ICYMI: New York Fashion Week's Trump boycott, Vêtements's Teddy Bear slippers, and fashion falls foul of China
Fashion by the 'gram
1. US-based designers abandoned New York Fashion Week's official venue over Donald Trump. Their counterparts in London, meanwhile, invited the public to join the fashion week fun.
So far, both Rag & Bone and Prabal Gurung have scrapped plans for runway shows at Hudson Yards, after the Washington Post reported on developer Stephen Ross's fundraising contributions to President Donald Trump's re-election campaign. Ross is also the owner of SoulCycle, which is facing similar boycotts. Across the pond, Self-Portrait and House of Holland announced that tickets for their upcoming presentations would be available for purchase by the general public (separate shows for buyers and press will still be held separately).
2. Vêtements disembowelled teddy bears and turned them into bedroom slippers.
We can't quite decide if these are a hilarious stroke of genius or the stuff of nightmares. Either way, you can purchase Vêtements's alpaca-and-mohair toe-teddies on Net-a-Porter for a cool $1,052.65.
3. Virgil Abloh's collection for Nike drew heat, as did Siberia Hills's for Billie Eilish.
A Diet Prada tip-off revealed mainline Nike items at an outlet store in Sweden which bore a striking resemblance to Abloh's sold out collection, leading some to wonder if the designer merely slapped his own branding on existing Nike designs. Fashion label Siberia Hills, meanwhile, apologised for the uncredited use of Twitter fan artist Makoto Kurokawa's work in its merchandise line for singer Billie Eilish. In its apology note, Siberia Hills clarified that Eilish had not been involved in the design of the offending items.
4. Several major fashion brands angered nationalistic Chinese netizens, while Tory Burch released a collab with celebs from Hong Kong.
Versace, Coach 1941, and Givenchy were all criticised for designs that referred to Hong Kong and/or Taiwan as countries separate to China (false in the case of the former, true in the latter). In the aftermath, Chinese actress Yang Mi terminated her working relationship with Versace, as did model Liu Wen with Coach 1941 and singer Jackson Yee with Givenchy. In addition, Fendi, Gucci, and Chanel came under fire for listing Hong Kong and/or Taiwan as countries on their websites.
Tory Burch, meanwhile, launched a romantic capsule collection with Hong Kong celebrity couple Cherrie Ying and Jordan Chan which was, thankfully, was met with zero controversy.
5. Cate Blanchett returned to the red carpet (hooray!) with a splash.
6. Moschino clothing and accessories landed in The Sims.
Following the brand's IRL collab with the interactive game, Sims can now be dressed head-to-toe in Moschino wares.
7. Anna Wintour added a new job title to her CV.
Persistent rumours of Wintour's retirement were dampened by the addition of a 'global content advisor' title to her existing roles at Condé Nast. Wintour is Vogue U.S.'s longtime editor-in-chief, and has also served as Condé Nast U.S.'s artistic director since 2013.
8. Uniqlo gave manga lovers cause for celebration.
The Japanese retailer dropped UT collections commemorating the 60th anniversary of weekly manga publication Shonen, and the 25th anniversary of Sailor Moon's debut.
9. Pedder On Scott's Linda Farrow retrospective opened.
A selection of Farrow's archival and collaborative eyewear styles — including the Jeremy Scott-designed pair below — have been re-issued, and will be sold exclusively at the exhibition.
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