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Must Read: 'W' Highlights 25 Risk-Takers, The Weeknd Reveals His Upcoming H&M Collaboration

Plus, Riccardo Tisci has a new gig with 'Vogua Italia.'
Tracee Ellis Ross on W Magazine's October cover. Photo: Mario Sorrenti

Tracee Ellis Ross on W Magazine's October cover. Photo: Mario Sorrenti

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Thursday.

W highlights 25 risk-takers in its "Royals" issue 
W's October issue celebrates men and women who have no qualms about showing their truest selves to the world; the premise is that they are the modern-day "royals" who hold top spots in film, TV, fashion and society an dare to break stereotypes. The issue hits news stands on Thursday and will feature a series of "his and hers" covers, starring: Tilda Swinton, Jared Leto, Pharrell Williams, James Corden, Winona Ryder, Saoirse Ronan, Tracee Ellis Ross, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Pattinson and Hailee Steinfeld. {W Magazine}

The Weeknd reveals his upcoming H&M collaboration 
Yesterday, The Weeknd posted a photo of himself on Instagram in a fitted plum, leather-sleeved varsity jacket with an accompanying caption about his second collaboration with H&M. According to this post, the collection will drop on Sept. 28 in stores and online. {WWD}

Riccardo Tisci has a new gig with Vogue Italia 
Riccardo Tisci has been tapped by Vogue Italia to serve as creative director for the publication's upcoming Milan Fashion Week event. The Dante's Inferno-themed party will take place on Sept. 22 and will celebrate the release of the magazine's Italian-focused September issue. Few details regarding the Italian soirée have been released, but Tisci has confirmed the recreation of the Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise at the venue, and it's no doubt plenty of people will be clamoring to get their own ticket to hell. {WWD}

Will LVMH and Kering's joint charter to protect models work?  
Amidst numerous reports of physical, mental and emotional abuse, LVMH and Kering have united to protect the well-being of models. However, with fashion month in full swing, will the French conglomerates be able to uphold the new standards put in place? According to top casting director and outspoken model advocate, James Scully, models in fittings in New York are pleased with their treatment, but it will take time for the issues to fully resolve. {Business of Fashion}

The lessons retailers can learn from Amazon
The retail world been a tumultuous one of late, but Amazon's penchant for innovation has kept the e-tailer sitting high and pretty. So department stores, brands and off-price retailers can learn a thing or two from the e-commerce giant, for example: The importance of figuring out a business's flaws and fixing them quickly and that learning consumer behaviors and investing in advanced analytic tools pays off. {WWD}

Gap Inc. will close Gap and Banana Republic stores in order to prioritize Old Navy and Athleta 
Over the next three years, Gap Inc. will expand its lower-priced and athletic-wear gems, Old Navy and Athleta, by opening approximately 270 more stores nationwide. During this time, the company will also close 200 Gap and Banana Republic stores. {Business of Fashion}

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Robin Givhan gives her take on diversity in the fashion industry 
The Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan kicked off NYFW with a piece that champions fashion's efforts in becoming more inclusive and more welcoming to diversity. Although still flawed, Givhan says, the industry as a whole has made positive leaps toward redefining age-old, rigid views of beauty. {The Washington Post}

Inside Germany's 032c magazine 
GQ Style takes a trip to Berlin to visit the 032c offices, which house both a publication and a fashion brand. The magazine was founded in 2001 by Jeorg Koch and has since grown into a contemporary culture magazine that sites Helmut Lang, Raf Simons and Hedi Slimane as frequent subjects and contributors, as well as boasts its own line streetwear and believes in celebrating amateurs. {GQ}

A.P.C.'s founder is releasing a book 
A.P.C. founder Jean Touitou's book, "A.P.C. Transmission," comes out today. With the brand turning 30 this year, Touitou decided to share its history with the world. The book is divided into three parts, beginning with Touitou's Tunisian upbringing, followed by his initial inspirations and designs for early collections and ending with a retrospective on what has come to define the French label today. {Fashionista Inbox} 

Lyft will donate $5 of every ride to and from fashion week to ACLU with code "LIBERTY"
Lyft is joining the CFDA and ACLU initiative, "Fashion for ACLU", to help spread the message that there is no room for any form of hate in our democracy. Throughout this week, Lyft is donating $5 from every ride to and from NYFW events to the ACLU as a part of their broader support of the cause (just use the code "LIBERTY"). {Fashionista Inbox}  

Hunter collaborates with makeup artist Isamaya Ffrench
British heritage brand Hunter — best known for its colorful wellies — is collaborating with makeup artist Isamayta Ffrench on a collection of rubber backpacks. The bags come in five colorways and will each feature one of five unique, hand-drawn artworks by Ffench, shown below. {Fashionista Inbox} 

Hunter x Isamaya Ffrench. Photo: Courtesy 

Hunter x Isamaya Ffrench. Photo: Courtesy 

Rihanna covers ELLE painted in Fenty Beauty
In the midst of all her Fenty Puma NYFW buzz, Rihanna continued her reign on Thursday by revealing a brand new, purple, Fenty face-painted ELLE cover on Instagram. The magazine's October issue features a stunning closeup of the singer-slash-designer highlighted and tinted in her highly-anticipated Fenty Beauty line, which drops at midnight. Check out the cover below. {@badgirlriri/Instagram}

Photo: @badgalriri/Instagram. 

Photo: @badgalriri/Instagram. 

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