Donna Karan Critiques the Talent and Talks Sustainability at Parsons MFA ‘Generation 7’ Show

NEW YORK — A strapless dress billowing with what looked like five giant one-dollar bills and clasped on the side with what looked like a silver clip was one of the many unexpected looks at the Parsons MFA “Generation 7” show Friday morning.
Barely there mesh cutout bodywear, men’s black leather shorts and blazer and a circus-like swing dress printed with smartphone-wielding hands were among the styles that were paraded down the runway at Spring Place. Parsons alumna Donna Karan, who initiated the MFA program in 2010, sailed into the crowd after a well-meaning greeter asked her for her seating assignment.
The designer was joined in the front row by Parsons’ Joel Towers and Kay Unger, as well as Kering’s Laurent Claquin, Simon Collins and Julie Gilhart. The 30-minute show featured designs by Rui Zhou, Limeng Ye, Irina Wang, Jimin Kim, Saya Zalel, Floyd Hogan, Max Cui, Yang Liu, Kota Okudo, Amy Crookes, Shie Lyu, Wrong Xiao, Stephanie Frig, Venice W. and Annaliese Griffith-Jones.
They earned high marks from Karan, especially for the sustainability factor. “Everything was made from scratch — every fabric, every bead, every design. For these guys to do that is extraordinary. Usually, you see things like that on the

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Norway’s $1 trillion fund to beef up scrutiny of sustainability, ocean pollution

Norway’s $ 1 trillion sovereign wealth fund will demand that companies in which it invests follow stricter guidelines on global sustainability and strengthen efforts to combat plastic pollution of the oceans, it said on Wednesday.

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Global Fashion Agenda and IFM Join Forces to Advance Sustainability in Fashion

PARIS — Denmark and France are aligning their efforts on the sustainability in fashion front.
Copenhagen-based Global Fashion Agenda and Paris fashion school, Institut Français de la Mode, or the IFM, on Wednesday signed a memorandum outlining their commitment to establishing more partnership agreements to accelerate initiatives in the field. 
The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding took place at the opening of the Economic Forum, with as its backdrop French President Emmanuel Macron’s state visit to Denmark. Present at the event were French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire; Dominique Jacomet, dean of the IFM; and Pascal Morand, executive president of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode.
“Confronting those global challenges requires a united effort,” said Eva Kruse, chief executive officer of Global Fashion Agenda, a leadership forum on fashion sustainability which organizes the annual Copenhagen Fashion Summit as well as the yearly industry report, Pulse of the Fashion Industry. “The French fashion industry is one of the world’s most powerful and influential, which is why we already work closely with sustainability pioneer and leading French luxury group Kering, but signing this MoU is vital to accomplishing broader changes in French fashion companies and to creating concrete initiatives to educate and guide industry

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Walmart tried to make sustainability affordable. Here’s what happened

Most corporate efforts to become more sustainable rest on the idea that consumers will pay more, but that doesn't work for most of Walmart's consumer base, two professors discuss a sustainable Walmart in The Conversation. 


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