Would You

Would You?

Upcycling

In the next instalment of my Would You series, I’m looking at the role of upcycling in the world of fast fashion. There was no better woman to chat to than Carrie Ann Moran, Circular Fashion expert and Head of Fashion and Textiles at the Rediscovery Centre in Dublin. If you have never been to the Rediscovery Centre you should. It is an amazing space that provides learning opportunities with some of the best in the field of sustainability. Speaking of experts, I was lucky enough to sit down with Carrie Ann to talk all things fashion and sustainability. Continue reading

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Blink and it’s gone

Blink and it’s gone

Again

The recent furore surrounding Lucinda Chambers’ interview with Vestoj has caused such a stir in the fashion world it would be fair to say it almost broke the internet (not in a ridiculous Kim Karadashian way).  And with good reason. Not sure what the story is? The short version is Lucinda Chambers, former fashion editor at British Vogue got fired and told the world about it.

Lucinda Chambers’ spent some thirty-six years at British Vogue, twenty-five of those as fashion editor got straight to the point in her interview;

A month and a half ago I was fired from Vogue. It took them three minutes to do it.

When I first read the article I was taken aback at her honesty and not just about being fired. She spoke about the various aspects of the industry, advertising pressures, vulnerability and  selling things we don’t really need. Within a blink of an eye, the article published on Vestoj website was removed.  In the age of social media where everything is at our fingertips there were plenty of opportunities to see screenshots of the interview and people were scrambling for a view. With another blink of an eye and a note from the editor, the article reappeared.

Some might say there is nothing new in the article, that behind all of the glamour and retouching we have always suspected the ugliness that lies behind the fashion pages in magazines. And this is probably true, however I can’t help thinking that there is more to this than Lucinda Chambers telling us that she got fired. Her honesty is of course refreshing. I’m not sure I would be able to admit to anyone outside of my close circle that I got fired from a job but in her eyes that was the story so why not tell it? Why not talk about the anxiety and vulnerability that the fashion world inhabits? We all know it and in an odd way it was a relief to hear, from such a prominent person that what I thought all along was true.

Scott King, “How I’d Sink American Vogue,” 2006. Courtesy Herald St, London.

But we all play a role in this story. Whether we work in the industry, read magazines or buy clothes.  Lucinda Chambers’ role has been very clear and in very simple terms I can’t help ask if it was all so terrible why did she stay so long in a world that made people question their own worth? As adults don’t we have to make choices and take responsibility for the environment we contribute to, the people we surround ourselves with, our body of work and the trends (if any) that we follow? With Lucinda Chambers’ talent I can’t help ask why did she not find another way to participate in the fashion world? Or is it too much to take on? Is this in fact her contribution, after all these years to tell this story?

In the midst of all the drama and many articles and opinions voiced on the matter, there is yet another note from the editor;

“EDITOR’S NOTE: Following the original publication of this article, we’ve been contacted by lawyers on behalf of Conde Nast Limited and Edward Enninful OBE and have been requested to amend the interview. This request has now been granted.”

I’m glad the article has been republished and that I got to read the original interview without the  airbrushing mentioned above and that in itself makes me wonder what difference this interview will make.

You can read the current version of Lucinda Chambers’ interview here.

xo

 

War of the t-shirts

War of the t-shirts

War of the t-shirts

If you follow me on Snapchat you would have seen me recently talk about two t-shirts I bought. These t-shirts, just your regular, no fuss kind of tees, got me thinking.

I know ethical fashion is not a new topic and I’m not here to lecture or preach but if I’m thinking about these things I wonder are you? Let me explain. I bought the first t-shirt from People Tree, a company that sells ‘Fair Trade and environmentally sustainable fashion’. All positives so far right? Yes. So what is my problem? Well, the price. I’m not actually much of a t-shirt wearer so the price tag was a little more than I expected to pay but considering the background and the fact that I liked the tee, of course I took the hit.

People Tree t-shirt

People Tree t-shirt

Enter then the second t-shirt which I bought from Penneys. Comfortable, available in a multitude of  colours and with a price of  €4, before I even got home I was already planning on buying some more. My problem here? In my haste to bathe in the glory of a bargain I kept coming back to one question; why was this t-shirt so cheap? Penneys (Primark) has an entire page on their website dedicated to their ethics and programs they are involved in. I’ll let you make up your own mind on that and even though that information is there for the public to read, as is that of People Tree, I don’t feel satisfied.

Penneys t-shirt

Penneys t-shirt
started thinking about other companies I frequently buy from, my choices and purchases, fast fashion and the price of individuality and I can’t help but ask are we that interested in ethical fashion? Do I know enough about the clothes I buy, the human, economic and environmental impacts of my fashion choices? I must admit, I don’t think I do. I would like to be, perhaps should be more informed but what is it that makes me decide to buy a €4 t-shirt, no questions asked? 

This is obviously a very complex issue and I am not here to judge anyone’s choices other than my own but it’s more food for thought. It would be good to hear what you think about this topic or if you think about it at all.

xo