OXFAM FESTIVAL SHOP: SUMMER OF FESTIVAL FASHION

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This Summer the Oxfam Festival Shop will be touring the nation’s festivals bringing the best of our unique and vintage items, plus festival essentials such as wellies and waterproofs to keep you warm and dry.

Managed by Lisa Morris and Fran Tutt, the Oxfam Festival Shop is staffed by a team of volunteers from across Oxfam’s high street shop network.

In 2012, the team managed seven shops, traded for more than 400 hours and had 67 volunteers working in the Oxfam Festival Shop during the summer – amazing!

Here is where you can find the Oxfam Festival Shop this summer and, if you click on the festival we have links to what we did last year too…

We’ll be style spotting the best festival fashion, so watch out for us on site or in the shop with our camera at the ready.

Here’s to a superb summer, we’ll see you there!

Royal Windsor Horse Show fashion

From Whistles to Mulberry, Daks to Paul Smith – the Oxfam shop at Royal Windsor was bursting with fashion gems for women and men.

Set amongst an array of equestrian wear and artisan craft stalls the Oxfam shop stood out with its bright Hermes scarves and quirky displays. So, what was the first thing to do?

Get mooching around the rails of course!

I firstly had a look at some of the men’s clothes on offer, getting shop volunteer Jim (pictured below, middle, in the chair) and my friend Ben (in the blue jacket) to try on some cool jackets and blazers. I then had a look around the horse show site and bumped into Russell Taylor (right, at the bottom) who was running a clothes stand across the way from Oxfam. I loved his flamboyant style mixing a plain shirt with a colourful neck scarf.

Oxfam shop manager Lisa pointed the way to an intrinsically Windsor shop – DuBarrys of Ireland. I went in to have a quick chat with Benjamin Buxton (right, at the top) who was more than happy for me to take a few snaps of him in his finest attire!

Royal Windsor men's fashion

And here’s how you can get the look from the Oxfam Online Shop – Daks, Harris Tweed and Barbour galore!

Royal Windsor men's fashion

 

I was in heaven looking through the vintage Liberty dresses and Jaeger scarves and was so pleased when shop volunteer Molli said she’d model some clothes for me.  Mollie (below with brown hair) tried on a quite a few dresses and then we decided to get our equestrian on!!!

The shop team helped Molli dress up with some jodhpurs, a white shirt and blazer – all we needed now was a horse. We had a quick walk around the site, we couldn’t find a real one but stumbled across a horse model, which was good enough for us. Fran and Lisa, who run the festival shop, are on the left in their Royal Windsor outfits.

Whilst on our search for a horse, Molli and I spotted this eccentric red and tartin outfit across the fields sported by the lovely Joan Thomas. She should definitely feature on the advanced syle blog!

To top the event off I got to see the Shetland pony grand national, which flooded back my love for ‘my little pony’. I had every pet imaginable when I was younger but alas never a pony, one day….

And then, the finale – seeing the queen give out the final horse show prize and then I saw her being driven past me. Maybe next year we can get to style spot the Queen?

Royal windsor women's fashion

Get your look ladies, from the Oxfam Online Shop, I found these similar items below. 

 

royal windsor women's fashion

Hope you’ve enjoyed looking at the fashions from Royal Windsor.

Kaffe Fassett Exhibition at the Design and Textile Museum

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Spring is here and yet we are still waking up to grey skies and an absence of light and colour.  But do not despair, there is at least one place in London where you can get a quick colour fix as well as some creative inspiration.

In the heart of Bermondsey, standing amidst the Dickensian labyrinth of streets, is a colourful building more reminiscent of Mexico or Miami than London: the wonderful Fashion and Textile Museum.  This gem of a museum, originally founded by Zandra Rhodes, showcases a programme of changing exhibitions featuring fashion, textiles and jewellery as well as running practical fashion courses.

The current exhibition, guaranteed to lift your mood as well as encourage you to get knitting and sewing, focuses on the work of Kaffe Fassett whose life has been every bit as colourful as the many beautiful textiles he has created.  Born in California in 1937 into a somewhat Bohemian family, Kaffe moved to Notting Hill London in the ‘swinging’ 60’s where his love of colour and pattern became the inspiration for his knitting, needlepoint and patchwork designs.   Colour, he realised, was the “magic ingredient that brought pattern alive.” Although Kaffe
was an extremely gifted painter, he came to realise that designing textiles was his true passion.

This visually stunning exhibition traces Kaffe’s prolific and enduring artistic career and features over 100 of his works.  Including still life paintings, knitted throws and jumpers, quilts and needlepoint, the exhibition offers a kaleidoscope of colours as well as a feast of pattern and texture.  The backdrop for these colourful pieces is a dramatic setting including jewel-coloured walls and imposing black and white striped columns, designed by the celebrated designer Sue Timney.  This is an exhibition designed to dazzle as well as inspire. 

