Gucci accused of cultural appropriation over turban-style headpiece

Gucci has been accused of cultural appropriation over the sale of a turban-inspired headpiece.In February, bosses at the Italian fashion house, led by creative director Alessandro Michele, were forced to issue an apology and set up diversity schemes af…

Gucci has been accused of cultural appropriation over the sale of a turban-inspired headpiece.

In February, bosses at the Italian fashion house, led by creative director Alessandro Michele, were forced to issue an apology and set up diversity schemes after fans pointed out that they were advertising a knitted jumper that resembled blackface – the controversial makeover white people adopt to look like black figures.

Now, Gucci has sparked outrage from the Sikh community over a cotton headwrap being sold for $790 (£618) by U.S. retailers such as Nordstrom, with the piece appearing to be very similar to the traditional headwear, also known as dastaar, which represents honour, self-respect, courage and piety.

“The Sikh turban is not just a fashion accessory, but it’s also a sacred religious article of faith. We hope more can be done to recognise this critical context. #appropriation,” an official from the New York Sikh Coalition wrote on Twitter, while Vancouver-based reporter Taran Parmar commented of the headpiece, “Seriously @Nordstrom @gucci ? The turban is one of the most important and symbolic articles of faith for Sikhs, and you’re selling it as a fashion accessory to make money? This isn’t the first time you’ve come under fire for cultural appropriation. Do better.”

In addition, another Twitter user named Aasees Kaur pointed out that those who wear turbans for religious reasons have been targets of violence in the past.

“This is beyond aggravating. Did someone at @gucci even bother to figure out what a dastaar (turban) means to Sikhs? Did it cross your minds to consider the history behind our identity? My people are discriminated against, even killed, for wearing a turban,” she stated.

The item was previously sold on the Nordstrom website with the description, “Indy Full Head Wrap”. It is no longer available.

Gucci’s turban was first unveiled during a runway presentation held as part of Milan Fashion Week in February 2018.

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Model Denise Bidot opens up about self-love and feeling empowered

Denise Bidot has opened up about the importance of self-love and the major role that it plays in empowering women.The plus-size model made the remarks during a recent appearance at Rolling Stone’s Women Shaping the Future brunch, in honour of the magaz…

Denise Bidot has opened up about the importance of self-love and the major role that it plays in empowering women.

The plus-size model made the remarks during a recent appearance at Rolling Stone’s Women Shaping the Future brunch, in honour of the magazine’s March (19) issue – which celebrates women from a variety of backgrounds.

Bidot joined a number of key leaders from the worlds of fashion, media and politics for the event, which featured Planned Parenthood president Leana Wen, U.S. Representative Jahana Hayes and broadcast journalist Tamron Hall as speakers.

Speaking to Footwear News, the Curvy Girls star stressed the importance of taking time to put oneself first.

“There are so many layers to what makes you feel empowered,” she stated. “Obviously, self-love. If you can’t get into that, you can’t get into moving to care about others and changing the world.”

The 32-year-old, who has modelled for brands including Levi’s, Nordstrom and Old Navy, went on to discuss her personal style and emphasised that women shouldn’t be afraid to experiment with fashion.

“Honestly, it’s a trial and error scenario,” the Miami native confessed. “It’s a matter of the material, the quality… I just try on everything. I don’t get scared. I become fearless in every shopping scenario.”

The model also revealed her wardrobe staples and suggested that she favours pieces that are both stylish and practical.

“I love a good boot, I’m such a New York girl,” she laughed. “I can wear a boot all year round.

“Most of my shoes are booties!”

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Celine Dion to launch gender neutral children’s clothing line

Celine Dion is set to unveil a children’s fashion line to cater to both boys and girls. The singer took to Instagram on Monday (12Nov18) to tease the gender-neutral collection, sharing a video post, in which she is wrestled to the ground and handcuff…

Celine Dion is set to unveil a children’s fashion line to cater to both boys and girls.

The singer took to Instagram on Monday (12Nov18) to tease the gender-neutral collection, sharing a video post, in which she is wrestled to the ground and handcuffed. The brief promo ends with Dion smiling and saying, “It’s OK, it’s OK, I’m Celine Dion! I’m Celine Dion!” as the name of her apparel brand Celinununu appears across the screen.

In a separate Twitter post, the 50 year old shared the same cryptic film with the caption, “Grand unveiling tomorrow”.

