A court on Tuesday sentenced Sohel Rana, owner of the eight-story Rana Plaza building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which collapsed in 2013, to a three-year prison term.But the sentence does not stem from the collapse of the apparel manufacturing building, which resulted in the deaths of more than 1,130 people. Instead, the prison term is from a case filed by the Anticorruption Unit for failing to file his wealth details following a notice by the organization on April 2, 2015. Rana was already in jail in Gazipur at the time, following a charge sheet for the building's collapse.A two-member probe into his wealth revealed that Rana had built two commercial buildings — Rana Plaza and Rana Tower — in Savar with money that was illegally obtained. His five-story residential building and other assets have also been under investigation.Rana currently faces up to six court cases, including violations of the Bangladesh National Building Code and culpable homicide.In addition to the more than 1,130 workers killed in the building collapse on April 24, 2013, about 2,500 others were injured, with many losing limbs. Rana was arrested by Bangladesh police on April 28, 2013, after being on the run for a few days.More than 42 people have been chargesheeted in the Rana Plaza collapse case, with charges of culpable homicide and building code violations. According to the police, Rana and some of the factory owners ignored warnings about structural damage to the building and workers were forced to go to work on the fateful day. There were five garment factories operating in the building.In response to the disaster, global retailers, brands, governments and nongovernment organizations responded with monetary help as well as setting up systems to improve factory safety and labor rights in Bangladesh so that workers are able to watch out for their own safety.Bangladesh is the second-largest garment producer in the world after China with garment exports of $26.5 billion in 2016. The industry employs more than four million workers, two-thirds of whom are women.Faruq Ahmed, Sohel Rana’s counsel, said that the conviction for a prison term and a 50,000 taka, or $615.59 at current exchange, fine would be challenged in a higher court.Rana’s parents, Morzina Begum and Abdul Khaleque, have also been chargesheeted by the organization for illegal wealth of about 170 million taka, or $2.07 million.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion