FASHIONBOSS ENCORE: SUNDAY FASHION RECAP
BUSINESS OF FASHION: “So Long, Farewell” to Editors and Fur
Inditex Bans Angora from Stores| Fast fashion titan Inditex, parent company of Zara and the world’s largest clothing retailer, has made a dramatic move in favor of animal rights, giving way to pressure from PETA to ban use of angora fur in its clothing. The decision arrives more than a year after the retail giant and PETA began talks to end use of the luxury fiber, following PETA’s global investigation into the fur production. In 2013, PETA released graphic video footage exposing the gruesome process required to get fur from angora rabbits. After visiting 10 Chinese angora farms, the organization took videos of fur being ripped off live rabbits to make sure the fibers were as long and lustrous as possible. A petition calling for a ban on angora fur drew more than 300,000 signatures, pushing Inditex CEO Amancio Ortega to launch an investigation of the corporation’s supplier farms. The ensuing ban is now in effect, and Inditex has pledged to dispose with its current angora stock of caps, coats and furry jumpers by sending them to Syrian refugees. Other fast fashion brands, such as Topshop, H&M and ASOS, have also halted their angora orders after the fur farm exposé.
Layoffs Signal and Un-Lucky 2015 | More than a dozen employees of an already lean staff were laid off last Thursday at Lucky Group, the current home of Lucky following Condé Nast‘s sale of the title to Beachmint last August. Whereas many publishing staff cuts occur at the bottom of the editorial food chain, Lucky‘s latest round affected high and low alike; founding beauty director Jane Godfrey was made editor-at-large, and according to Racked, executive fashion director Alexis Bryan Morgan has left the magazine for another position. The cuts come after a series of changes to the Lucky masthead over the past couple of years, as well as a troubling financial climate at the fashion and lifestyle publication, launched in 2000. Publisher Marcy Bloom was fired in 2013 and replaced by Gillian Gorman Round, followed soon after by an annual issue reduction from 12 to 10. Editor-in-chief Brandon Holley replaced Kim France, who was fired in 2010, then challenged Condé’s editorial arbiter and all-powerful adviser Ann Wintour, leading to the appointment of current EIC and Lucky darling Eva Chen.
FASHION & STYLE: Does This Come in the Color of the Year?
Pantone’s Top 10 Fall Colors Recall the 70s | Pantone, the international arbiter of runway palettes, has released its top colors for Fall 2015 collections. But these 10 hues channel more than the sleek spirit of the ’70s; they carry a social message as well. According to Executive Director of the Pantone Color institute Leatrice Eiseman, this fall’s warm, muted palette aligns the social and economic change of the disco era with similar anxieties today. Designer palettes are mirroring consumers’ need for balance in their daily lives, strained by 24/7 digital connectivity and increasingly varying schedules. A lethargic economy juxtaposed with a rapidly changing technological landscape has again created a need for simplicity and sense on the runway that is clear in easy, sophisticated colors like berry-hued Marsala and sun-baked Oak Buff.by