The little black dress goes green
Well it’s that time of the year again when thoughts turn to Christmas parties, evenings with friends, New Years Eve and we find ourselves asking ‘what will I wear?’
You could pop down to your local identi-kit high street and buy something ‘off the peg’ and you may see your friend in the same thing or …you could discover some amazing outfits, all available on-line, clothes with a story behind them and designed by people who care about how they are made – ethical evening wear. And because they’re available on-line you can shop 24/7 regardless of the crowds, snow or rain, sitting in your PJs with a mug of hot chocolate… what more could a girl want?
So, to save you time, we’ve tracked down a selection of glamourous LBDs and a couple of options if you don’t fancy a dress this year! We hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we did shooting them – in the stunning grounds of Goodenough College, London.
Taken in front of the Christmas tree in the grand hall, from left to right: long dress, Outsider; top and skirt, Goodone, long black/white dress, Tammam; long dress, Henrietta Ludgate, short ‘flapper’ style dress, vintage, by Juno says hello.
Antoinette, finished wrapping the presents takes a well deserved rest wearing a magnificent dress by Junky. If you want to make a real entrance or have an extra special occasion to attend, this is The dress to choose.
The lovely Elli is wearing a top and skirt by Henrietta Ludgate. Livia Firth wore the same outfit to Henrietta’s shop opening and is beautifully timeless.
Meg wears the shorter version of a dress by Camilla Norbeck. The gold earrings are handmade by Kate Rodgers.
An ethereal evening dress by Tammam in black silk chiffon over white cotton.
Rachel relaxes in a Junky all in one outfit with matching jacket. Although the word ‘jacket’ really doesn’t do the design justice. Rachel is also wearing a necklace made by Batacuda. Batucada have created a whole new generation of environmentally friendly jewellery, which has a tattoo-like appearance that is both elegant and practical. The handmade jewellery is made in Paris, from an eco-plastic designed to ‘hug’ your skin. It actually adapts to the contours of your body, remembering your shape for a perfect fit. Each design draws inspiration from nature, using organic shapes and natural colours. Batucada jewellery is durable, flexible, waterproof, non-allergenic and lightweight, so perfect for everyday!
Here, Antoinette wears the long version of the Camilla Norbeck dress. We all thought this was a stunning dress, with a beautiful dress that could be worn time after time. It is made from recycled polyester.
Gina wears an embellished lace vintage dress from Juno Says Hello.
A rather sexy little dress by Junky which can be dressed up or down.
www.ellageorgia.com Has provided all the lovely jewellery shown (apart from the pearl and white collar necklaces which are vintage).
www.daisyhillltd.com Daisy Hill eco-boutique are suppliers of organic clothing for women; allowing you to purchase luxury and ethical clothing at a competitive price.
www.goodone.co.uk goodone (london) is an award winning sustainable fashion company which creates innovative directional recycled clothing.
www.junkystyling.co.uk Junky is an innovative design-led label. All garments are made from the highest quality second hand clothing, which is deconstructed, re-cut and completely transformed.
www.junosayshello.com Juno Says Hello is an online boutique dedicated to the finest selection of luxury vintage dresses.
www.outsiderfashion.com Ethical renewable clothing designs renewable clothing designed with longevity and style. Sustainable fabrics and Clothing.
www.tammam.co.uk Tammam designs and produces ethical, sustainable, organic environmentally friendly and stylish wedding and couture gowns.
Photographer – Ted Chan – www.ftbear.com
Special thanks to Goodenough College for the use of their beautiful grounds and our 5 models: Elli and Rachel (from Eclipse Model Management) Antoinette, Gina and Meg.
Hair & Make-up: Silvia Saccinto & Cornelia Page
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