The items, which will be available via the label’s website, include a leather jacket, a skull patch sweatshirt, leggings, slippers and a denim biker jacket.

“One Voice: fashion has the power to shape people’s minds,” a statement on the company’s site reads. “Inspire your children to be free and find their own individuality through clothes.”

The pieces are described as “gender neutral clothing for little humans with freedom of mind”.

The is the latest creative endeavour outside of music the My Heart Will Go On hitmaker has embarked on – last year (17), she launched the Celine Dion Collection at department store Nordstrom. She also teamed up with the retailer for a line of handbags, luggage and accessories. During the Christmas holiday, she also released a special purse, which was sold exclusively at the U.S. department store.

Dion is currently preparing for the conclusion of her Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace after an eight year run. Her final performance will be staged on 8 June (18).

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Anya Hindmarch designs work-ready bag collection

Anya Hindmarch has created a new collection of bags for the working woman.The British designer’s Bags That Work collection consists of five styles, created with the organised woman in mind. Each bag includes many different compartments, thanks to the m…

Anya Hindmarch has created a new collection of bags for the working woman.

The British designer’s Bags That Work collection consists of five styles, created with the organised woman in mind. Each bag includes many different compartments, thanks to the many pockets and zips to maximise space and efficiency, and is a mixture of practical cross-body bags and totes.

“I love things that work – and deliver – and I find organisation deeply exciting,” Hindmarch told WWD, adding that these bags have been designed with “women who jump from cars to trains and planes” in mind, who need to easy-access to their most important belongings.

“Sometimes we want our bags to be a fashion statement, at other times we need them to just really work. It’s all about function, craftsmanship and a sense of humour.”

Hindmarch has a reputation for adding practical touches to her designs, such as internal pockets, sleeves and detachable pouches, and all the bags in the collection can be customised by adding charms including a mink fried egg, a chubby leather heart and a fuzzy pair of red cherries, or by changing the strap. All the compartments have also been cleverly labelled so customers will always be able to find their phone, cards and coins with ease.

The Bags That Work range will launch later this week (ends19Aug18) in the brand’s standalone stores, and at retailers including Matchesfashion.com, Selfridges, Bergdorf Goodman, Le Bon Marche and Nordstrom.

Prices range from $950 (£742) for a satchel to $1,495 (£1,167) for a tote.

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Ivanka Trump shutting down namesake fashion brand

Ivanka Trump is shutting down her eponymous clothing and accessories label.The U.S. businesswoman first delved into the fashion world in 2007 with a jewellery brand but officially launched her company in 2014 with a range of garments, footwear, handbag…

Ivanka Trump is shutting down her eponymous clothing and accessories label.

The U.S. businesswoman first delved into the fashion world in 2007 with a jewellery brand but officially launched her company in 2014 with a range of garments, footwear, handbags, eyewear and fragrance.

However, Ivanka’s brand has faced a number of controversies over the years, including criticism for allegedly copying other designers and boycotts from shoppers over her father U.S. President Donald Trump’s policies following his election in 2016, and she has now decided to shutter the label after deciding to pursue a career in public policy.

“When we first started this brand, no one could have predicted the success that we would achieve. After 17 months in Washington, I do not know when or if I will ever return to the business, but I do know that my focus for the foreseeable future will be the work I am doing here in Washington, so making this decision now is the only fair outcome for my team and partners,” she said in a statement on Tuesday (24Jul18). “I am beyond grateful for the work of our incredible team who has inspired so many women; each other and myself included. While we will not continue our mission together, I know that each of them will thrive in their next chapter.”

According to NBC News, Ivanka, 36, has met personally with each of her 18 staff members in New York following the announcement of the company’s closure. The brand’s official website is still live and is not yet known when operations will cease.

Abigail Klem, president of the Ivanka Trump brand, went on to explain that the move to shutter “was a very difficult decision”.

“We are incredibly proud of the brand we have built and the content and product we’ve developed for our customers,” she commented. “I know that this was a very difficult decision for Ivanka and I am very grateful for the opportunity to have led such a talented and committed team.”

Since March 2017, Ivanka has served in her father’s presidential administration as a senior advisor – an unpaid position.

Insiders have told CNN that part of the reason the mother-of-three chose to end her company was that she had become frustrated by potential conflicts of interest and the perception that she could be profiteering off her connections to the White House.

While the Ivanka Trump brand is privately held and does not release sales figures, department stores such as Nordstrom and Hudson’s Bay recently dropped the label, citing poor sales.

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