January 25, 2007 |
Spain's government has reached an agreement with major fashion designers to standardize women's clothing sizes with the aim of promoting a healthier image. Designers such as Cortefiel, Mango, El Corte Ingles and Inditex agreed to take part in the program, which was announced this week. The program, designed by the Health Ministry, will also prevent those companies from using window displays featuring clothes smaller than a European size 38 (8 in the United States).
January 1, 2007 |
Fashion is an industry built on planned obsolescence, which means that much of what was breathlessly touted in 2006 will be forgotten in 2007. There will be no need to fret about leggings, wide belts, sweater coats and the various expensive handbags -- the Chloe Edith, Chanel's Coco Cabas -- that once seemed so essential. The industry will be on to something else.
December 23, 2006 |
A month after the death of an anorexic model in Brazil, Italy's government and fashion industry on Friday adopted a voluntary code aimed at promoting a more "generous" look for women. Under the pact, Italy's highly competitive fashion industry agreed not to hire models younger than 16. The industry also promised to add larger sizes to its collections and require models to submit medical proof they do not suffer from eating disorders.
December 16, 2006 |
In separate incidents on opposite coasts this week, the seriously thin became a serious issue. Early Monday morning, celebutante Nicole Richie was arrested for driving under the influence after she was spotted driving the wrong way on the 134 Freeway. According to the booking sheet, the 25-year-old star of "The Simple Life" is 5 feet 1 and 85 pounds.
November 10, 2006 |
There is nothing like a celebrity stepping forward as a do-gooder to bring out the skeptics. (Google: "Madonna" and "Malawi.") After all, it can be difficult to separate a publicity stunt from a heartfelt desire to help alleviate suffering. The fashion industry and its stars are especially suspect. That's because theirs is a business that places so much emphasis on image. There is a tendency to believe all things are in service to the fantasy.
March 22, 2006 |
THE spotlight of L.A.'s red carpet is giving way to a new ego-stroking, status-bestowing institution: the fashion show front row. Being seated closest to the runway is more than a thank you to supporters; it's also a reflection of the designer's pull and the collection's cool factor. "The audience can be as interesting as the show," said Margaret Schell, a partner with SPR, a fashion public relations firm in Hollywood that has staged Los Angeles shows for five years.
February 26, 2006
FUR wearers are indeed dressed to kill -- their fur purchases fund the torture and death of millions of animals including foxes, mink, chinchillas, rabbits, and even dogs and cats ["They're Dressed to Kill the Chill" by Robin Abcarian, Jan. 29]. These animals suffer and die to satisfy human greed and vanity, and to supply rabbit fur jock straps, apparently. Is this really what our "civilization" has come to? Compassionate people do not wear fur. It doesn't matter how it feels or looks or how it makes the wearer feel.
February 26, 2006 |
Three months after they stunned the fashion world by winning a prestigious industry award for new talent, the founders of Trovata were holed up in SoHo, auditioning models. Eyeing one contender's knee-locked trot, head designer Sam Shipley said with a snort, "There is absolutely nothing sexy about that. Not one thing." Then he muttered to himself, "I don't get it. Why do you need to do runway shows? Can't you just show the damn clothes on a rack?" They couldn't.
February 10, 2006 |
Anyone who lost faith that American designers can change the direction of fashion had a come-to-Jesus moment on Tuesday. The buzz word coming off last season may have been "minimalism," but its master, Narciso Rodriguez, presented a knockout fall collection that turned minimalism on its head with unlikely fabric combinations and mod color-blocking, glass beads and plastic paillettes.