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Earth Polo to Lead Ralph Lauren’s Sustainability Message

Ralph Lauren Corp. is throwing its considerable muscle behind the sustainability movement, and is using its signature polo shirt to drive the message home.
The company will today introduce the Earth Polo, its classic polo shirt silhouette that has been created with thread derived entirely from recycled plastic bottles and dyed in a process that uses no water.
“Ralph Lauren will commit to removing at least 170 million bottles from landfills and oceans by 2025,” said David Lauren, chief innovation officer of the company. “Plastic waste is a major issue threatening the environment — we want to be part of the solution and utilize an innovative approach to create something valuable.”
The Earth Polo, which is made from an average of 12 plastic bottles, was produced in partnership with First Mile, an organization that focuses on sustainability and positive social impact. The nonprofit works with entrepreneurs in low-income communities to collect recyclable plastic bottles, which are then processed and turned into high-quality yarn and later, fabric.
Lauren likened the product to an Impossible Burger, a popular nonmeat patty that has the texture of actual hamburger, adding that the shirt “feels like a regular polo shirt” and adheres to the company’s high-quality and craftsmanship requirements.
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Ones to Watch: Jeu Illimité Launches Denim

Since 2012, Jessie Andrews has launched four Insta-famous brands across a variety of categories including jewelry (Bagatiba), swimwear (Basic Swim), skin care (Petiue) and ready-to-wear (Jeu Illimité). Today, Andrews expands her empire with the launch of denim for Jeu Illimité, offering two vintage-inspired, high-waisted jeans made from deadstock denim.
While Andrews does not have any “formal training” in design, she described her interest in fashion stemming from her days as a model, most notoriously for her days at American Apparel, but also recently having walked Roberta Einer’s fall and spring 2019 London shows. The designer’s background has included wearing a multitude of hats in front of and behind the camera, but her primary focus now is sustainably focused designer and chief executive officer.
“No formal training,” she remarked over the phone. “I kind of love that because I think of Virgil [Abloh]. He didn’t have formal fashion training, he came from architecture. If you care about something, it’s almost more important having passion about fashion than learning all the tedious training.…I learn so much about washing fabric, more than I’ve probably ever learned. I’m having real-life experience with this. Learning and having mistakes.…I’m literally at my knitter right now picking up sweaters.”
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Converse Turns Its Attention to Basketball Market

Converse is determined to regain its prime position in the basketball market.
In an event in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon, the brand unveiled the All Star Pro BB, a performance basketball shoe that is intended to highlight the company’s return to the sport it helped pioneer more than a century ago.
In 1917, Converse introduced the Non-Skid, the first athletic sneaker specifically engineered for basketball, a new sport that was starting to gain traction in the United States. In 1922, a basketball player who joined Converse as a salesman would host the first basketball clinic in North Carolina. His name was Chuck Taylor.
The Converse All Star sneaker — a later iteration of the Non-Skid — soon became synonymous with the sport. Taylor’s name was added to the model in 1934.
Since that time, the Chuck Taylor, as it is now known, has become a signature of the street and skate communities. It remains the brand’s biggest selling footwear model.
Converse, which is owned by Nike, used the Chuck Taylor’s signature features — minimal construction and performance details such as toe bumpers, ankle patches and peg top uppers — to inform the All Star Pro BB.
The shoe was developed by Converse’s design team along with

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Designers, Gilhart Talk Circular Economy at The RealReal

