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First Ever Virtual Reality Summit To Take Place During Paris Fashion Week In October 2020



With the transition to a digital design world accelerating through the onset of lockdown, many creative industries are now operating with an entirely new dynamic. Physical events and trade exhibitions are being replaced with virtual alternatives and many organisations are seeing the benefits of this adaptation becoming a permanent fixture. Not only do these occasions reduce the impact of hosting a location-based showcase, they also offer designers the chance to interact with a wider global audience across a flexible schedule, whilst questioning the need for traditional concepts such as seasonality and ‘catwalk collections’.

Paris Fashion Week is leading this new digital arena in hosting the first ever Virtual Reality fashion event: The Circular Fashion Summit by lablaco. Following its first edition in September 2019, held in Station F in Paris and attended by companies such as Hermes, Chanel and Balenciaga, this year’s Summit is joining forces with The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode (Paris Fashion Week), AltSpace VR from Microsoft, and Oculus to pioneer the redesign of events for the fashion industry. Tickets include the purchase of an Oculus VR headset and, with dates scheduled for the 3rd and 4th of October 2020 (somewhere in virtual reality!), it signals a new era for events of this capacity to be facilitated in this way.

The event will gather change-makers and leaders from across the industry, featuring three panels to address topics around circularity within the fashion world. In an immersive digital space, viewers will have the chance to interact with industry figures, as well as discovering emerging designers who will be exhibiting within a virtual exhibition hall. Assembling together a global array of talent into one digital event will provide a space for visitors to interact with each other in real-time, offering networking opportunities without the need to travel.

This 2nd edition of the Circular Fashion Summit will also discuss the progress in reaching the goals laid out at the 2019 edition. Pledging to recirculate 100,000 items by 2021, saving an estimated 2000 tonnes of CO2, and 3 million litres of water from landfill, the team have been working hard in ensuring this target is reached. Thanks to partnerships with organisations including The Lane Crawford Joyce Group, The British Fashion Council and Global Fashion Exchange, its network is expanding with a drive to present a new, and positive, future for fashion.

In adopting digital formats, the lablaco duo feel it may even enhance the possibility of reaching these crucial targets. “Now, more than ever, have we felt the readiness of the market in accelerating the digitisation and transition of the fashion industry towards a global circular economy powered by collective action and technology.” states Kuo Shih Yun and Lorenzo Albrighi, co-founders of lablaco. Alongside the summit, the lablaco team are working on different initiatives to encourage further transparency within the supply chain and disrupt the industry towards positive change. Partners of The Swapchain, a new digital fashion swapping platform, they are providing technology solutions, including tools for authenticity and traceability on blockchain, to help consumers easily transition to a circular mindset.

While for many the digital arena may seem daunting, especially when working in design where tangibility and an end product have always been a focus, events such as this are pioneering the future of how a circular industry could exist. The need to shift our attention to design as a process, rather than an end result, is key in closing the loop on production cycles within fashion and other manufacturing streams. Moving away from linear business models, with the implementation of technology, will give us an increased chance of meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals laid out in 2015. And, in breaking down boundaries and conservative mindsets, the industry can unite regularly, to strengthen the global creative community, simultaneously negating the need for travel and therefore reducing the pressure placed upon the natural environment we inhabit.

Register interest in the event here to apply for tickets and join the Circular Fashion Summit 2020 in Virtual Reality.

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Why and whatever for? 3 ‘ugly’ fashion items the runways seem to love




Buying “ugly” clothes and actually wearing them, rather than gifting them to our worst enemies: unthinkable?

No, this is a reality. It plays on changing tastes over the last few seasons by bringing back the items which have been said to “ruined our childhoods, even those of our parents”.

All you need to do is stroll through the streets to see the trend. From bicycle shorts to “dad shoes”, here’s a look at the fashion items igniting a debate among the fashion crowd. – AFP Relaxnews

Biker shorts

Kim Kardashian strikes again. The social media star appeared twice during 2018 wearing these – despite their disappearance from public view since the 1980s and 90s – and the fashion world went crazy.

Street style, runways, major brands: bike shorts have been everywhere for over a year, a puzzle for those who had attempted to forget they ever existed.

Read more: Fashion in pictures: The intersection of streetwear and luxury

Love them or hate them, it really depends on the individual. The argument against biker shorts though, is that the clothing should really be left to their original function: outfitting cyclists.

Dad shoes

Women have been opting for flat, comfortable sneakers over stilettos without hesitation for several years now. Their sensational return to grace shows no sign of weakening – the trend is very much on the opposite trajectory.

The problem is that between two pairs of Stan Smiths, Air Jordan Ones or Newport Classics, chunky “dad shoes” have reared their head. Characterised by their outsized soles, they are in keeping with the “heavy” trend of the moment.

Read more: Mules, sandals or flip flops? What are the choice footwear for the current season?

Today, nearly all the fashion brands offer a version and they sell like hotcakes, beginning with Balenciaga’s “Triple S” version priced at close to a thousand dollars.

