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Must Read: Mansur Gavriel Responds to Knockoff Accusations, Serena Williams to Pose for Next Pirelli Calendar

Plus, designers played it safe in New York this season.
At Mansur Gavriel's NYFW presentation. Photo: Mansur Gavriel

At Mansur Gavriel's NYFW presentation. Photo: Mansur Gavriel

These are the fashion stories making headlines on Monday.

Serena Williams to star in Pirelli Calendar
Tennis superstar Serena Williams has announced that she will be starring in the 2016 Pirelli calendar, presumably alongside some of the world's most in-demand models, who are usually photographed in very little clothing, if any. Williams didn't reveal much except to say that she would be shot by Annie Leibovitz. {Twitter}

Mansur Gavriel responds to copying accusations
In a statement to BoF, Mansur Gavriel finally responded to Maryam Nassir Zadeh's accusations of copying her shoe designs, stating that "any similarity is completely coincidental." Mansur Gavriel also noted that the brand's shoes were designed over a period of 18 months with a clean, classic aesthetic in mind, and according to intellectual property experts, taking successful legal action against the New York-based brand might be difficult. {Business of Fashion}

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Designers played it very safe at New York Fashion Week
New York Fashion Week left some retailers wanting more, though others felt that there were enough trends in the mix to work with. Linda Fargo of Bergdorf Goodman stated that NYFW "wasn't an overall game changer," and Kelly Golden of Neapolitan Collection felt that designers weren't taking many risks. However, Roopal Patel of Saks Fifth Avenue and Ken Downing of Neiman Marcus were fond of the cold-shoulder trend and sharp, tailored pieces, respectively. {WWD}

Gucci retail stores are getting a makeover
In an effort to restore growth and to create a "new identity," Gucci will be debuting a new store design to reflect designer Alessandro Michele's vision for the label, which will include vintage oriental rugs, marble staircases, plush carpets and the like. The overhaul will debut at Gucci's flagship store in Milan before being introduced to other outlets. {Bloomberg Business}

Target acquires longtime partner, Sonia Kashuk
Target has acquired beauty brand Sonia Kashuk, which consists of more than 300 products ranging in price from $1.99 to $39.99. Kashuk will continue to work with the brand until 2017. {WWD}