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THE LATEST — Sustainable

I’m a thrift shopper from way back. Growing up in a small country town meant little shopping diversity, so I would trawl my local op shops for vintage treasures and unique finds.

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Melbourne may not have cottoned on yet, but Spring has officially arrived and the sun baby within me is ready to shed some layers.

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Lois McGruer-Fraser is humble, unassuming, and quiet, and in a room full of people at her own events, she walks amidst the crowd as if she were a guest.

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Argent Silversmith is a small label of silver, opal, pearl and wood jewellery, designed and handmade in the Australian Alps. 

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A colourful fusion of the two hemispheres occurred when UK-born designer Rhianne, and Australian lawyer Cheryl, came together in a serendipitous meeting at a Melbourne rooftop bar. 

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Courtney Holm always knew that she would work in fashion, it was simply a matter of time before she would work out how, so when the idea behind a transparent fashion label came to her in 2016, she was determined to see it through.

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As a child, a few valuable life lessons were constantly repeated to me, one of which still rings true through my work and my approach to fashion: Treat other people how you would want to be treated.

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Rowena Doolan is one of our industry’s most valuable assets. She’s a fashion veteran, a visionary, a designer, owner and director, and a resilient woman. 

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Fashion begins with a single idea; it is inspired, creative, it is powerful and meaningful, but the process from this pure state of conception to that of creation, is rarely questioned.

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Deep down I’m a princess, but it conflicts with my values when it comes to ethical fashion.

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The future of fashion is changing. With annual events like Fashion Revolution Week and the insurgence of sustainable and ethical brands, our wardrobes are slowly growing greener.

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Today marks the launch of The Fashion Advocate’s 2017 Australian made campaign, a 12-month project which will see local fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands receive the attention and promotion they deserve.

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Well known in the Melbourne fashion scene for its dark and moody palette, edgy silhouettes and unisex designs, JUDE is a fashion label that stands out. Founder and Designer Jude Ng has a background in Fine Arts, and it shows; proposing a different point of view in fashion, his asymmetrical and multi-way wear pieces are trend-resistant and forward thinking.

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We often scrutinise our diets and eating habits every time a new fad is released; the paleo diet, the liver cleansing diet, the bullet proof diet… It’s hard to stay up with what’s good and what’s not so good in the food game, but seldom do we stop to look at our beauty products.

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The words ‘ethical’ and ‘stylish’ are seldom found in the same sentence when it comes to high street shopping, and piecing together a full wardrobe that reflects one’s personal style whilst staying true to eco-friendly and anti-slave labour ambitions is difficult.

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The range of innovative Frank Green products are a solution to a growing environmental epidemic: 38% of landfill is made up of single-use coffee cups and plastic water bottles, some of which can take over 1000 years to degrade.

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Kangan Institute students delivered a thrift-shop lover’s dream collection at the Eco Threads runway event on Saturday 27 August as part of the 2016 Melbourne Spring Fashion Week program.

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Kangan Institute’s collaboration with Australian Red Cross will see Melbourne all-girl band Stonefield perform in a range of upcycled, recycled and redesigned garments, made entirely from donated secondhand clothing that would otherwise be destined for landfill.

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Designer Sophia Martin’s background reads like every fashionista’s dream; interning for the likes of Lover, Mary Katrantzou and The Row, … Continue Reading The post FIRST LOOK: The exclusive premiere of Sophia Martin’s ‘Intelligence of Touch’ film appeared first on The Fashion Advocate.

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Some of my most beloved wardrobe pieces are second hand; there’s something special about finding the right fit at the right time with vintage and pre-loved treasures.

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Chilly Melbourne days are best spent rummaging through racks from store to store, and Penny Lane is one of Brunswick’s most beloved destinations to do exactly that

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“Never dull. Always fresh. Made in Melbourne.” This is how designers Brenton and Deborah Loh describe their activewear label PANT ACTIVE, and they’re not wrong.

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Who made your clothes? Where we get our clothes from and who makes them is raising more questions now than ever.

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Teneille Clerke is better known as ‘Tenfingerz’ and describes herself as a ‘Gen Y renaissance human’. She’s an established stylist, producer, photographer, performance artist, filmmaker and creative think-tank and she’s only just getting started.

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