Must Read: CFDA, 'Variety' and 'WWD' Launch 'Runway to Red Carpet,' Amazon Changes Seller Fees to Lure More Luxury Goods

Plus, how Adwoa Aboah spawned a legal battle between two top model management companies.
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Plus, how Adwoa Aboah spawned a legal battle between two top model management companies.
Diane Guerrero in Christian Siriano at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Turner Image

Diane Guerrero in Christian Siriano at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Turner Image

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Wednesday.

CFDA, 'Variety' and 'WWD' launch "Runway to Red Carpet" initiative 
The CFDA, Variety and WWD are teaming up to launch a "Runway to Red Carpet" initiative, a program designed to give up-and-coming American designers the opportunity to showcase their work to stylists and celebrities looking for red carpet ensembles. "The red carpet continues to present a powerful way to show one's designs to a worldwide audience," said Steven Kolb, president and chief executive officer of the CFDA in a statement to WWD. "The partnership with WWD and Variety on an awards showcase featuring CFDA talent introduces stylists to exciting emerging American designers and builds on our mission to strengthen the impact of American fashion globally." {WWD}

Amazon changes seller fees to lure more luxury goods 
Amazon is set on selling more luxury fashion, so in an effort to attract premium sellers, the company is reducing seller fees on expensive jewelry items. On the other hand, the e-commerce giant is also raising the seller fees across its clothing and accessory categories. {WWD

How Adwoa Aboah spawned a legal battle between two top model management companies
Adwoa Aboah went from a relatively obscure freckle-faced beauty to a top model in 2017, having fronted the first issue of Edward Enninful's British Vogue and walked in all the major shows. However, in her rise to fame, she also spawned a $1 million lawsuit between New York-based model management companies, The Lions and DNA. According to The Fashion Law, Aboah had an exclusive three-year contract with The Lions, and DNA allegedly poached her months before the contract was up. {The Fashion Law}

Ivanka Trump allegedly uses her White House profile to promote her brand
Church isn't the only thing that should be kept separate from state; apparently, clothing brands also need to be actively kept out of the equation. On Monday, the Democracy Forward Foundation, a nonprofit focused on legal and policy issues in the executive branch, sent a letter to the Office of Government Ethics, urging them to open an investigation on Ivanka Trump and her supposed misuse of White House power to promote her namesake label. {WWD}

Nicole Phelps ranked all of Phoebe Philo's collections for Céline
Phoebe Philo had a brilliant 17-collection run as the creative director of Céline — she became a minimalist maestro, transforming the French label into a treasured brand of tailored daywear. Ahead of her final presentation for Céline, Nicole Phelps ranked Philo's collections from great to exceptional. {Vogue}

The state of the shopping in Spain and Portugal 
In Spain and Portugal, independent labels have historically struggled to thrive, because these regions are dominated by fast fashion and by risk-averse consumers who would rather drop money on established luxury labels than bet on the coolness of newer brands. However, a spike in tourism has enabled these countries to speedily recover from the great financial crisis of 2009, which in turn could create more adventurous shoppers willing to invest in younger labels. {Business of Fashion}

Foot Locker buys minority stake in Carbon38
Beloved mall staple Foot Locker has made a $15 million investment in Carbon38. With this investment, Foot Locker has acquired a minority stake in the women's luxury active apparel firm and Foot Locker's executive vice president and chief financial officer, Lauren B. Peters, has secured a spot on its board. The Winklevoss twins, Montage Ventures and the president of Amazon Fashion have also invested in the brand. {WWD}

The Soho shopping destination that's become a mecca for hype-teens 
There's a streetwear hub nestled in a quaint corner of Soho, where you can find Westchester youths dropping hundreds of Bar Mitzvah money on Off-White hoodies. In this week's issue of New York Magazine, Emilia Petrarcha takes us into the cool off-Broadway intersection that is becoming an emerging menswear hub. {The Cut}

J.Crew launches partnership with Blue Jeans Go Green
On Wednesday, J.Crew announced a new partnership with Blue Jeans Go Green, an organization that collects denim across the country and upcycles it into housing insulation. From now through the end of the year, you can bring a pair of gently-worn jeans into any J.Crew store and J.Crew will give your old denim a new life through the Blue Jean Go Green program — and will give you $20 off towards a new style. {Fashionista Inbox} 

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