As of tomorrow, Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins and there are plenty of ways to donate. Very recently my aunty was diagnosed with breast cancer and it’s truly inspiring to see how positive she is. Life is short and I’m a firm believer in making the most out of it. This week I’ve been busy chatting with Made In Chelsea’s, Riley Uggla and her business partner Jonny Kaberry about how you can do your bit too donate to such an important cause.
As part of their next charity collaboration, Riley has launched the new ‘Live Your Life’ sweater. The sweater donates 20% of the retail price (£20) to Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
The sweater reads: ‘It’s not just about the way you LIVE your life. It is also about the way you help others LIVE theirs…’
Bonafide Supernova: What was the inspiration behind your collection?
We went to Zambia on a trip to help out at the Zamcog School in Kabwe. It was inspiring to see the work the charity was doing for the kids at the school. Upon our return to the UK we came up with a business plan to help us raise money for the charity through fashion.
Bonafide Supernova: You work with other charities too right?
Riley & Jonny: Our first collection donates to Zamcog and then Human Rights Watch. We chose Zamcog as that was our initial inspiration and then we wanted to to choose a very different charity that works in a completely different way and so made the decision to donate to HRW.
Bonafide Supernova: Do you have a favourite piece from the collection?
Riley & Jonny: Our favourite designs would have to be the sketched man and woman as they are quite unique and were done by a very talented artist friend of ours Alice Wilson.
Bonafide Supernova: What’s next for Riley and Jonny?
We are currently doing a few pop-up stalls across the country and working on the next line of garments for men and women.
I’ve suggested a few ways you can wear your ‘Live Your Life’ sweater.
1. You can look casual chic at ease by teaming up the sweater with a pair of ripped jeans. Complete the look with a pair of killer heels. Neutral and Navy tones compliment each-other really well.
Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana Cutout Crisscross-Straps Keira Sandals, Jeans: Empire-waist Ripped Skinny Jeans, Jacket:V-neck Buttoned Md-long Woolen Coat, Bag: J.W. Anderson Large Moon Bag
2. Channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw with this Sex & The City inspired get-up. Sophisticate your slogan sweater with a girly and glamorous signature red lip, add a pointed court shoe for a high fashion finish.
Skirt: Pleated Full Skirt with Ombre Lace and Plaids, by Get The Looks, Shoes: Gilda Black Suede shoe by Lauren Marinis, Lipstick: Burberry in Ruby No.18, Bag: Lanvin Evening Private Quilted Clutch
3. For a comfy day-time feel, this final look incorporates all of your suggested A/W staple pieces, you may also want to add a pair of tights. A cut-out ankle boot is essential for AW14 and a timeless leather jacket is super easy to team with your sweater. Along with Claret and Khaki your A/W colour palette should definitely include Navy and Tan.
Jacket: Forever New Heather Quilted Biker Jacket, Boots: Mango, Cut-Out Leather Ankle Boots, Skirt:Red Valentino Leather Flared Skirt, Hat: Whistles Felt Fedora Hat
You can purchase your sweater at: How Do I Save The World and in the Natasha Coote boutique in Fulham.
Words by @tamaratweetheart