We constantly ask ourselves how best to wear them. The question some people are asking though: why wear them?

While unisex fashion is definitely taking off, bringing pieces not lacking in style back into view (like classic men’s shirts, which should immediately be incorporated into our closets), dad shoes remain a point of contention.

Sleeveless down jackets and coats

Associated with sportswear for the past several years, the sleeveless “puffer” jacket has made occasional incursions into the fashion universe, though without much success.

While we are all deeply familiar with the ubiquitous versions found in fast-fashion stores, those that dislike the trend have been wearing them underneath their coats, well hidden from the eyes of others.

Comfortably warm, yes, but never to the detriment of style. Except that in recent seasons, sleeveless padded jackets and coats have made it to the runways.

Read more: Should you include tie-dyes into your everyday wardrobe again?

The biggest fashion houses have chosen to reinterpret and give them new life. Longchamp tried to make them as elegant as possible in a sort of cropped version in burnout velvet: admittedly rather tempting.

But do they work? Debatable. One must remember that we’re actually talking about puffy down jackets without sleeves. Without sleeves.

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Peaceful demonstration held at The Fashion Mall at Keystone




INDIANAPOLIS — A peaceful demonstration was held Saturday at The Fashion Mall at Keystone.

Demonstrators wanted to call attention to ongoing issues of police brutality and what some are saying are unsafe conditions for those working in retails stores during the COVID-19 pandemic.

About 30 people with The We Coalition through the Serving Up Justice initiative took part in a silent sit-in at the mall in solidarity with employees who were walking out of work.

You can read the statement sent to RTV6 from The We Coalition on the demonstration below:

On July 11, 2020 from 12:00pm-1:00pm at the Keystone Fashion Mall, The We Coalition, through our Serving Up Justice initiative, will be conducting a peaceful, silent sit-in in solidarity with a mall-wide employee walk-out. Our demonstration intends to shed light on the ongoing issues of police brutality and the unsafe working conditions experienced by service and retail workers during a global pandemic.

Racial injustice is deeply systemic, while we work in solidarity against police brutality it is important to acknowledge that there is racism present at every level of every societal and economic system.

COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting communities of color and the working poor, while this country’s administration is strong-arming state and local governments to reopen their economies. According to a Washington Post-Ipsos poll, nearly 1/3 of Black Americans know someone who has died of Coronavirus. It is too easy for some people to pretend that there is nothing problematic about going to a mall, or going out to eat, or getting a haircut – pretending that everything is normal while the American death toll approaches 140,000.

As the financial provisions from the CARES Act (intended to keep American people and business afloat) fall away, workers are forced into scenarios where they have to choose between risking their health or their financial security. Employers are asking their employees to shoulder the burden of keeping businesses afloat instead of demanding that the government protect its people. This is absolutely unacceptable in the nation with the largest GDP in the world.

We intend to conduct these demonstrations frequently and in different areas around the City of Indianapolis and the surrounding metropolitan area for the foreseeable future or until change happens.

Extra security from the mall was present during the demonstration, but they allowed the demonstration to happen without interruptions, the group tells RTV6.

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Candace Marie Stewart talks her career, diversity in fashion




  • Candace Marie Stewart is one of fashion’s most desired social media consultants. 
  • After receiving a BA in finance from the University of Arkansas, she went on to obtain an MBA in marketing and finance from Seton Hall University and work at, among others, JPMorgan and Prada.
  • In 2020, Stewart founded Black in Corporate, an organization that seeks to champion Black individuals who work in corporate spaces
  • In an interview with Business Insider, she spoke about her career transitions, diversity and inclusion in the fashion industry, and what inspires her to create top-notch social campaigns. 
  • This is part of Business Insider’s “The Style Series,” highlighting fashion entrepreneurs and businesses across the globe.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

If Candace Marie Stewart’s life story proves anything, it’s that finance is the perfect background to have in fashion — after all, even fashion is a business.

She was tapped last year to become the head of Social US at Prada and her LinkedIn bio identifies her as working there, but she told Business Insider that she currently works as a social media consultant in the luxury fashion industry. She also serves as an adjunct professor at Parsons School of Design — teaching its first graduate-level social media course — and she’s the founder of Black In Corporate, an organization that seeks to champion Black professionals working in corporate America. 

But before trying her hand at all fashion had to offer, she obtained a BA in finance from the University of Central Arkansas and an MBA in marketing and finance from Seton Hall University

Over about a decade afterward, she worked in PR at Alexander Wang, as a manager at JP Morgan Chase, freelance at Lucky Magazine, a market editor at Essence, and in social media at Refinery29, before becoming the senior social media and influencer manager at the late Barneys New York.

In an interview with Business Insider, Stewart talked about her rise to the top of the social media ladder, and how she and other Black professionals in fashion — such as those who created the Black in Fashion Council — are advocating for the equity of Black people, both in fashion and beyond. 

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