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International Herald Tribune Writer Suzy Menkes View on Fast Fashion, Sustainability, and Luxury

Suzy Menkes on Fast Fashion, Sustainability, and Luxury

No doubt, we live in a nonstop world where some people claim that in fashion, one day you're in and the next day you're out. What do you think? When AAU's Gladys Perint Palmer touched the topic of longevity in the fashion industry with Suzy Menkes in San Francisco, we were pleasantly surprised to hear speak so passionately about sustainability, fast fashion, and luxury. When asked how she felt about fast fashion, Menkes stated, "Fast fashion has become too fast, too violent," explaining that people are buying disposable clothes not realizing the impact it has on our environment.

This takes us to the topic of sustainability where Suzy disapprovingly says, "The food industry has beat the fashion industry in sustainability." However, she believes change for a more environmentally conscious fashion industry will happen, slowly but surely. In case you missed it, Suzy took action on that belief and participated at the Sustainable Luxury Conference in New Delhi in March. She also will be hosting a TechoFashion Summit in Berlin, November 2009, where she will be talking about the future of fashion.

When asked about the power of luxury, Menkes proudly proclaimed, "Luxury is a deep, important part of fashion," explaining there's something magical about putting on a garment and feeling an unexplainable sensation. We hear you, Suzy.

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Jen82 Jen82 8 years
I agree with the idea of it -- wasteful spending and waste of fabric and the environmental impact of fast fashion, however, I think that the argument also wreaks of classicism. Not everyone can afford to buy luxury, or even just mid-priced fashion. Some people have to shop at H&M, and they shouldn't feel bad about it because some rich people with less problems are telling them to.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I agree.
beautifulmel beautifulmel 8 years
What an excellent stand she's making!!! Clothes should look good, but not to the detriment of the environment or other countries' children.
lightpollution lightpollution 8 years
It is absolutely true. I often have to weigh my love of fashion against the ecological downfalls of it.
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