Eco-styling genius in town

RAGS TO RICHNESS: Salvos Stores Eco-stylist Faye De Lanty lives by the mantra ‘second-hand never has to mean second best’.

RAGS TO RICHNESS: Salvos Stores Eco-stylist Faye De Lanty lives by the mantra ‘second-hand never has to mean second best’.

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ON CUE: The Living Smart Festival theme of ‘making sustainability part of your everyday life’ is in line with a global trend towards  upcycled fashion.

ON CUE: The Living Smart Festival theme of ‘making sustainability part of your everyday life’ is in line with a global trend towards upcycled fashion.

Salvos Stores eco-stylist and blogger Faye De Lanty will be in the Hunter for the Living Smart Festival this Saturday in Speers Point Park.

Together with Salvos Stores, Ms De Lanty has built her career as one of the leading eco-stylists, working exclusively with sustainable and environmentally-friendly fashion. The former  Totally Wild  presenter truly believes that fashion can be an incredible platform for doing good.

Faye was chosen by Festival host Lake Macquarie City Council to lend her style to the Festival’s fashion parade, which will feature outfits sourced exclusively from Salvos Stores.

Sustainability Engagement Coordinator Chris Harle said Council is excited to partner with Salvos Stores and Ms De Lanty bringing some eco-chic flair to the ever-popular lakeside festival.

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Together with Salvos Stores, Faye has helped this iconic charity set up their highly successful Street boutiques in Sydney, Queensland, the ACT and as of just last week – Perth. Faye  also   set up the first boutique for the Salvation Army in NYC. 

Faye shares her love of recycled fashion with Australian audiences in her regular op shop fashion segments on TV and via her popular blog, Fashion Hound.

“She really knows how to have fun and follow her passions while living smart, coupling her renowned eye for style with a strong ethos of recycling and creative re-use,” Ms Harle said.

“Faye has personally selected each outfit for the models, to work with their personal style, and focused on achieving high-end looks on a small budget to show how thrifty eco-fashion can be.”

The festival fashion parade will feature pre-loved looks for men, women and children, with each outfit costing less than $30.      

“During the parade, Faye will be on stage to explain how she put each outfit together, talk about eco-fashion and give tips on how people can make it work for them.”

Salvos Stores and Ms De Lanty  hope the parade inspires people of the Hunter to develop a taste for sustainable fashion.

“Op shops and vintage outlets are an excellent resource for fashion designers and stylists, and for anyone who cares how they look and wants to reduce their fashion footprint,” she said.

 “If you open your mind to the possibilities and use current fashion as your inspiration, you’ll find it’s so much fun to recreate designer looks for less.” 

Festival-goers can hunt out their own high-end bargains  at the Salvos pop-up boutique, which opens at 8am, or catch the parade  at noon.

The Living Smart Festival runs from 8am until 2pm on Saturday 24 September. For more information, visit www.lakemac.com.au/living-smart-festival.

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