Act with Purpose, or Die | BoF

To survive a market turned upside down by uncertainty, sluggish growth and generational change, brands must act with purpose, argues BoF 500 member Jens Grede.

Source: Op-Ed | Act with Purpose, or Die | Opinion, Op Ed | BoF

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How Beyoncé’s Lemonade became a pop culture phenomenon | Music | The Guardian

We seem to be witnessing the formation of a Zeitgeist moment, here. Certainly a node point in the pop-culture of our time

“Released on Saturday, the album and film have provoked an intense worldwide discussion about race, feminism, social media and the music industry.”

Source: How Beyoncé’s Lemonade became a pop culture phenomenon | Music | The Guardian

‘My agents told me to stop eating’ – the reality of body image in modeling 

I imagine this is something we will see this discussion increase and become more important in coming years.

“Two models have come forward and exposed the pressure put on models by agents and designers, but there’s hope…”

Source: ‘My agents told me to stop eating’ – the reality of body image in modelling | Fashion | The Guardian

Op-Ed | The Problem With ‘Buy Now’ | Opinion, Op Ed | BoF

Ah! The “Death of Fashion” yet again. (And again and again.) this is very interesting. The head of the French Federation – the core of the couture world- is writing against a social structure that has been slowly taking place for 40 years (if not longer.)

Consumer-driven ‘buy now’ strategies can damage fashion brands, argues Pascal Morand, executive president of the Fédération Française de la Couture, du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode.

Source: Op-Ed | The Problem With ‘Buy Now’ | Opinion, Op Ed | BoF

A Rabble-Rousing Posse Is Driving Fashion Into the Future – Vogue

Well… right on the heels of our class discussion on how the “death of fashion” can be seen as a function of the social trends outlined by Heidegger (1949,) McLuhan (1964,) and Bourdieu (1984), this article views these trends as created by millennials…

“People who have grown up in the postmillennial world are changing it all, from who’s allowed to wear the clothes to how they’re bought and sold.”

“Sources of legitimacy” anyone? Make sure you don’t fall into this trap. The current trends are not something that began in 2001… We are living in an historical stream that goes way further back than that.

Source: A Rabble-Rousing Posse Is Driving Fashion Into the Future – Vogue

“As the fashion world begins to look, feel, and think more and more like the real world, a revolution is afoot.”

New York Fashion Week Fall 2016 Preview – Vogue

In addition to the questions in the subheading, this article also asks “What’s the point of fashion week, today?” (And then they cop out in typical no-content fashion journalism style, by saying: “The answer is up for grabs.”)
It might be worth spending about half the term discussing that…

Have we reached peak Hadid? Will Rihanna out-Kanye Kanye? And more pressing questions from New York Fashion Week.

Source: New York Fashion Week Fall 2016 Preview – Vogue

Inside the booming Muslim fashion industry

Here’s an interesting view into the “Western”/”Non-western” discussion opened up by our reading of Sandra Niessen and will be good for our sub-theme of “fashion worlds” this term. It’s worth considering how the cultural aspect of “tradition” and “custom” colors our view of society’s that are foreign to us. Think about a custom or tradition that you adhere to that might seem completely “foreign” to someone from elsewhere. (What might that be?)

Muslim fashion designers reflect on a rapidly growing industry.

Source: Inside the booming Muslim fashion industry – Al Jazeera English