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Must Read: 'GQ' Middle East Launches With an LQBTQ-Friendly Issue Starring Rami Malek, How Modest Fashion Went Mainstream

Plus, Johnny Depp's British "GQ" cover is under fire.
Rami Malek on first cover of "GQ" Middle East. Photo: Peggy Sirota 

Rami Malek on first cover of "GQ" Middle East. Photo: Peggy Sirota 

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Wednesday.

Middle East edition of GQ launches with an LGBTQ-friendly issue starring Rami Malek 
GQ Middle East is launching Oct. 4 with a guest column by "Queer Eye" star Tan France and a cover story on Rami Malek, the actor starring as Freddy Mercury in the upcoming Queen biopic titled "Bohemian Rhapsody." Business of Fashion spoke to the magazine's editor-in-chief Adam Baidawi about how he plans to push the cultural boundaries of the region, starting with his debut LGBTQ-friendly issue. {Business of Fashion

How modest fashion went mainstream
Reina Lewis is a professor of cultural studies at London College of Fashion and a consulting curator of the de Young Museum's exhibition "Contemporary Muslim Fashions." In her book, also called "Contemporary Muslim Fashions," she explores how brands went from abhorring modest dressing and anything associated with the Muslim culture to monetizing it. {CNN

Johnny Depp's British GQ cover is under fire
Social media does not approve of British GQ's November issue, which features Johnny Depp on the cover with the headline: "An outlaw talks (and talks and talks…). The divorce. The violence. The excess. The vengeance." Twitter users were quick to attack the magazine for glorifying the actor, who was recently accused of physically abusing his ex-wife Amber Heard. {@britishgq/Instagram}

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Legendary graphic designer Peter Saville returns to fashion
British graphic designer Peter Saville, best known for his record and album cover designs for Factory Records, has been in demand for fashion this season. You can see his work in the typography of the slogan T-shirts at Paco Rabanne, in the restyled logo for Courrèges, and in Riccardo Tisci's new logo, monogram and pattern for Burberry. {Financial Times

Designers embraced comfort at Paris Fashion Week 
The Spring 2019 runways in Paris proved designers are catering to the requirements of women's everyday lives. Outfits were created with comfort and versatility in mind: Fluid tailoring was met with walkable flats at Stella McCartney and cozy knits were layered over shirt dresses and then balanced with rubber-soled boots at Loewe. And the idea of relaxed dressing even seeped into eveningwear, where chunky sneakers and sandals were paired with red-carpet-ready gowns at Dior and Valentino. {The Telegraph

Le Labo releases its first new scent in three years
Le Labo is releasing its first new scent in three years and if it's anything like previous scents, Santal 33 and Rose 31, it's destined to be a hit. Called Tonka 25, the fragrance comes out on Oct. 15. In a statement to WWD, the company described the perfume as dark and woody with a subtle hint of sweetness. "Notes include orange flower absolute, cedar atlas, styrax resins and absolute tonka," the company said, which evokes "the smell of warm skin and resinous wood." {WWD

André Leon Talley reflects on the world of Andy Warhol through his iconic images 
In an op-ed for Business of Fashion, André Leon Talley looks back at thousands of images shot by Andy Warhol from when Talley worked as a receptionist and fashion editor at Interview Magazine in the late '70s. Through these famous party and daily life snaps, Talley reflects on what an extraordinary time it was to be in New York and in the universe of Warhol. {Business of Fashion

Diane von Furstenberg bans fur 
On Wednesday, Diane von Furstenberg became the latest luxury fashion company to drop fur from its lineup, with CEO Sandra Campos announcing that it is "time for us to make this change and accept responsibility to ensure that we don't promote killing animals for the sake of fashion." Starting in 2019, the brand will no longer use exotic skins, mohair, angora or fur in its collections. DVF's commitment to going fur-free is a part of a wider sustainability initiative, and the label will focus on developing innovative textiles as fur substitutes moving forward. {Fashionista inbox} 

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