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13/12/2016

When will fashion become truly inclusive?

 

‘Diversity’ was a real buzzword in fashion this year. There were transgender models on the catwalk, a plus-size face on the cover of Vogue and the most racially diverse runway season in history.

But has anything really changed in the industry famed for capitalising on people’s differences and dropping them as soon as the next big thing comes along?

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In a recent panel orchestrated by The Business of Fashion on the topic of diversity and inclusion, model Joan Smalls used a term that sums up the whole problem with the current focus on diversity: “Sometimes, people jump on bandwagons and do things because it’s cool for the season. The next season, they forget the message they were trying to send because it was a ‘fad’.”

And she’s right. Brands and publications have a tendency to jump on the diversity bandwagon and showcase the ‘flavour of the month’ – whether that’s models who don’t fit into a standard sample size or ones who sit outside of the traditional girl next door definition of beauty. The issue is it only lasts for one season with the designers and editors choosing to go back to what they’re comfortable with (i.e. young, white and thin) a few months later.

When it comes to fashion shows, it’s common knowledge that things such as ‘racial quotas’ exist. This means that you may spot a token black or Asian model; someone who doesn’t fit into the all-white show but is there simply to ‘prove’ that the designer is supporting diversity.

Now, we live in an extremely multicultural world. Showing this on a catwalk is surely the modern view of beauty. Again, Joan Smalls made a good point surrounding this, saying: “When I see a runway with all the same models that are just clones, I’m like: “Is that your beauty? Is that your world?” It’s very one-sided and bland. You should be reflective of the world you live in.”

One major brand that does attempt to represent the greater world is also a controversial one. Victoria’s Secret and the lingerie-filled show watched by millions is seen by many as an archaic demonstration of femininity. Yes, the VS show may only feature models of a certain size (and wouldn’t we all love to see Ashley Graham in some wings?) but it was one of the most ethnically diverse displays around with 17 non-white models walking. That’s almost half of the 52 women that were cast; a much more promising statistic than the ones coming from fashion month.

The Fashion Spot‘s biannual diversity report revealed that the recent SS17 season was the most diverse fashion month in history. Sounds encouraging but on closer inspection, the statistics are still sadly depressing. Just over 25% of the models appearing in London, Milan, Paris and New York were non-white. Although designers such as Ashish and Kanye West’s Yeezy used mainly models of colour (75% and 97% respectively), there were still some shows that disappointingly featured an entirely white cast.

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12/12/2016

The Fast Fashion Crisis

 

We live in a world of fast fashion, where giant retailers like Forever21 and H&M move quickly to get cheap clothing from the runways to our closets in a matter of weeks.

The stuff they manufacture is relentlessly cheap, poorly-made, and is usually made in places where labor standards aren’t anywhere near ethical.

But it’s not just the clothing itself that’s the problem; it’s the sheer volume of it.

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Last spring, fast-fashion giant, H&M, launched its so called “Conscious Collection” – a take-back program designed to recycle rejected and outdated clothing items. The problem is this:

“The inexpensive clothing is poor quality, with low resale value, and there’s just too much of it,” said writer Jared T. Miller about the fast-fashion crisis for Newsweek. Our world is overwhelmed.

Now you may be thinking, “Why does it matter if we can just recycle it when we’re done?”Here’s the issue.

First, clothing fibers go through a great deal of unnatural processes before becoming clothing. They’re soaked in chemical baths, bleaches and dyes that don’t bode well for the earth when they head to landfills.

Second, buying an item of clothing that you will then toss in a matter of months is a ludicrous waste of money – both to manufacture it and ultimately dispose of it.

What You Can Do Instead

#1: Don’t fall into the fast-fashion trap. Limit your spending on trendy items that come through large retailers and instead purchase high quality articles of clothing that will last you a lifetime.

#2: Just buy less. There’s a common saying that the easiest way to be content is simply to want less. Work on paring down your wardrobe to items that you absolutely love, that fit you well, and that will last.

#3: Work on down-cycling genuinely unwearable clothing in ways that will be useful to you for a while. While it’s not a closed-loop solution, turning old t-shirts or towels into kitchen rags can be a great way to keep textiles out of the landfill for a while.

#4: Support small business and local artisans. Give some of the power to local creators who will make beautiful, lasting things for you. Get items of clothing tailored to fit you through and through so that you don’t give up on them too soon.

#5: Take care of the clothing that you buy! Learn to mend torn or stained pieces and care for them properly so they last. Click for our best roundup of tips for how to extend the life of your clothing here: 5 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Clothing.

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02/11/2016

Eddie Munster Attends Champaign Haunted House Clowns' Wedding

 

Clowns were spotted in Champaign Monday, but they aren't like the ones who've been spotted across the country.

Instead, these clowns were full of happiness and wedded bliss.

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Two clowns from Champaign’s Freak Show Haunted House, which was just voted number one Most Intense Haunter House in Illinois by Haunted Illinois, got married at the house.

What better day, they say, than Halloween?

"Me and her both have worked haunts and we love scaring people. You know, we're not normal average people," John Paris, the groom, said.

Paris said after making it through a nearly fatal car accident six years ago, all he wants is to be happy and to be himself.

Moments before walking down the haunted aisle, the bride, Kyli Holden, said it's everything she's ever wanted.

"Nervous,” Holden said. “Excited."

John's mother, Lynn Paris, said her son always had a problem fitting in, but after the miraculous recovery six years ago she said John became more comfortable in his skin.

Lynn said he found his passion for “scare” and found his new Freak Show haunting family, who put the wedding together.

"They are incredibly blessed with this group of people,” she said. “We can't choose our family, but this family has chosen them, and I think that's beautiful."

The newlyweds say their guests, who include Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster from 1964 show The Munsters, are really what made the wedding memorable for them.

"To show up and to really just show their support for us… it’s amazing,” John Paris said. “It’s amazing how much just being a good person and trusting in people can really change the world."

There was another big surprise right after the wedding.

After they gave her bouquet to her best friend, Catherine Kester, her boyfriend of several years, Tyler Behn, who's like a brother to the groom, got down on one knee and proposed.

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