ICYMI: Alber Elbaz returns to fashion, Rihanna drops a new visual autobiography, and Uniqlo’s advertisement draws criticisms
Fashion by the ‘gram
1. Uniqlo advertisement draws flak.
The South Korean-subtitled (now deleted) advertisement starring style icon Iris Apfel translated her line "I can't remember that far back!" to "Gosh! How can I remember something that goes back 80 years?" The campaign drew criticism as it was deemed insensitive towards wartime atrocities and forced sexual slavery. Amidst a call to boycott the Japanese label in South Korea, Uniqlo withdrew the ad, stating that it had “no links to any political or religious agendas, belief or organisations”.
2. Street Superior Festival is back.
Located at *Scape, the streetwear festival will be held from 2 to 3 November with a slew of line-ups including parkour performances, a sneaker customisation competition, and a market retailing vintage goods.
3. BlinQ Fashion has launched.
The Singapore-based luxury e-commerce portal allows users to use augmented reality (AR) to virtually try on pieces from international, regional, and local designers before making a purchase.
4. Louis Vuitton reopens their Bond Street store.
The London flagship is now fitted with a ‘gram-worthy facade and interior created by architect Peter Marino. Celebrities, including Maisie Williams, Gal Gadot, and Kylie Minogue, were in attendance to celebrate the happy occasion.
5. Alber Elbaz returns to fashion.
In partnership with Richemont, the former Lanvin designer’s new label is called AZFashion, a shortened form of AlberelbaZfashion.
6. Ralph Lauren has a new documentary on HBO.
Very Ralph will dive into the American designer’s illustrious career and will debut on 12 November.
7. Rihanna drops her new visual autobiography.
The Rihanna Book consists of over 500 pages with over a thousand images that document her life from her childhood in Barbados, her rise to fame, and worldwide tours, to the creation of her fashion label, Fenty.
8. Rabeanco opens a new store in Singapore.
Located in Jewel Changi Airport, the new post will be the brand’s sixth outlet on our island.
9. 6ixty8ight to launch e-commerce shop.
The site will retail the full range of lingerie, nightwear, homewear, loungewear, casualwear, and accessories come mid-November, just in time for Christmas.