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Stella McCartney Wants to Help Vivienne Westwood’s Business Be More Sustainable

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Business of Fashion held a panel this week to talk about the problems the fashion industry faces, including sustainability. The way clothes are produced has alarming and damaging effects on the environment. One example of this is the fact that you can identify the color trends each season by taking a look at some of the dye that gets into the rivers in China. “The smallest thing can have an impact,” said Stella McCartney, who sat on the panel. “We are all living on this land with limited resources, and we all have to be conscious about how we consume and how we manufacture and how we source — and the fashion industry is no different than anyone else.”

Also on hand for the event was Vivienne Westwood, who says she has been taking steps to creating more environmentally friendly pieces with the help of UN’s Ethical Fashion Initiative. But on the topic of sustainability, Westwood had several questions for McCartney about certain materials, whether they are easy on the environment or not. Her questions demonstrated the harsh truth that many designers simply don’t know how their wares affect the environment, indicating that perhaps the first step to an industry-wide commitment to sustainability starts with education.

“I wonder where we get all that expert advice from?” Westwood wondered. McCartney, in turn, pledged to be Westwood’s guide in navigating more sustainable waters. “I’m going to help you and I can’t wait to work with you. I would gladly give you my information sheet and will be very proud to do so.”

Stella McCartney covers Business of Fashion‘s latest print issue, which covers seven of fashion’s biggest issues today.

[via Telegraph]

 

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Soo Joo Park Is the New Face of L’Oreal Paris

Everyone is falling in love with Soo Joo Park, fashion’s resident cool girl, including L’Oreal Paris who has just signed the platinum blond beauty as the global face of its brand.

 

#BECAUSE I’M #WORTHIT! #326 @lorealparisofficial

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Soo Joo will be L’Oreal’s first Asian-American face. L’Oreal has had several women of color and Asian women backing its brand over the years, however. Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Freida Pinto, Aishwarya Rai and Eva Longoria are just a few of the nonwhite faces that have appeared in campaigns for the makeup giant. 

The Korean-born, Asian-American-identifying Soo Joo is obviously thrilled about her new gig. “It’s such an honor,” she tells Style.com. “The world is getting smaller and the globalization of commerce is influencing industries like beauty and fashion. So to be the first to represent a global brand is a huge honor. But I don’t want to be just that one thing; I want to be the global ambassador.”

Soo Joo teased her big announcement on Tuesday with an Instagram shot, wearing a T-shirt that says #Because. Yesterday, she let the news of her involvement with L’Oreal be known with a selfie, posing in a similar tee reading #worthit. It is also fitting that Soo Joo would share this exciting news yesterday, as it was her birthday. 

Talk about the best bday gift ever.

[via Style.com @SoojMooj]

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Drew Barrymore Likens Having Kids to Feeling Like a Kangaroo

Drew Barrymore

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Any mom can tell you that once you have kids, your body goes through some changes. Serious changes. Now while some women try to alter their new bodies with a little mommy maintenance, others just say, “Screw it. I’m a mom, I’m doing me and I’m going to enjoy myself and my beautiful children.”

Drew Barrymore is one of the latter women. In an interview with Glamour, the actress and FLOWER Beauty entrepreneur talks about what it’s like to come to terms with your new shape after you’ve had children. “After making two babies, holy cow, does your body do some crazy stuff! It’s hard to stay positive and love yourself,” she says. “You feel like a kangaroo with a giant pouch; everything’s saggy and weird.”

But even with all the saggy bits, Drew says it’s nothing compared to the love you feel for your kids. “You think about how beautiful it is that you’re able to make children. When I lose sight of that, I exercise, read Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, and spend time with my kids. Then I start to see things that are bigger than myself.”

[via Glamour]

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Cara Delevingne Thinks Male Directors Could Do a Better Job of Portraying Women

Cara Delevingne Brit Awards

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As Cara Delevingne’s acting career blossoms, we get to hear more about what it’s like for the model to make the leap into acting. Cara has always been serious about her career in film and now that she’s already had tremendous success in the fashion world, she’s sharpening her focus and taking on Hollywood. 

Cara is only just starting to hit her stride as an actress, landing major roles in the upcoming Paper Towns, Suicide Squad and The Face of an Angel, which is making her discover just how difficult it is to be a young woman in Hollywood. Cara says that she’s had to fight the stereotypes placed upon her and the characters she plays by mostly male directors, who don’t know what it’s like to be a 20-something young woman.

“Every movie I’ve done I’ve had to fight for lines and fight for point of view,” she tells Time Out. “Usually it’s a male director, male producers. It’s all very much a man’s point of view. I speak up and say ‘Girls don’t do that.’ Or ‘That’s not something a girl would say in that situation.’ It’s about how men perceive women and it’s not accurate, and it annoys me! I don’t think people speak up enough. Even if I’m wrong, even if I get shut down, I know that I’ve done my part to get a woman’s voice out there. It’s important that when girls watch movies they’ve got strong female role models.”

Amen to that. Cara’s film Paper Towns is due to hit theaters July 24

[via Time Out]

 

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Laura Bailey x L.K.Bennett Launches and We Want It All

We announced back in December that we couldn’t wait for the Laura Bailey x L.K.Bennett collaboration and now the wait is finally over; the capsule collection has launched online this week.

The ever-so-chic Laura is a model and writer, who often contributes to Vogue and is a regular in the FROW at Fashion Week, which of course means that there’s one hell of a stylish collection in store. Featuring a selection of covetable shoes and bags, Laura derived her main inspiration from one of her favourite places, the Amalfi Coast, with a nod toward the 60s and 70s. The resulting collection channels a bright and bold colour palette that is synonymous with the Mediterranean vibe. (more…)

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Watch: Vera Wang Talks Her Latest Simply Vera for Kohl’s Collection

Kohl’s is giving you a behind-the-scenes look at its Simply Vera range in a series of interviews with the designer, who has enjoyed a career in the fashion industry spanning several decades. Vera Wang’s affordable lifestyle brand brings high-end fashion sensibilities to the average American woman. 

“I really got a chance to enter fashion at I think, the highest level. And the very fact you have the power there to set trends and to make sociological statements, not just fashion statements, that’s very powerful.” In the series, we get to see Wang as she puts together her collection for the retailer, deciding on cuts, colors and patterns with her team, and also get a peek into the mind of the designer and the inspiration behind her creations.

Watch Wang discuss her lifestyle line and how she hopes to bring the sometimes “intimidating” world of fashion to the everyday woman in the video above. You can check out the rest of the series here and here.

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