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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giant, H&M, launched its so called “Conscious Collection” – a take-back program designed to recycle rejected and outdated clothing items.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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28/10/2016

Khan’s fashion details for spring ’17

 

Designer Naeem Khan’s spring ’17 collection was dedicated to his mentor, Halston, the fashion icon for whom he worked in the ’70s. The looks were vibrant. The colors were inspired by Khan’s deep love for cooking. Who knew!

Designer Naeem Khan’s spring ’17 collection was dedicated to his mentor, Halston, the fashion icon for whom he worked in ...

This collection utilized a masterful mix of colorful laces and embroideries that created the designer’s own signature materials. Bright opaque glass fringe and painted prints were eye-catching. Every piece was hand assembled in one form or another. Born through passion and love, this show was an homage to effortless cocktail dressesand confident women. In the line-up, there were color-blocked gowns, geometric prints and crewneck gowns with long sleeves. An off-shoulder peasant blouse looked pretty with a matching skirt. For evening, his strapless taffeta multilayered ball gown received applause.

One right after another, Khan’s clothes had the audience spellbound with amazing details such as an off-shoulder brush-stroke print on a ball gown and the lace threadwork that enhanced a cap-sleeve dress with floral applique. Khan is committed to adorning elegant women in clothes that are befitting of their refinement. He has a glittering fan base of starlets and socialites including Beyoncé, Penelope Cruz and Taylor Swift. His luxurious collection consists of impeccably cut cocktail dresses uk, sophisticated gowns and chic separates. All embroidery is created by hand.

Khan was born in India and grew up surrounded by the beauty of the country’s culture, architecture, history and design. He cultivated his vast knowledge of textiles under the watchful eyes of his grandfather and father. They are both well-known in India for designing intricate clothing worn by the royal families. As a child, Khan recalls being mesmerized by the beadwork produced in their workshops. From a young age, he always knew he wanted to be a part of their intensely visual medium. When he moved to the U.S. in his teen years, he interned for Halston, which is where he absorbed the ethos of modern restraint and the secrets of draping and cutting fabric to create a clean, elegant, timeless silhouette. Between the opulent but aesthetically opposite worlds of his father and Halston, Khan’s style was nurtured and his aesthetic was born. He also has a bridal line. Today, his clothes are sold at top stores globally, including Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue.

 

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