FAREWELL TO AN­OTHER FASH­ION MONTH

Bangor Mail - - Fashion - JOANNE watkin­son

HOW­EVER in­cred­i­ble the clothes, quite of­ten, fash­ion month passes un­event­fully. Things that were once seen as a spec­ta­cle, such as the en­tire Beck­ham clan sit­ting front row along­side Anna Win­tour at Vic­to­ria’s show, are now com­mon place.

Fash­ion PRs have to work that bit harder to come up with a stunt that makes their show front page news.

In Paris a run­way gate­crasher at Chanel had to be marched off by model Gigi Ha­did.

In Lon­don, in the ab­sence of HRH The Queen on his front row this year, Richard Quinn went for the cute fac­tor with a gag­gle of adorable five-year-olds dressed as duck­lings com­plete with feath­ered head­dresses.

The prize this sea­son (SS20 in fash­ion speak) has to go to Mi­lan, or should I say Jen­nifer Lopez wear­ing Ver­sace in Mi­lan. Two decades ago, the Gram­mynom­i­nated artist broke the in­ter­net when she ap­peared in a plunge to the navel jun­gle green dress by Ver­sace at the awards show.

The 2019 ver­sion of that Grammy dress, worn by the now 50-year-old Lopez, wasn’t given many tweaks – in fact the new one showed even more leg!

JLo, mother of twins, with her toned and strong-look­ing body and age-de­fy­ing boobs walked with the con­fi­dent strut of a wo­man who knew she looked in­cred­i­ble.

Off the catwalk, en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivists from Ex­tinc­tion Re­bel­lion staged a non-vi­o­lent protest in Lon­don about the im­pact fast fash­ion has on cli­mate change.

Cli­mate change is real and we need to act to save our planet but there were le­git­i­mate ques­tions raised about the role of fast fash­ion at Fash­ion Week. The sched­uled shows are by de­sign­ers who spend hours cre­at­ing gar­ments that sell for hun­dreds of­ten thou­sands of pounds, and are un­likely to ever end up in land­fill. The British Fash­ion Coun­cil has com­mit­ted to fo­cus­ing on sus­tain­abil­ity and many brands are util­is­ing dead stock.

Maybe the ac­tivists should fo­cus some heat on the pur­vey­ors of fast fash­ion who cre­ate clothes so cheap they can be worn only once? Maybe.

Jen­nifer Lopez with Donatella Ver­sace

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