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Must Read: Clare Waight Keller on Designing Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding Dress, Fashion's Glass Runway

Plus, sneaker sales continue to grow as high heel sales fall.
Meghan Markle in Givenchy at her wedding to Prince Harry at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle in Windsor, England. Photo: Andrew Matthews - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Meghan Markle in Givenchy at her wedding to Prince Harry at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle in Windsor, England. Photo: Andrew Matthews - WPA Pool/Getty Images

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Monday.

Clare Waight Keller on designing Meghan Markle's royal wedding dress
Clare Waight Keller shocked us all when she turned out to be behind Meghan's Markle's top-secret wedding dress on Saturday morning. WWD has since caught up with the first-ever female artistic director of Givenchy to talk veil inspiration, the process of making the dress — it took 3,600 hours (!) to make from start to finish — and how she kept it all under wraps. {WWD

Fashion has a gender problem
Fashion, an industry largely created to serve women, is still mainly run by men. In a new piece for The New York Times, Vanessa Friedman looks at what perpetuates the glass runway — fashion's version of the glass ceiling — and what change may require from us all. {The New York Times

Sneaker sales continue to grow as high heel sales fall
Podiatrists are likely to experience a decline in patients over the next few years, because women are increasingly choosing the comfort of flat, arch-supported sneakers over sky-high heels. According to NPD Group's Retail Tracking Service, women's U.S. sneaker sales rose 37 percent in 2017, while sales of high heels fell 11 percent during the same time period. {CNBC

How hip-hop got into high fashion 
For decades, luxury brands didn't mingle with hip-hop for fear that the street culture it breeds would contaminate their well-groomed aesthetics. But times have changed: Cardi B gets the same coveted front row seat as Anna Wintour at fashion shows; Gucci collaborates with Dapper DanA$AP Mob stars in Calvin Klein campaigns. So, what gives? The industry awoke to the marketing power of rap. {Business of Fashion

The advantages and disadvantages of family-run companies 
In a new piece, Lauren Sherman uses Nordstrom as a case study to evaluate the pros and cons of family-run companies. In her exploration, she finds that while working with family and having a family's name on the door comes with accountability, it also can be a major liability for businesses. {Business of Fashion

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How modest fashion went mainstream
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M.Gemi collaborates with Marianna Hewitt
M.Gemi, the direct-to-consumer Italian leather shoe brand, launched its first-ever product collaboration on Monday with acclaimed beauty influencer Marianna Hewitt. The capsule is inspired by Italian summers, and features a dual strap summer slide in three breezy, color-blocked tones. {Fashionista inbox} 

Lena Waithe goes sneaker shopping
Lena Waithe exhibited her enthusiasm for sneakers when she joined Complex's Joe La Puma at Stadium Goods for the latest episode of "Sneaker Shopping." During the retail outing, Waithe talks wearing men's shoes, her love of Jordans and, finally, Kanye West commentary. Watch how it all went down (and see what she bought) in the video below. {Fashionista inbox} 

Cate Blanchett is Giorgio Armani's first global beauty ambassador
Cate Blanchett has served as the face of Giorgio Armani's Sì fragrance franchise since 2013, and as of Monday, the Academy Award-winning actress will take on a much larger role with the brand. Blanchett has been named the label's first global beauty ambassador and will represent all of its beauty categories moving forward. "I am pleased to deepen our longstanding relationship," said Armani in a statement. {WWD

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