Last week the FCP course took a trip to London. During our time there, me and a few of my friends visited The Photographers’ Gallery. It was founded in 1971 as the first public gallery in the UK devoted solely to photography.
The True Cost is a 2015 documentary film about fast fashion and what an immense negative impact it has on both the environment and people that work in the fashion industry. The worst negative aspects of fast fashion include river and soil pollution, pesticide contamination, disease and even death. The film also examines such issues of modern day society as overconsumption and global capitalism. The documentary is a collage of several interviews with environmentalists, garment workers, factory owners, and people organizing fair trade companies or promoting sustainable clothing production.
In my opinion, this documentary is a must-see film. Every single person living in cutting edge society should be aware of what is actually happening around the world in response to our constant desire to purchase more and more cheap garments even when we actually don’t need them that much. The fact that the fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world is actually depressing, since fashion is a way of how people can express themselves and be as creative as they want. Mass consumption is such a big problem nowadays but people still tend to forget about it and rarely think about the fact that buying stuff that is of poor quality and is only going to be worn once or twice has its consequences on low-wage workers in third world countries as well as the environment that we live in. I strongly encourage everyone to watch this film because it may change one’s attitude towards the fashion industry at least a tiny bit.
Last week there was an outrage over the picture above that appeared on the H&M website. In the past black people have been compared to monkeys so it was an awful idea for the Swedish retailer to publish pictures of a black boy modeling the top that says ‘coolest monkey in the jungle’. The scandal made such celebrities as The Weeknd and G-Eazy cut ties with the brand and completely changed my outlook on H&M as well.
However, some people are trying to make money out of this whole thing. Even though H&M apologized for making the mistake and withdrew the hoodie, someone is trying to sell his son’s second hand top on eBay for over $1000.
It is sad that racism still exists in this day of age and that such major retailers as H&M don’t look at their products careful enough.
A month ago the Chinese online retailer JD.com revealed that it is planning to open hundreds of convenience shops that aren’t going to have any staff in it. There will be cameras on the ceilings of the stores which will use facial recognition in order to track customer movements and traffic flow, selection of specific products and apparent customer preferences, according to the reports.
Customers won’t have to wait in a checkout line – that sounds like a dream. Technology nowadays is so advanced that it allows people to live fast paced lives way easier.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the largest and finest art museums in the world. I was lucky enough to visit it while on my trip to New York and here is the imagery that I took:
As I’ve mentioned in a few previous blog post, I spent the last week in New York. I still have some blog posts coming up that will cover some of the things I did and places that I went to in more detail, but in this post I wanted to share everything that I did in that amazing city day by day, since it may be helpful to someone who is planning to visit New York.
Monday, 8th of January
The journey began. Everyone who was going to New York met up near the university in Nottingham and was taken to Heathrow airport. We had some spare time until the flight so we spent it by chilling at the airport.
We arrived in New York only around midnight so didn’t do much except from moving in to Hotel Wolcott and going to the nearest McDonald’s to get some snacks.
Tuesday, 9th of January
We woke up quite early since we were sooo excited to start exploring New York. We got ready and grabbed breakfast at Dunkin Donuts cause it was just across the street from where the hotel that we were staying in was situated.
After wandering around the streets for a bit, we went to Top of the Rock which is an observatory deck in the Rockefeller centre. It was quite pricey to get in but totally worth it because you get to see the city from up above. The view is absolutely stunning.
After taking numerous pictures of each other and the city we headed to 5th avenue to take a look at window displays of designer stores (blog post about that).
Then we headed to the Central Park. We were lucky enough to visit New York when there was snow so it truly felt like a dream.
Wednesday, 10th of January
First thing we did on Wednesday was going to the Museum of Modern Art (blog post). After looking at amazing artwork for several hours we were starving so headed towards Times Square to find a cute place to have lunch in.
Since we didn’t want to eat at a place that can be found in the UK, we were lucky enough to cross a restaurant called Planet Hollywood. It felt like a really American place and the burgers that were really delicious.
After that we headed to Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (blog post on that coming this week). We ended the day by walking along the riverside, chatting and exploring the Chelsea market but sadly both my camera and phone died so I wasn’t able to take any more pictures.
Thursday, 11th of January
On Thursday we went to Brooklyn. It for sure has a totally different vibe than Manhattan – it is way less busy and crowded. When the sun was setting we headed towards Brooklyn bridge and walked our way back to the hotel (of course after taking thousands of pictures).
After staying and chilling at the hotel for a bit, we went to Times Square. It honestly looks insane at night. We were just standing there and admiring all the lights probably longer that an hour.
Friday, 12th of January
We started our morning by visiting Cha Cha Matcha. Since I’m a big lover of everything matcha I got a matcha latte and a matcha croissant which honestly was sooo good.
Then we went to the MET. The building looks amazing both inside and out and the gallery is h u g e. You would probably need two days to look at everything.
After walking so much during previous days our feet were so sore that we couldn’t do much that day. We stayed at the hotel the rest of the afternoon and went to town for dinner later but that’s pretty much it.
Saturday, 13th of January
On Saturday we basically spent the whole day shopping and wandering around the streets. We headed to the airport at around 5 pm and flew back to England.
All in all, I honestly fell in love with New York. It’s such an amazing city and I hope to come back there in my nearest future because there’s still so much I want to do and see. 5 days in a city like New York is not enough, especially because one’s energy is limited and some days we wanted to do and see more but couldn’t ’cause we were exhausted.
Iris Apfel née Barrel is an American businesswoman, interior designer, and fashion icon. Apfel attended art school at the University of Wisconsin and studied art history at New York University.
Iris Apfel has previously worked for Women’s Wear Daily and for interior designer Elinor Johnson. She also was an assistant to illustrator Robert Goodman. The American style icon is known for her black circular porthole-style glasses and her ability to pile on many accessories, wear bright coloured clothing and inspire people to be unique. Her moment in the spotlight really began only around a decade ago when the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York chose to exhibit a selection of her personal fashion collection and the book Rare Bird of Fashion was released. Nowadays Apfel consults and lectures about style and other fashion topics. In 2013, she was listed as one of the fifty “Best-Dressed over 50” by The Guardian.
Iris Apfel is really one of a kind. Even at such age she still looks fabulous and inspires so many people to stay true to themselves and don’t care about the opinion of other people.