Constellation of stars set to dazzle in second-hand style at Oxfam’s London Fashion Week show
- Short URL: https://www.oxfam.org.uk/mc/4j5s33/
Supermodel Erin O’Connor, activist, model, author, broadcaster and British Vogue Contributing Editor, Munroe Bergdorf, and DJ Woody Cook are among the stars taking to the catwalk in Fashion Fighting Poverty 23, Oxfam’s London Fashion Week show on Thursday, 16 February at 6pm.
Fashion Fighting Poverty 23, which will be held at the Vinyl Factory in Soho, is Oxfam’s third fashion show. It aims to well and truly overturn the narrative that second-hand is second best, as well as shining a light on the environmental importance of shopping pre-loved.
Oxfam fashion raises crucial funds for Oxfam’s life-saving work around the world. We respond, alongside partners, to humanitarian crises and disasters including the devastating earthquakes last week in Turkey and Syria.
Pre-loved powerhouse eBay is proudly sponsoring the show. Following what’s sure to be a memorable evening, the runway looks will be up for grabs in an eBay for Charity auction. The auction will give everyone the chance to get their hands on the show’s collections, whilst helping raise funds for Oxfam’s poverty-fighting work around the world.
The star-studded show will also feature:
- Presenters Matt Allwright, Katrina Ridley, and Miquita Oliver
- Poet and actress, Greta Bellamacina
- Singer-songwriter Birdy
- Trainspotting social media sensation, Francis Bourgeois
- Digital creator, Nikki Lilly
- Love Island finalist and eBay’s first ever pre-loved ambassador, Tasha Ghouri
- Leading author and eBay ambassador, Aja Barber
- Presenter, author and content creator, Megan Jayne Crabbe
- Activist, model, author, broadcaster and British Vogue Contributing Editor, Munroe Bergdorf
- Singer, actress and TV presenter Molly Rainford
- Models Daisy Lowe and Amadou Fall
- Content creator and model Brett Staniland
- Costume designer Sandy Powell OBE, and
- Author Emma Forrest.
They will be joined by more celebrities and models all motivated to showcase Oxfam’s sustainable fashion, which is needed now more than ever. The clothes have been sourced from Oxfam’s shops and the Oxfam Online Shop and the show’s looks will be styled by Bay Garnett, Oxfam’s Independent Fashion Advisor. The invite-only event will also feature a special performance by Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace in Flipper's iconic blue suede roller skates.
Bay Garnett said: “I’ve always loved second-hand fashion and I love the planet. Clothes can be superficial, or they can have deep meaning. I love the idea of having purpose in fashion, so styling Oxfam’s fashion show is a magic combination and I just can’t wait.”
Lorna Fallon, Oxfam’s Retail Director added: “Fashion Fighting Poverty 23 is a celebration of Oxfam fashion. For over 75 years our shops have been selling clothes to raise money for Oxfam’s vital poverty-fighting work with some of the most vulnerable communities across the world.
“So, what better way to shine a light on the power of fashion for good, than by putting second-hand clothes in the spotlight at London Fashion Week. We’re bringing show-stopping, sustainable looks to the catwalk, reflecting the huge range that can be found in our stores where everyone can find something unique, whatever their taste or style.
“There’s simply never been a more important time to remind audiences of the link between fashion and climate change. Choosing second-hand fashion is a positive action we can all take to reduce the need, and demand, for brand-new clothes and the polluting emissions they make. Oxfam fashion is empowering because it looks great, and it does good in the world.”
Kirsty Keoghan, General Manager of Fashion for eBay UK comments: “Circular fashion has never been more important and as an organisation which shares our passion for all things pre-loved, we’re so excited to be partnering with Oxfam for London Fashion Week. Working with Bay Garnett and a roster of incredible fashion industry names, cements the power of second-hand clothes and really shows that fashion doesn’t have to last a season – it can go on and have many lives! We’re delighted that eBay for Charity is raising funds to help Oxfam on its mission to eradicate poverty and would encourage everyone to bid for their favourite looks to raise money for such an important cause.”
The first Oxfam shop opened in Oxford’s Broad Street 75 years ago. And money raised from selling donated clothing in Oxfam’s stores has supported life-saving work around the world ever since.
