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Mother of Pearl Takes Charge of Sustainability Conversation at London Fashion Week

LONDON — Mother of Pearl creative director Amy Powney wants to see the fashion industry modernize itself, and is taking the lead in a heated industry conversation: Sustainability.
For more than four years she has been working towards making every step of the Mother of Pearl supply chain more sustainable, from ensuring that cotton suppliers do not use pesticides during the farming process, to keeping production local in a bid to reduce a garment’s carbon footprint.
Powney is now ready to start sharing some of her findings with the rest of the industry, starting with a panel discussion to be held Saturday in association with the British Fashion Council, and broadcast by BBC Earth.
“All of the work that we have been doing around sustainability is not just about changing our own brand, it’s about helping or inspiring others to change theirs, too. Mother of Pearl is a drop in the ocean. Our brand alone can’t change the way the industry operates, but if we all come together then we can have a bigger impact,” said Powney.
Her ultimate goal is to achieve a gold standard for production, having taken a “360-degree view” around sustainability.
“When you use the term ‘sustainability,’ I don’t think you

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Deborah Lyons Kicks Off London Fashion Week With Jazz Night

COMING HOME: Deborah Lyons loves keeping her audience entertained.
For the debut of her new fall 2019 collection, she took over London’s Burlington Arcade on the eve of London Fashion Week — which also happened to be Valentine’s Day — dressed it up with myriad red roses and invited guests and their loved ones for a jazz night.
There were drinks, chocolate treats and a live jazz performance, with the band and singers sporting Lyons’ new fall 2019 pieces, which channeled a tougher, more confident mood, with a darker color palette and a strong focus on the brand’s signature silhouettes.
Some of the highlights included plaid tailored blazers and matching slim pants, body-hugging jumpsuits and a dramatic maxidress appliquéd with red roses all over.
This was the first time Lyons showed on home turf, after taking her show on the road and hosting her debut presentation aboard a Eurostar carriage last September.
“We wanted to do something more intimate and local this time, that brought together our immediate community. Also it’s a nice way to lead into London Fashion Week,” Lyons said.
Her aim with choosing off-schedule slots and alternative presentation formats remains the same: Cutting through the fashion week noise and getting the right audience

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They Are Wearing: Frieze L.A.

The New York backlot at Paramount Studios was crawling with Los Angeles gallery-goers on Thursday when the inaugural Frieze L.A. art fair opened with 70 booths in a Kulapat Yantrasast-designed tent, a temporary Matchesfashion.com town house, a re-creation of the infamous club Max’s Kansas City and more. Hopes for the perfect SoCal winter day were dashed by rain, which left visitors to brave the elements in oversize trenchcoats, iridescent or punk rock jackets and allover print suits worthy of an artist’s canvas. Bold strokes of red made a lasting impression, as did Gucci belt bags — but the ultimate accessory was an umbrella.
 

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Gucci Launches Initiatives to Foster Cultural Diversity and Awareness

MILAN — Gucci is making good on its promise — and acting quickly.
The Italian luxury company revealed Friday the first four long-term initiatives to achieve cultural diversity and awareness throughout its organization and activities globally, following accusations last week that a Gucci balaclava-style sweater evoked blackface. 
The first four initiatives are:
• Hiring global and regional directors for diversity and inclusion;
• Setting up a multicultural design scholarship program;
• Launching a diversity and inclusivity awareness program;
• Launching a global exchange program.
Gucci is pledging to hire diverse talent within key functions and leadership positions of the group, including the design office, and will invest in educating all of its 18,000 employees around the world “to achieve a much higher level of global cultural awareness.”
President and chief executive officer Marco Bizzarri said Gucci accepted “full accountability for this incident, which has clearly exposed shortfalls in our ongoing strategic approach to embedding diversity and inclusion in both our organization and in our activities.”
In an interview with WWD earlier this week, Bizzarri pointed to “ignorance of this matter. Certainly, it was not intentional but this is not an excuse.”
A “thorough review of the circumstances that led to this” followed, said Bizzarri on Friday, explaining that he had

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How a Smaller Underwear and Sock Brand Breaks Through

Brothers David and Mike Appel thought they could fill a white space in the men’s and women’s underwear and sock category when they launched Related Garments in 2015, which sold matching socks and underwear packaged together.
But David said since competitors have copied the concept, Related Garments, which has collaborated with Baja East and Luka Sabbat on capsules, is having to pivot in order to stand out.
“Our shift has been in letting customers choose what they want and give them more options,” said Appel. “I don’t have the same marketing budget as Calvin Klein, so we’ve been really trying to figure out how you compete with brands that are spending that much money.”
Related Garments now allows customers to purchase socks and underwear à la carte, but it is also introducing new categories over the course of the year. First up is R-Squared, a line of ath-leisure dress socks and underwear that can be worn to the office and the gym. They are made with fabrics featuring anti-odor and Coolmax properties and include extra cushioning for toes and heels. The underwear is made from a nylon spandex blend that David said looks like designer underwear but is still suitable for working out.

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Re:la Straddles Art, Fashion With Its Frieze Los Angeles Pop-up

ART PROJECT: A contemporary art fair in Los Angeles seemed just the right place for a line that fancies itself more a statement about the city than a fashion label to make its pop-up debut.
Re:la (shorthand for Regarding Los Angeles) launched its second collection and its first pop-up at the Frieze Los Angeles art fair, which is taking place in the city beginning Friday and running through the weekend. It’s the first time the fair is being held on the West Coast and it has pulled in a number of other fashion participants throughout the greater Los Angeles area, including Maxfield, Rimowa and the artist Alex Israel and Matchesfashion.com.
“We’re so excited to be here,” said Katherine Ross, who started re:la with Angelique Soave about a year ago. “We feel the people coming to Frieze are our perfect audience, so we’re going to see what does well.”
The company currently sells through its online shop and has also worked with a handful of retailers, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Le Bon Marché. The label made a name for itself when it began selling last January a collection of T-shirts, sweatshirts, varsity jackets and leather accessories that provided the

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