A fabulous Oxfam fashion show - Fashion Fighting Poverty - kicks off London Fashion Week this Thursday, 16 February, 7pm, at the Oxo Tower's On|Off venue in central London.
Bay Garnett - super-stylist, Vogue Contributing Editor, and thrift-shopping queen - is styling all the models in unique Oxfam fashion. Celebrity models include Stella Tennant, Erin O'Connor and Bella Freud, and the show is set to feature dozens of striking, eclectic looks.
Fashion Fighting Poverty is Oxfam's first ever fashion show for London Fashion Week. It showcases the huge range of clothes on sale in Oxfam's high street shops and the Oxfam Online Shop. All profits from its fashion sales help fund Oxfam's vital work to end poverty worldwide.
Bay Garnett said: "Digging around in charity shops and putting stuff together to make looks is what I do, and love doing. Working on this fashion show has given me something extra. It's a really constructive project, because Oxfam clothes make money for the greater good. I know I'm lucky and privileged, and for many people in the world life is so much harder. It's been a real pleasure to be this involved with Oxfam and do what I can to help."
Erin O'Connor said: "I am delighted to work with Oxfam to help highlight its incredible mission to end extreme poverty. I'm honoured to be participating in a fashion show with my long-standing and dear friend Bay Garnett."
Fee Gilfeather, Oxfam Head of Retail Brand, said: "This show makes a powerful fashion statement. Our shops are treasure troves of unique clothes that look wonderful, and feel even better - because they fight poverty one piece at a time. Oxfam fashion relies on the public who generously donate to our shops, and the savvy customers who buy it to stand out from the crowd.
"Supporting Oxfam fashion is a great way to make the world a fairer, kinder place and that is a fight worth joining. We are so grateful for everyone's incredible help, and especially to the show's stylist Bay Garnett."
To find out more about Oxfam's work, browse our online shop, and join the fight to help people struggling with the grim grind of poverty across the globe, go to www.oxfam.org.uk.
For more information and interview requests contact Emma Fabian on 07825 503 274/01865 472 193 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Notes to Editors:
- Fashion Fighting Poverty is at 7pm on 16 February at the On|Off venue at the Oxo Tower in central London, and is listed by the British Fashion Council.
- Follow Oxfam's #LFW event updates on Twitter @OxfamFashion.
- Fashion is financially crucial to Oxfam because the money it raises in our shops fights poverty. There are about 650 shops in the UK, and the vast Oxfam Online Shop. These shops rely on donations and turns them into cash to fight extreme poverty and suffering around the world. Oxfam fashion is ethical, sustainable, unique and affordable with the power to help make the world a fairer, kinder place. Delivering clean water in emergencies. Helping communities build better, fairer lives for themselves. Empowering women every day. All profits
from fashion sales at Oxfam help end poverty worldwide.
- The humanitarian crises Oxfam is currently working on include those in Yemen, Iraq and Syria. In Yemen, seven million people are starving and half a million children are malnourished. Oxfam has reached more than 913,000 people with essential aid including clean water, hygiene kits and food vouchers. In Syria, Oxfam has reached 1.5 million people with desperately needed food, water and shelter. In Iraq, Oxfam is supporting people who have fled ISIS and military operations. We are working in camps and communities, providing clean water, blankets and other vital aid.
- Bay Garnett is a leading stylist with a passion for thrift shopping. She is a Vogue Contributing Editor and consultant to Louis Vuitton. She was style director for Matthew Williamson, designed a collection for Top Shop, and consulted for Chloe, where she developed the Bay bag. Bay has worked with Juergen Teller, Bruce Webber, Craig McDean, Nick Knight, David LaChapelle and on a digital film for Louis Vuitton with Sam Taylor-Johnson. Her work has featured in many publications, including Vogue, V Man, 25 Magazine, Selfridges, Centrefold Magazine, Lula Magazine, and Solange
Azagury-Partridge. In 1997, she co-launched the New York version of underground, anti-fashion magazine Cheap Date, started in London in 1997 by Kira Jolliffe, which won them the title 'thrift pioneers'. The magazine had contributors such as Anita Pallenberg, Chloe Sevigny, Liv Tyler and Debbie Harry. She is also the co-author of The Cheap Date Guide to
- Hair by Luke Hersheson, John Frieda UK Creative Director.
- Make-up by Neil Young, from Premier Hair and Make-Up for Maybelline New York.
is a global movement of people all working towards the same goal - an end to the injustice of poverty. Together we save and rebuild lives in disasters, help people earn a living, and speak out on the big issues, like inequality and climate change, that keep people poor. And we won't stop until we get there. Join us!