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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Galliano’s downward spiral, Vivienne Westwood lawsuit, Attention to detail, Trunk Club, Fashion’s Night Out

Vogue US September 2011 | Source: NY Mag

John Galliano: Rise and fall of a tormented celebrity (BBC News) “In the dossier that was presented to the court in Mr Galliano’s defence, a story emerged of a celebrity tormented by fear, hate, self-indulgence and loneliness. There were plenty of people within the fashion industry who saw this tragedy unfolding. But it seemed no-one had the power to stop it.” Vivienne Westwood faces franchise lawsuit (FT)

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Berlin Fashion Week rising, Westwood tax penalty, Analysing fast fashion, Absorbed in images, Rei Kawakubo

Vivienne Westwood Gold Label Autumn/Winter 2011-12 | Source: Vivienne Westwood

The Quiet Rise of Berlin Fashion (WSJ) “Twice a year, with a series of high-profile fashion shows, the couture quartet of New York, Paris, Milan and London issues style edicts for the next season: hemlines are up, charcoal is the new black. But another capital has long held its own quiet but powerful sway in the fashion world: Berlin… With a few stops and sputters, German fashion has since picked up speed and garnered attention for

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The Long View | Simone Cipriani Says Ethical Fashion is Good Business

Simone Cipriani, Andreas Kronthaler, Vivienne Westwood, Federico Marchetti | Source: The Ethical Fashion Programme

FLORENCE, Italy — Simone Cipriani spearheads the Ethical Fashion initiative of The International Trade Centre (ITC), a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation. Connecting “the world’s most marginalised people to the top of fashion’s value chain for mutual benefit,” it enables communities of artisans and micro-manufacturers — the majority of them women — to thrive in association with the talents of the

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Celebrating Dame Vivienne, Duffy lawsuit, Oxford Street gets facelift, H&M misses targets, Camilla Bruerberg rising

Fashion Girls for Japan | Source: Fashion Girls for Japan

Westwood: From outsider to subversive insider (FT) “This coming week marks 30 years since Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s ‘pirate’ collection stormed the runway in London with a blaze of sunshine colours and ethnic prints. The show was Westwood’s first swagger on to the catwalk, forging a sophisticated post-punk aesthetic with a billowing new romantic silhouette.” Duffy Sued (Vogue UK) “LVMH

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Tribes versus trends, Tokyo stores reopen, India’s luxury real estate crunch, Inditex profit up, John Lobb bespoke

Ann Demeulemeester Autumn/Winter 2011 | Source: The Cutting Class

The Tribes of Westwood, Owens and Demeulemeester (The Cutting Class) “While some designers tend to beat to the drum of being on-trend, others have already cultivated their own communities and are even referencing it within their collections. In the recent Ann Demeulemeester, Rick Owens and Vivienne Westwood collections you feel that they are speaking in a language that their customers already know and understand.”

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Joe Zee: Fashion’s chatty ambassador, New wealthy, Ones to watch in China, CFDA nominees, Westwood’s imagery

Louis Vuitton, limited edition 5 Canton Road Shoes | Source: Nitrolicious

Fashion’s Approachable Ambassador (NY Times) “As fashion has evolved from an insular club to mass-market obsession — helped in part by proliferating Web sites, blogs and TV shows like ‘Project Runway’ — Mr. Zee, 42, has come to epitomize a new form of top-of-the-masthead personality. He is not the aloof style arbiter, gazing out silently behind Frisbee-size sunglasses, but a chatty and approachable ambassador of

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Equity looks to fashion, Coach moves production, Sustaining success, Selfridges’ talent, Westwood extravaganza

Fashionista.com | Source: Fashionista

Equity turns fashionable (Fashion United) “Investing in something more than a covetable wardrobe is turning to be a trend that arrived to stay. Even more equity and investment firms are looking for opportunities to enter the fashion business, which is proving to be resilient to crisis and financial turmoils.” Coach to Move Production From China (WSJ) “Leather-goods maker Coach plans to gradually move some

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