After some random thinking about insecurity, with today's social media, there now exists this false notion of female "confidence". A great deal of women try to bs themselves into posting sexualized images of their bodies on Facebook, Instagram, etc. showing off their "assets", so to speak. They believe this is "self love" or "empowering", and not a desperate need for external validation as sexually attractive females. Naturally, what we can't find in ourselves, we tend to seek outside.

If you can find another explanation for posting a pic of your bare ass on social media for everyone to see and comment, that is nothing other than an urgent cry for attention and approval (either you are an ass model for lingerie, fitness or whatever of the sort), then be my guest and make your case. 

Women: it's time for some real self love, the one that doesn't require anybody's approval.

Comment: Can 'Carbon Funds' Help Fashion Brands Tackle Their Environmental Impact? by BoF

Link to Article on The Business of Fashion

 Interesting article. "Fashion is the world's second most polluting industry, exceeded only by oil." Yikes!

However I don't think "taxing" companies for producing carbon is the solution. The solution or at least something that would alleviate the problem goes completely against the nature of the business itself (which is to churn out new clothes every second) and it involves, obviously, all participants of the chain: from the governments, to the designers, companies, producers, manufacturers, suppliers and of course the consumer.

Don’t get me wrong, it is a positive step. It’s at least some form of acknowledging the environmental impact of the company and creating funds to help reduce their own emissions. It’s more than most companies are willing to do. But as the article says, it needs to be a much wider set of initiatives.

And back to the consumer,  I personally think the only real “solution” (or a huge chunk of it) lies in each and every human being becoming more conscious of what they buy and how much they buy. Come on, how much do we really need? Nobody on this earth needs to renovate their wardrobe every season (despite of what magazines tell you). It’s a problem deeply rooted in education and culture, the praise of the new. The culture of conspicuous consumption, shop! shop! you need this!, you need that! (hence why I hate Christmas and every commercial holiday of this nature).

Companies produce what people want to buy. Hell, that’s why you keep seeing those wretched Louis Vuitton monogram bags and their imitations. Unfortunately, furs are more popular than ever, yet again, because the demand from the final consumer has risen considerably in the past years. If people don’t buy it, companies won’t produce it. No one wants to have unsold merchandise in their shops. As simple as that.

Ahh!, but buying less, consuming less, investing on good quality, lasting garments that weren’t made by a kid in a poverty stricken 3rd world country, goes completely against their profitability. It doesn't  matter on which end of the spectrum you shop, whether it’s high end or high street. Like I said, it’s unnatural for an industry that is based on “newness”, and change every season (well more often than every season really). The “must- haves”, the “it” bag, the “trends” are concepts and phrases I loathe beyond the imaginable, although I understand they serve a commercial purpose. As I’ve said other times, dressing should be as free as your thoughts, but that’s a whole other discussion.

The truth is, the only way to be truly sustainable would be to never, ever buy a piece of clothing again. And obviously this is unrealistic (doable, but unrealistic). However, we can be more conscious, of what we buy, how we produce, etc. What’s the point of creating if it implies so much destruction? This involves of course, a different mindset with much broader and true holistic view of us as a society, as whole freaking planet. And we’re not just talking about clothes here anymore.

We are in times that need profound reflection and redefinition on every level. We are at the verge of disastrous climate change, and the fashion industry, as one of the most powerful and influential on earth, has not only the potential but the responsibility to create and promote sustainable change. Creation and newness has to be geared towards embracing all these environmental, social and ethical issues. If all these brilliant creative minds and forces came together to do this, combined with our individual awareness, imagine the magic.

Not So Plain Jane for #NOFILTER Magazine

 Photography: Laura Cammarata   @Laura_Cammarata - Styling: Graciela Martin @descosido_
Makeup: Virginia Bertolani @virginiamua - Hair: Shouichi Nakamichi 
Model: Sophia Goslitski at Elite Models London - Photographic assistance: Claudia Guariglia - 
Styling assistance: Flavia Souza, Viviana Attard

Liz Black for River Island

 River Island, la cadena de high street fashion inglesa , apuntó a la diseñadora de origen venezolano Liz Black como su proxima colaboradora.  

    La muestra de nueve piezas ideada por Black - que incluye vestidos, piezas separadas, abrigos y accesorios - está inspirada en la Familia Imperial Rusa, con manguitos y detalles evocativos de los huevos Fabergé.
El lanzamiento de la colección se llevará a cabo durante el próximo London Fashion Week en septiembre de este año y estará disponible tanto en las tiendas River Island como en la plataforma online.

UK high street retailer River Island enlists Venezuelan-born Liz Black as their next guest designer.

 The nine piece  capsule collection - comprising dresses, outerwear, separates and accessories - was inspired by Russia's last Imperial family, with Russian muffs and Fabergé egg cut-out detailing alongside her signature moody prints.
The collection will launch during London Fashion Week's Fashion Film event, and will arrive instores and online at www.riverisland.com in September 2014 with prices ranging from £30 to £100. 
source: Vogue.com

Words of Widsdom: Louise Wilson

Professor Louise Wilson passed away last Saturday May 17. She was a mentor to Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Christopher Kane and all of the great talents that have emerged from the Central Saint Martins MA Fashion course over the past 22 years. Wilson was appointed OBE in 2008 for services to education and the fashion industry, she was considered one of the most influential figures of fashion.

I never met her formally,  but I consider myself very lucky just to have heard this advice directly from her at the recent Vogue Festival Fashion Masterclass:

Photo: Chris Brooks. Vogue.co.uk

Louise Wilson's top five tips on how to get ahead in fashion:

Think long-term, not short-term, hence:
1. Have at least one skill and develop it.
2. Understand what manners are and deploy them.
3. Take risks. Failure is OK, you can learn from failure!
4. Be interested in the industry and its breadth - it's surprising how many people are not.
5. Work hard - absorb knowledge and give knowledge. 

Piensa a largo plazo, no a corto plazo, por lo tanto:  
1. Ten al menos una habilidad y desarróllala.  
2. Entiende lo que son los buenos modales y empléalos. 
3. Toma riesgos. Está bien fracasar, ¡puedes aprender del fracaso!
4. Interésate por la industria y toda su extensión - la cantidad de personas que no se interesan por ella es sorprendente. 

5. Trabaja duro - absorbe conocimiento y da conocimiento.


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