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Must Read: Elizabeth and James to Be Sold Exclusively at Kohl's, How Luiz Mattos Turns Models Into Brands

Plus, Harlem's Fashion Row is trying to address fashion's diversity problem.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Photo: Courtesy of Kohl's

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Photo: Courtesy of Kohl's

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Thursday.

Elizabeth and James to be sold exclusively at Kohl's
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are joining Lauren Conrad and Vera Wang over at Kohl's. The mass-market department store announced Wednesday that it's entered into a licensing agreement with the Olsen-owned contemporary label Elizabeth and James. The news comes after the pair shut down the brand's store and most in-house operations last fall. The retailer says future collections — sold exclusively at Kohl's — will be created by its design team with oversight from the Olsens, and include apparel, handbags, accessories and beauty products. {Business of Fashion

How Luiz Mattos turns models into brands
IMG Models senior director Luiz Mattos's roster features some of today's biggest names: Taylor Hill, Priyanka Chopra, Alessandra Ambrosio and both Hadids. Gigi Hadid describes him as a "fashion prophet," who "can see a direction and structure a career for a girl that no one has seen in her before." In an interview with Vogue Business, the model miracle-worker reveals how he spots talent and how he develops models into brands. {Vogue Business

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Harlem's Fashion Row is trying to address fashion's diversity problem 
Only nine out of the dozens of designers showing on the official New York Fashion Week schedule last season were Black. Harlem's Fashion Row is trying to address this diversity discrepancy by providing a platform and support for Black designers and by helping them to make important connections that could sustain their businesses. {CNN

Saint Laurent to present menswear show in Los Angeles
The flagging momentum of New York Fashion Week has pushed more designers to try their luck out west. The latest designer to do so is Anthony Vaccarello, who announced Thursday that his Spring 2020 menswear offering for Saint Laurent will be shown in L.A. on June 6. This will be Vaccarello's second solo menswear show — he presented his first in New York City last summer. {Dazed

The problem with swimwear and sustainability
Swimwear presents a challenge when it comes to sustainability, because suits are often made of synthetic fabrics – like nylon, polyester and spandex – which are not biodegradable. When you wash them, they shed tiny pieces of plastic that later end up in the ocean or sit in landfills, adding to the estimated 8 billion tons of plastic that already exist on the planet. {Fast Company

Refinery29 hires new deputy fashion director
Refinery29 has hired Jessica Andrews, the former Fashion Features Editor at Teen Vogue, to serve as its Deputy Fashion Director. In this role, Andrews will oversee Refinery29's fashion team, focusing on driving content and conversations that tap into the scope of this fast-changing industry and its intersection with culture. "Jessica brings deep fashion expertise and ambitious ideas to the team, and we're excited to grow our impact and POV as a leading voice in fashion under her leadership," said Julie Alvin, Senior Vice President, Editorial Content Strategy and Development. "Refinery29 has long been a thought leader and innovator in this space, and we look forward to expanding on that legacy with Jessica." {Fashionista inbox} 

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