fashion

Will antimicrobial fashion protect you from the coronavirus?

With no end to the global pandemic in sight, fashion and sportswear brands have been quickly adapting their lines to include face masks decorated with logos and stylish patterns.



a close up of a person wearing a mask: Courtesy Burberry


© Courtesy Burberry
Courtesy Burberry

While cloth masks made of traditional materials can help slow the spread of Covid-19, according to the World Health Organization, some labels are going one step further. They’re marketing new accessories, and in some cases entire clothing lines, as having antimicrobial properties — applications that inhibit the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi, or reduce viral activity. But what does antimicrobial fashion do, and can it provide extra protection during a pandemic?



a close up of a man wearing a blue shirt: Burberry announced an upcoming line of antimicrobial masks in their signature check textile.


© Courtesy Burberry
Burberry announced an upcoming line of antimicrobial masks in their signature check textile.

In recent months, brands including Burberry have introduced masks that, they claim, are protected from microbes and germs. Burberry’s forthcoming beige and blue designs come in

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women

Megan Thee Stallion Pens New York Times Op-Ed, Says ‘’Protect Black Women’ Should Not Be Controversial’

My dad emailed me about a week ago, with a barrage of questions: “Did you watch Saturday Night Live? Did you see the musical artist? What did you think of her performance?”

He was referring to Megan Thee Stallion, an artist he’d previously been unfamiliar with and wasn’t entirely sure he understood—specifically, how to reconcile her unapologetically sex-positive image (by her own design) with the mid-song declaration she made in defense of Black women while performing her hit, “Savage” on SNL. For my pops—and no doubt many others well-accustomed to the traditional “good girl/bad girl” binary, Meg’s identity as both righteous and ratchet might prove challenging, at first glance.

Megan Thee Stallion Calls Out Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron in Powerful SNL Performance, and Issa Rae’s Got Next for Hosting

My dad’s always been a fast learner (a trait he thankfully passed on), and we had a brief but

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fashion

Diverse And Inclusive Enough To Protect People And Planet?

Despite all of the sustainability buzz within the fashion industry, the lack of collaboration between industry stakeholders has led to only fragmented and incremental improvements thus far. Boston Consulting Group’s pre-Covid assessment predicts industry growth of around 5% per year to 2030, meaning a continued increase in greenhouse gas emissions and waste generation at a time when drastic reductions are needed. As a result of this, in 2019, a Fashion Pact was launched during the G7 Summit by French President Emmanuel Macron and François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of Kering. All of the pact signatories committed their businesses to science-based targets and to ensuring operational changes to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement on containing global warming.    

Yesterday, 12 months after the formation of the pact, an update was delivered during Global Fashion Agenda’s CFS+ online summit, led by Paul

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model

Nvidia’s Huang Vows to Protect Arm’s IP Model

The chiefs of Nvidia and Arm made the case this week for regulatory approval of a proposed mega-merger, arguing the combined chip house would preserve the IP vendor’s business model since the acquisition is “complementary” and would drive AI-inspired innovation.

Nvidia, which announced its game-changing $40 billion deal for Arm last month, faces stiff regulatory scrutiny. The deal has also raised concerns about the fate of Arm’s developer-driven business model. Nvidia’s Jensen Huang and Arm’s Simon Segars both acknowledged those concerns, but predicted the deal would eventually gain regulatory approval. The CEOs discussed the matter in a fireside chat at the Arm Dev Summit on Tuesday (Oct. 6).

In defending the acquisition, Huang recounted a recent conversation in which he was told, “’You paid and arm and a leg for Arm.’” The Nvidia CEO said he did not dispute that assessment.

Arm Co-Founder Hermann Hauser slammed the proposed acquisition as

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women

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg Says Employers Must “Lean In” To Protect Women’s Workforce Gains

American women are at risk of losing years of hard-won progress in the workplace.

Typically, 15% of both men and women contemplate downshifting their careers or leaving the workforce. As a result of Covid-19, the number of women is now almost 25% at any given time.

Even as the economy supposedly opens up, the prospects for working women continue to worsen. In September alone, the Labor Department reports that 865,000 women over 20 dropped out of the workforce—compared to 216,000 men.

