Must Read: Kate Middleton's Engagement Dress Gets a £99 Version, American Apparel Gets Sued

Plus, Speedo and Ralph Lauren are sticking with Ryan Lochte.
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Kate Middleton and Prince William at their official engagement announcement in London on November 16, 2010. Photo: Samir Hussein/Getty Images

Kate Middleton and Prince William at their official engagement announcement in London on November 16, 2010. Photo: Samir Hussein/Getty Images

These are the stories making headlines on Friday.

Get Kate Middleton's Issa engagement dress for less than $150
Are you still lusting after that blue dress six years later? Issa's former creative director, Daniella Helayel, is teaming up with UK high street retailer Monsoon for a new collaboration, which includes 13 wrap dresses alone, including one strikingly similar to the Issa one worn by Middleton herself. And it retails for a mere £99. {Grazia}

Former American Apparel factory workers file lawsuit for wrongful termination and poor working conditions
Two longtime Los Angeles-based factory workers, Jeremias Pablo and Rene Ramos. (who oversaw sewing operations and sewing supervision, respectively) are taking American Apparel to court over alleged "wrongful termination, failure to pay overtime and retaliation for expressing concerns about working conditions and discrimination among other charges." The lawsuit comes at an unfortunate time for the company, as it is currently looking for someone to buy it. {WWD}

Get ready for a new wave of designers playing DJ
After Alexander Wang became Apple Music's first curator from the fashion world, the streaming platform is inviting three more top designers to create playlists: Clare Waight Keller, Paul Smith and Marc Jacobs (who shared the news via Instagram) will join Wang this season to release exclusive playlists and get featured in ad campaigns. {Vogue September issue, on newsstands}

Ryan Lochte keeps sponsorships amid Rio scandal
Despite being the subject of legal controversy over allegedly fabricating a story about being robbed at gunpoint, Lochte's cadre of sponsors are still on board. Gatorade, Marriott, Speedo and Ralph Lauren have each maintained their contracts with the 32-year-old swimmer so far. {WWD}

Take another look at Kenzo x H&M
Ahead of the collection's Nov. 3 launch, Elle UK exclusively revealed a new piece from the collaboration, and we're calling it now: it's going to be a hot item. The striking patterned dress, modeled by Norwegian musician Anna of the North, will retail for £150 (roughly $200), and is reportedly based on an original design by the house's founder, Kenzo Takeda. {Elle UK}

Photo: Courtesy of Elle Uk

Photo: Courtesy of Elle Uk

Tour Kanye West's Sydney and London "Pablo" pop-ups
The rapper/designer/cultural enigma announced earlier this week that he would be opening 21 "Pablo" pop-up shops around the world for this weekend, and we're already seeing Global Pablo Fever in full force. Check out the scene at Sydney's and London's pop-ups and witness everything from youths in "Sydney" hats (yes, in Pablo lettering) to a very #timely "Yeezy for President" tee. {Hypebeast/Hypebeast}

Veronica Beard to design accessories

The New York-based label is introducing accessories to its main collection with the launch of a new lineup of customizable hats. Modern milliner Gigi Burris consulted on the collection, which will be available via the brand's e-commerce site and at their Madison Avenue boutique. {Fashionista Inbox}

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