Culture
22.5.16

Luka Sabbat and What is Happening in the Fashion Industry

The source of this picture is originally posted to Flickr as Moda Lisboa 2008. The author is José Goulão. From Wikimedia Commons.

The young Luka Sabbat has established himself as a trendsetter and the artistic model has a bright future ahead of him, already having built up a social following on Instagram and Twitter. Being the son of two creative parents, Sabbat says that an interest in fashion runs in the family and that one day he would like to have his own clothing line. He may have done editorials for Vogue and appeared in ad campaigns such as Hood by Air and American Eagle, but the eighteen-year-old is also a part-time stylist. Sabaat travels between New York, London and Paris, making valuable connections with people in the industry, and it’s fair to say that he has an interesting lifestyle that youngsters want to be part of.

His choice of outfits is a mix of high-street and designer garments, for example pairing the signature Supreme top with his favourite Yves Saint Laurent shoes. His attire is a cross between urban stylishness and sophistication. Over the years, designers have been criticised for not having enough people of colour in their advertisements and it’s evident that it is predominantly a white line of business, but Sabbat’s involvement with the sector proves that society is gradually changing and slowly introducing ethnic diversity into the trade.

It is clear that Sabbat has a rich understanding of the fashion world and can even name some of his preferred Japanese designers; his social media followers also adored him in his prom suit –  personally provided by Tom Ford. Companies look to fashion fanatics like Sabbat with growing reputations to get their products across to a wider audience and it’s his unruly curls and effortless look that a lot of people admire. Among some of the most influential designers, Stella McCartney and Diane von Furstenberg are noteworthy and well-respected designers who have taken a stand for their humanitarian beliefs.

Stella McCartney is an environmental activist who believes that clothes should be sustainably sourced. She uses recycled materials and environmentally-friendly wool from Patagonia for her collection of bags and said in an interview with the New York Time that “People don’t always question the sourcing of their materials, and it’s critical, it’s key.” The production of her clothes prohibits the use of leather and fur, but she has still managed to make creative and successful collections that attract thousands of buyers each year and is a prime example of a responsible businesswoman.

Von Furstenburg, the president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, set some rules at Fashion Week in 2007, aiming to keep models healthy. She has tried to make sure that backstage there are snacks and water available for the models, ensuring they have enough energy for the catwalk. Aside from taking the issue of eating problems in the fashion industry into her own hands, von Furstenburg has, in her list of guidelines, made sure that all models are allowed to take breaks and are asked for ID at a show to prove that they are 16 or over; girls under the age of 18 are prohibited from working past midnight. Not only has von Furstenburg raised health regulation standards in the short-term, but one of her aims is to battle anorexia among young models, creating schemes for them and their families for long-term effects, and it is small changes like these that really do make a difference in the fashion trade.

Global Seven News

Sophia Andersson-Gylden