PATT MORRISON SCHEDULE
Friday, July 20, 2012
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1:06 – 1:39 - OPEN
1:41:30 – 1:58:30
Consumers are ‘Overdressed’ for pennies on the high fashion dollar
Elizabeth Cline was your typical clothing consumer lured in by fashion trends, but sold on low prices. Cline was buying a new article of clothing every week until she realized how many tops, hoodies, and pants she had that she barely ever wore. It wasn’t until Elizabeth caught herself bringing home seven pairs of identical canvas flats at seven bucks a pair when she realized she had a real problem on her hands. In her book, “Overdressed,” Cline examines the accession of the cheap fashion market along with the decline of independent retailers, why we just can’t say no to the good old deal and steal, and how consumers can break away from the buy and toss cycle.
Elizabeth L. Cline, author, ‘Overdressed’
2:06 – 2:30
Military personnel to march in uniform at San Diego’s Gay Pride parade this Saturday
Ben Gomez, San Diego Pride committee
2:30 – 2:39
Ralph Lauren chooses to have its new US Olympic uniforms manufactured in China
“Meh.” That’s been the general reaction of fashion moguls to Ralph Lauren’s reboot of the U.S. Olympic uniforms. “What else did we expect from all-American Ralph Lauren, beyond some preppy gold-buttoned blazers and plenty of Hamptons white,” wrote a style blogger at the Washington Post. Apparently, some expected Ralph Lauren to buck the general clothing industry trend towards manufacturing out of the country. Instead, the designer went with China, causing furor on both sides of the political aisle. Democratic Senator Harry Reid demanded that the clothes be burned (which some protestors have taken action on), while Republican Representative John Boehner stated that Ralph Lauren “should have known better.” The company promised to have the 2014 uniforms manufactured in house, but that didn’t stop multiple senators from crafting legislation that would turn the promise into a guarantee— the "Team USA Made in America Act” requires that future Olympic uniforms be made in the U.S. and the U.S. alone. Is Ralph Lauren’s decision worth the upset? Is it time for the United States to be less concerned about the fact that its lower-wage manufacturing jobs are migrating, especially given the fact that we’re holding on to advanced manufacturing jobs? Or is the Chinese-made uniform a symbolic slap in the face with real consequences?
Dana Thomas, contributing editor for the Wall Street Journal and author of “Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster”
2:41:30 – 2:58:30
London: Portrait of a City
London is the subject of Taschen’s most recent edition of their “Portrait of a City” series. The big book of pictures is positively resplendent with magnificent and memorable color (and black and white) images of London spanning from the Victorian Era to 2012. London native Reuel Gordon is the editor of the 552-page volume.
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