Meet The Women Decolonizing Sustainable Fashion

Emilee Geist

It’s time to wake up. On Global Day of Climate Action, VICE Media Group is solely telling stories about our current climate crisis. Click here to meet young climate leaders from around the globe and learn how you can take action.

As demand for sustainable fashion grows, so does the need to navigate its myths. Misleading information is everywhere, from corporate greenwashing to the notion that all women are empowered by eco-conscious choices. One of the most prevailing and dangerous misconceptions about green fashion is that it’s a movement conceived by the West and led by white people. Sustainable fashion has let down people of color time and time again, whether through spotlighting majority-white representatives, favoring Western branding as the prevailing and acceptable aesthetic, or absorbing the capitalist notion that it’s a lifestyle to buy your way into.

With strong historical, spiritual, and ancestral relationships with the regenerative power of

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The Ins and Outs of Selling a Fashion or Luxury Business

Emilee Geist

The global pandemic has not only generated what looks like a prolonged economic crisis, but also shifted people’s sentiment toward consumerism. How the fashion industry will be affected in the long term is a difficult question to answer.

Looking at the medium term, there is one topic that can be immediately discussed: In the current context, is it worth thinking about selling the business you built over the last few years or decades?

In short, the answer is “yes” if you believe you’ve reached the stage where the future of your firm is more likely to benefit from being part of a large group than if it were to remain independent. As you know, a large corporation can easily flex its muscle in such areas as advertising and media buying, customer data and analytics, commercial partnerships, online and brick-and-mortar retail, IT and technology, logistics and finance.

Today, large groups tend

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Walmart Launches Fashion Essentials Brand Free Assembly

Emilee Geist

Walmart is launching a new fashion brand dubbed Free Assembly, broadening its apparel categories since its acquisition of Eloquii in 2018 and its launch last year of Sofía Jeans by Sofía Vergara.

In a presentation in New York City last week, Denise Incandela, senior vice president of Walmart Women’s Group, elevated and online brands, described Free Assembly as a “modern fashion essentials brand that offers elevated style.” The new line will be available from Monday at some 250 Walmart locations and online on walmart.com, with some items appearing online for pre-orders.

There are some 60 pieces in the collection, and prices generally fall within the $9 to $45 price range, Incandela said.

“We’ve seen more and more men shopping for fashion in Walmart, and are excited to bring this brand to them,” she said at the presentation, which was held at a studio at Location05, an event space in the

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Is Slow Fashion the New Luxury?

Emilee Geist

Fashion, like trouser silhouettes, tends to change course once the pendulum swings too far in one direction. And if fast fashion defined the 2010s, slow fashion may be the marker of the new decade.

For years, the industry has pushed mass production and consumption at a clip so rapid that quick-turn, quick-churn fashion is now falling out of favor and making way for its more measured counterpart. COVID-19 has helped accelerate this redefinition of fashion — both luxury and at other price points — as clothing crafted with sustainability at the fore.

“The pandemic has helped foster a ‘buy less, buy better’ mentality with interest sparking in products with more value and longevity over disposable fast fashion. There has been a greater push on artisan products and items with a focus on craftsmanship, further backing the slow-fashion trend,” said Kayla Marci, market analyst at retail intelligence platform Edited. Creating exclusivity

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All the Winners of the 2020 CFDA Fashion Awards

Emilee Geist

Refinery29

Harlem’s Fashion Row NYFW Event Was A Celebration Of Black Talent

On Sunday, to kick off spring ’21 New York Fashion Week, Harlem’s Fashion Row, a platform designed to support and amplify Black creatives in fashion, held its 13th annual Style Awards and Fashion Show. Despite being forced to go digital as a result of the pandemic, the event was as energetic and inspiring as any of the in-person awards that came before it. The event included three collections — presented by designers Richfresh, Kimberly Goldson, and Kristian Lorén — as well as a red carpet pre-show and an award ceremony — honoring Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief Lindsay Peoples Wagner, Pyer Moss designer Kerby Jean-Raymond, publicist Nate Hinton, and British Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful — which were all open to the public through the CFDA virtual runway platform Runway 360. “We’ve gone global overnight,” Brandice Daniel, Harlem’s Fashion Row’s founder,

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Virginia Chadwyck-Healey on the website you need to know for hidden fashion gems

Emilee Geist

Virginia Chadwyck-Healey Hofmann Copenhagen - Andrew Crowley
Virginia Chadwyck-Healey Hofmann Copenhagen – Andrew Crowley

Well, that was a different sort of maternity leave. It’s been 216 days since my last column, and how life has changed! I wish I could say that this was entirely due to our son, Walter, making his way into the world, but the issue of a global pandemic also features. I admit I feel somewhat sheepish about returning to writing about fashion. It all seems a bit irrelevant, doesn’t it?

