Klements – Frieda Dress Le Mont Saint Michel £325
This simple shift dress is created in silk satin with pockets and is fully French seamed. Relaxed fit in ‘Le Mont Saint Michel’ print inspired by a Swiss lady involved in wolf and owl conservation and her world of mountainous landscapes and manifold creatures in rich eau de nil tones, deep forest greens and fleshy oranges.
Klements is a luxury collection of printed womenswear and scarves, by designer Charlotte Allen. Sheis influenced by Nature’s wonderful curiousities, an innate preference for the macabre, a lust for a strange beauty and the shifting creative zeitgeist that is London.
People Tree – Candace Dress £79.00
The ‘Candace’ dress is made from featherlight TENCEL® (a cellulose fibre derived from wood pulp) and Organic cotton for a body-skimming fit. This darling, chic LBD has a cold shoulder detailing and cascades into a fluid silhouette. Pair yours with sleek gold or silver accessories to add interest and a glint of allure to this elegant silhouette.
People Tree is a true pioneer in ethical and sustainable fashion. It purchases the majority of its Fair Trade products from marginalized producer groups in the developing world and works with certified producers and their supply chains from the raw material to the finished fabric and garment.
Stella McCartney – Metallic fil coupé silk-chiffon dress £1,695
This dress is perfect for your next party or wedding reception. Part of a capsule collection designed just for Net-a-Porter, it’s cut from airy silk-chiffon and beautifully woven with shimmering gold fil coupé dots. It has a flattering wrap-effect top and is cinched at the waist before falling to a soft, flowing skirt.
Stella McCartney is one of the first luxury designers in the fashion business to embrace a bold and innovative sustainable ethos in her business model. 16 years ago, she disrupted the fashion industry – the world’s second-largest polluter – with luxurious garments and accessories entirely free of animal products: no leather, fur or feathers. About 70% of the production of Stella McCartney bags and shoes are executed solely by hand by skilled artisans.
Rixo London – Stella Black Cherry Blossom Midi Dress £285
RIXO London describe the Stella as the ultimate 70s siren dress and we can see why! Fitted and flowing in the delectable black Cherry Blossom print. This midi length tailored top dress has a v-neckline, three quarter length sleeves, nipped in waist, concealed side zip fastening, attached necktie and two front side slits to flowing skirt.
RIXO London is a contemporary womenswear label offering distinctively British and vintage inspired collections for the modern woman. Each print starts life as a vibrant hand-painted original, designed to complement or clash beautifully with others.
Morv London – Amber dress £1,200
Another dress from Morv guaranteed to steal the show! With a focus on feminity, Morv ‘s fairy-tale designs are both elegant, sensual and eye-catching. This maxi fishtail dress is composed of lightweight chiffon with shape-enhancing lace inserts, making it the definitive cocktail/evening dress.
Founder Morvarid Sahafi is an Iranian born, London-based artist and designer who established her own factory in Delhi to be able to control production. The factory employs local artisans and aims to have 75% of the workforce be female by 2019 – it currently employs women who have been victims of trafficking or domestic abuse and 5% of its profits go to the Gulabi group – a group of female activists who fights against gender-based violence, oppression and corruption.
Moloh – Tarka Dress Tweed £245.00
Part of Moloh’s permanent collection, this time crafted from contemporary tweed. Why not style yours with the Burghley coat, a great combination for smart winter activities.
Moloh is exclusively designed and manufactured in Great Britain and is a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge. Moloh’s quintessentially British ladies wear specializes in expert tailoring and native fabrics from English and Scottish mills. Owner and designer Caroline Smiley describes the Moloh aesthetic as ‘rather sporty with a hint of military theatrics thrown in’.
Madia and Matilda- Lila – Evening Dress £75
For that special occasion, this dress comes in a compelling teal shade, fitted style full length skirt and is nicely complemented with minimal accessories.
Madia & Matilda is a Made in Britain luxury clothing label, specializing in upcycled and sustainable fabrics. Each piece is hand crafted with care, turning old garments and remnants, into new designs or designing new garments with sustainable fabrics, to minimise fabric wastage. The brand also uses sustainable and eco-friendly fibres like organic cotton, recycled polyester, hemp, wool and seacell.
Monsoon – Penelope Lace Dress £69.00
Indulge in alluring lace for this season’s parties thanks to Monsoon’s Penelope lace dress. This floral style features long sleeves and a skirted hem for a sophisticated and feminine aesthetic, and it fastens down the back with a zip.
As a founder member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), Monsoon has been at the forefront of driving sustainable improvements in working conditions and livelihoods wherever they do business. They produce 300,000 artisan products yearly and their charity, the Monsoon Accessorize Trust, helps over 10,000 disadvantaged women and children in Asia, each year, through a range of education, healthcare and income-generation projects.
Beautiful Soul – Hanna Dress £450.00
Cut from Black Floral British lace, the ‘Hanna Dress’ is the perfect LBD addition to your wardrobe. This dress is beautifully designed with a statement black, organic, Fair Trade Jacquard collar and cuffs that create a contrast in texture. It is easy to wear, with a simple shape and drawstring on the front waist that combines to flatter the figure. The dress skirt is lined in silk, with the bodice and sleeves unlined.
Beautiful Soul believes in slow fashion, designing pieces that can be cherished for a lifetime. There is a proud emphasis on UK-based production and material remnants feature as fastenings and embellishments, adhering to the policy of zero-waste. The brand has garnered respect and admiration from international admirers and supporters including Pippa Middleton, Kristin Davis, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Livia Firth.
Dai – First off the Blocks Dress Plum £295
This is a perfect day-to-night statement dress that is thoughtfully functional and seamlessly versatile – to move you from desk to dinner party. It has side splits for uninhibited movement, discreet yet purposeful pockets and inside, it is beautifully finished with a combination of binding and precisely cut raw edges
Dai focuses on performance wear for the professional woman. Its designs balance modern aesthetics, timeless silhouettes, and purposeful functionality.
Written by Sonam Nundoochan and Edited by Alison Jane Reid