London Fashion Week Designers at the Oxfam Online Shop

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The patter of stilettos has faded and only the empty champagne flutes and discarded show invites   remain in the wake of London Fashion Week AW13. The catwalks have channelled London’s famous originality with commendable collections from the city’s showcasing designers.  

Some of London’s fashion week designers can be found in Oxfam shops nationwide as well as the Oxfam Online Shop. Here’s our pick of some of the fashion capital’s finest…

Oxfam Fashion Week Designers

Oxfam Oscars Style

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This Sunday will see the 85th Academy Awards Ceremony celebrating the films that have graced the big screen in the last year. Typically, we’ll be scouring the red carpet for style inspiration, but what about that iconic gold statue clutched tightly in the hands of Hollywood’s greats? This statue is recognised worldwide as a symbol of success in the film industry and it’s alluring golden glint can be filtered into your wardrobe.

Gold is typically symbolic of wealth, success and status, whether head to toe opulence or subtle shiny accent. Here are a selection of golden garments straight from Oxfam’s Online Shop

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Valentine’s DIY 2: Beaded Heart Collar

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If wearing your heart on your sleeve isn’t your style, how about around your neck? There are endless ways to individualise and customise the sophisticated shirt collar. One of Oxfam’s fashion favourites, and especially seasonal, is this delicate beaded love heart design. Surprisingly simple and elegantly effective, this particular DIY used salvaged beads from an old, broken Oxfam bracelet partnered with a charity shopped denim shirt.  

YOU WILL NEED

Shirt
Heart Template
Pencil
Needle and thread
Selection of beads (you could also use sequins to fill your heart shape)

STEP ONE
Place your heart template on the corner points of your shirt collar, with the straight sides in line with the seam, and draw around. Repeat on the other side of the collar too.

STEP TWO
Thread needle and do a couple of small anchor stitches at your starting point on your outline. Stitch up through the collar and thread through one of your beads and then stitch back in again close to your entry stitch, pulling tight.

STEP THREE
Continue with this simple running stitch beading all around your outline keeping the beads as close together as possible.

STEP FOUR
Repeat on the other side of the collar

You can get experimental with colour, size and materials with this collar craft. We added a few golden beads to the middle of our heart. You could fill it completely with more beads, sequins or buttons. 

Have you see our other Valentine’s DIY?Comment or tweet us your photos if you try either of these crafts at home.
The Oxfam Online Shop have a fantastic array of shirts with their collars just waiting to be customised.

Wild DIY Leopard Print

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Leopard print is an old favourite, having resurfaced in the fashion trends of many a season. There can be a fine line between it looking tacky and looking fabulous but it’s safe to say most ladies own something featuring this wild pattern. I certainly can’t get enough of leopard print, so I decided to jazz up a plain sweater with the help of a bit of fabric paint.

YOU WILL NEED:

plain item of clothing
paintbrush
fabric paints (two colours)
tea towel
iron

Firstly, you need a plain item of clothing. I’ve chosen an old school sweater that I found recently on a charity shop pound rail – if I’d known how popular burgundy would be in 2013, I may have felt less bitter about wearing this uniform for three years of my life. 

Take the lighter coloured fabric paint and paint circles on the area you want to be covered in leopard print. These do not have to be neat at all, in fact, the more uneven the better! Leave this to dry.

Take the darker coloured fabric paint and outline the circles, leaving small gaps in between lines. Again, the messier the better and leave to dry. Place an old tea towel over the area you’ve painted and iron to set the fabric paint. This will stop it running when you wash it.

There you go – your very own leopard print item. You don’t have to stick to sweaters, this can work well with jackets and t-shirts too.

Visit the Oxfam Online Shop to buy your customisable clothing…

Oxfam Online Shop: Valentine’s Day

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Written by: Fran, Emma and Leslie

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and, if Cupid’s arrow has struck, you may already be preparing your special date night outfit. The Oxfam Online Shop has put together a range of romantic outfits that will make you feel like a million dollars. From a funky hot pink jacket to some cute little heart socks, all areas are covered so you are sure to find the perfect look for whatever you have planned.

Outfit 1

This first outfit has been created to be wearable from day into night. To make a statement we’ve gone for an M&S Deep Purple Cocktail Dress which has a neat bow detail on the front. This has been teamed with a cropped Vintage Fendi Black Jacket which pulls the outfit together and adds a hint
of sophistication. Accessorise with a feminine flowery scarf to tie all of the colours together. This outfit would be perfect with any black heels or boots but we’ve gone for a pair of patent kitten heels. Check out the online shoe collection here.

Outfit 2

Keep it fun and flirty by teaming feminine knits such as this Autograph Coral Cashmere Cardigan with a silky scarf like the Flowers and Polka Dots Silk Scarf we have online. Parisian chic as if straight from the city of love.

