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Photo: Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Photo: Christian Vierig/Getty Images

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Monday. 

Instagram’s decision to hide ‘likes’ is good for influencers

Instagram is implementing a new policy that would remove likes from being displayed publicly, though the user would still be able to see the number of likes generated by each post. After testing the new policy in a few countries abroad, the platform’s CEO Adam Mosseri announced that testing would resume in the U.S. starting this week. Some believe that hiding likes will lead to positive outcomes for influencers, followers and marketers and would give influencers more control over their follower data. {Business of Fashion}

Brands are beginning to phase out leather

After almost completely phasing out fur, the fashion industry has started to rethink its leather production based on the shift of consumers’ sentiment toward the material. In the U.S., 23% of customers voted that leather is an inappropriate material to use in clothing and have become more content with leather alternatives. {Vogue Business}

Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star’s makeup collab earned $54 million

YouTube stars Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star collaborated on a makeup collection that launched on Nov. 1 and generated a total Media Impact Value of $54 million. The Shane x Jeffree Conspiracy Collection – which is currently sold out on Jeffree Star’s website – is priced at $210 and consists of two eye-shadow palettes, a liquid lipstick set, a lip balm, a lip gloss, makeup bags and mirrors. {WWD}

Was the purchase of Barneys New York by Saks a good idea?

After the sale of Barneys New York to Saks’s parent company Authentic Brands Group, many have started to question what the Barneys-at-Saks hybrid will be and whether it will make sense for the customer whose loyalties lie with each retailer.  {The New York Times}

The billionaire family behind fast-fashion retailer Boohoo

In 2006, Mahmud Kamani and Carol Kane created Boohoo, the U.K.’s fast-growing fast-fashion retailer that is now valued at more than $3.8 billion. Dominating the fast-fashion industry, Kamani has become one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country and is now worth $1.5 billion. {Business Insider}

Hearst magazines staffers are unionizing 

Employees at Hearst are forming a union with the Writers Guild of America East, becoming one of the largest new unions in media. The union will encompass editorial, photo, video and social media employees across 24 publications including Elle, Cosmopolitan, Town & Country, Esquire and more. {The Daily Beast}

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