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Must Read: Alexi Lubomirski on Photographing the Royal Wedding, Shayne Oliver Unveils Capsule Collection With Colmar

Plus, Alibaba's executive chairman said trade war could last 20 years.
Alexi Lubomirski. Photo: PA/Getty Images

Alexi Lubomirski. Photo: PA/Getty Images

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Wednesday.

Alexi Lubomirski on diverse beauty and photographing the royal wedding 
Alexi Lubomirski is a favorite photographer of magazines such as Elle and Vanity Fair and of brands like Valentino and Lancôme. But the London-born, Botswana-raised lensman also counts the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as fans: The pair chose him for both their engagement and wedding photos. In a new Business of Fashion profile, the photographer discusses the royal wedding, capturing diverse beauty and the changing meaning of sex in fashion. {Business of Fashion

Shayne Oliver unveils capsule collection with Colmar 
To kick off the fashion presentations in Italy, Shayne Oliver unveiled the first two deliveries of a three-drop capsule collection with Colmar with a snow-filled party Tuesday evening at the Arco Della Pace venue in Milan. The party was our first look at the subversive ski-inspired products from the collaboration and featured Colmar's signature outerwear done in exaggerated proportions, which Oliver then paired with denim pants, cowboy boots and technical over-pants. {WWD

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Alibaba's executive chairman said trade war could last 20 years 
At Alibaba's annual investor day conference in Hangzhou, China, just hours after President Trump unveiled a raft of new tariffs for Chinese imports, the company's executive chairman Jack Ma warned that the trade war could last two decades. "It's going to last long. It's going to be a mess," Ma stated. "It's not about the trade war, it's about the competition of two countries." According to WWD, Ma also noted that the trade dispute could lead some Chinese companies to leave China in a bid to avoid tariffs and that the World Trade Organization needs to upgrade its trade rules to resolve the situation. {WWD

Performance and technical fabrics are trending 
Performance and technical "second skin" fabrics are leading upcoming textile trends, as consumers increasingly demand more sustainable, utilitarian apparel. Designers are busy trying to create high fashion looks with no-frills function, while authentic outdoor sports brands are looking to add a touch of fashion to their high performance products. {WWD

Rihanna pens op-ed on education for The Guardian 
Rihanna is now a published writer, having recently penned an op-ed on education for The Guardian. In the piece, the singer discusses the education deficit in developing countries, as well as the impact of various socioeconomic factors and natural disasters on standard practices of teaching. "Imagine a world where millions of children, previously left to fend for themselves, are given the chance to learn," she writes. "When it comes to helping the world's poorest children, as well as the communities and societies in which they live, I'm still learning — and I need others to join me on the journey and use their voices alongside mine." {The Guardian

Orly Kiely ceases operations 
Orly Kiely is the latest victim of the difficult retail landscape: The fashion and homeware retailer closed its retail stores and websites on Wednesday, after its parent company Kiely Rowan collapsed earlier in the week. "We apologize for any inconvenience caused. Orla Kiely's Home and Design licensing business will not be impacted and its selection of its homeware and accessories will continue to be sold through its distribution partners," the company said, in a statement published on its website. "Thank you for embracing our brand and designs throughout the year and for ongoing support." {WWD

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