Must Read: Virgil Abloh on His Louis Vuitton Debut, How Much YouTube Influencers Really Earn

Plus, the White House's trade war poses a threat to the fashion industry.
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Virgil Abloh at Off-White's Spring 2019 men's show in Paris on Wednesday. Photo: Bertrand Guay/AFP 

Virgil Abloh at Off-White's Spring 2019 men's show in Paris on Wednesday. Photo: Bertrand Guay/AFP 

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Wednesday. 

Virgil Abloh on his Louis Vuitton debut
Ahead of his hyped Louis Vuitton debut, Virgil Abloh opened up to WWD about his relationship with Kanye West, what he hopes to accomplish at the LVMH cash cow and how he wrote himself into fashion history. {WWD

How much YouTube influencers really earn 
A full-time burger-flipper at McDonald's can expect to make $5,000 more than a vlogger per year, according to a newly released study, which found that 96.5 percent of YouTubers fall below the U.S. federal poverty line. So,Highsnobiety sought to better understand influencer incomes by reaching out to influencers — with varying followers — to uncover how they draw profit from a multitude of different sources. {Highsnobiety

The White House's trade war poses a threat to the fashion industry
President Trump's trade war with China is heating up, and it's not looking too good for the fashion industry. Top executives expect the trade war to raise costs at the border for Chinese-made apparel. These higher duties would then be passed on to consumers who would likely dial back their spending, which would hurt retailers. {WWD

Christian Siriano, Bonnie Young and Cynthia Rowley launch T-shirt collection to prevent gun violence
To mark the fifth anniversary of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Christian Siriano, Bonnie Young and Cynthia Rowley have teamed up with Rebecca Cohen, a volunteer with the Oregon chapter of the organization, to produce T-shirts honoring the advocates who have taken on the gun lobby in their states, and who have empowered others to do the same. The collection entitled "Moms Demand Action's Five Year Commemorative Tees " — shop below — launches Wednesday on Everytown for Gun Safety's online store. {Fashionista inbox}

Why aluminum tubes are trending in beauty packaging
As of late, beauty brands are foregoing glossy plastic packaging in favor of aluminum tubes. Racked's resident beauty expert Cheryl Wischhover decided it was time to pinpoint exactly what it is about metal that's more aesthetically pleasing than other types of packaging. Her findings reveal that the metal gives products a "substantial" and "expensive" feel, as well as "conveys a handcrafted quality and an artisanal imperfection" in a way that plastic — which still has a reputation of being cheap, as well as environmentally harmful — can't. {Racked}  

Milan Men's Fashion Week was — still — all about sportswear 
Milan Men's Fashion Week, which wrapped Monday, was, perhaps, much too focused on sportswear, writes Angelo Flaccavento. "Enough is enough: we've seen every possible take on the sportswear trend, every variation on the ugly sneaker thing," argues Flaccavento. "It's time to move on and test new grounds." {Business of Fashion

In defense of Virgil Abloh at Louis Vuitton 
Virgil Abloh's appointment as men's artistic director at Louis Vuitton is being hyped as the beginning of a new chapter in fashion history: the moment when streetwear joined the hallowed ranks of luxury brands. But not everyone thinks streetwear deserves to run in the same circle as luxury, and not everyone is thrilled about Abloh designing for a traditional European house without any formal training. In a new piece for Business of Fashion, David Fischer shuts down these critics and explains why Abloh isn't a bad choice for the luxury brand, after all. {Business of Fashion

Victoria Beckham describes her 10-year transformation from Spice Girl to "It" designer
At Tuesday's Forbes Women's Summit, Victoria Beckham took the stage to describe her 10-year transformation from Posh Spice to international fashion designer. During the conversation, she discussed her partnership with Reebok, her future business endeavors and how she plans to continue to empower women. {WWD}   

Eileen Fisher takes a stand against immigration crisis
In response to the human rights crisis surrounding immigration in the U.S., Eileen Fisher has decided to donate $100,000 to the ACLU and has given her employees an hour off to contact their state representatives and donate to a cause. {Fashionista inbox} 

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