A Week in Review: March 2, 2018
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The New Stone Age—How Crystals Became a Magical Style Trend via The Guardian
Fashion is slowly embracing elements of mysticism, but perhaps for the wrong reasons: "The stars, the motherpeace symbols, the rose quartz on Instagram stories, this is quasi-religion for the social media age. There was a time when all this 'hippy dippy nonsense' was an alternative. But, as is the case with anything that purports to make our lives better, we democratise it, commodify it and thus it goes mainstream, and is sold online."
"This Is Bigger Than Me" - Anok Yai On Being The First Black Model To Open Prada In 20 Years via Vogue
Anok Yai, a 19-year-old Sudanese model from Manchester, New Hampshire, was the first black model to open a Prada show since Naomi Campbell in 1997. She tells Vogue, "It was an honour and I'm proud that I was the one chosen to open, but this is bigger than me. Me opening for one of the top fashion houses is a statement to the world - especially for black women - that their beauty is something that deserves to be celebrated."
Farfetch’s VP of Creative Yasmin Sewell: ‘Fashion Authority Doesn’t Come From Analyzing Data’ via DigiDay
Farfetch's VP of Creative, Yasmin Sewell, emphasizes the importance of instinct over data, arguing, "[I’m] pushing forward what I feel, what I predict will be big in fashion; it’s all intuition. That’s not a stat telling you a brand is going to be huge. My role is about bringing more of the emotion to the business."
Why Is It So Hard for Clothing Manufacturers to Pay a Living Wage? via Racked
Fair pay is still a major problem in clothing factories around the world. Judy Gearhart, the executive director of the International Labor Rights Forum, tells Racked, "Lots of codes of conduct talk about a living wage and we have no evidence of factories paying a living wage; lots of codes of conduct talk about right of workers to join or form a union of their own choosing and that rarely happens. These codes of conduct are more about allaying the concerns of consumers than implementing these rights in the supply chains of brands.”
Introducing Marine Serre, The Young Dynamo Designer Lighting Up Paris via Vogue
Former Balenciaga designer and LVMH Prize winner, Marine Serre, is one of Paris' most buzzed-about emerging designers. The 26-year-old tells Vogue, "I want women to feel armoured and strong, ready for battle and survival, which we need to be today, but without giving up shape, colour and a sense of humour. The garments can envelop you and make you feel both feminine and tough and protected at the same time."