Fair Fashion Festival Ghent : The Styling Files

Dear Fair Fashion Fans,

I’ve been the last couple of months so busy with the styling for the fashionshow for the Fair Fashion Festival in Ghent and after the big happening on sunday, I’m a little proud of the result so after the teasers, I present you my favorites with all the styling details :


Shoes underneath this picture in detail / entire outfit from Supergoods
Schermafbeelding 2015-03-03 om 17.40.08
Shoes Swedish Hasbeens



Shoes : Swedish Hasbeens
Shoes underneath this picture in detail
Schermafbeelding 2015-03-03 om 17.49.35
Shoes Swedish Hasbeens
Entire Outfit from Supergoods



deel 2 terra jumpsuit front 1080 x1920
Front sight

Dia15 Dia16

Dia29 Dia31 Dia33Dia35

Skirt and pants : Cora Kemperman

deel 2 lange witte bloes 1080 x1920 Dia46


Information about the labels : 


You can find them online : 



Hellen van Berkel 

Atelier Anvertsoie

Barbara Munsel

Kerbholz,WEWOOD, Hellen van Berkel, Atelier AnVertSoie and Barbara Munsel are represented in Belgium by Fashion Agency Garderobe+

Nele Huysmans 

Cora Kemperman 


Goed Vandoen

Anders Getint

Yak & Yeti



If you’re interested in the complete styling files, without selection, you can view this over HERE


What’s going on underneath the cape?

Stylists in Cape! #fashionmistery

Dear Fair friends, 

The different capes on the picture are the result of the neat sawing work of social sewing workplace ‘T Godhuishammeke’ in Ghent and they will be used at the fashion show that takes place at 15.45u on the FairFashionFestival in the MIAT in Ghent.

Kapmantel jumping
Jumping Stylists!

As you can see, the stylists are eager to show off the results of our fair styling skills underneath the capes.. Are you curious how the capes will be used and mostly : what lies underneath?


Consider yourself invited!

Fair Fashion Poster

Pictures by Jan Lietaert

Stylists on the picture : Kaat Meys, Machteld Vervaet, Stefanie Carrijn

FairFashionFestival : The Styling Teasers

Dear Fair Ladies and Gentlemen,

Who’s ready for the FairFashionFestival in Ghent?

These models are!

Styled, prepped and ready to shine on the runway..or do I have to say : stairs?

Enjoy a little eye candy in sneak preview..

Model : Eveline Versluys
Model : Elien Defoor
Model : Michiel Schaeverbeke
Model : Elien Defoor
Model : Katelijne Vervaet
Model : Marjolein Vlerick
Model : Lisa Defoor
Model : Jorunn Dieleman
Model : Jesse Vanden Eynde
Model : Iris Deklerck
Modellen : Johannes Obers & Jolien de Kinderen
Modellen : Johannes Obers & Jolien de Kinderen
Model : Johannes Obers
Model : Jolien de Kinderen
Model : Jolien de Kinderen

The details of the styling will follow soon after the show on the 1st of March.

Pictures by Jan Lietaert

Styling by Machteld Vervaet, Kaat Meys and Stefanie Carrijn (aka Mary 😉 )

A girl with a purse..

Fair fashion can be interpreted in many ways as there are different conceptual views. In this theme-of-the-month “handmade in Belgium”, the location of the production and the craftsmanship are crucial parts of course. 

N1Interview with Ms. Nele Huysmans

Nele Huysmans is a Belgian Handbag-designer, located in Antwerp.

In 2009 she won the finals of the Belgian Initiative ‘Kunstbende’. She started her education in 2010 as a fashion designer at KASK in Ghent and four years later, she presented her own collection ‘Nele Huysmans’. She adheres to the concept of the designer as a very humain person as she is one herself, considering that during her studies she worked for the “Knitting Against AIDS” project.

Her own label NELE stands for creativity and craftsmanship with playful details and every piece is an original one.

Why is your production located  in Belgium?

handtas 1c

I started to produce in Belgium because that was the most logical thing to do. NELE is still a starting label but is really born out of love for fashion. After 2 years in fashion academy, I specialized in the craftsmanship of leather design. I think it’s very important to have a very good notion of the craftsmanship, after the design skills self of course. That’s important for your insight during the design process: what is possible with my materials? How will they react on some specific actions like stretching or stitching?

