Rihanna comes under fire from the Muslim community for Savage x Fenty Vol. 2, Supreme x Smurfs, and more

Rihanna comes under fire from the Muslim community for Savage x Fenty Vol. 2, Supreme x Smurfs, and more

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Text: Emily Heng

Rihanna apologises to the Muslim community after the Savage x Fenty Vol. 2 Show.

The controversy is attributed to the song used in Savage x Fenty Vol. 2. Doom by Coucou Chloe features a recording of Hadith; a saying from the prophet Muhammad that is regarded as sacred to Muslims. This — paired with the visual of scantily-clad models dancing and gyrating — was seen as a deeply disrespectful move to the Muslim community.

Rihanna immediately took to Instagram to issue an apology, claiming that she was unaware of the track's origins and deeming it an honest yet careless mistake. "We understand that we have hurt many of our Muslim brothers and sisters, and I'm incredibly disheartened by this! I do not play with any kind of disrespect toward God or any religion and therefore the use of the song in our project was completely irresponsible!" She wrote. "Moving forward we will make sure nothing like this ever happens again. Thank you for your forgiveness and understanding."


Supreme partners up with Smufs to drop an all-new collection.

These blue-skinned, humanoid-like creatures are gracing Supreme hoodies, jacket, jeans, beanies, and more this season. As expected, many pieces have already (inevitably) sold out since its release on 1 October. Fingers crossed re-stocks are coming soon...?


Kenzo Takada passes away.

The founder of Japanese luxury fashion house, Kenzo, died in a hospital outside Paris due to COVID-19 related complications. He was 81. Bernard Arnault, chairman and CEO of LVMH, then made a statement expressing his grief and appreciation for the designer. "Kenzo Takada has, from the 1970s, infused into fashion a tone of poetic lightness and sweet freedom, which inspired many designers after him," he wrote. "In this fresh and spontaneous spirit, he durably renewed the world of perfume. The Maison he had established, Kenzo, still explores his vision."


Kim Kardashian is hosting a live-drawing class.

This is done in celebration of Kim's lingerie brand, Skims, dropping exclusively at Selfridges in the UK. Interested parties are invited to create their own artworks during the session, which will be conducted by Kim and long-time collaborator, Vanessa Beecroft. The challenge intends to celebrate inclusivity, beauty, and positivity, which thus allows participants to interpret the brief however they like it. The winner's work will be featured on the Selfridges website alongside specially commissioned pieces by Alika Cooper, Sungi Mlengeya, and more.


Glenn Martens has been made creative director at Diesel.

The Belgian Designer of Y/Project fame will be in charge of style, comms, and interior design for the brand. Martens released a statement regarding his new title, which Diesel then shared on their Instagram page. "I am extremely honored and excited to join the Diesel family. Synonymous with radicality, honesty, and optimism, Diesel helped shape the way we see the future," he wrote. "Its unique voice has made it an undeniable icon. Today, more than ever, I feel the need to celebrate these founding values, to build bridges through a message of hope." Congrats!


Dries Van Noten opens their first U.S. retail store.

In Los Angeles, no less. The fashion house is taking over the building once owned by Opening Ceremony, which stands at a whopping 8,500 square feet. This makes it the Van Noten's largest store —approximately four times the size of his original Antwerp flagship, according to The Cut. The boutique will also host artists' exhibitions, musicians, lectures and even presentations by local fashion designers in the near future.

Michael Kors are featuring their employees in the latest Watch Hunger Stop campaign.

Done in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP), it sees Michael Kors's employees sporting a unisex white pocket T-shirt as well as a denim tote bag made from 25 percent Repreve recycled polyester. Kors will donate all profits to WFP with every item sold. They've also created an Instagram filter titled "Share Your Heart", where Kors aims to donate another 50 meals to WFP for every person who shares it.


Nike will undertake a new sustainability effort.

Named 'Move to Zero', it entails eradicating the use of single-use plastics; the reduction of their carbon emission waste to zero; and the utilisation of completely renewable energy by 2025. This is said to be a continuation of Nike's commitment to protecting the future of sport against climate change.