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‘INNOVATION - the bi-annual initiative set up by the Ethical Fashion Forum(EFF), to raise the profile of new designers working within ethical fashion - has announced its shortlist for the spring/summer 2010 competition, and revealed that this year's judging has been tougher than ever.
"The quality of entries to this years INNOVATION competition was outstanding, both in design and sustainability terms," Tamsin LeJune, director and founder of the EFF said. "The vetting panel have been working overtime to come up with a shortlist, and the 12 designers on it stand amongst the most exciting new fashion talent in the world."
Previously won by LFW's Christopher Raeburn, this year's finalists Ada Zanditon, Henrietta Ludgate, Lu Flux, Lalesso, Outsider, Mark Liu, Dandi Maestre, NV London Calcutta, MIA, Julia Smith, Hetty Rose and Rosette - will be judged by a panel including Anna Orsini (The British Fashion Council) Yasmin Sewell (Liberty), Dr Francis Corner (London College of Fashion) and Dolly Jones (VOGUE online).
Eco Fashion World- Fashion Forward: Abigail Doan
One of my favorite eco fashion finds from The Ethical Fashion Forum's network NV London Calcutta. Naomi Cornelius-Reid is definitely a woman on a mission, and with a family history of doing great work in Calcutta, India, it is no surprise that her ethically-crafted accessories collection carries with it both integrity and a respect for a region and its people. If you really want to get inspired, visit her website and meet the talented individuals behind this new eco luxurious collection. I love their exquisite their exquisite scarves that are large enough to don as a chic summer sarong.
GreenFamilia: Maria Kaski
NV London Calcutta's newly launched handbag collection is a simple yet elegant range that promises to put Calcutta on the fashion map.
The classic collection features soft leather handbags, canvas totes and silk scarves that have been designed in London and ethically produced in Calcutta, one of the most poverty stricken cities in India.
Founder Naomi Cornelius-Reid says, "We are incredibly proud to launch NV London Calcutta's first Classic Collection. We've worked extremely hard to fuse the best of rising British design talent with fair, sustainable business practice and the promotion of Indian artisan craftsmanship and skills at a price point that won't break the bank."
With an emphasis of high quality materials and an excellent finish these bags are perfect for a sophisticated office wardrobe. We love the Anita laptop case in brown leather.