London Fashion Week In The Time Of Coronavirus

Dian S. Hicks

Looking back, it’s alarming to think we weren’t more alarmed. It was the afternoon of the 23rd of February and members of the fashion pack, in Milan for the A/W’20 shows, had retreated to Trattoria Torre di Pisa in the Brera district of the city. In the previous few days, cases of Covid-19 had been recorded in remote areas of northern Italy, but the city was still ‘open’ and brands continued to show. Italy wouldn’t go into formal lockdown for another fortnight.

Early that morning, Giorgio Armani had announced that he would be cancelling his live show, but other heavyweights, such as Hugo Boss and Dolce & Gabbana, persisted. The mood on the streets, and in the restaurant, was a little confused, but not panicked. At one quiet corner table, Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons dined with colleagues, likely discussing their next moves having just a few hours before

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Minneapolis city council pledges to defund police; editors at major papers step down; NYC lifts curfew

Dian S. Hicks

The Minneapolis City Council took a major step Sunday toward making radical changes in the city’s beleaguered police department, as a super majority publicly expressed support for disbanding the force.

Earlier Sunday, Mayor Bill de Blasio canceled New York’s curfew following a day when cities across the nation saw massive, peaceful demonstrations against racism and police brutality. 

“We are lifting the curfew, effective immediately,” de Blasio tweeted. “Yesterday and last night we saw the very best of our city.”

On Monday, Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who is charged with the second-degree murder of George Floyd, is scheduled to have his first court appearance. Chauvin has been in jail since his arrest on May 29.

Protests began after the Memorial Day death of Floyd, the African-American man who died after Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. The latest in a series of memorial services for

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35 Black-Owned Wellness Brands to Shop and Support

Dian S. Hicks

There is a lot of work to be done to support the Black community, stand up against racial injustices and police brutality, and educate and learn about the systemic racism and biases that infiltrate our communities (and ourselves). Some of that work involves protesting, donating, reading, listening, writing to government leaders, and talking to our own family and friends about racism. We at Who What Wear and THE/THIRTY are committed to putting in the work and learning so much more.

One other thing you can do to support the Black community now and always? Using your spending power to put your money, if you can, toward some amazing Black-owned businesses. This is especially important now, considering many of these businesses have been hit hardest financially by the COVID-19 pandemic (see a helpful graphic here).

To start, we’ve compiled a list of noteworthy Black-owned wellness brands and businesses below. This

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Digital Start-ups Offer Concrete Solutions to Fashion Industry

Dian S. Hicks

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In a moment defined by uncertainty, the search for innovative, efficient solutions seems to become more urgent than ever for fashion and luxury brands that want to safeguard and even grow their businesses during the global economic downturn caused by the coronavirus.

When it comes to finding practical solutions to problems, digital start-ups are increasingly appearing to be the right partners to help established, in many cases very traditional, companies  navigate the future.

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“In this period, I’ve really seen that brands are actively looking for digital solutions, which a few months ago would have found many difficulties to be considered by the market,” said Giusy Cannone, chief executive officer of Fashion Technology Accelerator. “Companies have finally understood the potential of digital solutions, which have become a priority. Before the crisis, the problem was not technological, but cultural.”

“The digital

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