Must Read: The Meghan Markle Effect Is Bigger Than Ever, Will Yeezy Suffer After Kanye West's Twitter Tear?

Plus, Estée Lauder expands paid parental leave to 20 weeks and adds other family benefits.
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Meghan Markle at an Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey. Photo: Eddie Mulholland - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Meghan Markle at an Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey. Photo: Eddie Mulholland - WPA Pool/Getty Images

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Thursday.

The Meghan Markle effect is bigger than ever
Meghan Markle has said goodbye to "Suits," and hello to her next big role: becoming the biggest influencer of all. In a new piece for The New York Times, Vanessa Friedman examines how the royal-to-be has the potential to alter the perception of fashion brands, the royal family and much more. {The New York Times

Will Yeezy suffer after Kanye West's Twitter tear? 
On Wednesday, Kanye West got... active on Twitter. What started as a series of tweets revealing why he's parted ways with his manager Scooter Braun, escalated to the rapper pledging his support for President Donald Trump. Despite West's popularity, it's still a risky move on behalf of his Yeezy brand to show very public support to a divisive leader, especially given the manic nature of his social media postings. West's Twitter tear may not bode well for Yeezy, but his own personal brand is thriving: he gained 100,000 followers yesterday. {The Hollywood Reporter

Estée Lauder expands paid parental leave to 20 weeks and adds other family benefits
On Wednesday, Estée Lauder announced that it has broadened its family-related benefits program for employees. Effective May 1, the company will expand paid paternal leave to 20 weeks and will enhance benefits around adoption, child and elder care and infant transition support. "Family is important to us. We started as a family company more than 70 years ago, and today, we continue to demonstrate our philosophy of being family-first through an array of benefits that support the diverse needs of our employees," said Michael O'Hare, executive vice president of global human resources, in a press statement. "We believe providing an abundance of options to our employees will help them thrive inside and outside of work." {Fashionista Inbox} 

Designers weigh in on the fur debate
After years of campaigning, the fashion industry is finally turning against fur. WWD spoke to a number of designers — including Donatella Versace and Karl Lagerfeld — about their stance on fur and the sustainability of producing it. {WWD

A recent student suicide calls into question teaching practices at Antwerp Academy 
The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium, boasts one of the most prestigious fashion programs in the world and counts Ann Demeulemeester and Haider Ackermann as alumni. But after a recent suicide of a third-year student, current and former students have started to speak out about the school's toxic culture, citing numerous accounts of depression and drug abuse. As a result, the Academy's teaching methods are being called into question. {Business of Fashion

Chanel may start selling bags online
Chanel's site used to show its bags in a lookbook format, but the luxury label's digital destination recently underwent a redesign and now lists the products in a way that visually mimics an e-commerce site. This change has led some to speculate that the brand may start selling its quilted goods online, despite the Paris-based fashion house's frequent dismissal of e-commerce. {Purse Blog

Meet the top acquisition targets in the activewear space
Sportswear giants like Nike and Under Armour are suffering as they struggle to appeal to younger customers. These companies can mount a comeback by acquiring small, rapidly growing start-ups that come with loyal communities of shoppers, such as Outdoor Voices, The Upside and Rhone. Business of Fashion conducted its own internal research and spoke with a number of industry experts to identify the top 10 emerging activewear brands that these sportswear mega-brands and potential investors should keep an eye on. {Business of Fashion

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