PARIS — Adidas is the first collaborator brand to comment on allegations made against Gosha Rubchinskiy, albeit with a brief statement, in response to claims made by a 16-year-old, who was seeking to model in the Russian designer’s look book, accusing him of inappropriate behavior.
“We take any allegation of this nature extremely seriously and are currently looking into the claim that has been made,” Adidas said. The brand declined to share more details on the investigation.
The German sporting goods company has collaborated several times with the designer since the spring 2017 season, including on a World Cup-themed collection for fall 2018, presented at his show in Yekaterinburg, one of the event’s host cities.
As reported, Jan Silfverling shared exchanges on Instagram and WhatsApp with Facebook group High Fashion Talk that seem to suggest the designer was trying to coax racy pictures from the youth. The post was picked up by outlets including Supreme Leaks News and Diet Prada.
In turn, Rubchinskiy’s team on Sunday issued a statement to WWD defending the risky practice of casting via Instagram. “Gosha throughout his career in 10 years always personally chose models. For us, participation of not-professional models and common street-cast guys always was important. Not
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