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Must Read: A 14-Year-Old Model's Death Is Under Investigation, Meet the Fashion Writer for Breitbart News

Plus, the Victoria & Albert Museum is opening an exhibition on sustainable fashion.

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Thursday.

A 14-year-old model's death is under investigation 
Russian model, Vlada Dzyubapassed away last week in Shanghai following a three-week assignment in China. She was only 14. The Siberian Times initially reported that the teen was suffering from meningitis and severe exhaustion after participating in a very long runway during Shanghai Fashion Week; however, the model was not taken to a hospital or given medical care until a week after Shanghai Fashion Week had ended. An autopsy has not yet been performed, but Russian authorities are starting a criminal investigation into whether the young model's death was caused by neglect. {The New York Times}

Meet the fashion writer for Breitbart News 
Breitbart News, known for its far-right leaning commentary, has a fashion writer named John Binder — but not the type that sits front row at all the shows and has alerts for Virgil Abloh turned on. Instead, this loud-mouthed commenter on clothes praises a red carpet look from conservative Hollywoods starlets and spends his evenings waxing poetic about the First Lady's ensembles. {The New York Times}

The Victoria & Albert Museum is opening an exhibition on sustainable fashion
The Victoria & Albert Museum in London is spotlighting designers who've used ethical practices to create beautiful collections in a fashion exhibition set to open in April 2018. The exhibition, titled "Fashion from Nature," will explore the relationship between fashion and the natural world starting from 1600 to today and will highlight the work of Vivienne Westwood, Dries Van Noten, fashion protest groups and more. {Dazed}

A look inside Louis Vuitton's most interesting trunks 
Long before Louis Vuitton made monogram totes and aristocratic sneakerhead collections, it was making very practical, well-made stackable trunks. In the traveling "Volez, Voguez, Voyagez" exhibition that showcases some of the brand's most clever iterations of the classic trunk, you can marvel at plenty of interesting travel cases including: a modern-day Supreme skateboard trunk; a mini library trunk, complete with vintage books and a typewriter; a violin case; and more. {Garage}

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Robin Givhan on Paul Manafort and what his wardrobe says about style in the '80s 
President Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, is in hot water right now with the U.S. government. For those who've skipped your daily Skimm readings, he is being charged with several federal crimes, including conspiracy against the U.S. Rewind 30 or so years, and the lobbyist was making a political name for himself in the '80s in slick Armani suits — apparently, this was the decade where success, intellect and power were wrapped up in a man's ability to sport designer slacks and fine tailored blazers. {The Washington Post}

Luxury brands are changing traditional structures to appeal to the fast-fashion needs of consumers 
Wait a whole five months for designer creations to hit our closets? We get tired of our Instagram feeds after three seconds, so those glittering runway pieces are meaningless to us once they reappear eons later. It seems luxury brands are finally hearing our fast-fashion battle cries and are starting to understand that our purchasing behavior and clothing preferences change very quickly: Certain luxury brands are embracing some internal shifts to speed up production processes and better track customer trends. {Glossy}

Balenciaga is launching a logocentric men's collection for Spring 2018
Demna Gvasalia is as logo-obsessed as ever. The creative director of Balenciaga is launching a Spring 2018 capsule collection of men's clothing and accessories that is an extension of his logocentric fall 2017 line. The capsule will contain 47 clothing items and 14 bags, all covered in the brand's signature graphic embroidered logos. {Fashionista Inbox}

Ralph Lauren's reduction in discounting hurts sales, boosts profit
Ralph Lauren has hit the ground running with its turnaround plan and over the last quarter, one of the company's biggest initiatives has been cutting down on discounting in an effort to preserve exclusivity. As a result, profit margins are up slightly, but revenue was down 9 percent in the second quarter of fiscal 2018. "I am pleased with the progress we are making as we continue to strengthen the foundations of our business and elevate the expression of our iconic brand," said Lauren in a statement. The company expects revenue for the year to decrease between 8 and 9 percent as turnaround efforts continue. {Ralph Lauren}

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