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Must Read: Dua Lipa Covers 'Elle,' Protecting Workers' Rights Is Harder Than Ever in a Pandemic

Plus, luxury chief executives talk leading companies remotely.

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Wednesday.

Dua Lipa covers 'Elle'
Dua Lipa covers the latest Elle, having conducted the accompanying interview over Zoom. She opens up about self-quarantining, promoting her new album in isolation and how she dealt with the leak of her new album ("I think [the leak] just kind of solidified my choice that I wanted it to be out April 3 anyway...this is me going into my celestial beliefs, but it was like, Okay, this is just how it's meant to be. And I am really grateful that the music is out.") {Elle}

Protecting workers' rights is harder than ever in a pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted fashion's often-invisible workforce and drawn sympathy from the public. While there may be hope for some systemic change, others are wary that the outbreak could make things worse for workers. Jennifer Rosenbaum, U.S. director at Global Labour Justice, told Business of Fashion, "This is not the time to ask the question of what is the minimum brands can get away with and not lose public face. This is the time to ask the question of how can we reorganise supply chains in a way that is promoting equity." {Business of Fashion}

Luxury chief executives talk leading companies remotely
Vogue Business spoke to four luxury chief executives on how they're adjusting to working remotely, and what leading from home means for them. Chloé chief executive Riccardo Bellini told the publication, "The very way we have been leading our teams up to now also does not apply anymore...we are all called to manage a situation nobody was prepared to." {Vogue Business}

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Universal Standard releases children's book about inclusivity
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The RealReal announces layoffs and furloughs
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A giveaway gone wrong at Reese Witherspoon's fashion label Draper James
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