| Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress, French Fashion Circular Economy, Increase of racial diversity in campaigns, Grace Coddington Talk Show & French Chic from Hermès
This week we've been talking about childhood gender roles, Mental Health Awareness Week and plus-size influencers. But what have we been reading about? Here are the top five fashion news headlines from around the web!
When Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, stepped out of the car at the Royal Wedding yesterday, the world watched as Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy followed behind her. Laying the train flat with a fleet of pageboys, the first female artistic director of the French fashion house watched what will be its most historical design yet float up the steps of St. George's Chapel.
Two years ago, France was the first country to pass a law preventing supermarkets from throwing away or destroying unsold food. Under the country’s circular economy roadmap, lawmakers are planning to do the same for clothing. Spearheaded by prime minister Édouard Philippe, by 2019 new regulations or incentives could prohibit brands from discarding unsold clothing into landfills or through incineration, instead requiring sustainable measures like recycling or donating to charity shops. The initiative forms part of the proposed Circular Economy Roadmap, which outlines 50 measures for France to become a circular, sustainable economy — one that moves away from a linear take, make, dispose model towards a model of restoration and regeneration.
Racial diversity in ad campaigns has been slowly but steadily improving over the last five seasons, according to a just-released report from the The Fashion Spot. As a result, Spring 2018's campaigns were the most racially diverse ever: they featured 34 percent non-white models, up from the prior season's 32.8 percent. This also marks the second season in a row that ad campaigns have outpaced the runway in terms of racially diverse representation, after years of the reverse being true.
The six-episode series will debut on IMG’s streaming fashion channel, M2M, in September 2018. With a library of over 200 hours of runway show footage, documentaries and classic films, M2M — which IMG says now reaches more than 5 million unique users a month through its Apple TV app, the web, Amazon, Roku and Android TV — has produced original content since inception, including feature-length documentaries and shorter-form series. Coddington's first guests will include Louis Vuitton women’s artistic director Nicolas Ghesquière and the actor Ansel Elgort (the son of her longtime collaborator, the photographer Arthur Elgort).
The light in Northern California has a rich orange glow at sunset, and the roughly 200 people waiting outside of the Stanford Shopping Center’s new Hermès store were basking in it. Orange, after all, is the signature color of the latest brand to join Silicon Valley’s luxury retail landscape. After a ribbon cutting by Axel Dumas – the company’s CEO, and one of 80 or so Hermès family members to attend the Palo Alto opening – guests streamed into the store.
Header photo via E!