Do you know what percentage of fashion is not used or sold? Katarina Rimarcikova tells us why we must change our fashion habits. And Dr. Toni Burke talks to us about trends in Aesthetic Medicine.
Changing Face of Fashion
Katarina Rimarcikova has been working in the fashion world her whole life. From graduating from Central St. Martins to working in luxury fashion houses such as Alexander McQueen and Gucci, she then set up her eponymous label in Paris.
Katarina now focuses on her work as a Subject Leader in Fashion Arts at the London College of Fashion, UAL, University of the Arts, London, since 2013. She continues to travel the world to deepen her knowledge of best practices in sustainability, innovation, circular design and responsible business.
In this conversation, Katarina explains why we need to care about our clothes and how we can begin to move from a linear to circular fashion economy.
Sustainability in fashion is a complex topic that can only be addressed by collaboration and knowledge.
Currently 30% of what is made in fashion is not used or sold.
About 68% of all textiles are made from oil and it takes around 400 years to break some fabrics down. Add to this the millions of tons of microfibres entering our water systems each time we wash our clothes.
As for 'luxury' fashion - what does that even mean anymore? Expert craftsmanship or luxury mass-produced, expensive labels who want a global brand?
Care, Repair, Maintain
Organic cotton might not use heavy duty pesticides (which in turn affects soil health), but does use more water. And so we need to constantly rethink how we design to solve these global environmental problems.
Rimarcikova believes we need to empower designers and design for disassembly. We also need to redesign mixed fabrics so that they can biodegrade.
Brands need trust, transparency and loyalty. And our duty, as conscious consumers, is to 'Care, repair and Maintain', plus to always remember that we have influence through our wallet.
Dr. Toni Burke has been working in aesthetic medicine since 2008 and during that time has seen the field bloom. However, as this burgeoning field of medicine develops, so too do the ethical questions plus legal implications.
In the UK, currently anyone can inject (botox or fillers). However, if there is a complication, as a patient you can only report if the practitioner is a licenced medical professional (doctor, dentist etc).
Alongside the commonly known botox, there are myriad other aesthetic practices, and the main goal is to make people feel good about themselves at the age they are. Unfortunately, there is also the weight of social media pressure which makes some people feel insecure. Dr. Burke believes body dysmorphia is on the rise.
She believes aesthetic medicine should not be a trending beautification treatment but to help self-confidence in becoming the best we can be, with a natural look, at whatever stage of life we are in.
Dr Burke completed her medical training at University College London Medical School and entered a surgical rotation under the London Deanery before finally specialising in Medical Aesthetics in 2008. She is a full member of the British College of Aesthetic Medicine, registered with the General Medical Council and forms part of the CMAC Specialist Advisory Board, a collaboration regarding the management of complications in Medical Aesthetics.
For almost a decade, Dr Burke has worked as a Harley Street practitioner whilst also becoming a lead trainer supporting the standards of educational growth for Aesthetic medical professionals. More recently she has opened Fitzrovia Clinic in central London focusing on personalised service and results-driven treatments.
Outside of clinic, Dr Burke has a passion for anatomical imagery, improving the quality of medical visuals within this specialised field. Her illustrations and 3D animations can be found online, published in medical journals, and most recently, a book focusing on Injection Anatomy, widely used in the Aesthetic community.