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Must Read: Giorgio Armani Hates on Gucci's Head Purses, Dolce & Gabbana's Sales Continue to Rise Amidst Controversy

Plus, the dark truths behind our feel-good crystals.
A look from Gucci's Fall 2018 show. Photo: Imaxtree 

A look from Gucci's Fall 2018 show. Photo: Imaxtree 

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Monday. 

Giorgio Armani hates on Gucci's head purses  
According to WWD, Giorgio Armani isn't having the Gucci headbags and dragon puppies. The designer said he was "perplexed" by the cranium totes while speaking candidly on the sidelines of the unveiling of his first short film on Saturday: "I have never wanted to trick consumers, and what I show on the runway is what customers can find in stores." {WWD}

Dolce & Gabbana's sales continue to rise amidst more controversies 
Ruffling feathers seems to be Dolce & Gabbana's key to success: The Italian brand has a habit of exiling the press, using off-color ways to promote its products and picking fights on the internet — yet its sales are still rising. Could this luxury label's knack for creating controversy actually be good for business? {Business of Fashion}

The dark truths behind our feel-good crystals 
The crystal trend has been booming of late, and the once-hippie rocks have penetrated the luxury wellness market, even becoming popular with the fashion set. But what goes into the mining of these feel-good, Olsen-approved talismans? Business of Fashion goes beneath the shiny exterior to discover that crystals have a rocky relationship with the environment and are a part of an unregulated industry. {Business of Fashion}

Merchandise returns are one of retail's most wasteful processes
The National Retail Federation reported that merchandise returns account for more tahn $260 billion in lost sales for U.S. retailers annually. But what's more, these billions of returned products not only cause brands to suffer major financial losses, but they also end up in landfills, which is a huge strain on the environment. Thus, unwanted merchandise has become one of the fashion industry's most wasteful process, and retailers have yet to address it. {WWD

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Anok Yai on being the first Black model to open Prada since Naomi Campbell 
Last week, Anok Yai become the first Black model to open a Prada show since Naomi Campbell did so in 1997. The 19-year-old, Egypt-born beauty told British Vogue that it was an honor to open the show and to be given the opportunity to send an important message to the fashion community: "Me opening for one of the top fashion houses is a statement to the world — especially for black women — that their beauty is something that deserves to be celebrated." {Vogue UK}

Coach collaborates with Teen Vogue for female empowerment festival
Coach and Teen Vogue are teaming up with Adwoa Aboah's online platform for young women, Gurls Talk, for a day-long festival of female empowerment in New York City on Mar. 11. Aboah will host the free event, which is open to the public and will contain a presentation on body positivity, a sexual education lesson and a poetry slam. {Fashionista Inbox} 

Rebecca Minkoff launches swimwear
On Monday, Rebecca Minkoff launched a debut swimwear collection which will be available exclusively at the brand's retail stores and online. The beach-ready line is made in Los Angeles and includes 15 silhouettes playfully designed to be mixed, matched and reversed. Get a first look at the swimwear in the gallery below. {Fashionista Inbox}

Nordstrom's family group continues to work on go-private deal
Nordstrom's founding family group hopes to take the company private before it reports earnings this Thursday, sources told Business of Fashion. The department store chain met with investment banks last week to discuss financing for a new bid, but details of the offer remain scarce. {Business of Fashion}

Interview magazine wrapped up in multimillion-dollar lawsuit with former senior executive 
Last Wednesday, Page Six reported that Interview Magazine had been locked out of its offices because of missing rent, and now the news site has learned that the magazine is embroiled in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit with a former senior executive. Deborah Blasucci — whose career at the magazine lasted for more than three decades — is suing Interview's owner Peter M. Brant and his daughter, Interview president Kelly Brant, claiming they fired her because she "made too much money." {Page Six}

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