London Fashion Week show will feature second-hand clothes

Wearing second-hand clothes has become an act of “rebellion” for young people concerned about climate change, according to a star stylist.

Bay Garnett, who made the outfits for Oxfam’s upcoming London Fashion Week show, said shopping in charity shops is a sustainable way to enjoy fashion.

The stylist, who has dressed stars like Kate Moss in charity shop fashions, also said she believes the culture of wearing a new outfit just once for a social media post will be a thing of the past.

Garnett hand-selected around 80 garments for the Oxfam show in February, saying it is “absolutely essential” that second-hand clothing be included on the global fashion stage.

Oxfam at London Fashion Week
Oxfam fashion stylist Bay Garnett at the Oxfam warehouse in Milton Keynes displays some of the outfits she has created for London Fashion Week, where Oxfam is holding a show for the first time (Jacob King/PA)

“I mean, this is what people want to buy a lot more now. So you can’t have collections that are just new clothes anymore because it would be out of touch with the weather, literally the weather, and also the weather.” of what people now want to buy and use,” she told the PA news agency.

As she envisioned the show in her head, Garnett, an independent fashion adviser for Oxfam, said she was thinking about “different genders, different tribes, different ideas of what people might love.”

The event, called Fashion Fighting Poverty 23 and sponsored by eBay, will feature about 40 looks modeled by “personalities” rather than a parade of runway models.

“There are some models, but no, they’re personalities. And I think that’s really important because second-hand clothes are for everyone,” Garnett said.

“It’s not about creating a world that’s exclusive to a certain type of person. It’s inclusive.”

I think charity shops really allow you to be more imaginative about the way you use things, which is inspiring – Garnett

The outfits will feature a mix of second-hand designer items, vintage finds, and some streetwear.

“Like if you went to a big charity shop, you’d find a great mix of things, and that’s what I’ve tried to do for the show,” he said.

He added: “I think charity shops really allow you to be more imaginative about the way you use things, which is inspiring.”

Speaking about the apparent rise in popularity of second-hand clothing, Garnett said she believes it has been fueled by environmentally conscious young people.

She said it has become “an active rebellion for many young people”, adding: “It has become an active choice.

“It’s a form of activism, and that has really taken hold in the last two years.”

Asked if he was concerned that the quality of charity shops would decline and have fewer desirable items due to the popularity of fast-fashion brands, Garnett said: “Actually, I think the opposite.”

“I’m full of hope that people want to start buying things that are better made, less of the throwaway fashion.”

Bay Garnett selects some of the best items from the second hand clothing range (Jacob King/PA)

He also questioned whether fast fashion will be allowed to continue, saying, “I don’t think fast fashion is going to accelerate. I think it’s going to change.”

She added: “I think it’s going to be better, maybe fewer items because people are going to hold on to their stuff longer once the culture stops or wipes out, that Instagram culture of ‘I have this dress’ and then throw it away. .”

Garnett said the culture of taking a picture once in an outfit you’ll never wear again will be replaced by a sense of pride in wearing something over and over again.

“I think that’s going to be much more fashionable,” he said.

Commenting on the practice of wearing an outfit only once, she said, “That’s not very classy. It’s not really knowing your own style, is it? I think the style will show.”

Garnett said that by shopping in charity shops, consumers are giving money to causes like “helping the poorest people in the world”, adding: “I think it’s a really good place to put your money.”

The looks from the Oxfam fashion show will later be sold on eBay in a week-long auction.

All money raised will be donated to Oxfam and used for anti-poverty work around the world.

The charity’s retail director, Lorna Fallon, said: “Fashion Fighting Poverty is a celebration of Oxfam’s stylish, sustainable, second-hand fashion that is better for our pockets, the planet and its entire population.

“Unlike other shows at London Fashion Week, we don’t have a new or seasonal collection to show.

“Instead, the looks will be designed to fit each individual on the runway. This reflects the joy of finding unique and affordable clothing and the wide variety in our stores where anyone can find something that works for them.

“What is even more amazing is that our clothes have a super power. Oxfam fashion raises vital funds for our fight against poverty around the world, like in East Africa right now, when one person is estimated to die every 36 seconds of hunger caused by climate change.

“Oxfam fashion is fun and glamorous, but it has a serious message and purpose at its heart. It’s activist-driven fashion that looks great and does good in the world.”