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“The World Bank estimates that clothing manufacturing is responsible for about 20 percent of all industrial water pollution and releases 10 percent of all carbon emissions in our air. Of the more than 100 billion articles of clothing produced in the year 2018, 20 percent became trash—buried, burned, left in ...Read More
‘Influencing is heading into the void’: Natasha Stagg and Kate Durbin on the future of social media. “Natasha: Fashion is a game, and I feel like I understand it, so I can’t stop being fascinated by it. I don’t understand sports or money or politics but I understand fashion. It’s a type of art that is aware of its industry. It responds to the states of corporations ...Read More
Artists want to work with Balenciaga, buy it, and think about it. How did a fashion house become an art-world power broker? "Carly Busta, an aggregating Truman Capote for the Berlin scene who runs New Models, a kind of Drudge Report for the art world, said in an interview earlier this fall that Balenciaga pulls its talent from a creative class, often Berlin-based, that has more crossover with the art world than ...Read More
Dean Kissick on Balenciaga. “A shot of happy Balenciaga models on a long-sleeve T-shirt is also very like a stock image. The whole show is a collection of stock images come to life, as such it brings to mind another of the dominant creative influences of the decade, New York’s DIS art collective, who ...Read More
BY NATASHA STAGG "Fashion was invented to expose the differences between ethnic groups and classes. It historically separated tribes, marked family lineages, rewarded royal blood, and stratified the wealthy. Now, it is a tool used to accelerate consumerism by putting pressure on a calendar, segmenting and sub-segmenting time periods into shopping cycles. It ...Read More
“Whether they copied the LG Prada or not, Apple built upon a very mid-aughts idea created by the fashion industry: the luxury masstige product. Apple realized it didn’t need a fashion brand to create a “premium” product. The iPhone was the first luxury product that felt accessible to everyone, that ...Read More
instant indispensability! "the idea that someone is famous for any good reason is difficult to understand. Narratives of celebrity come to us in such nonlinear ways, coming from the multiple platforms upon which a character was formed, instead of via one broadcast that explains the full story to us in ...Read More
"Bstroy unveiled a handful of hoodies emblazoned with the school names "Columbine," "Sandy Hook," "Virginia Tech," and "Stoneman Douglas"—all of which were devastated by mass shootings. Bstroy designers Brick Owens and Duey Catorze also added distressed detailing to each sweatshirt, resulting in a bullet-hole ridden appearance." "We wanted to make a comment on gun violence and the type of gun violence that needs preventative attention and what its origins are, while also empowering the survivors of tragedy through storytelling in the clothes," Owens wrote in an email to Today. "Also built into the device is the ...Read More
"Fast-forward to today and you can see the kind of “premium mediocre” stuff like headbands and plastic pool slides from virtually every luxury fashion brand. They are still incredibly expensive for what they are, but are a relatively inexpensive way to buy into a brand. Way more people can afford ...Read More
From Gilets Jaunes, to yesterday's Vetements *Ne Tirez Pas DON'T SHOOT* shirt, to military chest rigs, fashion is now using its role as a medium for political signaling to explore the possibility of near-term urban warfare, even if just in the space of distant irony or fetishization.
"The world’s first piece of digital couture created by The Fabricant and worn by Johanna Jaskowska sold for $9,500. But how does one ‘wear’ the couture? There is a 28-day window for the couture’s new owner to provide a photo of the future wearer to the creators in order ...Read More
I talked to artists and thinkers like John Waters, Jeremy Scott, and Lady Bunny about what camp means in 2019 and what happens when the mainstream attempts to appropriate an aesthetic that started out as a subversive queer subculture. Is it still subversive when it's so mainstream? ...Read More
“Goldman’s dress code is that you should dress the way you’re supposed to dress at Goldman. If you have to ask, etc. The difference between a middling banker and a great one is this sort of tacit knowledge.”
Defense team for "Soho Grifter" Anna Sorokin (aka Delvey) taps stylist to Courtney Love, T-Pain, and G-Eazy to dress Sorokin for trial.