Aug
 08
 2017



Christopher

Hello,

Welcome back to another edition of The Spin. It's odd how on some days the news seems to have a lot of similar themes. Today there are three stories about fashion and religion and two about outraged customers in two separate U.K.-based retail chains. I hope you enjoy the read and see you again tomorrow. Best, Christopher



brands

Adidas-Skechers lawsuit to proceed. A U.S. federal judge has denied (paywall) Skechers' request to have a copyright infringement suit brought against it by Adidas tossed out of court. Adidas made the allegations in September 2015 and accuses Skechers of copying its iconic Stan Smith sneaker model. The ruling (paywall) will allow the case to go to trial and to be heard by a jury.


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Walmart heirs invest in Rapha. The stylish British bikewear brand Rapha gets ready to speed up as Steuart and Tom Walton, the grandsons of Walmart-founder Sam Walton, become major new shareholders of the London-based brand via their company RZC Investements. The deal's evaluation is thought to be around £200m.





people

Craig's collection. Famed British musician Craig David launched an eponymous capsule clothing collection at Selfridges yesterday. It consists of eight garage-inspired unisex graphic tees, hoodies and other tops with words and images culled from his 18-year career. Part of the store's Music Matters promotion which runs through October and explores the symbiotic relationship of music and style, the line will be sold in-store and online. It was created together with Bravado, a licensing arm of Universal Music Group.





markets

Dubai's modest gain. A new fashion event promoting modest fashion will launch in Dubai later this year the Islamic Fashion & Design Council announced yesterday. With an exact date and venue TBD, Pret-A-Cover Buyers Lane will feature designers, artists and brands that promote traditional, conservative dressing by Muslims. It is the latest evidence that fashion is suddenly all about promoting religious women to cover up chicly. This year alone has seen modest collections shown in London, New York and Italy among others and the launch of an e-commerce site devoted entirely to modest luxury and designer clothing.





retail

Nix the nudes! Speaking of modesty, a pink neon sign in the Missguided store in the Bluewater Shopping Center in Kent, U.K. has prompted an online petition calling for its removal that had been signed by more than 8,000 people as of this morning. The sign says "Send me nudes" and critics say it encourages the "negative and damaging" trend of young girls posing naked and sharing the photos, thereby making themselves potential victims of revenge porn, cyberbullying or sexual coercion.



And diversify! Missguided isn't the only U.K.-based retailer who is making news for offending people. Boohoo, which recently irked people for not using plus-size bodies to model its plus-size range, is once again the topic of people's ire. This time it is over its just launched #ALLGIRLS global back-to-school campaign that is supposed to celebrate the diversity of all young women. However, the chain is being called out on Twitter for not including any plus-size, trans or disabled females in the mix.





last

Disrespectful dressing in Australia... Melbourne-based brand Soulan Zee has offended Hindus by offering high-waisted booty shorts emblazoned with the deity Lord Ganesha, the god of wisdom. Raja Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, is spearheading the protest against the brand and asking for an apology for its trivialization of the religion's sacred beings.



...and maybe in NYC too. Rumors are swirling that theme of the next big fashion exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum in New York will be "Fashion and Religion" (paywall) although they have not been confirmed. If this is true, this potentially hot-button theme would also serve as the dress code for next year's Met Ball, leaving some to already wonder what will be the most controversial and potentially offensive outfits the A-List guests will wear.







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