AMIDST the hustle and bustle of fashion week going on, the industry was deeply shocked at the news of Alexandra Schulman stepping down from her role as editor-in-chief of British Vogue. She has held the position for a quarter of the time the magazine has been alive, 25 years to be exact. She has announced that she will be leaving in June this year. Shulman began her career as a journalist working for Tatler and then wrote for publications including The Sunday Telegraph and GQ, where she became editor in 1990, before being appointed as editor-in-chief of British Vogue in 1992.
Her career at British Vogue will be remembered as a successful one. Under her watch, the monthly readership of the magazine saw a rise above a million. Notably, she also oversaw the publication’s centenary last year, which included a number of events including an exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery, a BBC documentary, and a centenary issue with Kate Middleton as the cover star. She announced: “It has been very hard to find a rational reason to leave what is unquestionably a fascinating and rewarding role but last autumn I realised that I very much wanted to experience a different life and look forward to a future separate to Vogue.” It’s clear someone has some very big designer shoes to fill.
High street retailer H&M have been advocating recycling in fashion, with their latest ‘bring it on’ campaign video on global garments. The video, directed by US filmmaker Crystal Moselle, is set to spark a worldwide movement to collect used clothes. They first launched their Garment Collecting ethos back in 2013 and it has already collected more than 32,000 tonnes of old clothes to be reused and recycled. H&M have estimated that 95 percent of clothing which is thrown away could have been re-worn or used to make other items. The ‘Bring It On’ video shows viewers what can be collected and how donated clothes are processed. Currently, this is happening in New Zealand, where old clothes can be dropped into any store where a partnering company I:CO collects them and sorts them categorically. “Hopefully, this video will cause the movement to start around the globe,” as H&M said in a statement, “we want to close the loop on fashion by giving customers an easy solution to hand in unwanted garments so they can be reused or recycled through H&M’s garment collecting initiative. By doing so less garments go to landfill.”
Frances Bean Cobain has been announced as Marc Jacob’s latest muse within his work as she is the latest face of the label. The daughter of legends Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love has been approached frequently by various labels for endorsements, however, she turned down every offer until longtime supporter Jacobs came along. She explained: “I don’t model unless I think the project is cool, and I don’t put my name behind something that I don’t genuinely believe in. I thought this collection was great, and I was flattered that Marc thought of me for this.” Cobain’s face is the first time in four years that a single face has represented the Marc Jacobs label. The ad is shot by David Sims and has a very organic feel, as Cobain explained: “The makeup was my own. We used the lipstick from right out of my purse and no one did anything to my hair. They just put me in the clothes.”
MPs have called for a ban on sexist dress codes, which discriminate against women in the workplace, as politicians have said that firms should be fined. They have demanded that ‘sexist and outdated’ dress codes for women at work should be made illegal. The Women and Equalities Committee called for better laws against discrimination of female employees and that companies should be fined for imposing sexist dress codes. This was sparked after Nicola Thorp, a London receptionist, was sent home from work last May for not wearing high heels. Her parliament petition calling for company high heel requirements to be illegal at work has got more than 150,000 signatures.