Outfit 3

In this outfit we have gone for statement contrasts of bright pinks with black. The short length of this tartan mini skirt allows you to subtly show off those gorgeous legs. A bright jacket adds impact and livens up a neutral outfit so we have chosen this Nicole Fahri for Stephen Marks Hot Pink Jacket to add for some colour and warmth. This M&S Hot Pink and Black Geometric Print  Silk Scarf compliments this outfit with on-trend clashing patterns. If you’re feeling bold add a bowler hat or trilby to inject a unique touch, see for yourself online.

 

Outfit 4

Keeping with the pink theme, this next outfit is the ideal smart/casual combo. The high quality Suchita Hot Pink Angora Cowel Neck Jumper is lovely and soft and perfect for keeping you warm. We have paired this with a black body con skirt but to keep on trend try wearing a ¾ length pencil tube skirt like these listed online here. Finally, we found some cute
heart print socks making this outfit one of our favourites. Wear them with some shoe boots with the top of the socks peeking out.

Outfit 5 

If you want to ooze sophistication then this outfit is for you. The J Crew Merlot Red Silk Halter Neck Top is the staple item which stands out against the figure enhancing shape created by the pencil skirt and jacket.The deep red silk radiates romance, passion and femininity whilst teamed with powerful tailoring such as a black pencil skirt and blazer. This ensemble will command attention on any dinner and drinks date.

The Oxfam Online Shop is a treasure trove of vintage, high street and designer gems for you to create your perfect Valentine’s Day date night outfit.

Valentine’s DIY: Heart Elbow Patch

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Wear your heart on your sleeve, literally, this Valentine’s Day with Oxfam Fashion’s DIY elbow patch. Whether single or coupled, love is unavoidably in the air and a hand-made item can make a really personal gift or simply be worn in seasonal spirit. Visit the Oxfam Online Shop for a selection of jumpers, shirts, sweaters and cardigans to customise with this craft.

YOU WILL NEED:

A shirt, sweater or cardigan
Scrap material (big enough to cut two heart patches from)
Pencil
Scissors 
Pins
Needle 
Thread (either in matching or contrasting colour to your fabric)
Tape
Heart template (we drew around a heart cookie cutter but you could use a paper template)

STEP ONE
Draw around the heart template onto your scrap of material twice to outline your patches.

STEP TWO
Carefully cut out the two lovely heart shapes.

STEP THREE
Now you need to put on your chosen item so you can work out the positioning of your patches. This can be a bit fiddly but we’ve found it’s helpful to bend your elbows then mark where they sit in your item with a piece of tape. It can be handy to grab an extra pair of hands to help with this.

STEP FOUR
Pin your patches where your tape markers are. Try your item on again to check the positioning and shift around where necessary.

STEP FIVE
When your patches are in the right place, blanket stitch (see below) around the edges of your heart to secure it in place.

STEP SIX
Repeat on the other patch and voila, you have a unique item made with love.

HANDY HINTS: THE BLANKET STITCH

– Anchor your thread by doing a couple of stitches underneath the patch and near where you’re going to begin stitching.

– Push the needle through the garment and your patch approximately ½ – 1cm in from its edge.

– Pull thread through tight and push needle back through over the edge of the patch, back through the garment.

– Bring needle back through right next to where you just exited the last stitch.

– Approx ½-1cm along from and level with where the first stitch began, enter back through the patch and garment but don’t pull the thread too tight so it leaves loop.

– Keeping it vertically in line with the entry hole, bring the needle back though the garment at the edge of the patch making sure you pass it through the loop of thread and pull tight. 

– Enter back through the patch and garment at ½-1cm along from the previous stitch, leaving a loop, and then bring back though at the edge of the patch again passing through the loop. Continue this pattern all along the edge of the patch.

Vintage Fashion: 90s Style Revived

Written by: Emma Stephenson // @emmastephenson 

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My mum once told me that style never goes out of fashion, and most of the time she is right. Today, being a young and trendy girl raised in the nineties, I would look back and cringe at old photos of some of the outfits I was dressed up in. Those homemade waistcoats created from old curtains, shrunk t-shirts I pulled off as crop tops and slogan peddle-pushers all painted me as the ultimate 90’s girl. This season I have the chance to revisit my youth and pull out those gems hidden in my girl band inspired wardrobe.

Dungarees  // Sneakers  //  Leather Rucksack

At last the comic-loving, scrunchie-wearing, print-clashing style is reborn. With slogan tops inspired by pop artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, the trend of the nineties is now undergoing an update. Sweatshirts, dungarees, crop tops, oversized tees, sneakers and print leggings are all making a comeback and here are some second hand finds stashed away in the Oxfam Online Shop.

