On Air: Colorado's Best & Breast Cancer Awareness

October is here, which means it’s the month in which we talk about Breast Cancer. On the one hand, it’s great to remind women the importance of being proactive with their health by getting annual mammograms and breast exams, while also honoring those women who’ve survived this horrible disease (my mother included – congratulations mom on reaching the 20-year mark!). On the other hand, the stark statistic that one in eight women will have breast cancer during their lifetime is still way too high. This morning, I was on Colorado’s Best chatting with hosts Paula Haddock and Joana Canals about how anyone can help raise money to aid further research and also assist survivors in this fight by being a conscientious consumer. Here's my roundup of products that give back a percentage of proceeds to an official breast cancer organization:

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Industry Issues: The Fashion Supermarket & Spring 2018

I’m still in the process of checking out online the Paris Spring 2018 shows (to see my top picks for all four fashion weeks, please click here). Although I miss seeing the shows in person – it’s always helpful to see a designer’s full vision for his or her collection in context – I have to admit that I prefer showroom appointments. They’re more intimate; you can see clothing and accessory details not visible on the runway, plus you usually get an interesting backstory on the collection or even an individual piece.

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In The Words Of: Olivier Zahm

As someone who works heavily in print media, I love hearing publishers and editors talk about what makes magazines relevant still. This is one of the best quotes I've read recently:

"For me, the Internet is the opposite of memory; the Internet is amnesia, it’s about today and tomorrow is another day. Printed issues are about recording time, leaving a trace and making it relevant. - Olivier Zahm, WWD

15 Minutes With: Kirsten Kjaer Weis

My introduction to NYC-based makeup artist Kirsten Kjaer Weis’s self-named makeup line was back in mid-2015. That’s when Aillea owner Kathryn Murray showed it to me in her newly opened boutique in downtown Denver. I was over the moon about the product: I thought the packaging was gorgeous (more on that below), the pink and apricot blush tones were beautiful, and the foundation felt amazing on your face. Last year, I told Kathryn that if Kirsten ever wanted to do an event in town, I would be happy to host it for her.

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Industry Issues: Why Are Fragrance Ads So Bad?

Vice gave me a good laugh the other morning reading Marianne Eloise's article "Why Are Perfume Adverts Always So Terrible?" So true. Most of them are really silly, and it was amusing to read an entire article - complete with comments from advertising pros - dedicated to pointing that out. For the record, my favorite perfume commercial is this one from Chanel, directed by Luc Besson (although I could just be biased, since I worked there at the time).

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Industry Issues: Fraud Stylists Are Still Working In The Fashion Industry

Late last night, I read the sad headline from Dazed regarding a fraud stylist on the loose. Now, several designers - many of them smaller houses - have lost several thousand dollars worth of samples. The most depressing part of this story? It's nothing new. It comes around every few years, maybe because people become too trusting (a rather disheartening thought) or are too desperate to get into the pages of a major title.

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In The Words Of: Raf Simons

“Everyone is paying attention to the wrong thing in my opinion. There’s this huge debate about ‘Oh my God, should we sell the garments the day after the show or three days after the show or should we tweet it in this way or Instagram it in that way?’… You know, all that is kind of bullshit. Will all that stuff still be relevant 30 years from now? I don’t think so. What we should ask is will we have enough creative people who are strong enough and willing to do what is necessary right now to follow that madhouse. Lots of people are starting to question it. My generation especially is shifting now… like me and Phoebe [Philo], Nicolas [Ghesquière] and Marc [Jacobs]. We’ve been around for 20 or more years. We know what fashion was and where it’s heading to. Now it’s a question of what we are willing to do and how we are going to do it.”

-Raf Simons, The Telegraph

In The Words Of: Cathy Horn

Fall 2016 NYFW has come to a close. Although the season has been full of new clothes, it feels like the last several seasons: More of the same looks, trends and key pieces. As Cathy Horn asks, who will lead American fashion:

"It sometimes seems, in fact, that the industry has splintered into three completely separate businesses — the celebrity lines, the trendy-casual stuff that consumes most of the space (and slowly kills you with its banality), and the elite brands like Oscar de la Renta. There’s no real leader, though, in American fashion. We have stars, bona fide talent (Narciso Rodriguez) and conceptual playmakers (thank you, Marc Jacobs), but what we desperately need is someone who can challenge and ignite the whole industry. Raise the bar, because it’s pretty low right now."

- Cathy Horn, The Cut

Industry Issues: How To Fix The Fashion System

This round table chat between editor Tim Blanks, designer Erdem Moralioglu, blogger Susanna Lau, publicist Daniel Marks and editor JJ Martin was first published on Business Of Fashion's site this past Monday. There are many interesting fashion industry insights, but this excerpt regarding advertising and print media has to be one of the best. It just reinforces the reason why many major fashion magazines and designer brands look the same - and echoes the feelings of Tomas Maier in an earlier post (check out that one from December 18):

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In The Words Of: Tomas Maier on Advertising

When I ask why he (Maier) began collaborating with artists and photographers for his advertising campaigns, he simply states: “Because I had the opportunity. I like photography, and there are a lot of different photographers that I like. I've looked at advertising, for 20 years, and everyone uses the same five people in this industry…”

- Alexander Fury, Independent

Industry Issues: The Broken Runway Show Schedule

Vogue UK reported yesterday in an online post that CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg has hired a consulting firm to help "reboot" the NYFW shows. Finally. The system has been broken for a number of seasons now. In fact, the shows have become so out of sync with consumer needs and more and more of a circus for press, I haven't even attended them in years (give me a showroom appointment over a show any day; I want to see the clothing and accessories up close - not seated in the middle of five rows of people, where I can't even see half the outfit coming down the runway).

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