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By Melissa Sterry | Science and Technology meet The Fashion Arts

Fig Leaves Are Out. What to Wear to Be Kind to the Planet?

In the Garden of Eden, figuring out what to wear was easy and the fig leaves were environmentally friendly. Today, it’s much harder to find clothes that don’t have some kind of negative impact on the planet.<p>Textile manufacturers use complicated chemical and industrial processes to make clothing …

Sustainability

Zara and H&M back in-store recycling to tackle throwaway culture

Schemes aim to tackle fashion’s huge waste problem but critics say they are a token gesture and could encourage ‘guilt free’ consumption<p>When you walk into a high-street shop, you’re probably looking to snap up a bargain, not get rid of an old jumper. But clothing retailers and brands are …

Recycling

These Perfect Vegan Leather Clutches Are a Must-Have for Every Spring Party

Get Your Hands on These Must-Have Luxury Vegan Clutches for Spring<p>Written by |<p>Spring is here, and with the arrival of sweet-scented blossoms, …

Clothing

Big bounce: art and sole collide in an uplifting offering from Marc Newson and Nike

Launched 30 years ago, the Air Max 1 put an entirely new spring in Nike’s step. The transparent bubble in its sole promised increased lift and a soft landing, but it was the shoe’s design and the sole unit’s open architecture – its designer, sneaker-freak deity Tinker Hatfield, said he was inspired …

Sneakers

Artist Crochets Jewelry Inspired by Patterns Found in Nature

Japanese artist Miho Fujita crafts delicate crochet jewelry inspired by natural wonders. Each accessory presents Fujita's interest in nature-based creation and her penchant for reimagining plants as wearable works of art.<p>Ranging from elegant drop earrings to bold brooches, Fujita creates a wide …

Art

Arnsdorf reborn: how Jade Sarita Arnott came back to fashion

The Australian label relaunches for fashion week with a new collection and the promise of a new way of doing business<p>In 2012, Melbourne fashion designer Jade Sarita Arnott was exhausted, out of pocket and fed up with the relentless fashion cycle. So she closed her label Arnsdorf and walked away. …

Fashion

All-women design shows are "snowballing" in New York following Trump inauguration

Multiple female-only design exhibitions have opened in New York as designers and curators aim to highlight the "inequities that still exist" in the …

Ellen MacArthur teams up with retail giants to launch Circular Fibres Initiative

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation will today launch a major new initiative, backed by fashion giants including H&M and Nike, to promote the adoption of …

Brazilian Albino Twins Find Success as Fashion Models

Brazilian twins Lara and Mara Bawar have been making waves throughout the fashion world, with the 11-year-old twins finding growing success as …

Fashion

Shop mannequins branded "medically unhealthy" by researchers

A new study looked at female dummies in two UK cities<p>Clothing-store mannequins have been described as "unrealistic", according to a new study …

Health

France at a Crossroads: Fashion Reflects on a Monumental Election

France is choosing between presidential contenders with radically different visions. What’s at stake for the luxury industry? BoF caught up with the French fashion elite at the 32nd Hyères Festival.<p><b>HYÈRES, France</b> — As members of the French fashion elite assembled here in the sunny south of France, …

France

Social Goods | Conflict-Free Diamonds, Is Fast Fashion a Class Issue?

This week, man-made diamonds appeal to ethically driven millennials, while price points reserve environmentally friendly clothing as a privilege for the wealthy.<p><b>Is Fast Fashion a Class Issue?</b> <i>(Refinery 29)</i><br>"Should people with limited disposable income really be expected to pay more for clothes just …

Fashion

Tiffany & co. calls out Trump on climate change

“Dear President Trump, we’re still in for bold climate change action. Please keep the US in the Paris Climate Agreement.”<p>Tiffany and Donald Trump have a longstanding relationship. Reportedly the inspiration behind the name of his second daughter, Trump also bought the air rights (property interest …

Climate

A podiatrist explains how high heels can destroy your feet

There was a time when you would never catch Victoria Beckham without a pair of heels. So it came as a surprise when the fashion designer told The Telegraph: "I just can't do heels any more. At least not when I'm working."<p>Beckham isn't the first celebrity to ditch sky-high heels. Sarah Jessica …

