The fashion world has been abuzz with much controversy lately, no thanks to what’s going on in the political sphere. Fashion giants Versace, Givenchy, and Coach have caught the ire of Chinese netizens. Over in the Americas, other equally-storied fashion brands like Prabal Gurung and Rag & Bone have begun a boycott of Hudson Yards after it was revealed its owner was hosting a fundraiser for Donald Trump.

If you’re curious about all these developments in the fashion schism, keep on reading for all the fashion news you need to catch up on this week.

Versace, Coach, and Givenchy apologise to China over a T-shirt controversy

It looks like Chinese nationalism has prevailed over fashion once again, as Versace, Coach, and Givenchy are scrambling to issue apologies and retractions after the brands have unfortunately angered the wrath of Chinese netizens.

Recently, some of the T-shirts from the fashion giants suggested that Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan were countries separate from China, and this did not play well especially considering the current state of affairs happening in those countries.

Already, the brands have apologised to China. Donatella Versace issued a statement via her Instagram stating that disrespecting China’s sovereignty was never her intention, and a similar apology was put out by both Coach and Givenchy. The brands have also put out the apologies on Weibo in a bid to reach more Chinese fans.

However, the damage has already been done, with prominent Chinese ambassadors of these brands already pulling out of their partnerships. The actress Yang Mi has decided to cut ties with Versace, and model Liu Wen might face a S$30 million fee for terminating her contract early with Coach.

Prabal Gurung and Rag & Bone pulled out of presenting at Hudson Yards

Ahead of the upcoming New York Fashion Week, two of the most iconic American fashion brands — Prabal Gurung and Rag & Bone — have decided to not present their fashion collections at the new Hudson Yards. Their decision stems from the revelation that the owner of Hudson Yards, Stephen Ross, was staging a fundraiser in the Hamptons for Donald Trump.

Ross is also the founder, owner, and chairman of The Related Company, which owns Hudson Yards, Equinox, SoulCycle, and Momofuku (among other brands). This boycott is significant as there have been reports that Hudson Yards is set to be the home of NYFW, and we’ll only see the repercussions of this incident in the seasons to come.

Supermodel Ashley Graham announces her pregnancy

Ashley Graham had two reasons to celebrate on August 14: Not only was it her ninth anniversary with husband Justin Ervin, she also took to Instagram to announce that she was expecting her first baby.

The news was accompanied with a barrage of well wishes from her industry peers Lily Aldridge, Karlie Kloss, and Emily Ratajkowski. While Graham shared the announcement video on her Instagram feed, Ervin took to his profile to share a sonogram and a picture from early on in their relationship. Couple goals, honestly.

Loeffler Randall launches first ready-to-wear collection

The June beach dress. (Photo: Loeffler Randall)
The Enid ruffle dress. (Photo: Loeffler Randall)

Good news if you are a fan of Loeffler Randall shoes: the brand has announced their first ready-to-wear collection. The launch of this small edit of clothes comes hot on the heels of the announcement of their own jewellery line, and will feature pieces ranging from S$200 to S$500.

The clothes exhibit the same dreamy, bohemian-chic vibe as the shoes, and are supposed to be paired with them effortlessly.

Josiah Neo
Josiah Neo is a tech writer who contributes occasionally to the fashion, travel, and culture beats. When he’s not busy keeping up with the keynotes, he’s probably stuffing his face with the best Melbournian donuts (at Shortstop, BTW) or watching his favourite esports team, the Los Angeles Valiant, pummel their opponents into oblivion.