The first thing that jumps out about Zac Posen's designs is the structure. It's all about structure. His jackets and pants have a distinct, clean cut. Though dresses are usually flowing and A-line, Posen's dresses have structured necklines with an hourglass silhouette, especially for the 2012 lines. The designer has turned fashion into architecture.

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The way we dress is a conscious decision we make. It is a clever way to declare who we are, what we are about, and what societal class we belong to. One look that has always communicated class, style, prestige, and education is the preppy look. Adopted after preparatory school uniforms, the prep look is a style that is never a fashion faux pas. This look of wealth and success is usually a pair of loafers or boat shoes, Oxford button-downs, some chinos, an argyle sweater, a woven leather belt mixed with Nantucket Reds mixed in. Clean. Fresh. Relaxed.

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One of the defining characteristics of the fashion industry is the constant changing of trends. Every six months, fashion brands churn out a new season of looks, and buyers are expected to embrace the new while discarding the old. The fast pace is certainly entertaining from a consumer perspective, but an oft-overlooked drawback is the huge impact that it has on the environment.

According to BBC, ten percent of global carbon emissions come from the fashion industry, and it also contributes 20% of the world’s wastewater. With climate change becoming a more urgent issue each passing day, the fashion industry needs to pursue more sustainable methods of production. Luckily, fashion designer Sandra Sandor is stepping up to the plate with her eco-friendly clothing brand Nanushka.

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