Must Read: Victoria's Secret Looks Into Supply Chain Ethics Violations, Usher Wants to Collaborate With Haider Ackermann

Plus, Ralph Lauren comments on why he dressed Melania Trump today.
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These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Friday.

Victoria's Secret seeks to address supply chain issues
L Brands, the parent company that owns Victoria's Secret, announced a new policy regarding its use of controversial wood-based fabrics like rayon and viscose. The company claims it will trace the origins of such fabrics in order to minimize the human rights and environmental abuses often involved in their production. L Brands joins others like Stella McCartney and Ralph Lauren in making the commitment. {Fashionista inbox}

Is Usher collaborating with Haider Ackermann?
The R&B legend dropped hints that he'd be interested in doing so Thursday night in Paris, where he was present at the Louis Vuitton x Supreme show as well as Ackermann' presentation. "I’m just kind of out here looking for the right partnerships," Usher said. "I wanted to be here not only to support [Ackermann's] show, but also to kind of introduce the idea of us doing some suits or something together." {WWD}

Ralph Lauren on why he dressed Melania Trump
In the wake of the election, designers have felt every which way about whether or not they'd be willing to dress the incoming presidential family. Ralph Lauren, who created the look that Melania Trump is wearing on Inauguration Day, apparently told Vanessa Friedman that "it was important to us to uphold the tradition of creating iconic American style for this moment." {Twitter/@VVFriedman}

Olivier Rousteing discusses Balmain's accessories relaunch
The French fashion house will be rebooting its accessories department as part of the expansion that's come about since its acquisition by Mayhoola for Investments, the parent company behind Valentino. "I had in my mind the client who is crazy about Balmain but maybe can’t afford the ready-to-wear. I wanted to put out this accessory line to make sure they can get a piece of Balmain, too," said Rousteing. {WWD}

Hari Nef and Petra Collins join Dakota Johnson for a mysterious Gucci project
The three will be joining together for a yet-unnamed project the brand described vaguely as a "unique creative collaboration" in a press release. Both Nef and Collins are longtime Gucci favorites, having walked for the brand's runway shows, wearing Gucci designs on multiple red carpets and in Petra's case, collaborating with designer Alessandro Michele on a magazine. Johnson's also been wearing a lot of Gucci lately. Your guess is as good as ours as to what all the new project may entail. {Fashionista inbox}

Brexit is driving an increase in tourist shopping in the U.K.
The decline of the British pound may be a bad sign for the British economy, but it's got one upside — it's bringing in Asian and American tourists who are eager to shop for luxury products at cheaper prices. "The weakened pound has extended the opportunity to a wider group of travelers who have made the most of the favorable exchange rates allowing them to visit the UK," commented a representative from tax-free shopping firm Global Blue. {Business of Fashion}

ASOS launches men's Plus and Tall sections
The online fast fashion brand is launching two new men's sections this month, which will extend the brand's sizing to include a range from XXXS to XXXXL and include leg lengths beyond 38". The models used in campaigns for these lines will reflect the size range, according to a press release. {Fashionista inbox}

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