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Must Read: Jared Leto Might Be Collaborating With Gucci, Nike Ad Featuring Hijabi Women Spikes Controversy

Plus, how BoF's #TiedTogether is raising money for the ACLU and UNHRC.
Alessandro Michele and actor Jared Leto at The Fashion Awards 2016 in London, United Kingdom. Photo: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

Alessandro Michele and actor Jared Leto at The Fashion Awards 2016 in London, United Kingdom. Photo: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Thursday.

Jared Leto might be teaming up with Alessandro Michele
The actor and face of Gucci Guilty spoke to WWD after Alessandro Michele's most recent show in Milan, and while he didn't divulge much, he hinted at a possible partnership in the not-too-distant future. "I have a secret project that I'm talking to [Alessandro Michele] about doing, which would be incredible to be able to work with him in that way," said Leto, who has been spotted on many a red carpet wearing the house's eccentric designs. {WWD}

Nike ad stirs controversy among Arab countries
A recent TV spot featuring Arab women (including some clad in hijabs) engaged in various sports including boxing, fencing, running and soccer is leaving the public split on whether the message is empowering or enforcing a notion that's incongruous to reality. "I think this ad was an utter fail," commented one woman, Nada Sahimi, on Nike's Instagram page. "This is not the true representation of Arab, Muslim women. We do not wear a hijab and go running in the streets, shame on Nike." {Reuters}

How Business of Fashion's social movement is raising money for the ACLU and UNHRC
At the beginning of the season, Business of Fashion' announced its #TiedTogether movement, in which designers, editors, models and the like were committing to show their support for equality by donning white bandannas. A few weeks in, BoF is kicking things up a notch by announcing a goal of raising $50,000 for The American Civil Liberties Union and UN Refugee Agency through donor pledges and posts on social media. For example, with each #TiedTogether Instagram post, BoF's network of donors and benefactors will pledge $5 to these causes. {Business of Fashion}

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Meet Francesco Risso, Marni's new creative director
After the news of Consuelo Castiglioni's exit from the brand she founded in 1994, news broke in October of last year that she would be replaced by Francesco Risso, who had previously served on the design team at Prada. He might not be a household name yet, but we would suggest you keep an eye on this one — and his debut runway show later this weekend. {Vogue}

Looks like Gucci's CEO loves Alessandro Michele just as much as we do
It's no secret that the fashion world seems to have an unwavering love for everything Alessandro Michele does, and him at Gucci's helm, things have been looking up on the business side of things, too. "The aim was to make Gucci — once again — the most anticipated show of fashion week... and I think this goal was reached even last year," said Gucci CEO Marco Bizzari to WWD. "The beauty, skills and genius of Alessandro are that he understands what will happen, not what is happening. What is happening is already passed." {WWD}

Italy launches Green Carpet Awards in partnership w/ Livia Firth's Ecoage
The environmentally friendly fashion organization Eco-Age founded by Livia Firth is launching the Green Carpet Fashion Awards in participation with the Ministry of Economic Development (MISE), the Italian Trade Agency (ITA) and the support of the Municipality of Milan. The awards will take place at the Teatro alla Scala, during Milan Fashion Week in September, and will spotlight major Italian houses including Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Prada and Valentino in addition to highlighting emerging designers. {Eco-Age}

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