Must Read: The Fashion Industry Is Still Struggling to Pay Garment Workers a Living Wage, Fashion Nova Bikinis May Cause Cancer

Plus, Gucci rolls out 36-shade lipstick line.
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Women rest while participating in a hunger strike in Bangladesh. Photo: Allison Joyce/Getty Images

Women rest while participating in a hunger strike in Bangladesh. Photo: Allison Joyce/Getty Images

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Thursday.

The fashion industry is still struggling to pay garment workers a living wage 
The Fair Labour Association conducted a study in 2018 that found the average garment worker in Bangladesh would need an 80% pay raise to begin earning wages even close to the most conservative living wage benchmark the report considered. This finding comes years after disasters like the Rana Plaza collapse, which pushed brands to talk about the fair treatment of workers. And yet despite their efforts to improve working conditions, companies still squeeze costs at the factory gate. {Business of Fashion

Fashion Nova bikinis may cause cancer
Add swimsuits to the long list of products that may cause cancer. On Monday, Twitter user @Aziaani posted a photo of the label of her new neon green bikini from Fashion Nova, which reads: "This product can expose you to Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, lead and cadmium, which are known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects and other reproductive harm." Within 24 hours the post was retweeted almost 5,000 times and received more than 7,000 likes. {USA Today

Gucci rolls out 36-shade lipstick line
Gucci is expanding its fantastical and colorful universe with the launch of a 36-shade lipstick line this week. "Lipstick is the most beautiful object you can find inside a handbag," Alessandro Michele said in an interview with WWD. "It is the most fascinating because it has always had a beautiful scent — we made Gucci lipsticks perfumed with violet. Lipstick is a playful object because it recalls crayons that children color with. Lipstick also symbolizes the world of cinema, and all the famous lips from Hollywood." {WWD

Instagram has become a showroom for luxury counterfeits
NBC News research reveals that the number of Instagram accounts involved in counterfeiting activities linked to luxury brands has almost tripled over the last three years. Scammers use hashtags such as #mirrorquality and #mirrorbag or #replica, as well as Stories, to showcase their fake goods, making it difficult for Instagram to monitor all their criminal activity. {NBC News

Meet the designer behind Dior's Nelson Mandela-inspired look for Resort 2020  
Pathé Ouédraogo is one of Africa's leading designers, having dressed first ladies, heads of state and presidents. Earlier this week, he added Dior to his long list of clients. Ouédraogo created Dior Resort 2020 look 58, which consisted of a printed shirt that paid tribute to Nelson Mandela. "We wanted to remind people that Nelson Mandela was the first African president to wear 100% Made in Africa products and in doing so, promoted the continent across the world," Ouédraogo says of the tribute. {I-D

Successful luxury brands prioritize innovation
In today's world, luxury shoppers increasingly come from China or a younger digitally-focused generation: They learn about brands via social media platforms, they want newness and they are e-commerce natives. "Staying desirable means putting innovation centerstage across products, store environments and communications," writes Luca Solca for Business of Fashion. "In the growing polarization between successful, fast-growing brands (think: Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Moncler) and everyone else, the ability to surprise and re-invent is a decisive factor." {Business of Fashion

What nicknaming designer bags says about China's luxury market
It's popular among young Chinese consumers to come up with catchy nicknames for bags and beauty products. The nicknames are derived in different ways. There are aesthetic resemblances, sound-alikes and pop culture references, such as Prada's Saffiano handbag, renamed the "Murderer Bag'' after it was worn by Léa Seydoux's assassin in "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol." Can luxury brands capitalize on these silly names? Business of Fashion weighs in. {Business of Fashion

Anna Wintour on what Harry Styles will wear to the Met Gala 
Fashionista is Harry Styles' biggest fan, but Anna Wintour may be a close second: In a #GoAskAnna Instagram video the editor-in-chief likens the fit brit to a young Mick Jagger. She also thinks he'll show up to Monday's Met Gala in a "daring" and "colorful" Gucci getup. {@voguemagazine/Instagram} 

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