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INTRODUCING ELLE L X FASHION FOR CONSERVATION

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           Elle L and lead designer Rene Garza front row, Elephantasia at London Fashion Week SS18

           Elle L and lead designer Rene Garza front row, Elephantasia at London Fashion Week SS18

I'm incredibly excited to join forces with Fashion For Conservation. The creativity, people involved and purpose behind the organisation inspires me. I'm looking forward to raising awareness and supporting important issues in conservation. 

I had the pleasure of getting to know the team after being sat next to lead designer, René Garza Front Row at Elephantasia for London Fashion Week. It was a breathtakingly beautiful runway show and the stars must have aligned because it's lead me to this moment where I'll now be actively collaborating to create content over the next few weeks and months. 

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Upcoming, 'Artists For Conservation' is a concept inspired by my passion for conscious art, nature and all that Fashion For Conservation are doing. We need to draw attention to important issues and I hope to be an advocate for how fashion and other artistic industries can put ethics at the backbone of their work to create in a way that protects future generations of ecosystems and wildlife.  

Artists have such power to initiate change by opening up a conversation. If we bring our voices together, we can create a message and impact on what matters.

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Nature inspires me on so many levels. My debut EP, COCOON uses natural metaphor to express themes of change within a person and themes of breaking out of fear to become your most authentic self. The process can be painful but ultimately healing as it allows you to evolve and evolution is a constant cycle. I found using the concept of the butterfly and metamorphosis more potent than to indulge in speaking about myself directly in these tracks. I have more music coming this year, including a re-imagiantion of Bowie's Man Who Sold The World, which I recently performed on BBC introducing, I look forward to sharing many more tracks with you soon.

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Elle L joins the FFC team for a special collaboration. Each month she will be curating a new monthly 'artist' feature. Seeking inspirational conscious artists in the world of Fashion,  Music, Beauty, Food & more, Elle L will be discussing how sustainability and nature can be a driving force of creativity and how we can make art without affecting animals and the ecosystems of our world to create a sustainable environment. 

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                                                          Image credit: StoyanovandJones

ABOUT ELLE L.

Described as 'One to watch Now and Beyond' by the likes of CLASH magazine - 360 music artist, model, director & writer, Elle L has had works published on CNN international as a writer as well as been part of her own show on the network. She has also worked on Emmy nominated documentary for the IFC and BBC, directed for Copenhagen Fashion Week and as a model has walked for London Fashion Week. Most recently her focus has rooted itself in music, the medium she resonates to the most. Elle L has received worldwide press on her first single, been featured on BBC introducing and her second single, CIRCLES is the new sound of Lacoste Pour Femme.

Elle L represents a new-wave of millennial artists that allow expression to be manifested in a variety of channels, her alignment brings out this energy to find the world's most conscious creators so we can get everyone talking about topics that matter. 

This weekend, Elle L will be interviewing FFC lead designer, René Garza in the lead up to Fashion for Conservation's debut of a campaign to save the Amazon rainforest at London Fashion Week in Covent Garden's Freemasons' Hall venue, February 18th 2018. Stay tuned! 

Connect with Elle L:

Instagram: @ellel__
Twitter
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5 Holiday Gifts for Fashion and Elephant Lovers

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If you're shopping for your last minute gifts this season, don't miss out on these 5! Gift your loved ones a fashion forward new year while contributing to a healthier, happier planet in 2018.

And if you're reading this closely...we would like to gift YOU with 10% off your entire purchase. Enter FASHIONFORWARD10 at checkout.

Your gift funds conservation; 30% of each sale supports the African Wildlife Foundation. Happy Holidays from your Fashion for Conservation family!

1. LOVE ME by NO VOICE. Elephantasia limited edition.

LOVE ME Crew Neck by NO VOICE (Organic Cotton)
65.00

NO VOICE X Elephantasia is originally designed and produced by artistic and romantic partners Oscar Abbots - international designer for brands like Roberto Cavalli, Josep Font, Adolfo Dominguez and currently Zara - and Riccardo Ceretti - artist and archeologist with an innate passion for fashion. They live between Italy and Spain where they "seduce all creative fields like music, film, architecture and art to reflect them in the wonderful world of fashion."

2. Fashion fighting for Conservation custom bracelet.

"Fashion Fighting for Conservation" bracelet hand engraved by Squirrel Vs. Coyote
from 34.00

Only 24 made. Available for custom printing! A little bit Renaissance a little bit rock and roll. Squirrel Vs. Coyote brings contemporary fashion with bold accessories for fearless champions of uniquity. Available for custom printing! Only 24 made. Available for custom printing! 

