@shanghai_fashionweek is leading another first — making a full physical comeback with more than 90 shows.
Xiaolei Lv, vice secretary-general of the Shanghai Fashion Week committee, said the goal of reverting to physical showcases is to boost the confidence of the local industry and help the market to recover from COVID-19 disruptions.
"Compared with past seasons, the pace of Shanghai Fashion Week's subsequent development will slow down and gradually become more stable, focusing on the enhancement and enrichment of the connotation for each sector," she added.
On the runway, emerging Chinese talents with global recognition such as Shushu/Tong, Yuhan Wang, Angel Chen, 8on8 and Yueqi Qi will present their spring 2021 collections alongside local standouts including Lily, Mukzin, Le Fame, Hazzys, Urban Revivo and Cabbeen at the official Taiping Lake Park venue near Xintiandi, and shopping complex One East for those who are showing with Labelhood, a Shanghai-based emerging designer support platform, community and fashion retailer.
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The “We Are Made in Italy” digital showcase of Italian designers of color set the foundation for more inclusivity.
“We wanted to convey a cultural message, that Made in Italy is not only about white creatives, and debunk this prejudice,” designer Stella Jean told WWD after the “We Are Made in Italy” digital event livestreamed on Italy’s Camera della Moda web site Sunday evening.
Spearheaded by the Black Lives Matter in Italian Fashion Collective with the support of Italy’s fashion governing body, the project highlighted the work of five Italian designers of color, mentored by Jean and Edward Buchanan.
“The Fab Five Bridge Builders” showed their spring 2021 collections as a unique collective of Black-owned Made in Italy businesses against the backdrop of the stately Palazzo Clerici.
However, rather than focusing specifically on clothing, the video delivered poignant speeches by each designer aimed at fueling the message of inclusivity and fighting the racial bias in fashion. “Made in Italy is not a color, I’m not a color,” Jean says in the video.
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@StellaMcCartney has published its first "eco-impact report" with new partner @LVMH, and is strategizing for the future.
In the report, McCartney said lockdown has made her more committed than ever to quantifying her company's impact on the environment, and to focusing on positive actions, rather than simply controlling the damage caused by sourcing and the supply chain.
"Now more than ever we need to slow down and be more mindful, while simultaneously accelerating our push toward circularity and regenerative, nature-based solutions — remaining focused on having a positive environmental and social impact and making every action count," she said. "While we still have a long way to go, I have never felt more hopeful [about what] we can achieve, but we need to do this collectively."
The report pointed to the destructive impact of farming, logging and mining in particular, and said the company is looking for ways to remedy the damage.
Looking ahead, the company said the world is entering “into the most consequential decade for humanity, and the choices that we collectively make between 2020 and 2030 will determine what the future of life on our planet looks like.
Report: Samantha Conti