Stella McCartney says fashion industry is unfashionable

The talented fashion designer – Stella McCartney told the press that fashion industry is unfashionable and needs to be more green to save the planet. She mentioned that the fashion industry is one of the most harmful industries in the world and laws need to be in place to ensure the industry is more sustainable. Stella McCartney met with ten CEOs from the world’s biggest companies in Cornwall to discuss the climate crisis and how to ensure fashion is more green.

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Stella McCartney says fashion industry is unfashionable

Here are some excerpts from Stella McCartney’s interview with Sky News –

“I don’t think they know that 150 million trees are cut down for viscose. Whereas I’ve managed to source a sustainable wood pulp in Sweden.

I have always known the fashion industry was doing more harm than good but I looked the other way for many years but no more. It is terrifying to read about the damage the industry is doing to the planet. Sustainable fashion is the way to go and if you are not sure how to go about it, start with buying less, and buying better.

“I don’t think people know anything about it. So for me to be there with these world leaders is really exciting, but also very terrifying because I’m desperate to get across some of the facts and realities of how unfashionable the fashion industry is.”

“I’m kind of here to encourage these world leaders to really look at laws, look at policy change, how to incentivise the young designers of tomorrow, the young fashion houses.”

I hope major changes are made in the fashion industry. Also, I hope sustainable fashion designers are not penalised with huge taxes for going green. It is a shame that anything sustainable is so expensive. It really should be the other way round.

What are your thoughts on sustainable fashion? Do you agree with Stella McCartney about the fashion industry being so unfashionable?

 

 

 

Uncovering the secrets of a career in fashion

Have you ever thought of a career in fashion? Being a fashionista is more than following trends and bagging the latest designer pieces to flaunt when you head out onto the high street. Understanding fashion is about anticipating future trends and maybe even creating trends of your own for others to follow. The easiest way to do this is by forging a career within the fashion industry. 

You don’t have to be the most adept artist or be the most creative thinker in order to work within the sector. There are plenty of roles alongside the designers that could see you mingling with other fashion professionals beside the catwalk. Take a look at how you could break into the fashion industry.

 

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Management

Nothing could seem further from the iconic and creative industry that is fashion than the idea of management. However, every sector needs managers whether they specialise in finance, marketing, advertising or HR. Who do you think books the models, ensures the Spring Collection is delivered on budget and makes a brand instantly recognisable across the globe? If you have a head for figures or enjoy problem-solving, you might want to consider enrolling in an online supply chain management course that will allow you to become the ultimate resource planner for fashion shows.

 

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Get Creative

If you have an artistic flair, but you have never chosen to follow this aspect of your skill set as a career, now might be the time to begin looking at relevant job opportunities. If you are willing to start at the bottom and work your way up, and you can demonstrate your fashionista credentials, fashion houses across the globe will take on apprentices to mould into their perfect industry professionals. While you might be honing your coffee making skills for a while, there will come a moment when you get a break in the industry. Designers such as Christian Louboutin had no formal training and started sketching shoes as a teenager before becoming the world’s leading ladies footwear creator.

 

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Logistics

Instead of putting pen to paper and designing the latest collections, you might prefer to work behind the scenes. You could create the backdrops for catwalk shows, construct the perfect stage or work out the most iconic sound settings to create the ideal mood to accompany a collection. You could fall back on your people skills to ensure all of the models are organised, ready to go on time and that outfit changes are seamless. The world of fashion is renowned for being manic, chaotic and full of prima donnas. If you can manage this well enough, you will become a logistics maestro in demand by all fashion houses. A career in fashion is not for the faint-hearted and can be hugely stressful. But it can also give you the ultimate job satisfaction.

 

Fashion is exciting and creative. Many would say it’s a passion and in your blood. If you’re keen to pursue your passion for fashion, follow this advice and do everything in your power to break into the industry.

 

Do you work in the fashion industry? How are you finding it? Do sound off in the comments section below.

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Is the Fashion Industry Failing its Models

Behind the glossy images of beautiful models on the pages of magazines, quick confident struts down the runway and alluring poses for billboards is an untold story. A story of endless sexual harassment and abuse, underweight models, underaged models, and horrible working conditions. In the light of recent events with the #MeToo campaign, I have questioned a lot of things about the entertainment and fashion industry.

I can’’t help admiring supermodels. Everything about them, their professionalism, their height, figure and carriage gets a nod of approval each time I spot them. Plus I respect their work, it is far from being easy. Models work very long hours and have to look their best doing their work. That must incredibly hard. I sometimes have the luxury of working in my pyjamas and nerdy glasses all day if I get the chance. They never get the chance.

 

 

 

However, ever since the #MeToo campaign, a darker side to the fashion industry was revealed. Several models have spoken up. They have shared personal stories of sexual abuse and harassment from photographers, managers and designers. And to be honest, I was horrified.

There were also reports of incidents where the dignity of models, both male and female were disrespected leaving them utterly embarrassed. Others, especially models of African descent, shared stories of how the crew did not have makeup artists and hair stylists who were knowledgeable enough to handle their unique skin type and hair texture.

I felt the need to do my own part to put the words out there. To be advocate for a change.

 

Sexual Harassments and Abuse in the Fashion Industry

Let’s face it. Models are beautiful but that’s never a good enough reason for any one to sexually harass or abuse anybody. Sadly these models fall prey to perverted photographers, managers and designers. What’s even worse is that such models are forced to remain silent. And if there is one thing I am grateful for about thus #MeToo campaign, is that the culture of silence is dead!

These models are were usually left helpless and had to remain silent to fulfil their modelling dreams. I am happy to see this is no longer the case and more and more model are speaking up about these sexual harassment and abuse.

 

No Privacy

Runways aren’t as calm and collected as we know them to be. Behind the scenes its very fast, models have to change into the outfits very quickly and be ready to go. In photoshoots where a lot of pictures have to be taken within such a short time, speed of changing into the clothes for the shoot is important.

What people don’t know is that no provision is made for models to change in private. They are often sent to change in front of other models and fashion crew. Which is far from ideal. I am happy to hear this will be changing too, with the private changing rooms being enforced.

 

 

Underage young models

The fashion industry is opening its doors to young talent ranging between the ages of 14 and 16. Usually, such models are subjected to the intense working hours. More often than not they are left exhausted, as expected.

Just like other models, these youngsters are also exposed to sexual harassment, abuse and humiliation.

 

Changes

Kering and LVMH recently joined forces to introduce a new charter aimed at protecting models working with their brands. These brands include Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Gucci, Saint Laurent, and Alexander McQueen.

The new charter includes a call for private changing areas, and a ban on underage and underweight models. Models must be at least 16 years old to get hired, and female models must be a French size 34 (UK size 6/U.S. size 2) or above. Also, young models between 16 and 18 years old cannot work between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

 

I am happy to see the fashion industry is finally beginning to listen to these models, with this charter, and I hope all brands follow suit. We all need to be advocates of change.

What are your thoughts on the #MeToo campaign? Please sound off in the comments section below, let’s chat.

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