Must Read: Saint Laurent's Womenswear Drives Growth, Slick Woods on Her Baby Daddy and Sexuality

Plus, Alexander Wang is seeking investment.
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Models walk the runway during the Fall 2018 Saint Laurent show in Paris. Photo: Peter White/Getty Images

Models walk the runway during the Fall 2018 Saint Laurent show in Paris. Photo: Peter White/Getty Images

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Monday.

Womenswear is propelling Saint Laurent to new revenue highs
As Kering's largest brand after Gucci, Saint Laurent's never been a brand to scoff at — and with a heavier emphasis placed on the growth of its womenswear by CEO Francesca Bellettini, it's only becoming more of a heavyweight. Under Bellettini's watch, the brand has increased profitability and seen growth 6 to 8 percent higher than luxury sector forecasts. {WWD}

Slick Woods on sexuality, her baby daddy and Rihanna
In the story accompanying Slick Woods's pregnant Elle UK cover shoot, the industry's most badass model discusses her relationship with Rihanna ("she reminds me of my mother"), her baby daddy and fellow model Adonis Bosso ("my son's going to be gorgeoussss"), dating women ("with sexuality, when you are a public figure you have to pick a side, black or white. But I'm grey") and more. {Elle UK}

Alexander Wang is looking for investment
Alexander Wang is reportedly in the market for investors to help launch the next phase of the brand's business, which would include opening more stores and revving up direct-to-consumer channels. While this isn't Wang's first time seeking funding, the brand's internal management has changed lately in ways that may make it more appealing to investors. {WWD}

Will Kering and LVMH continue to dominate the luxury sector?
French conglomerates LVMH and Kering now control almost 25 percent of the luxury fashion market, and they're only becoming more powerful. But are they set to dominate forever? As long as independent powerhouses like Chanel and Hermès — not to mention the horde of new direct-to-consumer brands cropping up — continue to exist, there's no need to worry about a complete joint monopoly from the conglomerates. {Business of Fashion}

Fashion Nova used 'thirst traps' to conquer Instagram
Fashion Nova grew 600 percent last year, was one of Google's top-searched brands by millennials and was Instagram's top-performing brand in earned media value in the first five months of this year. How has it accomplished all this? In part, by embracing the thirst traps of its wearers by reposting their looks on its feed, thus enticing its fans to engage with the brand. {Quartz}

Inside the "curated chaos" of Beautycon
Described as the "Super Bowl of the beauty industry," Beautycon went from a "YouTuber meet-up" run by a woman who doesn't wear makeup to a bona-fide cultural phenomenon. Writer Elizabeth Holmes gives a behind-the-scenes look at the celebrity appearances, free samples and photo opps that make the event so buzzworthy. {New York Times}

How one startup is powering the pop-up economy
Appear Here, which functions as something of a "dating site" to connect brands with potential pop-up spaces (and their landlords), is confident that in-person retailing isn't being supplanted by e-commerce. Instead, says founder Ross Bailey, the old model just needs to be disrupted — and pop-ups present an ideal low-risk way of letting brands try out a new location or market. {Financial Times}

Vogue's top talent goes freelance
Amidst swirling (though officially denied) rumors of Anna Wintour's imminent departure from Vogue, two other veteran top staffers — Tonne Goodman and Phyllis Posnick — are going freelance. The move signals an ongoing shift as Condé Nast continues to consolidate staff across titles in the face of dropping revenues. {New York Times}

Beyoncé reportedly had unprecedented creative control for Vogue's September cover shoot
According to new reports, Beyoncé will star on Vogue's Sept. 2018 cover, for which she was given unprecedented creative control. The Huffington Post claims that Anna Wintour handed her editorial power over to the singer, who hired the first Black photographer to shoot a cover in the 126-year history of the magazine. Beyoncé also reportedly had final say on all photos and accompanying captions, "which she has written herself and are in long-form." {Huffington Post}

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