Designers, including burkini creator Aheda Zanetti, are puzzled over the recent backlash.
Companies approaching the market with out-of-date digital technology risk falling out of step with consumers, particularly the younger ones.
Ethical sourcing, Made in America and the search for low-cost production alternatives to China remain the top priorities for fashion companies.
Along with a handful of high-profile private equity partners, the publishing veteran has founded a company that will produce televised event shows.
The new collaboration will grow to 35 pieces from 22 and will include a growing range of accessories and casual footwear for women and men.