ABUSE IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY

Even though most of us are completely in love with fast fashion – low prices, trendy clothes – it definitely has a dark side to it. Recently there have been made allegations that because of strict and short-timed deadlines in the fast fashion industry women are constantly being sexually and physically abused, according to unions and rights groups. Over 540 workers in factories that supply fast fashion giants GAP and H&M have reported that they have been harassed at work. It is nothing else but a consequence of the pressure to produce as many products in the least time possible for the cheapest possible price in such countries as India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Even though there have been many claims of abuse in previously mentioned workplaces, according to Tola Moeun, director of Central Cambodia, an NGO involved in the research, this is the daily reality of female garment makers in the fast fashion industry and “most of these cases are not reported due to fear of retaliation in the workplace.”

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KATE SPADE

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The revolutionary accessory designer Kate Spade has been found dead in her New York apartment from suicide by hanging.

Kate was the first designer to create the first ever ‘It’ bags back in the 90s. Kate Spade and her husband and business partner Andy Spade founded the business in 1993. Kate Spade as a brand has been described as a symbol of 1990s New York City.

As Kate’s family said in a statement: “We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly. We would ask that our privacy be respected as we grieve during this very difficult time.”

Kate was suffering from both anxiety and depression for many years and was working closely with a team of doctors to get medical help. According to Andy Spade, the night before the tragedy she sounded happy and well. There were no sings or warnings of the upcoming incident.

Recent statistics show that there is a worrying increase in suicide rates all over the world. Among women, 45- to 64-year-olds have the highest rate. This sad incident reminds us all once again that we need  to constantly be looking after each other and brings awareness of how serious mental diseases are and that you never know what even your closest friend or relative is going through.

 

THE LUXURY SNEAKER RACE

High-end brands such as Balenciaga, Gucci and Prada are increasingly putting more and more luxurious sneakers out in the market, putting them in direct competition with sportswear giants like Adidas or Nike. Previously, a most-wanted luxury item used to be a designer handbag, but recent statistics show that the millenials much prefer to own a nice expensive pair of shoes nowadays. Global sales of sneakers – or trainers – rose 10 percent to €3.5 billion last year, outperforming a 7 percent rise in handbags, according to consultancy Bain & Co. e834589ea26578764c0055698eac0472

With the current athleisure trend, the amount that money people tend to invest on sportswear is getting bigger and bigger, hence the prices of some sneakers are incredibly high. Limited editions can sell for well over $10,000, including the Chanel X Pharrell Hu Race Trail or Nike’s Air Jordan 3 Retro DJ Khaled Grateful.3302ed9be8ba0c802925a4a233589a4f

THE SHEER TREND

Sheer is one of the key tends of spring/summer 2018. Although at first it seems like a really brave decision to wear something that is almost see-through out, when styled the right way, even one sheer piece of clothing can make a basic outfit fashionable. Even though sheer used to be considered nighttime wear only, the past few seasons as well as the upcoming one it’s said to be rather chic than risqué.

One of the easiest ways of styling sheer garments is layering, for example wearing a mini skirt that has a long layer of sheer fabric over the top. Layering always helps to remain comfortable and covered when you’re not in the mood of showing too much skin.

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A layer of sheer also works well when added in between you jacket and top. It adds an extra element to the basic jeans and a jacket combo.

Last but not least, one of my favourite ways to wear something sheer is quite simple: a bralette (or just a basic bra) underneath a see-through top. A perfect look for going out as well as to be worn during the day – it all depends on what accessories/shoes/bottoms you pair it with.

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Best dressed in Cannes Film Festival 2018

Cannes Film Festival is an annual festival in Cannes,  France during which new films of various genres are previewed. Even though Met Gala happened only a few days ago, all the celebs already flew to France to showcase their fabulous outfits on the red carpet, hence in this post I wanted to share which celebrities in my opinion looked absolute best.

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The Met Gala

The Met Gala also known as the Met Ball is an annual event thrown in order to raise funds  Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. It marks the grand opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit. After the event, the exhibition runs for several months. The Met Gala is considered to be one of the most important events in the fashion world and is attended by most famous celebrities and fashion designers. Each year there’s a different theme to the gala and guests are expected to choose the outfits to match it. The dress code is set according to the theme of that year’s Costume Institute exhibition. Previous themes of the Met Gala include  China: Through the Looking Glass, Punk: Chaos to Couture and so on.

 

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Blake Lively in Atelier Versace 2018

It was first held in 1948 to encourage the New York’s high society to donate. Since 1995, the event has been chaired by US Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, who enlists public figures to serve as the event’s co-chairs. Past hosts have included Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Marc Jacobs.

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Met Gala is an extremely exclusive and expensive event – designer gowns and accessories that are showcased on the red carpet cost thousands as well as the tickets to the event are not affordable at all. For example, the tickets to the Met Gala 2017 cost about $30,000, or about $275,000 for a table. However, according to the New York Times, not all celebrities buy tickets for themselves, brands often pay for the table. It also is reported that A-list celebrities get offered to be paid up to a million dollars to wear a designer’s jewelry. The guest list includes only 650–700 people.

In 2016 Madonna wore one of the most controversial outfits in history of the event while the theme was ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology’. She appeared in an ensemble designed by Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci exposing both her breasts and buttocks. However, Madonna stated on social media that her outfit was a political statement as well as a fashion statement, because as she said ‘when it comes to women’s rights we are still in the dark ages’.

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Madonna in Givenchy 2016

The event includes a cocktail hour and a formal dinner. The cocktail hour begins with the guests making their way through the red carpet for their grand entrance. Then they tour the year’s special themed exhibition, and are seated before the dinner party that includes entertainment from the preeminent entertainers of the day. On the day of the event, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is closed to the general public.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The theme of the gala this year, which marks the 70th anniversary of the event, was ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’. The show put the focus on the relationship between fashion and the medieval art. Met Gala 2018 was co-chaired by Amal Clooney, Rihanna and Donatella Versace. Since Met Gala 2015, there’s a no-selfie ordinance which means that only approved photographers, reporters, and social media participants can document the event, while guests receive notices about the restriction of selfies and social media inside the gala.

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