There was a packed house for Monday’s “Real Fashion With Julie Gilhart” event as 180 people filled The RealReal’s Wooster Street store in Manhattan’s SoHo. The fashion industry-centric crowd came to hear a discussion about the social and ethical implications of sustainability with Public School designers Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow, and Carmen Gama, Renew designer for Eileen Fisher, which was led by Gilhart, founder of Julie Gilhart Consulting and a former fashion director of Barneys New York.
“You’re more socially responsible and transparent,” Gilhart said to Maxwell and Chow. “What happened?”
“I remember we were doing eight to 10 collections for DKNY,” said Maxwell, who with Chow in 2015, was hired as a co-creative director of the brand under LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. The designers exited when DKNY in 2017 was sold to G-III. “We were designing so much product, just to fill a line plan or accounts. We said, ‘What are we doing all this for?’”
Gilhart recalled that Osborne and Chow had gone to the 2017 Copenhagen Fashion Summit, and the designers described feeling a sense of epiphany after hearing Eileen Fisher speak.
“I have this responsibility to think about what I do for my children’s generation,” Chow said. “It

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44 Met Gala Red Carpet Looks You Forgot Happened

Seventy-one years of the Met Gala have produced some of the most iconic red carpet fashion moments of all time. Think: Rihanna in that yellow Guo Pei cape with its endless fur-lined train back in 2015. Some Met Gala looks, however, haven’t quite stuck in the cultural lexicon.
Ahead of this year’s “Camp: Notes on Fashion” — which will surely usher in a meme-worthy fashion parade that’ll have social media buzzing — WWD is taking a look back at some Met Gala red carpet fashion moments you probably forgot even happened.
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Take for instance, Chloë Sevigny’s casual brown jacket paired with a beige midi skirt for the “In Style: Celebrating 50 Years of the Costume Institute” exhibit in 1998. Granted, Sevigny has sported this look in the earlier days of the Met Gala, when there was no physical red carpet and the event itself was less of a media spectacle.
In 2005, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen made their Met Gala debut in romantic looks that are a stark difference form the cerebral looks we see the CFDA Award-winning designers wear today.

Chloë Sevigny at the Met Gala in 1998. 
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Galeries Lafayette Donates 1 Million Euros to Paris Firefighters

PARIS — Joining the ranks of wealthy French families moved by the Notre-Dame cathedral fire to donate money this week, Galeries Lafayette and the Moulin-Houzé family said they will give one million euros to Paris firefighters.
In a statement, the family said the donation reflected the group’s “profound respect for the remarkable daily commitment of the Paris firefighters.”
The group noted it has a longstanding relationship with firefighters in Paris with a fire brigade set up in its Haussmann flagship since 1924. The store currently has 40 firefighters to ensure the safety of the 37 million annual visitors to the store, it said.
The cathedral fire has prompted an outpouring of support from around the world, and hefty contributions from some of France’s wealthiest families, including the Arnaults of the LVMH empire, the Kering group’s Pinault family and the Bettencourt-Meyers of the L’Oréal fortune.
Adding to offers of help from abroad, Apple chief executive Tim Cook took to Twitter Wednesday to pledge assistance in rebuilding the cathedral.
“Apple will be donating to the rebuilding efforts to help restore Notre Dame’s precious heritage for future generations,” he said, without specifying an amount.

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Ippolita Teams With Brooklyn Museum on Artist Editions

Jewelry designer Ippolita Rostagno is exploring her artistic roots, teaming with the Brooklyn Museum on a line of artist charms.
The collection, issued this week, is a fund-raising initiative for the New York institution — which last night marked its annual Artists Ball gala.
The limited-edition charms will see a new collaborator for each edition. Rostagno’s first partner is sculptor and performance artist Nick Cave, known for his “sound suits” and dance performances.
There are two charm designs, the first crafted of 18-karat rose-gold and pink sapphires, priced at $5,000, and the other of sterling silver and pink gemstones, priced at $400. They will be available for sale at the Brooklyn Museum’s store as well as through Ippolita’s e-commerce site and select retail partners.
“I’m thrilled to partner with the Brooklyn Museum and this year’s celebrated artist Nick Cave. As a formally trained sculptor, supporting New York’s artist community has been an important aspect of my personal and professional endeavors,” Rostagno said of the project. Future artist collaborators are set to be named.

Ippolita x Nick Cave 
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