This is how it goes down behind the scenes: before the clothes get to your hot little hands, they go through a long chain of production and distribution, one of the last links being the fashion markets or tradeshows.
A good trade show can show industry decision makers, designers and visionaries what’s new—and next up—in the world of sustainable design. That’s why we’ve rounded up some can’t-be-missed trade shows and exhibitions around the globe that are going on now through November of 2012.

June 2012

9th June
How to make a skater skirt; workshop
Place:-Fabrications, 7 Broadway Market, London, E8 4PH
Create your own circular skirt in an afternoon. You will learn how to measure and cut the pieces, how to insert a zip, how to attach a neat waistband, and how to use a bias binding to finish a curved edge.

9th-10th June
London Green Fair
The London Green Fair provides a platform for individuals and organisations to join together to celebrate all that is green in London. There will be live ethical fashion catwalks, workshops and swap shops, and guest speakers with all the latest on sustainable fashion. The event started out as a small gathering yet has become a popular environmental festival that attracts thousands of people.
Location: Regent’s Park, Camden

9th – 17th June
Bristol Big Green Week
The city of Bristol is to host a world-class festival of sustainability bringing together leading global experts and thinkers to share ideas and inspiration on developing a green future. Bristol’s BIG Green Week will include a strong cultural element with music, theatre and comedy performances, a film festival, and new art, all reflecting an environmental theme. Street art and exhibitions will transform the city centre. And the week will culminate in the Festival of Nature, Europe’s largest free natural history festival.
Location: Bristol

13th-14th June
Fast Fashion Lille is a new global textile platform offering a sneak preview on fashion trends, fabrics and the finished product. It will be held in Lille (France).
Fast Fashion Lille gathers two trade shows:
Tissu Premier fabrics and trimmings. They cover pretty much anything : jersey, satin, crêpe, jacquard, fur imitation, leather, fleece, etc… Tissu Premier is also very strong for prints.
Collections: private labels and own brands collections for ready-to-wear and fashion accessories

July 2012

4th -6th Jul 2012
Ethical Fashion Show, Berlin
Ethical Fashion show Berlin will take place in the fashion metropolis of Berlin and will be continued for a period of more than three days. The event will showcase street ware and casual clothing lines based on ecological sustainability and will promote the awareness and possibility of environmental friendly clothing collections.
Venue:ewerk GmbH

4th-6th July
GREEN Showroom
The GREEN Showroom is a luxurious green trade fair, combining the elements of luxury and sustainability to provide innovative designs. The exhibition aims to provide a new perspective on sustainable fashion with an exquisite selection of sustainable fashion and lifestyle labels produced using ecological and sustainable materials. The event will be held in the luxurious surroundings of Berlin’s five-star Adlon Hotel, which will be playing host for the fifth time, trade visitors and press representatives can discover the new season Autumn/Winter creations by international green brands from the upmarket segment.
Location: Hotel Adlon, Berlin

11th July
Sustainable Clothing Action Plan: Annual Conference
Wednesday 11 July: 09.30 – 15.00
One Drummond Gate, London, SW1V 2QQ

Join the SCAP conference, where WRAP will announce new insights on clothing. Discover more about the environmental footprint of clothing in the UK, the benefits to businesses from taking action and the implications of consumer behaviour of purchasing, using and throwing away clothes. Plus hear exclusive details on the proposed 2020 Sector Commitment.

Keynote speakers: Dr Liz Goodwin – CEO WRAP, Dr Richard Swannell – Chairman SCAP and a speaker from Defra.
Industry speakers: Wendy Mitchel – Charity Retail Association, Ross Barry – Textile Recycling Association, Anne Prahl – Designer, Jonas Eder-Hansen – Danish Fashion Institute and the Shwopping team at Marks & Spencer and Oxfam.

The main event concludes after lunch. The afternoon session offers optional workshops on the New Business Models and the Clothing Environmental Impact Assessment Tool.
Register here now
With limited numbers, registration is not an automatic guarantee of a place. You will be notified by Monday 2 July at the latest if your application has been successful.
For more information contact

15th July
The Green Fashion Bazaar
Amsterdam Fashion Week presents The Green Fashion Bazaar, an event where items from green designers and the finest vintage will be for sale in a unique, green and inspiring surrounding.

