INSIDE ALTERNATIVE: TIFFANY RUIZ

by Eleni Snider  (Originally posted in Common Thread) Photos by Stephen Zeigler Street fashion aficionado and design extraordinaire, Tiffany Ruiz is the latest addition to Alternative’s Los Angeles Design Lab. Coming from a lifelong interest in fashion which led her to a design career, this California girl has what it takes to create super comfortable and … Continue reading

Eyewear that Cares

CLEAR VISION Warby Parker is an eyewear company that wants you to do more than just watch. In addition to its “buy a pair, give a pair” credo, the company has partnered with Invisible Children to design a pair of sunglasses that frame the issue of child soldiers in East Africa—literally! SIGHT UNSEEN Kayu, or “wood” in Malay, is the … Continue reading

South African govt approves R200mn for textile cluster

Originally posted in Fibre2Fashion The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Government of South Africa, has approved a R200 million (approx. US$ 19 million) Grant Fund and a 5-Year Plan for the establishment of a Southern African Sustainable Textile and Apparel Cluster (SASTAC), according to a DTI press release. The National Cluster would help the … Continue reading

As Nigeria and Angola dazzle the luxury sector, Kenya seems focused on building a fashion market for everyone.

BY ROBB YOUNG Originally published in The Business of Fashion. NAIROBI, Kenya — Chatting to fashion insiders here feels, in many ways, the same as anywhere else around the world. Nairobi’s power bloggers have moved to Instagram; local designers are troubled by cheap counterfeits; and the same laundry list of global celebrities reigns supreme from Mombasa … Continue reading

SPRING 2014 READY-TO-WEAR Tracy Reese

By Brittany Adams (Originally posted in style.com) http://www.fabsugar.com/photo-gallery/31644503/Tracy-Reese-Spring-2014 (Full Gallery) Tracy Reese typically works the sweet angle, but this season she headed in a more sensual direction with a vibrant collection infused with Afro-Cuban influences (three standing drummers accompanying the mambo-filled soundtrack drove home the show’s theme). “It’s about just really being able to bring your personality to the … Continue reading

Germany gears up for twin ethical fashion fairs

Sustainable fashion makers will showcase their latest creations at the forthcoming editions of the world’s two leading concurrent B2B eco-fashion trade fairs—Ethical Fashion Show Berlin (EFSB) and Greenshowroom. Scheduled to be held during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Berlin (MBFWB), the two simultaneous fairs, which will take place from July 8 to10, 2014, will feature a … Continue reading

2014 EcoChic Design Awards Accepting Entries Now

Returning to Hong Kong for its 5th cycle, the EcoChic Design Awards is a sustainable fashion design competition that inspires emerging fashion designers and students to create mainstream clothing with minimal textile waste. Eco Chic Design Awards is established by Redress founder Christina Dean who promotes environmental sustainability within the fashion industry and the positive … Continue reading

  • Fashion is increasingly a visual part of our global reality. the studioArena explores moving fashion beyond the development of European mercantile capitalism, commodity fetishism, and the politics of production (the way fashion emphasizes consumption at the expense of production.
  • Fashion has always played a leading role in constructing images and meanings during periods of rapid social, economic and technological change. It can act out instability or loss, or it can stake out the territory of new social and sexual identities.