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Why is Australia Wasting $140M Worth of Clothes Each Year?

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Photo: Digital Vision/Getty

Imagine a $140 million wardrobe — It would be what dreams are made of. That’s the value of the clothes going to landfill every year in Australia, according to‘s Mark Hall. All that fashion buried in the grounds works out to be around 1.2 million tons. So what are we, and retailers doing about this?

In an interview with Ragtrader, Mark explained Australia is lagging behind other countries, where you can return old or unwanted goods to shops or manufacturers for recycling. Germany’s Puma is an example, which as part of its ethical and sustainable policy can have products returned for reprocessing once its shelf life is over.

But over here, Mark says we’re still relying on charity bins and second-hand shops to get rid of our unwanted clothes. “It’s virtually unheard of in Australia to take any item back to the shop where you bought it for recycling,” he told Ragtrader.

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Australians Aren’t Loving Asos Like They Used To


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Asos’ Australian honeymoon is officially over. As The Sydney Morning Herald reports, the UK retailer is struggling against domestic retailers like Sportsgirl and Portmans, even with its extensive range of affordable fashion for both men and women.

Asos’ woes are thanks in no small part to the Australian dollar’s 5.3 per cent fall over the last 12 months. Price rises of around 20 per cent since launch and seemingly long delivery times of five to seven days can’t help matters, though, especially when some Aussie retailers can get goodies to their customers’ doorsteps on the very same day.

Asos shares have fallen more than 60 per cent in six months, losing 10 per cent just this Tuesday after revealing a five per cent decrease in international sales in the last three months. Weak Australian sales reportedly dragged the stats down.


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Miss World Australia Addresses Controversial ANZAC-Themed Costume

Miss World Australia 2014, Courtney Thorpe, has spoken about how she hopes the Australian public will react to her ANZAC-themed national costume today on The Morning Show.

Although the outfit is yet to be unveiled, The Herald Sun has reported it will be a khaki-green pant suit inspired by the ANZAC women’s uniform and designed by Julie Sufi of Belluccio. “Because it’s the 100th year anniversary of the ANZACs, my costume will be very reflective of them, and paying a tribute to them,” Courtney explained in the interview. (more…)

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Hits and Misses from 2014 Telstra Perth Fashion Festival’s Opening Night

Last night the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2014 kicked off with its opening night runway show, dubbed Beyond Imagination, at Perth Town Hall before 600 guests.

All the designers for the show, including Filipino couturier Michael Cinco, Indonesian designer Sebastian Gunawan, and Perth-based label ae’lkemi, impressed, but the guests, like Dannii Minogue, Zanita Whittington and Kate Waterhouse, delivered some hit and misses while dressed in Australian designs. (more…)

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Link Buzz: Lupita Nyong’o Teaches Kids About Skin, The Limited’s Scandal Collection Is Perfection



  • A new Instagram account, DILFs of Disneyland, shows you dads spending quality time with their kids, being really hot. [BuzzFeed]
  • Betsey Johnson explains how a wardrobe malfunction screwed up her moment on Dancing with the Stars. According to the designer, she got “f–ed by a boa.” [WWD]
  • Vogue made Instagram gifs of Bella Hadid, Soo Joo Park, Herieth Paul and more using Phhhoto. [Vogue]
  • And here’s the back of Lauren Conrad‘s wedding dress. [InStyle]
  • A homophobic petrol attack left gay fashion photographer Tyler Maddick partially blind. [The Independent]
  • Reformation has added a super sexy suiting selection to its offerings. [Reformation]
  • Who better than Lupita Nyong’o to teach the kids about skin? Watch the actress (and Elmo) spread knowledge to Sesame Street viewers on the importance of skin. [Jezebel]
  • MTV attempts to match the Alexander Wang Spring 2015 sneaker bags to the kicks that possibly inspired them. [MTV Style]
  • Beyoncé and Jay Z are going to milk this On the Run train for what it’s worth. The couple is reportedly working on an album because the family that sings together, stays together. [E!]
  • Universal Studios just gave Nike the green light to produce an updated version of the Back to the Future sneaker. [High Snobiety]
  • The Scandal-inspired collection for The Limited will let you dress pretty much exactly like Olivia Pope. It’s perfect. [Forbes]
  • Urban Outfitters sent an email to staffers about that unfortunate Kent State sweatshirt. [Gawker]

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Michelle Obama Is Hosting a Designer Workshop

Image: SIPA/

Image: SIPA/

Michelle Obama is the most stylish First Lady we’ve had since Jackie O. She’s helped the careers of so many designers by simply wearing their clothes. Thom Browne, J.Crew and Jason Wu can credit the FLOTUS for boosting sales, and it’s pretty clear that Mrs. Obama is a chic lady. 

The First Lady is hosting a Fashion Education Workshop at the White House, which will link fashion students with established members of the fashion community. The goal is to “bring members of the fashion industry to the White House and enlighten, educate and mentor the next generation of fashion leaders.” 

The event is set to go down October 8 and the White House has invited Prabal Gurung, Bibhu Mohapatra, Reed Krakoff and more to participate. The event will also include a “Celebration of Design” reception. 

We can all agree that an affair educating the next generation of designers is a good thing — it’s a tough industry to succeed in and kids need all the help they can get. Though we wonder why the CFDA isn’t involved. With fashion being such an important part of our culture — and for some of us, a huge part of our day-to-day lives — and having such a large economic impact (in the billions), it makes sense that the White House is parlaying Mrs. Obama’s love for it into education. But we have an organization that already seeks to mentor young designers. Perhaps next time they can join forces for something even bigger? Just a thought.

[via WWD]

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