Dolce&Gabbana files a defamation suit against Diet Prada, Gigi Hadid returns to the runway, and more

Dolce&Gabbana files a defamation suit against Diet Prada, Gigi Hadid returns to the runway, and more

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Text: Asri Jasman

Diet Prada has been slapped with a defamation lawsuit by Dolce&Gabbana.

The fight is not over. After more than two years since fashion watchdog Diet Prada revealed allegedly racist interactions between Stefano Gabbana and a critic on Instagram, it has been made public that the Italian brand has sued Diet Prada for damages. The suit was filed in Milan civil court back in 2019 but was only revealed this week. Dolce&Gabbana is seeking a total of more than half a billion euros, including one million euros for Gabbana individually. Fordham Law School’s Fashion Law Institute is currently representing Diet Prada's co-founders Tony Liu and Lindsey Schuyler on a pro-bono basis.

Gigi Hadid makes a runway comeback after giving birth to her first child.

After six months, model Gigi Hadid got back onto the runway (albeit an audience-less one) for Versace's autumn/winter 2021 collection. The hiatus was due to her giving birth to her first daughter Kai, with singer and longtime boyfriend Zayn Malik. The comeback not only debuted her first jump back into the fashion runway scene as a mother, but also a new hair colour. Hadid's now fiery red hair was a result of her obsession with Netflix's The Queen's Gambit.

Versace has a new monogram.

Hadid's not the only one with a new look. Versace's autumn/winter 2021 collection saw the brand somewhat revamping its visual codes with a new monogram that was seen on everything — from the ready-to-wear pieces to even the set. The Versace La Greca monogram took reference from the brand's iconic Greca motif but rendered in a three-dimensional design. While it is a different look for Versace, the monogram has been criticised as looking too similar to that of French trunk and accessories maker Goyard's.

Kering invests in online pre-owned fashion retailer Vestiaire Collective.

Vestiaire Collective has just ended a new 178 million euro financing round that was backed by luxury group Kering — the conglomerate behind luxury fashion brands the likes of Gucci, Bottega Veneta, and Balenciaga — as well as US investment firm Tiger Global Management. In a statement released, Kering's chairman and CEO François-Henri Pinault reasoned the investment as one that "fits naturally with our entrepreneurial spirit, our pioneering sustainability strategy, and our modern vision of luxury.”

Givenchy names Ouyang Nana as its brand ambassador in China.

20-year-old musician and actress Ouyang Nana has been named Givenchy's brand ambassador in China. The current Berklee College of Music student is reportedly a fan of creative director Matthew M. Williams and mentions in a press statement that: "everything he does has real life and soul". Nana joins multi-hyphenate Fan Chengcheng who's also been named as an ambassador. The appointment also marks the latest wave in luxury fashion houses choosing notable Asian celebrities as faces to front collections in their respective countries.

Lucali BYGB collaborates with local brand Duxton.

Getting a table at Lucali BYGB may be difficult at times, but while waiting, perhaps its latest merch may help to satiate cravings of the restaurant's massive pizzas. In collaboration with Duxton — a Singapore-based brand founded by a husband-and-wife duo — Lucali BYGB is now selling oversized hoodies emblazoned with the Lucali logo along the cuff and a slogan ("I hang on every word you say" right at the heart. Each hoodie retails for $185 and is available online in two sizes.

Sacai x KAWS is coming to you this July.

Part of Sacai's autumn/winter 2021 collection that was just unveiled this week, is the brand's first collaboration with famed artist KAWS. And what's in store this July, is bound to excite the streetwear and sneaker communities. Fronting the colourful collaboration is a reworking of Nike's Blazer Low sneaker in two colourways and decorated with Sacai's double Swoosh treatment, while KAWS' signature double-x motif appears on the midsole of each pair.

The return of Hood by Air.

After going on hiatus in 2017 and followed by a string of collaborations, Hood by Air is ready to make its official return into ready-to-wear. A campaign — starring supermodel Naomi Campbell — released, served as a tease to the brand's Prologue collection that's said to act as the pre-collection to the official return. It's also an announcement of the brand's relaunch show that's scheduled to take place sometime in June. And if it's anything like the Hood by Air shows of the past, it's bound to be epic.