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Fashion News Digest: Off-White's Affordable Collection, H&M Draws Flak Over Hoodie and more

Here are bite-sized updates on the global fashion scene.
Fashion News Digest: Off-White's Affordable Collection, H&M Draws Flak Over Hoodie and more
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Here are bite-sized updates on the global fashion scene.

From Off-White's affordable collection, the social media turmoil H&M is experiencing, famed fashion photographers' fall, Victoria Beckham's 10th year anniversary show and to a contemporary fashion icon's closet sale, here's the gist of impoartant fashion news you need to know today.

1. Off-White launches an affordable collection.

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Off-white has just launched its most affordable collection yet. Aptly called "For All," the unisex line, consisting of four graphic tees and four hoodies, ranges from $95 to $170. The street pieces have the same black and white diagonal stripes and quotation marks popularized by the fashion label. They are all available in all the physical stores including those in New York and Hong Kong.

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In an interview with Business of Fashion, Off-White's creative director Virgil Abloh notes, "The price tier allows for a new customer to see themselves within the overall concept of the fashion label." He proves that "Off-White can be luxury at a traditional luxury price point, or equally it can be relevant at an affordable price point." The brand's regular price for shirts start at $300.

The collection is primarily targeted towards millennials like his recently launched collaboration with Nike and his partnership with IKEA slated to be released later this year. Furthermore, the designer shares that he plans to launch affordable collections periodically.

2. Fashion photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino are accused of sexual exploitation.

Famed fashion photographer Bruce Weber and Mario Testino are under investigation after a number of male models and assistants came forward accusing the two photographers of sexual exploitation.

In an article by The New York Times, the publication gathered testimonials from those who worked with Bruce and Mario who collectively told the same patterns of sexual abuse and exploitation that include "breathing exercises" with Bruce and castings that took place in Mario's hotel room.

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Meanwhile the fashion industry moves to ice out the two photographers despite their objection of the allegations. Condé Nast's artistic director Anna Wintour responds through Vogue.com, "I take the allegations very seriously, and we at Condé Nast have decided to put our working relationship with both photographers on hold for the foreseeable future." She also shared their Code of Conduct to protect everyone they work with.

Condé Nast Britain who publishes GQ, Wired magazine and British Vogue followed suit in cutting ties with the accused photographers along with fashion labels including Burberry, Stuart Weitzman, Michael Kors.

3. H&M apologizes over monkey hoodie.

It has been a rough week for retail giant H&M after receiving backlash over a hoodie emblazoned with "Coolest Monkey in the Jungle" that was worn by a black child. "Monkey" has long been deemed as an ethnic slur against African-Americans.

Since then, the company has pulled out the hoodie from its online stores. However, despite its issuance of apology, the brand continues to draw flak. In fact, protesters ransacked H&M stores in South Africa, forcing the Swedish brand to temporarily close its branches in the country. 

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4. Victoria Beckham will finally show her collection at London Fashion Week this year.

For the first time, Victoria Beckham will present her collection at London Fashion Week this September to celebrate her 10th year in the business. Victoria will hold "intimate presentations at the James Burden Mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side–a throwback to the appointments she held as a fledgling fashion designer in the early days," Vogue.co.uk reports.

5. Anna dello Russo will be selling her personal fashion archive at affordable prices.

Contemporary fashion icon Anna dello Russo is clearing out her enviable closet and you can absolutely afford it. The Italian fashion journalist and stylist shares in an interview with Vogue.com, "Clothes are made to talk. My archive is my fashion alphabet. And now I want to pass that on to a new generation." And so in the coming month, Anna will be selling off 50 whole looks (as she had worn them) starting at 50 euros per piece. All the items that she has acquired over her 30 years in the industry will go on sale via Net-a-Porter. She shares that the public sale will see the best of the best of her collection, following a series of private for-friends sales that she has held over the last months.

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And if you're curious as to what items to expect on the sale, AdR shares with Vogue.com that it, "will be like a wall of fashion. I want to involve young people…to show them this was Nicolas Ghesquière for Balenciaga and it was everything. Or the heart piece from the last Hedi Slimane show at Saint Laurent. Or Yohji [Yamamoto]. And there are many others from Italy, of course. A complete look from Giorgio Armani in 1988 that I wore to my sister’s wedding: shoes, dress, shirt, underwear, everything. I think my Dolce & Gabbana archive is bigger than Domenico and Stefano’s own archive. A lot of that I can’t give away—I am keeping for myself—but a few of them, some of the most beautiful, I have put in the auction. And there’s an amazing look by Gianni Versace, too. I have always been obsessed with collecting Miuccia Prada. There are two Prada looks, including the chandelier dress (that’s very important) and one from Miu Miu. These are the iconic pieces. And I want to pass them on." How exciting!

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