How technology is shaping our future: Panel talk by Telekom Fashion Fusion at the end of Gallery Weekend Berlin
At the end of Gallery Weekend Berlin, Telekom Fashion Fusion held a panel talk. The latter was moderated by blogger Jessica Weiß (Journelles), Antje Hundhausen (Founder Fashion Fusion, Deutsche Telekom), Dirk Schönberger (Global Creative Officer MCM), Signe Pierce (Artist) and Einat Israeli (Co-Founder Keypod), who discussed the current status quo and the future influence of technology on fashion, art and everyday life in front of around 200 invited guests at Oranienburger Str. 83 in Berlin.
It was unanimously agreed that future technologies expand the space of creative expression in art and fashion and enrich our lives. With this, two aspects were particularly important: support for sustainability issues and making everyday life easier.
Fashion Fusion is an ideas competition organized by Deutsche Telekom. Together with strong partners, highly qualified experts, talents and start-ups from the fashion, design and technology industries, the program is constantly being further developed. The current focus is on cooperation and co-creation with exclusive (retail) partners with the aim of creating marketable products with added value.
Reformation is expanding is wholesale network by selling on Net-a-Porter effective right now. Previously, Reformation’s product range was only available through Nordstrom, its own e-commerce site and its 13 physical store locations.
Net-a-Porter now carries 11 styles from Reformation, including dresses, tops, skirts and a pair of trousers.
WWD reported: Asked what attracted Net-a-porter to the Reformation brand, Elizabeth von der Goltz, global buying director at Net-a-porter, added, “After a successful capsule launch in 2016, we could clearly see the appetite our customer has for Reformation. The brand have gained a strong following as their business model really allows them to adapt to the evolving tastes of their customers which we see working within our buy-now-wear-now strategy.
Tommy Hilfiger brings 100% recycled cotton denim styles to its Spring 2019 TOMMY JEANS global collection. The innovative products include mom jeans, a unisex oversized trucker jacket and modern tapered jeans. These result from leveraging the PVH Denim Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the first hub in Europe dedicated to setting new standards for producing denim in a faster, more consistent and more environmentally- friendly way. The PVH Denim Center supports Tommy Hilfiger’s ambition to become a global leader in denim through innovation, sustainability and by providing best practices within the industry.
“I first got into the fashion business selling bell-bottoms from a basement boutique we called People’s Place when I was 18 years old, and today denim continues to be at the heart of our classic American cool style,” said Tommy Hilfiger. “We have a responsibility to future generations to manufacturing products in a more thoughtful way to protect our environment. Starting with how we design and produce some of our denim styles, we want to inspire consumers to make sustainable changes.”
To produce the 100% recycled cotton Spring 2019 TOMMY JEANS styles, leftover cotton that may otherwise have been lost was salvaged from cutting tables and factory floors and recycled using an innovative, entirely mechanical process that uses less water and fewer chemicals, reduces waste and generates less carbon dioxide. Until now, creating a completely recycled cotton yarn, at scale, to the Tommy Hilfiger quality standard was nearly impossible. The sewing thread used is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, buttons come from unused stock from previous seasons and the hangtags will be made from recycled paper. Each denim style will be finished using less water and energy by employing innovative laser technology to apply the final wash.
Moving forward, the 100% recycled cotton TOMMY JEANS styles will be part of the collection each season.
PRONOVIAS, the world’s leading bridal fashion company, once again surprised the more than 1,800 guests who attended the Valmont Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week at the Italian Pavilion (Fira Montjuïc) in Barcelona a few days ago, as the Atelier Pronovias 2020 collection was present. The company brought together fashion, cinema and national and international celebrities, press and buyers from around the world. The audience experienced the fashion show with a unique staging under the creative concept “Beyond The Stars”.
ORIENT introduces new watch designs in its best-selling ORIENT Sports Diver Style collection, including a limited edition model. The ORIENT Sports Diver Style Limited Edition hints at the allure of the ocean in sunlight with a bold blue and rose gold colour palette.
In keeping with other ORIENT Sports Diver Style timepieces, the new limited edition model boasts an in-house manufactured automatic with hand-winding calibre F6922 with a 40 hour power reserve. This is housed within a 41.8mm stainless steel case that is ideally suited to both business and outdoor adventures.
Three sportswear and outdoor brands are leading the way on transparency amongst the world’s 200 largest fashion brands and retailers by disclosing a wide range of human rights policies, commitments and outcomes, as well as who their suppliers are. Adidas, Reebok and Patagonia each score a total 64% out of 250 possible points, followed by Esprit and H&M in the 61-70%. C&A, ASOS, Puma, Nike, Converse, Jordan, The North Face, Timberland, Wrangler, Vans and Marks & Spencer rank at the top end of the 51-60% range.
This is the first year since the Fashion Transparency Index’s inception that brands will score over 60%, showing that progressive brands are now taking real, tangible steps to disclose more about their social and environmental policies, practices and impacts. No brands score above the 70% range showing that there is still a long way to go towards transparency amongst all major fashion brands.
Since 2016, Fashion Revolution has tracked global brands and benchmarked their performance against five key areas: policy and commitments, governance, traceability, supplier assessment and remediation, and spotlight issues, which this year focus on the Sustainable Development Goals.
