Oxfam Fashion Show during London Fashion Week

On Monday 18th February we hosted our second Fashion Fighting Poverty Catwalk show as part of London Fashion Week. We wanted to showcase how Oxfam is part of the solution to fast fashion by giving clothes a second chance to be sold and preventing them ending up in landfill.

Here at Oxfam we never lose sight of the reason we sell fashion, which is to raise money to help the world’s poorest people. A £10 dress can provide clean water for 10 people in an emergency.

SHOW HIGHLIGHTS

Supermodels and music stars hit the catwalk for Oxfam show during London Fashion Week.

Bella Freud and Nayara Santos De Oliveira in Oxfam’s Fashion Fighting Poverty Show 2019. Image: Chris Yates/Oxfam

Top models Stella Tennant, Daisy Lowe, Lottie Moss and Yasmin Le Bon were joined on the catwalk by super-cool designer Bella Freud and music stars Emeli Sandé and Una Healy.

Yasmin Le Bon and Malaika Firth in Oxfam’s Fashion Fighting Poverty Show 2019. Image: Chris Yates/Oxfam

All the models were styled in Oxfam clothes, selected from the Oxfam Online Shop and Oxfam high street shops by Vogue Contributing Editor Bay Garnett. You can shop the catwalk  here:

Buy our fashion, help fight poverty #FashionFightingPoverty

Les Misérables Comes to Oxfam Batley for the Jo Cox Foundation

By Medina Selman

By day, a simple yet hard-working and bustling Oxfam warehouse – by night, for 3 nights only, was transformed into a theatre holding a very special production of Les Misérables. Titled ‘Hear the People Sing’, the event was produced under the Batley and Spen Youth Theatre Company providing many young people with a great opportunity to be part of a unique and once-in-a-lifetime production.

Outfits


By joining together many schools from the Batley and Spen area, the production was held to raise funds for The Jo Cox Foundation, which aims to maintain the work that the Batley and Spen MP, Jo Cox, had begun and to continue to raise the issues that she cared so strongly and passionately about.

Providing the background for this performance, the selection of Oxfam as the theatre space is poignant as Jo Cox was very much involved with Oxfam over the years and the space provided a fitting setting for this production.

Stage

Running from Wednesday 9th August to Saturday 12th August, the production drew in great audiences each night welcomed into the Oxfam Wastesaver based in Batley. Usually the setting for a skilled conveyor of clothes sorting, selling and preparation, the Wastesaver was proud to welcome such audiences and provide a magnificent stage for the home-grown talent bringing life to this rewarding
project. Holding an audience capacity of around 500 people, plus additional stage support and performers, the stage was set for a very memorable night.

Acting

Following the transformation of the Oxfam warehouse, it is clear a lot of hard work went into the production. The warehouse became unrecognisable, filled with dazzling lights, a vast sea of seats and impressive stage props.

Stage

Stage props

Many congratulations are due for all involved who helped make this an unforgettable production and capturing the spirit of a community that Oxfam was proud to be a part of.

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4 Tips to Help You Slay your Festival Fashion Look

Festival season is upon us once again! And the question what to wear becomes even more intense than ever…  Everyone wants to stand out from the crowd and be as instagrammable as possible. Don’t fret because Oxfam Batley Online will give you the best tips on how to prepare for the festival!

Dress to Impress without the inconvience

1.       Start early. As you’ve probably heard before preparation is key. Well the same is true of fashion – you don’t want to go to into shopping frenzy at the last minute. Few months before the festival, look for inspiration on Instagram, Pinterest & other apps. Note any trends that are going on – and plan accordingly. The Oxfam Festival Shop’s social is a great place to start! Follow them on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

2.       Be comfortable. We can’t stress this one enough. If you’re at a festival for days, the last thing you want is feeling out of your place with uncomfortable clothing. That said, it’s not advisable to go to a festival in high – heels unless you want your feet to be covered in blisters and trampled down by thousands of festival goers. Wellies are our top choice to ensure a fun filled festival.

Good footwear for a festival

3.       Be creative. Festival fashion is a great way to expresses yourself, it’s all about freedom, fun & creativity. Try to reflect those qualities into your outfit choices. Shimmery glitter, floaty dresses, distressed denim, crop tops, band tees & braids are all great festival pieces. Liven up your look with crazy colours, and don’t forget to accessorize!

