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New Lanark to host international touring textile exhibition

  • New Lanark to host international touring textile exhibition

  • This touring display from the Fashion and Textile Museum traces the history of 20th century art in textiles. Highlights include work by Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Sonia Delaunay, Raoul Dufy, Barbara Hepworth, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, Ben Nicholson and Andy Warhol.
  • ‘Artist Textiles - Picasso to Warhol’ has toured internationally since 2014, visiting London, the Netherlands, Canada and the USA, and will be making its return to the UK in 2018 at New Lanark World Heritage Site. Artist Textiles shows how ordinary people were once able to engage with modern art in a personal and intimate way through their clothing and home furnishings.
  • The exhibition features examples of key European and American art movements: Fauvism, Cubism, Constructivism, Abstraction, Surrealism and Pop Art; as well as the work of leading fashion designers and manufacturers. There are over 200 rare pieces, many of which have not been on public display before, including some of iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes personal collection. Curator Dennis Nothdruft from the Fashion and Textile Museum,
  • who developed the exhibition, said: “This exhibition highlights the importance of the textile industry in the dissemination and promotion of contemporary art. “Manufacturers and mills had the foresight to work with painters and sculptors to develop beautiful fabrics that democratized modern art for the masses.” Evelyn Whitelaw,
  • New Lanark Trust’s Events & Exhibitions Officer, who is working with the team from London to coordinate the exhibition, said: “We hope that this exhibition will allow visitors to learn more about the resurgence of the textile sector. “We will be holding printmaking workshops and will be launching a textile design competition to engage and develop design skills within the community in due course.” Scott McCauley, New Lanark Trust Chief Executive, added: “we are very proud that ‘Artist Textiles - Picasso to Warhol’ will make its Scottish debut at New Lanark in 2018, officially launching New Lanark’s brand new temporary exhibition gallery. “This bespoke exhibition space will be housed within one of the 18th century cotton mill buildings which is also home to New Lanark’s woollen yarn production.
  • “We hope that hosting Artist Textiles will begin a flourishing relationship with the Fashion & Textile Museum, giving visitors to New Lanark and the local community a chance to see some truly fantastic designs on their doorstep.”   by Taboola Sponsored Links
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Ineos snaps up luxury fashion brand Belstaff

  • Ineos snaps up luxury fashion brand Belstaff

  • hemicals giant Ineos has bought Belstaff, the British heritage fashion brand, in the latest off-centre move by its founder and chairman, billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, a month after he unveiled plans to start making cars. 
  • On announcing its purchase of Belstaff, Ineos cited its "links to automotive". The label, which was established in 1924, is best known for its waxed motorcycle jackets, as worn by Steve McQueen in The Great Escape, but also made aviator jackets, famously for Amelia Earhart and Amy Johnson. 
  • The purchase of a fashion brand is not the first unconventional decision taken by the chemicals giant. Last month it revealed plans to set up an independent car company to make a successor to the Land Rover Defender, in a move which critics called a "vanity project". The Defender went out of production in 2016. 

