London (re) Fashion WeekEnd Challenge



Accordingly with a recent survey by Wrap Uk the average household spend £4.000 worth of new clothing a year. That amounts to £44bn spent annually on clothes in the UK. The most shocking data is that the majority of garments in a women’s closet are only worn “7” times, with 33% of women considering their clothes “old’ after wearing it as fewer as 3 times.


The proposal: I’m joining forces with Oxfam and Nectar in creating a garment inspired by London fashion weekend. Looking at key 2016 trends while using pre-loved garments as my starting point.  I would love to inspire others to recycle items they no longer use. Lets avoid £140m worth of clothing going to landfill each year. If you want to take part just use hashtag #lndrefashionweekend

Oxfam is a global movement of millions of people who share the belief that, in a world rich in resources, poverty isn’t inevitable. Oxfam works towards one goal – an end to poverty for everyone.”

divFinding inspiration.

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Trends to be inspired:

A seemingly odd choice for Spring/Summer, but darker fabrics still very much on trend. Make them stand out by incorporating sheer panels, cutouts, lace edges, spiderweb detail etc.

The waist is back! Create new looks from old favourites by adding tie belts; from grosgrain ribbon in classic black to chunky contrasting fabrics, skinny leather, and wide double-wrapped obi belts. (Great use of fabric scraps).

Say goodbye oversize florals or classic graphic prints. If you want to wear flowers go for delicate sizes ( but not ditzy prints).

Textured White. Play with texture; from heavy modern lace to broderie anglaise, sheer cotton, and all manner of 3D embellishments. 

All That Glitters: Get sparkly with your creations. Liquid metals, bugle beads, pailettes, glitter, and sequins

Grab your boyfriend’s white shirt and wear it crossing each side of your shirt into the hem of your trousers in order to create a twist effect.

Caped Crusader. Capes were everywhere.

  • Go for new romance :pleats and ruffed whimsical and soft pastels.
  • Go for a pop of bright: clash of bold hues like red and blue. Think Urban Americana.
  • Add a fringe to everything.


On the next instalment of this challenge I will be sharing my top tips to buy pre-loved clothing and a sneak preview of my Re-Fashion project.

  • CapitalChic

    How exciting, can’t wait to see your refashion Rachel!

  • looking forward to seeing what you are making. its sounds like an exciting project to be involved with

  • Peta Louise

    This sounds like a great initiative Rachel – I look forward to seeing what you create!

    • Thank you Petra. I’m half way on my projects and I’m so excited to share.

  • £4000? Is that a typo? No way is that the average uk family. Maybe a family in Kensington

    • Hi Kelly, those are the official statistics. I think that’s why it’s average where it considers people that shop every weekend and people that don’t.


    Goes to show I am not trendy, I have clothes in my wardrobe that are 20 years old!