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

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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Vogue photographer Tim Walker brings Mr. Men to Oxfam

Tim Walker, famous for his iconic fashion photo shoots, has brought his genius for fantasy to a special shoot for Oxfam Fashion (that’s us!) partywear featuring Roger Hargreaves’ Mr Men characters.

Tim said, “It was an idea that came to me because I grew up with them – Mr. Men and Little Miss. They illustrated to me, at a young age, the variety of human behaviours and characters in a vivid way – there are all kinds of colours and characters of Mr Men and Little Miss and there’s all kinds of clothes for all sorts of people that you can buy in an Oxfam shop. And they make people smile; the cause may be serious but you can still smile.”

L-R: Adwoa Aboah wears vintage sequin dress £29.99, Lily Nova wears harlequin sequin jumpsuit £35, Elizabeth Farrell wears vintage check jacket £35 (all found in Oxfam shops)


We’re really excited that the models Tim chose for the shoot include Vogue cover girl Adwoa Aboah, new fashion favourite Jean Campbell and Australian born Lily Nova who walked for Gucci this season. Jean Campbell won Model of the Year in the Scottish Fashion Awards and The British Fashion Council have nominated Adwoa for Model of the Year at this year’s fashion awards – an amazing calibre, we feel very lucky to have such well-known models on this campaign.

As you know from following this blog, our high street shops are stocked with unique, stylish and affordable clothes, perfect to kick off the Christmas party season. And, if you can’t find your individual party-look in your local store, the Oxfam Online Shop is a treasure trove with over 45,000 items of clothing and accessories, with new pieces added every day.

Buying party clothes from Oxfam is a great way to help fight poverty around the world. There’s something for everyone. Enjoy buying something unique and affordable, wear it this party season, and if you don’t want to wear it again, just donate it back!

Harry Alexander and Charles Jeffrey wear blue pin-stripe suit £55, Nikki Riam wears pink sequin dress £32.99 & green double-breasted jacket £7.99 (all Oxfam shops)


Explaining why he decided on the theme for the Oxfam shoot Tim Walker said, “I wanted to do something to help promote Oxfam – and Roger Hargreaves’s humorous and entertaining children’s illustrations are a powerful means of spotlighting what can be great about Oxfam shops. I hope that this inspires some great looks to be found at Oxfam for the end of year partying and holiday.” 

A huge thank you to Tim, his team and the sensational models who volunteered their time and brought this campaign to life. There’s something for everyone in Oxfam.

L-R: Polly Stenham wears red jacket £14.99 & pink trousers £39.99, Joe Alwyn wears dogtooth check jacket £14.99 & yellow shirt £9.99, Nikki wears white tutu £12.99 & blue shirt £7.99, Jean Campbell (header image) wears navy military jacket £24.99 & wedding dress £50  (all Oxfam shops)


The items featured in the campaign have all been listed on Oxfam’s Online Shop. Follow @OxfamFashion as we look at each party outfit today.




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Vintage Label of the Week: Valentino

Forget the mini, forget the maxi; this season is all about the just-below-the-knee midi skirts. It’s the pencil vs. the circle, a silhouette synonymous with office wear and style reminiscent of the Dior 1940’s New Look. Both shapes are flatteringly feminine, and here at Oxfam Online we have selected our favourite fabrics, prints and colours that are perfect for autumn/winter!

Milan Fashion Week drew to a close this week and as we long for a Sicilian inspired Dolce & Gabbana silk dress, gawp at the ridiculous Moschino teddy-bear head dress and basically celebrate the delights and creativity of Italian designers past and present, we have been enjoying delving into the history of perhaps one of the most iconic; Valentino.

We are always finding hidden gems in amongst our vintage carousels, and this week didn’t disappoint… 
Take a look at this amazing 1980’s Miss V, Valentino woollen pencil skirt (size 14) in military green. In near perfect condition, we really do love being able to discover exciting and one-off pieces to share with all of you vintage aficionados out there!

The structured silhouette of the pencil, along with the three golden and tortoiseshell button detail to the left hand side gives the skirt its military uniform vibe. Style it with a silky shirt, delicate gold jewellery and black leather accessories for an instant style fix, and bring this 1980’s knee length pencil right up-to-date.

As the name suggests, Valentino as a brand represents elegance, romanticism and beauty. Always contrary to fashion fads, opting out of the 1960’s mod length hemlines in favour of designing lavish gowns for women with an eye for beauty; Valentino Garavani has stood at the forefront of the fashion industry for over half a century.

Labelled by Vogue as one of Italy’s finest exports, his first couture collection was shown in 1962 at the breathtakingly beautiful Pitti Palace, Florence. This milestone in his career was seen as his breakthrough into the industry, earning him prominent status among the rich and famous of Italian society and defining him as a reputable couturier. Over the years to follow Valentino gained loyal fans in the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Jackie Kennedy, whose constant publicity saw his designs were at the heart of the global fashion industry, featured in Vogue and always in
demand.