In contrast to the grand scale of the main floor display, the upper floor of the exhibition includes a room where objects, textiles and furniture are juxtaposed to create an exuberant explosion of pattern within a more intimate domestic setting.  Throughout the exhibition the presence of the artist is almost palpable and his enthusiasm for his craft immediately visible and indeed highly infectious.  

As well as being passionate about what he does, Kaffe Fassett wants to encourage us all to experiment with colour and pattern ourselves.  Throughout his life he has written numerous inspirational design books on every craft he has himself pursued as well as a fascinating autobiography.  If by the end of the exhibition you are desperate to get crafting, but need some help to get you going, the Museum is offering a range of taster sessions in sewing and knitting, as well as a patchwork workshop.

So whether you are, like myself, a colour and pattern addict or maybe looking for some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing, get down to the Fashion and Textile Museum as soon as you can.  

The exhibition runs until 29th June.  Check the website www.ftmlondon.org.uk for related workshops and events.  And if you are too impatient to create your own colourful knitwear, check out the Oxfam Online Shop for some ready-made examples! 

International Women’s Day Fashion Show: 19th March, Huddersfield

WRITTEN BY: EMMA STEPHENSON, FASHION INTERN AT WASTESAVER. 

We all love clothes and fashion here at Oxfam, so we thought what better excuse than to hold a fashion show. For weeks the team has been busy sorting through hundreds of clothes and collecting items for sale in our pop-up shop.

We have embraced the Spring/Summer trend of floral pattern with skirts, tops, jackets and dresses covered in flowers and prints. This theme has even taken over the decoration of the event with flower tickets, flower tables and even a flower catwalk waiting to appear on Tuesday night.

Guests can look forward to an exclusive pop-up shop housing lots of vintage and high-street donations. The fashion show will display sixteen outfits put together by the volunteer models as they strut their stuff down the catwalk. All items involved in the show will also be up for grabs in the shop afterwards.

Proceeds will go towards Oxfam’s work with International Women’s Day which aims to help transform lives of women living in poverty. We would love your support on the night and we promise to put you in the Spring/Summer mood.

The event is being held on Tuesday 19th March. Doors open at 7pm and the fashion show starts at 8pm. Tickets cost just £3 or £4 on the door at Voda Bar, 68 John William Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1EH.

If you love fashion and you have a soft spot for charity shop finds then please support us in raising money and awareness for International Women’s Day.

Below is a sneak peek of the rails of clothes waiting to appear in the pop-up shop. See anything you like?

Get Together UK – what will you be doing?

Oxfam Fashion has been keeping up to date with some of the brilliant ideas for Get Together in the UK. Whatever you love doing, baking to biking, fashion to flapjacks Oxfam is encouraging you to host an event to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March. 

The aim is to raise money to help women worldwide live life without poverty. The 2013 celebrations launched with an event in London hosted by broadcaster and writer Lauren Laverne and below are some of our fave ideas so far….

Super fashionista Grace Woodward has been promoting a Hot Fudge Knit-A-Thon – we like the sound of this!

The brilliant Manchester Women’s Institute are hosting a vintage mad hatter style tea party. This takes place on Saturday, 9 March at Manchester’s Virgin Money Lounge on King Street between 1pm and 4pm.

We all love a bit of cake at Oxfam Fashion and this event in Knutsford had some amazing baked goods!

How about a crafty tea party in Bath? Go down to the Green Park Brasseire at Green Park Station between 2-5pm on 9 March.




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Oxfam Shops have also been promoting Get Together up and down the country; here is Oxfam Marlborough’s shop window

To find out more about hosting your own event visit Oxfam’s website or send a tweet to @GetTogetherUK for more info

Rumble in the Jumble 2

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I can’t tell you how excited I was when I found out that Rumble in the Jumble was happening again this year. The Oxfam Get Together event, hosted by Radio 1’s Gemma Cairney and friends, celebrated its second birthday on Saturday 26th January.  I went along last year as part of my final major project and this year I was lucky enough to go as an Oxfam Fashion blogger.

Gemma Cairney, Grace Woodward, Cherry Healey, Laura Whitmore, Georgie Okell and Gizzi Erskine with Rumble in the Jumble shoppers.


Rumble in the Jumble aims to raise the profile of International Women’s Day. This year Gemma collaborated with The Music Circle, a subsidiary of Annie Lennox’s organisation The Circle, to raise money for Oxfam and their work in supporting women in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Crowds gathering at the Rumble in the Jumble 2013

Many celebrities cleared out their closets to support the event with jumble donated by the likes of Bat for Lashes, Daisy Lowe, Edith Bowman, Annie Mac, Tinie Tempah, Fearne Cotton, Lauren Laverne, Charlotte Church, Alison Mosshart, Jack Whitehall, Dermot O’Leary, The Vaccines, Zane Lowe, Paloma Faith and The Chemical Brothers, to name but a few!

