Win a Custom Made Dress by Studio MüCKE

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

If you love a man's shirt refashion as much as I, then take a moment to admire Ellie Mücke's fabulous upcycled shirtdress and shirttop creations.

:: Upcycled Shirtdress by Studio MüCKE ::

Ellie Mücke has been making new fashion out of old for years. When she graduated from RMIT University with a BA in Fashion, Ellie became increasingly frustrated with unsustainable practices seen in commercial fashion.  In 2007, Ellie formed her own ethical range of upcycled clothing, under her own label Studio Mücke.

:: Upcycled Shirttop by Studio MüCKE ::

Fast forward 8 years, and Studio Mücke has become an established women's clothing brand in the ethical fashion field, producing a range of stylish pieces using men's reclaimed garments. A number of shirttops and accessories can be purchased online, alternatively, custom made pieces can be purchased using an online ordering process, giving you the option to choose your fabric and appropriate size.

Right now, there is a competition to WIN a custom made dress by Studio MüCKE. One lucky winner will get to select their very own custom made shirttop or shirtdress, just in time for Spring (or Autumn if you live in the Northern Hemisphere). To enter, all you have to do is sign up to Studio MüCKE's newsletter, and follow on Instagram. Bonus points for sharing the competition with the hashtag #studiomuckecomp.


Would you like to add a Studio MüCKE shirtdress to your wardrobe? I certainly would! 

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David Bowie is opens in Melbourne

Friday, July 24, 2015

Red and blue lightning bolts, synonymous with David Bowie’s make up that adorns the face of his 1970’s alias Aladdin Sane can be seen scattered throughout Melbourne. 

Banner advertisements relating to the magnificent David Bowie is exhibition, which opened at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) on 26 July, welcome visitors far and wide to Federation Square.

 
:: David Bowie is c/o ACMI ::

The highly anticipated exhibition arrives in Melbourne from London’s V&A Museum, celebrating Bowie’s impressive 50 year entertainment history in music, fashion, art and film.

:: David Bowie is image credit Mark Gambino ::

After seeing the exhibition today, I am blown away. David Bowie is, presents spectacular displays of Bowie’s iconic costumes, album artwork, videos, film clips, objects, memorabilia, hand written song lyrics and personal art work, allowing you to fully appreciate the achievements of arguably the greatest cultural icon of our time. Having spent an hour embracing David Bowie is, I am left in awe of what an inspiration Bowie has been, and still is.

:: David Bowie is image credit Mark Gambino ::

Bowie’s evolution as an entertainment artist is quite spectacular, reaching the ultimate cultural icon status with his many androgynous fictional persona’s in the 1970’s and 80’s, which still influence today’s popular culture.  (Examples of which can be seen on this article: 6 Fashion Trends Inspired by David Bowie's Famous Personas).

Bowie’s music is timeless, and can be enjoyed just as much today as when each song was first played, however, it is his radical individuality and theatrical stage presence that has really paved the way to his commercial success and inevitable cult status.

Entry into David Bowie is, is booked by a ticket with an allocated time slot on the hour, allowing only 200 visitors into the exhibition at one time. Right now, the exhibition is extremely popular, and it is highly recommended you book your ticket onlineDavid Bowie is; a must see – on until 1 November, 2015

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Salvos Stores Loyalty Club Card

Friday, July 10, 2015

I might be a bit slow off the mark here, but did you know Salvos Stores now offer a loyalty card to customers?



The Salvos Stores Loyalty Club Card scheme, introduced in March 2015, covers 215 retail shops across Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

It doesn't cost you anything to join; you can register online and you will be sent your card in the post.  The reward system works by gaining 1 point for every $1 spent.  Once you hit 50 points, you can then start redeeming against purchases in Salvos Stores.

I've just registered for mine, you can do the same here > www.salvosstores.com.au/clubcard    Alternatively, join up at your nearest Salvos Store.

Happy days!

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Vinnies Victoria Winter Style Challenge

Sunday, July 5, 2015

This winter, Vinnies Victoria want to help spread the message that second-hand clothes are just as warm, and asked a handful of bloggers to demonstrate ways to look stylish for less.

Vinnies Victoria sent a beautiful vintage black Perri Cutten jacket my way, featuring metallic threads shot through the base fabric to style with existing pieces from my wardrobe to brighten up dreary Melbourne day.

:: Perri Cutten Jacket from Vinnies ::

I do love the sparkles through this jacket, but to dress it down a little for daytime wear, I've chosen to wear red jeans, borrowed from a friend, suede wedge heeled boots, an op shopped beanie / knitted hat, and an op shopped polka dot bag.


