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Must Read: A Virgil Abloh Retrospective Is Coming to Chicago, Expect for the CFDA Awards to Get Political

Plus, is Kanye West designing Calabasas High School's new sports uniforms?
Virgil Abloh at Off-White's Fall 2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week. Photo: Estrop/Getty Images

Virgil Abloh at Off-White's Fall 2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week. Photo: Estrop/Getty Images

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Monday.

A Virgil Abloh retrospective is coming to Chicago
There's a homecoming in store for Virgil Abloh, but fans will have to be patient: The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago is set to stage an Abloh-dedicated retrospective, opening in 2019. The Off-White designer, who grew up 90 miles outside of Chicago and received his Masters of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, told the South China Morning Post that he intends for the exhibit to focus on "950 products [he] has done" within Off-White and beyond, and consider "what it says about the millennial culture." {South China Morning Post}

Expect for the CFDA Awards to get political
We already know a fair amount of what to expect from the 2017 CFDA Awards on Monday evening, but what we didn't yet know was just how political the event was going to get. This year, the so-called "Oscars of the fashion industry" will reportedly include "more social activism, cultural criticism and outright political commentary." Said Steven Kolb, president and CEO of the CFDA: "We're not a political organization, but we felt like we needed our work to expand from philanthropy to more civic responsibility." {The Washington Post}

Is Kanye West designing Calabasas High School's new sports uniforms?
Kanye West is going back to school — to give Calabasas High School's sports uniforms a facelift. According to TMZ, West's team has already met with school officials to pitch a collaboration with CHS, which would reportedly include changing the school's colors and renaming their mascot from the Coyotes to the Wolves. "As part of the deal," TMZ reports, "we're told Kanye would make a sizable donation to improve school facilities." {TMZ}

Dapper Dan speaks about Gucci controversy
In a new profile in The New York Times, famed Harlem couturier Daniel Day, known professionally as Dapper Dan, weighed in on the controversy surrounding Gucci's recent Cruise 2018 show. The feature goes into Day's history while also discussing his impact within the fashion industry. "I think what Dap did, he actually taught an entire generation how to engage with luxury brands," said Steve Stoute, CEO of marketing firm Translation. "So every time I walk into Louis Vuitton to buy a pair of sneakers, or buy a pair of pants in my size, I know they're only doing it because of Dapper Dan." {The New York Times}

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Vogue taps Sarah Jessica Parker to narrate a history of '70s fashion
As part of Vogue's 125th anniversary, the magazine is looking back at the recent history of fashion in a series of videos, broken down by decade and narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker. For its latest installment, released on Monday, Parker discusses how '70s fashion got its legs. Head over to for the full clip. {Vogue}

2 Chainz to collaborate with GucciGhost on a merch line
Music merch is dead, you say? May I present a very convincing counteroffer: 2 Chainz's upcoming merch line, created in collaboration with GucciGhost. To celebrate his upcoming album, "Pretty Girls Like Trap Music," out June 16, 2 Chainz has reportedly teamed up with Gucci's favorite graffiti artist, Trevor Andrew, a.k.a. GucciGhost, on an exclusive merch line. Details are scarce, but W is reporting that you can shop the merch at a (yet to be disclosed) pop-up on Wed., June 7 from 3-6 p.m. in New York City; pieces will also be available for online purchase, but only for 24 hours. Watch this space. {W}

Luggage brand Raden debuts West Coast presence with a pop-up celebrating Pride Month
Smart luggage start-up Raden will touch down on the West Coast for the very first time with the opening of a pop-up at The Grove in Los Angeles. The brick-and-mortar location will celebrate Pride Month with a rainbow-themed "installation and shopping experience," and will also release its newest colorways in red and purple. The pop-up opens on Monday and will run through on June 28. {Fashionista inbox}

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