Are you the kind to check out clothing labels to find out where your clothes are manufactured? Would you wonder who made your shirt, and what kind of life he/she might lead? Would you even consider to call up the manufacturer’s office, so that you can arrange for a trip to meet the people that made your shirt?
Well, Kelsey Timmerman did all of the above.
His T-shirt was made in Honduras, jeans in Cambodia, underwear in Bangladesh and flipflops in China.
He even spent upclose sessions with workers from Cambodia, China and Bangladesh to have first-hand experience of how they lead their lives. Though he writes in a conversational narrative style, his accounts have brought to light certain issues of apparel manufacturing economics and humanitarian situations.
Read his blog at http://whereamiwearing.com .
A new directive for GANT fall 2o1o. The touch of this notable designer will definitely bring the collection to a new level. Too bad Singapore is not gonna enjoy any part of this 50-piece line.
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The A to Zs of Fashion Victims, from Auctions, Bimbo, Catwalk, to Editor, to Journalist, to Logos, Model, Photographer…..and more… all of them described in poetry.
Here’s my favourite, D for Designer, from the book Fashion Victims by Michael Roberts:
At six years old I dressed a doll in ribbons, lace, and flowers
My father said he wished me dead and made me take cold showers.
At twelve I took my mother off to buy the spring collections
Oh, what a waste of style and taste – she hated my selections.
At twenty-one, with childhood done, I studied hard at fashion
I sewed quite well, but truth to tell, fame was my guiding passion.
I learned to pose in outre clothes and clubbed till early morning
I slept in class, they kicked my ass – and threw me out for yawning.
I changed my name at twenty-five, became a good assistant
I worked all night, was bright, polite, and never too persistent.
I so disarmed with boyish charm, my hair as soft as sable
A hedge honcho came along and offered me a label!
At thirty-five, I felt alive, no one could stop me rising
They said my clothes were “quelque chose,” “amusing”, “smart”, “surprising.”
At forty-nine, my second line was priced at several billion
I lived in castles on the Rhine, my drug bills came to millions.
I wore a wig and Quaker shoes-my own unique aesthetic-
And never hear my workers say, “He’s looking quite pathetic.”
At sixty-one (which I’ll remain for the longest time),
I fear the days are running out, but onward still I climb.
I diet, train, have sex again – I’ve scored some hunky catches.
But when I go, I’ll go alone, with doll’s and daddy’s ashes.
Extracted from What Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People that Make Our Clothes, by Kelsey Timmerman:
According to Witold Rybczynski, author of Waiting for the Weekend (New York, 1991), the American two-day weekend has its roots in the textile industry. In 1908, a spinning factory in New England adopted a two-day weekend to accomodate the Jewish Sabbath, Saturday, to accompany the Christian Sabbath, Sunday, which had been observed for some time. Henry Ford took up the cause from there. Ford thought that the additional day off would increase consumer spending, and, specifically, increase automobile travel. Weekend road trips were good for business.
Its official. Our beloved King of Pop passed away 12:30pm LA time, after a heart attack.
You gave us the best music and the best dance moves. Your songs will always be classics that we can never get enough of. We love u always. Rest in peace.
1. The Balmain Military Jacket. Price: US$11, 410.
It was seen on Beyonce, Victoria Beckham and Rihanna. The padded shoulder of the jacket sharpens and accentuates the silhouette and since it draws attention to the upper part of the body. I prefer the version in lighter color, making the entire look less harsh.
2. DKNY Sneaker heels. Price: Approx S$400
I always preferred street wear over high fashion. If I had the choice, I would wear sneakers to work everyday. I can’t, and if I could have something like that, I’ll be able to wear sneakers everyday and still look acceptable. This first caught my eye in a magazine fashion spread. Before I knew it, it was also in every other local fashion magazine.
I just saw two pairs of these at the DKNY counter at Isetan Scotts a few hours ago. One of it is in colorful print (the first pair in the series of four above) Lurve!!
3. Long flowing hair. Price: Don’t Know..
See the image of the girl in band FIR above.. That’s the hair I want for the longest time….. but my ends are so dried its almost impossible to happen by end of this year. Hair stylists are usually in disgust when they see my hair, a massive mop of split ends.
It’s been awhile since I heard new songs or new album from No Doubt. I thought they disbanded since Gwen went solo and I wondered what Adrian Young, Tony and Tom were busy with. And not forgetting their wacky energetic touring keyboardist/trumpeter/trombonist Stephen Bradley & Gabrial Mcnair. Of course, Gwen also has her sons and fashion labels (L.A.M.B & Harajuku Lovers) to keep herself occupied. But no, they are gonna be back in action this summer and headlining New Yorks largest music festival, The Bamboozle. Wish I could be there too.
At the same time right now, they are working on new music.
More of No Doubt to come in 2009!