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Must Read: Taylor Swift Covers 'Harper's Bazaar,' Why Designers Are Displeased with American Fashion

Plus, Feminist Apparel CEO fires employees who confronted him about past sexual abuse.
Taylor Swift on the August cover of "Harper's Bazaar." Photo: Alexi Lubomirski 

Taylor Swift on the August cover of "Harper's Bazaar." Photo: Alexi Lubomirski 

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Tuesday.

Taylor Swift covers the August issue of Harper's Bazaar
Taylor Swift fronts the latest Harper's Bazaar looking like she's fresh off one of Saint Laurent's rock 'n' roll runways. Inside the issue, the country-star-turned-pop-sensation talks all things music with Pattie Boyd, a British model who was a muse to many musicians in the '70s. {Harper's Bazaar

Why New York designers are displeased with the state of American fashion
European houses with buzzy creative directors and runway spectacles that takeover our Instagram feeds have captured much of the growth in the luxury market, whereas New York labels that rely on failing department stores for distribution and put on more modest shows have suffered. Therefore, many New York designers are fed up with the state of American fashion and are rethinking their business models to win back customers. {Business of Fashion

Feminist Apparel CEO fires employees who confronted him about past sexual abuse
Alan Martofel, the CEO and founder of Feminist Apparel, is under fire after firing nine employees who confronted him about his history of sexual abuse. Martofel started Feminist Apparel in 2013 as a clothing company that sold tees and accessories emblazoned with feminist slogans. In that same year, he released a Facebook post condemning rape culture and admitting to having sexually abused women in the past. When his employees discovered this post, they asked for his resignation, but Martofel decided to immediately terminate them instead. {Refinery29

The rise of second-hand fashion gives generous boost to The RealReal
Millennial shoppers are quick to gobble up designer deals and are thrilled at the prospect of recycling clothes, so second-hand luxury stores are swimming in sales. Within two years, The RealReal expects the value of goods sold on its site to have nearly doubled to $1 billion annually, meaning it could be ready to list on the stock market. The digital consignment store is also in talks with high-end labels like Louis Vuitton (as well as multi-brand luxury conglomerates LVMH and Kering) about potential partnerships. {Business of Fashion

Meet Lil Wavi, the CGI fuccboi 
Lil Miquela was living a blissful, fuccboi-free life until Supreme-wearing Lil Wavi and his strong jawline appeared on her timeline. The latest avatar to flood our Instagram feeds (and probably slide into Lil Miquela's DMs) was created by Emily Groom, a London-based creative director who founded the digital streetwear brand Waviboy in 2016. She created Lil Wavi as a way to promote the label. {i-D

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Photo: @lil_wavi/Instagram

Photo: @lil_wavi/Instagram

Escada to make NYFW debut this fall 
This September, Escada will show for the first time during New York Fashion Week. The decision to show on the NYFW calendar is a celebration of the brand's 40th anniversary, as well as an opportunity for the label to showcase Niall Sloan's renewed vision for the house. {Fashionista inbox} 

Nordstrom expands inventory-free Local service hubs
Nordstrom Local, the department store's merchandise-free service hub in LA, announced plans to expand the innovative retail concept on Monday. The Seattle-based retailer said it will add two more locations in LA and revealed plans to open a New York City store. {Fast Company

How Zalando become one of Europe's biggest internet success stories 
Zalando is a fashion and lifestyle e-tailer based in Germany founded 10 years ago by Robert Gentz and David Schneider. At present, the company is one of the largest e-tailers in the world with revenues of 4.5 billion euros ($5.3 billion). Business of Fashion's Vikram Alexei Kansara sat down with the founders to discuss how Zalando become one of Europe's biggest internet success stories and how the company is combatting Amazon. {Business of Fashion

Ethiopia wants to become the world's new hub for fast fashion production 
After several building collapses that took the lives of thousands of workers around the world, Ethiopia opened Hawassa Industrial Park, a garment factory that boasts good labor conditions and sustainable practices. Aside from paying its employees less than $1 a day, the factory has already attracted H&M, PVH Corp. and more. To that end, Ethiopia hopes that strikes in clothing factories in Bangladesh and rising manufacturing wages in China and Vietnam, will allow it to swoop in as the world's new hub for fast fashion production. {The Intercept

The untold story of Kanye West's first clothing line
Before there was "The Life of Pablo" merch and Yeezy sneakers, there was Kanye West's first fashion line, Pastelle. Involving numerous collaborators who put in years of work, the brand never made it beyond the sample stage — and many of the designers involved never got paid. Speculation continues as to why the label never reached fruition, but either way, it served as West's "university for fashion" and thus may have paved the way for his current endeavors. {Complex}

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