The red and black theme all started with a vintage cherry brooch (worn on the jacket lapel) that I picked up from the first Revival Market at Mornington Racecourse. The brooch is from a vintage seller Designer Showcase, a label that specialises in vintage brooches from the 1940s to 1970s

:: Vintage cherry brooch from Designer Showcase ::

As well as styling the jacket, Vinnies Victoria also asked to answer the following questions:

Q. What style of winter coats do you find yourself reaching for the most on cold winter mornings?

A. I often revert back to my Bauhaus red winter duffle coat that I found in Salvos five years ago. It keeps me warm, even on brisk mornings.


:: Bauhaus red winter duffle coat::

Q. What’s your top advice for finding the best op shopping bargains?

A. There are many tips (I have previously published a list here), but my best advice would be to browse op shops often. Op shopping is a bit of pot luck; you could go home with many new wardrobe pieces on one visit, or go home with nothing. The more frequently you pop into an op shop, the more likely you will be to find a potential bargain or two.

Q. What’s your favourite thing you’ve ever found at Vinnies?

A. That's an easy one. A pair of vintage Kurt Geiger t-bar heels that I found for $8 at Vinnies in Edithvale. I found the perfect outfit for them on this night almost a year ago.



Thanks Vinnies Victoria for the winter style challenge - that was fun!

By the way, I've also popped into My Poppet Blogs.  You can read my guest post The Joys of Choosing Recycled Fashion HERE.

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Growing Up With a Clothes Hoarder - Guest Post

Friday, June 12, 2015

Growing Up With a Clothes Hoarder - Guest Post by Lauren Donnelly

When my Grandad died, it became vehemently clear that he was a hoarder. I watched as my Grandma and Mother spent the best part of 3 weeks sorting through his stacks of odds and ends: masses of old recipes cut out of magazines, piles of stacked up plastic ice cream containers, tins filled with odd buttons and scrap books jam-packed with thousands of used stamps that he had meticulously steamed off of each and every letter he had ever been sent. We knew it had reached its pinnacle when the bomb disposal squad had to be called out to discharge a WWII bomb detonator that he had been keeping in the kitchen cupboard since 1956. He threw nothing away.


 My mum often laughs, fondly remembering her eccentric father when we’ve told this story in the years since he passed. “It was typical of his generation. Those who were around during the war had a ‘waste not, want not’ mentality”. That’s my mother. My mother who was born in 1957- nowhere remotely near a world war- and yet still manages to reserve a kitchen drawer for the 54 disposable lighters that she HAS to keep- just in case. My mother, who has filled my dad’s art studio full to the brim with junk including, but by no means restricted to: broken deck chairs from the 70s (“if we fixed these up a little, we could be on Antiques Road Show in a few years!”), three partially functioning fridge freezers and tins upon tins of long dried up magnolia matte emulsion paint (“I need it so I can match up the walls if I ever need to buy any more”). That is my mother, my mother who is a hoarder.

And that’s not to mention the clothes. Oh the clothes! In my parents’ bedroom alone she has three floor-to-ceiling Ikea fitted wardrobes, two antique armoires; three chests of drawers and a vanity table FILLED to busting with clothes from the 70s, 80s and 90s that she downright refuses to throw away. Then there are the other bedrooms. My mum and dad still live in our childhood home, a five bedroom Edwardian house in which they only inhabit the one bedroom. But it’s a bloody good job they never moved once my siblings and I flew the nest. My mum needs the other 4 rooms to store her vintage clothes addiction, bargain shoe collection and pile of winter coats that she’s been hoarding since the 80s.


 With all that, you’d think she was done. Yet, the lack of room does not deter her. Day upon day, eBay parcels arrive enclosing yet another bargain buy. It’s not just the cheap stuff she aims for either. In amongst the foray of vintage kitten heels and empty designer perfume bottles, she’s managed to snag herself a 50s powder pink Escada jacket, a vintage Prada patent leather bag and a 90s Emilio Pucci printed leather belt. Yes, all well and good, until you realise that she literally never wears any of it.

Ahhhh… but that’s where I step in.

What was once a waste of space to me as a child, has now become my one-stop-shop for all things 70s boho, 80s embellished and 90s grunge. It’s an Aladdin’s Cove of unique vintage treasures that absolutely no one else has access to. See, my mum understood one thing I could never grasp: “fashion is a cycle. Give it 15 years and you’re wearing the exact same style jelly sandals you were at 14 years old”.

And she’s right! I could kick myself thinking about the 90s Dr. Marten Chelsea boots I threw out when I had a ‘clear out’ before I went to university. Or the amount of racer back crop tops I binned a few years back. Not to mention the denim midi dungaree dress I used to love so much in my mid-teens. All of them back in fashion.



