Natural and eco-friendly were the key trends on display at the trade shows TBC/FAO and Margin, which wrapped their two-day runs in London yesterday.

At Margin (, there was no shortage of eco-friendly exhibitors. Recycled vintage fabrics were used in abundance by such brands as Rebe, Junky and Enamore, as were veggie dyes and organic materials. In addition, a new mood was present at the show - several new additions laden with feminine and sometimes rather frilly appeal were nestled amongst brands such as Dephect and X-Large. According to the exhibitors’ formula, there’s no doubt that boys will be boys and girls will be girls next spring.

Two Margin brands of special note were Yes No Maybe and Stereotype. The latter displayed a great sense of fun in combination with a philosophical edge and precise cuts (yes, cuts – some of the tees were actually tailored). Yes No Maybe, on the other hand, launched, alongside its first collection of wittily designed tees and hoodies, a line of interesting hand-sprayed caps.

The TBC/FAO ( event was, for the second season running, held at the unique Tobacco Dock venue in Wapping. “Natural” was the dominant keyword here, too. In terms of finishes, washed, rugged, brushed and gently battered seemed to be the main calls. The central color scheme was soft and muted: pleasant hues such as mellow tomato, mushy pea and egg toddy yellow kept recurring and were spied on brands such as Hvana, Luke 1977, Drifters, Merde and Edwin.

Keeping with the green objectives and natural feel of the collections, animal motif prints were also in vogue at both shows. All specimens of the animal kingdom were present. Elephants, monkeys, birds and dogs… name a beast and chances are, it prevailed at the London shows. Cool brand Son of a Stag even took its animal obsession to the max by basing its entire collection around furry, four-footed creatures.

To round off the first day of TBC/FAO, Hvana threw a party offering tasty bites to eat, Brazilian lager and, to make the experience complete, Classical Conveniences – a set of melodically gifted mobile toilets.

– Emma Holmqvist, London Correspondent