Is Fashion a Credible Platform for Protest?

Vivienne Westwood Red Label Spring/Summer 2015, Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2015, Stella McCartney | Photo Collage: BoF

At Paris Fashion Week, Chanel’s light-hearted, marketing-savvy feminist ‘faux-test’ rang hollow. Can fashion be a credible medium for discussing social issues?

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Exhibits Examine the Subcultural Roots of London’s Fashion Creativity

An installation at From Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s | Source: V&A

In London, two exhibits pay homage to the raw, rebellious and deliriously inventive energy of the British capital’s creative underground, which trickles up to the catwalk like nowhere else.

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Photo Diary | PFW, Days 3-6: Isabel Marant, Martin Grant, Acne, Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier, Chloé

PARIS, France —  Today contributing photographer Sonny Vandevelde files backstage imagery from the Isabel Marant, A.F. Vandervorst, Sonia Rykiel, Martin Grant, Viktor & Rolf, Acne, Veronique Leroy, Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier, Chloé and John Galliano shows, held over days three to six of Paris fashion week.

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Fast fashion fatigue, Hermès forecasts, Yoox results, Mideast online promise, Westwood’s passion

Undercover for Uniqlo Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Hypebeast

Gap Gains With Zara Responding to Fast-Fashion Fatigue (BusinessWeek) “Call it fast-fashion fatigue. Millennials, after years of settling for apparel retailers’ downgraded fabrics and workmanship, are pushing for higher- quality clothing again, and chains are getting the message. Gap Inc., the biggest U.S. specialty-apparel retailer, and Fast Retailing Co. Uniqlo are able to charge more for better basics.” Hermès lifts

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Modernism in Milan, China cracks down, Cucinelli’s positivity, French Vanity Fair, Queen of Punk

Jil Sander Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: Nowfashion

Minimalist Matters (IHT) “Jil Sander is the archetypal figure to have reinterpreted mid-century Modernism. Her fashion life has been dedicated to streamlining style and to recognizing the dynamic place of women in society. But where should the designer take that vision now that she has returned to her own label after eight years and a series of stop-go comebacks?” China’s corruption crackdown takes shine off

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Dame Vivienne, DailyCandy secrets, Luxury bubble, Cucinelli rises, John Skelton’s philosophy

Vivienne Westwood by Craig McDean | Source: Interview

Vivienne Westwood by Tim Blanks (Interview) “Vivienne Westwood has a request. Before we start our conversation, she wants to get on her soapbox about climate change, the issue that consumes as many of her waking thoughts as the fashion career that has brought her notoriety, adulation, and the title of Dame of the British Empire.” DailyCandy’s Secrets to Sweet Success (Forbes) “Since the company’s birth in

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Op-Ed | Can Ethical Fashion Really Be Fashionable?

Vivienne Westwood in Kenya | Photo: Juergen Teller

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Fashion is driven by desire. But ethical fashion has been driven by — well, what exactly? A wish to semaphore that one is a caring kind of person while walking through life in pleather shoes? There are, of course, style-setters so chic they can rock a hand-loomed yak hair poncho, being good while looking great. The writer is not one of those people. The writer is, however, a veteran of more than 25 years on

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Fabulous London, Chinese consumers, Westwood austerity, Mr JW Anderson, Fairy Godmother

Clements Ribeiro, Todd Lynn, Marios Schwab A/W 2012 | Source: Showmoda

Fun, Funky and Fabulous (IHT) “With male dancers sweeping up models from their chairs and depositing them on the dinner tables, and a magician performing sawing-the-woman party tricks, Stella McCartney’s evening dress show lived up to London fashion’s reputation as fun, funky and fabulous.” UK must do more to welcome Chinese: Fashion chief (Reuters) “British Fashion Council Chairman Harold Tillman said on Friday

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