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Kimora Lee Simmons is Relaunching Baby Phat + More Fashion News You Missed This Week

All hail the Queen of early 2000s hip-hop style

Kimora Lee Simmons is Relaunching Baby Phat

Kimora Lee Simmons in the early 2000s was basically everything I aspired to be in adulthood: extremely tall and impossible glamorous, with a famous husband and money in the bank. Every single magazine article about her breathlessly referenced her status as a “former supermodel,” she wrote a lifestyle manual titled Fabulosity and her clothing brand Baby Phat was basically the Glossier of the early 2000s, bestowing an aura of cool on its wearers. Last week, on International Women’s Day, Simmons (who now goes by the surname Leissner) announced plans to resurrect Baby Phat in summer 2019. Considering the current yen for early 2000s nostalgia (low-rise jeans, anyone?) the timing couldn’t be better. “When I created Baby Phat 20 years ago, it was because women – especially women of colour – had no voice at all in the streetwear category,” Simmons told Refinery29. She’s tapped her two Gen Z daughters, Ming and Aoki, to run the brand. Here’s to rhinestone-studded cropped baby tees for all. (Refinery29)

Burberry Intends to Go Plastic-Free by 2025

In a bone-dry report titled New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, Burberry has revealed plans for a plastic-free future. By 2025, the luxury brand has pledged that all of its plastic packaging will be either be reusable, recyclable or compostable. Already the company has already saved 29 tons of plastic by eliminating plastic lamination from retail bags and poly bags, and is currently exploring compostable options for rain covers for shopping bags. In addition, the label plans to “replace all current hangers, shrouds and poly bags with an eco-friendly option,” according to WWD. It’s about time others followed suit. (WWD)

Canadian Model Krow Might Be the First Bonafide Trans Male Modelling Star

Krow Kian is only 23 years old, but he’s already made history as the first male model to close out the women’s ready-to-wear season. Krow, who hails from British Columbia, first began modeling six years ago as a woman, the gender he was assigned at birth.  Last year, Krow transitioned genders and since then his career has gone into overdrive. He closed out the Louis Vuitton show and walked for Balmain, Haider Ackermann and Alexander McQueen for Fall 2019 alone. Trans women like Andreja Pejic, Dara etc have achieved success modeling as trans women, Krow is the first trans man to achieve similar fame. This season he closed out the Louis Vuitton show and walked for Balmain, Haider Ackermann and Alexander McQueen. “My career is definitely doing a lot better than it did the first time as a female,” Krow told WWD. “Coming out as being a trans male, I was worried how men would perceive me and if I would be accepted as a male. But then once you get past that anxiety, which not a lot of people can, then it’s like, you know what? It doesn’t really matter what they think — this is who I am.” Krow is the subject of a documentary film, Krow’s TRANSformation, that will arrive in theatres later this year. (WWD)

Louis Vuitton Pulls All Michael Jackson Merchandise from their Fall 2019 Collection

Virgil Abloh’s second collection for Louis Vuitton was an homage to Michael Jackson, featuring a version of the pop star’s sequin gloves and a airbrushed t-shirt depicting an image of the singer’s feet. But thanks to the release of Leaving Neverland, an HBO documentary that contains damning details about Jackson’s alleged history of child abuse, Vuitton has issued a statement that it will not produce any items that include Jackson’s likeness. “We find the allegations in the documentary deeply troubling and disturbing,” Louis Vuitton’s chairman and chief executive officer told WWD. “Child safety and welfare is of utmost importance to Louis Vuitton. We are fully committed to advocating this cause.” (WWD)

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