Must Read: 'Essence' to Honor Naomi Campbell During NYFW, Why the CFDA/'Vogue' Fashion Fund Misses the Mark on Inclusivity and Diversity

Plus, will European designers ever champion body diversity?
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Naomi Campbell. Photo: Desiree Navarro/WireImage

Naomi Campbell. Photo: Desiree Navarro/WireImage

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Wednesday.

Essence to honor Naomi Campbell during New York Fashion Week 
Essence Magazine will celebrate Naomi Campbell at its annual Street Style festival at Duggal Greenhouse in Brooklyn during New York Fashion Week. The supermodel will be honored along with singer Kelis and fashion influencer Kellie Brown. Teyana Taylor and Afropop star Yemi Alade will also perform at the event. {Page Six

Why the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund misses the mark on inclusivity and diversity 
The CFDA has 500 members and only 15 are Black, and on top of that, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund hasn't had a Black judge on its panel since 2007. With this lack of representation in mind, Channing Hargrove of Refinery29 dug into what it really takes for Black designers to both be selected for and compete in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. {Refinery29

Will European designers ever champion body diversity?
The runways in New York have welcomed plus-size models, but we can't say the same about those in Europe: According to The Fashion Spot's annual diversity report, of the 30 curve models cast in the Fall 2018 shows, only three walked in Paris, while none walked in either London or Milan. In a new piece for Refinery29, Hilary George-Parkin weighs in on what it will take for European fashion to embrace women who wear above a size four. {Refinery29

Six people on the beauty of Black hair
Allure's digital hair editor Jihan Forbes asked six people to open up about their relationship with natural texture and define what "good hair" means to them. To accompany their thoughts, the site enlisted Quil Lemons to capture a stunning series of portraits of the subjects embracing their birth-given locks. {Allure

How retailers can improve in-store shopping
The death of physical retail is very real, but certain beauty brands have managed to keep customers flocking to their brick-and-mortar stores. In using these savvy brands as examples, Sarah Brown gives nine tips for retailers on how to optimize their merchandising strategies to appeal to the modern-day consumer. {Business of Fashion}

Abercrombie to offer Venmo payment option
Abercrombie & Fitch is now offering customers the ability to purchase products through their Venmo account. With this added payment option, the retailer is hoping to cater to its millennial and Gen Z shoppers who prefer quick online payments as opposed to carrying cash. {Business of Fashion

American Folk Museum to recognize Raf Simons for his quilts
The American Folk Museum will honor Raf Simons' work with American quilts at its annual benefit gala on Oct. 2. Since joining Calvin Klein in 2016, Simons has incorporated quilts into his collection to convey his unique take on Americana. "His focus on American quilts shines a light on a potent art form that the American Folk Art Museum has long collected, exhibited and championed," said Monty Blanchard, president of the American Folk Museum's board of trustees. "Quilts are a powerful creative expression, and we enthusiastically applaud Mr. Simons for his work at Calvin Klein." {WWD

A look inside Bill Cunningham's soon-to-be published memoir
We remember Bill Cunningham as an iconic street fashion documenter always dressed in a blue French workman's jacket, but he was much more than just a photographer: He was also a milliner. Cunningham's posthumously published memoir, "Fashion Climbing," out next month, discloses details of his career as a hat maker, as well as provides never-before-seen imagery of his inventive hats. {The New York Times

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