And yet, as I looked around the shops on my first visit to London last week, I was reminded of what talent we have in this country. I was also reminded of the vast numbers of people employed by the industry, and that’s just the people and products we see. Behind the scenes, at fashion HQs up and down the country (although more likely working from home currently), there are great armies

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Face masks pick perilous path from health protector to fashion accessory

Emilee Geist

<span>Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images</span>
Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

At the Venice Film Festival the actor Tilda Swinton pulled out an ornate gold design face mask and wore it on the red carpet, just like she would have with a statement clutch bag or a must-have piece of jewellery.

The mask was not entirely pandemic-approved – on Instagram the designer James Merry said the custom-made piece was inspired by “stingray skeletons, seaweed and orchids” – but it was symbolic of a bigger shift: the world of high fashion is finally allowing itself to embrace the coronavirus face mask.

Last week also saw Lady Gaga light up the static VMA awards show with a parade of highly fashion-conscious masks. There was the bubblegum pink one from Cecilio Castrillo (a muzzle which resembled the facehugger from Alien), a horned one from Lance Victor Moore, a futuristic one designed by Smooth Technology and then when accepting an award

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The pandemic is changing the future of fashion and shopping. Why that’s a good thing

Emilee Geist

 <span class="copyright">(Lucila Perini / For The Times)</span>
(Lucila Perini / For The Times)

Given the chaos and uncertainty wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, trying to pin down the top fashion and beauty trends of a year hence feels as futile as trying to pick a living room wallpaper pattern while your house is on fire. But we tried anyway by surveying a range of L.A.-based designers, brand builders and retailers to find out what the luxury landscape might look like 12 to 18 months down the road.

The general consensus? Although no one — not even the trend analysts who make their living forecasting such things — is exactly sure what the future of fashion looks like, what they agreed on is that, because of the pandemic, the future of retail and design is actually arriving way ahead of schedule, with back-burner projects front-burnered and fashion’s never-ending hamster wheel getting a good, hard look.

“We had trends

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The pandemic is revolutionizing fashion and shopping. Why that’s a good thing

Emilee Geist

 <span class="copyright">(Lucila Perini / For The Times)</span>
(Lucila Perini / For The Times)

Given the chaos and uncertainty wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, trying to pin down the top fashion and beauty trends of a year hence feels as futile as trying to pick a living room wallpaper pattern while your house is on fire. But we tried anyway by surveying a range of L.A.-based designers, brand builders and retailers to find out what the luxury landscape might look like 12 to 18 months down the road.

The general consensus? Although no one — not even the trend analysts who make their living forecasting such things — is exactly sure what the future of fashion looks like, what they agreed on is that, because of the pandemic, the future of retail and design is actually arriving way ahead of schedule, with back-burner projects front-burnered and fashion’s never-ending hamster wheel getting a good, hard look.

“We had trends

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17 second-shopping hacks our Fashion Director swears by

Emilee Geist

From Cosmopolitan

There’s no better time to discover your love for second hand clothing than in, the aptly named, Second Hand September. But hey, second-hand/vintage/pre-loved – whatever you want to call it, there are so many benefits to buying clothes that have already been worn by someone else.

For starters, it’s kinder for the environment, buying one-of-a-kind pieces will also give your wardrobe a unique style (no awkward ‘she’s wearing the same thing as me, where can I hide?’ moments). On top of that, you can get luxury fabrics like mohair, silk and leather at a fraction of the cost. Plus, you can invest in super high end labels for nowhere near their original price, which means you can dress incredibly and still have enough money to get your nails done.

The thing is, shopping for second hand gems requires dedication and patience. So how do the pros do it?

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