaborated with local artisans in Taiwan, India and the Netherlands to work on beading, embroidery, crochet and hand knitting.

He also collaborates with sportswear/outdoor textile company and UNITEX a luxury lace company in Taiwan to source their leftovers/abandoned material and re-use in his garments.

Wei-Yu debuted at London Fashion Week with the support of FJU Talents who select four emerging designers from Taiwan each year to showcase their collection at LFW. This platform is sponsored by Textile & Clothing Department of Fen Jen Catholic University (FJU), a leading fashion & textile design education institute based in Taiwan since 1970.

Photographer: Simon Armstrong.

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