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Gucci and Nordstrom Criticized for Cultural Appropriation (The Washington Post)
Gucci has come under fire from the Sikh community for an $790 turban. The company first received a backlash to the item when it appeared on its Fall 2019 runway on a white model. The conversation was reignited when someone noticed the item was for sale at Nordstrom, listed as the Full Indy Turban. “The turban is not just a fashion accessory to monetize, but a religious article of faith that millions of Sikhs around the world view as sacred,” the Sikh Coalition, an advocacy organization, told NBC News. The description of the item has since been changed to “Full Head Wrap,” and is listed as “sold out” on Nordstrom’s website. Earlier this year Gucci apologized for a sweater from the same collection that resembled blackface.
Gabriela Hearst Is Launching a Menswear Collection (Vogue)
Gabriela Hearst is known for her excellent tailoring and suiting. So it was only a matter of time before she turned her attention to menswear. Hearst has been developing the line for a year and a half with the help of her friend, graphic designer Peter Miles. “Peter has a casualness about him, but at the same time there’s a sharpness,” she told Vogue. “He has particular ideas of how things should fit on a man, but it’s absolutely relaxed. It doesn’t look over-thought.”
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LVMH Will Use Blockchain Technology to Authenticate Its Goods (WWD)
Louis Vuitton and Perfumes Christian Dior will be the first two LVMH brands to use blockchain technology to authenticate their goods. “The benefits for customers are increased transparency and enhanced ethical products,” LVMH says. “Every step of the item’s life cycle is registered, enabling a new and transparent storytelling.”
The Royal Family Texts Through a Group Chat (Harper’s Bazaar UK)
Apparently even royalty loves the convenience of WhatsApp. Mike Tindall, husband of Zara Phillips (the Queen’s granddaughter), revealed that the British royals have a family group chat. Apparently that was how Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced the birth of their son to the family. “It’s just what you do to try and set up get-togethers,” Tindall said of the group chat. “[We discuss things like] ‘Are you going to take the kids?’ Quite a lot of people have family WhatsApp groups, I don’t think it’s a new revelation.”
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Berlin Will Have a 24-Hour Fashion Festival (Business of Fashion)
The communications agency Reference Studios is partnering with the fashion and culture magazine 032C on a 24-hour fashion festival in Berlin. Titled Reference Berlin, the event will mix fashion with music, art, and technology through a series of “installations, performances, workshops and panel discussions.” Gucci will hold a dinner an opening dinner and Comme des Garçons will debut three new fragrances at the festival.
rag & bone Celebrate A Damn Good T-Shirt (Release)
Helena Christensen, Marcus Wainwright and Gabriel-Kane-Day-Lewis celebrated the launch of a new rag & bone capsule of limited edition t-shirts at the brand’s Soho flagship last night. Christensen, Day-Lewis, Say Lou Lou and former professional skateboarder Peter Bice created an exclusive run of 100 t-shirts inspired by New York City with 20% of sales benefitting a charity of each participants choice. The event also served as the launch of the brand’s new customizable t-shirt printing service available for a limited time in May at stores located in SoHo, New York City and Sloane Square, London. The “iconic white t-shirt” will effectively become a blank canvas for customers to print their own original images, in real-time. Delilah Belle Hamlin, Alana Zimmerman, Andrea Mary Marshall, Eleanor Lambert and Quentin De Briey were also on hand last night.