COVID-19 Is Turning The Fashion Industry On Its Head : NPR

The pandemic has major repercussions for the world of fashion. That could be a good thing because fast fashion can be ecologically devastating.



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Fashion is being transformed by the pandemic. NPR’s Eleanor Beardsley says the proof was on display at Paris Fashion Week.

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ELEANOR BEARDSLEY, BYLINE: Models strutted not on a catwalk but along the Seine River in this virtual show from designer Ami. Not a buyer in sight – they’re all watching online. Viewing collections by appointment only was another way social interaction was kept to a minimum during Paris Fashion Week. Journalist Jessica Michault says the pandemic has prompted the industry to reexamine itself.

JESSICA MICHAULT: We’re talking about seasons. We’re talking about sales. We’re talking about cycles of fashion. Does it make sense to even be doing what we’re doing the way we’re doing it?

BEARDSLEY: Author and former model Dana

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‘We Must Keep On’ : NPR

Models walk the runway during the Chanel Womenswear Spring/Summer 2021 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on Oct. 06, 2020.

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Models walk the runway during the Chanel Womenswear Spring/Summer 2021 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on Oct. 06, 2020.

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New York, London, Milan and Paris have all hosted fashion weeks this fall — even if much of the world was too preoccupied to notice. The fashion industry is reeling; marketing budgets have been slashed, fashion magazines are thinner. Paris is facing a coronavirus spike and there’s a possible lockdown looming — but Paris Fashion Week went on, with collections that exuded hope for an industry uncertain of its own path.

At a time when the relevance of bespoke clothing, haute couture and luxury ready-to-wear is in question, fashion designer Andrew Gn

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Netflix’s ‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’ Is Less Scary, More Satisfying : NPR

What’s creepier: The kid (Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) or the high-waisted jeans on the au pair (Victoria Pedretti)? The Haunting of Bly Manor makes a case for both.

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What’s creepier: The kid (Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) or the high-waisted jeans on the au pair (Victoria Pedretti)? The Haunting of Bly Manor makes a case for both.

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Netflix’s 2018 series The Haunting of Hill House was a gorgeous ghostly journey that arrived at a too-tidy destination. Based loosely on the Shirley Jackson novel, it chronicled the way violence leaves a hole in the world, and how trauma lingers, shaping memories and sundering families.

It uh … it was a lot more fun than that sounds, though.

Filled with strong performances and unsettling images both overt (every episode came factory-installed with a jump scare) and subtle (showrunner Mike Flanagan packed the shadows in many

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The Fashion Industry’s Racial Reckoning : Code Switch : NPR

Code Switch interviews senior critic-at-large Robin Givhan about the uptick in magazine covers featuring black women this September.

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Code Switch interviews senior critic-at-large Robin Givhan about the uptick in magazine covers featuring black women this September.

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If you’ve been looking at the fall fashion and lifestyle magazines that have been published over the past few weeks, you’ll notice that a lot of the covers feature Black people. That, says Robin Givhan — longtime fashion writer for the Washington Post and now a senior critic-at-large for the paper — is no coincidence.

The fashion world, like many industries and institutions, is experiencing a reckoning on race. Condé Nast, the 800-pound gorilla of lifestyle and luxury publishing, was shaken several months ago when Adam Rapoport, the editor of one of its flagship publications, Bon Appetit, stepped down after his staff accused him of racist

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At The La Maestra Competition, Women Conductors Are The Rule, Not The Exception : Deceptive Cadence : NPR

Chinese conductor Jiajing Lai performs in the first edition of La Maestra, an international competition for women conductors, held at the Philharmonie de Paris this September.

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Chinese conductor Jiajing Lai performs in the first edition of La Maestra, an international competition for women conductors, held at the Philharmonie de Paris this September.

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The world of orchestra conducting is still a mostly male-dominated field. In the United States, around 9% of major orchestras are directed by women. In Europe, it’s less than 6%.

Founders of La Maestra, a Paris-based organization, set out to change that by promoting the talent of budding female conductors in their very first competition, held in mid-September. Out of more than 200 applicants, 12 female conductors from across four continents competed for three top prizes, including cash, mentoring

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Multiple Demands Causing Women To Abandon Workforce : Coronavirus Live Updates : NPR

Last month, women left jobs at four times the rate that men did. A new school year with children staying home instead of returning to classrooms in person led many women to drop out of the workforce.

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Last month, women left jobs at four times the rate that men did. A new school year with children staying home instead of returning to classrooms in person led many women to drop out of the workforce.

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Here’s a stunning stat: Women are leaving the workforce at four times the rate as men.

The burden of parenting and running a household while also working a job during the pandemic has created a pressure cooker environment in many households, and women are bearing the brunt of it.

It has come to a head as a new school year starts with many

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Companies Need To ‘Lean In’ As Pandemic Threatens Women’s Progress : NPR

The pandemic is eroding progress made by women in the workplace, a new report by Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In foundation finds.

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The pandemic is eroding progress made by women in the workplace, a new report by Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In foundation finds.

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As a champion for women “leaning in” at work, Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer at Facebook, is worried.

The coronavirus pandemic, and related issues like lack of childcare and school, are taking a disproportionately heavy toll on working women, with effects that will be felt for years to come, according to a new report from Sandberg’s Lean In foundation and McKinsey & Company.

The sixth annual Women In The Workplace report found that 1 in 4 women are considering scaling back

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World Reacts To Presidential Debate : NPR

The French weekly Le Point displays a photo of President Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden under a headline reading “America on a volcano (and us too)” in Paris, on Wednesday.

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The French weekly Le Point displays a photo of President Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden under a headline reading “America on a volcano (and us too)” in Paris, on Wednesday.

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The world was watching the U.S. presidential debate on Tuesday night, and what they saw was not pretty.

A “national humiliation,” said the Guardian in the U.K. “Cacophonique,” the Franceinfo news organization opined. The German public broadcaster DW assessed things far more bluntly. And Israel’s leading TV anchor tweeted “condolences to America,” writing, “It is hard to stoop lower than this.”

Global reaction to the debate between President Trump and Democratic challenger Joe

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Live Updates: Protests For Racial Justice : NPR

A memorial to Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind outside the apartment where Greywind lived with her parents in Fargo, N.D., pictured in 2017. Savanna’s Act requires the Department of Justice to strengthen training, coordination and data collection in cases of murdered or missing Native Americans.

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A memorial to Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind outside the apartment where Greywind lived with her parents in Fargo, N.D., pictured in 2017. Savanna’s Act requires the Department of Justice to strengthen training, coordination and data collection in cases of murdered or missing Native Americans.

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Last week, the House passed Savanna’s Act, a bill that requires the Department of Justice to strengthen training, coordination, data collection and other guidelines related to cases of murdered or missing Native Americans. It aims to address the alarming number of cases involving Native women.

Former North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp first introduced the bill in

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