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Naomi Campbell calls Racial Diversity in Fashion a ‘Trend’

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Naomi Campbell has never been one to bite her tongue when presented with controversial issues so you better believe at 49 years old she still holds the title of fashion’s HBIC.

This time around, the seasoned supermodel dauntlessly tackled racial diversity in the fashion business. While it’s apparent the industry has expanded in terms of race, gender, and size acceptance, they’re still several gaps to fill, in her opinion.

In a recent interview with Reuters, the British beauty details the evolution of the industry throughout her 33 years of modeling, and some of her comments disclose some hard truths that may make the higher-ups of high fashion uncomfortable.

When asked how the industry changed: “In so many ways, but most importantly the diversity, she said. It’s finally … sunken in but now we hope people don’t think it’s in for a trend, like clothes are in for a season and out for a season, that’s not going to happen.”

“It’s improved absolutely, I can’t say it hasn’t. I do think there’s always more room for improvement … There’s still some ways to go,” she added referring to equal pay.

“We’re on our way, we’re not there yet, but we’re getting the platform … they deserve to have, she continued.

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Selfridges embraces Conscious Consumerism with Sustainable partnership –– Depop

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Luxury fashion store, Selfridges announces the Depop Space Selfridges pop-up, as a new study1 reveals Gen Z’s purchasing decisions are increasingly based on sustainability concerns. This innovative fashion pop-up is one of several existing and forthcoming activities that reflect the store’s on-going commitment to reimagining what shopping and style might look like in response to the climate emergency.

As a retailer, Selfridges is continually seeking new ways to become more circular and help to drive radical transformation of the industry by collaborating with brands and partners whose activities challenge the way we experience and enjoy fashion.

The Depop focus for September is to ‘Recreate the New: Fashioned for the Planet’ – and focuses on sustainability, featuring sellers who advocate for reducing fashion’s global impact and reflect Selfridges’ prioritization of providing sustainable and ethical fashion choices for its shoppers. 

The Depop Space Selfridges installation aims to reimagine the retail space in an industry where the environmental impact of fashion is increasingly at the forefront of customer’s minds. 

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During September, Depop sellers such as Sam Nowell and designer Patrick McDowell will host hands-on workshops for the public, teaching customers how to extend the life of pre-loved garments through reworking, tailoring and customization.

Selfridges’ new Shopper Study data, conducted by OnePoll, backs up the push from young consumers to shop ethically. Two-thirds (63%) of Gen Z shoppers said they were more concerned about climate change and sustainability issues than they were just one year ago. Concerns for the environment are influencing their shopping choices with over three-quarters (77%) of this age profile saying that when they are thinking about the products they buy their biggest environmental concern is that they want their choices to reduce waste.

Selfridges Head of Sustainability, Daniella Vega commented: “We are excited to be taking the lead in sustainable fashion by this first-of-its-kind collaboration with Depop in the UK. Selfridges takes seriously its responsibility to protect the environment and our Buying Better Inspiring Change initiative always looks for ways to push the boundaries in luxury retail – to challenge the norm. This new survey data supports our understanding of our youngest adult fashion shoppers, for whom there is no compromise when it comes to seeking out style that doesn’t harm the planet. We are committed to buying better and inspiring change so that our customers can do the same.”

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Depop Space Selfridges will showcase different Depop sellers each week exhibiting a selection of key pieces from their Depop collections available for purchase only at Selfridges. An additional exclusive collection of pieces is available online on​ ​Selfridges.com​. The retail space itself will act to physically reimagine the digital marketplace with a kinetic rail that visitors can control to view the range on offer

The Depop Space Selfridges follows Selfridges recent commitment and signing of the Fashion Pact, as unveiled at the recent G7 Summit, as well as the introduction of its latest cohort of Bright New Things designers.

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Coach taps Michael B. Jordan as face of ‘Naruto’ Capsule Collection

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Coach announces the launch of Coach x Michael B. Jordan, the first-of-its-kind creative collaboration with actor, producer and first global face of Coach menswear, Michael B. Jordan. Inspired by his cultural influences and community, his love of Naruto, and his passion for bringing unique voices to the forefront, this unisex ready-to-wear, footwear and bag collection is Jordan’s first foray into fashion design, guided by the expertise of Coach Creative Director Stuart Vevers.

Created in partnership with VIZ Media, the collection combines Coach craftsmanship with Jordan’s affinity for functional fashion and graphic codes from the world of Naruto, a popular Japanese anime and manga. Product ranges from parkas, jean jackets, and pullovers to backpacks, utility packs and hybrid sneaker boots.

It features imagery of characters from Naruto, as well as the series’ trademark “eye” motifs reimagined with Coach’s Retro C graphic. The Naruto backstory speaks closely to Jordan’s narrative as an outlier building bridges inside and outside of the Hollywood establishment and echoes Coach’s commitment to community and courage.

To launch the collection, Coach releases a campaign that fuses its values and craftsmanship with Jordan’s cinematic skill and Naruto’s mystic iconography. 

The hero film, conceived by Jordan and directed by Rachel Morrison, who collaborated with Jordan previously as the director of photography on Black Panther, takes place in a neon-drenched Tokyo street, and moves between moments of modern-day grit and magical realism, placing an emphasis on the power of connection.

“With my name on this collection, it was important to design pieces that represent my cultural influences and my community; pieces that I could see my friends, family, and fans wearing with pride,” said Jordan. 

“As with all aspects of my work, this collection is about bringing fresh perspectives and unique voices to the forefront. Expanding into the fashion design space was rewarding beyond my expectations. I’m grateful to Stuart and Coach for providing me with the opportunity and expertise to execute a collection I’m extremely proud of.”

Coach will also celebrate the collection with global pop-ups in Japan, Malaysia and the United States, a dedicated Coach experience in the VIZ Media booth at New York Comic Con on October 3-6, and a range of limited-edition T-shirts.

The Coach x Michael B. Jordan collection is now available online at Coach.com and in stores.

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KITH Women lionizes Barbie’s 60th Anniversary with Custom Doll Collection

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Streetwear giant KITH Women has teamed up with Barbie and launched a styling contest that asks contestants to style one-of-four dolls with items from the capsule collection in celebration of Barbie’s 60th anniversary.

KITH will create a 100-piece collection of doll-sized apparel and accessories for Barbie. Fans of the doll will be able to style unique Barbies as part of the competition. The winner’s creation will then be named the official KITH x Barbie doll and launched worldwide in late 2020.

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“For 60 years, Barbie has been an international pop-culture phenomenon offering girls around the globe a chance to play, tell stories, and, most importantly, to dream,” says Ronnie Fieg, founder, KITH. “KITH echoes this mindset by presenting an immersive world for its customers by engaging them through a unique retail environment that fosters creativity. This shared philosophy is what started this partnership–and it will remain a key element in the collaboration between KITH and Barbie.”

KITH’s collaboration also includes a retrospective exhibition that honors Barbie’s 60-year history and will be highlighted by an in-store museum of the original Barbie. The classic 1959 doll will be housed at the fashion brand’s Soho store. Along with the in-store exhibition, KITH will also be debuting a limited-edition t-shirt to celebrate the collaboration. The store’s first 200 attendees will receive the apparel as part of a special promotion.

This Barbie collaboration follows an extensive list of brand partnerships for the doll over the last year. Lucasfilm worked with Barbie’s creators for a line inspired by the Star Wars franchise.

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