Catwalk to workforce: graduate fashion week gets practical

This year’s event aims to prepare young people for work in the industry with advice on job interviews and business plansWith graduate fashion week opening in London on Sunday, expect the usual front-page grabbing designs – voluminous neon trousers, fur gimp masks and tents worn as dresses – from the latest generation of young talent. […]
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How to get started – and survive – in the fashion industry: Q&A roundup

Last week a panel of experts answered questions about starting up a fashion business. Here are the highlightsLisa Keir is brand communications manager at Cruise, a luxury designer clothes retailerHow to get your name out there: Paid advertising and affiliates can be effective but when you are starting off and have a limited budget you […]
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The founders of Plümo offer their tips for your summer wardrobe

Esther and Verena Roth, founders of Plümo, tell us what’s making stylish online shoppers click this summerFor the Roth sisters, an open-minded approach to is key. Esther is the business brain behind Plümo, the brand she set up 15 years ago and where she was joined seven years later by her younger sister, Verena, who […]
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The womenswear buyer of Asos offers her tips for your summer wardrobe

Emma Fox, womenswear buying director of Asos, selects her must-have buys for summerTake a good look at the jeans Emma Fox is wearing. What you see before you is the shape of things to come: the boyfriend jean. “The skinny jean is still the best performer, but our Asos boyfriend style, the Brady, is doing […]
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Death in Bangladesh is too high a price for quick-fix fashion | Rosalind Jana

I love fashion but I try to buy fewer well-made clothes produced under fair wages. No one should have to suffer for our styleI cried when I saw the photograph (warning: graphic content). Two people, one holding the other with eyes closed and skin dusted grey. A single, devastating moment in a disaster killing more […]
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Eight top fashion retailers fail to sign Bangladesh safety accord

The accord on building safety in Bangladesh has been signed by Primark, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Zara and Tesco At least eight of the UK’s leading fashion retailers had last night failed to put their names to a legally binding initiative to offer financial support for fire safety and building improvements in the wake of […]
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M&S’s sorbet coat and an on-trend kilt – perfect outfit for last-chance saloon

After years of falling clothes sales, new collection is make or break for M&S boss Marc BollandThe most significant detail on the first womenswear range overseen by Belinda Earl, the new style director at Marks & Spencer, isn’t the nod-to-Celine sorbet pink of the £85 coat that will hit stores in August, or the very-Victoria-Beckham […]
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Poor weather and economic gloom continue to dampen retail prices

Food and fashion retailers suffer as late spell of wintry weather in March and April added to economic pressuresA combination of poor weather, supermarket price wars and the continuing economic gloom has led to price tags in high street stores rising at their slowest rate in three and a half years, according to the British […]
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Fashion still doesn’t give a damn about the deaths of garment workers | Lucy Siegle

A campaign launched this week aims to ensure the tragedy is a tipping point for both the industry and consumersA week on, the Rana Plaza catastrophe in Bangladesh is now the deadliest catastrophe in the history of the garment industry, with the death toll exceeding 500. The gruesome accounts of rescuers cutting off limbs from […]
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Miss Vogue launches with more than pocket money in mind

Condé Nast publication reflects move by luxury brands to woo teenage market that has a spending power of £7bn a yearAn £890 handbag, the model of the moment, Cara Delevigne, and designer labels like Hermès and Valentino. This isn’t the contents of your regular glossy – it’s Miss Vogue, the magazine aimed at teenagers and […]
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