Prince Charles’ nettles are next big sting at London Fashion Week 

Prince Charles' nettles are next big sting at London Fashion Week 

Nettles picked from the Highgrove home of the Prince of Wales have made their debut on the London Fashion Week catwalk, after he invited “punk” eco-friendly designers to use the weeds as fabric. 
The Prince, who met fashion designers Vin + Omi at a reception last year, gave his permission for nettles to be harvested at Highgrove to turn into clothes. 
The weeds, along with surplus hazel, willow and chicken wire, last night made their first foray onto the catwalk, with the Prince’s head gardener watching from the audience.
The Prince is understood to have been in touch with the designers to express his support for their work on sustainability, which has seen them reimagine a traditional method of using the fibres from nettle stems to weave into a lightweight cashmere-like fabric. 
The unlikely collaboration arose from a reception last year, in which the Prince – having heard from Vin + Omi about their work – told them he had more than enough nettles at Highgrove and offered them for use. 

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