Welcome to this Friday edition of The Spin. Pitti Uomo already has its eyes on next fall's menswear collections and Alexander Wang is again partnering with a famous retail chain. Meanwhile another retail name is (alas) down for the count and an African nation is aiming to become the next hot manufacturing hotspot. Enjoy the read and TGIF! Best, Christopher


Be our guest. After winning the prestigious ADNAM Award just last year, French label Y/Project has received another honor: it will be a guest designer at the storied Pitti Uomo menswear trade show in Florence in January 2019. Designed by Belgian creative director Glenn Martens ever since founder Yohan Serfaty died in 2013, the label offers both mens- and womenswear and has collaborated with Diesel and Ugg previously. It will show its fall/winter 2019 collection at this 95th edition of Pitti Uomo instead of at Paris Fashion Week this go-round.


Uniqlo undies. Alexander Wang has announced a new partnership with Uniqlo to create a line women's and men's underwear using the Japanese retailer's proprietary Heattech fabric. Set to arrive in Uniqlo stores later this autumn, the collection will consist of bodysuits, T-shirts, leggings, bras and briefs in neutral tones and Wang's signature neon green. This is the second time he has worked with Uniqlo. Exactly a decade ago he created a ready-to-wear capsule for the store.


Coast is toast. The latest casualty in the so-called retailpocalypse is UK high street brand Coast which has gone into administration and will shutter its 24 standalone stores in the coming days, resulting in the loss of 300 jobs. Coast's sister brand, Karen Millen, which is also controlled by Icelandic bank Kaupthing, acquired Coast's website and department-store concession segments in a last minute deal and will seek to streamline and grow those two remaining segments.


Speak to me. E-tailer Asos has teamed with Google Assistant in the UK and the US to launch its voice shopping guide called Enki. With the new technology customers can shop the online platform by telling their Google smart speaker to "talk to Asos." Asos introduced the service earlier this year on Facebook Messenger but is one of the first fashion retailers to come aboard Google Assistant, which was created as if it were a real-life person.


Industrial revolution. The African nation of Ethiopia is the steaming ahead with plans to become a more industrialized nation and a major manufacturing hub for textiles and apparel. It christened its fifth industrial park earlier this week and will begin work before next summer on three more that will be textile-centric as well. It plans to house 30 industrial parks by 2025. Similarly, Tajikistan is also growing its fashion production, which has increased nearly 30 percent in the last eight months alone.

Diversity disparity. Although New York Fashion Week's runways were the most diverse model-wise they have ever been and Condé Nast has just named an African-American as the new editor in chief of Teen Vogue (replacing another woman of color), Vanessa Friedman, the fashion critic of the New York Times, argues in a new story (paywall) that fashion still has a long way to go when it comes to diversifying its key power players such as editors, retailers and designers.


Buying with Blake. Just days after the news that Jenna Lyons will be developing a fashion-related TV show soon, Amazon Studios has announced that it is working with actress Blake Lively to create a scripted series with a fashion bent. While exact details have yet to be revealed, the show will probably have a connected shopping function that will allow viewers to purchase featured products. Lively will serve as producer and will probably star in it too.


Exhibition euphoria. Drawing more than 1.6 million visitors, the recently closed fashion exhibition "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" was the most visited show New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has ever produced. Now those in the New York area who are still hungry for a fashion-museum fix will have a new option. "Kimono Refashioned: 1870s-Now!," a look at Japanese-inspired fashion featuring 40 garments by famous designers, will debut at the Newark Museum starting tomorrow and run through January 6, 2019.


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