Denim and Sequins - Creative festival style

4.    Most of all have fun! Festival time is the time to experiment with your looks, and discover new trends. So mix and match your outfits, be brave and party like there’s no tomorrow!

Make fresh looks by combineing styles

Shop the festival look now at www.oxfam.org.uk/shop or visit one of our festival pop shops at Boardmasters, Leeds Festival and Bestival. All welcome!

 This blog post was written by Oxfam Batley Volunteer Deimante:

“Hi! My name is Deimante, and I’m from Huddersfield (originally from Lithuania). I’m a second year student at University of Huddersfield studying Fashion Communication and Promotion – love it! I’m a sometime fashion blogger and currently on a placement with Oxfam Batley Online listing clothes online and managing social media & PR.”

Find out more about how you can volunteer here.

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Get a Sneak Peek of the Treats in Oxfam’s Glastonbury Shops

It’s the final countdown to Glastonbury, the weather forecasts are on our side and the line-up is looking as beautiful as ever. What could be better?

We’ll be back in the Somerset fields this weekend, bringing you Oxfam treats you won’t be able to say no to. From RuPaul-friendly glitz in Treasure Trove to Bowie-loving leather jackets in The Park, the festival shops have you covered this Glasto!

Glastonbury Style at Park Shop Oxfam

Park

For everything on the wavy spectrum, head to our shop in the Park area. If you’re wanting denim jackets, funky patterned shirts or some fancy jumpsuits then you know where to head!

We’ve even reworked some denim and leather jackets, so if you’re in need of a one-off statement addition to your outfit then you better head down quick. You can, of course, follow our DIY to make your own too.

Glastonbury Style at Park Shop Oxfam

Treasure Trove

This year, we’ve goodbye to the Pom Pom Palace, and said hello to the Treasure Trove. It’s located in the William’s Green area, by the meeting point.

Expect dragtastic glitter and sequins everywhere! From a fully sequined LBD to a gold trench coat even Eurovision’s Verka Serduchka would be jealous of, this shop is the place to be when you’re in need of a sparkle top-up.

Glastonbury Style at Treasure Trove Shop Oxfam

Glade

We’re turning the Glade shop into a flower power wonderland. There’ll be 70s florals everywhere, so make sure you’re a part of the revival of the summer of love. It’ll be full of huge floral prints, Hawaiian shirts and hippy trousers galore.

As well as the 70s love, we’ll also be stocking sleeping bags, wellies and socks for all your festival needs! It’ll be a one-stop-shop for all your fashion possibilities (and emergencies).

Glastonbury Style at Glade Shop Oxfam

Interstage 

For those lucky enough to have access to the interstage area between the Pyramid and Other stages, make sure to pay us a visit. Previous years have seen the likes of Alexa Chung and Nick Grimshaw have a look at our Barbour jackets, cashmere jumpers and boutique garms. Will Young even bought a beautiful Jaeger jacket to add to his festival
essentials!

This year’s stock includes a bold pair of leather trousers, a beautiful tapestry skirt and wavy patterned dress that we restyled into a top!

 

Glastonbury Style at Interstage Shop Oxfam

Be sure to visit us this weekend, and tag us at @OxfamFestShop on both Twitter and Instagram along with the hashtag #foundinoxfam so we can see all your finds. Also, keep an eye on our feeds as we’ll be updating you on everything fashion, music and Oxfam throughout the festival. Let’s just hope there’s no mention of mud this weekend!

Not going to Glastonbury but still want a bit of festival style? Check out our festival collection on the Online Shop.

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‘Dressed By The Kids’ Stylist Dr. Manrutt Wongkaew Talks to Us about Creating the Campaign

Manrutt Wongkaew, stylist for Oxfam’s Dressed By the Kids Campaign, 2017, is a doctor of fashion and dance. He worked alongside the incredible hairstylist Anne Veck and make-up artist, Lauren Kay,  to create a fantastic vision of what Dressed By the Kids looks like in 2017.  He shares his passion for playful colour in his fashion with us today.  Dressed by the Kids happens Friday 16th June so get your kids, nephews, nieces, grandchildren or family friends on board and get ready!

 

Dinner Ladies

“I see life in full colour. It gives me joy and vitalises me with immense energy. Having worked in fashion corporates where colours were discouraged, I decided to depart from this type of environment and be true to myself. I am a man of colour and I carry vibrant cultural heritage. I believe in colour and it is my vision to return colours back to fashion and the people.

