Real fashion: China, Milan and San Francisco design, manufacturing, beauty

Written by Erin Allen, CNN

Fashion Week in New York officially wraps this weekend, and after all the elegant and star-studded parties and shows, one could be forgiven for wondering why designers, be they in Paris, Milan or London, would bother to come back to earth after all the glitz and glamor.

Our annual fashion industry fashion rounds, running on the HuffPost Style, are all about highlighting style, inspiration and subcultures, but on a global scale, what really matters is the issues that fashion affects every day. Many times those issues are linked.

The recent United Nations Climate Change conference in Bonn, Germany — COP26, as it was referred to by everyone — was one of those moments. So, given that climate change was high on everyone’s mind, we were surprised that just this afternoon, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, the dynamic duo behind Valentino, sent out an ode to soft cotton and basic printed shirts. Is this statement simply about fashion being more inclusive, but the “hype,” it is more likely due to the importance of the two fashion industries working together in supporting the water and hygiene projects for which Valentino is associated.

Soon, we’ll have a photo call with the Valentino team in Gigalto, Venice where we visited their first studio in 1956. Venice is home to a bright mind called Venice Ascetic, and Anna Mustinelli, an official of the local Environment Department.

Anna and Francesco Tali, a Venice aristocrat, are the young creative minds behind the latest craze among Venice hippies. It is called “water yoga.” They teach your fellow yogis to not just stand in a different position, but drink water in a separate cup.

Meanwhile in New York, Elie Tahari, an environmental entrepreneur known for his fast fashion campaigns with celebrities like Rihanna, Alicia Keys and Sofia Vergara, found some time to shine a light on plastic and messaging and how we, as consumers, and as retailers, are helping and perhaps hurting this planet we all depend on. His solution? As much as possible, manufacturing and sourcing must happen in the United States.

Also at the conference were famed creatives such as Iris Apfel, Alexander Wang, Simone Rocha, Olivier Theyskens, Candice Huffine, Eva Chan and Julia Bluhm. A full photo round-up of all the fantastic projects and leaders at the conference is coming. So, in the meantime, here are some of the highlights from our round up of topics, which we hope you will not miss.

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