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  • Alessandra Ambrosio looks shockingly like Lara Stone on the September cover of LOVE. [Facebook]
  • Pakistan's devastating floods, which have affected upwards of 20 million people, have also ravaged the country's cotton crop. The cotton harvest was about to begin, but now 10-30% of the total crop has been destroyed. That's about 1-3 million bales. The economy in the affected provinces depends heavily on cotton. [WWD]
  • Meanwhile, in Russia, the forest fires and their blanket of toxic, rancid-smelling smoke are hurting the retail sector. [WWD]
  • Target, which gave $150,000 to a Minnesota gubernatorial candidate who strongly opposes marriage equality, has declined to give any comparable donation to pro-gay rights groups. [Politico]
  • Simon Doonan is doing a collection of Halloween costumes for Target. We repeat: Simon Doonan is doing a collection of Halloween costumes for Target! [WWD]
  • Kim Kardashian said to Allure of her sex tape, "It was humiliating. But now let's move on. Not that I don't think it's no one's business, but I think I've done a good job with replacing negative things with positive things." If she replaced a few negatives with positives in that sentence, it wouldn't almost not be total nonsense. [JustJared]
  • Meanwhile, her sister Khloe's rumored unisex perfume with Lamar Odom is actually going to happen. Odom announced the deal and said it might be named "Unbreakable;" Kourtney Kardashian said, "Baby, I dunno, we're still working on it." Whatever it's called, it'll be in department stores next February. [WWD]
  • Hillary Duff, Alicia Keys, and Chelsea Clinton have one thing in common besides recently entering into holy matrimony: they each wore wedding dresses by Vera Wang. [WWD]
  • Kate Moss plays a rubber dominatrix in winged eye makeup in the new issue of i-D. [ONTD]
  • The U.S. Department of Labor has released a list of products and industries that rely extensively on child labor, including indentured or bonded child labor. They include: cotton from Benin, Burkina Faso, China, Tajikstan, and Uzbekistan; carpets from Nepal and Pakistan; diamonds from Sierra Leone (right, Naomi?); and apparel from India. "It was not a pleasant thing when we found ourselves on the list," says the head of an Indian apparel industry group. Surely even less "pleasant" is, you know, actually being a child who works as a glorified slave in a firetrap of an apparel factory. [WWD]
  • Photographer Andreas Lazslo Konrath took pictures backstage at fashion weeks around the world this past spring, and the portfolio that emerged — featuring candid shots and portraits of such individuals as Karl Lagerfeld, Diane von Furstenberg, Alber Elbaz, Karlie Kloss, and Coco Rocha — is breathtaking. [NYMag]
  • Shoe designer Bruno Frisoni says he stopped making platforms because they "were everywhere at every price in every country with every kind of people wearing them. It's not extreme or refined anymore to me." Also, this is his definition of luxury: "it's about really beautiful things that are unique, a pleasure to buy, not about price. Look at the new cars that are coming out, like the Mercedes SLS with its winged doors. I love that car!" [WWD]
  • The North Circular, the knitwear company co-founded by model Lily Cole, Katherine Poulton, Alice Ashby, and Isobel Davies, has been shortlisted for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' Good Business Awards, which the organization gives to businesses that treat animals ethically. [Vogue UK]
  • Pharrell Williams, Marc Jacobs, and...a basketball player we cannot identify...share a spread with a bunch of models with interesting hair in the September issue of American Vogue. [TLF]
  • Alessandra Facchinetti, who was abruptly fired from Gucci and then from Valentino, has been rumored to be working with Tom Ford on his forthcoming namesake women's wear line. But this story doesn't mention that — it just says she's been holidaying in New York to practice ballet and go to MoMA. [Vogue]
  • Designer Luella Bartley, whose namesake collection shut down in late 2009, has written a book about English style. It comes out in October. [Vogue UK]
  • Saks Fifth Avenue, which lost $54.5 million in the second quarter of last year, lost only $32.2 million during the second quarter of this year. [WWD]