It seems that every few months, we hear about another disaster or reports of abuses at a supply factory for a fast fashion retailer. In the aftermath of the devastating Rana Plaza collapse in 2013, several retailers linked to the factory pledged to practice more oversight for supply chain management – promises retailers have been making forever. Take Gap, for example, whose sweatshop woes have followed it through the 90s and continue to do so today.
Many of these retailers blame some of the unsafe working conditions and child labor practices on unauthorized subcontractors hired by authorized contractors to complete orders. But this has happened so many times, it’s mind-boggling to think that retailers would even trust their authorized contractors at all. John Oliver at Last Week Tonight is wondering the same thing and has something special planned for the heads of major retailers like Walmart, Gap, H&M, Joe Fresh and The Children’s Place.
His lesson? If they expect customers to wear clothes but can’t confirm whether or not the people who made them are being treated ethically, then the CEOs of each of these companies should be happy enough eating the lunches Oliver ordered them – but Oliver cannot confirm how the food was made…or if anyone spat in them.
Watch Oliver’s amazing takedown in the video above.
New York Fashion Week isn’t the only Fashion Month event getting a little change of scenery. London is also moving its home base to a shiny, new location. LFW is saying goodbye to Somerset House and taking up residence at the Brewer Street Car Park in Soho this September.
Plenty of fashion shows have been held at the Car Park, but this time around, the British Fashion Council is laying claim to two floors of the space that will be used for fashion shows, showroom space and more. The BFC says its headquarters will still be at Somerset House, but this move will provide a better opportunity for designers to really put on the kind of productions they want to.
“The long term growth of the UK’s designer fashion market is reflected geographically in this move that will see London Fashion Week designers showcasing collections in one of London’s most vibrant, diverse and creative hubs set within a mile of Bond Street, Dover Street, Mount Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street,” BFC CEO Caroline Rush said. “The new and exciting venue has already been dubbed as Brewer Street’s ‘Fashion Park’ and will offer freedom and flexibility to designers who will be able to transform the show space to reflect their own aesthetics and identity.”
LFW will be held at the Car Park for the next two seasons, so only time will tell if the space lasts beyond the Fall 2016 shows.
A lot has changed in the past few years for John Galliano, who was shunned by much of the fashion industry after that infamous rant outside a Parisian café in which the then-Dior designer drunkenly spewed anti-Semitic remarks. Since being fired from his post at Dior, Galliano did a stint in rehab and what can be described as an apology/redemption tour. Galliano seems to have atoned for his sins, but it looks like he’s not quite done yet.
The Margiela creative director will be the keynote speaker at Connect, a series of talks aimed at the Jewish community. Galliano will discuss Jewish culture and fashion at the Central Synagogue London on May 28 on the same bill as fellow speakers Maureen Kendler of the London School of Jewish Studies and Rabbi Sam Taylor from the Western Marble Arch Synagogue.
It’s clear the designer has come a long way from that fateful evening in 2011 and though his words were deplorable, it is good to see that he is changing and is trying to make up for his past errors. Clearly, Galliano has learned a lot since he was booted from Dior and this move is a complete 360 from the man we saw outside that café. If anything, his involvement in the program is proof that people have the remarkable ability to change – and to forgive.
When Anna Wintour decided to showcase a pair of Guess jeans on the cover of Vogue back in the 80s, the fashion industry went crazy. Negative reactions to Vogue Thailand‘s latest, however, prove that jeans aren’t always a welcomed sight on the cover of the famed glossy. For May 2015, Sui He leaps across the studio for photographer Stockton Johnson, looking rather effortless in blue denim flares teamed with a navy cut-out vest and pinstriped blazer.
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Our feisty forum members are less than impressed. “Jeans? Seriously?” questioned GlamorousBoy the moment the cover surfaced, setting the tone of more comments to come.
“This is the first Vogue Thailand cover which I am not overfond of. Loathe the denim masthead. It looks like a preview cover, based on a U.K. Vogue editorial,” added Benn98.
MON wasn’t impressed either: “This looks like a U.K. Vogue More Dash Than Cash supplement (in association with H&M). The jeans masthead is so 2006! The styling feels so dated. The colors are too dark. Nothing here works. What a huge downgrade from last month’s cover.”
“Jeans, seriously? Do they know the magazine they are spawned from? The one whose title they have on their masthead? To paraphrase Anna Wintour, Where’s the glamour? This is Vogue. Let’s lift it a little,” sniggered A.D.C. in horror.
Feeling the same was Bertrando3: “It does look like the H&M supplement for British Vogue indeed! Good for Sui but the cover does not have anything special, it looks very commercial and not high fashion though, so that bothers me since it’s part of the Vogue family.”
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Americans were glued to their TV sets this Friday for Bruce Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer during which he came out as a trans woman. In the days since, there has been plenty of public support for Bruce’s journey, which will be chronicled in a new eight-part E! docu-series. The athlete’s family tweeted and Instagrammed words and images of support and pride for Jenner, but today, Kim Kardashian sat down with Matt Lauer on the Today show to express just how happy she and the family are for Jenner at this moment.
“I’m really happy for him that he’s living his life the way he wants to live it and that he has found inner peace and just pure happiness,” she said. “That’s what life is about. I don’t know what life would be like if you always felt like you weren’t yourself. And I know it’s not something that you or I can fully understand, but I don’t even think we have to.” Kardashian admits that the news is still a huge adjustment for the Kardashian-Jenners and says that they have had several meetings on the topic as they get used to Bruce’s changing identity. Kardashian West also noted that the family will continue to use male pronouns until further notice. “Until that transition is done, we’ve learned that you do refer to him as ‘him.'”
In the meantime, people all over the world are showing support for Mr. Jenner with the #PaintYourNailsforBruce campaign. During the Diane Sawyer interview, Jenner expressed a simple wish that he would be able to wear nail polish long enough to see it chip. Australian radio station KIIS 1065 launched the campaign to help show Bruce some solidarity. Women and men alike have participated and are showing off their manis on social media with the accompanying hashtag. (more…)
Woolmark has begun to announce the nominees for this year’s International Woolmark Prize, but that’s not the only big news the competition has to offer.
The IWP is adding another region to its roster, singling out the U.K. and separating it from the European category. And no, this isn’t simply an effort to increase the number of winners hailing from Europe. According to managing director of the Woolmark Company Stuart McCullough, this new grouping is due to the U.K.’s importance in the wool market. “The decision to expand the International Woolmark Prize to six regions to include the British Isles was due to industry demands,” he said. “The U.K. is one of wool’s most tightly held markets. It is an important market from a trade and consumer perspective. It is also the most important market to inform global trends.”