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The week in fashion – 20 October

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22 October 2017

Each week LCF News brings you a round up of the most interesting stories impacting the fashion industry.

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Grit and grace…

Vice and Vogue may be chalk and cheese but they have announced a surprise collaboration that aims to ‘showcase figures, movements, and issues making an impact on society today.’ Headed up by Anna Wintour and Vice founder, and UAL alum, Shane Smith, the 100 day ‘Project VS’ will include a stand alone website as well as content across both publishers’ existing platforms.  The launch will happen in early 2018 and we can expect a mix of video, images, long form features and ‘more’.  Read more about it on Twitter.


In light of the increasingly awful Harvey Weinstein scandal the fashion industry practises have come under intense scrutiny. Model and activist Cameron Russell shared multiple stories from models who have been subjected to uncomfortable, unacceptable and often dangerous behaviour while working, using #MyJobShouldNotIncludeAbuse.  While all currently anonymous, Russell is consulting lawyers with a view to exposing those accused. Supermodel Christy Turlington also discussed the ‘predators surrounding the fashion industry’. 


Eva Chen, director of fashion partnerships at Instagram told Vogue that Instagram is changing the fashion industry as it creates a ‘new level of transparency and expectation’. Citing Marc Jacobs cultural appropriation accusations, James Scully calling out poor model treatment, and the demand for more inclusive models, Chen credits Instagram for changing industry standards.  She also thinks that it has fuelled the need for more visually exciting fashion shows like Chanel’s rocketship as designers are all doing it for the ‘gram.

Fashion for all…

Tommy Hilifger has announced a new collection for differently abled wearers and caretakers, an often neglected audience. The collection incorporates fastenings like velcro and magnets as well as specialised hems to account for braces, wheelchairs and orthotics that allow wearers to easily dress themselves or caretakers dress others.  With an estimated 13.3million UK residents having a disability that effects their daily activities we hope the high street follow Tommy Hilfiger’s excellent example.

Slice of the beauty pie…

EConsultancy published an interesting insight into why fashion brands are launching their own beauty ranges in response to high fashion brand BooHoo’s new collection.  Discussing the opportunities for increased sales, customer retention and tapping up social media influencers, the article cites the potential $90billion beauty industry as a key driver for brand beauty ranges.

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