Speaking My Language

I was recently interviewed by the London-based sustainability and communications consultancy, Eco-Age – whose Creative Director is Livia Firth, about my work in the fashion industry and my observations of its environmental and social impact. The interview was timely, as I had just been honoured with the Visionary Award at the Green Carpet Fashion Awards in Milan on the 24th September.

I like my money right where I can see it…hanging in my closet.” —Carrie Bradshaw

This award is particularly poignant for me as I have been concerned with alarming “green” issues throughout my career. Indeed, in my previous role as Fashion Editor at the International Herald Tribune, nearly ten years ago I wrote an article for our parent company, The New York Times, on what were then the new buzzwords for the fashion industry – “sustainability” and “responsibility” (“Sustainability Is Back in Fashion”, 29th March 2009).

A decade since writing that piece, has anything changed? With yesterday’s alarming news from the IPCC special report, quite literally, the heat is on. The subject of a more responsible luxury industry has been a principal focus of the annual Condé Nast International Luxury Conference, which I programme and host every April. (Source:


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