Why polyester is a problem for the industry

Fashion has a polyester problem.

It’s the most widely-used clothing fiber in the world, but as a synthetic material made from plastic, polyester needs a lot of energy to produce and is highly water and air polluting, according to the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

The fashion industry is trying to tackle the issue, but there’s no simple solution, according to the CEO of one of the world’s largest clothes manufacturers. “There isn’t so far (a) raw material that is as cheap and as versatile as polyester today,” said Roger Lee, who runs Hong-Kong headquartered TAL Apparel.

As well

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Abacaxi Took Off During the Pandemic

Sheena Sood, Abacaxi founder.
Illustration: Rachelle Baker

Sheena Sood is the founder and designer of the Brooklyn-based fashion brand Abacaxi. An artist and former assistant to womenswear designer Tracy Reese, Sood launched her first full collection in spring 2020, just before the pandemic hit. “I panicked briefly, but then I started making masks in my apartment,” she recalls. “They were something people needed urgently, and they were the only thing I could think of to contribute.” The masks — beaded, printed, tie-dyed, and beautiful — turned out to be Abacaxi’s saving grace, and the brand, which produces everything in

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33 Reasons to Be Mad for Marimekko as the Brand Marks Its 70th Year

I spent the last year working on a book about Marimekko and its founder, Armi Ratia, who, 70 years ago, set out to change the world with textiles. This wasn’t premeditated; her husband bought an oilcloth firm, and Ratia, who had been planning to leave advertising to write a novel, joined with him in the new venture. She had some experience working with fabrics, but more importantly, the strong-willed Ratia had a vision. Inspired by the Bauhaus, she aimed to uplift daily life through quality design.

In 1941, Helsinki, though war-torn, was home to many idealistic and creative Finns who

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30 Under-$50 Fashion Deals from Amazon’s Summer 2021 Trends Roundup

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From neutral hues and textures to bold colors, tropical prints, and retro-inspired accessories, Amazon’s summer fashion trends section has something for every style and occasion. Keep scrolling through to check out the 30 best clothing, shoe, and accessory deals from the summer trends edit, all for under $50.

In the clothing section, you’ll find everything from a super discounted Free People muscle tee to a printed maxi dress with nearly 6,000 five-star reviews. But the one piece

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Netflix’s prestige fashion industry drama ‘Halston’ is highly entertaining trash

Our appetite for rise-and-fall narratives is absolutely limitless, especially when they involve fabulous costumes, astronomical quantities of drugs and Liza Minnelli.

Netflix’s 1970s biopic “Halston” could not deviate less from that script. The show is a rags-to-riches-to-rags story, except the proverbial rags were actually made of ultrasuede, the defining synthetic fiber of discotheque mayhem. Directed by HBO workhorse Daniel Minahan and adapted from Stephen Gaines’ biography “Simply Halston,” the series is a portrait of the brilliant, vicious man who made aspirational fashion possible for generations of American women. Unfulfilled as a hatmaker for Jackie Kennedy, he rose through department store … Read More

A visual history of space-age fashion

Written by Leah Dolan, CNN

The 1960s space race was more than a measure of scientific progress. The anticipation of this next stage of humanity left an indelible impression on culture, too.

President John F. Kennedy’s vision of man reaching the moon soon spawned a throng of TV shows and films — including cartoon sitcom “The Jetsons” and the “Star Trek” franchise — all of which looked to cater to America’s newfound interest in space travel.

The success of the Apollo 11 mission in 1969 only whetted appetites further. For fashion designers Paco Rabanne, Pierre Cardin and Thierry Mugler, it
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China Disappeared H&M From Its Internet, Splitting Fashion Industry Group

A debate over how much to push back against the Chinese government has set off a conflict inside a prominent coalition that guides much of the world’s cotton production.

The Better Cotton Initiative, a collaboration among big brands like

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environmental groups, farmers and human-rights organizations, has for years worked to bolster the global apparel industry’s access to sustainably produced cotton.

But the Chinese government’s recent attacks on the group and one of its leading members, fast-fashion giant

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AB, have raised concerns about whether BCI’s fashion

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The Future of Fashion Is Fungi


The wondrous fungi-inspired creations in Dutch couture designer Iris Van Herpen’s Spring 2021 collection are like nothing else in the fashion world. Undulating crowns of brass coils top delicate micro-plissé gowns with bodices formed from sinuous silk tendrils. An early adopter of 3-D printing and advocate for sustainability, van Herpen has emerged as a kind of oracle within the fashion industry. She spent lockdown in Amsterdam reading biologist Merlin Sheldrake’s book, Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures, which

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Nigerian fashion pioneer Folashade ‘Shade’ Thomas-Fahm will be celebrated at ‘Africa Fashion’ exhibition

Written by Sana Noor Haq, CNN

She’s been called one of Africa’s most important designers, and a pioneering figure in Nigerian fashion.

Now, Folashade “Shade” Thomas-Fahm is among the names being celebrated by London’s Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum. Set to open next year, its Africa Fashion exhibition will commemorate past and contemporary African designers including Mali’s Chris Seydou and Ghana’s Kofi Ansah.

Often described as the country’s first modern designer, Thomas-Fahm is a former president of the Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria and received a lifetime achievement award at Arise Magazine’s Fashion Week in Lagos in 2011.

But an

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Andra Day in Custom Vera Wang at the 2021 Oscars

This was the showstopper of the pandemic-era awards season.

Andra Day at the 2021 Oscars in custom Vera Wang.

There are perfectly good celebrity style moments, and then there are the looks that really stick with you, the ones you try desperately to recreate at home. In ‘Great Outfits in Fashion History,’ Fashionista editors are revisiting their all-time favorite lewks.

Andra Day was one of the highlights of the 2021 awards season. (Shoutout to stylist Wouri Vice.) She consistently showed up ready to impress in everything from Chanel to Prada, even if the red carpet only stretched

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