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BoF - The Business of Fashion

BoF - The Business of Fashion

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A Must-Watch Fast Fashion Documentary Is Now On Netflix In the era of social media, the fashion industry has gotten faster. Trends go viral, and manufacturers like Zara, Uniqlo, and H&M have responded by transforming from seasonal lines, often planned a year in advance, to clothing that goes from factory to store shelves in a matter of weeks. But there’s a price to all of this surprisingly cheap clothing. The True Cost, a documentary by Andrew Morgan that’s hitting Netflix this week, examines fast fashion’s unadvertised sins, from unregulated production that caused a factory collapse killing more than 1,000 people in Bangledesh in 2013, to the toxic waste spewed out by factories producing disposable garments, to attempts at unionization that are thwarted by violence. Luckily, it’s a topic that’s getting more attention.

10 Influential Fashion Designers You’ve Probably Never Heard Of It’s curious to wonder why some designer’s legacies are preserved and others fall to the wayside. Is it the lack of PR, no heir to the design house or were they just bad designers? While certain designers of the past are remembered today for their ingenuity or are attributed with the "invention" of a particular garment, such as Mary Quant and the miniskirt, scores of designers--like Redfern, Lucile or Mainbocher--who were widely influential in their time have seemingly been forgotten. Fashion Brands in Investors’ Headlights Photo Fashion trends may change with seasons, but one that has never gone out of style is the appetite for brand acquisition by groups both in and out of the 230 billion euro luxury sector. Big-name deals in the last 12 months have primarily involved groups, including a buyout of Roberto Cavalli by the Italian company Clessidra in April and investment in Proenza Schouler by Castanea Partners of Massachusetts in June. That activity followed years of industry consolidations, largely fueled by an arms race for acquisitions between the leading luxury conglomerates LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and Kering.

Burberry Becomes First Fashion Brand to Launch Apple Music Channel LONDON, United Kingdom — UK luxury-goods maker Burberry Group Plc introduced a channel on Apple Inc.’s music service in the latest example of the fashion and technology industries coming together. The channel will showcase Burberry’s collaborations with emerging and iconic British talent including Lilla Vargen and Alison Moyet, and feature performances, songs and films alongside regular playlists, the London-based company said Tuesday in a statement. The partnership with Apple is the latest in a series of initiatives by the trenchcoat maker to widen its influence and reinforce its image as a purveyor of cool. Subscribers to Apple Music will be able to follow Burberry and gain access to musical updates and behind-the-scenes stories. Fans will also be able to comment or share the content via messages, Facebook, Twitter and email, Burberry said.

Clothing terminology Clothing terminology comprises the names of individual garments and classes of garments, as well as the specialized vocabularies of the trades that have designed, manufactured, marketed and sold clothing over hundreds of years. Clothing terminology ranges from the arcane (watchet, a pale blue color name from the 16th century) to the everyday (t-shirt), and changes over time in response to fashion which in turn reflects social, artistic, and political trends. Categories of clothing terminology[edit] At its broadest, clothing terminology may be said to include names for:

Fast Fashion Is the Second Dirtiest Industry in the World, Next to Big Oil “The clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world … second only to oil,” the recipient of an environmental award told a stunned Manhattan audience earlier this year. “It’s a really nasty business … it’s a mess.” While you’d never hear an oil tycoon malign his bonanza in such a way, the woman who stood at the podium, Eileen Fisher, is a clothing industry magnate. On a warm spring night at a Chelsea Piers ballroom on the Hudson River, Fisher was honored by Riverkeeper for her commitment to environmental causes. She was self-deprecating and even apologetic when speaking about the ecological impact of clothing, including garments tagged with her own name.

Can Feminists Like Fashion? - Forbes Céline 2012 Runway Feminism and fashion have always had a rocky relationship, a point hammered home in an article in Ms. magazine’s January issue, “If The Clothes Fit: A Feminist Take On Fashion.” The piece explores the tumultuous role that fashion has historically played in gender politics—both serving as a medium for the advancement of women, and as a weapon of restraint. It’s hard to deny the key role that fashion has played in the women’s movement. The global fallout from China’s stock market crash may be coming your way China’s market downfall has been dramatic and painful for the investors involved. But so far there has been little immediate impact on the rest of the world, because China tightly limits foreign investment in mainland stocks. China’s stock markets are, for the most part, a mom and pop affair—about 80% of the trading that happens in Shanghai and Shenzhen is done by Chinese individuals. They represent at most 14% of the total Chinese population. But there’s little doubt the effects of this downturn will be felt globally—it just may take some time. After all, Chinese investors have lost more about $3.4 trillion in equity value from the markets mid-June peak until the July 7 close:

How Will The Global Economy Do In 2015? Here's What You Should Know The world can be a scary place, George Osborne seems to like suggesting, with every other economy in choppy waters as Britain's economy enjoys increasingly smooth sailing. Speaking in October, the Chancellor said: "Britain is part of a global economy, but that doesn’t mean Britain is just going to be buffeted by the storms....The eurozone risks slipping back into crisis. Britain cannot be immune from that." As 2015 nears, HuffPostUK asked various City experts to assess where the risks will lie for the global economy.

Mary Brooks Picken Mary Brooks Picken c. 1918, photo published in her book Secrets of Distinctive Dress. Mary Brooks Picken (August 6, 1886 – March 8, 1981) was an American author of 96 books on needlework, sewing, and textile arts. Her Fashion Dictionary, published by Funk and Wagnalls in 1957, is the first dictionary in the English language to be published by a woman. Textile Fabrics Industry Overview Trends & Growth Report The Global fabrics industry overview suggests drastic technological changes resulting in increased quantity and quality of fabrics and a decrease in overhead and labor costs. New innovations in fabric manufacturing is fast changing the face of the industry. Due to globalization and liberalization, the fabric makers in one country face competition not only from domestic but also from international manufacturers. China has come to dominate the global textile scenario, followed by Turkey, India, US, and other countries. Fabrics- The Trends in New Producer Countries China's textile fabrics industry report says that it is presently experiencing tremendous growth reasons being their sales techniques, improved technology, low prices, contract manufacturing and outsourcing, improved standards in terms of capital, personnel, information and management.

H&M: Product Strategy Product H&M proves to be good at producing cheap products of reasonable quality, inspired by the latest catwalk trends. With daily new products in store, the H&M has a unique selling proposition, competing with – as H&M states- every other fashion company. Offering a broad range of product for a broad range of people, H&M seems to be doing well. Innovation H&M is very innovative and has extremely fast and numerous NPD cycles. However, the role of the customer in this innovation process could be improved. Whereas other compa¬nies, like Nike is doing for almost a decade now, adapt to the individuali¬zation trend by enabling their customers to design their own items, H&M is just offering their products as they are.

Balmain SS16 show report Paris Fashion Week © The supermodel Gigi Hadid made a statement of defence this week after she received criticism regarding her body shape. “Yes, I have boobs, I have abs, I have a butt, I have thighs, but I’m not asking for special treatment.

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