Photography ¦ Etsuko Lee.
MUA and creative direction ¦ Aileen Lee.
Model ¦ Camila Wielunski, Simran Johar, Tanya Singh and Angel Woo.
Featuring baskets from Twenty One Tonnes, and glasses from Front Eyewear / Crossky.
It is important that Vestige also take a stance in environmental preservation, lead by example and produce products that lessen the harm on our planet.
Continuing with the message that we crafted for the Promenades Sur L’eau fashion show during Ocean Literacy week (hosted by Ocean Wise and the TPTA organization), we collaborated with photographer Etsuko Lee for a photo shoot featuring the volunteer models who walked the show and a few original pieces we made for the event.
The focus on these new pieces is in the material we used — organic cotton. We've already explained in our previous article how synthetic material releases harmful plastic fibres with each wash, but the benefits of natural fabrics go beyond being environmentally sustainable. It also has a positive impact on our own wellbeing. Cotton is naturally moisture wicking, highly breathable and repellent to mould and bacteria.
Some dislike wearing natural materials because they are often not as wrinkle-resistant. In contrast, I actually think natural creases add charm to an outfit. Take a look at these photos from the collaboration — don't you agree?
We invited Twenty One Tonnes to be a part of our show and shoot, as we wanted to showcase other likeminded local businesses. This homeware and accessories brand is also female owned and operated. The Egg Baskets we featured are made exclusively by a small group of female artists in northern Ghana, each with its own unique character. On top of being able to pair my designs with beautifully handwoven goods, I befriended founders Chessa and Mary Jane in this collaborative process. They are beautiful women who also aspire to make a difference through their work.
Our four models Simran, Tanya, Camila and Angel were volunteers for the Promenade Sur L'eau fashion show. The girls are students from different and varying disciplines, but they came together for the good cause to support the fashion industry and the challenging mission to improve ocean health.
We also worked with long time friend and local company Crossky Official to feature statement eyewear pieces in the shoot. To discourage shoppers from buying an excessive amount of plastic, we decided to work with metal frames only.