A Week in Review: November 23, 2018
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Restlessly Seeking Celine via The New York Times
Ms. Philo 'redefined femininity,' Ms. Bernstein said. 'Her oversize dresses and coats layered over trousers stressed comfort and elegance over blatant sex appeal. She gave women permission to walk around in big clunky shoes and sneakers.'
Telfar's American Dream via iD
Telfar’s spring/summer 19 show was dedicated to something else that should be for everyone: the United States itself. 'Nice landscape, good arable land, and plenty of shelter to go around,' Telfar wrote in the show notes. Denim and sweatpant bottoms were paired with dress shirts in what he called an “immigrant palette” of red, white, and blue. T-shirts featuring last season’s lookbook imagery had been slashed and stamped with symbols of vintage Americana: flags, eagles, horses, and the Budweiser logo.
Dolce & Gabbana: Cultural Stupidity Can Be Costly via BoF
Of course, the broader issue here is by no means limited to Dolce & Gabbana’s missteps in China. The rise of global markets and the power of social media have fundamentally changed the equation on cultural IQ, forcing companies to rethink the way they operate or risk a dangerous digital backlash that can torpedo a brand overnight.
Trawling for Trash: The Brands Turning Plastic Pollution into Fashion via The Guardian
Brands including Gucci, Stella McCartney and Adidas are increasingly partnering with organisations such as Parley for the Oceans – which raises awareness of the destructive effect of ocean plastics – and sourcing materials regenerated from companies such as Aquafil, the textile manufacturer that transforms ocean waste into sustainable materials such as Econyl.
Why Fashion Brands All Seem to Be Using the Same Font
Ultimately, luxury isn’t about mimicking trends. It’s about a timeless and enduring form of value: current yet classic, expensive but worth it. The new Burberry logo isn’t very different from those of other fashion brands, but that’s also by design. After all, a tuxedo may communicate an image of refined taste, but not if you’re the only person at a party wearing one.