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Must Read: High-End U.S. Indie Stores Are Staging a Comeback, Prince George Celebrated His Birthday With Another Pin-Striped Portrait

Plus, outlet malls are finding new ways to stay afloat.
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These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Monday.

High-end U.S. indie stores are staging a comeback 
Here's some good news to brighten up what seems like a permanently gloomy retail landscape: Despite an overwhelming shuttering of American retailers since the 2008 financial crisis, independent specialty stores — especially those in secondary and tertiary American cities — are thriving. The shifting retail environment has taken a toll on the once untouchable luxury department stores and has opened a window of opportunity for stores that rely less on discounts and more on unique selection and personal relationships with their customers. {Business of Fashion}

Prince George celebrated his birthday with another pin-striped portrait
Prince George posed for a portrait at Kensington Palace to celebrate his fourth birthday. The royal tot — a four-footed gift to striped button downs and bathrobes — flashed a toothy smile as Kate Middleton's personal assistant's husband snapped the photo. The youngest Windsor Prince sports his go-to collarless blue and white pin-striped shirt in the photograph. {WWD}

Outlet malls are finding new ways to stay afloat
Had Regina George existed in today's retail apocalypse, would she have so generously invited Cady Heron to the mall? Probably not. The outlet mall? Perhaps she would be lured in by the many amenities and perks outlet malls provide: "Get in loser, we're gong to IPIC." Outlet malls are trying to keep consumers coming by experimenting with new anchors that go beyond the usual department stores. Some malls have found success by opening premium grocery stores, like Whole Foods, or movie theaters in order to combat the strain of shoppers moving online. {Glossy}

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Jessica Chastain stars in new Ralph Lauren fragrance campaign
Jessica Chastain has found yet another role to redefine conceptions of femininity as the face of Ralph Lauren's new fragrance, Woman. The campaign — captured by Steven Meisel — features the Oscar-winning actress in an elegant menswear-inspired suit set to target confident women of today. "The modern femininity is strong and graceful, soft, compassionate,\ and aggressive. It's all those things, and it's everything — what each person is and more," Jessica Chastain told Vanity Fair. "We need to move away from the stereotypes that box us in." {Vanity Fair}

How brands like David's Bridal are using algorithms to close the social commerce loop
David's Bridal has struggled to drive shoppers from the brand's social channels to its online store; when consumers click on a bridesmaid Facebook post it brings them to the full online catalog instead of taking them to the exact style they clicked on. To solve this, David's Bridal has started working with visual commerce platform Curalate in the beta stage of its new Showroom feature — a tool that uses artificial intelligence to create pop-up landing pages for brands to link to on social media. The landing pages pull the exact items promoted on social media, as well as a collection of related items that are populated by Curalate's algorithms. {Glossy}

CFDA adds 14 members including Fernando Garcia, Laura Kim and Virgil Abloh
The CFDA approved membership for 14 designers, bringing the total count to 517 members. The new members are: Virgil Abloh, Off-White; Stirling Barrett, Krewe; Andrea Fohrman; Fernando Garcia, Monse; Chloe Gosselin; Kerby Jean-Raymond, Pyer Moss; Julia Jentzsch; Laura Kim, Monse; Chris Leba, R13; Becca McCharen-Tran, Chromat; Monica Sordo; Temple St. Clair; Wing Yin Yau, Wwake and Bonnie Young, BY.Bonnie Young. {WWD}

Interview Magazine under fire for "culturally insensitive" editorial
Interview is being dragged on social media for an editorial that depicts model Xiaoyin wearing a conical hat and carrying Chanel bags on a stick over her shoulder in New York's Chinatown. The editorial has drawn the ire of fashion heavyweights like Phillip Lim, who offered his thoughts in the comments, declaring "this comes across as insensitive and promoting a stereotype." Photographer Billy Kidd, who shot the images, responded by claiming "my intentions for this shoot are definitely not to perpetuate a negative view of Asians but intended to be an homage to the working class Chinese." {Instagram/@billykiddstudio}

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