Must Read: Levi's Files to Go Public — Again, Balenciaga Triple S Sneaker Designer Launches Direct-to-Consumer Line

Plus, Carine Roitfeld is reducing her role at "CR Fashion Book."
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These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Thursday.

Levi's files to go public — again 
For the first time in 34 years, outside equity investors will get a chance to bet on Levi's: The iconic jean maker filed for an initial public offering on Wednesday. This is a unique move, granted Levi's will be one of the few legacy apparel brands to come to the stock market this decade; most fashion-related offerings in recent years have been digital players. Once the company goes public, it will also have some newly refashioned blue jean competition for investors. {WWD

Balenciaga Triple S sneaker designer launches direct-to-consumer line 
David Tourniaire-Beauciel, the designer behind the hype Balenciaga's Triple S sneaker and the creative director at Clergerie, is launching a direct-to-consumer line, Shoes 53045 (the numbers spell "shoes" upside down). The brand will cater to fans of chunky footwear with styles distinguished by a thick, platform bubble sole. The first release is a $400 sneaker lace-up style, which will be available for preorder on Friday. {Business of Fashion

Carine Roitfeld is reducing her role at CR Fashion Book 
Carine Roitfeld is pulling back from CR Fashion Book and will now oversee editorial after years of leading it. "She will be doing far less styling of shoots (she only did one for the upcoming spring/summer issue; before she did all of them) and curation of magazine editorial going forward," WWD reports. "Roitfeld will focus more on other projects, like collaborations and work for a growing roster of clients for her creative studio and brand consultancy CR Studio." {WWD

There wasn't much myth-making at New York Fashion Week 
"Fashion is built on myth," writes Lauren Sherman for Business of Fashion. But at NYFW this season, there wasn't much myth-making. Instead, "it was more about a lack of storytelling and showmanship," she writes. "For the young ones that see themselves growing labels with genuine longevity, there's not a lot to be encouraged by at New York Fashion Week, where the myth of fashion is nowhere near as strong as it once was." {Business of Fashion

The BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund reveals the 2019 shortlist 
On the eve of London Fashion Week, the British Fashion Council has announced its shortlist of designers for the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund 2019. It includes Charles Jeffrey Loverboy, A.W.A.K.E Mode's Natalia Alaverdian, Grace Wales Bonne, jeweler Rosh Mahtani of Alighieri, contemporary accessories brand Neous and former Fashion Fund finalists Rejina Pyo and David Koma. After a round of interviews and presentations with the judging committee, one of these designers will be awarded the grand prize of £200,000 and be initiated into a year-long mentoring scheme dedicated to helping them build their brand. {British Vogue

The most profitable designers tell an idealized narrative of America
"America does better with a wide-angle view of itself — with an aesthetic drive-by," writes Robin Givhan in her NYFW review. "The close-ups — the ones that show the cracks and blemishes — are simply too uncomfortable." Therefore, the most successful designers — Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors and Coach — are those who "tell our cultural story through kind eyes," and "see this country the way in which its citizens wish it to be seen." But designers like Raf Simons and Kerby Jean-Raymond struggle, because they deviate from the uplifting tale. {The Washington Post

With so many women running for president, did designers give them something to wear?
The looks that just went down the runways at NYFW will hit stores at the start of debate season, and there are more women already in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination than ever before. In Vanessa Friedman's review of Gabriela Hearst, Batsheva, Oscar de la Renta, Vaquera, Maria Cornejo and Coach, she looks at how these designers are rethinking female confidence and spotlights specific Fall 2019 pieces that cater to women in charge. {The New York Times

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