Must Read: The Pandemic’s Second Wave Threatens To Devastate Fashion’s Supply Chain, ‘Them’ Hosts ‘Chosen’ Holiday Event

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These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Tuesday.

The pandemic’s second wave threatens to devastate fashion’s supply chain 
Fashion’s supply chain is bracing for challenges posed by the second wave of Covid-19, after getting hit hard by the first wave. In a piece for Business of Fashion, Daphne Milner writes that the fresh set of restrictions “threatens to deepen the economic and humanitarian crisis already punishing fashion’s manufacturing base.”  {Business of Fashion} 

Them hosts “Chosen” holiday event 
On Monday evening, Them put on an hourlong virtual event to showcase how members of the LGBTQ+ community come together and enjoy time with the ones they love most during the holiday season. Presented by Mastercard and called “Chosen,” the show debuted on YouTube Live and featured messages from and conversations with prominent members of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as documentary-style segments that honored notable “chosen families” from the ballroom and trans communities. You can watch the full event here. {Fashionista inbox} 

Hamish Bowles profiles Virginie Viard in Vogue
Hamish Bowles interviewed Chanel’s Virginie Viard, whom he describes as the “least famous designer in fashion at its most famous house,” in a new piece for Vogue. Bowles takes us through her childhood in Lyon, France and her first Chanel show in the ’80s, all the way up to her promotion and her latest offering for the French fashion house. {Vogue

Girlfriend Collective introduces sherpa and puffer jackets 
Girlfriend Collective is adding cozy outerwear to its colorful line of ethically made activewear. On Tuesday, the brand is launching three different puffers, ranging in price from $198 to $298, and two styles of sherpa jackets, which are both priced at $128. Shop them here before they sell out. {Fashionista inbox} 

Frida Giannini talks about fashion today 
Former Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini shared her thoughts on today’s fashion industry at the virtual Milan Fashion Global Summit on Monday. In a report for WWD, Alessandra Turra writes that Giannini criticized the proliferation of successful streetwear-focused labels and the way designers are chosen to lead a brand based on their social media followings. {WWD

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Wynne teenager chosen for global fashion show

Arkansas has a new young fashion icon. And virtual ticketholders will be tuning in on Saturday, to see that icon — 14-year-old Taylor Murphy of Wynne — shine in the Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s 12th Annual Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show.

Billed as the largest Down syndrome fundraiser in the world, the show has raised more than $20 million for Down Syndrome research and medical care. This year’s event will take place at 7:30 p.m. CST. A virtual VIP celebrity reception for “table” sponsors will be 30 minutes beforehand. Jill and Lou Rotella III are chairing the event.

More than 30 celebrities will virtually escort 25 models from eight states and three countries down the runway. The 2020 Global Ambassador Walt Snodgrass will be among the models. Celebrities will include Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx. Foxx lost his sister — DeOndra Dixon, who also served as the foundation’s global ambassador — on Oct. 19. Other celebrities to appear: music composer and producer Quincy Jones, “Grey’s Anatomy” actors Eric Dane and Caterina Scorsone, sibling actors Matt and Kevin Dillon, pioneering model Beverly Johnson, actor John C. McGinley, fellow actor Zach Gottsagen, who lives with Down syndrome, and professional athletes that include a handful of members of the National Football League’s Denver Broncos.

Also on tap: performances by multiplatinum artist Rachel Platten, The Fray’s Isaac Slade, and The Ransom Notes; a tribute to covid-19 survivors; and special recognition of special people, including a tribute to Dixon.

General-admission “virtual tickets” for the show are $25 at bebeautifulbeyourself.org or globaldownsyndrome.org. A VIP Ticket, $1,300, brings the benefits of the regular ticket plus access to the VIP reception. Sponsorship opportunities are available, along with the opportunity to bid in an online auction. Proceeds will support the foundation’s fundraising efforts for Down syndrome research, medical care and emergency covid-19 relief services for families with children who have Down syndrome.

Even though Taylor is a member of the Down syndrome community, the daughter of Schunda and Stephen Murphy of Wynne is a typical teenager … one who leads a full and busy life. “I have been dancing since I was 2½ — ballet, jazz and tap,” says Taylor, an eighth-grader at Wynne Junior High School, during an Oct. 23 phone interview. How’d she get interested in fashion? She likes to feel beautiful, show off her moves “and sashay down the hallway.”

She even has a private YouTube channel on which she shares her life as a teenager with Down syndrome and displays her flair for all things fashion.

“She is addicted to YouTube Kids, so we have a time limit on the cellphone with the YouTube Kids because she is a typical teenager,” says Schunda Murphy. “It’s all about the eyeshadow and lipsticks. She does little tutorials on makeup brushes and different types of makeup. When we were able to go to the mall, she loved to go to the Mac and the Origins counters.” The associates at these counters knew Taylor, who they’d give makeovers, her

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