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Must Read: What's Next For Alaïa, Can Fashion Drive Change?

Plus, Nick Jonas designed a capsule collection with John Varvatos.
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The Azzedine Alaïa: "Je suis couturier" exhibit. Photo: @azzedinealaiaofficial/Instagram

The Azzedine Alaïa: "Je suis couturier" exhibit. Photo: @azzedinealaiaofficial/Instagram

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Monday.

What's next for Alaïa?
Back in November, the fashion community mourned the loss of legendary couturier Azzedine Alaïa — the man who outfitted celebrities, supermodels and Cher Horowitz in the tightest of dresses. Now, with couture presentations kicking off in Paris, we're faced with the inevitable question: what will happen to the brand? Alaïa already had two collections in the works before his death, which will be sold to buyers this month and in March. And to make up for his physical absence during couture week, his closest collaborators have put together a small exhibition of archived pieces at Alaïa's showroom. {The New York Times}

Can fashion drive change?
In the February issue of British Vogue, fashion critic Sarah Mower leads a discussion on clothes and their ability to impact change. She questions how something as simple as a beret and a graphic T-shirt are relevant when groups of people are fighting for equal pay and against racial injustice. "Fashion (or clothing; we can debate what we should call it) isn't on the sidelines in this: it's a constant ally in times of trouble, a medium open to infinite nuances of meaning in the hands of ingenious people to show their beliefs," Mower writes. {Vogue UK}

Nick Jonas designed a capsule collection with John Varvatos 
Who would have thought that in 2018 former Disney Channel heartthrob Nick Jonas would go from little bro with a casual 'fro to a man with great style and a collaboration with a leading men's clothing brand? The 25-year-old solo pop artist has teamed up with John Varvatos to design a limited-edition capsule collection for spring. This partnership is a big deal, because it marks the first time that Varvatos will be putting a name other than his own on his label since he started the company. {WWD}

High spenders flock to Paris for couture week 
Couture clients have touched down in Paris, armed with Chanel and very powerful wallets. According to WWD, leading luxury labels — from Christian Dior to Giorgio Armani — are poised to present their spring offerings this week as they've seen a younger generation emerging that prefers unique made-to-measure creations over handfuls of fast fashion goods. {WWD}

The problem with protest gear
Our political predicament has encouraged fashion to join the protest movement — we've seen feminist statements on tees, a red carpet covered in black and swarms of marchers in knitted pink "pussyhats." In a new essay, Refinery29's Connie Wang confronts the issues of using fashion as a way to join the political conversation: "As someone who is used to defending fashion against those who believe it is shallow and meaningless, it's uncomfortable to acknowledge that I've come to believe that it can be as powerful a tool to derail and distract as it can be to express something earnestly," she writes. "And for the most worthy causes and during the most inopportune times, fashion has often rendered feminist messages empty, not reinforced them." {Refinery29}

Grace Wales Bonner to launch women's wear
Grace Wales Bonner, the London-based menswear designer and LVMH Prize winner, is breaking into womenswear according to a social media post over the weekend. The 2014 Central Saint Martins grad posted an image of a model wearing a cream, tailored jacket and black pants on her Instagram with the accompanying caption: "Introducing Wales Bonner Women's Wear." {WWD}

Louis Vuitton launches New York menswear pop-up — with three more to come
If you've spent the last four months Googling "surf lessons near me" after Spring 2018's onslaught of tropical prints and ocean imagery, you should know that you're not alone — Louis Vuitton is getting in on the action, too. On Saturday, the French house unveiled its tropical-themed Spring 2018 menswear pop-up in New York, complete with (for sale!) surfboards, retro beach cruisers and no shortage of ever-on-trend Hawaiian shirts. The Madison Avenue space runs through March 15, with traveling pop-up locations to follow in Miami's Design District (Jan. 10-Jan. 22), Los Angeles's Rodeo Drive (Jan. 26-Feb. 5) and Honolulu's Ala Moana (Feb. 15-Feb. 22). Get a first look at the Big Apple pop-up below.

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