Chris Gelinas: Quality Clothes Can't Be "Refreshed Every 15 Seconds"

by , 09/15/14   filed under: Green Designers, Quotes

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“I get that retailers always want new things on the floor, but I just think it’s a shame that people’s attention spans are so short these days. We’re just trained to refresh every 15 seconds, and well-made clothes can’t be refreshed like an Instagram feed. They take time to develop, and for me it’s a frustrating thing to feel the pressure to produce stuff for the sake of stuff, because that’s one thing we definitely don’t need.

“I had these existential crises recently where I asked, Am I just putting more stuff in the world? Does the world need another designer? Maybe not. But, I felt like I have a strong vision that was worth expressing. Is there a shortage of clothing options? Of course not. There’s never been more options, but I think there aren’t enough options with integrity and conviction and craft. My clothes aren’t just there for the sake of stuff.”

—New York City-based designer and 2014 LVMH Prize finalist Chris Gelinas, speaking to Refinery29 about why he’s taking it slow.

 

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Loomstate Touts Most "Transparent" Cotton T-Shirt in America

by , 09/12/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands

 

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Take a Selfie, Buy Better-Fitting Clothes Online

by , 09/12/14   filed under: Online Tools, Wearable Technology

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Now there is actually a good reason to take a selfie – it might help someone else figure out if the same clothes will fit them. Fashion startup, Fitbay is preaching the selfie as a way to better online shopping and fewer returns. By signing up for the site and selecting your body type, Fitbay will pair you with similarly shaped people. Then you all start sharing photos of your clothes and soon you’ll know what will look good on you and what won’t. It’s like Facebook and StitchFix had a baby in your closet.

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London Fashion Week Activists Stage Protest on Waterloo Bridge

by , 09/12/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, London Fashion Week

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As London kicked off its biannual Fashion Week at Somerset House Friday morning, an entirely different scene unfolded on nearby Waterloo Bridge. Campaigners from anti-poverty group War on Want and other labor-rights organizations unfurled a 98-foot banner emblazoned with the words “Don’t Mention the Garment Workers,” a reminder of the millions who toil under grueling conditions for the fashion industry. “London Fashion Week is a glittering showcase for the fashion industry. But fashion’s dark side is kept in the shadows,” said War on Want senior campaigner Owen Espley. “The British Fashion Council would rather we all forget about those who often work long hours, on poverty pay, in unsafe conditions to produce the clothes we love.”

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Harare Brings Berber Chic to Spring 2015 New York Fashion Week

by , 09/11/14   filed under: New York Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2015

 

VIDEO: CuteCircuit Lights Up Spring 2015 New York Fashion Week

by , 09/11/14   filed under: New York Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2015

 

Horse-Drawn Carriages Draw Ire of Activists at New York Fashion Week

by , 09/10/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, New York Fashion Week

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It just wouldn’t be New York Fashion Week without a demonstration or two. Filling the quota for the Spring/Summer 2015 season? Argentine designer Victor de Souza, who sent couture-clad models down a “moving runway” of horse-drawn carriages last Wednesday. Animal lovers, however, were having none of it. About 40 protestors from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, NYCLASS, and the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages swarmed Central Park South to decry the use of carriage horses, which Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration seeks to ban.

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Pharrell, G-Star Raw Get "Happy" for Oceans at New York Fashion Week

by , 09/09/14   filed under: New York Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2015

 

Meet the "Apple Watch," Apple's Highly Anticipated Smartwatch

by , 09/09/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

So tell us, is the Apple Watch haute or not?

  • 6 Votes HELL NO! I have better alternatives.
  • 2 Votes HELL YES! This is the smartwatch I've been waiting for my whole life.
  • 4 Votes I'm going to see what the "early adopters" have to say first.

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