A Week in Review: December 15, 2017
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Fashion in 2017 Was Ruled by Bad Taste, but Why? via Highsnobiety
"Ugly is the new normal. But while ugly is a matter of aesthetic judgement, bad taste is different — it’s shaped by social stigma, and the destruction of the boundaries between high and low culture. To get to the core of the issue, we need to ask ourselves: what is taste?"
The Future is...Purple via The New York Times
Pantone recently announced it's 2018 Color of The Year: Ultra Violet. The New York Times reflects on the many ultra violet moments on the runway and anticipates its presence in the trends of 2018.
Jil Sander: Fashion's First Feminist via Vogue
Vogue acknowledges Jil Sander as one of fashion's first feminists—whether it be an intentional effort or not. The designer tells Vogue, "I’m maybe not a feminist, but I was quite young when I started, nothing was easy and I always said you need a lot of strength to do what you want to do when you have a vision and want to build a company. So I always believed in strong women. I’m not a feminist, but I was looking for strong personality."
The Year in Stuff via The New York Times
On 2017, Matthew Schneier of The New York Times says, "It was a year that gawked at stilettos and embraced ugly sneakers; when an advocacy hat was met with an activism hat; when makeup and a glossy magazine offered a new chance at inclusion; when luxury looked to the bargain basement; and when a lion of the industry, a man seemingly out of his own times, left us too soon." Schneier summarizes this turbulent year with eleven objects: The 'Pussy Hat,' Calvin Klein briefs, the Ikea Frakta, Manolo Blahnik pumps, the new British Vogue, the best of Azzedine Alaia, the Supreme t-shirt, Fenty Beauty by Rihanna, the bathrobe, the Off-White denim jacket, and the dad sneaker.
How Kering Group Is Shaping the Future of Eco-Friendly Fashion via Departures
The push towards sustainable, environmentally-conscious fashion design is stronger now more than ever. Pinault of Kering tells Departures, "We see our efforts as strategic long-term investments, not short-term costs."