THE STYLE LIST NOVEMBER

WHATS HOT THIS NOVEMBER…….AND WE DO NEED SOME HEAT !!

SEE WHO AND WHAT MADE IT ONTO THE STYLE LIST THIS MONTH

MOST STYLISH HOTEL

THE BILTMORE HOTEL , LONDON

This recently opened Hotel in September this year after two years of renovations , now getting into its stride it has now made it onto the Style List after my recent visit. This is a little gem in the heart of Mayfair located in Grosvenor Square a stones throw from Claridges and the fabulous New Bond Street shopping. Jason Atherton overseeing the cuisine in Betterment the Hotels rather lovely and spacious restaurant and an equally sumptuous bar – The Pine Bar. Stylishly cool and still largely still undiscovered the quietness added to the overstated elegance. From £400 ppp night.

Betterment Bar in Jason Athertons Restaurant
Private Dining at The Biltmore

MOST STYLISH RESTAURANT

SCOTTS, MAYFAIR

A frequent visitor to SCOTTS in Mayfair it is consistent in both food and service. At this time of year it is particularly stylish with the most beautiful christmas decorations of any restaurant I know. I tend to go for my favourite fish, Skate with shrimp and an ice cold glass of Chablis and this week was once again exceptional. Super classy and I could put it on the Style List every month but at this time of year it is especially so exudes christmas from a Hollywood film set.

Scotts of Mayfair
Christmas Wonderland at Scotts

MOST STYLISH PERSON

TERRY O NEILL

This must go to the lovely TERRY O NEILL whom I was lucky to meet on a few occasions, we had the greatest conversations and invariably ended up in LUIGIS Deli on of Terrys favourite places for great Italien food. His death this month was no surprise as he had been ill for some time but I hoped he would make one more Christmas. Terry s exhibition at the Iconic Gallery Chelsea makes you realise what an amazing stylish and exciting life he led for someone so normal and unassuming. A truly talented photographer and a wonderful man. You will be missed. Legend.

Terry
Faye Dunaway -once married
Afterparty
Terrys latest book a brilliant collection

MOST STYLISH PRODUCT

TOM FORD SKIN ILLUMINATINGPOWDER DUO

OK , so everything about TOM FORD is stylish and my followers will know that im a MASSIVE fan of all things TF (even his films). But put this on your christmas list ! I love ‘Flicker’ it is for darker skin but i find it works well on mine as I use the darker colour for contouring and the gold for highlighting. The sleek platte with mirror – perfect for touch ups during the evening and great for the party season ! I apologise if this has made a previous Style List but just needs to be on repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

Tom Ford Skin IlluminatingPowder Duo

SIR BOYD TUNNOCK

Following his knighthood this month , the inventor of TUNNOCKS TEACAKES cannot be left off this months Style List. Along with the Queen this is my treat of choice . Satisfying yet calorie light (105calories) light fluffy marsmallow on a biscuit base covered in a thin layer of chocolate it is enough. Beautifully wrapped in that iconic red and silver foil. The TUNNOCKS CARAMEL WAFER cannot go unnoticed.

Tunnock Teacake. Yummy !

STYLISH FASHION

Ditch the sequins its all about chiffon this month. Find it everywhere and at reasonable prices. No need to spend a fortune on pieces you may only wear seasonally. Try NASTY GAL, RESERVED and ZARA for some super pieces at excellent prices. Go all out with bright colours and bows.

Zara £39.99
Reserved £34.99

JOJOS STYLIST TIP: LOOK OUT OR NEXT MONTHS STYLE LIST AFTER MY CHRISTMAS VISITS TO ST BARTHS AND TURKS AND CAICOS. BRINGING YOU WHATS HOT FROM WHERE ITS HOT !!

JOJO MWAH MWAH XXXXXXXXXX

SUSTAINABILITY IN FASHION

Last week I attended a fashion event at Bicester Village in conjunction with Harpers bazaar. I had intended to write today about the A/W trends but AVRIL MAIR (Group Luxury Fashion Director) and Kim Parker (Fashion and Jewellery Director) touched briefly on sustainability in the fashion Industry.

