what is fashion revolution

 

vestfrontThis is Fashion Revolution week, and I’ve been struggling with what to write. I’ve expressed some of my views  and stated some of the facts on fast versus slow fashion before: buy less, buy quality not quantity, the fashion industry is the second most polluting, the fashion industry is rife with human rights abuses, and on. Today I’ll concentrate on telling you about Fashion Revolution and then telling a slow fashion tale.

What is Fashion Revolution?

Fashion Revolution is a non-profit global movement with membership in over 90 countries. It was created in 2013 in response to the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh. Designers Carry Somers and Orsola de Castro in the UK used the factory collapse to mobilize and forge change in the fashion industry.

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weekender, earth day

There are lots of pictures in this weekender. I hope you like looking at them as much as I like curating them for you.

New Instagram to follow www.instagram.com/ecofashiontalk.com/

Picture of the week

tulips

I was a bit surprised that this turned out to be this week’s picture of the week. I thought it was a rather boring picture of red tulips and that’s all. I had forgotten that today would be Earth Day, so now this picture seems appropriate. I’m sorely tempted to preach here, but I lack the strength. I’ll just leave you with this reminder.

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Remember my enthusiasm for Heist tights? Remember how I said I love their esthetic? This week, I received this in an email advertisement. Remember how I talked about the body-positivity movement in this post? As a former yoga teacher, I love this picture! You know how people talk about the “yoga body?” Well, like they say, everybody is a yoga body.

heist

I, like so many others, am enamored of these two beautiful young girls. They are Lara and Mara, 11 year old twins from Brazil. The photographer, Vinicius Terranova, first captured them, and now they have become the darlings of the fashion world. This, is what I love about this industry, the ever increasing drive towards diversity. To read more about Vinicius Terranova and the twins go hear.

VT

Quote

“I think my message to the politicians who have within their power the ability to make change is, ‘Do you really, really not care about the future of your great-grandchildren? Because if we let the world continue to be destroyed the way we are now, what’s the world going to be like for your great-grandchildren?”

Jane  Goodall

Preach lovely Jane, Preach!

Anita

hiding, guaranteed invisibility

bathers

“How To Hide your Upper Arms” — the title of a post I read recently! It made me sad and then mad.

I’m not into maximum exposure at all times. Probably like many of you, I think that covering can be just as attractive as lots of skin, if not more so. For God’s sake though, hide my arms? When Nora Ephron said she felt bad about her neck, she didn’t say that meant forever after hiding her neck with turtlenecks, did she? 

The desire to hide what has changed so drastically over the years is understandable.

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Picture of the week

pinkIs it the pink hair, the Pellegrino bottle, the wine in her hand, or just the overall wonderful feeling that soon we’ll be dining alfresco?

Trending and I guess I’m not over it

I’m not over baskets, and this week I found what looks like a lovely basket for $72.00 That’s much better than the one from Anthropologie for $318.00, and it’s actually more my style. Look at me, I’m shopping around, not just shopping. This basket comes from the General Store, a store located in Venice Beach, California. The General Store’s clothing, jewelry, and home goods are what I’d call “California Sophisticated.” 

Venice Beach just happens to be the place that one of my favorite fashion and style bloggers, Garance Doré, moved to. Ms. Doré recently changed the name of her eponymous blog to Atelier Doré. The format is much the same, the quality remains high, the attitude, predictably, is a bit sunnier. I find it very hard to accept Garance’s move, and I predict she’ll be back on the East Coast in 3-5 years. In the meantime, Garance and I have the same basket.
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See give receive

Let me tell you about O-cercle. Ocercle is a kind of cooperative for small designers/makers. The way it works is, you get to see the vision, the moodboard in a sense, for a designer’s upcoming collection, then you give a “donation” to the designer to create the vision. In return for your support, you receive credit for up to double the price of your donation to purchase the designer’s pieces. If you want to support small makers, this is an excellent way to actually do it. What you get are unique, high quality things, from people you’ve gotten to know through the process, and also a very good deal. 

One of my additions to Shop Slow Fashion, is Eleven Six; they are part of O-cercle at this time.

Fashion find

Perhaps it’s past tights wearing season for most of us, perhaps not. Nevertheless, I just received some tights from Heist. They are not giving me a thing, but I can truly say that I will never buy any other tights. Tights have always been a love hate thing for me. Since I wear skirts and dresses even in the winter time, I need to wear tights. Forget what I guess are still called panty hose. None of the tights I have owned in the past have been what I always dreamed they could be: comfortable, attractive, long wearing, and most importantly, “non slip.” At the age of 60, it seems very déclassé to go around tugging on your tights because they are slipping down.

The first time I wore them, my beautiful “fig” colored Heist tights stayed up from the moment I put them on—through a long day—to the moment I took them off. The tights come in several denier, a denier is a unit of mass density of fibers, the higher the denier, the more opaque the tights, low density then determines sheerness. Maybe the most brilliant thing about the Heist tights is the waistband. We’ve all experienced the horrendous sensation of a constricting waistband seeming to be cutting us in half at the waist. These tights give you a choice of a low or high waistband that hugs, not cuts. Now that I’ve told you everything else about the tights, I’ll add that the company’s esthetic is just wonderful. 

Random quote

“I don’t like answering to other people’s philosophies. I don’t have any philosophy, I just believe in stuff. Either I believe in something or I don’t. Like, I believe in the Rolling Stones but not in the Dave Clark Five. There’s nothing philosophic about it. Whenever I’m linked with a movement, it pisses me off.”

—Patti Smith

About me

You see, I have barely been able to squeak out two posts this week. Rather than feel guilty again, I’d rather celebrate the good things I’ve been doing lately. More to come.

About you

What do you want to know, see, hear about?

Anita