‘BRAG’ Gala Honors Iman, Raises $1M to Help Increase Diversity in Fashion
PLUS Compound Technologies and ROXY partner to launch 100% recyclable flip flop
PLUS Compound Technologies (“PLUS”), inventor of PLUSfoam®, a 100% recyclable material built for performance and comfort, today announced a partnership with Roxy to release new zero-waste, 100% recyclable flip flop that will be sold in retail locations around the world beginning in Spring 2014.
The women’s flip flop features a cool and sporty design perfect for beach days and trips to the pool. A printed foot bed pairs well with a color-contrasting strap and cushioned outsole for comfortable daily wear. As with all PLUSfoam products, the Roxy flop called “Kiwi” will be non-microbial, non-absorbent and eligible for reclaim at any of the PLUSfoam facilities around the world.
“Along with making one of the most comfortable sandals on the market, conveying the closed-loop story to the Roxy consumer was of utmost importance for this project” said Mike Carr, Associate GM at PLUSfoam. “The Roxy team included ‘recycle @ PLUSfoam.com’ on the outsole, inside the sandal strap and on a separate hang-tag that is also made with PLUSfoam. It has become apparent from their strong pre-book numbers that retailers and consumers alike value this closed-loop story.”
Cathey Curtis, Global Marketing at Roxy, stated, “Roxy has always been committed to making product that allows our girls to live their fun and adventurous lives. Our footwear is a part of that commitment. We are excited to partner with PLUSfoam to make the Kiwi, a style of flip flop, a signature Roxy product.”
Using PLUSfoam® in just one product can make a huge difference at the manufacturing level. “Anyone who has been to a manufacturing facility in China within the last 20 years has seen the piles of post-manufacturing scrap first-hand”, says Brett Ritter, CEO at PLUSfoam. “Our goal at PLUS is to eliminate these piles while producing the best possible performance-based products. With Roxy getting on board, we’re collectively making a difference”.
PLUS Compound Technologies operates reclaim facilities in the US, Canada, Europe, China, Korea and Japan where any products made with PLUS Compounds can be returned and recycled. “The ability to close the loop on our products is something we offer to all our brand partners”, says Carr. “In the past year we have opened reclaim facilities in Europe, Canada and Japan, each of which has added to our global network and our ability to prevent valuable material from winding up in trash cans, incinerators and waterways around the world”. [x]
Rick Owens Uses Step Dancers to Model His New Collection in Paris, With Fierce Results
Designer Rick Owens debuted his spring/summer 2014 collection in Paris today. In lieu of models,….
Guatemalan indigenous designs win new respect, make debut as high fashion on world’s runways
With their brightly colored fabrics filled with animals and landscapes, Guatemala’s indigenous had long used textiles to tell stories and share their visions of the universe. In modern times, however, those same fabrics made their wearers targets for discrimination, marking them as part of the country’s poor and indigenous.
Now, embroidered Mayan textiles known as huipiles are undergoing a revival in some of the country’s finest boutiques as they become a haute couture fixture. Young Guatemalan designers are using them for everything from evening gowns and purses to handmade shoes sold as far away as Dubai.
From jewelry and shoes to full-length gowns, 3-D printing may be the future of fashion.
The 11-Year-Old Fashion Entrepreneur Behind ‘Mo’s Bows’
[Moziah] Bridges – Mo, for short – has been designing and sewing his own ties since his grandmother taught him how when he was nine years old. Like all innovators (yeah, I said “innovators,” let’s give it to him) his product ideas arose out of a lack he saw on the market.
Wanna see Mo’s Etsy site? Click here and get your bow tied.
Exhibition curated from David Bowie’s personal archive to make first touring stop at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto this fall
“David Bowie is” will feature more than 300 objects from Bowie’s own personal archive, according to a press release issued by the AGO, including diary entries, more than 50 costumes and pictures of Bowie taken by star photographer Helmut Newton.
(Photo: Rick Guidotti)
Interviewed for NBC’s Rock Center, photographer Rick Guidotti said: “It’s not about saying, “Compare Claudia Schiffer or Cindy Crawford to this girl. It’s about— it’s about reinterpreting beauty. It’s about having an opportunity to see beyond what you’re told and what we’re forced to believe that that’s beauty.”
UK designers Westwood, Hamnett join campaign to save bees
Top British fashion designers Vivienne Westwood and Katharine Hamnett joined bee campaigners outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Friday to urge the government to support a proposed European Union (EU) ban on pesticides which harm bees.
Britain is currently one of a group of countries blocking attempts to introduce a Europe-wide ban on the world’s most widely used insecticides, neonicotinoids, arguing their impact on bees is unclear.
A vote takes place in Brussels on April 29 on whether to ban the poisons on flowering crops.
Peace tartan, inspired by the Dalai Lama, set to appear on the New York catwalk
The World Peace Tartan has been used by the Edinburgh designer Judy R Clark to create a couture outfit, for the Tartan Week showcase, From Scotland With Love.
The tartan will also be worn as a kilt in a catwalk appearance by spiritual leader and political campaigner Arun Gandhi – grandson of Mahatma Gandhi – at next week’s event.
The design is the creation of Victor Spence, co-ordinator of the Dalai Lama’s visit to Scotland last year.
