Meet the Designer: Anna Foster
Founded by British stylist and creative director Anna Foster, E.L.V. DENIM strives to reduce overconsumption and waste in the fashion industry by creating luxury ready-to-wear from 100% upcycled materials. Short for East London Vintage, its collections are designed and produced within a five-mile radius of its atelier in the British capital. In this exciting collaboration, Foster and her team have transformed archived past-season garments from THE OUTNET into contemporary pieces. Each style is unique with a focus on quality and longevity. While choosing her favorites would be an impossible task, here Foster highlights three of the key pieces from the exclusive E.L.V. DENIM X THE OUTNET upcycled capsule (along with some expert styling advice)...
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT 3 HERO PIECES IN THE COLLECTION AND HOW YOU’D STYLE THEM?
THE DOUBLE DRESS
“The dress was one of the simplest but most effective designs that we came up with. We often contrast colors together (it’s what we’re respected for and what we’re known for), but I wasn’t happy with just doing that. I wanted to actually give the item a second design, so that you can wear it in a quite easy style but also rework it with the black overlay and wear it according to your mood; you will find that this is reflected quite a few times across the collection. Though it may be one piece, it can be worn in many ways, and I think that’s really important.”
THE LEATHER GLADIATOR SKIRT
“The gladiator skirt started life as three pairs of leather stretch leggings and it’s probably one of the pieces we’ve worked on the most. We had to do an incredible mathematical calculation on how we would extract the strips, using the most and not giving any leather to waste – it required a lot of Excel spreadsheets. We’ve created the most flattering silhouette that uses so many parts of the original legging, including its design details because those were put there with care and attention and so should be respected in the final garment. I would probably style this with the cashmere co-ord from the capsule – it’s a little bustier top with a really cropped sweater that sits over it – and with really clompy boots or with a lovely black heeled boot.”
THE MONOCHROME JEAN
“The black and white jean is probably most recognized as one of our iconic designs; it’s based on our best-selling boyfriend, but we didn't want to just do the same for this collaboration. Just doing the same isn’t good enough for us, we always want to be pushing our boundaries and doing something better, so we’ve tweaked the style. We aren’t really able to get much white because sourcing white vintage denim is really hard, so it is a real pleasure to be able to work with it here. These jeans will pair really nicely with some of the other black and white pieces in this collection.”