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Gosha Rubchinskiy Responds to Social Media Abuse Allegations

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Gosha Rubchinskiy Speaks on “These False Accusations”

Gosha Rubchinskiy has commented on allegations that surfaced last December that he asked underage men on social media for explicit photos of themselves, in a lengthy series of comments that appear toward the end of a WWD story about his new collaboration with Diesel. (His comments to GQ in December were issued through a representative.)

The six-paragraph statement begins with the designer expressing gratitude that he can “share my vision of Russia,” saying he is “fortunate to be able to travel, show people through my lens and build bridges between youth cultures.” After stating that his use of Instagram for casting has always been well-publicized, he says, “In hindsight, I realize that I was naïve to continue to communicate with potential models myself at this stage in my career. Going forward, I will ensure that this process is carried out by my team, in a conscientious way, which was always my intention.” In the next paragraph, he refers to “these false accusations” and says that he is very aware of the modeling industry’s “many problems,” adding that “I certainly do not want to contribute to these issues in any way.” In other words, the designer is denying that he made requested the explicit photos—allegations that come from screenshots shared by a 16-year-old boy last year.

Adrian Joffe, president of Comme des Garcons International, which has financially supported and mentored Rubchinskiy, added: “We continue to support Gosha due to the complete lack of any evidence that he abused his power or did anything illegal. There is hardly any more real street casting these days. Many, many people use social media for casting now. We believe that one should be innocent until proven guilty, and that proper fact-checking should be the standard procedure. The lack of it is really dangerous and as abhorrent as the abuse of power itself.”

Rubchinskiy is back with a new collection in collaboration with Diesel Red Tag, for which he “wanted to try something new for himself,” and after “thinking about opera,” and decided, “if not a real opera, then the idea of it, the project of an opera.”

Sustainable Fashion Is CHIC!

Gabriela Hearst, the New York-based designer known for her minimalist, ever-so-slightly weird womenswear, is launching menswear, reports Vogue. Hearst called on her friend Peter Miles, who’s served as an art director for Celine and Marc Jacobs, for advisory and assistance: “Peter has a casualness about him, but at the same time there’s a sharpness,” she tells Vogue. “He has particular ideas of how things should fit on a man, but it’s absolutely relaxed. It doesn’t look over-thought.”

Hearst’s is one of a handful of luxury brands who have made sustainability a keystone of their work, along with Stella McCartney, Marine Serre, Noah, and others; she uses deadstock fabrics and sustainable materials in place of plastics, for example. So it seems like green fashion might be cool now!

Bode Is Going Baguettes

Emily Bode, whose much-loved-by-GQ brand makes vintage quilts and other antique fabrics into handcrafted jackets, pants, and corduroys (also a sustainable practice!!!), is moving her show this season from New York to Paris. She’ll show there in June, during Paris Fashion Week Men’s, but tells WWD she also plans to participate in New York Fashion Week in some capacity come September.





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