Must Read: 'Call Me by Your Name' Director Shoots 'W' Cover, Tomas Maier to Collaborate with Uniqlo - Fashionista

Must Read: 'Call Me by Your Name' Director Shoots 'W' Cover, Tomas Maier to Collaborate with Uniqlo

Plus, Karl Templer responds to model accusations in an open letter.
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Rianne von Rompaey and Adwoa Aboah on "W Magazine'"s Volume II cover. Photo: Luca Guadagnino

Rianne von Rompaey and Adwoa Aboah on "W Magazine'"s Volume II cover. Photo: Luca Guadagnino

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Tuesday.

W Magazine taps directors to create latest covers 
For its Volume II issue, W Magazine tapped directors Greta Gerwig, Jordan Peele and Luca Guadagnino to conceptualize three different covers, all starring their favorite women of the moment. The cover shown above was lensed by "Call Me by Your Name" visionary, Guadagnino, and stars models Rianne von Rompaey and Adwoa Aboah as ghostly sisters lost in an American landscape. {W Magazine

Tomas Maier to collaborate with Uniqlo
Uniqlo likes to give its affordable offerings a designer twist, and its next collaboration is with Bottega Veneta's Tomas Maier on a summer 2018 collection. The Tomas Maier x Uniqlo range promises to infuse the sophisticated off-duty philosophy of Maier's brand into LifeWear, which embodies the Japanese retailer's enduring commitment to outstanding technology and functionality. {Fashionista Inbox} 

Karl Templer responds to model accusations in an open letter 
On Friday, an extensive report from the Boston Globe's Spotlight team revealed that superstar stylist Karl Templer, along with other prominent fashion photographers and agents, had acted inappropriately on the job. In an open letter to issued on Monday, Templer responds to these accusations: "Over nearly 30 years, working with thousands of models, always in public settings, I have never engaged in (and it has never before been suggested that I have engaged in) inappropriate behavior of any kind with models. A stylist's movement of clothes multiple times — over three decades and possibly tens of thousands of interactions — is not the same as sexual predation or sexual harassment or touching with the intent of self-gratification." {WWD}

Anti-fur protestor crashed Mary Katrantzou's show 
In the past, protestors have camped outside of fashion show venues to protest the use of fur. But this year, one protestor went so far as to interrupt the Mary Katrantzou show by stepping on the runway to shout anti-fur sentiments. Katrantzou only used faux fur, so this person caused a model traffic jam and ruined the flow of Katrantzou's fall lineup for no reason. {Dazed}

LVMH reveals semi-final shortlist for 2018 Young Fashion Designers Prize 
On Tuesday, the shortlist was announced for the fifth annual LVMH Prize, an award that grants a young fashion designer €300,000 and a year of mentorship from executives at the luxury conglomerate. This year, LVMH received over 1,300 applicants, which it has whittled down to 20 brands. Among the 20, notable labels include: Eckhaus Latta, Matthew Adams Dolan, Faustine Steinmetz, A-COLD-WALL, Charles Jeffrey Loverboy and more. See them all here. {Fashionista Inbox} 

Dior unveils its Spring 2018 campaign video 
Dior's Spring 2018 campaign video features model and artist Sasha Pivovarova briskly painting portraits of women, while dressed in some of the striped and sequined standouts from the label's latest ready-to-wear collection. You can watch the full campaign video below. {Fashionista Inbox} 

Buyers fear NYFW is losing its value 
Numerous New York Fashion Week attendees are still recovering from the chaos that the seven-day sartorial sprint caused. Therefore, WWD spoke with prominent buyers to better understand the negative sentiment. And according to this commercially focused crop of front row-ers, the shortage of star power and the abundance of disarray at NYFW is a result of so many high-profile designers defecting to other fashion capitals. {WWD}

Punk Icon Judy Blame has passed away 
Stylist, jeweler, art director and punk icon Judy Blame passed away on Tuesday at age 58. Blame was made famous for his omnipresence on the underground '80s club scene in London, but he later became renowned for his signature punk aesthetic, his DIY jewelry creations, his long list of designer collaborations and his radical sensibility. {Vogue UK}

Vans to release a SpongeBob Squarepants collection
Vans is teaming up with Nickelodeon to create a line of SpongeBob Squarepants-themed footwear, apparel and accessories. Our favorite underwater sponge takes centerstage in the capsule, but other beloved members of Bikini Bottom – Patrick and Plankton – are also used to decorate sleeves, skate decks and insoles. The collection drops globally on Feb. 24. {Hypebeast}

Why paid memberships trump loyalty programs 
Retailers interested in building a more loyal customer base might want to consider establishing paid membership programs. This is because, when customers profess their loyalty to a retailer through a small fee, they are entering into a more committed, monogamous relationship: "Paying members are more inclined to share personal information because they inherently understand that doing so contributes to shaping their experience with a brand," writes Doug Stephens. "It's this level of consumer transparency that allows brands to more clearly understand customer actions throughout their ecosystem and across channels." {Business of Fashion}

ASOS and VFiles launch #merch collaboration
VFiles, the online community, New York-based boutique and champion of emerging designers, has teamed up with global retailer ASOS for an exclusive collaboration of branded unisex apparel. "We love the international nature of this partnership as we plan to take the brand more global in 2018," said Julie Anne Quay, Founder and CEO of VFiles, in an official statement. The 10-piece collection, comprised of comfy T-shirts, track pants, hoodies and hats that you can easily mix and match, ranges in price between $64 and $158 and is available on the ASOS website now. {Fashionista Inbox}

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