The January 14-16 show, part of Berlin fashion week, features brands which use organic cotton, wool and bamboo or alternative materials such as recycled leather and plastic, and pledge to improve pay and naot shoes conditions for farmers and garment workers. While the rapid rise of fashion discounter Primark (ABF.L) might suggest otherwise, recent market research by Mintel shows consumers seek quality over price when shopping for clothes in Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Mintel said ethical and environmental concerns are strongest in southern Europe. SUPPLY CHAIN "We don't want to go with a wagging finger to the customer. They should find us cool, and socially and environmentally friendly," Juerg Braendli said in Berlin as he launched men's casualwear brand "Outfitters of Change". "We are not green fashion in the classic sense ... We want the collection and the price to appeal to the mass market." The brand is marketing a range of men's T-shirts, sweatshirts and jackets costing 39 to 149 euros ($53-200) in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. <br>Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/14/us-fashion-idUSBREA0D14720140114
Spain's next Zara? Fashion label Desigual speeds global growth
Carter also proposed that he will be on the forefront of diversity talks with the department store so that incidents like this dont happen in the future. Naomi Campbell and Iman wrote a shame letter to all members of the international fashion community calling to attention the lack of black models on the runway, and undercover racism for the blatant exclusion. Not only did this cause a stir, many fashion journalists and blogs posted and wrote about the letter, including former NYT columnist Eric Wilson. I was really surprise and happy to see that this was getting attention-finally. With all eyes on the industry- as Bethann Hardison puts it, the S/S 2014 shows (which happened in September 2013) were above average in regard to diversity and show entertainment. Including: more black models opening and closing shows like Versace, Balenciaga, Balmain and Armani just to name a few! At Rick Owens, a fierce step team consisting of black sorority and fraternities, wore his collection as they stepped dramatically down the runway during Paris fashion week. <br>Source: http://www.examiner.com/article/mandela-fashion-and-retail-culture
Mandela, fashion and retail culture.
"It is an upgrade for the brand to be in more channels," Jadraque said. "For a brand, the most important factor is to have presence in the market." EVERY WARDROBE IN THE WORLD Founded in Ibiza in 1984 by Swiss designer Thomas Meyer - still the company's sole shareholder - Desigual says its mission is to put at least one item into every wardrobe in the world. To that end, as well as growing its existing 400 stores, it plans to multiply concessions in department stores and increase Internet sales to a quarter of total turnover from about 10 percent now. Jadraque, who took over as managing director in 2012, said Desigual would concentrate on locations where the brand is doing best after expanding to 60 new countries in three years. "We want to focus on fewer countries but on penetrating more," he said. "Asia is tough. <br>Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/16/us-fashion-desigual-idUSBREA0F0ZW20140116
Wintour on New Reality Show, Awards Season Fashion
Each week, designers from 10 emerging labels are put to the test through increasingly challenging steps of the competition. Judges such as Diane von Furstenberg and top-level executives from Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus, determine who wins the ultimate prize of $300,000 and a one-year mentorship with an industry expert. "What is wonderful about going through the experience of the CFDA/Vogue Fund, is that even though you don't win, just to go through the process of the test -- already you learn something," von Furstenberg explained. In fact, it's the coveted mentorship itself that's a priceless gift. "A few years ago, I mentored Alexander Wang," she recalled. <br>Source: http://www.etonline.com/fashion/142592_Anna_Wintour_at_Vogue_Fashion_Fund_Premiere_Party/index.html