Buying used clothes is ‘a form of activism’ – Oxfam fashion show stylist

Wearing second-hand clothes has become an act of “rebellion” for young people concerned about climate change, according to a celebrity stylist.

Bay Garnett, who made outfits for the upcoming Oxfam London Fashion Week show, said shopping at charity shops is a sustainable way to enjoy fashion.

The stylist who has dressed celebrities including Kate Moss for charity shops has also said she believes the culture of wearing a new outfit only once per social media post will be a thing of the past.

Garnett personally selected around 80 pieces of clothing for the February Oxfam show and said it was “absolutely necessary” for second-hand clothes to be on the global fashion scene.

Stylist Bay Garnett looks through her fashion show clothes (Jacob King/PA)

Stylist Bay Garnett looks through her fashion show clothes (Jacob King/PA)

“I mean people want to buy a lot more now. So you can’t have collections that are just about new clothes anymore, because that would be out of touch with the climate, literally the climate, and also the climate of what people want to buy and wear right now,” she told PA. Press agency.

Garnett, Oxfam’s independent fashion adviser, imagining the show in her head said she was thinking of “different genres, different tribes, different ideas of what people might love”.

The event, called Fashion Fighting Poverty 23, sponsored by eBay, will feature around 40 creations modeled by “celebrities” rather than a parade of runway models.

“There are some models, but no, they’re personalities. And I think that’s really important because second-hand clothes are for everyone,” said Garnett.

“This is not an attempt to create a world that is only for a certain type of person. It covers everything.’

The outfits will feature a mix of second-hand designer items, vintage finds and some high street favorites.

“For example, if you went to a great charity shop, you’d find a great mix of things, and that’s what I’ve been trying to do for the show,” she said.

She added: “I think charity shops really allow for more imagination in the way things are worn, which is inspiring.”

Speaking of the apparent rise in popularity of second-hand clothing, Garnett said she believes it is being driven by young people concerned about the environment.

She said it had become “an active rebellion by many young people”, adding: “It has become an active choice.

“It’s a form of activism that has gained a lot of traction in the last two years.”

Asked if she was worried about the decline in the quality of charity shops and fewer items in demand due to the popularity of fast fashion brands, Garnett said: “I actually think it’s the other way around.

“I’m hopeful that people will want to buy better-made things, less really disposable things.”

Bay Garnett with pre-owned shoes from the Oxfam fashion collection (Jacob King/PA)

Bay Garnett with pre-owned shoes from the Oxfam fashion collection (Jacob King/PA)

She also asked if fast fashion could continue, saying: “I don’t think fast fashion is going to accelerate. I think that will change.”

She added: “I think it will be better – maybe less items because people will keep their stuff longer as this culture stops or gets wiped out, this Instagram ‘I’ve got that dress’ culture and then throws it away.” “

Garnett said the culture of taking a picture once in an outfit that will never be worn again will be replaced by a sense of pride in wearing something again and again.

“I think it’s going to be a lot more fashionable,” she said.

Commenting on the practice of wearing the outfit only once, she said: “It’s not very stylish. It’s not really knowing your own style, is it? I think the style will come.”

Garnett said that by buying from charity shops, consumers donate money to causes such as “helping the poorest people in the world”, adding: “I think it’s a very nice place to put money.”

The looks from the Oxfam fashion show will later be sold on eBay in a weekly auction.

All money raised will be donated to Oxfam and used to fight poverty around the world.

Bay Garnett picks some of the best from the used clothing range (Jacob King/PA)

Bay Garnett picks some of the best from the used clothing range (Jacob King/PA)

The charity’s retail director, Lorna Fallon, said: “Fashion Fighting Poverty is a celebration of Oxfam’s stylish, sustainable, pre-owned fashion that is better for our pockets, the planet and its entire population.

“Unlike other London Fashion Week shows, we don’t have a seasonal or new collection to show.

“Instead, the look will be styled to suit every person on the runway. This reflects the joy of finding unique, affordable clothes and the huge selection in our stores, where everyone can find something for themselves.

“What’s even more amazing is that our clothes have super powers. Oxfam fashion raises essential funds to fight poverty around the world, for example in East Africa, where it is estimated that one person dies of hunger every 36 seconds due to climate change.

“Oxfam fashion is fun and glamorous but has a serious message and purpose at its heart. It’s activism-driven fashion that looks great and does good in the world.”

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