Gizzi Erskine and Gemma Cairney

Hosted at Bethnal Green’s Working Mens Club, the jumble sale was so large it spread out over both floors. On offer were not only rails upon rails of celebrity wares, but also a pop-up retro hair salon from Lipstick & Curls and tea and cakes from Drink, Shop & Do and Joe’s Tea Company. There was even a little bit of ping-pong action from Pongathon, perfect for shoppers to work off the excitement from all the rummaging.

Gizzi Erskine’s Chilli Con Carne

The only purchase I had time to make was a raffle ticket (my bank account thanked me) but I did sample some of Gizzi Erksine’s chilli con carne on my way out and, let me tell you, it was something special! Before I had to be dragged away from all the incredible stalls, I managed to catch up with organiser Gemma Cairney for a quick chat…

Gemma Cairney with Tinie Tempah’s donated hi-tops

How have you been preparing for Rumble in the Jumble Part 2?

It’s was nuts. The email thread between myself, Kate and Laura from The Music Circle since last October has been intense but we all remained focused in communication and asked each lots of questions. It is good to say things out loud when imagining how they might work on the day. There was a lot going on at Rumble in the Jumble, so it was important to get as many hands on deck to help too.

How have you made it even bigger and better this year?

This year it’s bigger in every way. We had double the amount of time to organise it, the venue is double the size and it’s even on for double the time. Six hours of shopping is going to be had!

What is your favourite part of Rumble in the Jumble? 

The coming together, having a blast and making a difference

Do you have any ideas for next year already?

Oh gosh, yes. Well I’m addicted to putting on jumble sales now, so yes it will happen again!

This year, a huge £16,750 was raised for Oxfam and their fight for women in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I hope that next year will be even bigger, even better and raise even more for this worthy cause. All I ask is that next year Rumble in the Jumble is held after pay day.

International Women’s Day is on the 8th of March, to get involved in The Oxfam Get Together for International Women’s Day visit www.oxfam.org.uk/gettogether 

To watch my interviews from ‘Rumble in the Jumble Part 1,’ in which I talk to Gemma Cairney, Sara Cox and Cherry Healey, visit my Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/41778541

Oxfam and Marks & Spencer Shwop Shop Highlights

It was only a few days ago that Oxfam’s team fash were perched behind the Shwop Shop cash box for the Oxfam and Marks & Spencer pop-up shop but we’re reminiscing already!

The two-day event was a massive success in raising awareness about the Shwopping campaign whilst giving our visitors the chance to get their hands on some unique, quality garments and celebrity clothes – with all money raised going to support Oxfam’s work.

Here are a few of our Shwop Shop highlights…

Prepping the Shwop Shop

After months of planning, the Oxfam team gathered at the Marks & Spencer Marble Arch store. Facing hundreds of empty hangers and bags of stock, it was finally time to bring the Shwop Shop to life. Sorting, hanging, steaming and pricing the stock was very exciting as we could now see all the fabulous Shwopped items that had been selected for the shop as well as a first glimpse of the clothes celebrities had donated.

Joanna Lumley at the Shwop Shop till

On the Thursday morning our Shwopping ambassador, Joanna Lumley, cut the orange ribbon to declare the Shwop Shop open. Spending a few hours chatting to press, exploring the rails and donating her own jacket, Joanna was keen to get behind the till and issue the first few customer purchases.

Super Shwoppers

As well as offering previously Shwopped stock to purchase, the Shwop Shop encouraged people to bring in donations on the day. We had a staggering response and a few overflowing Shwop Drop bins meaning lots of new items for Oxfam. Thank you!

Brix & Grace

Star stylists Brix Smith-Start and Grace Woodward attended the Shwop Shop opening, styling some garments and offering top charity shopping advice. To see what they said, visit our blog post here. Both donated some fantastic items to the shop too.

Statement style

We had some really exquisite, statement items for sale last week which team fash were definitely lusting after… 

Vintage M&S 

The Shwop Shop housed a fine array of vintage M&S from throughout the decades from psychedelic shirts to brightly patterned tea dresses it was a welcome trip down memory lane with this iconic high street brand. We also had some lovely vintage M&S donations into our Shwop Drop bins including this dress…

Percy Pigs

These sugary household favourites were a lifesaver for team fash at the Shwop Shop. So much so, we are all now suffering Percy Pig withdrawals! 

The Lumley jacket

Joanna Lumley donated a striking reversible jacket to the Shwop Shop which took pride of place and it couldn’t have found a better new owner. The lucky buyer was on route to audition for the BBC One TV show Pointless. The show requests its contestants have an interesting fact about themselves and Joanna’s jacket became this lovely lady’s talking point. Keep an eye out for it on the show!

