Must Read: Daisy Ridley Covers ‘Vogue’, Dapper Dan and ASAP Ferg Put Harlem Style on The Map

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These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Wednesday.

Daisy Ridley covers November issue of ‘Vogue’
” Star Wars: The Last Jedi”star Daisy Ridley covers Vogue‘s November 2017 issue in a tough leather Saint Laurent dress by Anthony Vaccarello and a single statement earring. Lensed by Mario Testino and styled by Tonne Goodman, the style force is definitely with the 25-year-old actress, whose cover shoot embodies the fierce independence and strength of the heroine she portrays in the “Star Wars” trilogy. Inside the issue, Ridley talks perfecting her lightsaber skills and growing up in West London. You can also watch Ridley answer a spit-fire round of 73 questions (and rap Eminem) in the video below. {}

Dapper Dan and ASAP Ferg put Harlem style on the map
Dapper Dan is Harlem’s sartorial mayor, who outfitted a series of ’80s rappers in luxury garments DIY-ed to have more generous and youthful fits. His boutique was shut down in 1992 after a chain of copyright lawsuits, but his hip-hop aesthetic and memorable logo pieces continue to influence streetwear and runway trends today (i.e: Gucci). In addition, Dapper Dan is a mentor to rising Harlem artists. Rapper and designer ASAP Ferg worked with Dapper Dan since he was 13; Dap allowed the young graffiti writer to put his work on some of his clients’ clothes, and the two Harlem natives continue to have a strong bond today – one that is conveyed in a newshoot that captures both men and their legendary styles in various Harlem spots. { HighSnobiety}

Tom Ford is committed to ethical and sustainable business practices
Tom Ford is one of those rare hybrids of fashion and film, with a successful career as a designer, screenwriter, producer and film director that proves he’s a sartorial and screen legend. But when he’s not creating provocative uniforms or psychological thrillers, Ford is deeply invested in the environment. He’s worked to ensure all of his factories follow strict labor laws and has searched far and wide to find both craftsmen and mills whose age-old techniques are the finest in the world – and whose practices have little negative impact on the earth. {}

Glenda Bailey and ‘Harper’s Bazaar’are here to stay
Glossy print editor-in-chiefs are shuffling out the door every day, but Harper’s Bazaar‘s Glenda Bailey is not going anywhere. Bailey has made a name for herself for cranking out striking, memorable images. She’s also beloved by brands for her creative and management advice – thanks to her, Harper’s is enjoying a steady stream of advertising revenue. So how does a women whose start in publishing long predates social media keep the print pages of a 150 year-old magazine relevant in the digital age? Bailey told Business of Fashion that she and her team will continue to astonish readers: “We want to create imagery that is memorable and iconic and that you look at it and you say, ‘How on earth did they do that?'” {Business of Fashion}

Snapchat updates user experience to include “concept cards”
Snapchat has been going down a bit of a rocky road since going public a few months ago, and therefore, the company has been working to innovate its services. Yesterday, the app unveiled a new feature called “concept cards,” which is a discovery tool that enables users to gather contextual information about people’s Snaps and then uses that information to link to related services. For instance, Snapchatters busy tapping through their friends’ ephemeral pizza pics can click on the “more” button on the bottom of the screen and be redirected to Opentable, where they can then find the restaurant and make a reservation for a later date. Other partner services featured in the update include: Uber, Lyft, Goop, Foursquare and TripAdvisor. {}

Visual search technology is gaining popularity among retailers
The app Shazam allowed us to identify the media playing in any given space, and now retail is trying to do the same with clothes. New technology enables a user to take a photo of an item; recognition software then takes that image and provides more information on the item, shows similar styles and gives you a link to make a direct purchase. Retailers such as Target and American Eagle are some of the latest companies to test the software, and while visual search technology is in its early, experimental stages, it has already proved to be a helpful tool in collecting consumer data. {}

Alibaba plans to shell out $15 billion to develop new technology
Alibaba has some ambitious growth goals, and to accomplish them, the e-commerce giant is planning to spend $15 billion over the next three years to delve into artificial intelligence, quantum computing and the Internet of Things. The company is setting up a global research program, dubbed the Alibaba DAMO (Discovery, Adventure, Momentum and Outlook) Academy, which will establish seven research labs and enlist the top engineers and scientists from all over the world. {Business of Fashion}

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Chrissy Teigen teams up with Revolve on a capsule clothing collection
Chrissy Teigen, noted supermodel, TV personality, wife, mom and cook, collaborated on a 36-piece collection with premium fashion e-tailer Revolve. The line, which launches today on Revolve.com, serves up a selection of black, pink, pale and nude-washed slinky, body-hugging dresses, ruffled crop tops, sock booties and lace bodysuits. “I​ ​wanted​ ​to​ ​create beautiful,​ ​classic​ ​pieces​ ​that​ ​are​ ​sexy​ ​yet​ ​comfortable,” Teigen said in a press statement.​ ​”It’s​ ​all​ ​about​ ​being​ ​confident​ ​and​ ​feeling​ ​sexy!” {Fashionista Inbox}