Over his long stretching career, Valentino has always kept the splendour of fashion at the very heart of his iconic label. Creating flatteringly feminine, figure emphasising garments in beautiful, delicate fabrics was always his dream. As a young boy of 17, shipped off to Paris to study the subject he was to dedicate his life to, emerging as a flourished designer.

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While Garavani himself is no longer at the helm as creative director, his legacy lives on in Alessandra Facchinetti’s capable hands.

Without having to splash the cash on a piece of ready-to-wear Valentino, you can own a little piece of Italian fashion history in the form of this 1980’s pencil, perfect for this season, in near mint condition and embodying our new skirt shape completely! Take a look at the Oxfam Online Shop’s collection of Valentino to see what can be #foundinoxfam!

Leeds Festival 2013 Style Icons: Haim

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The Oxfam Festival Shop team are serving up a fine offering of unique, vintage and quirky items at the fantastic Leeds Festival this weekend.  This festival is notoriously stylish and a pinnacle of festival fashion from on the field to the stars on stage.

From Friday’s epic line-up we LOVE American rock trio Haim’s bohemian meets country-rock style. The band will take to the NME/Radio 1 stage this bank holiday weekend with their notorious hair swinging and glorious folky sound.

Their style is quite natural and bohemian yet infused with a hint of cowgirl and rock chick to add a bit of edge. We’ve chosen the best items from the Oxfam Online Shop to help you recreate Haim’s stand out style….

Leeds Festival Style Icon: Haim

To shop more of your festival look, see our Festival Fashion edit on the Oxfam Online Shop. Check out the @OxfamFashion Twitter and @OxfamShops Instagram for updates from Leeds Festival and the Oxfam Festival Shop. 

Latitude Festival Style: Jessie Ware

Latitude Festival is known for its fantastic range of music and performance art, each year bringing its crowds the best in exciting new music acts and this year is no exception. With the likes of Bloc Party, Foals, The Maccabee’s and Daughter playing to name but a few- this year is set to be one of the best yet!

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One act joining them is the sensational female singer Jessie Ware. Having made her name in 2012, Jessie has been hitting high in the charts and with no surprise- her stunning vocals and unique collective mix of techno and pop -based sounds make her a top pick for other artists, such as Disclosure to have on their books.

Not only is her voice a stunner, but her look too. With a blend of 90’s chic and sharp 2013 tailoring- Jessie is all about female empowerment. Sleek dresses are teamed with tailored jackets and statement jewellery- making her stands out amongst the crowd, yet remain approachable at the same time.

Jessie Ware Latitude

We’ve highlighted some of the best Jessie pieces so you can get the look for yourself from the Oxfam Online Shop- just in time for Latitude Festival! Vintage, designer and even brand new- we’ve got something to suit everyone!

My personal faves would have to be the mint green silk shirt and gorgeous magenta dress… simple and sophisticated, yet perfect with a pair of wellies and a waterproof jacket, they are great festival essentials.

See our style spotting from last year’s Latitude Festival on the fashion blog here!

Find out more from Jessie and her amazing debut album on her website.

All Jessie Ware images sourced from jessieware.com

Behind the scenes at the Oxfam and WilliamVintage photo shoot

We got to have a sneak peek behind the scenes at the WilliamVintage for Oxfam photo shoot. Shot by internationally renowned photographer Guy Aroch and modelled by Jacquetta Wheeler the images challenge the perception of what you can find in your local Oxfam shop.

William Vintage

With support from Storm Model Management and JedRoot, Guy and Jacquetta were brought on board offering their services completely free of charge. All clothing for the shoot was sourced by William Banks-Blaney from Oxfam shops up and down the country to create looks that show how unique we are in being able to offer so many options of fantastic clothing for every woman.

William Vintage

William Vintage

Hair & Make-up was completed by Charlotte Hayward and the shoot happened at The Townhouse at Haymarket Hotel.

William Vintage

If you want to take a look at the vintage gems on offer at Oxfam you can find your local Oxfam shop here or visit our online vintage shop.

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Shwop Shop: Celebrity Donations

  The Oxfam and Marks & Spencer Shwop Shop has had a mass of top quality shwopped clothing and accessories to offer over the last two days and, in among the vintage M&S, we’ve had some extra special items.

Running through the heart of the shop is a collection of garments donated from the wardrobes of our generous celebrity supporters. Below is just a small taster of some of the statement pieces we’ve had on our rails.



 

DAISY LOWE

ERIN O’CONNOR

ELECTRA FARMOSA

GARY BARLOW

ZARA MARTIN

MARIE CLAIRE

TALI LENNOX

JESSICA BRINTON

PLAN B