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Chanel Says Adieu to Exotic Skins

Chanel made headlines this week when it announced that it was banning the use of exotic skins. While many industry insiders were shocked by the news, some of the brand’s signature pieces—including the sharkskin Boy Bag and Mini Flap in alligator—vanished from its website.

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Halima Aden: First Muslim Woman to Wear A Hijab On the Runway

If you follow runway fashion, chances are you’ve heard of Halima Aden. At 21 years old, Aden is making history as the first Muslim woman to wear hijab in fashion shows. Born in a Kenyan refugee camp after her family escaped the Somali civil war, Aden arrived in the States speaking no English and feeling self-conscious of her outsider status. Years later, she’s catapulted from high school homecoming queen to a contract with IMG.

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Is the Fashion Industry a Giant Monopoly?

A recent report on the state of fashion in 2019 conducted by McKinsey & Company revealed that only 20% of the 500 companies examined made 128% of the industry’s total profit in 2017. 97% of that profit came from just 20 companies, including “super winners” like Hermès, H&M, and Inditex (the parent company of Zara).

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The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and a Reflection on Body Standards

One might think the goal of a lingerie company would be to sell lingerie. But it seems Victoria’s Secret is more focused on selling an ideal image of beauty to its consumer rather than quality bras. Unfortunately, whether Razek prefers it or not, the straight, cisgender, leggy and thin white woman does not represent the majority of the United States population

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Integrating Plus-Size Fashion Proves to be a Challenge

The past few years have been an explosive time for plus-size fashion industry. From plus-size models on the runways, in everyone’s Instagram feed, and in advertisements, the options for dressing the average American woman are more diverse than ever. When it comes to truly integrating these pieces into mainstream, however, a lot of progress is undone.

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Stella McCartney Launches UN Fashion Charter

Stella McCartney was talking about sustainable fashion before it was cool. Last week, it was reported that the committed animal activist is getting ready to launch a United Nations fashion industry charter. The charter, which will focus on climate action, will debut on December 10th at the Katowice Climate Change Conference in Poland.

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Young Designer Celebrates African Diaspora

Even in a climate teeming with young, talented creatives, there are still a handful who stand out from the crowd. Enter Jameel Mohammed, a 23-year-old designer recently profiled in the New York Times. A native of Chicago, Mohammed launched Khiry, his jewelry line, while still a college student in 2016.

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Dolce & Gabbana Face the Consequences of Racism

Italian fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are no strangers to controversy. Over the years, the pair have frequently been the source of bad press directed at their eponymous brand; media firestorms over a pair of shoes called “slave sandals” and a public excoriation of gay parents are just two of their memorable blunders. Unlike before, however, D&G’s latest scandal isn’t blowing over so quickly.

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Glamour Says Goodbye to Print

After 80 years of production, Glamour magazine is ceasing print operations. The announcement came on Tuesday from publisher Condé Nast, followed by news that the outlet would continue to “celebrate big moments” with special-edition issues while channeling more energy into digital media.

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Jennifer Lawrence and Dior Face Cultural Appropriation Backlash

It’s no secret that cultural appropriation in fashion is a huge conversation at the moment. This time, it’s actress Jennifer Lawrence and Dior, the French fashion house for whom she is an ambassador, taking the heat. The backlash stems from the brand’s latest ad campaign, which starred Lawrence dressed in a series of outfits inspired by Mexican escaramuzas, or equestrians, and a novel by Chilean author Isabel Allende.

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Irish Women Fight Back With #ThisIsNotConsent

Search the hashtag #ThisIsNotConsent and you’ll find hundreds of pictures of women’s underwear captioned with rallying cries against victim blaming in sexual assault. The uproar stems from a court ruling in County Cork, Ireland earlier this week, which found a man not guilty of raping a 17-year-old girl after the defense lawyer suggested that the victim’s thong implied consent in his closing statement.

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Cannabis' Rocky Transition to the Mainstream

With a tide of marijuana deregulation laws sweeping the United States and other countries, cannabis leaves are the new logo du jour. Designers from Jeremy Scott to Stella McCartney have featured that design in their collections, and the plant is also a popular beauty ingredient. CBD oil-infused skincare, for example, already has a life of its own on Instagram, and influencers and celebrities alike are flaunting its hydrating, plumping benefits.

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Marc Jacobs Revisits Controversial “Grunge” Collection

While today he is one of America’s most famous designers, Marc Jacobs’ career had a rocky start: As a designer for the brand Perry Ellis, his Spring 1993 collection titled “Grunge” was reviled by critics and eventually got him fired. Fast-forward twenty-five years, and “Grunge”—with its slip dresses, combat boots, and plaid shirts—is now heralded as one of the most iconic moments in American fashion.

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