There’s plenty happening in the world of conscious fashion this week, with Ginger and Smart and vintage fashion fair Round She Goes leading the sales. Plus, Romance Was Born has collaborated with Australian philanthropic label, The Social Outfit, just in time for spring.
Focused on feminine designs and ethical materials, Australian label Ginger and Smart is having a three-day warehouse sale this week with up to 80 per cent off past seasonal core pieces and samples. In a similar fashion to other major design sales, expect large queues, and slight chaos.
Lower Ground, 55 Mentmore Ave, Rosebery.Thursday 14 (VIP night), 5-8pm; Friday 15, 9am-6pm; Saturday 16, 10am-2pm.
One of Sydney’s biggest vintage markets is back again this Saturday at Marrickville Town Hall. Round She Goes indoor market has 60 handpicked vintage and retro fashion, handmade jewellery and accessory stallholders selling items from the 1950s onwards. Shoppers can expect to find a mixture of local and international preloved brands including Gorman, Zimmermann, Max Mara, Moschino, Ralph Lauren, Fendi, Carla Zampatti and more. If the events held earlier this year are anything to go by, it’s important to get in early.
Marrickville Town Hall, 303 Marrickville Road Marrickville. Saturday 16 10am–3pm. Entry $2.
The Round She Goes market will have stores from some of Sydney’s most stylish women.
Heavily influenced by youth culture and street-style, Glue is holding their annual Big Brand Sale with up to 50 per cent off instore and online. Whether you are going on an adventure and looking for a party outfit, the sale features current and past stock from favourites including Adidas, Ivy Park, Stussy, Nude Lucy, Lulu & Rose, Vans and more.
Instore and Online. Until September 25.
Streetwear brands at up to 50 per cent off. Photo: Yasmin Suteja
Next week, local brand Rodeo Show will be returning their warehouse sale to Alexandria. Featuring contemporary and feminine staples, expect up to 80 per cent off recent and past season collections, as well as one-off samples.
3 Hiles Street, Alexandria. Friday 22 8am-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 24 11am-4pm.
Genevieve drape dress. Photo: Supplied
Synonymous with classic Australian accessory designs, Sambag next week is also holding a sale in two locations, with up to 90 per cent off their past season styles. The sale will feature pieces from their latest autumn/winter 17 collection, including knitwear, leather goods, boots and the brand’s signature ballet flats in amongst 2016 favourites, samples and accessories.
The Cannery, Shop 9 & 12, 61 Mentmore Avenue, Rosebery. Thursday 21 9-7pm, Friday 22 9am-5pm. Saturday 23 10am-4pm, Sunday 24 10am-4pm.
Sambags is offering up to 90 per cent off current and past season collections. Photo: Supplied
Now in its third year, Australian philanthropic label, The Social Outfit has once again collaborated with local designers to curate their latest collection. The social initiative, which has in the past included Ken Done and Carla Zampatti, creates and sells unique fashion pieces to fund employment, education and training to help transform the lives of refugees and new migrants.
This year three groups of Australian community designers have become key partners, including Romance is Born, two traditional Burmese artists, whose colourful loomed tapestries have been created into digitally printed scarves, as well as the Merrylands Community Artists, which invited young migrants to create collage works that were overlaid in digital prints on silk slip dresses, camisoles and purses.
For the Social Outfit’s spring summer 2017/18 Kaleido-Cloth curation, Romance was Born has re-released a pattern from their archive, featuring artwork by Linda Jackson which appears throughout the collection of silk scarves, simple t-shirt dresses and a statement jumpsuit.
With each piece reflecting a hopeful Australian spirit, Romance Was Born designers Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett said the initiative gives them a deep connection to community work they are passionate about.
“Working with the The Social Outfit allows us to connect to our community directly in a really positive way,” they said to Fairfax.
“Making an imprint to our cultural landscape is something we feel very passionately about. We are very inspired by The Social Outfit’s ethics, and we hope that more creative and corporate businesses will become involved with them also so they can continue to grow and make a difference.”
CEO and founder of The Social Outfit, Jackie Ruddock, added that the initiative was drawn to the duo’s “joy, colour and gorgeous designs.”
“Their generosity to us – through designs and fabric donations – is an incredible encouragement for our emerging fashion label work,” Ruddock said
“We’re all about diverse communities coming together to showcase a proudly multicultural Australia. Our team works together to be the best we can be, and Romance Was Born’s support is a fantastic endorsement of our vision.”
In-store and Online. 353 King Street, Newtown.
The Romance Was Born print, featured in the collection. Photo: Supplied
During New York Fashion Week Tiffany & Co launched their second #KnotOnMyPlanet campaign in conjunction partnership with model Doutzen Kroes, global ambassador for the Elephant Crisis Fund. The social media campaign focuses on getting the fashion industry to support the Fund, whose mission is to stop elephant poaching and end the international demand for ivory.
Kroes and Tiffany have rallied support from leading fashion and cultural voices including Janelle Monae, Zoe Kravitz, Elle Fanning, Miranda Kerr, Irina Shayk, Emily Ratajkowski, Lily Aldridge, Behati Prinsloo, Imaan Hammam, among others.
As part of the campaign, Tiffany have just released their Save the Wild Collection which will be available in stores and online, with all proceeds going directly to the cause.
“I realised that we could be the last generation to see elephants in the wild so we launched #KnotOnMyPlanet to ake urgent action,” said Kroes in a statement. “I’m proud to have joined forces with Tiffany & Co. and their Save the Wild collection as it will donate 100% of profits to the Elephant Crisis Fund to end the slaughter of elephants for their ivory.” The jewellery house will be donating at least US$1 million before the end of January next year.
Doutzen Kroes in the #KnotOnMyPlanet x Tiffany & Co. Campaign Photo: Reed Krakoff
Frill seekers rejoice! Sure, florals and ruffles are not groundbreaking during spring, but the kaleidoscope of hues, detailing and layering seen at Zimmermann’s Goldentime collection at New York Fashion Week is inspiring us to add new designs into our cart.
Ruffles were out in full force on the catwalk and FROW, proving that a well-worn ruffle can take the place of statement jewellery or shoes. From sheer and floaty, to edgy and asymmetrical, the trend is experimental this season and can be used an an extension of your existing style. Play around with frilly off-the-shoulder tops, an exaggerated sleeve, whimsical dresses or a bold dress worn with jeans.