Must Read: Adwoa Aboah's Rise From Model to Activist, LFW Met With an Influx of Fur Protestors - Fashionista

Must Read: Adwoa Aboah's Rise From Model to Activist, LFW Met With an Influx of Fur Protestors

Plus, Forever 21 is opening a beauty store called Riley Rose.
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Adwoa Aboah backstage at Fendi's Fall 2017 show. Photo: Imaxtree

Adwoa Aboah backstage at Fendi's Fall 2017 show. Photo: Imaxtree

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Tuesday.

Adwoa Aboah's rise from model to activist  
British model Adwoa Aboah is a familiar freckled-face runway and campaign star, but when she landed her first big cover for Vogue Italia a year and a half ago, she made the decision to channel her success towards making making a positive impact in the lives of others. Aboah started "Gurls Talk," a virtual space dedicated to building a community and promoting self-care among young women. Her decision to empower women online came out of her own struggles with addiction and mental health, with which she still struggles today. {Business of Fashion}

LFW met with an influx of fur protestors
Outside of the Burberry and Gareth Pugh shows, in addition to the British Fashion Council headquarters, activists donning faux blood-stained clothing yelled and spat on showgoers to protest the use of fur. Although protests are not foreign to fashion weeks, the anti-fur demonstrations took place on a much larger scale as this was the first time individual shows were targeted and the first time activists set up shop in front of the British Fashion Council for three days straight. {Business of Fashion}

Forever 21 is opening a beauty store called Riley Rose
Forever 21 is opening its first beauty store in California on September 29. The new cosmetic and lifestyle destination, dubbed Riley Rose, will come stocked with home décor and the most sought-after beauty products from brands including Stila, RMS Beauty, BANILA CO, R+Co and Too Cool for School. The idea for the beauty store was conceived by the daughters of the Forever 21 founders, who wanted millennial and Gen Z consumers to have access to more exclusive cosmetics — think K-beauty — while participating in an ultra-femme, high-tech, Instagrammable retail experience. The plan is to open more locations over the next few months. {Fashionista inbox}

Leomie Anderson claims she was dropped from a LFW show because of her skin color
On the second day of London Fashion Week, model Leomie Anderson tweeted that she had been dropped from a show on the basis of race, writing: "The designer doesn't feel like using more than one black girl." The designer who allegedly cut Anderson after she had already been confirmed for the show, is still unknown. {Dazed}

Adidas surpasses Jordan as number-two sneaker brand in U.S. 
On Monday, NPD Group's Sports Industry Analyst Matt Powell took to Twitter to reveal a monumental moment in sports footwear, writing that Adidas had overtaken Jordan as the #2 brand: "Adidas sport footwear sales grew more than half for the month and share grew by nearly half, to 13 percent." The long-reigning sneaker hierarchy of Nike at the top, followed by Jordan and then Adidas has been altered — and now, the burning question is whether or not Adidas will be able to dethrone Nike. {Esquire}

Kering named the most sustainable company in the luxury industry 
Luxury conglomerate Kering has earned the highest score on the 2017 Dow Jones Sustainability Index in the luxury goods sector for the third time. Kering's industry-leading results come out of its ambitious 2025 sustainability strategy, which aims to employ innovation and and new business models to drive transformational change. {Fashionista inbox}

How heritage brands pull from the past to create for the future
Fashion demands constant creation — designers are expected to crank out multiple groundbreaking collections a year — and as a result, brands like Chanel and Balenciaga, who have a history that spans decades and defined eras, must look to their archives to create for the future. "History in the hands of these houses has become a valuable, marketable commodity to build upon," wrote T Magazine's Alexander Fury in a new piece for The New York Times. Today, designers like Karl Lagerfeld use archival styles — such as Chanel's bouclé tweed suiting — to ensure their individual aesthetics do not stray far from the brand's DNA. {The New York Times}

Christian Siriano is designing for a red carpet-bound Barbie 
During New York Fashion Week, Christian Siriano filled our eveningwear tanks with brightly hued gowns. But humans — mainly an overly excited Leslie Jones — aren't the only ones who get to partake in Siriano's colorful catwalk: On Tuesday, Barbie announced its designer collaboration with Christian Siriano, which features four Barbies with different hair, skin and body types wearing dresses inspired by Siriano's iconic red carpet creations. The dolls are one-of-a-kind and will not be available for sale. {Fashionista inbox} 

Vince hires Patrik Ervell as new men's wear designer
Patrik Ervell is taking his expertise in minimal sportswear, and his outdoorsy, California aesthetic to serve as the new vice president of men's design at Vince. Ervell, who has run his own successful label for over a decade, told WWD that he will "stay true to the Vince brand ethos of modern, luxurious design." His namesake brand will continue to operate, but with the exclusion of runway shows and wholesale collections. {WWD}

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