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‘Bionic model’ will strut down New York Fashion Week runway with prosthetic arm. During fashion house FTL Moda’s New York Fashion Week show at Grand Central Station’s Vanderbilt Hall on Sunday, model Rebekah Marine will strut down the runway with one of the most unique accessories — a bionic arm. Philadelphia-based Marine, who was born without a right forearm, was fitted with an i-limb quantum earlier this year. The i-limb is one of the most advanced prostheses available, and with it, Marine has quickly become one of the most visible faces in a fashion world becoming increasingly more inclusive to models with disabilities.

This will be Marine’s second time walking down a New York Fashion Week runway. The first was this past February, when she caused a stir at FTL Moda’s finale show that featured models with disabilities who hailed from all over the world. For that show, Marine had very little preparation. She was notified that she would be walking down the runway only four days in advance. “I want people to realize uniqueness is beautiful,” Marine told Model uses social media to criticise 'sick' fashion industry - BBC News. First British amputee models at London Fashion Week - BBC News. UK Plus Size Fashion Week Founder, Rianne Ward, On Why We Should Embrace The Term 'Plus Size' There's a lot of debate about whether the fashion industry should ditch the term "plus-size", but one woman firmly behind keeping it alive is Rianne Ward. Ward is committed to making the fashion industry more inclusive and diverse, but for her the only way to change it is from within - and this involves not only talking the industry's talk, but walking its walk.

"'Plus-size' is the term the industry uses and we should embrace it," she tells HuffPost UK Lifestyle. "I have no problem with the term. I think it shows that there are variations among women. " That's why she's launched , UK Plus Size Fashion Week (UKPSFW), which runs from 11-13 September, the week prior to the official London Fashion Week. UK Plus Size Fashion Week runs from 11-13 September Ward hopes the event's timing, central London location and professionalism will help establish plus size fashion as a "serious" player within the industry. The event builds on British Plus Size Fashion Week, an event Ward co-founded in 2013. Rana Plaza: are fashion brands responsible for those they don't directly employ? | Guardian Sustainable Business. Mamata Khatun worked as a garment quality checker at New Wave Style, a factory on the sixth floor of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh.

She worked from 8am until 10pm or even midnight and reports never having had more than two days’ holiday per month. For Eid, Khatun would receive seven days of holiday, but in the preceding weeks the factory would often run all night. She remembers seeing foreigners visit the factory and being coached about what to say if they were spoken to, which they never were: “A buyer is coming so be alert and be good. If they talk to you just answer like this – you joined at age 18, you get a lunch-break, all is good, all is fine.”

The collapse of Rana Plaza in 2013 killed 1,138 people. Two years on, there are 5,000 people like Khatun eligible for compensation for Rana Plaza – but who should pay? Bettina Musiolek from the Clean Clothes Campaign has worked for the rights of garment workers for 20 years. This is a view shared by Jyrki Raina. Asos founder Nick Robertson stands down - BBC News. Image copyright Getty Images Nick Robertson, the founder and chief executive of online fashion retailer Asos is to stand down after 15 years, the company has announced. Mr Robertson is stepping down with immediate effect but will remain on the board as a non-executive director, Asos said. He is succeeded by Nick Beighton who joined Asos in April 2009 as chief financial officer.

Mr Beighton's appointment was widely expected. Mr Robertson founded Asos - or As Seen on Screen because its garments were copies of clothes worn by celebrities - in 2000 at the height of the boom. The company quickly expanded introducing more fashion ranges and a year later it floated on the Alternative Investment Market (Aim) with a value of £12m. However, Asos has faced a difficult 18 months. The company reported pre-tax profits of £18m for the six months to 28 February, down from £20.1m a year earlier.

China's growing passion for all things fashion - BBC News.