My name is Dr. Manrutt Wongkaew. I am a doctor of fashion and dance. I help independent brands and fashion businesses grow their visual strengths to compete against conglomerate power and fast fashion trends. My features have been included in British GQ, Vogue and The Telegraph. My work is never about fashion, but rather how I push the boundaries of the art-form to connect with the light and shade of human emotion.

Staffroom

When I received a phone call from Oxfam, I was over the moon. It’s an absolute honour to be asked by the team to style their Dressed By The Kids 2017 national campaign. I turned up with 2 large suitcases filled with vibrant accessories and 2 clothes rails full of rainbow-wear, all sourced and hand-picked from the Oxfam warehouse in Milton Keynes. At the shoot, I juxtaposed proportion, pattern and colour to deconstruct visual perceptions of what is conceived as professional attire. A pink teacups baseball cap was worn with a floral retro gown, finished with pink boxing gloves. This was how I dressed my dinner lady. For mum, a wedding dress was married to a pirate hat and accessorised with an oversized pom-pom Hello Kitty necklace. A schoolteacher had a ball as I gave her a globe chained-necklace to be worn with lemon feathered bowler hat whilst her colleague enjoyed a brew in his superhero bathrobe worn over cricket shin pads. The work allows me to be in touch with my inner child and I have let little Manny run wild with his creative imagination. It is not only a fun day at the shoot but it is also my absolute pleasure to help Oxfam fighting poverty with my art. And what a successful campaign it was!
 

Dropping Off At School

 

After the shoot, Dressed by the Kids 2017 organiser Kelly O’Connor called me Colour Warrior – a name I hold dear to my heart. The name has inspired me to write a Colour Warrior manifesto which sets its objectives to a) embrace diversity and celebrate individual values; b) to support local artists and fashion start-ups here in the UK; and c) to build an alternative fashion system that is inclusive, nurturing and abuse-free. It warms my heart that Oxfam has seen my value and allowed me to be part of their exciting campaign. Colour has its healing power. Find your inner warrior. Be colourful. Be yourself. Embrace diversity and be the change. Together, we will create another world and live life in full colour. Thank you, Oxfam, for inspiring me on this journey.”

Inspired by Manrutt to let your little ones play stylist for the day? Sign up and share your pledge to join in and pictures of you on the day with #DressedByTheKids on Twitter and Instagram!

 

Share the Facebook Event and get your friends taking part!

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Do the Trend On the Cheap: Make Your Own Personalised Jacket

One of the biggest trends of both 2016 and 2017 has been slogan clothing, especially DIY style jackets. Seen on both the catwalk from the likes of Gucci and Ashish to high-street stores like Topshop and ASOS all coming out with their own DIY/ Up-cycle feel clothes from patch jackets to painted leather. We have done a blog post in the past on how to make your own slogan t-shirt and now we will show you how we have been up-cycling our plain leather jackets to be sold at our Glastonbury Park
shop and how you can make your own!

You will need:

  • A Leather Jacket
  • Acrylic Paint Pens
  • Water and a cloth
  • Chalk (Optional)
  • Stencil (Optional)

Leather Jacket Upcycle Inspiration

1)       The ​first step of creating your own leather jacket is to first think of a design, I suggest looking on Pinterest for ideas or creating a mood board like the one above.

2)       On a hard surface like a table or the floor, lay your jacket down as flat as possible. Then take your chalk and mark out the design that you want. The chalk is good to use if you are not confident in creating a design free hand because it simply wipes away.


Personalised Jacket How to Instructions

3)       The next step is to take your acrylic paint pen and start drawing your design over the chalk. If you make a mistake you can scrub away the paint with a damp tissue or cloth.
4)       Once the outline is done you can fill it in or leave it as it is, it’s totally up to you what you do!  I chose to add some detail to this lettering with a vibrant pink design.


The Completed DIY Leather Slogan Jacket Look

This is a fun, easy and fashionable way to upcycle old leather jackets to give them a new lease of life. We will be taking lots of custom jackets made by our volunteers to our Glastonbury Park shop, so if you are heading over to Worthy Farm at the end of June check them out!

