Emily Sandiford, Author at Richmond & Towers
12th March | Emily Sandiford back

Sustainability with Style

There is a change in the air at this season’s fashion month.
Once an afterthought or inconvenient truth, sustainability has taken
centre-stage for this round of sartorial celebrations, with fashion brands
engaging meaningfully in the climate conversation.

Fashion is no stranger to floral motifs and lush green
palettes, but this season attention is more than skin – or fabric – deep.
Autumn/Winter 2020 shows have ushered in a wave of recyclable materials,
natural dyes and eco initiatives. Copenhagen Fashion Week, first in the roster
of events, set a precedent for the season by rolling out an environmental
action plan that shows fashion is striving to shake off its frivolous
reputation.

Cecilie Thorsmark, CEO of Copenhagen Fashion Week, announced
an official Sustainability
Action Plan that reflects a panoramic spread of climate concerns, from
plastic pollution to clean air. In addition to banning single-use plastics at
shows and advocating for the use of electric cars, organisers have developed an
ambitious 3-year plan to achieve zero-waste status by 2022.

Environmental commitments continued to influence proceedings
throughout the fashion calendar, as Richard Malone’s London Fashion Week show
was accompanied by a mission
statement detailing the origins of the materials in the collection
(organic, plant-derived) and the rates of his tailors (£25 per hour).

Malone wasn’t the only designer to place sustainable
materials at the top of the agenda, as across the Channel John Galliano’s
Maison Margiela offering embraced similar sentiments. Galliano explored the
creative potential of ‘upcycling’, with an extravaganza of colour that spanned
repurposed wicker baskets and deadstock leather skirts. “It’s a return to worth
and slower fashion”, he observed,
“Invention with a conscience”.

Whilst eco-consciousness is newly-awakened in many of the
world’s most prestigious fashion houses, sustainability has been a driving
force behind the work of Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney long before the
phrase ‘climate crisis’ entered the mainstream. This season, Westwood’s
creative director and husband Andreas Kronthaler ensured that the entire
collection was sourced sustainably, whilst on McCartney’s catwalk, the designer
showed alternate looks of vegan leather and tongue-in-cheek animal suits.

In an industry known for its insatiable desire for newness,
it remains to be seen whether green will be the new black. As fashion takes its
first steps towards sustainable practices, these Autumn/Winter shows offer an
inspiring glimpse of what the future might hold.

7th February | Olivia Scudder
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As a PR and social media agency, we were living and breathing the innovations and shifts in the digital landscape in 2023. From Twitter’s bold rebrand to X, the use of CGI technology to create memorable campaigns, and the launch of Threads, numerous changes have made waves in the ever-evolving… Read more

19th January | Nikki Thomson
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I’m proud to announce our partnership with Working Options, the nationwide charity that aims to help young people transform their careers and life outcomes. We’re joining forces to support our shared goal of helping young people realise their potential. Making a conscious, positive impact has been part of our DNA since… Read more

3rd October | Anouska Leon
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3rd October | Emily Sandiford back

Fashion Goes Digital – The AI Influencer

If 2018 was the year of the AI influencer, then 2019 has been the year this concept was embraced and diversified by fashion-forward brands. AI influencers – hyperreal digital characters created to drive brand engagement – have begun to emerge across Instagram and embed themselves into its culture. But far from becoming an existential threat to human influencers, this digital development could offer exciting new opportunities for brands to showcase their commitment to sustainability.

The ‘birth’ of 3D influencers like Lil’ Miquela, a digital
avatar created by robotics company Brud, have added a new dimension to fashion
marketing. This avatar, with her burgeoning follower count, airbrushed skin and
perfectly trimmed fringe, already boasts an impressive portfolio of work. Lil’
Miquela’s Instagram grid features a wealth of collaborations with esteemed
brands such as Gucci, where her pixelated clothing is rendered from real
pieces.

This step from tactile to digital clothing has been embraced
by online retailer YOOX, through its virtual styling feature that allows users
to dress an avatar with the store’s products. The virtual mannequin, Daisy, comes
with customisable skin tones, meaning consumers can create their own likeness
and ‘try on’ virtual clothing to find their best fit.

The potential of virtual influencers to lessen the need for
wasteful product hauls, shipping out physical samples or even consumer product
returns, cuts fashion’s carbon footprint and engages audiences through emerging
technologies.

In an age where sustainability is taking its rightful place
amongst corporate concerns, the fashion world can put its best foot forward by embracing
fresh approaches to influencer marketing (and to sustainability goals). 

7th February | Olivia Scudder
R&T TRENDS & INSIGHTS: WHAT ARE THE SOCIAL…

As a PR and social media agency, we were living and breathing the innovations and shifts in the digital landscape in 2023. From Twitter’s bold rebrand to X, the use of CGI technology to create memorable campaigns, and the launch of Threads, numerous changes have made waves in the ever-evolving… Read more

19th January | Nikki Thomson
R&T PARTNERS WITH WORKING OPTIONS

I’m proud to announce our partnership with Working Options, the nationwide charity that aims to help young people transform their careers and life outcomes. We’re joining forces to support our shared goal of helping young people realise their potential. Making a conscious, positive impact has been part of our DNA since… Read more

3rd October | Anouska Leon
RICHMOND & TOWERS EXTENDS WHISKY REMIT WITH BRIEFS…

Richmond & Towers (R&T) has secured briefs from whisky makers based in Norfolk and the foothills of the Himalayas, both of which are looking to leverage the agency’s best in class drinks trade and whisky PR credentials. The 100% employee-owned PR and social agency will provide UK and global communications… Read more

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