So, for me, producing in Belgium fitted nicely in the process of a starting label : making a few purses myself and trying to sell them close by in Belgium on little design markets. Giving me the opportunity to test my models, colours, etc. out and learn the most important thing : Does anybody even like my purses?

I do realize that when the label grows, that it will get impossible to produce everything myself and then maybe, I have to go elsewhere. That will be a very difficult decision for me. But I do think it’s important to keep the knowledge within the community. That’s how job creation works. Though it’s important to realize that every country has his owns craftsmanship style and it’s also important to go to the right place for the right things. But I’m not denying that –as a young designer- the financial bit is also a important consideration..

So you feel my pain, I think.. 😉

Do you make every handbag yourself?


At this moment, every bag is made by me and with love of course!

In my heart, I’m a designer so it’s wonderful for me to stand by the whole story of the bag.

It’s still doable now but when the production grows..

The ideal way would be that I still design the prototypes and search for the perfect balance between all the features and then give the whole production to a manufactory. That would be ideal because then there is a division between the creative process and the production process.

How do you choose which leather to use?

handtas 3b bis

Each time, I work with a theme and during the design process, it quickly becomes clear which leather will be a good choice for that particular bag. The properties of the leather, such as the thickness and suppleness, are very important but in the end, it is the right presentation, the visual component of the theme that gets the final say.

My favorite is lamb leather; it’s soft and often of a great quality. I like to work with the backside, “the bad side”, of the leather because it has a that rare, but beautiful, vain pattern.

I almost never work with exotic leather but when I do it’s only for small details like bows and it’s always recycled leather or leather that’s otherwise not going to be used anymore (zero-waste-method!).

I admire that you –even at such a young age- already knows what you’re doing and where you’re going. I find that determined attitude in your Collection too, so I’ll take it that you find the inspiration simply in your yourself?

Thank you for the compliment. 🙂reeks 3-3

But I’d like to tell that what happens in my head not always seems to fit the image that everyone else gets. I did not graduate at the academy of Ghent. After 2 years, I was in a place where all the (creative) energy seems to have left me. So, I had to take some time off to get back my courage and trust in myself to start creating again. But I realized soon that I have to create. It’s an essential part of me, I can’t switch it off.

I’d like to get inspired by social situations; the soul of a person really intrigues me. All the little but significant differences between people..

For my line ‘Keep dreaming things’, I did some research on dream patterns; how they can be comparable and completely different at the same time with different meanings for different people.

That inspirational flow still ongoing so you can expect a sequel of the theme in the summer collection..

What does fair fashion means to you?

Fair fashion exists where there is a balance between social, ecological and financial values. I can understand that companies choose to produce elsewhere when the main reason is the craftsmanship in that particular region: I do believe that you should go to the place where it’s best.

But I’m not naive; I know that the financial part isreeks 4-2 achter the most important consideration in the moving-process.

I’d like to say here that for me, even more important than the ideal craftsmanship, is undoubtedly the circumstances where the production takes place, how the employers are treated.

I’m worried about how only a few people have only a little knowledge about these bad circumstances.. but in our society, where people are thinking it is normal to buy a t-shirt for €5, it’s very hard to grow a fair fashion conscience..

Do you work ‘fair’ in your opinion ?

reeks 5-1

Yes I do believe that I work “fair”. There’s not much in my working process that I don’t control because I do everything myself 🙂

A point of improvement for myself is the selection of my leather. At this moment I can make a really good and informed selection but I often find myself in a situation where I can’t get enough information or at least not enough for my own ecological standards but I cut myself some slack here because it’s very hard to get this information.

I noticed that you don’t work with models so the bags are always photographed as a stand-alone product. If you must change that, who would you choose as a model for the bags?

It is indeed an explicit choice to work without models but I do realize that pictures with models can create a very creative and inspiring campaign shot. They can add personality and a special kind of attraction to the product. If I would choose for a model, it has to fit right in and on this moment there’s only one model who gets my attention in that way : Chantelle Winnie. I know her from this article and, actually, you have made me think in that direction now..

Thank u so much for this lovely interview, Nele!

I wish you a lot of inspiration and much more beautiful bags 🙂

 handtas 2d

reeks 1-2handtas 2b bis

handtas 3d bishandtas 2a bis

reeks 3-3 detail 1

 More info about Nele and her wonderfull collection can be found HERE


Hello addiction, always nice to meet again..

In my humble opinion :

One should always start their every-day-styling with proper attention for lingerie. It makes your clothes looks nicer and most important : it makes you feel better.

