Must Read: Mother Agencies Across Africa and Asia Are Raising the Next Generation of Supermodels, Givenchy to Ditch the Coed Show Format

Plus, Uniqlo's Tadashi Yanai on the Alexander Wang collaboration.
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Shanelle Nyasiase from South Sudan walking in the Spring 2019 Dries Van Noten show. Photo: Imaxtree 

Shanelle Nyasiase from South Sudan walking in the Spring 2019 Dries Van Noten show. Photo: Imaxtree 

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Thursday.

Mother agencies across Africa and Asia are raising the next generation of supermodels
There's a network of agencies quietly operating around Africa and Asia to scout the next "it" models and boost the diversity in fashion capitals. Dubbed "mother agencies," it is their job to develop newly scouted models by sending them to test shoots in hopes that they will eventually sign on to big modeling agencies in Europe and the U.S. In doing so, these local agencies are helping to bring much-needed diversity to the fashion industry. {Business of Fashion

Givenchy to ditch the coed show format
Clare Waight Keller is bringing Givenchy back to the men's fashion calendar for the Fall 2019 season, after having switched to joint women's and men's displays when she first began working with the label. The French fashion house will stage a presentation on Jan. 16 during Paris Men's Fashion Week, before returning to the runway in June, WWD reports. {WWD

Uniqlo's Tadashi Yanai on the Alexander Wang collaboration
In an interview with WWD, Uniqlo's founder and Fast Retailing chief Tadashi Yanai said he has no interest in acquiring Alexander Wang, whose company has been rumored for months to be seeking a backer. Yanai does, however, see Uniqlo continuing to collaborate with Wang on more Heattech basics. {WWD

Prada's moves to revitalize its handbag offering are paying off 
Until very recently, Prada's narrow handbag range was too expensive for most and was lagging behind in terms of covetability compared with brands like Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Now, the Italian label is returning to its former nylon glory days by lowering its prices and sharpening its digital presence. And it's paying off: Prada's sales grew 9 percent in the first half of 2018. {Business of Fashion

Can Amazon become a serious player in menswear?
Amazon — a virtual haven where dish soap and nipple pasties coexist – wants to become a serious player in menswear. By backing Tokyo Fashion Week and New York Men's Fashion Week, as well as adding a series of impressive mid-market brands to its lineup, the internet giant is trying to prove that it can hang with the notoriously picky fashion crowd. {Esquire U.K.

The importance of female fashion design 
As women continue to mourn the absence of Phoebe Philo at Céline, Susie Lau reflects on the importance of female fashion design for i-D. "It can't be emphasized enough that female authorship in fashion is vibrant, ever-changing, and through wearing their wares, there's an opportunity to reflect a reckoning of the gender imbalance that continues to reverberate beyond our wardrobes," Lau writes. {i-D

Nicolas Ghesquière hinted at launching his own label soon 
During the Met's ongoing conversation series, Nicolas Ghesquière said he has many "more possibilities," and that one of those possibilities is to create his own namesake label. "Stay tuned," he told the crowd. {Dazed

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