Must Read: Fanny Packs Generate a Quarter of the U.S. Accessories Industry's Growth, Have We Reached Collaboration Fatigue?

Plus, Maison Kitsuné appoints former Celine designer as creative director.
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These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Thursday.

Fanny packs generate a quarter of the U.S. accessories industry's growth 
Now a city-sleek accessory, the old-school tourist essential has officially made going hands-free cool: Despite making up just 1 percent of fashion-accessories sales, the waist bags were responsible for nearly 25 percent of the industry's growth in the first 10 months of this year, according to market-research firm NPD Group. What's more, an analyst from NPD Group revealed that fanny packs are the fastest-growing segment in the men's accessories market. {Quartzy

Have we reached collaboration fatigue? 
Over the last couple of years, brands have jumped at the opportunity to partner with anything and anyone that can (at least theoretically) create hype around a simple product. In a new piece for Highsnobiety, Eugene Rabkin argues it's time to give the collaboration model a rest: "There are collaborations that are cringe-worthy in their pathetic attempt to chase the millennial customer — that elusive unicorn that's responsible for a lot of anxiety in corporate boardrooms," writes Rabkin. "But as the number of collaborations in the past couple of years have grown exponentially, they have become more and more indiscriminate, and sometimes downright absurd — an inevitable consequence when brands begin to run out of options." {Highsnobiety

Maison Kitsuné appoints former Celine designer as creative director 
Maison Kitsuné, the independent record label-turned-lifestyle brand, is gearing up for a more aggressive push into ready-to-wear with the appointment of Yuni Ahn as its creative director. Ahn joins the label from Celine, where she worked under Phoebe Philo overseeing the design of pre-collections and ready-to-wear. The designer will present her first collection for Maison Kitsuné at Paris Fashion Week in January 2019. {Business of Fashion

Money makes fashion brands take responsibility for their mistakes
Brands tend to ignore or brush off controversies unless their revenue is under direct threat. "Social media crises often don't tend to be big deals beyond social media, and brands only respond when it hits them in the bottom line," Christina Brinkley said in an interview with GlossyComme des Garçons, which owns the Gosha Rubchinskiy trademark, has done little in terms of any actual concrete changes and has yet to apologize for what was a potentially inappropriate exchange between the Russian designer and a minor. This is most likely because those speaking out are a few mostly anonymous teens with hardly the market power to make a dent in Comme des Garçons' pockets. {Glossy}  

Why Nancy Pelosi's MaxMara coat has generated so much excitement
Nancy Pelosi's autumn-leaf-orange, funnel-necked MaxMara coat has been the talk of the town and Twitter since she was spotted wearing it while exiting a meeting with President Trump and Senator Chuck Schumer on Tuesday. "The coat whispered 'burn' with a wink and a swish," writes Vanessa Friedman for The New York Times in a piece about her outerwear and why it's generated so much buzz. "Who needs armor when you have a wool flamethrower?" {The New York Times

How to get the most out of product reviews
Product reviews are largely a collection of strongly held opinions, written in an overly cheerful or irate state. They're not going to actually tell you which is the absolute best phone charger or eyeliner, but that doesn't mean they're completely useless: "Instead of treating reviews as a sign that something is good or bad, the best or the absolute worst, as the one- to five-star system encourages us to do, we should instead treat reviews as what they are: guides to specific products' pros and cons, as described by real people. Nothing more, nothing less." {Vox

Daniel Lee shows his first collection for Bottega Veneta
Daniel Lee, the former director of ready-to-wear at Phoebe Philo's Celine, presented his first collection for Bottega Veneta, since taking the creative reins from Tomas Maier back in July. While a decisive judgement on Lee's debut will have to wait until his first show in February, his Pre-Fall offering was met with praise: "The collection had both precision and ease — Italian qualities indeed — not to mention enough short skirts for her and slouchy trousers for him, to suggest a nonchalant take on the very concept of timeless luxury," writes Angelo Flaccavento of Lee's designs. "For a debut, it was assured but relatively low key. There was amazing craft, and a sense of vision. The menswear looked particularly promising, inhabiting a softly formal, post-streetwear space that feels relevant. What’s more, the bags were outstanding." {Business of Fashion

John Elliott launches first women's mainline collection
On Thursday, John Elliott launched a collection of season-less T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, denim and a leather jacket for women. The tees are are made using a recycled vintage cotton blend, and the sweatpants and sweatpants are made with a custom knit french terry. The denim, which comes in three silhouettes, is 100 percent cotton and made entirely in Japan. The launch of the women's collection will be accompanied by a new women's Nike footwear style, the Air Max Dia. {Fashionista inbox} 

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