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Must Read: American Apparel to Relaunch Website, 'SNL''s Kenan Thompson Is Starting a Clothing Line

Plus, American heritage brand Filson is supporting the U.S. Forest Service with a new capsule collection and photo essay.
An American Apparel storefront. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images 

An American Apparel storefront. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images 

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Friday.

American Apparel prepares to relaunch website  
American Apparel — our go-to shop for body-hugging theme-party basics — closed down all of its stores in January. But after Gildan Activewear bought the controversial brand earlier this year, the Canada-based company has rebuilt inventory and ramped up shipments to wholesalers in preparation to relaunch the e-commerce website. {Business of Fashion}

Kenan Thompson is getting into clothing design 
Kenan Thompson is taking his on-screen comedy to T-shirts, hoodies and hats with a new cartoon-emblazoned apparel and accessories collection. Last week, the longest-serving cast member of "Saturday Night Live" teased his first foray into fashion — a line he is calling "Smile Parade" — on Twitter. The collection offers a moderately priced — $49 for T-shirts, $99 for hoodies — range of goods. Thompson is donating a portion of the profits to My Stuff Bags Foundation, which provides children entering shelters or foster homes with toys, books and other necessities. {WWD}

Filson drops capsule and photo essay in support of the U.S. Forest Service
American heritage brand Filson is known to most as a Seattle-based apparel retailer specializing in rugged bags and flannels, but it also has a lesser-known shared history with the U.S. Forest Service: Filson provided the organization with their uniforms after its founding in 1905. Their relationship continues today with the release of a capsule apparel and accessories collection. Filson has also released a photo essay that, it says, will help humanize a faceless federal organization. {WWD}

On Raf Simon's first-year performance at Calvin Klein 
Raf Simons took charge of Calvin Klein's entire creative output last August. With one year under his belt, how has the Belgian designer done? Well, he's impressed critics with his debut collection; major department stores and powerful e-commerce players are placing big orders; he's created some spectacular red carpet moments; and Calvin Klein is up five percent in revenue for the first quarter of 2017. It seems Simons has passed with flying colors. {Business of Fashion}

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Mr Porter interviews Fear of God designer Jerry Lorenzo 
Since launching in 2013, Fear of God has become the go-to luxury streetwear label for Jay Z, Justin Bieber, Zayn Malik and more. Its designer, Jerry Lorenzo, has garnered praise for his reworked proportions, emphasis on layering and open commitment to Christianity. To celebrate Fear of God's arrival on their site, Mr Porter sat down with the designer to discuss his entrance into the luxury apparel space, his religion and the inspirations behind his unique aesthetic. {Mr Porter}. 

Petra Collins shoots Samuel L. Jackson for The New York Times
The ethereal lens of famed photographer Petra Collins captures actor Samuel L. Jackson in dreamlike images for The New York Times. In the feature, Jackson, who stars in the upcoming film "The Hitman's Bodyguard," alongside Ryan Reynolds, speaks of his never-ending goal to strike the perfect work-life balance — a difficult feat for someone who is one of the highest-grossing box office stars in history. Paired with the words written by Jon Caramanica, Collins' photos brilliantly reveal how brilliant of an actor Jackson truly is. {The New York Times}

Liu Wen is the first Chinese model to receive a Madame Tussauds wax statue
Liu Wen, who hails from Bejiing, China, made history on Friday as the first Chinese model to have her very own wax replica at Madame Tussauds. The model has established herself in the fashion industry, having covered numerous Chinese editions of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, walking international runways since 2008 and landing an Estée Lauder contract in 2010. In the case of the latter, she was also the first Chinese model to earn that title, as well. Congrats! {Fashionista inbox}. 

Procter & Gamble new ad, "The Talk," tackles issues of race 
Procter & Gamble — the multinational manufacturer of Crest, Charmin, Tide, Pantene, Olay and more — released a short YouTube video ad, called "The Talk," to showcase conversations between black mothers and their children about racial stereotypes and bias in America. The video was released last week as a part of the company's "My Black Is Beautiful" project, which has spent a decade encouraging black women to make their own standards of beauty. See the full ad below. {The Cut}

Marc Jacobs and his Spring 2018 show are here to stay
Last week, some speculated that Marc Jacobs may be leaving his namesake brand. But Jacobs himself quickly dismissed any statement hinting at his departure, telling WWD that "there is no truth" to these rumors. "We're all hard at work on the collection and the preparation for our show in September," Jacobs told WWD. "I have been in the office every day, night and weekend working away on the collection." Looks like we'll be graced with another Marc Jacobs spectacle after all.  {WWD}

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