In that mindset, I admit that I have a very full little closet 😉

This week my fair treasurehunt brought me to the lovely ethical designer   Stella McCartney with this sweet thing :

I looove the combination between sweet, playful and sophisticated
It feels so soft!

FullSizeRender[2]In this Valentine month, I guess there will be much more treasurehunting for the little closet so if you’re a fair lady like me or a fair man with a plan, you might find some sweetness over here :

Under Protection

La fille d’oh : Belgian!

Pants of Poverty

Luva Huva

Clare Bare

Brook There

Stella McCartney

A couple of my personal favorites :

Brook There 1
Brook There  : Cosy but stylish!
Clare Bare 1
ClareBare : Soft & Sexy
Clare Bare 2
ClareBare : Wonderful bottoms!
ClareBare 3
ClareBare : Sweet Chic
Luva Huva : sophisticated and beautiful!
Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney : no words needed, no sleep either…
Luva Huva : Red lace but so classy..

So I hope you now know that there are plenty of ethical, beautiful and soft materials out there to spoil yourself with or maybe, in this month, being spoiled with 😉

Have a happy and gorgeous Valentine everyone!

A sweater and a (Girlie) skirt, really?

Dear Fair ladies,

This week I’d like to present you the result of a styling session I did to prove that sweaters do fit with -in my case- a girlie skirt.

I admired the look from Elena Borden and Elisa Nalin in Elle and what I loved about it was the mixture of nonchalance and sweet chic so I went for it myself…
IMG_0718I started my look…with an ethical sweater from Les Gens de Labas and a Belgian designed skirt from Odette en Ville

IMG_0720Shirt : Ralph Lauren/Jewelry : BIBA/Sweaters : Les Gens de Labas / Skirt : Odette en Ville / Glasses : Dolce & Gabanna

Ethical clothing information

* Les Gens de Labas designes and produces in Belgium with organic material.

They also design jewelry in Morocco in their own workingspace where they are doing job creation for berbers, native inhabitants.

* Odette en Ville designes in Belgium and produces in Portugal

* Unfortunately Ralph Lauren and Dolce & Gabanna scored only E on the Rankabrand-app 

*BIBA Jewelry : no information found 

I shopped in a Fashionista’s closet!

Dear Fair ladies,

I’ve talked with you about a couple of tricks to consume in a smarter and more fairer way. Because when you feel the urge to shop, there are still a lot of fair possibilities, one of them is shopping in another Fashionista’s closet, as you can read HERE 

About that..I’d like to share some outfits I made with a vintage Escada blazer I bought on Fashionup from another Fashionista (Blogster) : Lima Ché

I styled it in 2 different ways :



Blazer : Vintage Escada / FauxFur : Barts / Belt : Atelier Anvertsoie / Purse : Essentiel / Pants : Alchemist / Shirt : H&M / Shoes : Jhay_MG_6141 _MG_6166 _MG_6184 _MG_6203 _MG_6219Blazer : Vintage Escada / Pants : Alchemist / Scarf : Hellen van Berkel / Shoes : BCBG By Max Azria / Purse : Handmade purse bought in Londen Spittafields Market

Pictures by Evy Waegeneire

Not a hippie but a hottie!

‘Geiten wollen is a Dutch company who -like yours truly-  doesn’t like the ‘hippie image’ associated with fair and ecological clothing.  They do like to sell honest fashion; honest to humans and honest to nature. They give this message with shirts made out of organic cotton and with special attention to all prescriptions for the FAIR WEAR-Logo.

They have a lovely range of male shirts, which brings me to my weekly suggestion of my month theme : ‘Shop honest Presents for your Man’

(previous honest man suggestions : A fair boxershort and A shirt to safe an animal

I ordered my favorites of ‘Geitenwollen’ to make my man’s image fair, honest and totally hot! See for it yourself.

Great service! We got a sweet card with our delivery
*cheer* the package is arrived!
*cheer* the package is arrived!

And Ta-daaa : My personal choices of the male shirts :

Mr Fancy goat and the a soft basic in an ideal colour to pop his eyes 🙂

image5 image2

Fair Logo information : 

– No childlabour

-No forced labour

– Safe and healthy work environment

– A legal labour contract

– An honest wage

– Freedom of professional organization and the right to negotiate

– No discrimination of employers

– No excessive workhours

You find more information about the Fair Wair Logo over HERE