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Here’s All The Fashion News You Missed This Week

Off-White Is Suing a Children’s Apparel Company

Brooklyn Lighthouse is a mecca for mini-me hypebeasts. The children’s clothing company sells sweatshirts parodying Fear of God (“Fear of Mom”) and pint-sized Yeezy merch. But their “C/O BH Tee” aka a t-shirt with a blatant replica of Off-White’s four-pointed arrow logo, has made them the unlikely subject of a new lawsuit from Off-White claiming trademark infringement and unfair competition. According to court documents, the “counterfeit products are nearly indistinguishable from the Off-White products, with only minor variations that no ordinary consumer would recognize.” While Brooklyn Lighthouse has pulled the offending garments from their website and social media channels, they have denied trademark infringement. Off-White is asking for $2 million in damages per item. (WWD)

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Russian Priest Apologizes for Loving Luxury Goods

Vyacheslav Baskakov, a Russian priest, went viral this week after being reprimanded by the Orthodox church for portraying an “immodest and unrestrained lifestyle [that] should not be characteristic of priests in the church.” The crime? ‘Gramming a picture of himself holding a Louis Vuitton bag, as well as posting another image that depicted four pairs of opulent Gucci dress shoes. Baskakov apologized for his actions through an open letter, in which he wrote, “I am very ashamed and I bear full responsibility for this… I will pay penance and close Instagram, since I do not know how to behave modestly and adequately.” The real shame here is that the world will no longer be privy to Baskakov’s sick ‘grams. After all, who wouldn’t want to look at a Russian priest’s lustful images of Gucci shoes?! (The Cut)

 

Sexual Misconduct Allegations Made Against Gosha Rubichinsky

Another week, another breaking fashion news story emerges thanks to Diet Prada. This time, a 16-year-old named Jan Silfverling sent screenshots of text conversation involving Russian designer Gosha Rubichinsky in which the designer appears to be asking the teen for explicit photos. “Send me now something from the bathroom,” the designer writes. When the teen declines because the bathroom is in his mom’s bedroom, Rubichinsky writes back, “You can go to the bathroom and do it quickly please. I don’t believe your mum come to bathroom together with you.” A representative for Rubichinskiy claims that requesting the image was part of the brand’s practice of street casting models. “Gosha has been doing casting by Instagram for many years now. We always ask to [sic] face photos, in full length and topless. Sometimes photos in underwear are required in order to understand the volume of hips,” the representative told GQ. True or not, pressuring a teen to take scantily clad bathroom photos is undeniably skeevy. “We are certainly going to be reviewing how we cast shows in the future to minimise the danger of this sort of thing happening,” the representative added. (GQ)

Coach Stages a Show in Shanghai

Downtown New York in the 1970s and ‘80s is a dreamscape rife with imagination. Think Times Square when it was still seedy and full of porn theatres, Andy Warhol palling around with Jean-Michel Basquiat across the grimy city and Sonic Youth lighting up CBGB with their incandescent experimental noise rock. Coach’s first-ever runway show in China celebrated this creatively fertile bygone era of New York alongside the shared “bright lights, big city” mentality of both Shanghai and New York. The show featured bubbly platform shoes, ripped lace babydoll dresses, and shiny disco-worthy blazers. Actress Chloe Grace Moretz, model Liu Wen and “super influencers” Jisoo and Rosé from Black Pink were all in attendance. Coach now joins a host of other brands (Tommy Hilfiger, Miu Miu and unsuccessfully, Dolce & Gabbana) directing major attention towards China, which has grown to represent the biggest market in the world after North America. The brand already has 190 stores in China and according to Coach’s CEO Joshua Schulman, “The Chinese customer has been among the most enthusiastic globally to embrace Coach’s full lifestyle offering.” (WWD)