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Social Goods | Karl Lagerfeld Sparks Outrage Over Holocaust Comments, Barbie Gets a Hijab

This week, Karl Lagerfeld was caught in controversy over his opinion on migrants in Europe, while the first Hijab-wearing Barbie is inspired by an Olympic fencer.
American fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad with the latest Barbie doll | Source: Courtesy
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  • Victoria Berezhna

Karl Lagerfeld Sparks Outrage Over Migrant Holocaust Comments (The Guardian)
"The designer has sparked outrage by evoking the Holocaust as he attacked Chancellor Angela Merkel for opening Germany's borders to migrants. France's media regulator said on Monday that several hundred people had lodged complaints about Lagerfeld's comments."

Barbie Gets a Hijab (The New Yorker)
"The latest Barbie from the Shero line — based on women with inspiring stories — is modelled after the American fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad. Muhammad made a few requests, including that the doll have big, strong legs, and that she wear dark eyeliner and the hijab — Barbie's first."

Plastic Pollution From the Ocean Is Being Used to Make Designer Sunglasses (The Independent)
"On the coast of Catalonia, fishing vessels head out to sea and bring back tonnes of plastic waste, which is used as raw material to make recycled designer sunglasses for Barcelona-based company, Sea2see. It separates what it can use for sunglasses, and sells off the rest to sustainable manufacturing companies."

Sustainable Fashion and Luxury: Do They Go Hand in Hand? (Verdict)
"Companies like Econyl turn waste materials into new nylon through a process of never-ending regeneration. The process is winning huge accolades from the fashion industry. By the end of 2014, Adidas had sold more than 750,000 swimwear outfits made entirely from recycled nylon."

Topshop Removes Women-Only Changing Rooms (The Independent)
"Topshop has abolished gender-specific changing rooms after receiving complaints from transgender customers, particularly from performer Travis Alabanza who told the high street brand via Twitter that they had 'just experienced transphobia' in a Manchester branch."

What Will Gucci's Fur Ban Mean for Hong Kong? (South China Morning Post)
"Hong Kong is the world's third largest fur clothing exporter, exports of furs amounted to HK$370 million between January and May 2017. With brands such as Gucci, Armani and Hugo Boss becoming fur-free, we hope many more designers and brands will follow and this will change perceptions once and for all."

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