Taylor Swift alters her Folklore merch after being accused of plagiarism, Issey Miyake Men is being discontinued, and more

Taylor Swift alters her Folklore merch after being accused of plagiarism, Issey Miyake Men is being discontinued, and more

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Text: Emily Heng

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Taylor Swift is accused of plagiarizing the logo for her Folklore merch.

Independent Black businesswoman, Amira Rasool, stepped forward on 24 July to point out the similarity between Folklore's album merch to the logo of her online fashion retail venture, The Folklore. "I am sharing my story to bring light to the trend of large companies/celebrities copying the work of small, minority-owned business owners," she wrote on Instagram. "I am not going to let this blatant theft go unchecked." Taylor's team then stepped forward to make a statement on 28 July, where they elected to honour Rasool's request and alter the design accordingly. Fans who have ordered their products have been notified that they will receive products that appear differently from what was previously shown.


Issey Miyake Men will be discontinued.

"As we continue to explore the future of men's wear and with full engagement, we arrived at the decision to end Issey Miyake Men in its current format to explore and engage with something new and exciting." The statement was issued by an Issey Miyake representative obtained by WWD. The fall 2020 collection, hence, is the last we'll be seeing of Issey Miyake Men.


Burberry reveals their first social retail store in Shenzhen, China.

Done in partnership with Tencent Technology — the owner of popular Chinese messaging app, WeChat — the store seamlessly integrates interactive elements, social media, and more to form a unique experience like no other. Think products labelled with QR codes that, when scanned, reveal more info about the garment. There's also an exclusive Burberry WeChat mini platform that allows customers to book appointments, reserve fitting rooms, and make reservations at the store's café. The more you utilise the app, the more rewards you reap such as getting access to VIP areas within the store.


Fendi taps Chloe and Halle Bailey to star in their latest campaign.

The dynamic duo are the stars of Fendi's new #MeAndMyPeekaboo campaign. This also marks the first time the fashion house has given the talent complete creative control, allowing the Bailey sisters to use their own team and execute their own concept. Both parties have expressed their mutual appreciation —and respect — for each other, with Fendi lauding them for "paving the way for the next generation of creatives."


Marni apologises for their controversial campaign.

Titled "Jungle Mood", it featured Black models donning everything from chains to tribal amulets. Fashion watchdog account, Diet Prada, immediately released a response, declaring that it alludes to "racist, colonial stereotypes of Black people as primitive, uncivilized, and unmodern people." Marni quickly took down the photos after and issued an apology.


Sustainable swimwear label, Ookioh, launches a joint capsule collection with Rachael Wang.

Yes, that's the swimwear brand which counts Gigi Hadid and Hailey Bieber as clientele. This time, they've partnered up with renowned stylist, Rachael Wang, to drop a sustainable collection available in sizes XS through XXL; made from recycled nylon and recycled plastic bottles; and produced locally in L.A. to ensure fair working conditions and wages for workers.


O: The Oprah Magazine will end after its December 2020 print issue.

But that's not to say you won't be hearing from the team entirely. "We are discussing with Hearst the evolution of O Magazine including digital opportunities. We have no plans to end the relationship," a representative for Winfrey told Business of Fashion. They'll be looking into reinventing Oprah's unique perspective on issues, and promise to "invest in the growth of this platform as the brand becomes more digitally-centric."


Christian Siriano has been awarded state funding to produce personal protective equipment.

Siriano is reportedly one of 12 companies that will receive funding to continue to produce medical gear. New York Governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, said, "Christian Siriano quickly changed the scope of his high fashion Manhattan design and manufacturing studio to provide proper face coverings for two of the larger public employers in the state of New York. His company has invested USD$600,000 in this project, which allowed him to maintain his 17-person staff while promoting safety and economic recovery through the adaptation of his normal business," he said. "Christian is symbolic of great New Yorkers rising to the challenge and supporting the well-being of the larger New York State community."