This year, instead of wishing for a White Christmas, how about making it a Green Christmas?
For one night only, online fashion retailer Eco Fashionista, jewellery designer Joolz and designer and speaker PK Walker collaborated on a fashion event ‘A Very Eco Christmas‘ in the pop-up store <insert name here>. Joining them were current residents of <insert name here>, Eva Q and T-Shirt Garage.
Fabulous fashionistas mingled in amongst the racks of delectable clothing and jewellery while taste-testing various moreish treats from event sponsors Cocolo Chocolate (fairtrade organic Swiss chocolate), Link Organic candies (naturally sweetened, gluten free, flavour infused candies) and Slim Secrets cookies and well as imbibing the miraculous non-hangover-inducing vodka from VodkaO, makers of organic vodka. The removal of the solvents via evaporation means no dryness and headaches the morning after! The range also include JINN dry gin, Tequila Blu, Kinky Lux premium white rum and Kinkly Nero premium white rum.
On the night I had a long chat with Eva Huynh of Eva Q, the young designer of handmade clothing. A recent graduate of RMIT’s Bachelor of Arts in Textile Design, she launched her range in May 2009 after winning the Student Designs section of the National Retail Association’s Fashion Awards in 2009. Her current range is a collection of pastel pink, cream and white garments garlanded with individually hand-sewn flowers. The fabric is sourced from a wholesaler of fabric ends and the intricate sewing takes a painstaking amount of time to complete. However, her work isn’t all sugar and roses. Her next collection will contain all-black designs, and she’ll be collaborating with dancers at the next L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival to present the clothes.
We then listened to Pauline Walker espouse how we could be more eco-conscious with our purchasing choices while each of the retailers explained how their products subscribed to local, artisan, organic or ethically produced design principles.
Recently I vowed not to buy any more shoes (my shoe rack keeps collapsing!) but I couldn’t say no to these Sharidelie ballet flats with an ankle wrap from Eco Fashionista (who are currently having a 25% off everything sale). These sweet-yet-rock-chick shoes are handmade with butter-soft eco-friendly processed leather by artisans in India under fair and ethical conditions. Just shows that you can by stylish and eco-conscious.