Weekend Fashion News Alert: Ralph Lauren to be Knighted, GAP to Close More Stores, Cardi B’s Alleged Fashion Theft, and Amazon Strikes

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Hip-hop artist Cardi B’s fashion line, which is sold on Fashion Nova, is doing very well. The collection launched on Fashion Nova on November 14 and has already sold out most of the garments. However, pop artist Ashanti’s sister Kenashia Douglas has accused Cardi B on Instagram of stealing her fashion designs. Douglas had coincidentally shared a throwback image of a garment from her fashion line when it came to her attention that Cardi B had an image of a very similar garment from her fashion line on Fashion Nova. “Peep how the universe works. I was planning to put this pic up as a throwback Thursday today because I’m tired of it,” wrote Douglas on Instagram. “I posted it last year, as a creative things get old and annoying fast. And I peeped people, certain designers I’ve worked with even try to run with the design and make it their own…”

Though several people who are fans of Douglas’ line have commented on Instagram that Douglas’ garments look to be better made than Cardi B, Douglas has not talked about any legal action against Cardi B. Douglas is taking the design rip off as a compliment.

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Sir Ralph

It is now official; Ralph Lauren will be knighted by as an honorary commander knight of the British Empire. Lauren will be the first American designer to receive this honor.

This honor comes on the heels of the 79-year-old Lauren celebrating the 50th anniversary of his eponymous fashion brand. “In his storied career in fashion, business and philanthropy, [Ralph] Lauren has played a key role in forging transatlantic cultural and economic connections,” said Antony Philipson, British consul general to New York, in a press release.

Ralph Lauren will be present be presented with the British knighthood during a ceremony in 2019.

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Continued struggles for Gap

There are more struggles for American apparel group Gap Inc. On Tuesday there was an urgent call by CEO Art Peck to close of hundreds of stores.

There are hundreds of other stores that likely don’t fit our vision for the future of Gap brand specialty store, whether in terms of profitability, customer experience, traffic trends, importantly the ROD structure and/or near and long-term relevance to the brand,” Peck said in a fashionnetwork.com.

“There likely will be a cash cost to exit many of these stores, which we will attempt to minimize with appropriate sequencing. But I plan to exit those that do not fit the future vision quickly. I’m going to move thoughtfully, but aggressively.”

This announcement encompasses 775 Gap store closings globally with some flagship store closings in major cities. Gap Inc. has been have market struggles for some time with a very weak quarterly performance.

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Amazon’s Black Friday strike

Black Friday/Cyber Monday is a big day for Amazon. What may have been a bigger day for the mega online retail giant were the strikes at Amazon logistic centers in Germany and Spain on Friday with workers walking off the job.

Germany had 620 workers striking, demanding higher pay and labor contracts that guarantee healthier working conditions. Germany’s Verdi services union called for the strike for 24 hours starting on Black Friday.

We are entering the end of year spurt, the most stressful time for employees,” said Verdi representative Mechthild Middeke in a fashionnetwork.com article. “Especially on a day like Black Friday, employees should be the central focus.”

Eighty to 90% of Amazon workers at Spain’s biggest warehouse, San Fernando de Henares, also went on strike on Friday. Spanish workers’ strike went into Saturday.

—William S. Gooch

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