Must Read: Alicia Vikander Covers the March Issue of 'Vogue,' What Nina Garcia's Return Means for 'Elle'

Plus, an elementary school in Tokyo introduces some pricey Armani uniforms.
By Dara Prant ,
Alicia Vikander on the March issue of "Vogue." Photo: Steven Klein 

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Thursday.

Alicia Vikander covers the March issue of Vogue
Alicia Vikander, who plays the fierce protagonist in the upcoming "Tomb Raider" reboot, stars on Vogue's March cover. The Swedish-born actress and Nicolas Ghesquière muse fronts the glossy's spring fashion issue wearing Louis Vuitton. Inside the issue, Vikander talks taking risks and breaking into Hollywood. {Vogue}

What Nina Garcia's return means for Elle
Five months have passed since Nina Garcia stepped into the role of editor-in-chief at Elle, and she's already made some big editorial hires and knows exactly what she wants to do with the Hearst title: "There's no struggling here or trying to reinvent the brand…We are very authentic to now. We've been [so] for a very long time. We've been inclusive all throughout our history," Garcia told Business of Fashion. "I'm here to amplify that, I'm here to bring it back if we have lost any of it." {Business of Fashion}

Tokyo elementary school introduces Armani uniforms
On Tuesday, Business of Fashion reported that a public elementary school in Tokyo plans to adopt $729 uniforms designed by Giorgio Armani. Will these children then grow up thinking nearly-$1,000 daily outfits are the norm? {Business of Fashion}

Glamour and the CFDA to conduct study on the state of women in the industry
On Thursday, Glamour and the CFDA announced that they will be teaming up to conduct a study on the state of women in the fashion industry. Titled "The Glass Runway," the survey aims to reveal areas of improvement that everyone in the industry can learn from: "It is time for our industry to look at itself," said Diane von Furstenberg, chairwoman of the CFDA, in a press statement. "We need to create a path to full equality, empower women to rise to the top of the fashion industry and support them and anyone who may be mistreated in the workplace." {Fashionista Inbox} 

LVMH Luxury Ventures acquires minority stake in Stadium Goods
LVMH Luxury Ventures, an entity within the LVMH Group aimed at taking minority stakes in early-stage luxury brands, is acquiring a minority stake in Stadium Goods. Details of the deal have not yet been revealed, but according to WWD, the partnership will help expand Stadium Goods, which is a streetwear and sneaker resale store and e-commerce site that's experienced dramatic growth over the past two years. {WWD}

Meet Cupcake Mafia's founder, Mary Seats
Mary Seats founded Cupcake Mafia, a T-shirt brand that also provides real-talk business advice to its consumers, in 2011. The fashion label has been quietly flourishing; it currently grosses $2.4 million a year and counts celebrities like Cardi B, Missy Elliot and B. Simone as fans. Seats has experienced a rise to retail success that has in some ways mirrored that of Nasty Gal's Sophie Amoruso — save for the dramatic bankruptcy part — but she has yet to gain the same attention as the infamous eBay seller. In a new piece for Refinery29, Connie Wang explores the fundamental retail philosophies that separate the two, and why the world was more willing to accept a white woman who sold to her peers, as opposed to her Black counterpart. {Refinery29}

Chicago designer Willy Chavarria put working class, minority men on his runway
Earlier this week, Willy Chavarria — the menswear designer known for his honest approach to streetwear — unveiled his Fall collection on mostly tattooed men of color, made to look tired and overworked. "These were the tough guys that one might pass on the street — the working-class guys who return home with their heavy chinos caked with dried mud and paint, the day laborers who do the back-breaking jobs that need to get done and that few others have a willingness to tackle, the paycheck-to-paycheck men," writes Robin Givhan in her show review for The Washington Post. "And they move through the streets with a scowl and a grimace. Life is tough; life is exhausting. But they are thick-skinned. So they carry on." {The Washington Post}

Fashion week in the wake of #MeToo
With the start of New York Fashion Week on Thursday, The New York Times' resident fashion critic, Vanessa Friedman, published an insider's guide to help us know what to watch out for this season. Friedman says we should keep our eyes peeled for catwalk references to the Time's Up and #MeToo movements, the Marchesa show, the treatment of models and more. {The New York Times}

Louis Vuitton opens special New York City pop-up dedicated to its Spring 2018 sneakers
Louis Vuitton is getting in on the sneaker pop-up shop action with a new, temporary store location opening up in Soho. Located at 122 Green St. and running Thursday, Feb. 8-Saturday, March 10, the pop-up will spotlight the French fashion house's covetable Spring 2018 Archlight sneaker. The location will also be the only dedicated sneaker pop-up in the world and will carry an exclusive, all-black colorway of the Archlight. See you downtown. {Fashionista inbox}

Sean Combs celebrates 20 years of Sean John 
Sean John, the privately held fashion company created by Sean Combs (also known as, Puff Daddy, P. Diddy and Diddy), turns 20 this year and is showing no signs of slowing down. Two decades after its launch drew eye rolls from the fashion establishment, Sean John is racking up big sales and has become a velour tracksuit staple, worn by the likes of Rhianna. In an interview with WWD, Combs talks cozying up to Tommy Hilfiger, jumping into the urban fashion scene, his goals for the future and staying "fashionably fly" through it all. {WWD}

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