And this is the rea­son…

Glamour (South Africa) - - Insider / Royal Treatment -

if you love style, care about women’s well­be­ing, don’t want your clothes to come with a cruel hu­man and en­vi­ron­men­tal cost, and (like me) binge-watched The Crown, you’d be hard-pressed to find a per­sonal and pro­fes­sional high­light more fab­u­lous than the Com­mon­wealth Fash­ion Ex­change. Cre­ated by en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivist and Eco-age founder Livia Firth, the ini­tia­tive aimed to grow global net­works and to show­case the po­ten­tial power of our clothes. “Fash­ion is a huge weapon,” says Livia. “Sadly, the in­dus­try is dom­i­nated by rapid mar­kets, pro­duc­ing high vol­umes of cheap clothes through an over­whelm­ingly fe­male, lowwage work­force. By util­is­ing the Com­mon­wealth, and through the po­ten­tial of the ar­ti­san fash­ion trade, we can have a pos­i­tive im­pact on fe­male em­pow­er­ment and poverty re­duc­tion.”

The ve­hi­cle for this drive was a se­ries of in­spired ideas: pair up es­tab­lished and emerg­ing de­sign­ers and crafters from 52 Com­mon­wealth coun­tries. Ex­hibit their 30 sus­tain­ably-pro­duced ball­go­wns during Lon­don Fash­ion Week. In­vite US Vogue’s ed­i­tor-at­large, Hamish Bowles, to cu­rate the ex­tra­or­di­nary re­sults. And for one night only, ex­hibit the de­signs in one of the most beau­ti­ful set­tings imag­in­able: Buck­ing­ham Palace.

And so it was that a crisp Lon­don evening saw 300 fash­ion cognoscenti, in­clud­ing Anna Win­tour, Naomi Campbell, Ed­ward En­nin­ful and Stella Mccart­ney as­cend the sweep­ing mar­ble stair­case. Our hosts for the cel­e­bra­tion? HRH Cather­ine, Duchess of Cam­bridge, and HRH So­phie, Count­ess of Wes­sex – Cather­ine in a black and white Er­dem dress that skimmed her preg­nant body, and So­phie in a Burberry sheath that per­fectly set off her porce­lain skin and blonde chignon.

The huge and high-ceilinged Queen’s State Room shim­mered with gild­ing, em­bossed silks, oil paint­ings and ex­quis­ite in­laid fur­ni­ture. Yet, for all the fin­ery, the mood was not for­mal and in­tim­i­dat­ing, as you might have ex­pected, but warm and wel­com­ing. In fact, you could feel the happy buzz in the air as cre­atives and in­dus­try in­sid­ers from around the globe talked style and sus­tain­abil­ity, ex­changed con­tact de­tails, and thrilled to the sight of a drive as cru­cial as it is beau­ti­ful.

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