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Must Read: Saint Laurent Launches Film Production Company, 'Vogue' Announces Met Gala Livestream Hosts

Plus, Henning has been acquired by Universal Standard.

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These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Thursday.

Saint Laurent is opening a film production agency
Saint Laurent has debuted Saint Laurent Productions, a film production banner helmed by its artistic director, Anthony Vaccarello. As the first full-on film production banner operated by a fashion house, Saint Laurent Productions debuts with Pedro Almodóvar’s “Strange Way of Life,” which will premiere at Cannes. Vaccarello told Variety that this new division gives him “the opportunity to expand the vision I have for Saint Laurent through a medium that has more permanence than clothes.” Vaccarello also plans to design the costumes for all films produced by Saint Laurent Productions. {Variety}

Vogue announces 2023 Met Gala live stream hosts
For its third annual livestream of the Met Gala red carpet, Vogue has announced its hosts. They are actor and producer La La Anthony, writer Derek Blasberg and actor and comedian Chloe FinemanEmma Chamberlain will also return to the red carpet as Vogue‘s special correspondent, tasked with interviewing the Met Gala’s biggest celebrities of the night. The livestream will take place at 6:00 p.m. EST on May 1 and can be watched exclusively on {Fashionista inbox}

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Henning acquired by Universal Standard
Luxury plus-size workwear brand Henning has been acquired by Universal Standard, a larger DTC retailer for plus-size apparel. Henning will be folded into the company while founder Lauren Chan will serve as its head of brand partnerships and work alongside the marketing team. {Instagram/@henning}

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Vogue Ukraine is back in print
For the first time since Russia’s invasion, Vogue Ukraine has returned to print. The issue is titled “The Road of Unbreakable,” and features an abstract blue-and-yellow image taken by Kyiv-based photographer Vasylyna Vrublevska. Per WWD, the magazine features profiles of individuals who have helped with resistance and relief in a 50-page-plus ‘Heroes’ portfolio.” First Lady Olena Zelenska, Nobel Prize-winning human rights activist Oleksandra Matviichuk, Ukraine’s Head of Intelligence Kyrylo Budanov and the country’s United Nations representative Sergiy Kyslytsya are among those featured. International orders of the commemorative issue will be available online. {WWD/paywalled}

“& Other Stories x Sindiso Khumalo” Collaboration

Photo: Courtesy of & Other Stories and Sindiso Khumalo

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& Other Stories launches collaboration with Sindiso Khumalo
& Other Stories has launched a limited-edition collaborative collection with South African designer Sindiso Khumalo. Her eponymous label is known for its bold and bright colors, strong emphasis on African heritage, feminine silhouettes and use of sustainable textiles. The collaborative collection highlights these signature elements through an array of ready-to-wear items, swimwear and accessories — with inspiration derived from vintage portraits from the 1800s of women from Africa and the African diaspora. The collection launches Thursday and can be found here. {Fashionista inbox}

Rent the Runway still isn’t profitable
Following setbacks due to the pandemic, Rent the Runway is aiming to make up for its loss in revenue as it strives toward profitability. From its 2022 earning report, the company’s net loss for the year was $138.7 million (46.8% of revenue), which was a significant improvement from the net loss of $211.8 million in fiscal year 2021 (104.2% of revenue). According to Vogue Business, “Rent the Runway is now focusing on its data-driven, three-pillared path to strategic growth: making inventory available to consumers when they want it […] improving the user experience […] and offering improved product discovery.” Rent the Runway has already seen positive changes within the first quarter of 2023, as the company reached 141,000 active subscribers this April, its highest to date. {Vogue Business/paywalled}

Mary Quant, inventor of the mini skirt, dies
Revolutionary British fashion designer Mary Quant passed away Thursday morning at the age of 93. Quant was best known for transforming the fashion scene in the ’60s, credited with inventing the miniskirt — a defining design of the “Swinging Sixties.” Her impact goes beyond popularizing the miniskirt — Quant’s Chelsea boutique, with innovative and surrealist window installations, established her as a household name after selling items such as colorful tights and Peter Pan collars. She forever changed the direction of fashion and challenged social dress codes with her vision. {Vogue Business/paywalled} 

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