Over the years, sustainability and good ethical practice has been a growing concern within the fashion industry as a response to the rise of "fast fashion" retailers that create mountains of surplus stock. The tendency to shop vintage has helped along the lines of recycling, but that nowhere near solves the overriding problem.
That’s why we love the concept behind the company Reclaim to Wear, which creates on-trend clothing (just like those fast fashion pieces) using surplus stock, remnants and off-cuts from other fashion retailers’ leftovers. So, instead of recycling, they’re in fact upcycling!
Upcycling is a design solution that’s pioneering environmental change, and it’s something that you may already be familiar with when Reclaim to Wear collaborated with Topshop last year. The great news is that they’re back this year for a second collaboration with the high street giant via a summer capsule collection of the latest must-have pieces.
The capsule collection is comprised of nine pieces using disregarded floral prints from previous seasons, and it’s all been produced in Britain. Our favourite piece from the collection has to be the grey oversized plant print blouse (below left) as you’d really never guess that it’d been upcycled from leftover stock. There were also some gorgeous matching high-waisted shorts available in the same print but they've already sold out, which shows just how sought-after the pieces are.
Their clash panel summer dress (above right) is a great choice for those who like to rock that hippy vibe, and especially perfect for festival season. You can view the entire collection on Topshop’s site, and whether you love or loathe the pieces, there’s no denying that it’s a great concept that many more leading high street retailers should adopt.
Saint Laurent Mens Spring 2014, image: IMAXtree
If you can ignore the awkward model casting, that is. Hedi Slimane has once again opted to cast a bunch of anti-models for his show when presenting the new Spring 2014 Menswear collection in Paris last weekend. The disturbingly skinny boys that walked the show caused a major distraction for forum members who commented on the collection.
“This is like, the worst casting in the history of ever. About the clothes, some of it is good, some of it is excessive (cropped leopard tailored jacket? Really, now?) and most of it just isn't worth the price it'll probably cost,” wrote StoneSkipper.
The collection itself is aesthetically very much on par with everything else Slimane has shown under the Saint Laurent brand so far. However, forum members cited various improvements which they have noticed in this collection compared to last season. TheItGirl liked the shoes, many members were pleased with the various rather obvious sub-/popcultural references (the Teddy Boy movement and David Bowie were among those named repeatedly) and Marc10 was a fan of the whole collection and said, “Tailoring was impeccable, outerwear was impeccable, shoes were so good. I'm definitely in love, bound to be another hit collection.”
Saint Laurent is said to be doing well commercially, but Slimane's outings have hardly been a success amongst fashion connoisseurs thus far. In this collection, most tFS forum members did not like the fit of the pants, regardless of the fact that only freakishly skinny legs will fit into those anyway.
“The trousers look so bad on the models. What man wants those high waisted things?” asked TREVOFASHIONISTO.
And yesitsdagny added, “The top parts of the looks are rather good I'd say. There are some cool jackets and blazers. But the trousers and shoes are horrible. It must be the styling that makes the collection as a whole look so cheap…”
Saint Laurent Mens Spring 2014, image: IMAXtree
VogueDisciple93 seems to think that Slimane failed on all levels with this collection. He commented, “I honestly don't know how you guys can focus/notice the casting when these awful clothes make my eyes shudder. I opened the thread thinking that maybe he will put together a decent collection since last season was rock bottom. Well boy was I wrong, he just showed that rock bottom had a basement and it's this collection.”
Mr-Dale shared a less radical view and perfectly summed up my feelings about the collection as he wrote, “Genius? Idiot? Rebel? I don't know, but it sure makes it all very interesting.”
Image Credit: vogue.it via the tFS Forums
While for other magazines, such as i-D or Muse, it is completely normal to release multiple covers per issue, it is quite a rarity for Vogue Italia. For the July 2013 issue, Steven Meisel shot six different covers, all of which are foldouts and, according to the tagline, celebrate “Revolution… in 25 Years of Fashion.” Cover models include original supermodel Linda Evangelista, Gisele Bündchen, icons Raquel Zimmermann, Stella Tennant and Natalia Vodianova, as well as Meisel favorite Meghan Collison and new Prada faces Amanda Murphy and Cameron Russel, who share a cover. The first cover that was previewed on the tFS forums was Stella Tennant’s, which seems to be the main cover but was not received with much enthusiasm.
