Must Read: Virgil Abloh on Diet Prada Accusations and His Michael Jackson-Inspired Collection, Kimora Lee Simmons Is Relaunching Baby Phat This Summer

Plus, how legacy clothing brands are using collaborations to appeal to younger shoppers.
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Virgil Abloh at Fashion for Relief Cannes 2018. Photo: John Phillips/Getty Images

Virgil Abloh at Fashion for Relief Cannes 2018. Photo: John Phillips/Getty Images

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Tuesday.

Virgil Abloh on Diet Prada accusations and his Michael Jackson-inspired collection 
Virgil Abloh responded to accusations of plagiarism by industry watchdogs Diet Prada in a profile for The New Yorker, which called the designer "menswear's biggest star." According to the Off-White creator, the Instagram account did not come up with a credible example of plagiarism when it called him out for copying a yellow look from a lesser-known indie label in his most recent Off-White menswear collection. Abloh also addressed his Michael Jackson-inspired Louis Vuitton collection, which debuted just before the release of HBO's "Leaving Neverland" documentary; Abloh claims that he hadn't heard of the film and only wanted to focus on the "good side" of the controversial pop icon. {The New Yorker

Kimora Lee Simmons is relaunching Baby Phat this summer 
Former model and fashion designer Kimora Lee Simmons Leissner has repurchased the Baby Phat label and will be rolling out a new collaboration this summer, focusing on accessories. She originally launched the brand in 1999 as a subsidiary of then-husband Russell Simmons' Phat Fashions line, but exited the company in 2010. Having bought back the brand, Simmons Leissner is planning to rebuild and relaunch it with the help of her teen daughters, Ming and Aoki Lee. {The Cut

How legacy clothing brands are using collaborations to appeal to younger shoppers
Heritage companies have started teaming up with emerging talents to target younger consumers. Just this past year, Pendleton partnered with Calvin Klein, Nike and Sacai, while Woolrich joined with Awake and Aimé Leon Dore. What's more, Paul & Shark, a stalwart, 43-year-old Italian yachting brand, just debuted a collaboration with Lqqk Studio, a seven-year-old Brooklyn-based screen-printing service. {The Wall Street Journal

What to expect from the "Project Runway" reboot
"Project Runway" returns this Thursday after a two-year hiatus. For its 17th season, the show will focus on diversity and the evolution of the fashion industry in the digital age. According to WWD, the reboot will feature models of all races and sizes, including its first transgender model; one challenge will focus on how designers communicate through Instagram. The winner will receive $250,000 and a feature in Elle. {WWD

Levi Strauss looks to raise $587 million in IPO
On Monday, Levi's said it expects to raise as much as $587 million through its initial public offering, which marks its return to public markets after more than three decades. The company said it expects to offer 36.7 million shares priced between $14 and $16 per share, giving it a market value of about $6.17 billion. {Reuters

What a no-deal Brexit means for Britain's luxury sector 
Britain's luxury sector could lose up to £6.8 billion pounds in exports a year in a no-deal Brexit scenario, according to research commissioned by Walpole, the lobby group for the luxury industry. About 80 percent of Britain's luxury goods go overseas, and Europe is its largest market. The bulk of the damage would come from changes to market access driven by tariff and non-tariff measures.  {Business of Fashion

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