Giorgio Armani wrote an open letter to WWD responding to an article on “slow fashion” published on April 2.
"Congratulations: The reflection on how absurd the current state of things is, with the overproduction of garments and a criminal non-alignment between the weather and the commercial season, is courageous and necessary. I agree with each and every point of it, in solidarity with the opinions expressed by my colleagues,” Armani said.
"This crisis is an opportunity to slow down and realign everything; to define a more meaningful landscape. I have been working with my teams for three weeks so that, after the lockdown, the summer collections will remain in the boutiques at least until the beginning of September, as it is natural. And so we will do from now on," the designer continued.
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Footwear legend Sergio Rossi — who built one of Italy’s most storied luxury shoe brands and inspired generations of designers, including his son Gianvito — died in Cesena, Italy, at age 84. The cause of death was coronavirus. He had been hospitalized for a few days.
Rossi began producing footwear in the Fifties and launched his namesake brand in 1968. As he grew his own label, the designer also collaborated with fashion houses such as Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and Azzedine Alaïa. Rossi developed a number of groundbreaking styles such as the Opanca sandal with its curved sole.
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‘Slow fashion’ is on the rise.
Shopping search platform @Lyst has unveiled its sustainable fashion report for 2020, delving into the sustainable brands, products and keywords shifting consumer culture.
Over the past year, “slow fashion” has generated 90 million social impressions “suggesting the beginning of a shift in shopping behaviors,” as the report said.
Lyst finds shoppers are seeking upcycled fashion, vegan materials and love a celeb in vintage.
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@Fabletics and @ddlovato are teaming up to fight coronavirus.
Five dollars for every item sold of their new limited-edition collection will provide crucial gear to frontline workers to support COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
“Recently, we have watched our world change and I have thought long and hard about holding off on this launch,” said Lovato. “After sitting down to reflect for a few days, we realized there’s no better time to inspire others with my capsule, which has always been about channeling your inner strength.”
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@GiambattistaValli spoke to WWD about why he's trying to stay positive through the coronavirus crisis.
"Beyond the negative and profoundly tragic aspect of events, I’m finding personal pleasure in this isolation. This break, which gives you no alternative except to think about yourself, this moment of deep introspection, is deeply nourishing, especially since I’ve been submerged in a nonstop cycle of thought-action for the last few years."
"Once the confinement is over and we have regained our freedom, there’s bound to be a wave of enthusiasm. It’s like after the war: people will want to go out and have fun, once they are confident about health again," Valli added.
As for the future of fashion, Valli thinks change is inevitable. "We’re going to have to come up with different formats. I think collections won’t be huge — rather, there will be capsules, drops like packages, which move the story forward."
"That’s how I feel right now, but I might say the opposite tomorrow. It’s hard to be married to any concept right now. Other things will also evolve. In the same way that the customer today buys online, buyers will be able to buy online as well. We can develop visual tools that really convey the spirit of a collection, the clothes, the volumes and so forth. This will definitely be easier for houses that have a clear DNA. It makes it easy to understand for the end customer."
"Right now, it’s like the world is under anesthetic. It’s going to wake up, there’s no doubt about it. The question is how long it will take and that is the most disconcerting thing, because we don’t know. It’s impossible to plan anything right now. You can plan now for tomorrow morning, but tomorrow morning, the situation might be completely different again. It’s surreal in a way. It’s going to make people become much more creative in general. Why? Because you have to think outside the box to come up with solutions."
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