The Ethical Fashion Show for the Rehema foundation took place on May Day last week at St Paul’s Church in Hammersmith, a beautiful venue and quite appropriate considering the benevolent nature of the event. The show began with a Q&A panel consisting of speakers such as Safia Minney and Lucy Siegle discussing the current state of Ethical fashion and possible solutions to prevent disasters like the Rana Plaza in Bangladesh from happening again.
Breaking news from Kitty Ferreira HQ! The fashion label has been selected to sashay its amazing collection @ this year’s Rehema Ethical Fashion Show. Yeaaaah, applause, applause… Great news! Why is this great, big, news? Great, big, news because the Rehema ethical fashion show supports the fantastic Rehema project which is an initiative that works to support and collaborate with women who live under extremely strenuous and difficult conditions in Africa. The project helps these women come out of extreme poverty by teaching them valuable textiles skills, which gives them the opportunity to provide for their families.
It is a fantastic project, which supports the local community, providing basic food for schools, feeding over 500 orphans daily. Without this support, a lot of the women would be forced into compromising situations, selling their bodies, stealing or sending their children to be raised by other family members.
In continuity with my piece on British fashion style, this week I will be looking into the British manufacturing industry and questioning whether campaigners such as Mary Portas and her Made in Britain – Kinky Knickers campaign was a real long-term contribution to the industry or just a fad.
The perception of the ‘Made in Britain’ brand is of distinct excellence in design, handmade quality and bespoke craftsmanship. When coming across a ‘Made in Britain’ label on designer wear or goods, you instantly correlate it with prestige and high notability. Such is it’s distinction on the global fashion platform but is it accessible to the masses or is it reserved only for first world, high-end consumers?
Kenyan beauty aka my ultimate girl crush Lupita Nyong’o is the star turn of 2014, she has stepped onto the world stage in spectacular and regal form. She has done the undoable as a newcomer by winning over hearts, minds and as simultaneously garnered critical acclaim with just one film role.
Her story reads like a Hollywood fairy tale, Lupita Nyong’o was born in Mexico but raised in Kenya she began her career as a production runner on many films including The Constant Gardener starring Ralph Fienne. Graduate from Hampshire College in America she then returned to Kenya in 2008 to star in an MTV Base Africa TV series production called Shuga an HIV/AIDS prevention series. Continue reading “A Star is Born – Lupita Nyong’o” »