We had a fantastic flow of customers throughout the two days. Thanks for anyone who popped in and we hope you enjoy your bargains and keep on Shwopping!

For more information on Oxfam and Shwopping, visit our website here.

M&S and Oxfam launch two-day shwop shop

Marks & Spencer and Oxfam are holding a two-day pop-up shwop shop this week at the flagship M&S Marble Arch store.

Shwoppers can snap up designer bargains donated by Britain’s top contemporary style icons including Alexa Chung, Daisy Lowe, Jo Wood and Zandra Rhodes – as well as the best items shwopped at M&S from the public.

 

Caroline Flack and Daisy Lowe

Running on the 24th and 25th January, the celebrity shop will be staffed by a host of famous faces including shwopping guru Joanna Lumley, who said:

“By opening your hearts, minds and your wardrobe and going shwopping, you can not only bag an outfit worn on the red carpet or to a glitzy awards evening, but help the environment too. Fashion with a conscience, it is perfect isn’t it? By shwopping all we want you to do is give your unwanted items stuffed in the back of your wardrobe a future. Simply bring an old item back every time you buy a new outfit, shwop and shop! Come to the shwop shop, shwop and shop and leave with a smile – the world will then feel a better place!”

M&S and Oxfam’s shwopping collaboration urges shoppers to donate – or ‘shwop’ – an unwanted item of clothing that will go on to be re-sold, re-used or recycled by Oxfam, cutting waste while raising much-needed funds.

All money raised by the shop will be used to support Oxfam’s projects around the world working to alleviate poverty.

Dozens of famous faces including model and artist Tali Lennox, TV presenter Caroline Flack, model Erin O’Connor, Downton Abbey star Joanne Froggatt, singer Ellie Goulding, Radio 1 star Gemma Cairney and Style Bubble blogger Susie Lau have already donated items ranging from evening dresses to red carpet frocks to designer denims.

Ellie Goulding and Gemma Cairney

Every celeb item in the pop up store has an A-list history behind them, including Flack’s X Factor dress and Jo Wood’s vintage Susan Small dress bought whilst on tour in America.

Tali Lennox and Gizzi Erskine

There will also be a chance for shoppers to own a piece of fashion history as the shwop shop will have a selection of coveted M&S vintage items.

 

M&s vintage

Sarah Farquhar, Head of Retail Brand for Oxfam, said: “Oxfam shops are full of hidden treasures and we have regular shoppers who turn up week in week out to get their hands on the latest donations. But this time we are doing the rummaging for them; bringing the best of the shwopped items we have received over the last few months plus exciting celebrity donations straight to the public instead. It will be really exciting to see people browsing Oxfam clothing in the middle of an M&S store.”

Shwop shop is open from 10.30am – 9pm on Thursday 24th & 8am-9pm on Friday 25th January 2013.

Address: Ground Floor, Marks & Spencer, 458 Oxford Street. London. W1C 1AP

Follow @Oxfamfashion and @Shwopping for updates from the event

No Noise at Selfridges

We all lead pretty hectic lives nowadays. I know that even when I’m doing nothing, I’m doing something. Waiting for a train, I’ll just check what’s happening on Twitter. Having a relaxed evening at home, I’ll have a movie on while I reply to emails, with Facebook and a bit of online shopping open in the background. I’m never really doing nothing; I’m always connected to the hubbub of the rest of the world. 

It’s the same in fashion. When shopping, whether literal of virtual, I’m always connecting myself to the rest of the world through the branding stamped all over my clothes. We are then bombarded with advertising wherever we seem to go; billboards walking down the street, opposite your face when you’re sat on the train, on the right hand side of your Facebook browser, on the packaging of your food when you make a meal, on the back pocket of your new jeans. Why not take a break from it?
                                               

 

 

 

Above: Selfridges Levis, Heinz Beans, Marmite and Heinz Ketchup

 Selfridges have partnered with modern meditation experts Headspace to introduce their ‘No Noise Campaign’ encouraging us all to seek peace and tranquillity in our daily lives-and I think they have a point. They have introduced a limited line of goods without their branding leading to some striking products and evoking some thought about our lives. Instead of staring at computer screen in your free time as well as all day long at work, why don’t we turn off our laptops and phones and go pick up a good book
instead? Instead of buying that branded pair of jeans with their logo emblazoned on your derriere, why not pop to your local charity shop and buy a nice pair regardless of the logo? Maybe even have a go at some home customising and chop the darn thing right off?

 

  

 

 

Above: all of these books and more can be found at the Oxfam Online Shop

Why don’t we cut out some of the branding from our lives? Let’s take back our personal space.