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Must Read, Lupita Nyong'o Covers 'Vanity Fair,' Tom Ford Makes His Mark on the CFDA Board

Plus, the price of fast fashion.
Lupita Nyong'o on the October 2019 cover of "Vanity Fair." Photo: Jackie Nickerson 

Lupita Nyong'o on the October 2019 cover of "Vanity Fair." Photo: Jackie Nickerson 

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Tuesday.

Lupita Nyong'o covers Vanity Fair 
Samira Nasr, a longtime lover of Levi's and anything denim, got extra fancy with Vanity Fair's October issue, which spotlights the beautiful Lupita Nyong'o. For the cover, Nasr styled the "Black Panther" star in a yellowish Valentino tulle confection. Accompanying the high-glam, Jackie Nickerson-lensed shot is a conversation about the moments in film and fashion that shaped the actress's career. {Vanity Fair

Tom Ford makes his mark on the CFDA board
Tom Ford has made his global ambitions for American fashion very clear since becoming the chairman of the CFDA earlier this year. The designer's mission will be put to the test as international editors — who've been granted free NYFW transportation and lodging by the CFDA — flock to the Big Apple in search of local talent later this week. In preparation for the Spring 2020 season in New York, Ford has also appointed four new members — Virgil Abloh, Maria Cornejo, Carly Cushnie and Kerby Jean-Raymond — to the CFDA board. {WWD

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The price of fast fashion 
In "Fashionopolis," Dana Thomas reminds us that the textile industry has always been one of the darkest corners of the world economy. She begins by focusing on today's global fast-fashion and regular fashion industries and how they got so big, and then presents an alternative approach to making clothing that Thomas terms "slow fashion." The book concludes with an introduction to people who are trying to reform the system entirely, from the materials we use to how clothes are produced and the ways we shop. {The New York Times}

Influencers are opening up about mental health 
We live in extremely anxious times, with concerns about global warming, mass shootings, political turmoil, financial insecurity and humanitarian crises contributing to our daily stress. And, of course, there's social media, which is notorious for lowering self esteem. The result is a generation that is seeking out therapy in higher rates and openly talking about it. In fact, it's becoming more common for high-profile influencers to post about their struggles with mental health. And more often than not, these darker posts elicit strong positive reactions. {Refinery29

How Todd Snyder built a fashion brand for the digital age
Todd Snyder said he expects the sales of his namesake menswear label to increase by 55% this year, with a goal of hitting $100 million in 2022. The secret to his brand's success? Maintaining a direct line of communication with customers, however they discover the brand. Most find Todd Snyder online, via paid ads and social media campaigns, but it is the company's print catalogue that has proven essential to turning first clicks into loyal customers. {Business of Fashion}  

Summer Fridays launches first non-mask product
Summer Fridays is moving out of the world of masking with the launch of its CC Me Serum, a brightening product meant to target hyper-pigmentation and dark spots while imparting a gorgeous glow. The serum launches on Tuesday on the brand's website as well as in-stores and online at Sephora. {Fashionista inbox} 

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