While some designers draw inspiration from the schoolgirl look to make preppy plaid skirts paired with chunky knitted cardigans, up-and-coming womenswear fashion designer Camelia Skikos instead turned to her school uniform from communist-era Romania to make bold, edgy pieces that would have surely gotten her sent home.
When it comes to the fast-paced and highly detailed world of fashion, one small mishap could potentially lead to a total collection meltdown. Such was not the case for rising womenswear fashion designer Louisa Parris, who admits the launch of her eponymous line was a bit of an accident.
Last July, Oakland’s Fair Trade USA reached a significant landmark in the fair trade fashion industry with the development of the world’s first-ever certification for ethically manufactured apparel. But the battle hasn’t been won. At last Monday’s Global Action Through Fashion event, panelists of well-informed fair trade experts and activists highlighted challenges that still face the industry. Read on for more on what fashion labels need to overcome to improve apparel manufacturing conditions worldwide.
Our very-visual, (almost) chatter-free snap judgment of the day: the delightfully tacky sheer 70’s-era animal print tunic top, $15, from San Francisco-based vintage Etsy shop Lost Feather Vintage, a local source for notably affordable casual and trendy styles from the ’70s and ’80s.
Our very-visual, (almost) chatter-free snap judgment of the day: a geometric body chain capable of turning a plain top into a bold fashion statement, $63, by San Francisco-based jewelry designer Linquist Jewelry.