Coach and Givenchy bosses apologise after T-shirts trigger outrage in China

Executives at Coach and Givenchy have issued apologies to the people of China after two T-shirt designs triggered fierce criticism in the nation.Over the weekend, Donatella Versace took to social media to insist she was “deeply sorry” after it came to …

Executives at Coach and Givenchy have issued apologies to the people of China after two T-shirt designs triggered fierce criticism in the nation.

Over the weekend, Donatella Versace took to social media to insist she was “deeply sorry” after it came to her attention that the Versace brand had been selling a range of T-shirts and hoodies in which the Chinese territories of Hong Kong and Macau were incorrectly described as independent countries.

Since then, online users have called out bosses at Coach and Givenchy for offering T-shirts labelled with the words Taipei, Taiwan – which is also officially in the Republic of China.

“Coach respects and supports China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. In May 2018, we found a serious inaccuracy in the design of a few T-shirts,” a representative for Coach wrote on Instagram. “We immediately pulled those products from all channels globally. We also reviewed our entire assortment to ensure compliance and have strengthened our internal product development process to avoid the occurrence of a similar issue in the future. We are fully aware of the severity of this error and deeply regret it.”

They went on to explain that the items have been reviewed and the relevant website content has been updated.

A Givenchy spokesperson uploaded an apology with a similar sentiment too.

“The house of Givenchy firmly respects China’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity. Immediate actions have been taken to recall the inaccurate T-shirt design from all markets, and measures of product and process review have been and will continue to be taken to avoid similar situations in the future,” they wrote. “The House of Givenchy wishes to sincerely apologise for this mistake that does not reflect the deep respect it has for its Chinese audiences throughout the world, as well as renew its commitment to pursue its longstanding relationship with the market in the most thoughtful way.”

The criticism of the garments comes at a particularly sensitive time due to the protests taking place in Hong Kong at present, with tens of thousands of campaigners demanding leaders listen to their concerns about China’s political influence.

As a result of the backlash, Coach ambassador and top model Liu Wen has distanced herself from the New York-based label and posted a statement on her Weibo social media page.

“I apologise to everyone for the damage that I have caused as a result of my less-careful choice of brand!” she commented. “I love my motherland, and I steadfastly safeguard China’s sovereignty.”

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Fendi pays tribute to Karl Lagerfeld with couture show in Rome

Fendi has honoured the late Karl Lagerfeld with its fall/winter 2019-2020 couture show.The German couturier, who had served as the Italian label’s creative director of fur and women’s ready-to-wear since 1965, died at the age of 85 in February. Accordi…

Fendi has honoured the late Karl Lagerfeld with its fall/winter 2019-2020 couture show.

The German couturier, who had served as the Italian label’s creative director of fur and women’s ready-to-wear since 1965, died at the age of 85 in February.

Accordingly, menswear and accessories designer Silvia Venturini Fendi took the opportunity to honour the godfather of fashion at the latest high-end presentation, which was held at the Palatine Hill and overlooked the Colosseum in Rome on Thursday night.

Titled The Dawn of Romanity, and with the likes of Susan Sarandon, Zendaya, Jason Momoa and wife Lisa Bonet, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Zoey Deutch, and Kiernan Shipka, in attendance, Fendi told editors at Vogue.com that the range celebrates the relationship between Fendi and the capital city, as well as Lagerfeld’s groundbreaking vision and techniques.

“(His legacy includes) his attitude to break rules and push boundaries,” said Silvia, adding that for Lagerfeld, “Nothing was ever impossible, and that’s what we all tried for.”

To open the presentation, a model walked the runway in a white suit with blouse-like sleeves, a gauzy shirt, and carried a fur-look handbag. A retro theme was immediately apparent in the ensembles that followed, with Silvia opting for a palette of brown, tan, white, and light blue, as well as a mix of textures, such as dresses matched with furry coats. Sam McKnight was in charge of the hair, with each model sporting a round bob wig dyed to match their outfit, with the colours inspired by the pinks, greys, and apricots of Roman marbles.

Highlights of the collection included a dress with striped panels made from black velvet which was modelled by Candice Swanepoel, a black gown with ruffled skirt featuring deep-V neckline, a black dress with geometric panels worn by Liu Wen, as well as a long silky dress with ’60s-style marble print as modelled by Kaia Gerber.

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Gigi Hadid thrilled to front Prada’s spring 19 campaign

Gigi Hadid is excited to be the face of Prada’s spring/summer 2019 campaign.Executives for the Italian luxury fashion house unveiled imagery from the new photoshoot on social media on Wednesday (08Jan19), with one of the shots showing the 23-year-old m…

Gigi Hadid is excited to be the face of Prada’s spring/summer 2019 campaign.

Executives for the Italian luxury fashion house unveiled imagery from the new photoshoot on social media on Wednesday (08Jan19), with one of the shots showing the 23-year-old model posing with a black and white Prada purse, and sporting bleached eyebrows and make-up inspired by the looks British supermodel Twiggy famously wore in the ’60s.