Oeko-Tex Survey Reveals Consumer Concerns Over Textile Production

  • Oeko-Tex Survey Reveals Consumer Concerns Over Textile Production

  • Even though most consumers overall don’t think the textile industry is a major polluter, 41 percent of those who live in manufacturing regions do consider textile manufacturing to be a major contributor to pollution, and rank it as the third most polluting industry after the energy and car sectors.
  • Revealed in Oeko-Tex’s new study of sustainability, “The Key to Confidence: Consumers and Textile Sustainability Mindsets, Changing Behaviors, and Outlooks,” the survey of 11,200 adult consumers also showed that 40 percent of respondents admit that they don’t know a whole lot about the way textiles or clothes are produced.
  • Forty percent of survey participants said they are concerned about harmful substances in clothing or home textiles. Oeko-Tex noted that there is only a 20-point difference between concerns about harmful substances in food and in clothing and “the gap appears to be closing,” which is “an indicator that impressions of the textile industry might be changing.”
  • The study was Oeko-Tex’s first to focus on the global consumer rather than on the textile trade. Now in its 25th year, Oeko-Tex offers companies along the textile value chain independent certifications and services.
  • The global survey included consumers from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the U.S.
  • Climate change
  • Overall concerns about climate change were reflected in peoples’ attitudes and beliefs, with more than 80 percent saying climate change is a real and serious problem and more than 70 percent attributing it to emissions from human activities.
  • Most people (63 percent) feel they have a role to play reversing climate change, frequently mentioned that they want to get involved, act responsibly, and take their own “small steps” towards a healthier planet.
  • A significant 70 percent of people globally indicated they are committed to a sustainable, environmentally friendly lifestyle. Many are making changes, but the gap between the 70 percent who want to live sustainably and the percentages reporting changes show that this desire is aspirational.
  • [READ MORE ABOUT OEKO-TEX: J.C. PENNEY FIRST US RETAILER TO RECEIVE OEKO-TEX MADE IN GREEN CERTIFICATION]
  • People consider safety from harmful substances and environmentally and socially responsible production to be very important. About 60 percent rated the importance of these factors “very highly.” However, only half gave the textile industry high marks for its perceived performance in these areas.
  • Eco-friendly and sustainable
  • Most people–80 to 90 percent–are aware of “eco-friendly” clothing and home textiles, and 36 percent have purchased eco-friendly clothing and 32 percent have picked up eco-friendly home textiles.
  • Those who purchase eco-friendly clothing describe it positively as “high quality, soft, innovative, unique, durable or long-lasting.” Those less likely to purchase also describe these items positively, but perceive them to be “expensive” and “hard to find.”
  • Consumers today are often skeptical of claims like “eco-friendly” or “sustainable, with about two-thirds indicating they check if claims like “ecofriendly” or “sustainable” are true at least some of the time.
  • There was evidence throughout the survey that brands play an important role for consumers who hold them accountable, count on them for assurances of responsible production and look to them as role models to sustainable living.
  • Some 42 percent of respondents “Like to know the values and principles of brands of clothing they buy,” and 38 percent “Like to know what small steps brands have taken to be more sustainable – even if they’re not fully ‘green.’”
  • Consumers and certification
  • Many consumers commented that a certification label helps or would help them know which brands to trust and which to avoid. Several consumers also noted that they “don’t have the time” to check the veracity of eco-friendly claims and others suggested that it was difficult to go about checking.
  • “As such, brands and certification labels play an important role in raising trust among consumers–easily and quickly,” the study said. “Essentially, then, they function as shortcuts to trust and transparency for consumers.”
  • Consumers said they are interested in textile certification: six in 10 consumers globally are interested in knowing if the clothes or home textiles they purchase are safe from harmful substances and produced in environmentally and socially responsible ways.  About one in three consumers globally have purchased certified clothing and one in five have purchased certified home textiles.
  • Nearly 50 percent of consumers indicated that they would favor responsible textile brands, suggesting “a need for brands to tell their sustainability story across a variety of communication vehicles so consumers would be able to get the information they want easily,” Oeko-Tex said.
  • Globally, 43 percent of clothing or home textile consumers said they were aware of Oeko-Tex, just over half of them stated they have purchased an Oeko-Tex certified product. Once people were educated about the textile industry and Oeko-Tex, 90 percent indicated they would be “likely” to check for Oeko-Tex labels in the future and 40 percent indicated that they would be “very likely” to do so.
  • “The increased awareness of harmful substances in textiles and the rising interest in textile sustainability offer many opportunities for leading brands and retailers, especially those who are already implementing sustainability programs,” Oeko-Tex said. “More and more, consumers want to know this kind of information about their brands. They also want help and guidance about how to ‘live a better textile life.’ Brands and retailers should publicize their sustainability efforts and educate consumers. By doing so, brands and retailers make it easy for consumers to do the right thing.”

