Must Read: Lush Launches Transgender Rights Campaign, Burberry Partners With Farfetch for E-Commerce Push

Plus, Kim Jones is set to collaborate with Uniqlo's less expensive sister brand.
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A Lush store. Photo: Courtesy of Lush

A Lush store. Photo: Courtesy of Lush

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Thursday.

Lush creates visibility for transgender employees with new human rights campaign
Lush is launching a 14-day human rights campaign aimed at securing rights for transgender people, as well as providing a platform for the transgender community to share their stories. On Thursday, Lush will release a limited-edition bath melt (see below) with 100 percent of the sales going directly to organizations supporting the trans community. In addition, all 250 shop windows will strip their windows of color and products to display stark quotes of Lush's transgender and non-binary employes. These messages will be brought further to life in Lush's #TransRightsAreHumanRights launch video, in which transgender employees will shed light on the discriminations they face. {Fashionista inbox} 

Limited edition bath melt. Photo: Courtesy of Lush 

Limited edition bath melt. Photo: Courtesy of Lush 

Burberry partners with Farfetch for e-commerce push 
Burberry is teaming up with Farfetch to make its entire inventory widely available to online shoppers in 150 countries. Burberry's decision to partner with the online retailer doesn't seem too, well, farfetched, seeing as how it was one of the first luxury labels to embrace digital changes in the industry, continually experimenting with new retail technologies. The partnership will kick off this Saturday with "Show to Door," an immediate, around-the-clock London delivery service from Farfetch for 24 hours after Burberry's February 2018 show. {WWD}

Kim Jones to collaborate with Uniqlo's less expensive sister brand, GU
Kim Jones is going from fresh off the runway to hot off the racks with his new collection for GU, the less expensive sister brand of Uniqlo. After recently stepping down from his role as men's artistic director for Louis Vuitton, Jones is teaming up with GU on a collection, titled Kim Jones GU Production, which will contain an assortment of denim jackets and color-blocked sweaters for both men and women. His affordable line drops March 21. {WWD

Has the internet killed New York Fashion Week? 
"In the modern age, the ultimate luxury is ownership of time, which means many would rather watch a livestream at home or peruse a line sheet on their computer than revel in the inefficiency of New York Fashion Week, which should shrink from eight days to four," writes Lauren Sherman in an op-ed for Business of Fashion. According to Sherman, the past week was filled with designers that showed quality collections, but none – save for Calvin Klein's popcorn-filled dystopia — were worthy of experiencing in the flesh. {Business of Fashion}

How "Black Panther" has impacted the cosplay community 
Up until the release of "Black Panther," Black comic book characters were often portrayed as sidekicks or villains, resulting in an overwhelmingly white cosplay community. However, the new Marvel Studios film champions African culture and Black superheroes. The New York Times spoke with Black cosplayers on how this film will, hopefully, create a more racially tolerant environment and break down stereotypes in the costume-wearing community. {The New York Times}

Gucci Westman to launch Westman Atelier
Gucci Westman is following in the footsteps of her celebrity makeup artist peers by launching her own line of cosmetics. But unlike Pat McGrath's glitter-heavy lipsticks, Westman will focus on face-enhancing products that are infused with skin-care ingredients designed to create a no-makeup-makeup look. Entitled "Westman Atelier," Westman's beauty brand will hit stores this spring with the business help of her husband David Neville, who's also the cofounder of Rag & Bone. {WWD}

Pakistan's Artistic Denim factory could help the country revive its exports
In the past few years, hundreds of factories have been shut down in Pakistan, cutting more than half a million jobs and drastically decreasing exports, many of which serve as its economic backbone. However, a denim factory could help the country revive its exports: Artistic Denim Mills Ltd. operates as a one-stop shop turning cotton into jeans. This denim factory has chased premium brands in Los Angeles that pay more for smaller deliveries to keep switching up designs, helping the company's revenues reach as much as $72 million a year. {Business of Fashion}

ASOS launches an activewear line
ASOS is launching its first activewear range. Entitled "ASOS 4505," the line boasts more than 100 styles across menswear and womenswear that will be available in its core, Curve and Plus + Tall sizing. The women's collection contains a selection of brightly colored leggings and bra co-ord sets designed for working out or hanging out. {Fashionista inbox}

Former Prabal Gurung employee says she was criticized for her appearance during pregnancy 
A former Prabal Gurung employee is claiming that she experienced body-shaming at the company during her pregnancy. Melissa Teitel, who says she became pregnant with her first child soon after joining the label as the director of sales, told Vox that Gurung criticized her eating habits and changing body. She also says she was forced into resignation while at home trying to breastfeed her newborn. {Vox}

Does Marchesa have a future in a post-Weinstein world?  
Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault allegations flooded in just days after his wife, Georgina Chapmen, showed her Fall 2018 bridal collection for Marchesa. Ever since, we've been curious as to how Chapman and her fanciful womenswear line would fare without her powerful Hollywood husband to help maintain its red carpet status. The brand is known for its fit-for-a-princess gowns and sells the idea that women are best when they're draped in hyper-feminine creations, but it's not always culturally relevant or on-trend. In a new piece, Connie Wang explores whether or not Marchesa has a future without Weinstein, and what this future could look like in the era of #MeToo. {Refinery29}

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