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Must Read: Chanel x Pharrell Sneaker Collab To Launch at Colette, Alessando Michele Wasn't Originally Considered To Head Up Gucci

Plus, brands are trading traditional retail spaces for stores that feel like homes.
Photo: @yeezymafia/Instagram

Photo: @yeezymafia/Instagram

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Thursday.

Chanel x Pharrell sneaker collab to launch at Colette 
Colette, the cool-girl emporium in Paris, is closing its doors on Dec. 20, which leaves just enough time for Chanel to take up residence from Oct. 30 to Nov. 25. The French boutique has a history of delivering notable collaborations, so it comes as no surprise that the store has decided to give up its first floor to one of its best customers — Karl Lagerfeld — who will collaborate with musician Pharrell Williams on an Adidas Hu NMD sneaker. {WWD}

Alessando Michele wasn't originally considered to head up Gucci 
We really don't go a day without referencing Gucci's chic gardening grandma aesthetic, its street style-making accessories or Alessandro Michele's ability to transform a tired heritage label into revenue-spurting brand coveted by all the youths. But here's a new bit of Gucci information: At WWD's CEO summit, Gucci's CEO Marco Bizzarri revealed that Michele's appointment to creative director was somewhat of an accident — a very happy accident, of course.  {WWD}

Brands are trading traditional retail spaces for stores that feel like homes
The apartment-style boutique is retail's latest experiential answer to reviving the former glory of a physical store. Since 2015, Modi Operandi, Sézane, Kitri, Peter Pilotto and more have opened pop-up shops in cozy home-like spaces filled with velvety couches, plush rugs and racks of clothing. These carefully curated homes double as intimate selling spaces, which allow for brands to connect with consumers and to fully immerse them into their respective cultures. {Business of Fashion}

Jerry Lorenzo doesn't think luxury streetwear is a fad
Los Angeles bred Fear of God designer Jerry Lorenzo is an outlier in the fashion industry: He doesn't come up with formal collections to present or align them with any sort of season and he has no formal design training. Nevertheless, Lorenzo's high-end streetwear is a Justin Bieber favorite and has gained a cult following. When WWD asked whether the luxe streetwear wave Lorenzo is currently riding will last, he said: "My idea of clothing is just as valid as whoever else is on the designer floor. I believe American street culture is the culture that validates everything. If people believe it’s a fad then that's cool." {WWD}

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Calvin Klein's new coffee table book is filled with provocative imagery 
Calvin Klein has sold sex and basics long before we had smart phones. For years, the label put forth astonishingly provocative campaigns, which fans can can now marvel at in a 493-page coffee-table book compiled by Klein himself. Inside the $150 tome are 40,000 images that cover more than 30 years of My Calvins and other nude-adjacent photos shot by the likes of Bruce Weber. {The New York Times}

Sade still looms over pop culture today
The easy-listening '80s music of Sade Adu is still influencing culture today. DJs frequently club-ify her smooth jazz tunes, but what's even more fascinating is the popularity of her face as a tattoo and the high demand for her rare '90s concert tees. Adu hasn't done anything recently to spur this wave of cultural intrigue, but perhaps her absence from the public eye is what draws so many people — Kanye West included — in. {The New York Times}

Fendi celebrates longstanding relationship with film through an exhibit in Rome
Fendi has outfitted numerous iconic film characters — Marie  Antoinette, Margot Tenenbaum, Miranda Priestly. So to celebrate its longstanding relationship with the world of cinema, the luxury label is holding an exhibit at its headquarters in Rome that will be open to the public from Oct. 27 to March 25. {Fashionista Inbox}

Tommy Hilfiger on why "Made in America" is impossible 
President Trump has expressed a desire to outsource less and make more clothing in the U.S., but Tommy Hilfiger doesn't believe this is a viable option. While many of Hilfiger's designs seem plucked from a 4th of July parade, the American designer believes his products can't have "Made in America" tags on the basis that doing so would drive up the cost of his patriotic goods. {Bloomberg}

Will millennials continue to buy fur?
With mega-brands like Gucci going fur-free, and with a wave of eco-conscious millennials vowing to purchase only sustainably-made goods, will the fur industry suffer? According to Charlie Ross, the head of international marketing and sustainability at major fur supplier Saga Furs, the future of fur is a bright one: "These are the daughters of what we like to call 'the missed generation,'" said Ross to BoF. "Their mothers — the baby boomers — didn't buy fur, but their grandmothers did. They are embracing it in Harrods or Harvey Nichols, and fur in online retail has increased 30 percent since last year." 

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