Today I received the September Issue of VOGUE, guest-edited by Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex. Over the past week or so, there has been a lot of talk about this guest-edit and what it will entail. Before I even get to the magazine itself, I received the magazine in a new packaging that is eco-friendly and made from 100% compostable materials.
So, let’s get to the magazine itself. The cover itself is stunning, with panels of inspiring women who are today’s ‘Forces for Change.’ On the cover, you will see the likes of Greta Thunberg, Jameela Jamil, and Gemma Chan among other inspiring women. But, you will also see yourself – a reflective panel showing that YOU can be a force for change in today’s society. Before I even opened the magazine, I was confronted with a thoughtful, thought-provoking, and beautiful cover.
What I’ve noticed over the past few months in each issue, is the ever-increasing discussion about ethical and sustainable fashion. In the editor and guest-editor letters, you can see the thought and process behind this issue, from Edward and Meghan’s first coffee to Meghan’s interview with Michelle Obama. Ellie Pithers writes an interesting edit about labels that are producing environmentally-conscious clothing. She includes this particular quote by Amy Powney:
‘Sustainability is about asking questions. The necessary information is out there – you just need to unearth it.’
Sustainability is about following the process and discovering innovative ways to make the production conscious of the environment so that it is not at risk. Pither makes it clear that no label can claim to be 100% sustainable, but making changes is a big step forward.
Edward and Meghan have created a magical issue full of talented individuals and brands that are taking steps toward sustainability. This new issue is daring, innovative and is indeed a force for change.