Here is a sneak peek at some of the designs available…

DIY Slogan Jacket



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My thoughts on Fashion Revolution Week, Paris 2017

After the Rana Plaza collapse that killed more than 1100 factory workers in 2013, there are no more excuses for the Fashion Industry to continue its traditional practices. Since the Bangladeshi tragedy the Global Movement Fashion Revolution is demanding for more transparency, sustainability and ethics within the industry. I participated in Fashion Revolution Week in Paris this April asking brands #WhoMadeMyClothes



Fashion Revolution Paris had loads going on – from talks and workshops to film screenings. I discovered a dynamic movement of fashion lovers promoting a greater transparency in the fashion supply chain. With passion and determination, they are raising awareness on the necessity of a radical change on the way fashion is made, sourced and consumed.

Several French brands which put ethics at the centre of their business shared their choices and explained their approaches during the week. The ‘Made in France’ trend is increasing, organic cotton is more and more used, upcycling techniques are widespread, and women’s empowerment adds a real value to some projects.

This is encouraging, especially in a context where the biggest fashion brands are moving slowly. Whilst some bigger brands are publishing their supplier lists, the 2017 Fashion Transparency Index shows the lack of information regarding the impacts of fashion industry practices. We do not know enough about the impact our clothing has on people and planet…. and we definitely need to know!

Fashion Revolution Week in Paris

Photo Credit: Céline Zimmermann

Fashion Revolution believes laws and regulations are key to transforming the Fashion Industry. Consumers’ practices are also decisive, we need to buy less, buy better and keep asking questions about the realities behind what we’re purchasing. We need to love the clothes we already own more and work harder to make them last. 

Mindsets are clearly beginning to shift, but sustainability needs to become a central driver of consumers’ purchasing decisions. So we need to stay mobilised the whole year to put pressure on policymakers and fashion industry. We have the power to insure our clothing is made in a safe, clean and fair way. So let’s do it & Vive la mode! 

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Gemma Cairney and the Rumble in the Jumble Team Are Back for 2017

Rumble in the Jumble, London’s biggest Celebrity Jumble Sale was back again this year hosted by the wonderful Gemma Cairney. The Radio One DJ has run this annual Music Circle jumble sale since 2011 to raise money for Oxfam GB with donations to the sale coming in from big names including Kate Moss, Mark Ronson and Dawn O’Porter. The money raised at this years’ Rumble went to Oxfam’s refugee crisis, you can learn more about the amazing work Oxfam does to help refugees worldwide here. I was lucky enough
to be able to attend on behalf of Oxfam Fashion to keep the Twittersphere in the know about the crazy energy and amazing finds selling for Oxfam at the event. I’ve put together some of my top photos and finds from the sale so, whether you couldn’t make it but still want to get a nosey at the loot or whether you attended and want to relive the joy of the day, you can. 

Rumble In The Jumble 2017

The event is hosted in the Oval Circle in London’s Bethnal Green, a wonderfully quirky area of London hidden away from the trudge of tourists, complete with everything from colourful graffiti to specialist cacti shops. The queue for the Rumble was already halfway down the street a full half an hour before the Rumble was due to start. 

Fearne Cotton and Millie Mackintosh Donated Bags

Buyers were keeping their eyes peeled for those handwritten brown tags that announced celebrity status for the donated item such as this gorgeous blue bag donated by Mille Mackintosh from Made In Chelsea. You could also find bags given as part of a very generous donation by the lovely Fearne Cotton.  

Florence and the Machine Dress, Kate Moss Dungarees and Denim Jacket

Other celebrity finds included this floaty cream and gold detailed dress given by Florence Welch a.k.a. Florence and the Machine. Kate Moss gave several fabulously unique items like this punk-esque pinned denim jacket and cute pair of dungarees dotted with rabbits, guinea-pigs and blue stars.  

Alan Davies Katherine Ryan and Deborah Frances-White

Donations also came in from Deborah Frances-White, host of the Guilty Feminist, stand-up comedian Katherine Ryan and QI’s Alan Davies even included a signed photograph with his shirt.    

Cake and Clothes Rumble In The Jumble

For those who weren’t after a celebrity status to their outfits there was plenty of fashion finds for everyone to enjoy, from vintage to brand-new high-street. There was even a cake stand letting me continue the tradition I started at Re-Fashion of tucking into huge slices of vegan cake whenever I attend an Oxfam sale, in this case a cherry-chocolate brownie, yum!

