Must Read: Virgil Abloh Covers 'GQ Style,' Ted Baker CEO Resigns After Harassment Claims

Plus, inside Kering's plan to turn Alexander McQueen into a billion-euro brand.
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Virgil Abloh on the Spring 2019 cover of "GQ Style." Photo: Pari Dukovic 

Virgil Abloh on the Spring 2019 cover of "GQ Style." Photo: Pari Dukovic 

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Monday.

Virgil Abloh covers GQ Style
Virgil Abloh fronts the Spring 2019 issue of GQ Style. For the cover story, the 
magazine spoke with the designer himself, in addition to 39 of his friends, collaborators and mentors — from childhood friends to A$AP Rocky — to make sense of his meteoric rise and the cultural movement he's created along the way. {GQ Style

Ted Baker CEO resigns after harassment claims
Ted Baker's founder and CEO Ray Kelvin has resigned following misconduct allegations related to unwanted hugs in the workplace. Kelvin, who has denied the allegations, had taken a voluntary leave of absence from the CEO role in December as the board hired law firm Herbert Smith Freehills LLP to investigate. Acting CEO Lindsay Page will continue in the role, and the law firm's investigation is expected to conclude at the end of the first quarter or early in the second quarter. {Business of Fashion

Inside Kering's plan to turn Alexander McQueen into a billion-euro brand 
Kering has spent the last few years investing heavily in the retail expansion of Alexander McQueen, but now the luxury conglomerate has set ambitious new targets for the label, in hopes that McQueen can follow in the money-making footsteps of Gucci, Saint Laurent and Balenciaga. Ahead of the opening of its revamped London flagship, McQueen's CEO Emmanuel Gintzburger sat down with Business of Fashion's Imran Amed to discuss how the young luxury brand plans to become a billion-euro business. {Business of Fashion

Designers have grown-ups on their mind for Fall 2019 
"Designers finally have stopped chasing the youth vote," writes Vanessa Friedman in her Fall 2019 review of Celine, Comme des Garçons, Hermès and Altuzarra for The New York Times. "The obsession with Gens Y and Z and meeting them where they live and speaking their (sneaker-shod) language appears at an end." Instead, designers this season have turned to the bourgeoisie — the "comfortably well-off and established." These older, more refined muses have inspired an array of tweed culottes and pussy-bow blouses, along with an assortment of sophisticated outerwear and quilted cardigans. {The New York Times

The secret to Foot Locker's success 
Foot Locker has avoided what numerous other mall brands have faced, from declining relevancy to bankruptcy filings, by making investments in moving product more quickly and by devising ways to bring online shoppers into stores. The retailer has also generated a lot of buzz for its investments in digitally native consumer startups. And these investments are paying off: Foot Locker reported strong fourth-quarter earnings on Friday with comparable store sales up 9.7 percent. What's more, the retailer hit a record total for annual sales in 2018 of $7.9 billion. {Glossy

Gigi Hadid's Vogue Hong Kong cover sparks internet backlash 
The internet burst into furor over Vogue Hong Kong's debut cover starring Gigi Hadid, which hit Instagram on March 1. Hadid has not been a popular figure in China, following the release of an Instagram video in 2017, in which the model squinted her eyes as she held up a Buddha cookie. Vogue Hong Kong's post thus received a flurry of negative comments, with many users condemning the new fashion title for using a model with a racist track record in China. {South China Morning Post

Bonobos launches first-ever women's capsule 
Ahead of Women's History Month, Bonobos is launching its first capsule collection for women. The line is inspired by the brand's signature Rivera Short-Sleeve Shirts and is available in five different styles and prints. Bonobos will donate 40 percent of the proceeds from the collection to Promundo, an organization devoted to engaging men and boys as partners with women and girls in promoting gender equality. {Fashionista inbox} 

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