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Feel-Good Fashion Headlines from the Week of May 13

Sustainable and ethical fashion news worth celebrating this week.

With Fenty, Rihanna Becomes the First Woman of Color to Launch a Label at LVMH

The pop star is the first woman of color to have a label under LVMH, and the first woman to start an original brand for the world’s largest luxury group. The Paris-based Fenty line will launch ready-to-wear clothing, shoes and accessories later this year. For centuries, luxury fashion has reflected a lifestyle enjoyed by very few people. “So, by nature it wasn’t in a market that was designed for everyday people of color to participate in it ,” says Tanisha Ford, an associate professor of Africana studies at the University of Delaware. That’s about to change. (via KQED)

Hong Kong-based Sustainable Design Awards Featured on CNBC

ReDress, the Hong Kong-based charity working to reduce fashion waste, was recently featured in a video profile on CNBC news. Through the Redress Design Award, ReDress founder Christina Dean and her cohorts support emerging fashion designers in their journey into sustainable success. The ten finalists now have just 11 weeks to bring their concepts to life before presenting their collections in Hong Kong later this year. (via Yahoo!)

Reformation launches sustainable summer shoe collection

Footwear represents about a fifth of the total environmental impact from the apparel industry, and nearly a forth of the climate impact of fashion, according to this story in People magazine. To combat the footwear industry’s bad environmental wrap, Reformation brand has launched its first collection of shoes, summer-y sandals in vegetable-tanned leather and jute. (via People)

See sustainable looks from the Pratt Institute Fashion Show

Standouts from the annual student show included a number of collections inspired by sustainable design. El Quesada used eco-friendly faux leather materials made from pineapples, called Piñatex, in updates of traditional Filipino silhouettes, while Alanna Josephine Beneroff embraced upcycling for her pieces, and incorporated found items from her childhood home, including a sweater lined in old Capri Sun pouches. (via The Cut)

Author Elizabeth L. Cline Explains Fast Fashion on “The Brian Lehrer Show”

TNFI advisory board member and The Conscious Closet author Elizabeth L. Cline was inited on the WNYC show to explain fast fashion and the rising environmental toll of disposable clothing consumption. (via WNYC)

PVH Sets Ambitious Sustainability Goals

PVH, the parent company behind Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, has launched a new Fashion Forward initiative that focuses on eliminating carbon emissions by using more renewable energy sources, hopes to cut waste to zero by avoiding landfill solutions and to eliminate the use of hazardous chemicals in manufacturing its products. (via Yahoo News)

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