3. Elephant and monkey scarf. Elephantasia limited edition.

Elephant and monkey woven scarf by VISMAYA. Elephantasia Limited Edition
85.00 120.00

Vismaya hand weaves a variety of breathtaking shawls, scarves and wraps. This Elephantasia limited edition is hand made from 90% modal, 10% Cashmere, and non-toxic dies. Ever since its inception, Vismaya’s accessory collections have quickly become a renowned label across the globe. The brand offers seasonal collections of gorgeous accessories in vibrant colors, exquisite patterns, and sumptuous fabrics including silk, linen, wool, cotton, cashmere, modal and a variety of blends. The artwork depicted on this specific scarf is by Colette Miller, founder of the Global Angel Wings Project, founded first in the streets of LA. Colette paints angel wings that are human-sized, interactive public art, and she has since painted wings globally in Kenya, Australia, Taiwan, France, Cuba, Mexico, and many US states. 

4. Tusked silhouette jumpsuit and dress. Elephantasia limited edition.

*ORIGINAL* Elephantasia Jumpsuit by Rachel Allan
960.00

**This is a custom item, please send us your measurements with your order.
"We at Rachel Allan support Elephantasia because we want to help bring awareness to the many issues surrounding and effecting elephants, such as being poached for their ivory tusks or losing large amounts of their habitats due to human expansion."

*ORIGINAL* Elephantasia Jumpsuit by Rachel Allan
960.00

**This is a custom ordered item, please send us sizes with your purchase.
"We at Rachel Allan support Elephantasia because we want to help bring awareness to the many issues surrounding and effecting elephants, such as being poached for their ivory tusks or losing large amounts of their habitats due to human expansion."

5. Fashion for Conservation Membership. The gift that keeps giving!

MEMBERSHIP *TAX DEDUCTIBLE
100.00

Tax Deductible Welcome to the Wild Package:

  • Complimentary copy of Fashion for Conservation Magazine: full color luxury print publication designed and directed by the art director behind "100 Years of Vogue."
  • VIP Golden Ticket to Fashion for Conservation shows at Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018 and New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019.
  • Limited edition elephant print gifted from South African/Kenyan wildlife photographer Chantelle Melzer valued at $280 US dollars.
  • Artisan crafted small-batch rose truffles from Seleušs Chocolates (US)
  • Invitation to exclusive member-only events and experiences upcoming in New York, Seattle, LA, London, Ibiza, Berlin and Cape town.
  • 100% of your donation goes to African Wildlife Foundation (AWF). 

Tax-deductible receipt matching your donation amount. 100% of your donation goes to African Wildlife Foundation (AWF). 

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Ibiza Recap: Opening Night of Elephantasia at Atzaro Fashion Festival

Rachel Hester

By Melissa Hills (GYPSETGIRL)
Photo Credit: La Skimal & David Corral

Elephant conservation has always been near and dear to my heart. How could it not be? These majestic and intelligent creatures are so special and nurturing and a lot like human beings. More like humans than most understand. Did you know that elephants have memories like human beings? Elephants actually visit the graves of their dead family members just like humans do. They remember the happy experiences, as well the heartbreaking tragedies they endure. Like for example the witnessing of the slaughter of their herd/family members for their tusks by greedy poachers. These beautiful giants carry these haunting and brutal memories with them for a lifetime. It is a tragedy that any living creature would be subjected to this. Did you know that if it isn't stopped now, elephants will be extinct in our lifetime? This fact is crushing to me. 

So when Fashion for Conservation invited me to create a dress for Elephantasia and for my brand GYPSETGIRL to join them in their crusade to spread awareness and raise money for elephant conservation, I jumped at the chance.

Elephantasia Design by Mellissa Hillas, blogger and designer behind GYPSETGIRL

Elephantasia Design by Mellissa Hillas, blogger and designer behind GYPSETGIRL

The launch of this seasons Elephantasia showcase was in Ibiza on July 18th at the Atzaró Fashion Festival 2017. It was a magical evening, full of uber bohemian style, a fabulous fashion show, pop-up-shops and most importantly recognition of the plight of African elephants.

Elephantasia design by Shriti Pratap

Elephantasia design by Shriti Pratap

There's so much to share, I don't even know where to start! The night began with the arrival of the 2000 breathtaking international glitterati that some like myself, came all the way to Ibiza just for this extraordinary event. The cocktails flowed as people walked and danced around the property exploring the amazing food to sample and the boho-luxe wares each vendor had to offer their enthusiastic buyers.

As the sun set, drawing a kaleidoscope of pink and orange in the sky the show began to the sound of a flute with what seemed like pixies coming from out of a forest. I was soon to discover that these "pixies' are some of the gorgeous members of the internationally known World Family Ibiza. A nomadic group of glamorous gypsies who travel the world to design and sell their incredible fashion collections (I couldn't resist taking a few of their colorful and luxurious pieces back home with me.).

