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Must Read: Tom Ford to Replace Diane Von Furstenberg as Chairman of the CFDA, Burberry Aims to Eliminate Plastic by 2025

Plus, what will Louis Vuitton do about Virgil Abloh's Michael Jackson-inspired collection?
Photo: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

Photo: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Thursday.

Tom Ford to replace Diane von Furstenberg as chairman of the CFDA 
According to sources, Diane von Furstenberg is planning to step down from her role as chairman of the CFDA. Tom Ford is reportedly waiting in the wings, and his appointment could happen as early as Tuesday, when the association's board meets to vote on his nomination. Ford would be the 11th person to hold the position. {WWD

Burberry wants to eliminate plastic by 2025
Last year, Burberry came under fire for literally burning unsold products. This year, the luxury brand is taking steps to become more environmentally responsible. Burberry said that by 2025 all of its plastic packaging will either be reusable, recyclable or compostable. What's more, the label plans to replace all current hangers, shrouds and poly bags with an eco-friendly option by the end of the year. It will also launch a hanger take-back program that will recycle and reuse retail hangers. {WWD

What will Louis Vuitton do about Virgil Abloh's Michael Jackson-inspired collection? 
Virgil Abloh's sophomore collection for Louis Vuitton men's came at a bad time. The line was a tribute to Michael Jackson, a figure who is once again being called into question with a new documentary reminding the world of exactly what the pop icon has been accused. With this renewed conversation has come a collective Jackson boycott, with radio stations and sports teams refusing to play his music. So will Louis Vuitton preemptively pull products that are visibly Jackson-derived from its Fall 2019 line? Or will it remain silent and risk tarnishing its reputation? {Business of Fashion

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Julie de Libran is leaving Sonia Rykiel 
Creative director Julie de Libran has left Sonia Rykiel after five years with the brand. Her departure comes amid steadily declining sales — one source estimated that revenues are down to between 20 million euros and 30 million euros per year. On Thursday, a spokesman for the French fashion house said that the label is looking for an investor to "increase its development." {WWD

How urban millennials came to love Uniqlo 
Uniqlo has a relatively small presence in the U.S., but its basics have become a cornerstone of the contemporary wardrobe for urban millennials. That's partly due to cost and quality, but it also owes to changes to American society: "Millennial shoppers entered a job market with fewer jobs, while carrying more student debt, which limited how much money many of them could spend on clothes," writes Gillian B. White for The Atlantic. "They also entered a workforce that was more amenable than ever to casual attire." {The Atlantic

Why brands keep making offensive designs
Hiring more people of color will not prevent brands like Gucci and Prada from letting potentially offensive ideas come to fruition, argues one executive: "Too often, companies make a hire or a handful of hires and stop there, not acknowledging what challenges might develop for the employee, and not considering what's necessary to help someone actually feel included," said Angela Roseboro, the former chief of diversity, equity and inclusion at Dropbox. "When you hire someone who represents a minority group within the company, leaders and managers need to make a point of checking in often, standing by the person so they feel supported, and acting on any problematic issues immediately, without letting 'processes' stand in the way." {Quartz

Why brands are choosing to build loyal bases over large followings 
You can't always judge the success of a brand by its number of followers on Instagram: Some labels would rather have a small social media audience that's closely and intimately engaged, rather than a large audience made up of people who are only casually affiliated with the brand. Plus, building a loyal base is valuable for analytics, because the data gathered a highly engaged, tight-knit community can influence future product design and strategy. {Glossy

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