Welcome back to a new week and a new edition of The Spin. Today there's an important new development in the movement against doctored photography, a look at what has caused the biggest buzz at Paris Fashion Week, some great news for retailers in Pakistan and a peek at an unusual new fashion exhibition that shows clothes you probably already have in your closet. Enjoy the read and here's to a productive week ahead! Best, Christopher


Getty gets real. Getty Images, the world's biggest stock photo agency, has enacted a new worldwide rule which went into effect yesterday that bans photographers from submitting images that show models whose bodies have been retouched to "make them look thinner or larger." The new anti-Photoshop rule comes in the wake of a recently passed French law that requires magazines to label altered images as "retouched photography." The new Getty policy applies to bodies only; changing hair color or nose shapes and removing blemishes for example are still permitted.


Paris shines. With two more days of shows to go, Paris Fashion Week is in full swing and is unsurprisingly making fashion headlines. While there are far too many mention here, some major/interesing highlights thus far include models wearing platform Crocs shoes at Balenciaga, Helen Mirren and Jane Fonda strutting the runway for L'Oréal, 1960s inspiration at Dior and New York-based Joseph Altuzarra showing in the City of Lights for the first time.


Powerful Pakistan. Euromonitor International has named Pakistan as the fastest growing retail market in the world and says it expects sales there to grow 8.2 percent per year between now and 2021. With more than two-thirds of its population under 30 and disposable income doubling there since 2010, Pakistan has a rapidly expanding middle class whose size is expected to surpass that of the UK and Italy by 2021. Cameroon and South Korea were ranked second and third respectively.

Seoul sales... The second annual Korea Sale FESTA, a government-sponsored discount shopping and cultural festival began on Thursday and will run through October 31. The promotional program was initiated to attract tourism and features 30 to 80 percent off fashion, cosmetics and other items for foreigners at several major department stores, online and about 400 other participating businesses. Hoping to boost revenue in the wake of plummeting visits from Chinese tourists, Korea's government has invested $4,450,000 in the event this year.

...and Korea on the catwalk. In other news about the South Korean government supporting fashion, the state-sponsored K-Fashion Project presented a show of five up-and-coming Korean designers at Paris Fashion Week on Saturday. It followed similar events in Beijing, Shanghai and last month at New York Fashion Week where designers Younhee Park and Lee Chung Chung presented their collections at the Concept Korea show.

Indian androgyny. India, which generally tends to favor more traditional and conservative dressing, is slowly but surely embracing the trend of androgynous fashion. E-tailer Jabong released a gender fluid campaign this summer, designer Rajesh Pratap Singh is making tuxedos and pants for brides and male Bollywood stars Ranveer Singh and Irrfan Khan have recently worn skirts to award shows there.


Goodbye, Si. Samuel Irving "Si" Newhouse, Jr., the chairman emeritus of publishing giant Condé Nast and head of its magazine division for four decades, died at age 89 yesterday after a long illness at his home in New York. The son of company founder Sam Newhouse, the billionaire mogul oversaw such fashion-related Condé titles as Vogue, Glamour, GQ and Details.


But is it art? Yesterday New York's Museum of Modern Art, or MoMA, opened a new exhibition – it's first first devoted to fashion in 73 years – called "Items: Is Fashion Modern?" The show features about 350 wearable items categorized under 111 themes/stereotypes that encompass everything from "the little black dress"and white T-shirts to Chanel No. 5 perfume and sunscreen. The display includes such everyday items as a Champion hoodie and Converse high-tops and more precious ones like Mikimoto pearls. The already acclaimed show runs through January 28, 2018.


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