Avril Mair and Kim Parker

What I have since discovered concerned me so much that I decided to dedicate todays article about it. It led me to ask the question WHO IS TO BLAME: THEM OR US ?

WHAT IS SUSTAINABILITY?

Fostering change in the systems towards great ecological integrity and social justice.

FOCUS ON FASHION

The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world, after oil and gas. Rubber, leather and textiles make up 9% of all solid waste. Water consumption within the industry is growing substantially. More recent reports show that the fashion industry is slowing down its sustainability efforts. But is this because of an all time high demand for quick turnaround cheap fashion.

FAST FASHION

Ironically 75% of consumers indicate that sustainability in the clothing industry is important to them. But is it the consumers insatiable appetite for ‘fast fashion’ that is the real problem ? Causing the fashion industry to lose in the sustainability stakes.

Even though the industry is working to reduce its environmental footprint people are buying more and more clothes at ridiculously cheap prices. According to AVRIL MAIR we are wearing an item of clothing only up to 6 times in these current times !!!!

British consumers buy more new clothes per person than any of its European counterparts. Even the historic two annual fashion seasons have now very blurred lines with many fashion houses doing 4-6. While high street stores now do “weekly drops” to keep up with customer demand to buy disposable cheaper pieces. What is driving this I ask myself ? Desire,status,ego or just a need for excitement……or a fast fashion fix ? This fast fashion turnover of clothing (usually made from chemically laden fabric)can clog up landfill and causes 1.2billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. That is more than the emissions from international flights and shipping combined .

Throughout my Styling career I have ALWAYS emphasised the need for “style for life rather then a slave to fashion” and re positioning that focus. Concentrating on investment pieces with a couple of updates each season. Clothes that last a lifetime or at least, a long time. Planning your wardrobe not impulse buying.

Cheaper clothes = environmental damage. Beyond doubt.

Are consumers placing impossible demands on the fashion industry that it is almost impossible to improve sustainability ?

Let’s look closer………

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

WATER CONSUMPTION

It can take up to 3000 litres of water to produce one shirt. 10 000 for one pair of jeans.

Cotton production itself uses huge amounts of water . Also it is normally grown in warm dry climates where water is scarce.

WATER POLLUTION

Washing polyester releases microfibres into the water system and microscopic plastics that find their way back into the food chain. The process of dyeing clothes lead to toxic chemicals polluting the water on a massive scale.

FASHION WASTE

Consumers disposing of these non bio degradable materials into landfill has risen massively into the 1990s. But fashion waste from cutting patterns is also a major problem. Although more Companies are now adopting zero waste cutting techniques.

GAS EMISSIONS

Synthetic fibres of which fast fashion tends to be produced e.g. polyester,nylon,acrylic are all made using fossil fuels. Polluting both air and water. Carbon emissions generated by the clothing an average UK household over a year is equivalent is equivalent to driving a medium sized car 6000 miles.

SOCIAL INJUSTICE

Sustainability of course includes the workforce. Cheap clothes means cheap labour usually in very poor working conditions. Exploitation is generated by a need to cut costs and the volume required to satisfy demands. A lot of our clothes are assembled in India and China workers are paid low wages, poor health and safety conditions and degradation. Child labour is frequently used whose families dare not question the quality of their sons and daughters treatment.

Contemplating at Bicester

CONCLUSION

There is no doubt that we need to explore better technology, water consumption, produce recyclable materials and and implement better working conditions to reduce the social and environmental impact, of this giant industry worth globally £300 billion per annum. But does the real answer lie with us the consumer who is demanding quick manufacturing at low prices. Perhaps we need to persuade David Attenborough to do a programme on the fashion industry !

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP : PLAN, PLAN, PLAN. AROUND TWO SEASONS AND STICK TO IT. SHOP MINDFULLY-DO YOU NEED IT OR LOVE IT MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE IN YOUR WARDROBE.