He said: “The Tibetan tradition is to greet someone by placing a white silk scarf, or khata, around their neck. I had the idea that I wanted to welcome the Dalai Lama to Scotland by putting a tartan scarf around his neck.”
Mr Spence, who designed the pale blue tartan himself, will be licensing it for use by others and using the profits for a charity to help Scottish children living in poverty.
Designer Clark, who has worked with Alexander McQueen and designed outfits for chart-topping Scottish singer Emeli Sandé, said she had been inspired to create an outfit with the new tartan.
She said: “I was drawn to the name of the tartan and its striking design. I approached Victor Spence and asked if he would like to collaborate on a piece for the New York show.”
As well as representing the Dalai Lama, Mr Spence has co-ordinated several of Arun Gandhi’s visits to Scotland – which is how the India leader came to be involved.
Mr Gandhi said: “The World Peace Tartan is beautiful.
“Wearing this tartan will be a daily reminder to commit ourselves to working for peace in the world.”
Casey Legler, the first female menswear model
Casey Legler is standing, topless, by our rail of clothes, reading them like they’re credits on a film. Some are “drag”, some “boy”. Some she’ll wear if she wants to “serve you ‘girl’”, some she won’t wear at all. As a child, all she wanted to do was sit by a swimming pool in a pink tutu, and read her difficult books. She moved a lot when she was younger, between Louisiana, Florida and Aix-en-Provence, and, noticing that the fashions (and prejudices) in France and America were completely different, Legler “learned early on,” she tells me later, “that what you looked like wasn’t necessarily who you were”. People had “different armour. I realised things only mean what we want them to mean, and it’s not appropriate information for differentiation. What you look like is just what you look like. Then there’s… everything else.”
Legler is 6ft 2in, 35 years old, and the first woman to sign exclusively as a male model. She is muscular and cheery, with the awkward swagger of a rock star. Her voice is soft and earnest, and when she talks, she holds unblinking eye contact. In front of the camera, edges appear. Spikes. She juts her chin; she becomes a boy.
Fashion has always played with gender, from 18th century men in their wigs and make-up, to Patti Smith and David Bowie, through to the recent success of Andrej Peji’c, the male model who FHM named as the 98th “sexiest woman in the world”. Maison Martin Margiela and Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons have long manipulated gender codes with their designs, and this year JW Anderson's menswear collection featured halternecks and knee-length gowns. The most exciting designers today are the ones who cheat gender, who affect our ideas about what makes a man. And while much has been written about 21-year-old Peji´c (who models both menswear and womenswear), he enjoys, he says, a “level of mystery”, and rarely rises to the debate. Which is why Casey Legler, who, at 35, sees modelling menswear as part of her work as an artist, is so refreshing. She talks. She has the vocabulary to describe what she’s doing, why she’s doing it and what impact that might have on the world outside fashion.
We’re sitting in a London pub after the shoot; the fizz of Legler’s Berocca is deafening. I was concerned, when she was sorting through the clothes, that in asking her to wear women’s clothes, our fashion editor was pressing her to do something she didn’t want to do. I had a flash of a 14-year-old model being pushed to show more flesh, just a little more shoulder, an inch of breast… Legler nods. She disagrees, but she nods. Part of her job, she says, is to have that conversation. Sometimes it happens, she explains. “Sometimes I get hired as a male model, then they try and put me in dresses and heels. But they’d never do that to a boy. So you have to have this conversation.” This conversation is about gender, about reading a woman as a boy. “I am the person who has to introduce this. They want to shoot me because I have a narrative, and implicit in that is a conversation,” she explains. “I’m not androgynous,” she stresses, holding her drink with tattooed fingers. “There is no ambiguity with me.”
Legler has had many lives. Until she was 21, she swam for France. One of five children of a professional basketball player, she was home-schooled to accommodate her training, but, after a time in the “swamps of Louisiana”, she started school in Florida, at the first high school to test out metal detectors. “When I was little I auditioned for a male role in a play that I really identified with,” she says. “The director picked a boy, and got me to be a hypersexual 35-year-old woman. I stopped acting after that.”
At 13 she was presented with her life plan until the Olympics. The problem was, she hated swimming. “It was really painful for me,” she says. “I’m not competitive, I don’t like exercising, and the water is cold. My coach was an artist too, and I’d want to have conversations with him about that. He’d be like, ‘Can. You. Just. Go. Swim?’” There’s a photo of Legler, aged 19, at the Olympics. She’s in the water, holding on to the side after finishing last in a race, her head shaved to a tight, smooth sphere. Her mouth is open and she looks relieved.
At 21, she gave up swimming. It meant giving up her scholarship to college too, and getting a job in a supermarket – it meant starting again. She studied architecture and set design, she got a scholarship to law school, and started medical school; she moved to New York and worked on her art, music and writing, and when her friend, the photographerCass Bird, asked if she’d let her show some photos to a modelling agency, she took a breath and said yes. “I’d said no for the longest time.”
Emily Novak at Ford Models signed her to the men’s board immediately. “She has an incredible presence and personality, and, most importantly, she is confident in who she is,” Novak tells me. “Being the first woman on a men’s board is the least-surprising bit to me – it’s me,” Legler laughs. “I walked in. It seems so obvious. I have the vocabulary.” Now she’s saying yes to acting again, too – she wants to be the first female Bond.