1. Gosha Rubchinskiy’s Allegedly Inappropriate Casting Spotlights the Fashion Industry’s Messy Morals: What Rubchinskiy is accused of doing is so normalized within the fashion industry. There is a murky, messy gray area covering much of an industry where the line between acceptable and predatory is so faint no one can quite explain which is which. – Read More on GQ
2. Fanny packs are generating nearly a quarter of the us accessories industry’s growth: Despite making up just 1% of fashion-accessories sales, fanny packs were responsible for nearly 25% of the industry’s growth in the first 10 months of this year, according to market-research firm NPD Group. – Read More on Quartzy
3. The hottest branding trend of the year is also the worst: Blanding. It’s easy to see how we got here. Tech giants such as Apple, Google, Airbnb, and Uber communicate in basic codes that function almost like signage. They have intuitive branding; with simple visual cues, they are able to convey youth, friendliness, progress, newness, nowness, and, above all, tech. They have been wildly successful. And so their shared visual language has become a formula for countless tech hopefuls to copy. – Read More on Fast Co.
4. The future of fashion is made-to-order, according to Farfetch CEO José Neves: “The biggest problem in fashion is overproduction. The way fashion works—where merchandisers and buyers take guesses on what people are going to buy and where [they’ll buy it]—is extremely inefficient. The supply never meets the demand in a perfect way. That has made fashion among the most polluting industries in the world. The most powerful way to tackle this problem is to move from a system of ready-to-wear to a system of made-to-order.” – Read More on Fast Co.
5. Gucci’s Alessandro Michele on authenticity in the age of artifice: “One creates a conversation and isn’t really copying. It would be like saying Mozart copied his compositions because he used musical notes. If I need something to tell my story, I can’t be shy. I don’t care how it comes across, because everything is my truth. I don’t replicate something in my work because I need the replica.” – Read More on Interview
6. 'Major strides' to cut child labor in Cambodia's fashion factories: While the United Nations says child labour has fallen sharply in Cambodia's garment factories, many informal subcontractors using children are escaping scrutiny, activists said on Tuesday. "There have been major strides in eliminating child labour" in factories, said William Conklin, Cambodia country director for the Solidarity Center. "But what it doesn't address is the issue in the subcontract area." – Read More on Reuters