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  • sanjukta.moorthy

    Hi guys,

    I was also taken by this article - on the one hand supporting her decision to at least try and bring the fight to the fashion obsessed; but on the other quite annoyed at how superficial it seemed.

    I'm blogging about it now - - and would love your thoughts,

    With your permission I'd also like to reblog some of your opinions, but let me know if you'd rather just comment on my blog post instead!

  • antoinettezmoore

    This is so not noteworthy in any respect. The collection has no mention of reclaimed materials, of donating proceeds to anything, or of what needs to be done to address climate change. It's pretty stupid in my opinion... I don't think many people who wear $5000 suits are going to be riding their bicycles. Fashion encourages us to be wasteful- to buy what's on trend, and to buy too much. It's actually so ironic it hurts.

    • emilynbaldi

      Your last sentence is precisely the tack she's taking to fight for sustainable practices in the fashion industry. Clothing is made with planned obsolescence in mind: cheap materials, cheap labor, cheap fads. She is fighting for fashion that doesn't force the buyer to buy a new wardrobe every other month.

      Consider in our grandparents past, or even their parents; they would purchase or even sew their own clothing, and those pieces would last for years before needing to be replaced. That's the sort of culture she's trying to convey. Personally, I'm OK with investing in clothing that I know will worth the money. $200 for a single pair of pants that last me 5 years is much better for the environment than me spending $30 for a pair of pants every 3 months.

      • Mike Logue

        The high-end fashion industry, which she is part of the establishment of, doesn't focus on making things that last longer to reduce consumption, they focus on making as much money as they can based on a perceived cultural value. This is masquerading in conservation & environmentalism as an aesthetic/buzz-marketing.

  • Mike Logue

    That's all well and good if it actually led to changes, sadly it seems more like they're just choosing to adopt environmentalism & conservation as an aesthetic.

    Climate concern is one thing, concern for the good of humanity requires more, and outside of materials and design breakthroughs (which are typically created by government contractors) the "fashion industry" does nothing for people but create wealth for a small few and a culture that values ogling wealth spending hundred & thousands of dollars on clothing which need only cost a fraction of that, rather than giving that time and money to things that actually matter. Thanks but no thanks fashionistas.

  • Lelouchto L

    I Will take "Buy less, choose well, make it last" any day.

  • David Kart

    "Buy less, choose well, make it last."

    I'll take it :)

    • Callielou

      The divestment movement is admirable, as called for by Bill McKibben and; but in parallel, at an even larger scale of action, we need to implement a carbon tax, as called for by economists across the spectrum.

      • Sally Bunner

        I agree. I do believe that the movement is something that students can do to affect the market, by putting pressure on the institutions they attend.