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Fashion History Lesson: The Truth Behind Chanel No. 5

Earlier this year, Chanel released a new scent: Chanel No. 5 L'Eau, which the brand describes as a "modern, fresh and vibrant embodiment of the now and forever scent," or "the No. 5 of today." The marketing campaign employs 17-year-old actress, model and social media "It" girl Lily-Rose Depp (daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis), whose waifish figure and doe eyes starkly contrast the mature sophistication that's often associated with the original No. 5. This intentional departure was reflected in Chanel's social media as they teased the full campaign. Clashes of images were selected to represent "modern paradoxes": disorder/order, masculine/feminine, unique/multiple, pure/artificial and perhaps the one mostly closely related to the story of Chanel, truth/lies. The tagline "the scent of...

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Six Fashion Careers of the Future

LONDON, United Kingdom — When it comes to working in the fashion industry, it might seem like there are only a few pathways in the business, such as becoming an editor, designer, buyer, stylist or photographer. But in reality, these functions represent a small portion of the overall industry. The fashion industry has significantly evolved over the last 10 years and emerging trends, such as the evolving store, changing consumer preferences, a heightened need for radical transparency and more, is shifting companies’ priorities and the roles they are hiring for. 1. 3D Printing Engineer For fashion designers, one of the most challenging aspects of the business is the manufacturing process. The adoption of 3D printing, however, would make manufacturing quicker, easier...

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How To Shop For Ethical Fashion

For those who want to vote with their dollars for a better world. If you're here, it probably means you've decided that how you spend is important when it comes to fashion. Maybe you read about the slave-like forced labor still happening in the industry, or perhaps scenes of unlivable pollution from the film "The True Cost" are lingering in your head. Either way, if you've committed to supporting only brands that are producing and sourcing ethically, good for you. Now comes the tricky part: figuring out which brands actually align with your values and deserve your support. Unfortunately, doing so isn't always as straightforward as we'd like it to be. But if you keep in mind that being a conscious consumer...

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Yes, Shopping Can Be Addictive

There's a reason that your New Year's budget is so hard to keep ... By now the notion of "retail therapy" has become a modern cliché. And yet it's the rare popular idea that is actually backed by scientific evidence. As usual, the brain chemical to credit or blame for our pleasure—in this case, the pleasure of shopping—is dopamine. The neurotransmitter surges when you're considering buying something new—anticipating a reward, in other words. Sales, by the way, give us an even harder kick. "We're constantly comparing what we expect with what we actually perceive," says Columbia University professor of neurobiology David Sulzer. So when an unforeseen benefit enters our cognitive field—30 percent off!—the dopamine really spikes. The biological point isn't...

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Fur Fashion Boom Faces a Growing Backlash

As some question the ethics of the fur trade, fur will be doubtless a staple in the current season, beginning with the Men's Fashion Week in London on January 6. Jan Tomes explores the practices and the issues at stake.   In the fashion weeks ahead in London, Paris, New York, Milan and elsewhere, there's certain to be a lot of fur. Animal skins are a $40 billion annual business employing almost one million people worldwide.  In Milan's high fashion Solari street, luxury giant Fendi is showcasing its latest collection, complete with signature fur flourishes. Models stand slack with cigarettes and iPhones in hand, snapping cool pictures with fans while waiting to have their hair and makeup done before the show.  Meanwhile, a...

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