 Yellow T-Shirt     //  Monochrome Print Hoodie  //  Green Cropped Sweatshirt  //  Bead Necklace 

With style icons of this era including Will Smith and the Fresh Prince of Bel Air and The Spice Girls, creating this look should be fun and easy. Clashing prints, bright colours, slogans and baggy fits are key to this trend. Pair socks with trainers and roll tight fit joggers up at the leg and you’ve got the 90’s down to a tee. Blast out some pop, grunge or house music on your cassette player and it’ll be like stepping back in time.

Oxfam Online Shop: Designer Special

Christmas is a distant memory and we are left with only traces of glitter and some impossible resolutions to keep. My resolution involved a serious argument with my wardrobe.  Working at Oxfam means that I am surrounded by great second hand clothes everyday and I spend a lot of my free time in charity shops which has resulted in a bit of a messy wardrobe.  I have a very good selection of high street items and exciting vintage but, as I tearfully send some items back to my local Oxfam, I realise a gap in my newly neat wardrobe.  I have no designer clothes,
investment pieces or anything high end and, when I take a tea break and flick through the latest glossy magazine, I remember why I have no designer items – they cost more than I earn in a year! So, how am I going to afford pieces of fashion history without having to sell everything I own?

To the rescue is the Oxfam Online Shop

 

After spending 15 minutes entering some current designers from my fashion magazine, I found a wonderful selection of second hand, high end items. Here are my favourites –

 

 

 

  1.  Roberto Cavalli Silk Blouse This Cavalli silk blouse has gold snake buttons on and a pattern that will keep you occupied for hours. A bright, ornate item for only £60 – has a baggy fit, easy to wear such as with leggings
  2. Gucci Floral Silk Scarf A scarf – a fantastic way to have a high end designer item that never goes out of fashion.  For £85 an unusual Gucci floral yellow and pink silk scarf that is a multi-use piece of luxury:  headscarf, neck scarf, tied around bags.
  3. Zadig & Voltaire Cashmere Cardigan Cashmere is my favourite fabric but can be very expensive. For only £39.99 this is a really high quality cashmere cardigan – very soft and warm for the winter with beautiful details from Zadig & Voltaire
  4. Mulberry Ankle Boots Boots – for £150 (which is what you can pay in some high street stores) get some brand new suede boots from classic British luxury brand, Mulberry. These are beautiful with gold studding – much the same as some appearing in their current spring/ summer ads.
  5. Moschino Jeans Playsuit  Wow. I think this is my favourite – it is like nothing else (except 90s Madonna) I have ever seen. For £60 this playsuit from Moschino will definitely stand out from the crowd – not a high street copy in sight!

 

So those are my favourites on the Oxfam Online Shop at the moment – why not have a look and see if any of your favourite designer labels are on there.

Marks & Spencer and Oxfam Shwop Shop

The doors of the Marks & Spencer and Oxfam Shwop Shop opened to the public yesterday for a two -day extravaganza filled with hundreds of uniquely shwopped garments and celebrity donations.

The delicious array of items adorning the rails were handpicked by the festival shop team at Wastesaver, Oxfam’s recycling and sorting facility in Huddersfield.  Shwopped items from all over the country were included in the Shwop Shop, with an exciting selection of vintage M&S pieces. The pop-up shop also housed one-off donations from celebrities including Plan B, Gary Barlow, Gemma Cairney, Caroline Flack, Tali Lennox and Peaches Geldof.

The face of Shwopping, Joanna Lumley opened the event to press and headed the till for the first of the public purchases.  She also donated her own ‘absolutely fabulous’ jacket.

Super stylists Brix Smith-Start and Grace Woodward also attended the opening offering their fashion expertise and putting together a selection of top looks from the Shwop stock (more to come on this from team fash…)

Speaking to Joanna Lumley, Shwopping ambassador, she said: ‘Shwopping does nothing but good. It saves landfill sites from being filled with perfectly good clothes and it respects the clothes we’re dealing with made from cottons, silks, wools, nylons and many more. It does absolute immeasurable good through Oxfam for the people it supports in developing countries.’

She admitted to being a seasoned fan of charity shops herself, she said: ‘A lot of charity shops, particularly Oxfam, get the really, really good clothes which are then knocked down to a fraction of the price. I have no qualms about wearing other people’s clothes, it never troubles me!’

After a successful first day of Shwopping, it’s lucky the Oxfam stock room holds many more hidden treasures ready for the Friday sales!                                                                                                                        
                        

If you can’t make it to the Shwop Shop, the Oxfam Online Shop has plenty of vintage and fashion items for you to browse.