As the World Family Ibiza members left the runway, their designs soon followed in colors and textures that took my breath away!

The most amazing part of the show for me of course, was seeing all of the mega-talented designers looks that were all elephant inspired for Elephantasia. They were very unique in style, striking and exceptional in their own right. I truly can say that as I watched each look come down the runway, I really loved how through fabric and design each piece embraced the spirit of the African elephant in such an artistic way.

Elephantasia Design by FREE MIND

Elephantasia Design by FREE MIND

Elephantasia Design by Autonomous Collection

Elephantasia Design by Autonomous Collection

Look 1, 2. Shriti Pratap
Look 3. Gypset X Vismaya
Look 4. Kromagnon
Look 5. Phrophetik
Look 6. Re.ne(w)
Look 8. Meredith Allen Kelly
Look 9. C. Nicole
Look 10. C. Nicole
Look 11. C. Nicole
Look 12. Free Mind
Look 13. Autonomous
Look 14. IVORY ELLA
Look 15. IVORY ELLA

Fashion for Conservation Co-Founder Ava J. Holmes thanking the audience for an Elephantastic opening night!

Fashion for Conservation Co-Founder Ava J. Holmes thanking the audience for an Elephantastic opening night!

Closing this absolutely fantastic show was the legendary Scottish designer Pam Hogg. Known for her eclectic designs, Hogg has dressed rock stars and celebrities alike, including Blondie, the Cult and Naomi Campbell. Her newest collection did not disappoint any of us expecting to see all of the edgy vibe that drips from her designs.

What an amazing experience the whole evening was! I feel so privileged to have had this opportunity and to be included with so many other designers that I find so inspiring. I hope that you feel inspired as well. We all share this planet together, even though in some cases our countries have borders that are separated by oceans. Nonetheless, we all need the elephants to keep this world turning. African and Asian alike, and they need us to save their lives.

So please do what you can to help support Fashion for Conservation and all the organizations working to prevent extinction and to save all the worlds beautiful and much needed creatures.

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Elephantasia Exclusive | VIP & Press Closing Party SS17

Rachel Hester

 
 
 
I WILL DO ALL THAT I CAN TO CREATE A WORLD WHERE ELEPHANTS CAN THRIVE NOW
— Elephantasia Seattle SS17
 

Thank you to our media partners and sponsors for Elephantasia SS17

A-DOT Productions, Chantelle Melzer,   Eco Fashion Week,  DeCarbon Azul, Essentials Bakery, Evergreens Salad,  Floral Image, Unclebob Studios, NOVICA, KIND Snacks, Roaming Elephant, SELEUŠS Chocolates, & Straight Jacket Studios.

UNIVISION TV, Seattle Met, M.IND Magazine, IBUKI Magazine, VILLE Magazine, Cradle Our Spirit Media

HIGHLIGHTS
VIP & PRESS CLOSING
PARTY SS17

Reveal of The NO VOICE Collective founded by Oscar Abades (Spain) and Ricardo Ceretti (Italy).

Reveal of The NO VOICE Collective founded by Oscar Abades (Spain) and Ricardo Ceretti (Italy).

Live Coverage by UNVISION TV

Live Coverage by UNVISION TV

Americas Next Top Model and Elephantasia SS17 cover girl Binta Dibba (right) posing with Amy Gee (left)

Americas Next Top Model and Elephantasia SS17 cover girl Binta Dibba (right) posing with Amy Gee (left)

Elephantasia live exhibition featuring all SS17 designers including Shriti Pratap (India) pictured above.

Elephantasia live exhibition featuring all SS17 designers including Shriti Pratap (India) pictured above.

Elephantasia member appreciation with gifts from SELEUŠS Chocolates.

Elephantasia member appreciation with gifts from SELEUŠS Chocolates.

Elephantasia team reunion: Brand Director, Nazy Alvarez (Paris) & VIP Director, Victor Loo (US/Singapore)

Elephantasia team reunion: Brand Director, Nazy Alvarez (Paris) & VIP Director, Victor Loo (US/Singapore)

Live painting and life-sized "Roaming Elephant" mural by Matt Shapira.

Live painting and life-sized "Roaming Elephant" mural by Matt Shapira.

Open bar of organic wine, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.

Open bar of organic wine, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.

Keynote presentation by The African Wildlife Foundation

Keynote presentation by The African Wildlife Foundation

VIP Invitations and Press Release printed on paper made from Elephant Poo

VIP Invitations and Press Release printed on paper made from Elephant Poo

Donor and VIP appreciation with elephant gifts from the African Wildlife Foundation.

Donor and VIP appreciation with elephant gifts from the African Wildlife Foundation.