Telangana announces measures to boost handloom sector

  • Telangana announces measures to boost handloom sector

  • The Telangana government recently announced a host of measures, including a Rs 10.5-crore loan waiver, setting up of handloom and powerloom corporations, deadline of November first week for implementation of subsidy for yarn, chemicals and dyes, and administrative sanction for a handlooom park in Gadwal city, to boost the handloom sector in the state. 
  • After holding a review meeting of various initiatives of the state handloom and textiles department in Hyderabad, handloom and textiles minister KT Rama Rao instructed officials to take expedite the process of loan waiver that will benefit about 2,500 handloom weavers, according to media reports from Telangana. Each weaver will receive a loan waiver of up to Rs one lakh. 
  • A subsidy of 40 per cent is being extended to the handloom sector and 10 per cent for the powerloom sector in the State. 
  • The minister asked the officials to ramp up the Weavers’ Thrift Scheme launched recently and conduct special drives to ensure that all weavers are enrolled in this scheme. 
  • He also asked principal secretary Jayesh Ranjan and Shailaja Ramaiyer, director of handlooms and textiles, to complete the formalities for the creation of two corporations for powerloom and handloom so that necessary corpus funds could be allocated. (DS)

Deepika, Madhuri, Aditi Steal the Show at Marathi Film Awards

  • Deepika, Madhuri, Aditi Steal the Show at Marathi Film Awards

  • Bollywood actors Deepika Padukone, Madhuri Dixit and Aditi Rao Hydari were present at the annual Marathi Filmfare awards held in Mumbai on Friday. The show belonged to Sairat as the film swept the maximum awards last night.
  • Nana Patekar won the Best Actor honour for Natsamrat, while Rinku Rajguru won the Best Actress award for her role in Sairat. The film also got Nagraj Manjule the Best Director trophy and bagged the Best Film award too.
  • Nana Patekar’s Natsamrat was given the Critics’ Choice for Best Film, while Priyanka Chopra’s Ventilator grabbed 5 honours at the show. Sairat ended the night with 11 awards in its kitty.
  • See the red carpet pics below:

There is no alternative but sustainability in the textile process

  • There is no alternative but sustainability in the textile process

  • A progressive movement
  • It's on everyone's mind and part of a progressive movement, not just in the textile apparel industry but pan-industrial, as sustainable solutions become a dead cert than just a thought. One company in particular is changing its ways across the board, fully vertical textile company  Far Eastern New Century. Being fully vertical, the company has complete control throughout the textile chain from chips and fiber to fabrics, finishing and garment production.
  • It’s the extensive R&D and the speed the company can move at that results in sustainable products reaching the market efficiently, including TopDry, non-woven PFC-free DWR (durable water resistant) polymer that featured in ISPO TEXTRENDS for Fall/Winter 18/19. Unlike the traditional DWR treatments which are finishing agents, the polyester innately has the DWR performance delivered at the chip level, which can then be  extruded into filament yarns or films.
  • This innovation means that DWR can be applied to fleece fabrics without affecting the hand, even footwear, especially with the different flat knit technology. One single tiny change at the polymeric level has a whole range of uses.
  • There is no stopping this company as can be seen from the latest developments revealed to ISPO.com by Jeffrey Hsu, manager of the R&D Centre.

  • Show us your textile know-how and be present at ISPO TEXTRENDS Autumn/Winter 2018 with your textile innovations.
  • Collaboration is required
  • With the message clear, sustainability is the way forward, but collaboration is also a feature, we are all in it together. One of the most talked of collaborations is that between FENC and Parley, the NGO that collects plastic waste from the ocean that can be seen in the Adidas Parley sports shoes.
  • FENC delivers the technology and converts the waste into yarns. The collection of waste is undertaken in the Maldives with FENC advising Parley how to get to scale. “At first they were shipping 500 kilos in a container ship, through sharing our expertise then can now ship 25 tonnes in a ship,” explained Hsu. Advice from FENC included the wrapping and compressing the waste. The waste is then shipped to Taiwan to FENC’s recycling plant, where they cut plastic waste through to extruding the yarn.