Oxfam Festival Shop and Shoes

Of course the lovely festival shop team were also at the event bringing in their hand-selected choice of clothing from Oxfam’s donated range. It was so great to see Fran and her team of volunteers giving their all to support this fab event. If you loved their stall check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Bric-a-Brac Meerkat Books Bag Converse

In true jumble sale style the stalls weren’t just limited to clothing with all sorts of bric-a-brac, from books, to toys, making their way onto the tables for browsing by the crowds. My favourite was this adorable pink fluffy bug bag and I am very jealous of whoever took this fella home! 

Rumble In The Jumble Fashion Event

Did you come to Rumble In The Jumble this year? Did you miss it and wish you hadn’t? Let me know in the comments or get in touch with @OxfamFashion on Twitter. Don’t forget to share any pictures of your finds from the day with #RITJ and #foundinoxfam

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Royal Windsor Horse Show

The Oxfam Festival Shop will be making another appearance at this year’s Royal Windsor Horse Show between May 10th and 14th.

For those wanting a second-hand steal, take a break between the show jumping and dressage, and head down to our stall and see what bargains can be found.

We’ll be bringing a range of accessories to add that little bit extra to your outfit. Treat yourself to a silk scarf (we’ll be jealous of whoever gets the Hermes, Burberry or Gucci ones…), a feathered fedora or even a classic Harris Tweed.

Fashion from the Royal Windsor Horse Show Festival Shop

Need a comfy, warm and durable coat? We’ll be stocked up with wax jackets, including Barbour favourites, that will last from country walks to mucking out the stables. There’ll also be other styles from a Burberry trench coat, to lighter options as the summer draws even closer.

Fashion from the Royal Windsor Horse Show Festival Shop

For those wanting something for those smarter occasions, head to our stall to take your pick over a range of tweed jackets, stylish shirts and slick bottoms to finish off the outfit. We’ll be bringing items for both ladies and gents, so both will have the chance to get their hands on new attire.

Fashion from the Royal Windsor Horse Show Festival Shop

With all the riding events happening over the show we had to bring some riding gear for people to get their hands on. We have a couple of jodhpurs, some pairs of riding boots and a variety of jumpers for when the sun decides to shy away.

Make sure you send us your fashion finds. Tag us on Instagram (@OxfamFestShop) and use the hashtag #foundinoxfam!

To keep up with everything happening with Oxfam at the show, give us a follow:

Twitter – @OxfamFestShop

Facebook – Oxfam Festival Shop

Instagram – @OxfamFestShop

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See The Highlights From Oxfam Batley’s Bridal Pop-Up Shop (Spoiler – The Dresses Were Gorgeous!)

In March Oxfam Batley’s Sustainable Fashion Events Specialist, Deborah Anderson, shared a series of bridal blogs with us in the lead up to Oxfam Batley’s first ever bridal pop-up shop. Now she’s back giving us her summary of how the event went. You can also read her Vintage Bridal Picks, Behind The Scenes Summary and Tips For Picking The Perfect Dress on our blog or shop bridal online or in your local Oxfam Bridal specialist


On Saturday 25th March we hosted our first ever Brida

l Pop-Up shop at our Batley online hub which was a huge success for us. We raised over £1300 for Oxfam, which is an incredible amount for us, with the majority of brides who visited buying a wedding gown on the day.  

We had over 100 dresses, veils, accessories and homewares on display with as much variety as we could possibly get. Most brides attended and were willing to try any style from vintage dresses to our Vera Wang gown; the surprising success being our alternative collection featuring two-pieces and colourful gowns. Normally we sell dresses through our online website but it was lovely to get a glimpse to the final bridal look! It was a brilliant family day out for some with children helping to pick their favourite dresses and try on the shoes and friends and mothers looking for a hat for
the big day.

Deborah and Sally created personalised goody bags, including the gorgeous Divine Himalayan Salt Chocolate, for all the brides who attended. We also had cupcakes and refreshments available for all our wonderful visitors.

Many of our dresses are available on the Oxfam Online Shop, however, if you’d like to try before you buy you can stop by your local Oxfam Bridal specialist shop or come to one of Oxfam Batley’s Oxstyle events where you can come in and try on our dresses as well as making a bridal appointment to gain advice on what suits you best.

Thank you to all the wonderful brides who came and we hope you have a fabulous wedding day, please tag your bridal photos on social media with #foundinoxfam so we can see those enviable bridal pictures. Follow Oxfam Batley on Facebook or Twitter or follow Oxfam Bridal on Instagram for updates on what treasures we have found and
plenty of upcoming information about our next bridal pop up shop! 

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