This is Edith Fairbanks, relaxing after a round of golf. I’m not sure which I love more, her belted cardigan or her little Scotty companion.
They just finished Fashion Week in New York, and that always makes for a lot of interesting news, so here we go…
* Three years ago, Fashion’s Night Out sounded like a good idea. Today, not so much so.
* There has been quite a lot written about how fashion critics are a dying breed. A silly misunderstanding at Oscar de la Renta over comments made by Cathy Horyn led to an episode of name-calling and points out how hard it is in an atmosphere of designer worship to write things that might be construed as negative. (Can you imagine filmmakers doing this every time they got a bad review?)
* Which leads to an interesting article on fashion criticism.
* The debate about teenage models continues.
* The NY Times tells us that the “Made in the USA” label has regained its luster.
* The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced the next spring exhibition: Punk: Chaos to Couture. Opens May 9, 2013.
* Am I the only person in the world who does not “get” Anna Dello Russo?
* And on second thought, maybe those Louboutin red soles are trademark-able.
* Racked called Pantone’s Spring 2013 top color, Monaco Blue, a snooze, but the entire palette is rather nice.
* What I did not win on ebay. I could cry…
And now to put it all into perspective, the news about that devastating factory fire in Pakistan is simply heart-breaking. I do hope that all of us will take a close look at our buying habits and stop buying cheap clothing from countries that have a history of human rights violations. Or to be blunt, if you are buying this garbage, then you are perpetuating a system that allows things like this to happen. Pakistan has few laws that protect workers and often the factories are outdated, dangerous places.
In 1912 the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire claimed the lives of 146 people. It led to the modernization of labor laws in New York, and has left us with a lasting legacy of concern for worker’s rights. The Karachi fire has left almost 300 people dead. Let’s hope that the people of Pakistan get the legal protections they deserve.