Eco fashion doesn't have to mean toning it down - just look at some of the A-listers, says Tamasin Doe
...For corseted silk sheath dresses which Rita Hayworth herself could've wriggled into, there are handmade corseted dresses by Julia Smith, available from www.fashion-conscience.com, who cut her fashion teeth at Alberta Ferretti, Italy's queen of romantic evening dresses....
This year's London Fashion Week reveals just how far ethical chic has come, enthuses Tamasin Doe
...Within the wider mix, four new labels were shown under the banner of the Ethical Fashion Forum, each with something fresh to offer. Amoosi is a designer collective producing couture and limited edition pieces from reclaimed and vintage fabrics. Rani Jones offers sleek, modern fashion with an emphasis on luxury fabrics. Julia Smith, meanwhile, has chic, upscale clothes with a catwalk feel. Not forgetting Lowie - cute, fresh and feminine with a vintage heart....
The history of eco fashion
How did the ethical fashion movement come about? Like nearly all revolutions, there's a colourful history to tell.
...Fast forward to now and the new eco labels don't feel the need to shout their ethical credentials from the roof-tops. A case in point is Julia Smith, a young British designer whose glamour-filled take on everyday life uses clean production, transparent supply routes, and even the odd bit of hemp silk. Yet she doesn't classify herself as an ethical designer, just a designer. 'I think that's how fashion should be anyway,' she says, reasonably....