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Fashion ComPassion and renowned art gallery Debut Contemporary will be joining forces for the second time on Wednesday 19th June to host the Eco Fair – a truly unique evening of fashion and art. The night will feature a number of Fashion ComPassion eco-friendly and sustainable fashion brands with items on sale, including Rags2Riches, SUPU, ABO London and Baca Jewellery – all of them showing how ethics and compassion can be successfully combined to create chic high end items.

The evening will also feature works of art created by emerging artists from Debut Contemporary – such as Anja Kleemann-Jacks, David Booth and Laura Iosifescu – that convey themes of sustainability, the use of recycled materials and celebrating organic forms.

Eco Fair

As a socially responsible fashion company, Fashion ComPassion works closely with brands that that employ marginalised communities and skilled artisans from Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, providing a global platform for these groups. Merging high-end design with ethical production practises, the Fashion ComPassion Collection has received acclaim from leading fashion magazines such as British Vogue, Vogue Italia, the Observer Magazine, and Grazia and has been worn by celebrities such as Livia Firth, Lily Cole, Eva Longoria and Anne Hathaway. In 2012, the company partnered with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to create employability through vocational training among women and adolescent girls in the Neelum Valley in Pakistan. More on www.fashioncompassion.co.uk.

Debut Contemporary is a professional development platform that mentors and supports aspiring creative stars of the future, helping them turn their art practice into a successful career and a viable business. The only professional development and career empowerment platform of its kind in the UK, artists involved with Debut Contemporary benefit from weekly workshops (including in media training, and PR & marketing), one on one mentoring sessions and the opportunity to exhibit at high profile events. Debut has evolved from the successes its founding duo, husband and wife team Samir Ceric and Zoe Knight, achieved with Salon Contemporary and Wolf & Badger. More on Debut Contemporary can be found on their website www.debutcontemporary.com.

Founder and Director of Fashion ComPassion, Ayesha Mustafa, says:

The Eco-Fair event will bring sustainable fashion to the forefront by showcasing fashion that combines design & eco-friendly production at its core. We want to show that fashion and ethics together can produce trendy, affordable & unique collections that are must-haves. Debut Contemporary provides a great platform to emerging creatives by mentorship, connecting them to new markets & opportunities, further enhancing their skills which are similar ethos to that of Fashion ComPassion and we are delighted to partner with them.

Samir Ceric, Founder and Managing Director of Debut Contemporary, says:

“Meeting Ayesha was very inspiring. I just love meeting entrepreneurs on a mission. She is a woman on a mission that improves other peoples’ lives and increases their chances of professional success. That’s where the ethos and philosophy of Debut Contemporary and Fashion Compassion totally cross-over. Helping others realise their dreams and safeguarding their interest in the process, equipping them with new skills, business tools and business know-how is the mission we at Debut want to see through and turn into a long-lasting legacy. This is where collaborations such as this go a way beyond doing business and making money. A similar collaboration of ECO-FAIR: Green Style Fashion & Art Event this nature we did with Holly and Blake of TOMS. Hence Fashion Compassion follows on as our mission to share, inspire, enlighten and educate.

Eco-Fair: A Green Style Fashion & Art
7pm – 9pm, Wednesday 19th June 2013
Debut Contemporary
82 Westbourne Grove
W2 5RT

Taking place on 21st and 22nd June – right over the summer solstice and celebrating that magical event – the very first All Saints Road Summer Solstice Festival will see a special weekend of exclusive offers, master clases, food, music and much more that all are sure to enjoy!

This very famous Notting Hill street is one of the last remaining solely independent retail streets in London and it is this that provides a real community spirit to the area – something that many visitors to the area have experienced. The Festival is a perfect chance for everyone attending to learn a little more about the street’s rich history, as well as being able to find out more about the experts behind the specialist retailers that are based on All Saints Road.

All Saints Road Summer Solstice Festival

Starting at 6pm on Friday 21st June, there will be live music, street food and events held by each individual retailer within their premises, that will all continue late into the evening. On Saturday, the fun will continue and the day will also see special classes and additional entertainment take place. These include curtain and blind specalists Prêt á Vivre hosting master classes in creating beautifully dressed windows; a talk by the Abras Gallery on how to look after your heirlooms; children’s craft activities at the Candy Milliner and Bicycle Workshop; free lessons on how to string a guitar at the Portobello Music store; and a bread making master class at The Tin Shed with master baker Julian Sciascia. Many other fun activities will also be taking place during the Festival.

