By  on April 24, 2007

NEW YORK — Recent reader polls revealed that those surveyed believe global warming will have a direct impact on fashion, and that retail consolidation is unhealthy for business. The polls also showed that recent handbag styles are just too big.

The polling was conducted online at WWD’s Web site during the recent fall collection shows.

Of those surveyed, 58 percent felt that regulation of dangerously thin models should be mandatory. Those who believed the fashion week calendar was fine just the way it is was 62 percent.

With consolidation of the retail market, almost three quarters of those polled felt the trend is not healthy for the industry. Voters were split when asked if the collections this year were better than last year.

A whopping 91 percent of voters felt that global warming will indeed affect the future of fashion. And apparently the public seemed unfazed by the lackluster attendance at fashion shows by A-list celebrities. When asked if the stars were missed at fashion shows, 75 percent of voters said no.

A final poll question asked if the current handbags styles are too large, and found 57 percent agreeing.

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