Australian brands at fashion week, Vetements taking a stand against fast fashion and Gucci’s tribute to the year of the dog, all bundled together in the Weekly Collection.
Vetements makes a stand against fast fashion
An installation at world-famous Harrods in London has been the first movement in a chain of events against fast fashion by French brand Vetements. The installation takes a stance against overproduction and waste in the fashion industry, and fast fashion’s detrimental effects on the environment. The installation features huge piles of clothing – multi-coloured fabrics and patterns galore – one in each of their four windows. Harrods employees, charity stores and even members of the public have been invited to donate their clothing to the project.
In the next year, Vetements will stage over 50 different events to raise awareness about the wastefulness of the industry. As one of the first and only high-fashion brands to comment on this issue, it is hoped that the message of the detriments of overconsumption and consumerism will be spread far and wide.
Vetements CEO Guram Gvasalia spoke to Vogue: “The problem with sustainability today is that people look at it from the wrong perspective...what people are overseeing is something that’s right in front of our eyes: it’s about how much brands produce and how much consumers buy...if you go to a shop and you see something on sale, it means it’s been overproduced”.
He also mentioned that he invited several brands to take part in his campaign but, “Nobody wanted to take part. Not a single brand; really huge corporations. Everyone is afraid of admitting that they make more clothes than they can sell.”
Australian brands at NYFW
New York Fashion Week; one of the most coveted weeks in the industry. This year was a huge year for Australian brands. Alice McCall presented her first show in New York, Dion Lee’s collection merged outerwear and underwear together and Zimmermann took its usual strong feminine figure to the Victorian era.
While Alice McCall’s designs were true to her branding – elaborate, floral and undeniably feminine patterns – a more structured look crept through in her showcase. Tailored skirts, jackets and pants were present in the collection, with McCall saying these pieces were designed for women with “feminine beguiles and inner strength”.
Dion Lee stuck to his structured, utilitarian look – known and loved by many. This year, undergarments were the new outer garments – with cut-outs, visible undergarment shapes and honeycomb-like mesh patterns.
This year, Zimmermann’s muse was a free-spirited woman stuck in the Victorian era who rides her horse to escape her oppressive surroundings. This concept translated in their darker designs – the classic Zimmermann detail shone through, but this time with a more “moody” edge. Statement shoulders, sleeves and necklines are not a thing of the past for Zimmermann, yet the darker and a dusty colour palette differentiate this collection from its lighter SS18 collection, Goldentime.
Lunar New Year, Gucci Style
In a series of images captured by Petra Collins, Gucci has revealed their Lunar New Year capsule collection – wallets, sneakers, skirts, jumpers, rings and bags all laced with dog motifs. In true Petra Collins style, the images are hazy and almost dream-like – elevating the brand’s latest collection in celebration of the year of the dog. Gucci fans came for the collection, but stayed for the dogs.
Sass & Bide Warehouse Sale
Classic and sought-after Sass & Bide styles are now reduced by up to 80% in their upcoming warehouse sale. Prices are as marked and no refunds or exchanges will be accepted on sale items.
Who: Sass & Bide
What: Warehouse sale
When: Thu 22nd Feb 2018 - Sat 24th Feb 2018
Where: 219/231 Botany Road, Waterloo, NSW , 2017