Many of the retailers will also be offering some very tempting discounts during the festival – to give you just a taster, vintage store The Gathering Goddess will be offering a 10% discount on any purchases over £150 (excluding sale items); physiotherapy and Pilates centre The Practice will offer 20% off all services booked during the festival; Walking on Wood will have an 8% discount on all supply and fit offers placed during the event; and The Jacksons will be offering 10% off their lovely fashions (non sale items).

To find out more about the Festival and to keep up with all the latest announcements, be sure to check out the dedicated Facebook page – www.facebook.com/AllSaintsRoadW11 – and to also follow the Festival on Twitter: @AllSaintsRdW11.

All Saints Road Summer Solstice Festival
21st & 22nd June 2013
www.allsaintsroad.co.uk

Anita’s Vintage Fashion Fair returns to Notting Hill this Sunday, with the first fair of the autumn season once again taking place at the 20th Century Theatre in on Westbourne Grove.

At this weekend’s fair, twenty-eight hand-picked exhibitors will be showcasing their wonderful vintage wares, providing the perfect opportunity for all fashionistas and shoppers to update their wardrobes for Autumn/Winter 2012. With items from the 1800s to the 1980s, there will definitely be something to suit absolutely all tastes, and the styles of the most recent catwalk collections – that had hints of Downtown Abbey and Agatha Christie’s Orient Express – will be present at the fair!

Anita's Vintage Fashion Fair

The onsite vintage cafe will be the perfect accompaniment to a hard day’s shopping – especially with servings of Anita’s famous homemade cakes and refreshments; whilst live music – sounds of the fabulous fifties – will provide an excellent backdrop. Alteration duo Recycle & Sew will once again be on hand to provide any adjustments you need for your new purchases.

Tickets for the Fair cost £2 (£1 concessions and students with ID; children under 16 go free) and can be purchased in advance from avff_oct.eventbrite.co.uk/ or at the door on the day. More details about the Fair can also be found at www.vintagefashionfairs.com.

You can also read about past editions of the fair on this blog, including July‘s event that paid tribute to the Olympics, and a special Mother’s Day themed fair in March.

Anita’s Vintage Fashion Fair
11am – 5pm, Sunday 14th October 2012 (Trade 10.30am)
20th Century Theatre
291 Westbourne Grove
W11 2QA

Following the previous Vintage Fashion Fairs in May and March (which had a special Mother’s Day theme!), the last Fair of the season (until October) will be taking place at the wonderful 20th Century Theatre on Westbourne Grove this Sunday, 1st July. Anita's Vintage Fashion Fair With twenty-eight carefully selected exhibitors displaying their wonderful vintage pieces, the Fair will be the perfect place to pick up a beautiful outfit (or two!) for summer, as well as for stocking up on accessories, shoes, textiles and much more. This Fair will also be celebrating the personality and individuality of British style, what with 2012 being a very big year for Britain! (I’m sure I don’t have to remind you of the glorious Jubilee celebrations, and the Olympic Games are just around the corner!) To commemorate the Olympics, Anita’s Vintage Fashion Fair will also be hosting their first ever blind auction of five vintage rings (to represent the iconic Olympic rings), with a percentage of the bidding total to be donated to The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust. A limited edition Diamond Jubilee cotton shopper – designed by Magdalen Dixon – will be on sale for £5, with £1 from each sale also being donated to The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust. Once again, Anita’s Vintage Cafe will be serving up delicious homemade cakes and refreshments, whilst Recycle & Sew will be on hand to provide any alterations you need for your purchases. Tickets for the Fair cost £2 (£1 for concessions and students with ID; children under 16 go free) and can be purchased in advance from avff_july.eventbrite.co.uk, or at the door on the day. More details about the Fair can also be found at www.vintagefashionfairs.com. Anita’s Vintage Fashion Fair 11am – 5pm, Sunday 1st July 2012 (Trade 10.30am) 20th Century Theatre 291 Westbourne Grove W11 2QA