“To be frank I'm sick of Stella and I wish she would go away for a while,” admitted Fiercification.
He was not the only one to feel this way, with jeffandtheworld, Greenway, gossiping and vogue28 all making similar statements and agreeing that they would rather have seen another model in this.
And anlabe32 added, “She's become so boring and depressing to look at this point. She's the only flaw here. The rest looks fun and exciting.”
Others, like VogueDisciple93, did not comment on the cover model but found that the concept of the cover with Stella seemed “old.” And niknak voiced corresponding criticism saying, “I hate the theme honestly. I want something refreshing now VI. I want new(er) girls too!!”
Needless to say, forum members were delighted to find out there are several more covers to choose from and mused about which cover they liked most. And cottonmouth13 simply exclaimed, “These covers are absofreakinlutely amazing! I'm in love with all of them!”
In all honesty, none of the covers strike me as particularly interesting or unique, and I don’t quite share the excitement over these covers. The shots are so crowded with models, it is hardly surprising the mega cast is all one can focus and comment on. No doubt this model lineup is stellar and there is guaranteed to be at least one model you like among the cover stars, but do we really need a full editorial printed as different covers for just one issue? I am personally not so sure about that. But decide yourself and go on Vogue Italia’s website to see all of the covers for this issue.
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"There's only one Kate Moss — that is, except when there are two of her!" But even when there are two Kate Mosses, there's only one Nika. [Fashionologie]
"You don't have to be a supermodel to dress like one." You don't have to be a cat to dress like one, either. [FabSugar]
"Blackheads, surprisingly, aren't caused by dirt. Shocked?" Shocked doesn't even begin to describe how I feel. [BellaSugar]
"A source claims to have seen Miley [Cyrus] snorting a white powder off of a toilet during the punk-themed Met Gala." A source claims to have seen Nika rolling her eyes at her work-themed desk. [DailyStab]
"The first movie in the [Fifty Shades] trilogy is set to hit theaters on August 1, 2014. Until then, we are left with nothing but speculation as to who will be playing the role of the billionaire S&M loving executive." Left with nothing. [EarSucker]
Left with something: Vogue Paris June/July issue for the publication's new iPhone app is free right now, for everyone. [WWD]
Georgia May Jagger: "There have been some interesting debates about my teeth on Instagram. When 12-year-olds tell you to go get braces and then someone answers, 'Don't tell her what to do,' that's really sweet." I love having interesting debates about teeth. [HuffPo Style]
"The Most Feminist Shoes In America Are These Red Sneakers From Amazon…Get your very own pair for $114 here (because if she can stand on her feet for 11 hours defending your lady rights in them, you can wear them to the gym, okay!?)." Spend $114 at Amazon and get feminist solidarity with your lady parts free! [SheFinds]
"What are the maternity leave benefits at Amazon?" / "They might give you a book to read in the delivery room.. " [Askville] (edited for typos)
Guys do yoga (broga?), guys drink those green slime coloured health drinks and, heck, apparently guys even wear Lululemon. In fact, sporty dudes wear the stretchy active wear (originally founded in Vancouver) so much that the brand is planning on opening a chain of standalone men only stores.
In a bid to sustain the massive growth they've experienced in the past few years, the only thing left for Lulu is to reign in those XY chromosome dollars, or else face a plateau in sales. Of course, this plateau would have nothing to do with its recent see-through pants scandal, no siree, but still, the brand is attempting the impossible by reinventing itself for another audience.
Up until now, Lululemon has catered to its male customers with simple tees, kahuna shorts and caps, but while this merch has sold well, existing female-orientated brands have had problems reaching the other half. Think Uggs, Toms and even Forever 21.
Men's apparel currently counts for 12 percent of Lululemon's business, which is a small slice of pie considering Lulu's Chief Executive Officer, Christine Day, revealed that the chain will start opening standalone men’s stores by 2016; a revelation that comes only days after she announced her retirement from the company.
In all fairness, the brand has wrangled its underwear onto the tushies of NHL players, but would your partner/husband/beer-swilling-crumb-maker ever don Lulu gear? Maybe they already do, in which case, do you think the menswear shops will be a success?
Images via Lululemon.com