In the Internet Age, fashion consumers increasingly know what they want long before they visit retailers, undermining the traditional role of department stores and boutiques as curators of style, argues Eugene Rabkin.
In the iPhone Age, fashion week has become one glorified, ridiculous, narcissistic, nauseating selfie, argues Mark C. O’Flaherty.
Despite the rise of e-commerce, offline retail remains a fantastic opportunity for fashion brands, while offering features that digital channels will simply never be able to duplicate, argues Ari Bloom.
The problem with fashion criticism isn’t the lack of honest opinion, but the lack of places to publish it, argues Jason Dike.
In a harsh garment industry, ameliorating the working conditions of women can drive both social impact and greater competitiveness, argues Dr. Maximilian Martin.
Though fashion schools produce thousands of design graduates each year, many of whom fail to launch their own labels or find jobs as designers at fashion houses, the fashion business and adjacent industries need graduates with fashion design degrees like never before, argues Professor Frances Corner, head of London College of Fashion.
Today, the fashion that appears in “street style” imagery too closely resembles the constructs found on the catwalk and in magazine editorials, and no longer reflects true personal style, argues Max Berlinger.
The fashion industry is still plagued by a troubling lack of diversity and racial sensitivity and too little is being done about it, says Jason Campbell.
Garment manufacturing is global. But the rules that protect workers are not, creating a race to the bottom amongst poor countries aiming to attract foreign investment with the lowest wages and flimsiest safety standards. In the wake of recent tragedies and protests in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Haiti, it’s time for a global minimum wage, argues Tansy E. Hoskins.
The organisers of New York Fashion Week aim to clean up an event that “has been swarmed with fashion bloggers, street-style photographers and fashion fans.” But bloggers — fashion’s resident outsiders — have a lot to bring to the table, argues Renata Certo-Ware.
Eugene Rabkin sits down with Karlo Steel, founder of New York boutique Atelier, for over a decade a beacon of avant-garde, largely European fashion, which is set to close at the end of the year due to mounting financial pressures.