4/11/2015 10:47:43 It was a good week for designers, with a number of influential designers giving a shout-out to their colleagues at The Economist, including J.M. Coetzee, who wrote: I think we are in a unique period where people who were used to being called ‘diamonds in the rough’ are looking to change.
“There is a growing appreciation for how the fashion industry can help the world live more sustainably and how fashion can change the way we think about fashion and the way people look,” Coetzce said.
“That’s a big shift.
Cohen said it’s important to recognize when you’re in the minority and that everyone is equally capable. “
But there is a big gap between what people see as beautiful and how we dress,” she added.
Cohen said it’s important to recognize when you’re in the minority and that everyone is equally capable.
“It’s not a matter of saying ‘everyone is good’, it’s a matter that everyone’s different and can be more different than you think,” he said.
Designers are “not perfect, but they’re certainly better than most,” he added.
“They are the best people to design for,” he told The Economist.
He noted that while some designers are “a bit of a hooligan,” he believes the more people who dress in fashion “the better”.
“You can do things with the clothes that you’re not comfortable with, but if people are comfortable with the way they dress, the world will be better,” he continued.
The design world has been “overwhelmed” by demand for clothing and accessories, said Coetze.
“I think people are desperate to get clothes and accessories that look great, and they are not going to be satisfied until they can wear them,” he concluded.
“You’re not going a place where you’re going to look good in a suit and tie.”
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The Economist will run a series on the best clothes and designer labels this week.
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