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Must Read: New York Fashion Week Was the Most Diverse in Recent Years, Shinola Hires Pamela Love to Develop Jewelry

Plus, Philadelphia Printworks pays tribute to black intellectuals with fictional college crew necks.
The finale at Zac Posen's fall 2016 show. Photo: Imaxtree

The finale at Zac Posen's fall 2016 show. Photo: Imaxtree

These are the stories making headlines in fashion this Thursday.

In New York, fall 2016 was one of the most diverse seasons yet
After tallying 120 shows from New York Fashion Week, The Fashion Spot found that 31.9 percent of models who walked were non-white, an improvement from spring 2016's 28.4 percent. While Chromat, Sophie Theallet and Zac Posen embraced diversity in significant ways this season, brands like R13, Monse and A.P.C. only cast one non-white model. {The Fashion Spot}

Ajak Deng quits modeling
Sudanese-Australian model Ajak Deng announced via Instagram on Tuesday that she plans to quit the industry and move back to Australia. In the caption, Deng stated, "I can no longer deal with the fakes and lies. My life is too short for this dramatic life." While specifics weren't given, Deng has spoken out about racism and being "kicked out of Balmain for being black" in the past. {i-D}

You can now buy a University of Baldwin crew neck
Philadelphia Printworks has created a sweatshirt collection called "School of Thought," with the crew necks repping fictional colleges named for black intellectuals and public figures like Marcus Garvey, George Washington Carver, Ida B. Wells, James Baldwin, Harriet Tubman and Audre Lorde. "What we wanted to do was to imagine a future in a different world where these universities and schools and institutions actually exist," said founder Maryam Pugh. {Huffington Post}

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Pamela Love will design Shinola's first in-house jewelry line
Shinola has tapped Pamela Love to design a new jewelry line, set to hit Shinola stores and retailers in November. Prices will range from $200 to $2,000, with options for both men and women. {WWD}

Garance Doré launches podcast in partnership with The Outnet
Garance Doré has teamed up with The Outnet for a weekly podcast, "Pardon My French," which is set to debut on March 3. Some of the blogger's first guests will include Zosia Mamet and Emily Mortimer. {Harper's Bazaar}

The cost of the direct-to-consumer business models
While the direct-to-consumer model popularized by Warby Parker certainly has its appeal for young brands, several challenges lie ahead, including the increasing cost of online marketing and competition with other direct-to-consumer labels. {Business of Fashion}

Alexa Chung fronts Glamour UK wearing a piece from "Archive by Alexa"
Alexa Chung graces the cover of Glamour UK wearing a piece from "Archive by Alexa," her 31-piece womenswear collaboration with British department store Marks & Spencer. The collection will be available online April 13 and will range in price from about $28 for a set of vests to $127 for a trench coat. {Instagram}

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