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The Brief: Jessica Alba Is Unstoppable

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Jessica Alba is having a very good week. After The Honest Company received almost $100 million in funding, it’s now said to be valued at $1.7 billion. This places her on the Forbes list of the top 40 wealthiest self-made women in the world. (Not to mention, Alba also launched Honest Beauty this week.) She recently told Allure that she may be leaving acting behind, but it sounds to us like she has a great fallback plan. Read more about how she built her company here. [Related: 3 Things You *Must* Learn About a Company Before Going on an Interview]

Harvard for the Win

When you think of Harvard Business School, fashion and beauty products may not be the first things to come to mind. But in the last eight years, HBS alums have launched at least 18 fashion and beauty startups for women, including Vixxenn, Tinker Tailor, Stich Fix, Glamsquad, Shoptiques, and Rent the Runway. Together these companies have raised an estimated $600 million. This is great to hear, considering many business schools have often struggled to recruit women to their programs. “I think it’s a friendlier place,” Marcela Sapone (’14) recently told Marie Claire. “Every day, professors get reports on their gender balance, if they’ve called on this many men versus this many women. [HBS] made a really big push for it.” A big part of it is Harvard’s close proximity to New York City, which is considered a better place for female entrepreneurs launching companies in beauty and style than Silicon Valley. [Related: The Top 50 Best Schools in America]

Back-to-School Fashion, Literally

Whether you were a cheerleader or had to wear a school uniform, there’s probably been a point in your life when you wore a short, pleated skirt. Well, those pleats are back, baby. They were quite the rage on the runways of Christian Dior and Guy Laroche. Updates for 2015: The hem has been lengthened and the pleats more defined, which means they may just be the perfect skirt for work (and not at all like the one Britney Spears made famous). With penny loafers, cable knit sweaters, and small backpacks also making comebacks for the fall, we can’t help but think there’s some kind of school trend happening. Does that mean we get recess? [Related: Here’s Your Last-Minute Summer Friday Outfit Idea]

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