Well, there go our hopes of responsible manufacturing. Industry publication giant Condé Nast has partnered with Forever 21 for the holidays. Turns out, four Condé Nast Editors from Glamour, Teen Vogue, W and Details mags have selected the season's "best looks" from the fast fashion retailer, which will be featured in Forever 21 stores across the U.S. The announcement comes just days after the news of a major fire at a Bangladesh garment factory killing over 100 people - the second this year alone. While Forever 21 is reportedly not involved, the retailer might as well be. The vast majority of their clothes are manufactured in Bangladesh and their clothes sell for very low prices, which heavily implies a lack of quality control and standards of safety. This also comes just weeks after Forever 21 was sued by the Department of Labor for its failure to provide labor-related documentation.
Due to the lack of legislation to protect original fashion designs from design piracy (quite often at the hands of Forever 21), our only hope of the industry ridding itself of the dangerous world of fast fashion, is to fight it and not join it. More importantly, with fast fashion comes various levels of truly unspeakable unethical labor practices that cause serious harm to individuals around the world. This partnership is not to be celebrated as it is disappointing on so many levels. As the publisher of Vogue, we expected more from you, Condé Nast!