H&M suspends employees for using racial slurs, the fashion ateliers affected by the explosion in Beirut, and more

H&M suspends employees for using racial slurs, the fashion ateliers affected by the explosion in Beirut, and more

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Text: Emily Heng

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H&M suspends several employees over the use of a racial slur.

The fashion giant serves as the parent company to high-street label, & Other Stories, who was recently in the news after an internal photo uploaded to the brand's product overview system was shared to the public. In it, a purple hat was referred to as the "N*gga Lab Beanie." Upon complaints from employees, the product launch was cancelled and responsible parties were suspended. In a statement, brand representatives declared, "We take the use of racially inappropriate language extremely seriously. Although the word was never printed on an actual product, the use of the word was completely unacceptable and is inexcusable."


Multiple fashion ateliers were destroyed or damaged due to the explosion in Beirut.

They include Zuhair Murad, Elie Saab, Rabih Kayrouz, and more. The blasts were said to be caused by accumulation of ammonium nitrate stored at the city's docks for six years, and its deadly effects included the wiping out a significant amount of Beirut's fashion district. Murad expressed his grief in a statement to Business of Fashion. "I lost everything," he said, "all my memories. I built this building stone by stone, day by day, night by night."


Dior's latest Fall Campaign pays homage to feminist artist, Marcella Campagnano.

It comprises a series of portraits that represent different feminine roles and identities. Think mother, prostitute, student, bride, and more. The brand's fall collection also has shirts with spelling out statements such as "Patriarchy = Repression" and "We Are All Clitoridian Women" — all of which are the work of feminist art collective, Claire Fontaine.


The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands welcomes new luxury brands to their line-up.

It also sees the expansion of certain brands, such as Celine — their boutique will be transformed into a flagship duplex store — as well as Alexander McQueen, which is predicted to triple in size come end 2020. Italian kidswear label, Monnalisa, and fine jewellery brands Ahkah and Qeelin will be available as well.


M Missoni and Save The Duck have dropped a limited edition capsule.

Picture genderless outerwear in bold hues and patterns — all of which is pretty sustainable, to boot. A portion of the garments from Save The Duck are said to be made from fibers sourced from recycled plastic bottles. Scoop up the entire range available now.


Onitsuka Tiger reinvents their classic Ohbori shoe.

The iconic sneaker was first released in 1974 and has since graced the arches of Olympic medalists. Its latest rendition, the Ohbori EX, retains its sporty yet retro aesthetic with the addition of an outsole with improved cushioning. Pick up a pair from Onitsuka Tiger boutiques at Takashimaya S.C., Jewel, or online.

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