‘India not a fashion, but a textile country’

  • ‘India not a fashion, but a textile country’

  • There are things that we have to know that we have it. It's just that now we need to go out and tell the world that we already have it so please don't hamper it," she added.
  • Her brand specialises in fusion garb with Indian sensibilities, and the emphasis of the label is on the natural fabric and natural dying techniques along with designing for a cause by encouraging craftsmanship and sustainability.
  • Talking about her journey in the industry, she said: "When you are a graduate (of NIIFT) then obviously you are looking for something to work on, and I just knew that I have to work with Indian textiles." 
  • "I started with bhagalpuri silk then went on to chikankari and then regular silk. One season, I had no money so one of my friends came as a blessing in disguise. He said 'Listen, I just shut down my place and I have lot of chanderis with me. I think you will do justice'. I remember him showing to me lots of chanderis that were kept in his car."
  • "It was like I had no money to buy textile, but the textile came to me. I think sometimes the fabric finds you. If you pick up something then master it. I think you can become master of something only if you try to reinvent it everytime," she added.
  • The designer also feels that Indian people "very strangely" understand the taste of chanderis and other weaves, but they don't know how to find it.
  • "And this is when we come in very handy. As a textile, chanderi wasn't very popular when I started off."
  • "I just signed an MoU with the government to uplift Indian textiles. I said 'I am an expert in chanderi'. They asked me to go beyond that so, I started using maheshwari," she said.

Fashion brands urged to sign 2018 Bangladesh Accord

  • Fashion brands urged to sign 2018 Bangladesh Accord

 

  • Global unions IndustriALL and UNI have called on fashion brands to sign the second Bangladesh Accord for Building and Fire Safety, a platform of European retailers that extends the legally-binding commitment to factory safety in Bangladesh for three more years. The brands were urged to sign by 7 October, the World Day for Decent Work, but many are yet to. 
  • , according to a press release from IndustriALL. Many brands not singing it shows their lack of commitment to staying the course to prevent another Rana Plaza tragedy, it said. countryGeneva-based IndustriALL Global Union and Nyon-based UNI Global Union feel the extension of the Accord is currently the ‘only credible way’ to prevent life-threatening hazards in garment factories in the 
  • Around 50 brands, which use 1,173 readymade garment factories in Bangladesh, have committed to signing the 2018 Accord. 
  • The first Bangladesh Accord, which expires next May, was launched following the Rana Plaza collapse in April 2013 that killed 1,134 workers. The 2018 Accord builds on the achievements of the first agreement. 
  • Until there is a reliable system of regulation in place in Bangladesh, it is tough to believe that all the good work of the past four years will not be undone, Jenny Holdcroft, assistant general secretary of IndustriALL, said. 
  • “It would be irresponsible to abandon the progress that the Accord has made,” said UNI deputy general secretary Christy Hoffman. (DS)

 

All the Major Model Moments You Can’t Miss from Spring 2018 Fashion Month

  • All the Major Model Moments You Can’t Miss from Spring 2018 Fashion Month
  • All the Major Model Moments You Can’t Miss from Spring 2018 Fashion Month
  • All the Major Model Moments You Can’t Miss from Spring 2018 Fashion Month
  • All the Major Model Moments You Can’t Miss from Spring 2018 Fashion Month
  • All the Major Model Moments You Can’t Miss from Spring 2018 Fashion Month
  • All the Major Model Moments You Can’t Miss from Spring 2018 Fashion Month
  • All the Major Model Moments You Can’t Miss from Spring 2018 Fashion Month
  • All the Major Model Moments You Can’t Miss from Spring 2018 Fashion Month
  • All the Major Model Moments You Can’t Miss from Spring 2018 Fashion Month
  • All the Major Model Moments You Can’t Miss from Spring 2018 Fashion Month
  • All the Major Model Moments You Can’t Miss from Spring 2018 Fashion Month
  • All the Major Model Moments You Can’t Miss from Spring 2018 Fashion Month
  • All the Major Model Moments You Can’t Miss from Spring 2018 Fashion Month
  • All the Major Model Moments You Can’t Miss from Spring 2018 Fashion Month
  • All the Major Model Moments You Can’t Miss from Spring 2018 Fashion Month

  • Fashion month is in full swing, and this year's catwalks have seen some of the most diverse models yet. From 16-year-old runway rookie Kaia Gerber to 79-year-old Hollywood veteran Jane Fonda, women from every walk of life are lighting up the spring 2018 fashion week shows.
  • The festivities kicked off in New York City, and NYFW started with a bang as major names like Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Joan Smalls lit up Tom Ford’s catwalk. Of course, that wasn't the last we saw of these veteran models over these four busy weeks of fashion shows. From Moschino to Marc Jacobs, we saw many a major model moment on the runway.
  • From New York to London, Milan, and Paris, the hottest designers are showing off their spring 2018 collections and using some major star power to do so. Scroll down to see what happens when these experts hit the runway, and you’ll understand why we’re seeing stars.
  • 1.KAIA GERBER

