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Must Read: Kate Spade's Sister Says the Designer Struggled With Mental Illness, The Risk of Brands Injecting Activism Into Their Marketing Campaigns

Plus, Cynthia Nixon launched a line of "Sex and the City" campaign merch.
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Kate Spade. Photo: Evan Agostini/Getty Images

Kate Spade. Photo: Evan Agostini/Getty Images

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Wednesday.

Kate Spade's sister says the designer struggled with mental illness
Kate Spade's grieving elder sister told The Kansas City Star that the designer's suicide was "not unexpected." Apparently, she had suffered debilitating mental illness in recent years, and the family had tried to get her help, but the designer feared hospitalization would damage the cheery image of her brand. {The Kansas City Star

The risk brands take by injecting activism into their marketing campaigns 
Apparel brands are engaging socially and politically with consumers by fusing marketing and activism, but at what cost? "There's a fine line between supporting a movement and co-opting it," argues Cathaleen Chen in a new piece for Business of Fashion, "and critics are ready to pounce on even innocent mistakes." {Business of Fashion

Cynthia Nixon launched a line of "Sex and the City" campaign merch
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of "Sex and the City," Cynthia Nixon teamed up with the original purveyors of the "We should all be Mirandas" T-shirt on a line of campaign merch. The collection includes T-shirts, tote bags and a baseball cap, emblazoned with statements like "I'm a Miranda and I'm voting for Cynthia." You can show your support for the no-nonsense redheaded layer by purchasing your Miranda gear here. {Vogue}  

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Anna Sui to enter activewear space with new athleisure line 
Anna Sui wants to bring her whimsical patterns into yoga studios with the launch of Anna Sui Active, an athleisure line set to debut in China this spring. The products "will mix top performance fabrics with the newest garment technology, so it will be interesting to see how the nostalgic Anna Sui image mixes with modern activewear styles," Sui said to WWD. "We want to bring something different into the activewear space." {WWD

L'Uomo Vogue will relaunch as a biannual publication in June 
Condé Nast Italia closed L'Uomo Vogue last July, but it has decided to bring back the menswear magazine as a biannual starting on Jun. 12, the opening day of Pitti Immagine Uomo in Florence. The first relaunch issue will profile the crop of male designers taking over at major luxury brands, including Riccardo Tisci's arrival at Burberry, Hedi Slimane's at Céline, Kris van Assche's at Berluti, Kim Jones's at Dior and Virgil Abloh's at Louis Vuitton. {Business of Fashion

International Woolmark Prize announces advisory council and this year's nominees
On Wednesday, The Woolmark Company announced its advisory council, which nominated the semi-finalists for the 2018 International Woolmark Prize. This year's members include: Tim Blanks, Jefferson Hack, Christine Centenera, Alison Veness, Rebecca Khoury, Catherine Baba, Sara Sozzani Maino, Gert Jonkers, Christiane Arp, Colin McDowell, and Tony Liu and Lindsey Schuyler of Diet Prada. The council has nominated 42 designers (see the full list here), who will be invited to pitch to an esteemed judging panel for investment in a capsule collection crafted from merino wool. {Fashionista Inbox} 

MyTheresa makes its print debut with new biannual magazine 
Luxury e-tailer MyTheresa is launching a biannual print magazine on Jun. 8. Entitled, "The Album," the inaugural issue stars Gia Coppola and features interviews with Natacha Ramsey-Levi, Dries van Noten and Kym Ellery, as well as styling tips from the buying team. The Album has a horizontal format to mimic the way people browse on a website and will contain both creative and promotional content. {Business of Fashion

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