This dire situation is the focus of the sixth annual Women in the Workplace report, produced jointly by McKinsey & Company and Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In Foundation. “What we are seeing in this report should terrify all of us,” Sandberg told NPR. “We are pulling the alarm bell here.”

If left unchecked, the report warns, such

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As Singapore Moves to Protect Local Jobs, Expats Question Their Role

A living room with a view.

Photographer: Nicky Loh/Bloomberg

Something big is missing from Singapore’s picturesque and impeccably maintained highway linking downtown with Changi A­irport: traffic.

The collapse in international travel has hit the city-state especially hard. Borders are shut to tourists and much of Singapore Airlines Ltd.’s proud fleet is mothballed. The idea of “flights to nowhere” had even been floated — effectively three-hour sight-seeing trips that would be bundled with staycations, shopping vouchers and limousine services. Now that has been scrapped for a plan to serve lunch aboard a grounded jumbo jet, a tour of the carrier’s training facilities and home delivery of first- and business class

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women

We Must Protect The Careers Of Working Women During COVID-19

Earlier this year, nearly two months to the day before the declaration of a national emergency due to COVID-19, women in the U.S. held more jobs than men for the first time since 2010. The milestone lead a Moody’s economist to declare in Forbes that “Women are now the majority of the workforce, and there’s no looking back.” Sadly, nine months and an unprecedented global pandemic later, not only has that momentum been lost, but unemployment rates for women have outpaced that of men throughout the crisis. Though the reasons for this disparity are varied, they are nevertheless unacceptable, both for the millions of women whose careers face an uncertain future, and for the global economy, which could lose $1 trillion in the next 10 years if this gender disparity is not addressed.

The reasons the pandemic has impacted female workers more than men is multi-faceted. In the early stages

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Megan Thee Stallion Performs ‘Savage,’ Says ‘Protect Our Black Women’ During Powerful SNL Debut

Megan Thee Stallion is using her hot-girl platform to slam racial injustices.

During the season 46 premiere of Saturday Night Live hosted by Chris Rock this weekend, the “WAP” rapper, 25, performed her hit remix “Savage” (featuring Beyoncé’s vocals) and shared a powerful message for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Toward the end of the first song, gunshot effects took shape on the set behind Megan and her four backup dancers, with soundbites from historical and recent activists heard in the background. One quote called out Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron for his decision made last month in the case of Breonna Taylor.



a group of zebra standing next to a person: "We need to protect our Black women and love our Black women, 'cause at the end of the day, we need our Black women," said Megan Thee Stallion


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“We need to protect our Black women and love our Black women, ’cause at the end of the day, we need our Black women,” said Megan Thee Stallion

The artist then took the mic for an impassioned call to

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clothing

Future proof clothing: will this label protect you from Covid? | Fashion

Vollebak, a British clothing label for adventurous men with disposable incomes, aims to make products so simple and arresting that they can be pitched in two or three words. Take the Indestructible Puffer, a jacket claimed to be 15 times stronger than steel and pretty well impossible to rip. Or the 100 Year Hoodie, which would survive a blowtorching or a trip down a volcano, if that’s how you spend your Sundays. Or the Garbage Watch, a timepiece inspired by WALL-E and the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and made from off-cuts of the 50m tonnes of electronic waste produced globally each year.

“We judge a lot of things by, ‘Can I explain it to my kid?’” says 41-year-old Nick Tidball, who founded Vollebak in 2015 with his identical twin brother, Steve. “And now I can explain all of our ideas to our children. Because if they don’t get it,

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women

Megan Thee Stallion Delivers Powerful ‘Protect Black Women’ Statement on ‘Saturday Night Live’

Megan Thee Stallion did not squander her opportunities as the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live,” using the spot to make a direct statement about violence toward Black women.

During her performance of “Savage,” her hit single of last spring, the words “Protect Black Women” appeared on the screen behind her, along with quotes from Malcom X and activist Tamika Mallory calling out Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron over his handling of Breonna Taylor’s death at the hands of Louisville police.

As Megan and her dancers stood at attention in the middle of the song, Mallory’s voice rang out, with the quote “Daniel Cameron is no different than the sell-out negroes who sold our people into slavery” projected behind them. In the case, presented by Cameron’s office, no charges were levied against any of the involved officers that directly related to Taylor’s death.

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