Must Read: Sneakers Are Still Big Moneymakers for Luxury Brands, Why Doctor Brands Are Making a Comeback

Plus, Barneys New York vendors are at risk of not being paid.
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Sneakers from Louis Vuitton's Spring 2020 Men's collection. Photo: Imaxtree 

Sneakers from Louis Vuitton's Spring 2020 Men's collection. Photo: Imaxtree 

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Tuesday.

Sneakers are still big moneymakers for luxury brands 
There were more sneakers than ever on the men's spring runways, from collaborations between Nike and Ambush to Rick Owens' bondage-inspired low-tops. The ubiquity of designer kicks shouldn't come as a surprise, since the global sneaker market stood at $58 billion in 2018 and is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of more than 7%  between 2019 and 2024, reaching $88 billion, according to a report released by TechSci Research. {WWD

Why doctor brands are making a comeback 
Facial skin care is expected to command more than $74 billion in global sales this year, and has been outpacing makeup for the last two years. Expert-led brands — from doctors and scientists — have taken center stage on the exploding skin-care frontier, armed with perceptions of authority, authenticity and science. "They're promising results and delivering innovation, creating products made with an ear to the ground and a foot in the lab, with their clientele serving not only as built-in focus groups, but natural ambassadors," writes Sarah Brown for Business of Fashion. And while expert brands are nothing new, they are proliferating again, "with a new crew of star doctors and star facialists all coming out of the gate." {Business of Fashion

Barneys New York vendors are at risk of not being paid 
Barneys vendors may find themselves in a tenuous position, according to the retailer's bankruptcy lawyers. The company received roughly $218 million in a financing arrangement, but much of it may go to paying off its considerable debt — including at least $190 million in secured obligations — as well as its ongoing lease and other expenses during the bankruptcy process. Unsecured pre-petition debt, like the kind many vendors are still owed from before Barneys filed for bankruptcy, is at risk of being unpaid or paid off only in a small part. {WWD

Cara Delevingne covers the September 2019 issue of Marie Claire
Cara Delevingne strips down for the September 2019 cover of Marie Claire. Inside the issue, the model-turned-actress opens up about her new role on Amazon's "Carnival Row" and her relationship with Ashley Benson. {Marie Claire

Cara Delevingne on the September 2019 cover of "Marie Claire." Photo: Thomas Whiteside 

Cara Delevingne on the September 2019 cover of "Marie Claire." Photo: Thomas Whiteside 

Will more brands upset China's patriotic netizens? 
On Monday, Versace, Coach and Givenchy came under fire for producing T-shirts and hoodies that were regarded to have undermined China's sovereignty. The apparel, which identified the semiautonomous regions of Hong Kong and Macau as countries, set off an angry online backlash from Chinese consumers. Soon after, Chinese supermodel Liu Wen announced she would immediately end her partnership with Coach, and Givenchy Beauty ambassador Jackson Yee, a Chinese singer, cut ties with the French brand. Versace also lost its high-profile celebrity Chinese brand ambassador Yang Mi. Chinese nationalism is at an all-time high as Hong Kong protests mount and as the trade war with the U.S. escalates, meaning more brands could easily fall foul of China's patriotic netizens. {Business of Fashion

Off-White releases first-ever home goods collection
Off-White unveiled its debut home goods collection this month, which is (of course) titled "Home." The range consists of three categories: ceramics, bed and bath. The ceramics line features ivory-colored mugs, plates and trays. The bed collection includes a white double bed set embroidered with the label's signature arrow emblem and a poppy-red tassel knit throw blanket, also featuring the arrow motif. The bath assortment consists of a towel set and bathrobe. The range is available now at the brand's Mykonos store, and will be available online and at Empty Gallery in New York City on Sept. 1. {Highsnobiety

Why luxury fashion is embracing the art world 
More and more brands are linking up with artists to encourage millennial consumers to visit stores and buy special products. Some labels join forces with blue-chip artists, like Louis Vuitton's collaboration with Jeff Koons. Others, like Dior with its Lady Art project, take a chance on emerging talents that are known only to a niche audience of art world enthusiasts— relying on the status of the brand to sway the bulk of their clients. {WWD}

Allbirds is launching socks 
Allbirds is expanding beyond shoes and into basics, starting with socks. The shoemaker said Tuesday it will begin selling three styles of socks, retailing between $12 and $16, online and at its five bricks-and-mortar shops in the U.S. The socks will be made from a new material called Trino, a proprietary yarn that combines Allbirds' Tree material with merino to create a fabric that is cool, breathable and absorbent. {Fashionista inbox} 

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