Sarah Ditty, Policy Director and report author says: “The progress we are seeing this year, coupled with the feedback Fashion Revolution has received from brands, suggests that inclusion in the Fashion Transparency Index has motivated major fashion brands to be more transparent. We are seeing many brands publishing their supplier lists and improving their scores year on year.”
Meanwhile Gucci and Bottega Veneta are the highest scoring luxury brands reviewed, making the 31-40% range of scores, and have achieved 100% on policy and commitments and governance. Chanel’s score increased by 7%, Sandro and s. Oliver by 9% and Dior by almost 22%, demonstrating that for the first time ever, several major fashion brands are beginning to disclose supply chain information. Chanel also published its first ever Report to Society and s. Oliver launched a responsibility section on its website for the first time.
Fashion Revolution believes that the major fashion brands have the moral imperative and ability to effect change on a global scale for large numbers of people. Brands will also need to innovate, use fewer resources and help their customers consume less, take better care of their clothes and use them for longer if we are to tackle the climate crisis..
Redress reveals new lineup of emerging sustainable designers with the talent to tackle fashion’s growing waste problem
The world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition, the Redress Design Award announces the 2019 cycle semi-finalists. The 30 outstanding designers represent the brightest talent in a growing swell of ambitious young designers working to tackle the environmental challenges of the fashion industry. As the world wakes up to the enormity of fashion’s negative footprint, from carbon emissions, water pollution and chemical use to spiralling over-consumption and waste, the Redress Design Award showcases the critical role designers can play in finding solutions.
Focusing on the need to eliminate textile waste the competition challenges emerging fashion designers and students to explore the circular economy through the core sustainable design techniques of zero-waste, up-cycling and reconstruction. Redress Founder & Board Chair, Dr. Christina Dean noted “If the fashion industry carries on with a business-as-usual linear model, carbon emissions from textile production alone are set to rise by more than 60% by 2030, but these emerging designers give us hope for a future where textile waste is valued, and where responsible design, production and consumption with circularity in mind are the norm.”
The 30 semi-finalists now face the next round of assessment by the International Judging Panel of industry experts to decide the final short-list of 10 finalists who will be taking part in an intensive week of sustainable fashion education and design challenges in Hong Kong this September. The climax of the competition will see the finalists showcase their collections during a live Grand Final at Hong Kong’s CENTRESTAGE, where they will vie for First Prize – the opportunity to design a sustainable collection for a brand of JNBY Group, one of China’s leading fashion houses.
The Stone Island Canvas Placcato collection presents outerwear pieces, shirts, trousers and accessories made in cotton canvas impregnated with special pigmented resins.
Thanks to the finished garment over dye procedure the outer face takes on a chalky/mélange appearance, while the interior and textile parts are fully coloured by the dye recipe.
Malfilé cotton fleecewear feature Tela Placcata appliqués.
The concept is also developed with polos and T-shirts made in jersey cotton, Bermuda shorts in Nylon Metal, plated all over in two different colour intensities with placed prints.
Marco De Vincenzo returns to Pitti Uomo as the Pitti Italics Special Event for this edition (June 11-14, 2019). Recognized as one of the most innovative voices on the fashion scene, the designer will launch his first menswear collection. The Marco De Vincenzo SS2020 men’s collection will be presented at a fashion show scheduled for Wednesday, June 12, 2019.
“Marco De Vincenzo is one of the most successful Italian fashion talents on an international level,” said Lapo Cianchi, Pitti Immagine Director of Communication & Events. “We are happy that he is back at Pitti Uomo for the debut of his menswear collection. I am convinced that together we will find a space in Florence able to further inspire him for this truly special occasion. It already happened three years ago when his installation inside the historic Niccolini Theater built around the visual and spatial relationships between the clothes, crystals and lights enthralled the public due to the refined cultural references. May it be a good omen for this new, necessary and courageous undertaking of Marco.”
The First edition of PROJECT TOKYO was held at the Tokyo International Forum from the 26th-27th of March. There were 270 leading designers and advanced contemporary brands that participated from around the world, including multiple brands from the US, France, and Italy. 62 of those brands exposed their collection in Japan for the first time.
“We made sure to bringing buyers from all regions of Japan, not just the big department stores and boutiques based in Tokyo” states Hayato Ishihara, Director of the event. “We also brought buyers from Europe, US with focus on East Asia, multiple stores from China, Korea and Taiwan as we position PROJECT TOKYO as a gateway to the Asian market”.
Japanese and international buyers also took part in “Matchmaking”, which is a unique feature of this event. The organizers arranged over 660 onsite matchmaking appointments prior to the show, many of them leading to orders.
Dominika Budny, designer of Amsterdam based brand “Wardrobe” commented as follows: “As a completely new fashion label to Japan, we were embraced by the organizers who helped with all the useful and necessary information about the market and the business etiquette. That proved priceless. PROJECT TOKYO also offers a unique matchmaking concept, which can be very useful to start building valuable business relationships. All in all, we are happy with our participation and are looking forward to continue our business journey in Japan.”