We have so much to look forward to this season at London Fashion Week’s Estethica showroom opening on Friday. Now 14 seasons strong, the initiative was set up by the British Fashion Council to support the work of eco sustainable designers. Esthetica designers have been chosen for their design excellence and commitment to ethical and sustainable practices, such as ethical and fair trade production, the inclusion of recycled materials and the use of organic materials.
New to Esthetica this season are ready-to-wear designers Katrien Van Hecke and Phannatiq, Estethica/Veolia Resource Competition winner Liora Lassalle, accessories brand Bottletop and jewellery brand, Rudá Rings. Returning brands are Lost Property of London, Goodone and special guest French footwear label Vija. There will also be knitwear by The North Circular and millinery labels Mich Dulce and Pachacuti.
Liora Laselle was this years winner of the Estethica / Veolia Re-Source [^]competition with Central Saint Martins (CSM). A graduate of Central Saint Martins herself, Lasalle has produced an upcycled capsule collection, supported by a mentoring programme that focused on sourcing, producing, developing and promoting her collection. Mentors included Anna Orsini (BFC), Willie Walters (CSM) and Orsola de Castro, founder of Reclaim to Wear.
Liorella also produced a collection of jeans made from leftover denim that was donated by leading Italian manufacturer, Pier and has secured her first supplier YOOXYGEN, the eco fashion page of yoox.com’s site.
Caroline Rush, CEO of the BFC commented, “Liora Lassalle’s upcycling collection is the first collection commissioned by Estethica in collaboration with CSM with support from Veolia. Liora’s debut collection launches a new phase for the Estethica mentoring scheme and for its support to designers developing sustainable solutions.”