  • Gerber opened up the Chanel show in Paris in a sexy fringe number. "Karl, there are no words to describe how special this was to me," she wrote on Instagram.
  • 2. TAYLOR HILL

  • Hill schooled us in the art of layering at Miu Miu.
  • 3. KAIA GERBER

  • Kaia made prep school look so chic on the Miu Miu runway in Paris.
  • 4. KAIA GERBER

  • Kaia ruled the runway in a simple but oh-so-chic dress at Valentino.
  • 5. STELLA TENNANT

  • Tennant took some of the season's wild footwear for a spin at Balenciaga.
  • 6. AYMELINE VALADE

  • Ayemeline sported the layered look, much to our liking, at Balenciaga
  • 7. BINX WALTON

  • Binx was a standout in this bright and stripey look from Céline.
  • 8. ANNA EWERS

  • Anna demonstrates how to do chic-sportif at Céline.
  • 9. MICA ARGAÑARAZ

  • Mica was black and white all over at Céline. 
  • 10. ADWOA ABOAH

  • Adwoa was a vision in white at Sonia Rykiel.
  • 11. CHERYL COLE

  • Cheryl rocked the runway at L'Oreal—can we talk about that lip? 
  • 12. DOUTZEN KROES

  • Doetzen sported an Annie Hall-inspired look and a killer cat eye at L'Oreal.
  • 13. HELEN MIRREN

  • Dame Helen blew our minds with her mere presence at L'Oreal.
  • 14. JANE FONDA

  • We have no words. Jane at L'Oreal. 
  • 15. IRINA SHAYK

  • Irina looked sporty in this bright getup at L'Oreal.

Colored Velvet: One of NYFW 2017’s Most Luxurious Trends

  • Colored Velvet: One of NYFW 2017’s Most Luxurious Trends
  • Colored Velvet: One of NYFW 2017’s Most Luxurious Trends
  • Colored Velvet: One of NYFW 2017’s Most Luxurious Trends
  • Colored Velvet: One of NYFW 2017’s Most Luxurious Trends
  • Colored Velvet: One of NYFW 2017’s Most Luxurious Trends
  • Colored Velvet: One of NYFW 2017’s Most Luxurious Trends
  • Colored Velvet: One of NYFW 2017’s Most Luxurious Trends
  • Colored Velvet: One of NYFW 2017’s Most Luxurious Trends
  • Colored Velvet: One of NYFW 2017’s Most Luxurious Trends
  • Colored Velvet: One of NYFW 2017’s Most Luxurious Trends
  • Colored Velvet: One of NYFW 2017’s Most Luxurious Trends
  • Colored Velvet: One of NYFW 2017’s Most Luxurious Trends
  • Colored Velvet: One of NYFW 2017’s Most Luxurious Trends
  • Colored Velvet: One of NYFW 2017’s Most Luxurious Trends
  • Colored Velvet: One of NYFW 2017’s Most Luxurious Trends
  • Colored Velvet: One of NYFW 2017’s Most Luxurious Trends
  • Colored Velvet: One of NYFW 2017’s Most Luxurious Trends
  • Colored Velvet: One of NYFW 2017’s Most Luxurious Trends
  • Colored Velvet: One of NYFW 2017’s Most Luxurious Trends
  • Colored Velvet: One of NYFW 2017’s Most Luxurious Trends
  • Colored Velvet: One of NYFW 2017’s Most Luxurious Trends
  • Colored Velvet: One of NYFW 2017’s Most Luxurious Trends

As rich and luxe as the velvet fabric itself, so are the bold colors sashaying down the New York Fashion Week runways. Be warned: Bold colored velvet is making its presence known on the fall 2017 season. Ditch the basic black and opt in for a bold blue TIbi suit, a soft pink dress as seen at Cinq à Sept, or canary yellow Cédric Charlier statement-making dress. We have plucked eight of the most coveted colored velvet looks from #NYFW.

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