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Must Read: Tom Ford Takes on American Fashion, SCAD and L'Oréal Launch a Business-Focused Beauty and Fragrance Program

Dara Prant

Plus, California wants to ban toxic chemicals in makeup.

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These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Thursday.

Tom Ford takes on American fashion
Tom Ford was the trending topic of Twitter on Tuesday because of something he allegedly said about Melania Tump back in 2016. He claims he never made such a statement, but he did have a lot to say about becoming the new face of the American fashion industry in an interview with The New York Times. The designer and new chairman of the CFDA said he agreed to the role "out of a sense of duty," but that he thinks he can do a good job: "I think I have a vision for it, so why not add it to my list of things to do?" {The New York Times

SCAD and L'Oréal launch a business-focused beauty and fragrance program 
Savannah College of Art and Design has teamed up with L'Oréal on a business-focused beauty and fragrance program. The degree program is designed to give students the training they need to step into key leadership roles in the cosmetics field. In addition to learning the basics of product development and marketing, the coursework will challenge students to identify and address industry voids, new product launch opportunities and brand building. {WWD

California wants to ban toxic chemicals in makeup
California legislators are considering a bill that would completely ban the sale of makeup that contains toxic chemicals. The Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act is specifically aimed at products that contain traces of mercury, asbestos, formaldehyde and lead among others. Once in action, cosmetics made from a list of 20 highly toxic chemicals will be listed as "adulterated cosmetics" under the bill and would not be sold in California. {Paper

American designers share their views on Tom Ford's new CFDA post 
Designers reacted positively to the news that Tom Ford has been elected chairman of the CFDA and had a lot to say about his tasks ahead. Prabal Gurung, Kenneth Cole, Rebecca Minkoff, Marcus Wainwright and Nicole Miller told WWD that they hope Ford can empower American fashion on the global scale. While designers Adam Lippes, Stacey Bendet and Yoehlee Teng said they hope he brings excitement and innovation to the industry. {WWD

Inside the new museum exhibit that celebrates gender-bending fashion
"Gender Bending Fashion," a new exhibit at The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, marks the first time a major museum has explored the relationship between fashion and gender. Cathy Newman spoke with the show's curator, Michelle Finamore, about everything from the the ways couture blurs the line between men's and women's clothing  and why men don't wear heels more often. {National Geographic

Paul Surridge is reportedly leaving Roberto Cavalli
Paul Surridge, who succeeded Peter Dundas as the creative director of Roberto Cavalli in 2017, is said to be leaving the brand. Sources close to the English designer told WWD that he's grown increasingly frustrated because of the lack of investment in the development and refurbishment of the store network as well as in marketing and communications. An official announcement could be made as early as this week. {WWD

V&A to open exhibition on Tim Walker this fall 
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London will open "Tim Walker: Wonderful Things," the third solo show of British fashion photographer and long-time Vogue collaborator, Tim Walker on Sept. 21. British art director and collaborator Shona Heath will design the space that will showcase 150 pieces of his work. Alongside examples spanning his impressive 25-year career, the exhibition will also feature 10 pieces of brand new photographic projects, which have been inspired by the V&A's collection. {British Vogue

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