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Must Read: Why Fashion is Favoring Unknown Designers Over Big Names, Steven Alan to Focus on Namesake Label

Plus, 110 of 180 jobs at Giorgio Armani's Italian plant are being cut.
Photo: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

Photo: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Friday.

The rise of the unknown over the celebrity designer
When Alessandro Michele was given the role of creative director at Gucci, he was a relatively unknown name from inside the company — an anomaly in an industry that tends to favor designers with celebrity friends and over-the-top personalities. But Gucci's example goes to show that taking the risk on a lesser-known name can work out fabulously in the long run. {Refinery29}

Steven Alan pivots away from multi-brand model to focus on namesake label
The designer behind the multi-brand boutique says that a hard year in retail has convinced him to focus more on his own label. "That's where we are seeing the most positive response," he said, noting that Steven Alan label goods currently make up 55 percent of the boutique's sales. {Business of Fashion}

Giorgio Armani's Italian plant is cutting all but 70 jobs
As part of new efforts to consolidate the brand's many lines to three, the company is reducing production volume in a way that impacts its Italian plant, resulting in the cutting of 110 out of 180 positions. In response, workers went on strike for two hours on Thursday and may be on strike for all of Friday. {WWD}

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Urban Outfitters comes under fire for its yearlong unpaid internship
The company posted a job opening on its site seeking someone for a yearlong unpaid stint as a womenswear buyer at its London office. And the internet is not having it. "It instantly rules out those from a low social economic background even if they have the educational attainment necessary for the role... because they can't afford to actually do the job," said the commenter who first shared the job posting on Twitter. Unfortunate, but also an unfortunately fairly common practice in the fashion industry. {BuzzFeed}

Rodarte to be subject of museum fashion exhibition
The Mulleavy sisters will get the museum treatment at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC in 2018. The duo's design work was chosen because "they work a lot like artists in the sense that they're almost artisanal in the way they produce their work," according to the museum's director. {WWD}

Bebe will close all of its stores by May
On the heels of the announcement that it would be cutting more than 700 jobs, Bebe announced it will close all its stores by next month. The closures are part of a plan on the brand's part to become an online-only retailer — and to avoid having to file for bankruptcy. {Business of Fashion}

Made-to-measure shoe brand Margaux is launching its first heel
The brand that's become known for its custom-fit ballet flats is launching its first heel. With a variety of widths as well as lengths to choose from, the heel is meant to preserve the comfort and specific fit found in the ballet flats. The shoes retail from $245. {Fashionista inbox}

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