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The Hypocrisy of Fashion ‘Innovation’

“The more ephemeral fashion is, the more perfect it is. You can’t protect what is already dead.” – Morand In a recent blog post, Consumerist fashion: Innovation Repressor, author and fashion pioneer Kate Fletcher wrote that “consumerist fashion not only damages the resource base, workers, consumers, etc., but also – […]

The Marriage of Patternmaking and Fashion Design

A look at the people who are truly making your clothes unique. Fashion designers within the conventional fashion industry have become disengaged from fashion construction and makers are marginalized. Designers are the public face of the fashion industry, basking in its glamor and prestige, with makers often sitting at the […]

Project Runway’s Lone Sustainable Designer Gretchen Jones

With the eighth season of Project Runway debuting this Thursday (for the first time on Lifetime Television), a new crop of designers will once again have to woo host Heidi Klum, mentor Tim Gunn and judges (designer Michael Kors and Marie Claire Fashion Director Nina Garcia). As this season’s 17 […]

Dumbing Down American Design, Part 1

In a special four-part Dumbing Down American Design miniseries, EcoSalon takes a closer look at American design and considers different perspectives from leaders in the design and fashion world. Has our quest for convenience forever altered fashion? If we are to invest in sustainable design, doesn’t it start with the […]

Behind The Label: Revisiting H&M Conscious

ColumnIs H&M as conscious as it claims to be? The notion of H&M as a sustainable fashion brand might strike you as an oxymoron. How can the Swedish retailer, best known for pioneering wasteful, disposable, trend-driven fast fashion, possibly claim to be socially responsible? It might take time, but that […]

Project Runway’s Lone Sustainable Designer Gretchen Jones

With the eighth season of Project Runway debuting this Thursday (for the first time on Lifetime Television), a new crop of designers will once again have to woo host Heidi Klum, mentor Tim Gunn and judges (designer Michael Kors and Marie Claire Fashion Director Nina Garcia). As this season’s 17 […]

Can Another T-shirt Stop Fast Fashion?

A sustainable fashion reporter looks for new ways to keep readers abreast of fast fashion issues like the recent Bangladesh garment factory disasters.  The media moves stunningly fast these days, and the consequence is that stories like the recent Rana Plaza garment factory disaster in Bangladesh and the impact of […]

Between the Lines: Evolving Into Dick and Jane

ColumnConscious life, hear me roar. It should never be all that surprising when idiocy takes hold of a culture. We allow it to with every right we give up, every piece of fast fashion we purchase, every texted bastardization of the English language (YOLO!) and every time we wait in […]

Cambodia’s Inaugural Walk Down The Runway

The country’s first-ever fashion week shows there’s more to Cambodian fashion than fainting garment workers. These days, Cambodia is known more for its clothing manufacturing than its clothing design. But with the launch of the first-ever Cambodia Fashion Week, that’s about to change. Festivities kicked off yesterday in the capital […]

H&M Conscious Beauty Line Fast Cosmetics?

H&M could definitely be called the mover and shaker of fast fashion. These guys must offer energy drink mainlining in the breakroom. And with H&M Conscious Beauty soon to launch, they do not appear to be slowing down any time soon. What began is a little Swedish women’s clothing shop […]

The Post-Recession Fashion Industry: An Interview With Lucy Siegle

SeriesThe fashion industry is emerging from its cocoon post-recession, a changed sector where consumers are more cautious, manufacturers are on their toes and designers are struggling to stay afloat doing business as usual. In this five-part series, we take a hard look at the fashion world, speaking with industry leaders, […]

Cambodia’s Inaugural Walk Down The Runway

The country’s first-ever fashion week shows there’s more to Cambodian fashion than fainting garment workers. These days, Cambodia is known more for its clothing manufacturing than its clothing design. But with the launch of the first-ever Cambodia Fashion Week, that’s about to change. Festivities kicked off yesterday in the capital […]

Evolving Eco Fashion: Piece x Piece

Much of sustainable design is focused on producing new products in line with the cradle-to-cradle concept but, with so much clothing in landfills, the most compelling applications are those that reclaim and reexamine found materials. San Francisco’s latest eco-fashion launch, Piece x Piece, illustrates how a new response to climate change can […]

The Antidote to Fast Fashion

Fast fashion: high profits, big advertisements, little value. Two weeks ago, I bought a leather handbag. When I spotted it sitting in a forlorn corner of an East London flea market, I told myself I would pay no more than £5 for it. When the uninterested hipster who was selling […]

Fashion Hauling and Today’s Teen Shopper

What are “fashion haul” videos saying about today’s teenager’s attitude toward consumerism, and what’s on the other side of the spectrum. In case you haven’t heard the term, “fashion hauling” refers to an internet phenomenon that has young (mostly) girls showing off their latest shopping finds to thousands of viewers […]

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H&M Conscious Beauty Line Fast Cosmetics?

H&M could definitely be called the mover and shaker of fast fashion. These guys must offer energy drink mainlining in the breakroom. And with H&M Conscious Beauty soon to launch, they do not appear to be slowing down any time soon. What began is a little Swedish women’s clothing shop […]

Watch John Oliver Stick It to Fast Fashion [Video]

If you were beginning to feel swayed by all those trendy frocks and jumpers you’ve seen at H&M lately, DON’T BUY THEM. John Oliver recently reminded us all why it’s a terrible idea to give into fast fashion. His argument against fast fashion is hilarious, and so spot on. Related […]

Bad Fashion Won’t Kill You But Bad Food Will: Foodie Underground

Eating well isn’t about consuming the trendiest of health foods. It’s simply about cutting all the bad food out. There are a lot of parallels that we can draw between food and fashion, and in a world where more and more people are conscious about where there food comes from, […]

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