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The Trouble With Johnny Depp
"Over the past 18 months, there has been little but bad news for Depp. In addition to the financial woes, there were reports he couldn't remember his lines and had to have them fed to him through an earpiece. He had split from his longtime lawyer and agent. And he was alone. His tabloid-scarred divorce from actress Heard is complete, but not before there were persuasive allegations of physical abuse that Depp vehemently denies. Depp's inner circle had begged him to not wed Heard or to at least obtain a prenup. Depp ignored his loved ones' advice. And there were whispers that Depp's recreational drug and alcohol use were crippling him."

via: Rolling Stone

In Defense of Virgil Abloh
"Virgil Abloh’s appointment as men’s artistic director of Louis Vuitton was a polarising choice, attracting charges like ‘he’s not a designer’ and ‘streetwear is a passing trend.’ Wrong and wrong, argues David Fischer of Highsnobiety."

via: Business of Fashion

The Ghosts of Lang and Margiela
"How Helmut Lang and Martin Margiela left a radical roadmap for Raf Simons, Demna Gvasalia and Phoebe Philo."

via: Business of Fashion

What Dries Van Noten And Missoni's Power Moves Mean For Fashion
"It’s easy to see why designers are lured into selling their businesses. Managing a brand as a designer can be difficult, especially when the livelihood of hundreds of employees is dependent on strong business leadership. There’s also the fact that fashion is obsessed with exponential growth, which can often be a Sisyphean task for designers to keep up with. For most fashion creatives, trained at art schools or in technical dressmaking, the pressures of commerce can be maddening. At worst, it can be fatal."

via: British Vogue

Nobody Knows What Luxury Is Anymore
"Luxury ain’t what it used to be. Blame the internet, the rise of on-demand services, and the shift in consumer values as younger generations become more important buyers of high-end goods—all are challenging traditional notions of what luxury is."

via: Quartz

Inside Nike’s Mission to Change the Future of Our Planet
"Sustainability may not be the most exciting word. It is, however, a practice that is crucial to the preservation of our planet. But are people responding to it, and beyond the press releases, are brands really taking it seriously? Nike says yes, having just released its annual sustainability report, a manifesto that includes an aim for the future – zero footwear manufacturing waste, 100 per cent sustainable contract factories, and 100 per cent renewable energy. Crucial to this pledge is Jones – having been leading Nike’s drive for a new world for nearly two decades."

via: Dazed

Gosha Rubchinskiy: World In Motion
"The Russian designer discusses finding new ways to connect with his homeland for his one-off World Cup collection."

via: Dazwed

How Parley for the Oceans Became Fashion's Go-To Environmental Nonprofit
"The organization has leveraged collaborations with Adidas, Stella McCartney, G-Star Raw, Net-a-Porter and more to raise awareness and money for ocean conservation."

via: Fashionista

Just How Much Money Do “Influencers” Make?
"According to a decade-long study by a professor at the Offenburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany, 96.5 percent of YouTubers don’t make enough annual ad revenue to reach the U.S. federal poverty line. Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean that all but a handful of YouTubers live under highway overpasses and film themselves showing off their morning dumpster haul, but it does mean that for every Zoella, there are around 27.57 other vloggers and video-makers who don’t reach $12,140 a year from ads. To put that into perspective, if you flip burgers at McDonald’s, you can expect to make $5,000 more per year if you’re working full time. And don’t forget to like and share that stat."

via: Highsnobiety

Robin Givhan Is the Fashion Watchdog We Need, But Not the One We Deserve
"The Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion critic didn't hold back at Fashionista's "How to Make It in Fashion" conference [last] Friday."

via: Fashionista

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