Are environmentally-friendly mass produced items truly sustainable?
Nov 11, 2020
This is a super complex issue that I also think about a lot! It's kind of like when Gabriela Hearst and Gucci announced they were going carbon neutral, which sounded like a major commitment, but then half the fashion industry followed suit so fast I wondered how much of a commitment this all really was. It seems to me that, as with many things, sustainability is more of a spectrum than a binary, so it's hard to say whether a brand is "sustainable" or "not sustainable." Ultimately it seems to be about looking at their choices, and while things like making fabric out of recycled plastic, holding carbon neutral runway shows, etc are all good steps, chances are there are other aspects that these huge companies need to work on in order to further reduce their impact on the environment. I applaud any effort towards more sustainable practices but believe impact is as important as intent, and some brands have been moving a little too slowly for our deteriorating climate, even if in the right direction. I definitely think that's also affected by an environment of corporations and government officials not caring enough, but I hope all these sectors make a bigger change sooner rather than later, and in the meantime I guess all we can do is continue to be vocal and have these discussions about the nuance behind it all.
Velour Tracksuits: once a relic of the past, now making a resurgence
Oct 16, 2020
I feel like this moment was very manifest--how could it not happen with all the obsession with the early 2000s again, both from those who were central to that culture and from Gen Z? The neutral take on the velour is very on-brand for Skims and also seems to be a good way to ensure people make this a staple in 2020 rather than just wearing it once for the Instagram and then never knowing what to pair it with. It also fits well in a moment where everyone is still working from home, because if we're all still in our comfy clothes, why not wear a version that still reminds us fashion exists? Anyway it's very intriguing and fun, but also fashion's obsession with nostalgia makes me wonder a lot what will be the defining trends of more recent decades once we move beyond them. i.e. what is a 2010s-inspired look? What will the 2020s be? I guess we will see how this evolves further, but for now it definitely looks like we're making a smooth transition from Nap Dress Summer to Velour Skims Tracksuit Winter.