Daily Links: May 30 2018

The Fenty Effect Means Everyone Offers 40 Foundation Shades Now
  1. The Fenty Effect Means Everyone Offers 40 Foundation Shades Now: Over the past month, no fewer than four makeup companies have announced they’re releasing new foundation ranges featuring 40 shades. Sound familiar? It should, because ever since Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty launched 40 shades of foundation last fall, brands have been scrambling to match her — and more importantly, match its customers, whose skin comes in a lot more than 12 to 20 shades, which for a long time had been the usual offering. Read more on Racked
  2. Your Cotton T-Shirts Are Likely Linked to Forced Labor: Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen’s award-winning label, The Row, sources much of the cotton for its pricey garments from South Carolina. The domestic growing of cotton is a significant rarity, even in the uppermost echelons of the fashion industry. In fact, the vast majority of fashion brands look abroad for cotton, and the conditions in many of the far-flung locations where cotton is harvested continue to be rife with deplorable labor conditions, despite recent attempts at reform. Read more on TFL
  3. A New Photo of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Was Revealed in Queen Elizabeth’s Sitting Room: Queen Elizabeth II may not have used any affectionate adjectives before Meghan Markle’s name on her Instrument of Consent for Markle and Prince Harry’s marriage, but the queen has shown her favor of Markle in her own subtle ways. She allowed Markle to spend Christmas with the royal family before officially joining it in May; she let Markle’s beagle Guy ride with her to the royal wedding; and now, it’s been revealed she keeps a photo of Markle and Harry in her sitting room. The picture has never been seen publicly before. Read more on Elle
  4. How Madewell Is Saving J.Crew: Madewell’s double-digital growth is buoying the J.Crew Group as sales at its namesake brand continue to dwindle. President Libby Wadle explains why Madewell is working, and how she plans to keep the momentum going. Read more on BoF

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