Manolo Blahnik supports Mental Health Awareness Week
Luxury footwear brand Manolo Blahnik is celebrating kindness this Mental Health Awareness Week in support of its official UK charity partner, Mental Health Foundation. The UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health runs from May 18 to 24 and will see Manolo Blahnik implementing an optional donation function on its website lasting...
18 May 2020
Original Penguin launches mental health campaign
Menswear brand Original Penguin has partnered with mental health champions #IAMWHOLE and Rizzle Kicks’ Jordan Stephens to launch a campaign to celebrate the things that make each of us different and the people who embody what it truly means to #BeAnOriginal. The partnership will incorporate various initiatives in the coming months, explained...
23 Jan 2020
John Lewis, Asos, M&S and Next collaborate on mental health initiative for retail workers
John Lewis Partnership, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asos, the Co-op, Marks and Spencer and Next have all teamed up to mark World Mental Health Day by launching a mental health initiative for retail workers. In a UK industry-first, the seven leading retailers have joined together with the help of UK charity Samaritans to fund and launch a new online...
10 Oct 2019
Video: Britain's Compulsive Shoppers (Mental Health Documentary), Only Human
Shopping is something most people do - but for some, it can become an obsessive-compulsive habit making it hard to live a normal life. Jasmine Harman meets people suffering from shopping addiction while investigating the personal and very emotional reasons for developing this money-consuming habit. Source: Only Human, YouTube.
17 Apr 2019
New app to offer sexual abuse victims in the fashion industry free counseling
In the wake of the #metoo and #timesup movements, many fashion professionals have broken the silence about the prevalence of sexual misconduct in the fashion industry. “The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experienced at some point in our careers”, said model Christy...
19 Oct 2018
Canada's Zombie Boy dead of apparent suicide at 32
Canadian model and artist Zombie Boy -- who was found dead of an apparent suicide at his home in Montreal -- used his head-to-toe tattoos to earn international notice, from the catwalks of Paris to a video for pop superstar Lady Gaga. Zombie Boy, whose real name was Rick Genest, died this week in his hometown of Montreal, his agent Dulcedo...
6 Aug 2018
McQueen, suicide and the dark side of the celebrity fairy tale
When celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion icon Kate Spade killed themselves within the space of three days in June, many couldn't fathom the tragedy of two people who seemed to have it all. The suicides followed a slew of similarly shocking headlines in recent years about rock stars Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell, Hollywood figures...
18 Jul 2018
Mental illness in fashion: opening up the conversation
The fashion industry is often portrayed as a world of extravagance, excess, glitz and glamour, and endless excitement. However, fashion designers, models, and professionals are subject to a side of the industry that can result in serious damage to mental health. The fast paced, heavily watched, high-stakes nature of the fashion world may be a...
12 Jun 2018
Kate Spade was under treatment for depression, anxiety: husband
Designer Kate Spade, who committed suicide in New York this week, had been treated for depression and anxiety for five years, her husband said Wednesday. "She was actively seeking help for depression and anxiety over the last five years, seeing a doctor on a regular basis and taking medication for both depression and anxiety," her husband Andy...
7 Jun 2018
Fashion student suicide: the dark side of academic pressure
Student suicide rates and mental health issues amongst youth are topics currently being widely discussed but not always directly associated with the fashion industry. Until the death of a foreign student at Antwerp’s Fashion Academy in March. While we often hear degree courses in fashion are tough, they are, as everyone knows, a far cry from the...
27 May 2018