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Must Read: Pinups in the Wake of Weinstein, Influencers Influenced More Holiday Sales Than Ever

Plus, getting up close and personal with Kith's Ronnie Fieg.
Photo: @victoriassecret/Instagram

Photo: @victoriassecret/Instagram

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Monday.

Are sexy, lingerie-clad portrayals of women objectifying or empowering?
Some may argue that it's a woman's feminist right to wear as much or as little as she wants, while others claim that anything presenting women as primarily decorative is suspect. In a post-Weinstein-scandal world, it's a complicated question — and one with no clear answer for the people behind the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show or Love's annual series of sexy Advent videos, which begins its online rollout on Dec. 1. {New York Times}

Influencers are influencing holiday purchases more than ever
According to RewardStyle and, both of which help influencers monetize their online content through affiliate links, the week leading up to the 2017 edition of Black Friday was bigger than ever in terms of influencer-led shopping conversions. "The consumers' salesperson is now an influencer whose life is similar to theirs but slightly more aspirational," said RewardStyle founder Amber Venz Box. {WWD}

Kith founder Ronnie Fieg on building a brand people will line up for
Kith may be less than half the age of fellow hypebeast favorite Supreme, but its ability to inspire around-the-block lines every time it drops new product is no less impressive. In a new interview, founder Ronnie Fieg opened up about his cereal obsession, reviving archival sneakers and spying on Jay Z's shopping habits as a high schooler. {New York Times}

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Giambattista Valli launches activewear and expands retail
Giambattista Valli, the label best known for its haute couture creations and red carpet-worthy gowns that are celebrity favorites, will unveil a collection of activewear to buyers in January. It will also be adding new standalone shops in Doha, Beijing and Seoul in the coming year as part of a retail expansion plan. {WWD}

Holiday shopping broke online sales records this year
According to research by Adobe Analytics, a record $5.03 billion was spent online in the U.S. by the end of Black Friday, marking an increase of 16.9 percent over last year. Adobe claims that Cyber Monday will be even bigger, making it the biggest online shopping day in U.S. history. {Fashionista inbox}

H&M clothing is being burned as a coal replacement by a Swedish power plant
A heat and power station in Sweden that burns trash and biofuels in an attempt to replace fossil fuels has burned about 15 tons of discarded clothing from fast fashion brand H&M this year, according to Bloomberg. An H&M representative noted that "H&M does not burn any clothes that are safe to use." {Bloomberg}

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