Must Read: Mary J. Blige Covers 'New York''s Spring Fashion Issue, Nordstrom Unveils Campaign for First Standalone Men's Store

Plus, "Teen Vogue" names Samhita Mukhopadhyay executive editor and promotes Ella Cerón to deputy editor.
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These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Monday.

Mary J. Blige covers New York Magazine's Spring Fashion Issue 
New York Magazine enlisted Mary J. Blige, Oscar nominee and "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul," to front its Spring Fashion Issue. On the cover, Blige resembles a couture raven in a black feathered Quentin Veron gown. In the accompanying interview, Blige discusses her style evolution over the years. {New York Magazine} 

Nordstrom unveils campaign for first standalone men's store
On Monday, Nordstrom released a "Looking Forward" campaign in anticipation of the April opening of its first-ever standalone men's store in New York City. Olivia Kim, Nordstrom's vice president of creative projects, teamed up with Partners & Spade agency for the creative direction of the campaign, which she told WWD is intended to reflect "how as a Seattle-based company, we are really looking forward to coming to New York." In addition to male models dressed in an assortment of designer labels, the campaign also features Nordstrom staffers in action, which Kim said reinforced the department store's reputation for service. {WWD}

Teen Vogue names Samhita Mukhopadhyay executive editor and promotes Ella Cerón to deputy editor
Teen Vogue named Samhita Mukhopadhyay as its new executive editor. Mukhopadhyay comes to Condé Nast from Mic.com, where she was the senior editorial director of culture and identities. In addition, Teen Vogue promoted Ella Cerón to the role of deputy editor. Formerly, Cerón served as the publication's digital West Coast and evenings editor. {Fashionista inbox}

Gigi and Bella Hadid talk posing nude and growing up together
The last time many of us posed nude with our sisters was when we were under the age of 3 and in some sort of bubble bath situation. That's not the case for supermodel sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid, who bared it all for the March 2018 cover of British Vogue, photographed by Steven Meisel. The siblings sat down with British Vogue's digital team to discuss growing up, boys, model tips and what it's like to shoot sans clothes. {Vogue UK}

Bon-Ton files for bankruptcy 
Regional department store chain Bon-Ton announced on Sunday that it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This news comes after the retailer announced its plans to close 42 stores this year. According to WWD, the company is "currently engaged in constructive discussion with potential investors and its debt holders regarding the terms of a financial restructuring plan." It also intends to use the Chapter 11 process to "explore potential strategic alternatives [that] may include a sale of the company or certain of its assets as part of the plan of reorganization." {WWD}

Solid & Striped taps supermodels for new collaboration 
Victoria's Secret better watch out, because Solid & Striped is giving the company a run for its scantily-clad supermodels. The Insta-fave swim brand recruited 13 major models (and a few Angels) to design suits for its latest collection. To showcase the new swimwear, the models posed in a beachside campaign styled by the one and only Carine Roitfeld, the imagery from which will be turned into a printed calendar. {WWD}

CR Men's Book releases its March issue featuring Paralympic athletes 
For the sixth issue of CR Men's Book, editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld turned to two of the Paralympic Games' most celebrated athletes, Rheed McCracken and Liam Malone. "Rheed and Liam expressed a hesitance to be labeled as anything other than deeply committed and accomplished athletes," said Roitfeld in a press statement. "Their resistance to categorization and their insistence on being valued purely on merit are qualities I find so admirable." You can see the Steven Klein-shot cover, which stars McCracken and Malone, below. {CR Fashion Book}

Rheed McCracken and Liam Malon on the March cover of CR Men's Book. Photo: Steven Klein 

Rheed McCracken and Liam Malon on the March cover of CR Men's Book. Photo: Steven Klein 

Loft introduces plus sizes 
On Monday, Loft added Plus (sizes 16-26) to its assortment of Petite, Tall and Maternity lines. Leading up to the launch, the women's retailer — known for its easy-to-wear pieces and accessible wardrobe essentials — gathered feedback through focus groups to refine the fit and inform future planning decisions. In addition to expanding its size range, Loft will also begin hosting trunk shows around the country later this month, which will provide women the opportunity to try on key pieces from the collection in person. {Fashionista inbox} 

The New York Times introduces augmented reality experience to news app 
The New York Times is expanding its storytelling capabilities with the release of an augmented reality (AR) function designed to give readers a chance to explore information in new and exciting ways on their smartphones. The Grey Lady's first-ever AR-enabled article went live Monday and spotlights four Olympic athletes. In addition, The New York Times has partnered with Ralph Lauren, the official outfitter of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams, on AR advertisements. One advertisement features Team USA ice dancers Maia and Alex Shibutani in AR as they model the official Team USA Opening Ceremony Parade uniforms. {The New York Times}

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