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Must Read: Dior Beauty Taps Caleb McLaughlin, How U.S.-China Tensions Are Affecting Fashion Retailers

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These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Monday. 

Caleb McLaughlin tapped as Dior Beauty ambassador 
Caleb McLaughlin of “Stranger Things” has been named the latest ambassador for Dior Beauty. Per WWD, McLaughlin will work with the brand to promote its products and share his own experiences with beauty and self-expression. This is the actor’s first major beauty deal. McLaughlin joins a string of high-profile Dior Beauty ambassadors, including Alexandra Daddario, Jenna Ortega, Thuso Mbedu, Fai Khadra, Liu Yuxin, Orelsan, Haerin, Maya Hawke and Joseph Quinn. {WWD/paywalled}

How U.S.-China tensions are affecting fashion retailers 
Fashion retailers are feeling the impact of ongoing tensions between China and the United States. According to Business of Fashion, American lawmakers are questioning whether clothing brands like Shein, Nike and Adidas are complying with the 2022 ban on imports of products linked to production in Xinjiang, where China is conducting forced labor on its ethnic minorities. Despite these bans, there are still concerns that brands like Shein and Temu are exploiting loopholes, as there is little supply chain visibility when it comes to raw material sourcing. This all comes during increasingly strained political relationships between the two countries. {Business of Fashion/paywalled} 

What Hainan’s “closed customs” means for luxury trade
During the pandemic, Hainan became a popular destination for luxury shopping in China, thanks to its free trade port status. Per Vogue Business, Hainan is hoping to cement its status as a duty-free haven by introducing an international customs system by 2025. Under the new regulations, international brands can bring goods in and out of Hainan without customs checks or tariffs (unless the goods move further into mainland China). “The closure of the customs means that the connection between the Hainan free trade port and the outside world will be smoother,” says Li Shijie, president of the Hainan Open Economic Research Institute. With this change, brands will be able to sell directly to consumers in Hainan, giving them a clearer understanding of Chinese spending habits. Still, some luxury brands are concerned about the region’s daigou market. {Vogue Business/paywalled} 

Fendi launches new collection by Marc Jacobs 
Revealed at the Italian house’s Baguette anniversary show in New York last September, Fendi X Marc Jacobs is here. The new offerings sees interpretations of Fendi Roma logo, exaggerated, platformed, oversized and monochromatic silhouettes with florescent touch across both men’s and women’s ready-to-wear collections, bags, jewelry and accessories. The collection combines luxury and utility, uptown and downtown, and is designed to be cool and wearable for every day with pieces like denim jackets, tracksuits and cotton t-shirts. The main focus of the bag collection, of course, is Fendi’s iconic Baguette silhouette. Fendi by Marc Jacobs is available for purchase beginning Monday on and at select Fendi boutiques. {Fashionista Inbox}

Richard Avedon exhibit opens at Gagosian Gallery 
Gagosian Gallery’s new exhibit, titled “Avedon 100: Richard Avedon,” opened doors to the public on May 4. The exhibition comprises photographs selected by over 150 prominent figures across the creative industries, spanning six decades of his career, from his photos of the American West to iconic portraits of celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Tina Turner. The photographs are displayed in loosely chronological sequence, showing how Avedon moved seamlessly between photographic genres like portraiture, advertising and fashion — all while elevating photography to a contemporary art form. {Fashionista Inbox} 

China Machado. Photo: Richard Avedon/Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery

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