Mary J. Stanley

Upcycling Is The Coolest Part Of The Ethical Fashion Movement

Would you pay $1000 for a hoody? What about if it was a hoody assembled from scraps of fabric that had been left behind in the process of making another, likely cheaper piece of clothing, would you buy that? Should a hoody made in this principled way command a higher-than-average retail value, or does the fact that it was born of ‘waste’ materials mean that it should cost less? And what would buying it say about you? Are you helping to solve the problem of clothing waste by buying offcuts, or are you just buying more clothes?

A wave of ethical, ecologically empathetic design is rolling through the fashion and beauty industries – including Everlane, Pangaia, Veja, and The Ordinary – and ‘big’ brands can’t afford to ignore the tide. According to the latest report from campaign group Fashion Revolution, big brands (those with a minimum turnover of £320million)

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The new reality of wedding dress shopping, from prosecco on Zoom to virtual fittings

When I’d imagined what searching for a wedding dress might be like, I can’t say it had ever crossed my mind that, on my first appointment, I’d be wearing my slippers and the designer would be warning that her four-year-old son, dressed as a dinosaur, might roar into the room at any moment. But such is the new reality of the search for the perfect look. 

Weddings may have been suspended since March, but the bridal style industry is still in full swing, confirms Kate Halfpenny, renowned for her modern spin on bridalwear, who is preparing to re-open her Bloomsbury boutique in the coming weeks, ready to welcome 200 brides who are awaiting fittings. In the meantime, she’s been using Zoom to consult with new clients. 

I got engaged in February and, as a fashion editor, my thoughts naturally turned to what The Dress might look like, well, years before

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Berlin Designers Reel as Frankfurt Claims German Fashion Week

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Three of the most important fashion trade shows in Berlin are moving to Frankfurt, organizers announced Monday.

The first iteration of the new Frankfurt Fashion Week will involve five fashion platforms, three trade fairs and two conferences, one on sustainability in fashion and the other on technology. There will also be runway shows held on the city’s landmark bridge, the Eiserner Steg, which crosses the river Main and lies about three kilometers from the trade fair halls. Around 2,000 designers are expected to take part and 140,000 visitors are anticipated.

State authorities estimate that the event, which is slated to begin in July next year, will bring between 300 million and 400 million euros to the region. From 2022, it will take place twice a year.

Further details about the content of Frankfurt Fashion Week will be announced this autumn, Detlef Braun,

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Best offers on clothing from Nike, Asos, H&M and more

The coronavirus pandemic has meant all non-essential businesses have been closed since lockdown began on 23 March.

It’s had a detrimental impact on fashion shops across the UK. B2B magazine, Drapers reported in-store sales have dropped 84 per cent compared to 2019, and – despite online grocery sales surging – for the rest of the retail landscape things also look bleak.

Debenhams is closing five more stores across the UK, while Oasis and Warehouse have both permenantly closed after administraitors failed to find a buyer, which also includes around 2,000 jobs losses.

That said, prime minister Boris Johnson has announced all non-essential retailers will be able to reopen in England from 15 June, a move which will include clothes shops, in the latest easing of lockdown restrictions.

As an army of shops prepare to open their doors to the public for the first time in months, many

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18 Online Shopping Traps and Scams To Watch Out For

Online shopping can help you save money and access a wide variety of products, but there are downsides, too. Hackers and other online criminals are constantly trying to scam shoppers by offering fake deals and discounts. In fact, according to a recent Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker report, online purchase scams are the second-riskiest type of fraud after employment scams.

Although shopping online doesn’t always result in identity theft, there are other risks, too. You might lose money, get a bogus product or not get anything at all — and you might even be convinced to spend more than you planned to.

By knowing the most common scams and traps that online shoppers encounter, you can set your finances up for a better future.

Last updated: April 7, 2020

Requests To Pay With Wire Transfers

Sound the alarm if a retailer asks you for a wire transfer, a money

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