August 2012

19th-21st August
Pure London
Pure London is the UK’s leading fashion trade event, bringing together an eclectic mix of contemporary, directional and premium womenswear, young fashion, footwear and accessory brands. The Ethical Fashion Forum will be at the event, showcasing some of our Innovation award winners.
Location: Olympia Exhibition Centre, London

September 2012

1st September from 1pm to 5pm
The Green ECO Show
519 4th ST Deer Lodge,Montana

6th -9th Sep 2012
Ethical Fashion Show, Paris
International Rendez-vous for Ethical and Sustainable Fashion
Since its creation in 2004, EFS strives to publicize the ethical fashion which includes economic, human and environmental aspects. EFS brings together designers who care about environment and culture’s skills.
Venue:Espace Pierre Cardin

November 2012

13th November
Westminster Media Forum Keynote Seminar: The UK fashion industry
Bringing together policymakers and representatives from across the UK fashion industry – including retailers, manufacturers, suppliers and designers – this seminar will examine the emerging challenges and opportunities for the industry. Planned sessions focus on domestic clothing manufacturing and options for capitalising on product provenance, and further emerging opportunities for industry and government to collaborate to promote UK fashion and design internationally. The event is part of a series of events being organised by the Westminster Media Forum looking at the UK’s creative industries.
Location: Central London, UK

Gretchen Jones Fall 2012 presentation during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Root Drive In on February 8, 2012 in New York City.

Square-toed Durango ankle boots completed each of the looks, practical footwear for Southwestern girls who find themselves chasing rabbits.

Inspired by Poe’s poem “The Raven” and Carroll’s novel Through the Looking Glass, with Nico’s album Desertshore acting as the backbone, Brooklyn-based designer (and winner of “Project Runway” Season 8) Jones transformed Chelsea’s ROOT(Drive-In) into a haunting installment.

Dark, with dramatic splashes of light illuminating slivers of the models, often times their faces completely obscured by shadow — the mood would have been downright somber if not for the sumptuous textiles, engaging hues, and captivating jewelry. Instead, it was dreamy and evocative; darkness filled with serenity and hope.

That the designer is mourning the recent loss of her father, Robert (for whom the show was dedicated), was evident. But Jones’s grief, as expressed in this collection, feels imbued with the magical and mystical, rather than dour Victorian mourning.

burnt-orange fabric which mimicked a basket weave was used on several occasions, sometimes embellished with bone beads.

In an event that was half falling down the rabbit hole and half “Nevermore,” the Southwest was transported to West 18th Street with the presentation of Gretchen Jones’s Fall/Winter 2012 collection at New York Fashion Week.

The Southwest as seen through the eyes of Louis Carroll and Edgar Allen Poe, that is.

Native American Meets 1940s’ New Yorker

Wool hats, made in collaboration with Little Doe, provided a vogue twist to the 1970s romantic-desert feel.

Positioned around a medicine wheel fashioned from charcoal, sand, gems, and rocks on the floor, the 16 models displayed a variety of looks that take Southwestern traditions and Mexican lore to new levels. Long skirts, basket-weave textures, snakeskin and ikat prints, dark florals, earthy tones, and brushed wool were accentuated with dramatic jewelry, wool hats and clunky boots. Native American meets 1940s New Yorker, with splashes of modern Bohemian thrown in.

Custom Digital Prints with Eco-dye, Made in the U.S.A

And as always, Jones’s ethical principles were in full force. She partnered withSave the Garment Center, a NYC-based organization focusing on ethical business practices. The collection was entirely made in the United States, and all of her self-designed digital print fabrics were created at eco-friendly dye house AirDye, using a technology that uses minimal water and emits a modicum of waste.

Nail strips that looked like turquoise were applied to fingernails.

Gems and stones were present throughout, from geode-like rocks on the floor to the names of the collection’s components to the heavy reliance of vintage Hopi, Navajo, and Zuni jewelry (antique Indian jewelry was supplied by Ian Kennedy).

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