Taking to Instagram, Gigi uploaded one of the snaps and explained that the opportunity was a dream come true.

“It’s hard to put into words how much this means to me,” she captioned the post. “There are just some things in life you dream about but don’t think you’ll achieve; to Mrs. (Miuccia) Prada, @ashleybrokaw (Ashley Brokaw, casting director), @zambishot (Fabio Zambernardi, design director), and the entire team – thank you for this incredible experience and opportunity to prove myself. We had the best time working on this project and I can’t wait to share more!!”

In addition to Gigi, a number of other top models, including Liu Wen, Anok Yai, Maike Inga, and Freja Beha Erichsen, appear in the campaign and “suspenseful” short films.

Photographer Willy Vanderperre helmed the shoot, while styling was undertaken by Olivier Rizzo, with a Prada spokesperson explaining that the concept drew on the history of Hollywood cinema.

“This campaign approach emblemises the concept of Prada as an auteur, whose style and thematic preoccupations underscore the visuals,” they said. “A great movie can be seen as a world view – a window onto an imagined universe unto itself. Here, Prada directs multiple realities, refashioning five female models – Freja Beha Erichsen, Gigi Hadid, Maike Inga, Liu Wen, and Anok Yai – as characters named after Prada’s supporting cast of accessories.”

Three male models – Daan Duez, Jonas Gloer and Tae Min – appear in the campaign too, though they are presented as “matinee idols” or masculine counterparts to the female stars.

Prada’s short films will be released through January and February on the label’s website.

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Kendall Jenner is the world’s highest-paid model for a second year

Kendall Jenner has topped Forbes magazine’s Highest-Paid Models list for a second year.The catwalk favourite ended Gisele Bundchen’s 15-year reign as the world’s richest model last year (17) thanks to earnings of $22 million (£17.4 million) over the p…

Kendall Jenner has topped Forbes magazine’s Highest-Paid Models list for a second year.

The catwalk favourite ended Gisele Bundchen’s 15-year reign as the world’s richest model last year (17) thanks to earnings of $22 million (£17.4 million) over the previous 12 months, and has retained her top spot with a $22.5 million (£17.7 million) fortune in 2018.

In addition to posing on the cover of top fashion magazines such as American Vogue, and walking in major runway shows for the likes of Burberry, Versace, Fendi, and Victoria’s Secret, Kendall has also partnered with fashion and beauty giants like Adidas, Calvin Klein, Estee Lauder, and Longchamp this year.

Newlywed Karlie Kloss, who will replace Heidi Klum as the host of hit reality show Project Runway in 2019, places second with $13 million (£10 million). Chrissy Teigen and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley are tied in third place with $11.5 million (£9.1 million) each, followed by Gisele and Cara Delevingne, who both earned $10 million (£7.9 million) this year.

The new top 10 is rounded off by sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid, Joan Smalls and Doutzen Kroes, with the publication noting that each model has made excellent use of social media in boosting their profiles. Together, the world’s 10 highest-paid models made a cumulative $113 million (£89.6 million) between 1 June 1 2017 and 1 June 2018, a slight increase from $109.5 million (£86.8 million) collective total of last year.

However, neither Adriana Lima, Ashley Graham or Liu Wen made the list this year, as they all earned just below the $8 million (£6.3 million) cutoff.

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Liu Wen had never worn heels before she started modelling

Liu Wen had never walked in high heels before she started her career in fashion.The Chinese model had a quick rise to fame after entering the industry in 2005, nabbing campaigns for Chanel, Calvin Klein, Alexander Wang and Estee Lauder. Liu may be know…

Liu Wen had never walked in high heels before she started her career in fashion.

The Chinese model had a quick rise to fame after entering the industry in 2005, nabbing campaigns for Chanel, Calvin Klein, Alexander Wang and Estee Lauder.

Liu may be known as China’s first supermodel, but she has shared that she had never attempted to walk in heels prior to entering a modelling contest in her teenage years.

“I had never even worn high heels before modelling!” she told InStyle.com, adding that she fully invested herself in learning all she could in the early days of her career. “I didn’t know anything (about fashion), so I would study magazines and watch videos of other models. I was trying to learn something from them but use it to be myself.”

Liu continues to be one of the most sought-after names in the industry, and last year (17), became the first-ever Chinese model to appear on the front cover of American Vogue for its 125th Anniversary issue.

But she is also keen to delve into other aspects of the fashion business and has recently teamed with cashmere company Erdos on a capsule line.

“It really helped me grow. Every detail is mine. It was stressful, but I learned a lot,” the 30-year-old said of the range.

In the past, New York-based Liu has indicated that she may also look to work as a stylist or give acting a go. But she remained tight-lipped about her ambitions in her latest interview.

“I have lots of things I want to try,” she smiled. “But who knows? I might just retire in 10 years and have a little house with a garden in some village – that is the dream!”

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