The BoF Podcast: Amber Valletta says, “I don’t want to work in an industry the same as before” | Podcasts
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London, United Kingdom – “The uncertainty has forced us to really be there … We have a great opportunity to restart and start over,” Amber Valletta told BoF Editor-at-Large Tim Blanks in the last episode of The BoF Podcast. “It’s an incredible opportunity to stop and really find out where we want to go. We can redesign a future. ‘
The American supermodel and actress, who graced the cover of American Fashion 13 times and starred in several television and film series, including Revenge, Legends and Hitch, shared her thoughts on why the pandemic and political unrest have signaled the need for a fair supply chain and a revision of the fashion calendar to the “new normal.”
- After the outbreak of the coronavirus, many garment workers in countries such as India and Bangladesh were left destitute because textile factories closed their doors and retailers in the West canceled their orders. “Before the designers create this great piece, [garment workers] are the people who put blood, sweat and tears in the blood, “said Valletta. “In the 21st century, we should have a fair and just supply chain.”
- Making change may not be easy, but it is absolutely required, Valletta said. In order to thrive in a post-pandemic climate, the fashion industry in general must be “resilient … which means we really have to stop doing normal business because normal is now archaic.” For Valletta, fashion is about change and innovation: “I don’t want to work in an industry the same as before,” she said.
- “Why don’t we delay the calendar?” Valletta asked, focusing on the industry’s ceaseless production of clothing that has accelerated over the years. “I was blessed to live in fashion at the most spectacular time … the crews were smaller … There was an intimacy and excitement that we don’t have today,” she said, reflecting on her modeling career. ‘There was no [social media]… and there was anticipation for the next season … Everything that came to you was a discovery. ”
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