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Must Read: Alber Elbaz to Be Honored by France During PFW, Photographers Salute Bill Cunningham

Plus, Kanye West gives himself a pep talk on-stage after Yeezy Season 4's harsh reception.
Alber Elbaz at the 2016 Met Gala. Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Alber Elbaz at the 2016 Met Gala. Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

These are the stories making headlines on Friday.

Alber Elbaz to be honored during Paris Fashion Week
Alber Elbaz, Lanvin's beloved former creative director, will be receiving the title of Officer of the Legion of Honor from the French government on Oct. 3. It is France’s highest civilian distinction. Elbaz was first named Knight of the Legion of Honor in 2006 and took to Instagram Friday to voice his gratitude. Félicitations! {WWD}

Runway photographers remember Bill Cunningham at New York Fashion Week
Bill Cunningham's death came as a shock to the fashion industry and his absence has been felt at this season's shows, the first without him. Yesterday, more than 75 photographers at Skylight Moynihan Station paid homage to the legendary photographer by dressing in his signature blue jacket, courtesy of IMG. {The Cut}

Kanye West sure knows how to give (himself) a pep talk
While the widespread reception to Kanye West's Yeezy Season 4 show wasn't exactly, uh, positive, West isn't letting that get him down. While onstage at the Washington, D.C. stop on his "Saint Pablo" tour on Thursday, he was filmed giving himself a highly encouraging pep talk. "I have to say that today, I needed to hear these songs," West said in the middle of "Power." "I needed to re-hear the lyrics that I was saying or what I was feeling at the time I wrote these songs." {@VNL/Twitter}

Olivia Palermo is Banana Republic's new brand ambassador
Banana Republic has tapped Olivia Palermo to serve as its first-ever women's global style ambassador. The ailing retailer's decision was made, in part, to address its falling sales, which have taken a nosedive in recent years. But, Business of Fashion asks, will Palermo's appointment be enough to help jolt the brand back to life? {Business of Fashion}

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Tim Gunn on the "disgrace" of fashion sizing in America
In a now-viral essay written for The Washington Post, Tim Gunn discussed why designers continue to refuse to make clothing that fits the majority of American women. The former chief creative officer for Liz Claiborne Inc. and Emmy-winning co-host of "Project Runway" noted that "far more women in this country wear a size 16 than a size 6, but the industry seems not to have noticed." {The Washington Post}

Former Allure fashion director Paul Cavaco joins V Magazine
Stephen Gan's V Magazine has announced a bunch of new hires: Paul Cavaco is coming on as Contributing Fashion Director, while model Gigi Hadid has been named a contributing photographer. (The magazine has a history of celebrity contributors.) Hadid will "shoot as part of an ongoing project for the spring season." Other additions include former Hearst publisher Valerie Salembier as Sales and Marketing Consultant, Joshua Lyon as Senior Editor, Nancy Gillen as Managing Editor, Priya Rao as Contributing Editor and Mia Solkin as Fashion Market Director. {WWD}

The CFDA and Condé Nast team up to encourage voter registration
With support from Instagram, the two organizations wrangled more than 30 designers and models on Wednesday to film short testimonials encouraging viewers to register and vote in the upcoming election. The first nine videos — featuring Virgil Abloh, Tommy Hilfiger, Taylor Hill, Kendall Jenner and more — are up on participants' social channels, and and went up Friday. {Fashionista Inbox}

Hedi Slimane designed a "David" necklace for Iman
Model icon Iman turned up at Tom Ford's dinner party show on Wednesday wearing a necklace designed for her by Hedi Slimane in honor of her late husband, David Bowie. The gold necklace reads "David," in gold lettering. Iman told "Good Morning America" that she plans to wear the gift "until my death." {Vanity Fair}

Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman's daughter, Maya Hawke, is the new face of AllSaints
Ah, yet another celebrity spawn to watch in the world of modeling! Maya Hawke, whom you may recognize as Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman's 18-year-old daughter, is the new face of AllSaints. Rather than show its spring 2017 line at NYFW, per tradition, the London-based retailer will present its collection in a short film titled "Far From Here," which follows Maya around her hometown in upstate New York. Head to for the video premiere, and get a first look at Maya's campaign below. {Fashionista inbox}

Model Maya Hawke in AllSaints's spring 2017 campaign. Photo: AllSaints

Model Maya Hawke in AllSaints's spring 2017 campaign. Photo: AllSaints

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