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Kendall and Kylie Jenner respond to allegations of unpaid factory workers, Kanye West partners up with Gap, and more

Kendall and Kylie Jenner respond to allegations of unpaid factory workers, Kanye West partners up with Gap, and more

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Text: Emily Heng


Image: Instagram | @kyliejenner

Kendall and Kylie Jenner deny accusations of unpaid factory workers in Bangladesh.

The drama all came to a head when fashion watchdog account, Diet Prada, posted a now-deleted lengthy post describing how the Jenner sisters' clothing brand were owned and associated with GBG — one of brands accused of not paying their factory workers for now-cancelled goods due to COVID-19. The post also cited Remake, a non-profit against exploitation in fashion, who have expressed their frustrations that they have not received "clear answers from the team." A few days later, a representative from the Kendall + Kylie brand released a statement to say that the "Kendall + Kylie brand is owned by Canada Inc. The brand does not produce in Bangladesh." However, they have also admitted to a past relationship with GBG.

 

Kanye West enters a partnership deal with Gap.

Named "Yeezy Gap", the line will be developed by West as creative director and Mowalola Ogunlesi as design director. Expect "modern, elevated basics for men, women, and children at accessible price points" that are set to hit Gap stores in the first half of 2021.

 

Fashion Week will proceed as planned in September 2020.

The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode has announced that — despite a global pandemicParis Fashion Week will proceed as planned and take place on 28 September. Certain brands, however, will not be participating as they have avowed to disregard the traditional fashion calendar going forward. This includes Gucci, Saint Laurent, and Dries Van Noten.

 

Tiffany & Co. celebrates pride month by spotlighting their LGBTQI+ employees.

This is done in an effort to "celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community today and every day," with each individual sharing their story — and preferred pronoun — on the brand's Instagram page.

 

Lindsay Peoples Wagner and Sandrine Charles have put together a Black in Fashion Council.

This is done to "represent and secure the advancement of black individuals in the fashion and beauty industry." Its mission statement also claims that they aim to create a space where "black people in fashion and beauty spaces can be open and honest, guaranteed equal rights, and be celebrated for our voices."

 

Beyoncé and Zerina Akers have launched a directory of Black-owned businesses.

Named Black Owned Everything, it spotlights businesses spanning fashion, beauty, art and homeware so folks are able to express their support for the #BLM movement even after press coverage dies out. Entrepreneurs not on the list are encouraged to register their businesses at the Black Owned Everything website.

 

Gucci will be publishing a new book of photographs by Bruce Gilden.

The limited edition art book, Beaten and Blown by the Wind, was conceived as a result of Alessandro Michele's creative vision. Shot by Bruce Gilden, it features both the old and young donning Gucci alongside notable ambassadors such as model, Benedetta Barzini, and musician, Achille Lauro.

 

Dior has launched a dedicated microsite for the Air Jordan 1 by Dior.

This allows for customers to scoop up the limited-edition Air Jordan 1 OG Dior sneakers by registering for them. Naturally, a queue system will be in place where early birds will stand a higher chance of scoring these kicks. We recommend memorising your credit card details for extra insurance.

 

The Slow Factory launches an Open Education Initiative.

The program aims to provide skill-building in various areas of the fashion industry, such as sustainable manufacturing as well as social justice. These classes will be created — and taught — by Black, Brown, Indigenous, and minority ethnic communities. As of today, labels such as Collina Strada and Scocha have already expressed their support for the venture.


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