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Amber Valletta Says, ‘I Don’t Want to Work in an Industry That Is the Same as Before’

Amber Valletta Says, ‘I Don’t Want to Work in an Industry That Is the Same as Before’

July 14, 2020

The supermodel, actress and environmental activist talks to BoF Editor-at-Large Tim Blanks about why the fashion industry cannot return to ‘business as normal.’

 

LONDON, United Kingdom — “The uncertainty has forced us to get really present.... We have an amazing opportunity to restart and to begin again,” Amber Valletta told BoF Editor-at-Large Tim Blanks in the latest episode of The BoF Podcast. “It is an incredible opportunity to stop and really figure out where we want to go from here. We can redesign a future.”

 

The American supermodel and actress, who has graced the cover of American Vogue 13 times and starred in various television and film series, including Revenge, Legends and Hitch, shared her thoughts on why the pandemic and political unrest has signalled the need for an equitable supply chain and an overhaul of the fashion calendar to reflect the industry’s “new normal.” 

 

  • Following the outbreak of the coronavirus, many garment workers in countries like India and Bangladesh were left destitute as textile factories shuttered and retailers in the west cancelled orders. “Before the designers make this amazing piece, [garment workers] are the people who put in the blood, sweat and tears,” Valletta said. . “In the 21st century, we should have a supply chain that’s fair and equitable.” 
  • Affecting change may not be simple but it is definitely required, Valletta said. In order to thrive in a post-pandemic climate, the fashion industry at large needs “to be resilient… which means we have to really stop doing business as normal because normal is archaic now.” For Valletta, fashion is about change and innovation: “I don’t want to work in an industry that is the same as before,” she said. 
  • “Why aren’t we slowing down the calendar?,” Valletta asked, addressing the industry’s incessant output of clothes that has accelerated over the years. “I was blessed to live in the most spectacular time in fashion… the crews were smaller, everything… There was an intimacy and excitement that we don’t have today,” she said, reflecting on her modelling career. . “There was no [social media]... and there was anticipation of the next season… Everything coming at you was a discovery.”

 

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Carine Roitfeld’s Remarkable Fashion Career | Inside Fashion

Carine Roitfeld’s Remarkable Fashion Career | Inside Fashion

March 20, 2020
The acclaimed stylist and editor, whose name has become synonymous with French style, talks to Imran Amed about how the industry has changed since her days at French Vogue, working with Karl Lagerfeld, becoming a brand and the importance of staying curious.

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Caroline de Maigret Rips Up Fashion’s Rulebook | Inside Fashion

Caroline de Maigret Rips Up Fashion’s Rulebook | Inside Fashion

February 7, 2020

The author and model speaks with BoF’s Editor-in-Chief Imran Amed about challenging beauty standards, working with Karl Lagerfeld and her new book ‘Older, But Better, But Older.’

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Alok Vaid-Menon on Why Clothes Have No Gender | BoF VOICES

Alok Vaid-Menon on Why Clothes Have No Gender | BoF VOICES

January 31, 2020

At VOICES 2019, performance artist and designer Alok Vaid-Menon lifted the lid on fashion’s ‘regressive’ gender stereotypes and urged the industry to ‘de-gender’ and redefine the meaning of beauty.

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Tim Walker Talks ‘Wonderful Things’ | Inside Fashion

Tim Walker Talks ‘Wonderful Things’ | Inside Fashion

September 20, 2019

The acclaimed photographer sat down with Tim Blanks to discuss the ‘infinite objects of beauty’ that inspired his new V&A exhibition.

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Tyler Mitchell, From Skateboarding to Photographing Beyoncé | Inside Fashion

Tyler Mitchell, From Skateboarding to Photographing Beyoncé | Inside Fashion

July 26, 2019
Speaking in conversation with Imran Amed, the photographer behind Beyoncé's September 2018 Vogue cover talks identity, social media and how he found his way into fashion photography.
 
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Supermodel Adut Akech on the Legacy of Being a Refugee | BoF VOICES

Supermodel Adut Akech on the Legacy of Being a Refugee | BoF VOICES

March 29, 2019

From living in a Kenyan refugee camp to travelling the globe as an international top model, the industry’s name to watch reveals her journey.

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Bethann Hardison, K. Jean-Raymond, LaQuan Smith and P. Robinson on Fashion in America | BoF VOICES

Bethann Hardison, K. Jean-Raymond, LaQuan Smith and P. Robinson on Fashion in America | BoF VOICES

February 4, 2019

At BoF’s VOICES, the creatives spoke about the barriers that black designers face and how a new generation is finding success outside the fashion system.

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Tim Blanks on the January Menswear and Couture Shows | Inside Fashion

Tim Blanks on the January Menswear and Couture Shows | Inside Fashion

January 26, 2019

This week on Inside Fashion, BoF’s editor-at-large discusses menswear’s shift to tailoring and the new relevance of couture.

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Inside Liya Kebede’s Social Mission | Inside Fashion

Inside Liya Kebede’s Social Mission | Inside Fashion

September 21, 2018

This week on Inside Fashion, the Ethiopian supermodel gives a tour of her 20-year modelling career and discusses the opportunities for fashion in Africa.

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