Creative Burnout

Creative burnout hitting the fashion industry hard
Interview by Kai Ryssdal || Friday, November 6, 2015


Models present creations for Lanvin during the 2016 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show.

Dior, Lanvin, Baleciaga. These are just some of the iconic names in fashion that have suffered high-profile departures from designers in recent weeks. One big reason is creative burnout. Simply put, fashion designers – and other staff of the major fashion houses – are being spurred by the ubiquity of the internet and the trend of fast fashion to create collections and shows at an increasingly rapid rate.

We had on fashion journalist and former editor of Harper’s Bazaar Kate Betts to explain the reasons behind the pressure that fashion designers are under and, quite frankly, why we should care.

Kai Ryssdal: Why are all these people leaving, what’s going on?

Kate Betts: There is too much information, too much product too fast, too much demand. And fashion is the fastest creative cycle, historically speaking its faster than technology. It was a six month cycle, but now it’s a three month cycle and actually if you talk to a designer at a major house like Dior or Chanel, it’s a three week cycle. They have to create whole collections in three weeks.

Kai Ryssdal: So how does that work in the studio?

Kate Betts: It means they have to come up with the ideas, communicate the ideas to the seamstresses, the people who create the samples, create the samples, fit the samples, make the clothes, ship the clothes back to the studio, fit the models, produce a runway show.

Kai Ryssdal: How often do you have runway shows though? Because most of us not in the business say, “Well, there’s New York Fashion Week again, they do it every year,” so what’s the big deal?

Kate Betts: They have a runway show in the fall and the spring, then they have haute couture which is in January and July and then they have Cruise, which is resort, which is twice a year. Some of them are creating men’s and women’s collections, so multiply that number by two and you have a lot of shows. And if you think about it in a bigger cultural context, you know, nobody is asking best-selling authors, or screenplay writers, or producers or directors of movies to create a new product every three weeks.

Kai Ryssdal: Who is providing this pressure? Is it the designers themselves, is it the houses they work for, is it major retailers, is it the high-end retailers?

Kate Betts: It comes from all different directions. I mean the retailer wants more product, the public wants more product and information. They’re consuming information and product at a much faster rate because of the internet, obviously. But they’re also consuming it because of fast fashion. Fast fashion has become kind of the scapegoat for all of this. But I don’t think you can point the finger at one specific person, or system, or part of the culture. I think its just everything is much faster now. In the fashion world you’re not just seeing the creative talent leave, but also the business side, great managers are leaving because it’s too much pressure.

Chanel Classic Reborn

fallback-1280x720Imagine a time where social etiquette dictated that you match your shoes with your outfit.  Actually maybe don’t… it’s too depressing.

Well in 1957, after ‘inventing’ the little black dress, the braided suit and the much lusted after quilted bag, Gabrielle Chanel broke with convention again to bring her patrons the two-tone shoes, liberating women from the antiquated perception of elegance.

Starting with the signature black and beige, Chanel subtly varied the colour palette over the years, but continued to use the sling back silhouette until the 60’s, when the foot was enveloped completely.

This AW16, creative director Karl Lagerfeld re-embraced Gabrielle Chanel’s two-tone style sending every look down the catwalk in the classic heels. Whether the model was sporting a trouser suit, or an evening gown, the shoe stuck. Demonstrating, in Karl’s words, how ‘the slingback has become the most modern shoe’.

With the new collection launching in stores this week, the Parisian fashion house has made exclusive slingback videos on their youtube with the fashion world to celebrate the reintroduction of one of Gabrielle Chanel’s most underrated but revolutionary designs.

Love Lock

Chain-Door-Lock-Necklace-3The Tiffany’s heart-lock necklace might have been on every girl’s wish list a decade ago but this time around, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Moschino, Coach and more have made the padlock the charm of choice to hang around your neck.

JaneRoseDesigns - Heart Padlock Necklace - $150.00

JaneRoseDesigns – Heart Padlock Necklace – $150.00

We are loving this big thick chain and a hefty heart-shaped lock from local Etsy Shop, JaneRoseDesigns.


Michael Kors Padlock Necklace – $175.00

We can’t help but think this pretty bling is going to be as big as pearls were in 2014.

Us filthy gals were getting excited seeing this unmistakably trendy look on the runways – but not too thrilled with the high prices.  Armed with the love a creative challenge, we stumbled across the talented Kirsten Nunez’s DIY Rodarte Padlock Necklace on her website, Studs and Pearls.  Our New Year’s resolution is to focus on nurturing our creativity and this DIY will be a lovely way to kick off January 2015.

Let us know in the comments below if you will be sporting gritty homage to Tiffany’s refined lock, if you’ll join us in a DIY or if you will simply use your trendy accessories as a love lock that couples are placing on bridges around the world.  However you sport the padlock necklace, it will certainly be high-impact finish on an outfit.

Scrunchies of Instagram

The moment Rebena found Scrunchies of Instagram, she was hypnotized.  It turns out the kinda, sorta, maybe cool again scrunchie is an accessory of glory… for forever. 


The modern Chanel Ad of Pebbles Flintstone brings a chuckle.  It’s so amazing!  Head over to Scrunchies of Instagram to check out old and new scrunchie moments will prove that everybody can (or should) scrunch!