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Link Buzz: Did Last Year’s Rana Plaza Factory Collapse Change the Way You Buy Clothes?

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  • The Guardian approached young fashion student types in Granary Square, London — the home of top fashion school Central Saint Martins — and asked whether last year's Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh changed the way they buy clothing. [The Guardian]
  • On a slightly lighter British-related note, the founders behind ASOS and Achica have launched a luxury e-commerce site for pets — "Think of it as" [The Independent]
  • In honor of Earth Day, why not consider swapping some organic products into your skincare routine? [BellaSugar]
  • Or — depending on where your allegiances lie — maybe you'd prefer to prefer to sue your discretionary income to support the GOP? For a limited time only, a donation of $35 or more gets a pair of colorful limited-edition George H. W. Bush striped socks.  [Racked]
  • This summer, wearing a full skirt will not have you mistaken for an Amish person. [FabSugar]
  • Bonus: Brian Lehrer devotes his show today to Earth Day and talking about the state of the environment. Both the full episode and standalone segments are available on-demand on the WNYC website. [WNYC]

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Our Favorite Pieces from Coco Rocha’s Guest Collection for BaubleBar


Over the years, Coco Rocha's proved herself to be more than just a pretty face. She's one of the most social media-savvy models out there and has buttressed her career with TV hosting, correspondent and activism gigs. Her latest effort is for BaubleBar, for which she is stepping in as a "Guest Bartender," or in layman's terms, co-collaborator.

Rocha's 20-piece collection with BaubleBar is meant, like any ideal fashion collaboration, to take the wearer from day to night at prices that won't melt your credit card. "I’m from a middle class family and I don’t think fashionable jewelry should always cost as much as a down payment on a house," she told People. The collection is full of statement pieces meant to take a simple look to the next, more fashion-y level. "Jewelry shouldn't be an accessory or an afterthought—it should be an integral part of a look," Rocha explained to Refinery 29. "We live in an age when we can switch out our jewelry as much as we want, and I think we should!" 

It's fitting, then, that the collection offers so many options. Ear cuffs, look-at-me bib necklaces and stacked rings are the name of the game here. The pieces are certainly conversation starters, which is exactly what Rocha says she wanted. "You don't need an extravagant wardrobe to wear it." Works for us, since our wardrobes are certainly not as as extravagant as hers!

Take a look at some of our favorite pieces from the range, which you can shop right now at BaubleBar.


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Watch: Amber Valletta Turns It #InsideOut for Fashion Revolution Day

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Today is the 44th annual Earth Day and here at tFS, we're all over it — but we're also gearing up to support another important occasion that's coming up later this week. Thursday, April 24 is Fashion Revolution Day, marking the one-year anniversary of last year's tragic Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, which left at least 1,133 people dead and 2,500 wounded

In honor of all the workers around the world who make our clothing, the Fashion Revolution campaign asks supporters to wear their clothing inside out on Thursday, tagging photos of themselves with the hashtag #InsideOut. The project was founded by eco-designers Carry Somers and Orsola de Castro, and has attracted ethical fashion activists from around the world, including high-profile supporters like model Amber Valletta, who shared a video in support of the #insideout campaign on Instagram earlier today. Watch it below:

Related: Why Haven’t Big High-End Brands Embraced Ethical Fashion?

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River Island Announces Two New Collaborations

High street giant River Island seems to continuously secure exciting collaborations, and we’re super pumped for the next two they have in the pipeline.

War Child

First up, it’s always good to hear about a retailer that’s using its powerful position to help out a charity, so we were really pleased to learn that River Island has decided to support the deserving charity War Child, which aims to protect children from the brutal effects of war.

They are working together to produce a capsule T-shirt line that will be available to buy in stores and online from May onwards. Available in a choice of two colours for children costing £8 and both men and women for £18, it’s an exact replica of the Come Together T-shirt that John Lennon was picture wearing alongside his wife Yoko Ono in 1971.  

It’s a great piece for those looking to breathe new life into iconic music memorabilia whilst adhering to the ultimate goal of supporting a great charity.

a model wearing an outfit by British designer Baartmans & Siegel at the Kopenhagen Fur Show during Day 1 of Copenhagen Fashion Week on January 30, 2013

a model wearing an outfit by British designer Baartmans & Siegel at the Kopenhagen Fur Show during Day 1 of Copenhagen Fashion Week on January 30, 2013; image: Getty

Baartmans & Siegel

Next,  it’s a collaboration with the London Collections: Men Dutch British design duo Baartmans & Siegel, the pair who met whilst at Viktor & Rolf. The designers have an indulgent eye for detail, blending classic elegance with modern masculinity.

The Baartmans & Siegel for River Island collaboration will include a fashion film set to premiere next season at June’s London Collections: Men, followed by a 12-piece capsule collection for men as part of River Island’s design forum initiative. It will be available to buy online and in stores in September.

The Baartmans & Siegel collaboration is following in the footsteps of previous success stories such as designer Eudon Choi, so they are definitely in good company. We may not have seen any pictures from the collaboration yet but we do know that we can expect a focus on tailored outerwear such as structured blazers and an oversized parka. 

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Kids These Days: Do Millennials Actually Care About Buying Ethically?

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With millennials spending $200 billion a year globally, a figure that's set to double by 2020, retailers and brands are making it a top priority to understand and woo this increasingly influential demographic. 

So what do the kids want? Freedom, happiness, meaning. It's pretty much exactly what their parents wanted at the same age and yet, millennials do differ from previous generations in one crucial way — and it comes down to shopping.

According to a survey conducted by The Intelligence Group, a division of Creative Artists Agency, more and more of us shop for shopping's sake, browsing products and engaging with brands without actually buying anything. Termed "fauxumerism," this approach treats "e-commerce and m-commerce as being as much about entertainment as acquisition."

To make matters worse, 36% of survey respondents said that "they only buy things they deem necessary." Additionally, a whopping 72% "said they research their options online before buying in a store." Another third care about the ethical dimension of their purchases: 32% "said they’ve stopped buying from companies when they’ve become aware of social practices they deem unacceptable." These figures paint a bleak picture for retailers, who would obviously prefer to have a more impulsive, frivolous and morally bereft customer base. [via WWD]

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Watch: Gisele Bundchen’s ‘Heart of Glass’ Music Video for H&M

Much like another multitalented H&M summer campaign model, Gisele Bundchen was tasked with recording a song to go along with the Swedish retailer's newest ads. With the help of producer Bob Sinclair, the bodacious Brazilian lent her pipes for a cover of Blondie's classic "Heart of Glass." We had to wait a couple weeks, but the music video for the tune is finally here, and you guessed it—it's very, very sexy.

The vid starts with footage of Bundchen in the studio with Sinclair, when the electro-pop beat starts to build into what I can best describe as a pseudo 90s drag ball rhythm. Gisele's generously autotuned, heavily accented vocals come in, and we cut to the model grinding up against a very lucky mic stand. The rest is all windblown hair and hip-swaying in a teensy leopard bikini and cut-out black one-piece. Also: HORSES. Running free. It's all very inspiring.

Check it out above.

Oh, and if you're digging Gisele's vocals, you can download the song on iTunes, with part of the proceeds going to UNICEF.

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