Fast fashion’s increasingly rapid trend cycles are driving major overconsumption

How social media is stoking the already raging flames of environmental issues in the fashion industry and what we are doing about it

Fast fashion has been a mainstay of popular culture for decades. From the fabulously wealthy to the wannabe millionaire with expensive taste, people rely on trendy clothing that’s accessible to all. But a recent increase in the rate at which we cycle through trends has sparked concern: particularly among the TikTok-loving, newly minted environmental advocates of the younger generation. 

Looking back, rising levels of globalization and offshore manufacturing in the ‘90s led to the development of unsustainable fast fashion as we know it today—a chic, flashy beast, fashioned from inhumane conditions and gargantuan contributions to greenhouse gas emissions. That being said, overconsumption is not an entirely modern issue. In fact, calls for sustainable fashion have been around since the flower power movement of the ‘60s, but the

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‘I have the fashions for you’

RICHMOND, Va. — You can label Tara Hall a fashionista from head to toe. And Bizarre Boutique, on E. Brookland Park Boulevard in Richmond, is a reflection of the business owner.

“I love this. This is my passion,” Hall said. “When you look good you feel good. When you look good you empower yourself.”

Hall doesn’t profit from making the most money she can. Her bottom line is all about helping people.

“I always want to save the world and make people happy. I can’t. But you know what I can do, Greg? I can do it through my passion,” Hall said. “I never want a woman to leave here without something she can’t afford.”

Tara Hall

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Tara Hall

For customers down on their luck, the VCU graduate offers gently used items for pennies on the dollar.

“I always wanted to be a blessing to people,” Hall said. “That is what

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Ella Emhoff Is Fashion’s Latest Breakout Star Thanks to an Eclectic Miu Miu Coat & Chunky Boots at the 2021 Inauguration

Among the many fashion statements made at the Capitol during yesterday’s inauguration ceremony, Vice President Kamala Harris’ stepdaughter, Ella Emhoff, was hands down one of the event’s breakout stars.

Dubbed by the Internet already as “the First Daughter of Bushwick” the 21-year-old design student’s eclectic style is a refreshing take in Washington’s otherwise conservative fashion landscape. Ella, who is the daughter of Kamala Harris’ husband Doug Emhoff from his previous marriage to ex-wife Kerstin Emhoff, wore a series of standout outfits during her visit to D.C. this week.

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On Tuesday, during a visit to the Lincoln Memorial, the Brooklyn-based textile designer wore a Thom Browne skirt suit and a double-breasted overcoat, complete with a blue oxford and a striped tie. For Wednesday, Emhoff opted for a crystal-embellished Miu Miu coat that was worn over a burgundy prairie dress designed by Batsheva Hay, a Jewish designer based

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The Improbable, Slightly Surreal, Plan to Save Fashion’s Printed Matter

The three men arrived at the front door of Steven Mark Klein’s sublet on the Lower East Side of Manhattan on June 29 in full personal protective equipment, ready to pack up his piles: the dusty Seussian towers of paper had grown up on every surface of the steel tables and shelves in the small apartment where he has lived for almost 40 years.

By the time the men left that evening, they had two tonnes of paper — enough boxes to fill an entire shipping container that would make its way slowly across the Atlantic to Oslo. There it would come to rest on the third floor of a 19th-century landmark building owned by the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, and sandwiched between its sprawling new gallery space, scheduled to open in 2021, and the Nobel Prize Museum. It would be unpacked and cataloged by a

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