Daily Digest

1 July, 2013

Subversive Schiaparelli makes a Shocking Return to Paris Fashion

Elsa Schiaparelli | Source: Wonderland

“So the return of the Schiaparelli name to Paris fashion was never going to be an ordinary comeback. To be true to the brand, it had to be Shocking – the name Schiaparelli gave to her signature colour, a violent blue-toned pink which Saint Laurent described as having ‘the nerve of red’.”

What Do Armani, Ralph Lauren and Hugo Boss Have in Common? Bangladesh

Collapsed building in Bangladesh | Source: Associated Press

“Cheap garment-factory labor doesn’t always equal cheap clothes… But designer brands including Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren and Hugo Boss BOSS also have outsourced manufacturing to Bangladesh, where worker safety has become a huge issue following several fatal accidents. Indeed, high-end labels often use the same factories as their discount peers.”

Sustainable Fashion

H&M flagship store | Source: NY Magazine

“In the early 1990s, a series of media exposés on poor conditions, worker abuse and child exploitation in garment and footwear factories led to an anti-sweatshop movement. It prompted high-profile companies to move towards more ethical manufacturing. These days, however, being socially responsible is not enough – environmental sustainability is also key.”