Yes, it’s undeniable that my mother holds on to a bit too much. Yet I’ve come to realise, if we binned absolutely everything that we didn’t have use for anymore, then how would we preserve our fashion history. Granted, it’s one thing holding on to a treasured dress, and quite another keeping broken kitchen appliances, but just tossing every unwanted item in the bin can’t be the solution, surely?

So, how do I manage to keep my hoarder genes at bay? I tend to donate a bin liner of clothes to a charity shop every few months, or at least every year. In keeping with the “fashion cycle” my mother preached about, if I’m going thrift store diving I’ll try to make sure I get rid of some unwanted garments while I’m there. That way, maybe someone else can find some joy out of my pre-loved pieces. I take some, I leave some. Everyone’s a winner!

How do you organise your closet? Or are you guilty of being a fashion hoarder, too? If you have any tips for a recovering clothing addict, please leave your comments below. We’d love to hear from you.

Lauren Donnelly lives in the UK and is a content writer for maryjanefashion.com, an online fashion wholesale website.

:: Lauren Donnelly ::

Bits of Australia: World Environment Day

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Did you know, June 5 marks the United Nations’ World Environment Day (WED), used as a day to promote worldwide awareness and action for the environment.

This year's WED theme is "Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care", and most readers will know, ethical and sustainable consumerism is encouraged and fully supported on Recycled Fashion.



It doesn't take much to help reduce consumption when it comes to fashion, such as:

* Support and buy recycled, and / or environmentally friendly recycled products and companies that sell such wares.
* Getting rid of your old by passing onto others such as holding a garage sale or market stall; your trash could be someone else’s treasure and you’ll make some extra cash, too.
* Alternatively, donate your old clothing to your local op shop or charity organisation.
* Get crafty and creative, by making your own jewellery and clothes out of existing materials. Something old can become new again with a few updates, and you will be able to ware something that is unique to you.

Bits of Australia made contact to talk about a WED collaboration, in an effort to raise awareness of the forthcoming event, but also to talk about the wonderful wares found their online gift-shop dedicated to supplying Australian made products and souvenirs to the world.

Bits of Australia features a great range of recycled stationery, jewellery, skincare and home-wares as well as eco friendly products using sustainably sourced, natural materials.

Such products include:

:: Yellow Twigs Small Square 98% Recycled Cushion Cover ::
Digitally printed for high quality design reproduction, using biodegradable, water based inks. 
Buy HERE

:: Rainbow Stud Recycled Silver Earrings ::

 
Hand made using responsibly sourced, recycled sterling silver
Buy HERE

:: Blue & Orange Wooden Eco Beads Bracelet ::



Using Tasmanian specialty timbers; Huon Pine, Myrtle, Eucalyptus, Blackwood and Sassafras
Off-cuts diligently collected by craftspeople.  Buy HERE

To coincide with World Environment Day, Bits of Australia will offer 10% off all natural and recycled products between 5-7 June, 2015. Shop Bits of Australia HERE.

More information about World Environment Day can be found at: www.unep.org/wed

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The Ocean Corner - Buoyant Hats

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Mariana from Plymouth (UK) based International Social Enterprise; The Ocean Corner, flagged her creative fashion upcycle project to Recycled Fashion's Facebook Page recently.

Buoyant Hats is a project that unites the ocean with people. The Ocean Corner's hat upcycle project collaborates with local, national and international individuals to use beach waste in a creative way.

 "Equinoccio"
Decorative materials used: fishing lines, electric cables, rubber fish

Mariana contacts beach cleaning communities within the European region, and asks them to exchange found marine debris by post so that she can use them for her vintage millinery makeovers.

"Blue Chaos"
Decorative materials used: dry seaweed, fishing net mess, bicycle tyre, fabric cloth, and bird skeleton

So far, 9 different European countries and various coastal areas within the UK have contributed to Mariana's interesting and beautiful initiative that uses the aforementioned debris to create striking hats with a trashion influence.

 "I feel like travelling today!"
Decorative materials used: rope and fishing lines

Hats are available to buy through The Ocean Corner's website with 50%  profits going toward new social and environmental initiatives and supports Shekinah Mission charities.

"Chispas de Mar"
Decorative materials used: fabric, sea glass, plastic knot and plastic net

Should you wish to make your Buoyant Hat, you can join one of Mariana's workshops and make your own design (BYO vintage/second hand hat) over a course of 4 weeks (10 hours total).  For more info on marine debris creative workshops head here.

 The Ocean Corner - Image via Facebook

You can also follow The Ocean Corner on Facebook to receive updates on the latest news.

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