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Kanye and North West at a PFW Yeezy presentation | Photo: Courtesy of Getty Images

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Kanye West Partners with Gap

From rapping about his days working at The Gap on his 2004 debut album College Drop-Out, to declaring his desire “to be the Steve Jobs of the Gap” in 2015, Kanye West’s destiny has recently been fulfilled. Late last week, it was announced that the rapper and fashion mogul had inked a 10-year deal with Gap for a ‘Yeezy Gap’ apparel line. West aims to make ‘Yeezy Gap’ a more affordable offering, and Gap hopes to reinvent itself as a newly relevant brand by leaning into West’s star power and design acumen.


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Logo Designer Milton Glaser Dies

Iconic graphic designer Milton Glaser passed away on Friday, June 26, 2020 at the age of 91. He is remembered for designing the legendary “I ♥ NY” logo, the 1966 poster for Bob Dylan’s ‘Greatest Hits’, and was the co-founder of New York magazine. From his modernist aesthetic, bold colorways, and bespoke fonts, Glaser established a decades-long career as one of the world’s leading graphic designers. 

Bob Dylan Greatest Hits poster by Milton Glaser
Bob Dylan's 'Greatest Hits' poster by Milton Glaser | Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Records

YouTube Vloggers Go on Apology Tour

Famed YouTuber Jenna Marbles has quit the streaming platform, where she had 20 million subscribers. Marbles had been called out for past racist behavior, including making racial epithets directed towards Asian people and a 2011 blackface skit. Before cancel culture could destroy her, Marbles chose to “cancel” herself by quitting YouTube.

Shane Dawson also followed in her footsteps. However, instead of quitting YouTube over past videos where he sexualized minors, and said the n-word while in blackface, he issued a 20-minute apology to his 23 million subscribers in a video called “Taking Accountability”. In contrast to Marbles’ apology, which was deemed heartfelt and sincere by fans, Dawson’s apology was skewered on social media. One user even went so far as to compile a comprehensive thread of his most vile content. The message was clear: apology not accepted.


Paris Fashion Week Moves Ahead with Physical Shows

France’s governing fashion body Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode (FHCM) announced a decision to proceed with physical shows in September. Although there has been much speculation that future fashion shows would be shown digitally, Paris Fashion Week is staying the course for the Spring/Summer 2021 season. While the pandemic has made it hard to predict the future, physical fashion weeks around the world have always seen tremendous economic benefit to their respective cities by hosting the event. Pascal Morand, the executive president of the FHCM, told BoF, “Even if the current situation has led to a great deal of innovation in online projects, nothing can replace the physical event.”


Valentino Couture Will Proceed with Live Performance in Rome

Valentino has announced that it is hosting a live show for its Haute Couture Fall 2020 collection in Rome on July 21st 2020 at Cinecittà Studios. The idea for the show was originally conceived by Creative Director Pierpaolo Picciolio prior to the pandemic, and will create a bond between the human and digital worlds. In collaboration with artist Nick Knight, Valentino will present its collection live in Rome and also stream on all digital platforms, synthesizing the physical and virtual experience represented by the concept of the show.


Kenzo Debuts First US Flagship Boutique

With new Creative Director Felipe Oliveira Baptista at the helm, Kenzo is taking a bold step forward by launching its first US flagship boutique in the SoHo area of New York City. The launch represents the first time a Kenzo boutique has been designed by Baptista. Beyond retail, the new Kenzo boutique will also include artistic installations and community gatherings surrounding brand launches.

Speaking of brand launches, Kenzo has just announced a new collaboration with skatewear brand Vans. The sneaker collab includes three floral archival prints each, ranging in men’s and women’s sizing featured on the legendary Vans ‘Sk8-Hi’ high-top sneaker, and the ‘Old-Skool’ lowtop sneaker. The sneakers will be available exclusively in Dubai at The Dubai Mall, Galeries Lafayette, and Level shoes; in Saudi Arabia in Riyadh Park and Red Sea Mall (Jeddah);  in Kuwait at The Avenues and 360 Mall; and in Qatar at Mall of Qatar and Lagoona Mall.

Kenzo x Vans
Photo: Courtesy of Kenzo

Garnier Launches Solidarity Program in GCC

Mobilized in the fight against COVID-19, the French cosmetics and skincare giant, Garnier, has launched a solidarity program in the GCC. The program will distribute free hand sanitizers to Garnier employees and retailers’ employees, and distribute them throughout the pharmacy and food retail community as well. The free hand sanitizers will be available throughout Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait at Al Nahdi Pharmacy, Carrefour, Lulu Hypermarket,  and Union Coop, among other locations. Additionally, it will be made available to the wider public for purchase at affordable prices, both online and offline.

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