The world’s leading business event on sustainability in fashion, Copenhagen Fashion Summit, kicked off today celebrating its 10-year anniversary, marking a decade since the event put sustainability on the fashion map.
Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess of Denmark, patron of Global Fashion Agenda and Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2019 welcomed the audience with an address emphasizing the need for accelerated change in the industry:
“Profit cannot continue to be the primary measure of success. Sustainable
transformation must be a business imperative and a core priority.” – HRH The Crown Princess of Denmark.
Francois-Henri Pinault, Chief Executive of Kering the luxury fashion group which also owns Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen, made commitments on model welfare and the environment. Gucci, Saint Laurent and Bottega Veneta is also among the fashion houses that will no longer employ models under the age of 18 for adult catwalk shows or in advertising campaigns. The new age restriction, which will be enforced in early 2020, was announced today.
“As a global luxury group, we are conscious of the influence exerted on younger generations in particular by the images produced by our houses,” said Pinault. “We believe that we have a responsibility to put forward the best possible practices in the luxury sector and we hope to create a movement that will encourage others to follow suit.”
In a conversation with Valerie Keller, CEO of Imagine, on innovation in the fashion industry Pinault said:⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ "Thanks to its business model, the luxury industry has the means to play a crucial role in sustainability. I want our innovative solutions to be open source for the whole industry to implement."⠀⠀
Photos Property of Copenhagen Fashion Summit.