It was a hot day last summer when I had the privilege of working as a hair stylist and makeup artist on a 'look book' photo shoot for Deborah Campbell's Spring Summer'17 Collection.
Prior to meeting and working for Deborah, I must admit, ethical fashion to me meant trying to avoid 'fast fashion' buying classic pieces that would last, rather than 'high fashion' items that were cheaper but would only last one season.
I was taken aback to discover that some of Deborah's fashion line known as DCA (short for Deborah Campbell Atelier) is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles using 'Newlife yarn'. Deborah's mission is to turn waste into fashion by using materials with low environmental impact. Part of the Spring Summer'17 collection called 'Summer Breeze' was designed in collaboration with artist Tabitha Wilson, It has transformed art into wearable, unique pieces and part of the collection is available on line at DCA, and is also exclusive to John Lewis 'Loved and Found' located in the Liverpool, Leeds and Birmingham stores as well as online at JohnLewis.com.
To compliment Deborah's beautiful collection, I created a very natural flawless face, used a little nude lip gloss and lined eyes with brown kohl and a peach coloured shadow to make the gorgeous model, Lily's eyes pop, I then created soft loose curls, perfect for a warm summer's day.
DCA donate 20% of their T-Shirt profits to The Phoenix Foundation a charity raising money for children suffering burns as a consequence of war in places like Syria. The collection is made in a fair trade factory in India supporting women earn a fair wage.
I'm currently saving for the classic shift and summer breeze skirt, that actually has pockets! To think these are retailing at such affordable prices when they are produced as almost bespoke pieces of art, makes them a true wardrobe investment. Plus I don't have to feel guilty, as I'm contributing towards a worthy charity and truly ethical retailer, the likes of which are unfortunately, few and far between.