Marion Cotillard Ditches Her Eyebrows For French Vogue CoverS

  • Vogue Paris picked Marion Cotillard for its September cover, and bleached her eyebrows. Strangely enough, the French actress has never been on the cover of Vogue Paris before, though she made American Vogue's cover last November and this July. [@VogueParisLive]
  • A clothing manufacturer called L.A. Triumph says it has been trading under the brand Material Girl since 2007, and Madonna and Iconix Brand Group — which launched the Material Girl Macy's collection last month — should quit it. Seriously: Someone is trying to take the name "Material Girl." From Madonna. [Express]
  • Celebrities generally make sure to wear some stuff from their cheap-and-nasty clothing lines outside of promotional events because otherwise they can get sued. Right, Jessica Simpson? [WWD]
  • LOVE's last two covers are Kelly Brook and a transformed, eyebrowless Sienna Miller. That makes three eyebrowless LOVE covers out of eight, and the eyebrowless Vogue Paris. (And, in fact, the eyebrowless Olga Scherer on Vogue Portugal.) Wasn't eyebrowlessness last year's trend? What gives? [Models.com]
  • Stephanie Seymour wants to question in court the private investigator she says her soon-to-be ex Peter Brant hired to dig up dirt on her. Divorce is never exactly "pretty," but this... [NYDN]
  • Robin Givhan weighs in on Essence's decision to hire a fashion editor, Elianna Placas, who is white: "Black women still need a strong voice in the fashion industry. Someone to remind Allure that kinky hair is not the same as curly hair and that dark skin is ebony, not medium brown. Someone to introduce Vogue to socialites who call Spelman and Howard their alma maters and not just Brown." But: "[Essence] treated a black woman's sense of style as though it was unique: the 'special' beauty of black women. That perspective is moving toward obsolescence. Models such as Liya Kebede and Queen Latifah have won lucrative cosmetics contracts from Estée Lauder and Cover Girl, making black beauty more mass market than ever. Black models have starred as Victoria's Secret angels — the contemporary version of a popular pin-up. Fashion designers vie to dress stars such as Beyoncé, Paula Patton and Viola Davis with the same ferocity as white ones. Black actresses regularly entrust their public image to white stylists. And designers of every race and ethnicity salivate at the prospect of dressing the first lady and a rainbow coalition of them have helped her look her best." [WaPo]
  • Louis Vuitton shot its fall travel collection ads in Africa. [TLF]
  • And Antik Batik hired photographer Thierry le Gouès to shoot in Peru. [WWD]
  • Target's Kaleidoscopic Fashion Spectacular at the Standard Hotel was, indeed, spectacular. Too bad about the homophobia. [Fashionologie]
  • Tavi, we hold you responsible for this. [E!]
  • Justin Timberlake, already the face of Givenchy's men's fragrance Play, will now be the face of Play for women, too. [WWD]
  • Miranda Kerr: Indeed carrying Orlando Bloom's baby. [People]
  • Chrissie Hynde has a new band. And a new "ethical clothing line." [WWD]
  • Theory's fall shoe collection is dribbling into stores — the thought of lace-up booties just made our ankles pant with desperation — and Style.com reports it's designed by "a certain much-followed private designer. No names." But it seems to be a woman. Who could that be? And what's the point in making it secret? [Style.com]
  • Jacqueline Bisset, 65, is the newest face of Avon. [WWD]
  • Vogue editor Lauren Santo-Domingo is founding an online trunk show company, and has already raised $1.5 million in venture capital. The idea? Streaming fashion shows online, and selling clothes right off the runway. [Fashionologie]
  • Google has quietly aborted its GStyle project. [WWD]
  • Alexa Chung says she did the initial sketches for her Madewell collection herself, and will be wearing flats to fashion week. Can flats be a trend now? Seven-inch "Actually, a car service is part of my compensation package" heels are so silly. [Refinery29]
  • Bloomingdale's is getting into the outlet business, and it opens its first outlet store near Washington, D.C., today. Most offerings are 40-60% off, but some will be priced at 80% off. [WWD]
  • Betsey Johnson is doing a licensing deal with Tweezerman. What this means on a practical level is tweezers covered in skulls and roses will go on sale September 1. [WWD]
  • The Oxford English Dictionary — the only dictionary of record, you American wretches — now recognizes "LBD" as a word. OH MY GOD, WE WERE DUPED: InStyle doesn't know the difference between the Oxford English Dictionary and the Oxford Dictionary of English. Now we feel all dirty. [InStyle, Time]
  • Gap's earnings rose 3% during the second quarter, but sales in stores open more than 12 months fell 4% compared with the same period last year. [WWD]
  • Adidas has opened an online store in China through the retailer Taobao.com. [WWD]