Thank you from the entire team for supporting Elephantasia SS17!

Thank you from the entire team for supporting Elephantasia SS17!

 

Thank you for making a commitment to protecting elephants!

Life sized "elephant contract" signed by VIP of Elephantasia SS17 & Members Elephantasia.

Life sized "elephant contract" signed by VIP of Elephantasia SS17 & Members Elephantasia.

 

Meet Marina Toeters (By-Wire.net)

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INTERVIEW WITH ELEPHANTASIA
DESIGNER MARINA TOETERS

www.by-wire.net


Let’s not waste the power of fashion: lets innovate for a better world...for circular textile products and a supportive fashion system.
— MT, Netherlands

Why do you think collaboration is so important?

Collaboration is a tool to make fashion much more relevant. It can make a product so much more advanced and then in my work that makes garments that take better take care of people.

Are people skeptical of the fashion and technology field?

Yes absolutely. I have been working in this field for more than nine years now and I see so much opportunity for fashion designers and always here the question even from them ´yeah but why do we need it?´ and of course we don´t need it we also don´t need very many things that are in the fashion industry as it currently is. And what about the sustainable isues: We need the change! We need to change fashion toward relevance in technology. Technology can help us in advancing and we need to change with it so fashion becomes relevant again

What do you think of the future of your field?

There are so many prototypes waiting for us but we still need to find the balance of the complexity of the garment, how we can benefit from it and how we can communicate it ' those are the three skills that we have to bring it together.

How is your work relevant to sustainability?

Fashion and technology has a lot of relevance to the health world. This also pushes the relevance away for people; I think ¨well being¨ is better because you have to take of your health all the time even when you´re not sick. There innovative fashion and wearable can help you a lot so that they support you in your every day life instead of only when it is too late that you need the health professionals to start healing you and caring for you. I think these products as a prevention of the health world is way better. This can be done by wearing fashion; supportive fashion.

Marina's Design for Elephantasia, inspired by the Elephant's communication system.


Bio

Marina Toeters operates on the cutting edge of fashion technology and fashion design. Through her business by-wire.net she stimulates collaboration between the fashion industry and technicians for a relevant fashion system and supportive garments for everyday use. She advises, amongst others, Philips Research and the European Space Agency on product development. As a teacher, coach and researcher, she works for the fashion department in the Utrecht school of Arts, textile department at Saxion University for applied science and industrial design faculty in the Eindhoven University of Technology.

For more info visit www.by-wire.net.

Elephantasia at Eco Fashion Week

Rachel Hester

NOV 2-NOV 3 (EFW), NOV 5 (PRESS PARTY) – For the first time, Elephantasia will be exhibited during Eco Fashion Week (EFW), informing and inspiring the fashion-conscious, and sustainable-minded alike in a way that harmonizes beauty and the environment. After all, innovation in fashion — the future of chic — is inextricably linked to innovation in sustainability. 

EFW will launch the work of six new Elephantasia designers including the lead designer for ZARA who recently launched his independent brand "No Voice" inspired by the Fashion for Conservation movement. Each piece is uniquely elephant-inspired and eco-friendly by the presenting international designers. The exhibition will also provide an opportunity for guests to learn more about the movement through interactive media and in-person conversation with partnering conservation organisations.  

Elephantasia aims to raise awareness and funds for the African elephants killed for their ivory at a rate of 96 each day. The campaign is in support of the conservation organizations #AfricanWildlifeFoundation, #Elephanatics and #WorldElephantDay. 

Vancouver’s annual sustainable fashion event, Eco Fashion Week is now in its 11th edition and continues to raise global awareness for socially, environmentally and economically sustainable consumption. Elephantasia will be showcased in EFW Seattle between NOV 2-3, 2016. A private party for press and campaign partners will take place NOV 5th, 2016. (See private invitation). 

Why elephants at fashion week?

Fashion is largely responsible for the continued demand for ivory. Ivory is still used in parts of the world for the production of jewelry and trinkets. Here we can share the message to #saynotoivory with an industry that has a direct impact on the demand.

The campaign raises the question of how animal materials and parts are used in fashion. Beyond elephants, the controversy is important to consider in the conversation of "eco-fashion."

Those who engage in conservation campaigns are often already interested in the subject. This campaign targets a new audience thus in increasing awareness and funding opportunity for elephant conservation. 

Who is behind the campaign? 

Elephantasia Fall SS17 is presented by: A-DOT, Eco Fashion-Week and the African Wildlife Foundation. The exhibition is in partnership with Vann Edge Salon, Not Just A Label, World Elephant Day, EVRNU, and National Geographic´s NOVICA. 

For more details and to request an invitation, please contact PR@FashionforConservation.com