I was on a plane traveling to Asia when I was flipping through the channels to see what to watch. I came across this CNBC documentary that was about J. Crew and I figured why the hell not…maybe it would put me to sleep. Turned out it was quite interesting and consequently no sleep for me.
Fast forward a few years; J. Crew has been making fashion headlines lately for all the wrong reasons: off target designs and declining quarterly sales. I decided to write this review because it details the inner workings of J. Crew and gives some insight into why J. Crew is having issues now. Onwards!
Rise, Fall, Rise Again
CNBC has a show called CNBC Originals (yes, I know, not very original) that delves into various topics from business profiles to various hot button issues. CNBC Originals decided to do a profile on Mickey Drexler and J. Crew in 2012 due to the phoenix-esque rise of J Crew. The piece was called J. Crew and the Man Who Dressed America.
What is boho? What is boho glam? Is it an actual trend or just fashionista babble? Hmmmmm…. Surprisingly this is a question I get quite often in my inbox. I think some of the challenge in defining these styles is that you have to see it to define it; not to mention there is a lot of crossover in the style. That being said, I am going to take a stab at it.
Boho derives from the term bohemian which was a word that was commonly used to describe people from Bohemia, a region of Europe which in turn became known for traveling wanderers (i.e. gypsies). The people from the region traditional garb would be colorful and bright. In later years, the fashion term was shortened to boho and was used to describe a hippie type of style: think the fashionable hippie who is free spirited and wears fringe skirts, layered flowing outfits, and warm colors. This is the styling you would see at Coachella. Since this needs to be visualized, here are some results from a quick Google image search for the term boho.
Before I jump into this movie review, I want to say that this movie was disturbing. I work in the fashion industry and this movie sheds light into the dark parts of the industry that are rarely spoken about. Since I do work closely with my supply chain, I travel quite a bit to Asia but even I didn’t know the extent of exploitation that is going on until I saw this film. That being said, I am going to try and leave the social commentary out and do a straight up review of this documentary. Onwards!
The True Cost (2015)
The True Cost is a 2015 documentary by up and coming director Andrew Morgan.
The film delves into the raw material sourcing and manufacturing within the fashion apparel industry to uncover the true cost of fashion. If you are not into documentaries this description may sound dry. However, let me just throw some eye popping numbers that came from the filmmaker:
- 1 out of 6 people in the entire world work in the fashion industry in some shape or form
- The fashion industry is the number 2 polluting industry (number 1 is oil)
- In the 1960s, 90% of the apparel was made in the USA; in 2015, less than 3% of the apparel is made in the USA with most being outsourced to developing countries
- As early as 20 years ago, fashion brands would buy for 2 seasons; now fashion brands buy for up to 52 “seasons”
If you are at all interested in fashion whether that is through wearing it, reporting on it, or working in the industry, you should definitely consider watching this movie.
Stephanie, Sandra, and Claudia rocking the statement necklaces on the red carpet.
The idea of 10PM Fashion was born in Medellin so Stephanie decided to officially launch it there. 10PM jewelry was the main attraction, but she also had a lot of other goodies on hand. This is the Straight Take and I’m a guest writer for 10PM Fashion. I attended the 10PM Fashion event and this is my take on the event!
10PM Fashion Cupcakes at Sinko Bar
The fashion event took place at Sinko Bar, a trendy lounge located in the hills of South Medellin with great vista views of the city. In attendance were celebrities ranging from TV hostess Vivi Osorio to an Internet sensation fitness instructor Marcela Rivas in addition to boutique owners and buyers from Exito. The guest of honor was Stephanie who wore a flowing white dress and the Oligarch Coin Statement Necklace. Andres Garzon, a renowned makeup artist and close friend of Stephanie’s, was the Master of Ceremonies. Statement Necklaces were the center piece of the night. Guests loved the big pieces that had dangling coins and fringe.