Shoes

The North Face, Timberland and other iconic American brands to ban fur, angora, and exotic skins · A Humane Nation

With clothing producers like VF going fur-free and expanding their policy to other animal products, there is reason to hope for millions of animals …

France cracks down on super-skinny, airbrushed models

Super-thin models and secretly airbrushed photoshoots will soon be a thing of the past in fashion hub France, as authorities passed measures to protect young people from the dangers of anorexia.<p>A new law entered into force on Saturday, May 6, which compels all models operating in France to provide …

Health

Comme des Garçons fashion exhibition opens at The Met in New York

The sculptural clothes of enigmatic Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo are the subject of this year's spring exhibition organised by the Costume …

Elegant, Inspiring And Strong 61-Year-Old Model Is Crushing Ageism In Fashion

<b>Two years ago,</b> model Yazemeenah Rossi was a highly sought-after fashion model, who was fronting major ad campaigns for the likes of Macy’s and AT&T, …

Fashion

Is Consumer-Friendly Activism a Sign of Feminist Progress—Or Just a Sellout?

On fall 2017 runways from New York to Paris, fashion displayed its "woke-ness" from head to toe. Is this consumer-friendly activism a sign of feminist progress—or just a sellout? Two writers join the debate.<p>Sady Doyle: Buy It, Wear it, Spread It<p>To hear some tell it, there are two ways to be a …

Feminism

The mE.coli Project: Bespoke Microbiomic Couture.

Glass-like Jewels for Microbiomic Couture, made from mE. coli<p>Glass-like Jewels for Microbiomic Couture, made from mE. coli<p>Traditionally what we …

Biology

How ethical are fashion’s top brands?

To mark the start of Fashion Revolution Week, the action group releases their latest ranking<p>Today marks the beginning of Fashion Revolution Week, the global movement spearheaded by Fashion Revolution to make radical changes within the fashion industry. The week urges consumers to ask brands …

Brands

The H&M Conscious Sequin Dress That’s Selling Out Fast

It’s SO pretty<p>This morning, H&M dropped its new Conscious Exclusive collection, and while all of it is beautiful, there is a hero piece that’s almost …

Sustainable style: will Gen Z help the fashion industry clean up its act?

Four years after the Rana Plaza tragedy, a burgeoning collection of cool but ethical brands have launched to target the socially conscious young consumer. But there is still a long way to go<p>This week marks the fourth year since the Rana Plaza disaster, where 1,135 garment workers were killed, and …

Fashion

Amber Valletta Returns To The Vogue Cover

AMBER VALLETTA is making her return to the cover of <i>Vogue</i>, 23 years after she made her debut. She was pictured alongside Kate Moss (who had only been …

Petition to stop companies from forcing female workers to wear heels is rejected by parliament

But the Equalities Office said it would issue guidelines to firms this summer<p>A petition to make it illegal for a company to enforce female workers to …

Independent fashion labels have invented a whole new way of dressing well in India

“This brand does not define you. But damn you look good in it.”<p>Preeti Verma’s postscript-like message, imprinted on the tag of every one of her fashion label Runaway Bicycle’s floaty, sorbet products, echoes the sort of sweet and sassy exchange that forms the heart of female friendships: “N’aww! …

From customisation to DIY handbags – how customers became designers

From bags to T-shirts, consumers have become designers in the latest wave of fashion customisation<p>A varsity jacket covered in patches. Jeans frayed to their wearer’s liking. Trainers with their owner’s initials printed on the heel – customisation was one of 2016’s strongest trends in fashion. It’s …

David Bowie: The Most Iconic Looks From Music's Greatest Style Chameleon

A tribute to the man who widened the boundaries of men's fashion.<p>To call David Bowie a style icon is something of an understatement.<p>In the often mundane world of menswear, few men have managed to astound so consistently with their sartorial choices as Bowie.<p>Never one to play it safe, Bowie’s …

This Modelling Agency Is Tackling Age Diversity In The Fashion Industry And It's Amazing

Only-old-need-apply 🙌<p>It’s of no secret that the fashion industry covets youth, but age diversity is becoming a hot topic like never before.<p>Which is why Russian modelling agency Oldushka is only signing silver-haired beauties.<p>According to Vogue, the Moscow-based agency exclusively represents models …