Must Read: Will.i.am Launches Earphones With Kendall Jenner, Dov Charney Plans a Comeback

Plus, Lindsey Wixson has a message for Uber.
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Will.i.am and Kendall Jenner for I.am+ Buttons. Photo: I.am+

Will.i.am and Kendall Jenner for I.am+ Buttons. Photo: I.am+

These are the stories making headlines on Wednesday.

Will.i.am releases $230 earphones with a Kendall Jenner-fronted campaign
I.am+ Buttons, Will.i.am's range of Bluetooth-compatible earphones, drops on Wednesday. With the help of campaign stars (and company co-owners) Kendall Jenner and Naomi Campbell, we have a feeling these will be at the top of many a fashion-and-music enthusiast's holiday wish lists. The earphones retail for $230 and are available in four Apple-exclusive colorways that match the iPhone 7, and four other shades that will be carried in a variety of retailers. Even better? I.am+ will donate a portion of net proceeds to the I.am.angel Foundation, which funds educational programs in underserved communities. Click through the gallery below to view all eight hues. {Fashionista inbox}

Say hello to Dov Charney (again)
The founder of American Apparel has his eyes set on making a major return to the fashion industry with his (tentatively named) brand, The Los Angeles Apparel Co., which would carry a wide range of L.A.-made basics. (Sound familiar?) "The upside of investing in me is that I'm a creative thinker," Charney told WWD. "Many of these institutional investors are looking for something that's predictable and safe and that's not the product I have to offer." {WWD}

"I will not be told how to act or made to be objectified."
Lindsey Wixson took to Instagram to share a recent experience with an Uber driver who allegedly exhibited sexist behavior towards her. "Comments of no fowl [sic] play or pick up are exactly what I want to hear on my way home," writes the model in the caption, before tagging Uber with a request for help. "Fuck men who think that you owe them your obedience. I will not be told how to act or made to be objectified!" {Vogue UK}

Estée Lauder reports slight decline in sales for beginning of 2017
The Estée Lauder Companies announced its earnings for the first fiscal quarter of 2017 on Wednesday via a release. The company reported net earnings of $294 million, down from $309 million in the same period in 2016. President and CEO Fabrizio Freda cited "macro challenges, a decline in retail traffic in U.S. mid-tier department stores, the results of the slowdown in the Middle East, continued softness in Hong Kong and difficult comparisons with the prior year in the United Sates and France" as reasons for this slight dropoff. MAC Cosmetics experienced a decline in sales during this first portion of the fiscal year, though makeup and fragrance remain the most successful categories for the company overall. 

Freda noted that the company will continue to place an importance on social media visibility, international market expansion and targeting millennial consumers going forward. The company also reaffirmed its previously stated goal of sales growth of 6 to 7 percent for the full fiscal year, and remains confident that the next quarter will show improved numbers. {The Estée Lauder Companies}

Garance Doré is Laura Mercier's new brand ambassador
The French blogger and photographer is the latest creative influencer to partner with Laura Mercier as part of the beauty brand's 20th anniversary celebrations. (Laura Mercier had previously worked with Aimee Song of Song of Style.) Très chic. {WWD}

Maiyet has no plans to replace creative director
After Declan Kearney left his role as creative director of Maiyet in June, rumors began circulating as to who would be appointed as his replacement. However, the brand has announced plans to take "a collective approach to design" and currently has no plans to seek a new creative director. "Our design team remains fully intact," said Karen Wood, Maiyet's head of development. "We fully believe in their talent and their execution so right now we don't have plans to replace the creative director." {WWD}

Introducing Vogue Arabia
Vogue's latest installment is aiming to provide an exclusively digital space for Muslim women to indulge in all things fashion-related, ranging from tips for styling hair underneath a hijab to an interview with Vogue Italia's Franca Sozzani. "This Vogue is very overdue," Vogue Arabia Editor in Chief Princess Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz told The New York Times. "The Vogue Arabia woman is one who celebrates her tradition but also considers herself a highly educated global citizen." {The New York Times}

MAC taps Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollett as new Viva Glam faces
On Wednesday, MAC announced Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollett as the latest faces of their Viva Glam campaign, the proceeds from which go toward helping those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. (MAC also recently collaborated with the actress on a separate line of products not associated with the Viva Glam campaign.) {Fashionista inbox}

Your first look at The Weeknd's Puma campaign is here
Abel Tesfaye — perhaps better known as The Weeknd — is the latest addition to Puma's ever-growing family of creative collaborators. The Grammy-winning musical artist joins Cara Delevingne, Kylie Jenner and, of course, Rihanna, with his debut Run the Streets footwear campaign, released on Wednesday, which was shot in Los Angeles and his hometown of Toronto by photographer Mark Seliger. "Growing up in Toronto, the city has long-been his source of inspiration, and his hustle in the music industry reflects the 'on the go' lifestyle of the campaign," the German activewear giant stated in a press release. You can get your first look at The Weeknd's Puma campaign below. {Fashionista inbox}

The Weeknd for Puma. Photo: Puma

The Weeknd for Puma. Photo: Puma

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