The New(s) Standard: September 6, 2016
Zady Lady: Meet Accidental Icon Lyn Slater
There’s nothing accidental about Lyn Slater’s ascent to the top of the style blogging game. Lyn shares her personal style and designer picks on her blog Accidental Icon, as well as her popular Instagram account. She’s caught the eye of fashion lovers and insiders alike for her powerful, minimal aesthetic. With her command of an outfit, you’d think Lyn is a fashion industry veteran, but her chosen career is in social work, which she teaches as a professor at Fordham University.
We were thrilled to have Lyn school us on her work and considered approach to style, and how powerful fashion can be, from street style to the court room. Read the full interview:
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The challenge of cutting coal dependence
Worried the nation might miss its 2020 target to drastically cut emissions of carbon dioxide, the German government proposed a steep levy last year on the most heavily polluting generators. The tax was intended to deliver a decisive blow against lignite or brown coal, the dirtiest fuel around and Germany’s main source of electricity.
Germany views itself as a leader in the push against climate change. It is probably the world’s most enthusiastic investor in renewable energy, mainly wind and sun. But even the powerful Chancellor Angela Merkel couldn’t quite pull it off. The New York Times
ZADY This piece thoughtfully considers the full implications of switching from fossil fuels to renewable energies.
FDA bans antibacterial soaps; “No scientific evidence” they’re safe, effective
In a final ruling announced Friday, the Food and Drug Administration is pulling from the market a wide range of antimicrobial soaps after manufacturers failed to show that the soaps are both safe and more effective than plain soap. Ars Technica
ZADY We’re always interested in the vetting processes companies use in evaluating chemicals and how they can affect people—their skin, especially. It’s why we prefer natural skin care, too.
Fast fashion is creating an environmental crisis
[Recycling clothes is] a nice sentiment, but it’s a gross oversimplification. Only 0.1 percent of all clothing collected by charities and take-back programs is recycled into new textile fiber, according to H&M’s development sustainability manager, Henrik Lampa, who was at the cocktail party answering questions from the press. And despite the impressive amount of marketing dollars the company pumped into World Recycle Week to promote the idea of recycling clothes—including the funding of a music video by M.I.A.—what H&M is doing is nothing special. Newsweek
ZADY All ZADY collection pieces use dyes that are certified AZO Chemical-free, so even though the chances of our clothes ending up in a landfill are small (because they’re amazing and long-lasting), that means there would be no toxic chemicals leaching into the soil or groundwater. Win win!
The state of fashion
It may be the best of times; it may be the worst of times. Who can tell? With a cluttered calendar and sales schedules speeding up by the moment, the fashion industry seems to be spinning loose from trends, from seasons, from time itself. Fashion weeks and their collections have begun to resemble the digital thicket of media streams sprouting up all around them—they too are everywhere, and always on. But along with all that sturm und drang has come a vibrant new age of undeniable creativity and talent. Interview
ZADY A fresh look into who is forging new paths in fashion design.