People can support Oxfam’s Fashion Fighting Poverty 23 by shopping Oxfam’s collection for London Fashion Week on eBay to help to get vital funds to the frontline of the climate crisis. The auction will go live during the show. Find it at www.bit.ly/shopFFP
Be part of #FashionFightingPoverty23 #FoundInOxfam @OxfamGB
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Runway walkers (TBC):
Aja Barber, Amadou Fall, Birdy, Brett Staniland, Daisy Lowe, Emma Forrest, Erin O'Connor, Eunice Olumide, Fadhi Mohamed, Francis Bourgeois, Grace Crofton, Greta Bellamacina, Herni Bergmann, Katrina Ridley, Lily Ashley, Matt Allwright, Megan Jayne Crabbe, Miquita Oliver,Molly Rainford, Munroe Bergdorf, Neville Hyde, Nikki Lilly, Sandy Powell, Sioned Cordiner, Tasha Ghouri, Woody Cook
Make-up by Georgina Graham + Team @ M+A Talent supported by KRM Industry Relations. Georgina Graham is a British make-up artist working predominantly in fashion, editorial, beauty, celebrity & advertising. Georgina has a reputation as a respected international makeup artist consulting and product design for skincare and beauty brands.
Hair by Narad Kutowaroo for Unite Haircare
A London-based session stylist, Narad Kutowaroo's diverse career has taken him around the world looking after chart-topping artists and award-winning actors, styling backstage at both haute couture and ready to wear fashion weeks. Narad became Unite Haircare's official Uk ambassador in early 2022, working with the brand on celebrity shoots, editorials and global fashion catwalk shows and presentations.
The environmental impact of fashion:
If adults in the UK bought one pair of second-hand jeans a year instead of brand new it would lead to a reduction in emissions comparable to travelling 3 billion fewer miles in a petrol car: https://www.oxfam.org.uk/media/press-releases/making-the-jeans-owned-by-brits-produced-co2-equivalent-to-flying-around-the-world-more-than-2300-times/
Research by WRAP found that extending the average life of clothes by just nine months
would save £5 billion in resources used to supply, launder and dispose of clothing.
If the number of times a garment is worn were doubled on average, Greenhouse gas
emissions would be 44% lower
Ellen MacArthur Foundation, A new textiles economy: Redesigning fashion’s future,
In 2021, through pre-loved fashion buys, eBay UK avoided 2M kg of fashion waste (the same as 1 million suitcases) and 73,000 metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions (CO2e) which is the equivalent of avoiding 6.8M new t-shirts from being made
- Oxfam has 75 years’ experience championing second-hand. The first shop was opened in Broad Street, Oxford, in 1947 to raise money from the donations of second-hand items for the Greek famine.
- Oxfam 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.
- Oxfam has 561 shops in the UK. By buying and donating your clothes through Oxfam shops, you can help to protect our planet, while helping the poorest people around the world to escape the injustice of poverty. To find your local Oxfam shop go to www.oxfam.org.uk/shopfinder. Visit Oxfam’s Online Shop at onlineshop.oxfam.org.uk
- To make a clothing donation via the post, order a free bag here: https://onlineshop.oxfam.org.uk/donate-clothes
eBay for Charity harnesses the power of eBay’s community to raise money for 13,000 charities. Through the programme, charities can sell items to boost their fundraising, sellers can donate a percentage of their proceeds to a charity of their choice, while buyers can add a donation to their purchase during checkout. eBay for Charity helped charities to raise over £43 million in 2022.
About Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace
Founded in 1979 by Ian ‘Flipper’ Ross, Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace was the stuff of Los Angeles legend. It was reborn in 2022, as a new venture from Liberty Ross and Kevin Wall, in partnership with Usher, not only as an electric place to skate on two continents —but as an entertainment venue, apparel line, pro shop, and beacon for all things roller skating culture.
In Fall 2022, Flipper’s opened a 34,000 sq ft flagship venue in the heart of White City, London, celebrating roller skating and the growing subculture dedicated to self-expression and creative movement.
Flipper’s will return to The Rink at Rockefeller Center in New York City, for its second season this coming April through October, with the Flipper’s Shop at the Channel Gardens at Rockefeller Center, featuring Flipper’s-brand merch and skate accessories, open year-round.