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  • Janet Jackson is the newest face of Blackglama. [WWD]
  • Looks like it was the stupid Internet rumor posted on an unconvincing-looking site that it appeared to be, after all: fragrance giant Coty denies it is working with Lady Gaga on a perfume. [WWD]
  • Peter Kaplan, the former editor of the Observer, has been named the head of Fairchild Fashion Group, which publishes Women's Wear Daily, among other titles. [WWD]
  • It wasn't just the episode length that got supersized: there are a whopping 17 contestants on Project Runway's eighth season. If you want to pretend to care about them now, here are their bios and assorted video content. One is named "Casanova"! [Lifetime]
  • Tommy Hilfiger is launching a new brand called, simply, "Tommy." The company intends it to be a competitor to Gap, American Apparel, and Abercrombie & Fitch, with less of a preppy feel than the main lines. "Tommy gives us more flexibility and freedom to do something truly conceptual," said Hilfiger. Items will start at $24 for knits, $59 for denim, and $139 for women's outerwear. [WWD]
  • Photographer Inez van Lamsweerde: "I can't say that I like it when an image is retouched to death, or when the person doesn't look like themselves any more. When it comes to retouching wrinkles, we try to be as conservative as possible. But it is part of our culture now: we have all become avatars." [Guardian]
  • Beyoncé's still promoting L'Oréal lippy. [TLF]
  • Ten dresses worn by Princess Di are to be displayed at the Bath Fashion Museum later this month. [WWD]
  • Doutzen Kroes, 25, is three months pregnant by her boyfriend of just under one year, Sunnery James. He is a D.J. And she is, you know, a Victoria's Secret model. [Fashionologie]
  • The couple told the Post they have been engaged since February and intend to marry later this year. [P6]
  • Tatiana Cotliar filmed a brief snippet of video backstage at the Chanel and Valentino couture shows in Paris. [The Cut]
  • Inditex, the owner of the Zara chain, is expanding aggressively. The company opened 98 stores in 29 countries in the first quarter — that's, like, American Apparel in 2007-style numbers — and it plans to open its first Australian stores later this year. The Australian licensee is believed to be the son of the guy who owns Just Jeans and Portmans, among other brands. [WWD]
  • Taylor Jacobsen says she spent all her babysitting money in 8th or 9th grade on one of those nylon Prada handbags. (Remember when a designer bag could be had for a year's worth of babysitting money, instead of a year's worth of mortgage payments?) "I hate kids," she says. "I have no idea why people would let me watch their children. I only did it a few times." [The Cut]
  • Uniqlo's parent company, Fast Retailing, along with a subsidiary of the Grameen Bank, is launching a non-profit initiative in Bangladesh to create jobs for garment workers. Grameen Uniqlo Inc. will produce low-cost clothing for low-income families in Bangladesh. Most of the items will cost close to $1, and the project begins in October. [WWD]
  • Whole Foods, starting in June of 2011, will no longer sell personal care and grooming products that make claims about their organic provenance, if those claims are not actually certified by either the USDA's National Organic Program or a non-profit that also certifies organic ingredients. The move was greeted appreciatively by the president of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, who is actually named David Bronner. "Right now we're being drowned out by all these cheaters," says Bronner. "But this has the potential to be a game changer." It is unknown whether the soap's claim to be "magic" will be subjected to verification. [NYTimes]
  • St. John is adding jewelry to its offerings, starting in spring with a full collection to follow for fall. Prices will range from $300-$1,000, but the sketch the company provided looks like an arts & crafts project made by one of the slower campers. [WWD]
  • Giles Deacon will show his namesake collection at London fashion week this season, instead of Paris, where he has shown for several seasons. As the new creative director of Emanuel Ungaro, Deacon will present that collection in Paris, however. [Vogue UK]
  • H&M's same-store sales jumped 9% in the month of June, compared with one year ago. In May, same-store sales had fallen 4%. [WWD]
  • China's GDP only grew 10.3% in the second quarter, amid the government's efforts to cut inflation. Capitalism: still doing some stuff for some people, somewhere. [WWD]
  • Google is collecting information from fashion bloggers about how they use social media as part of an internal project the company calls "GStyle." Google also wants Tommy Ton and Garance Doré to speak to its New York offices. [Fashionista]
  • Meanwhile, J.C. Penney is marketing its back-to-school selections aggressively on Facebook, and it gave six haul vloggers $1,000 in gift certificates and directed to film haul videos of Penney's stuff. "Hauls is the next evolution," said Mike Boylson, the company's executive vice-president and chief marketing officer. "They're starting to replace bloggers." [WWD]