A practically makeup-less Kim Kardashian (whose appearance, as always, serves as a reminder to us all that she's actually really pretty underneath all that slap) is on the new cover of Marie Claire. The cover promises, "KIM KARDASHIAN REVEALS WHAT WENT ON IN HER CRAZY MARRIAGE," which, enviable restraint in not going with "KRAZY," and — catch that past tense? The cover line, with that hint of divorce, obviously implies the cover story was written after the papers had been filed — but the end of the great love story that was Kris and Kim was only announced last week, when the magazine was probably already closing. Fashion Spot commenters and Fashionista seem to be assuming that this means Kim planned her divorce and talked about it with the magazine months ago, when she must have been interviewed and photographed, knowing that the issue would drop just as the split became public. But the prospect of Marie Claire sitting on a scoop like that for months strikes us as highly unlikely. Occam's razor suggests a more prosaic explanation may be the correct one: without changing one word of the story or re-interviewing Kim, the ladymag re-wrote its cover headline at the close to imply that it had some kind of recent, inside information. A ladymag with a misleading cover line? Imagine! [TFS]
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- Sources say that Marc Jacobs is unlikely to take the top job at Christian Dior. Months of negotiations between the Jacobs camp and parent company Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy have apparently amounted to nought, "and Dior has quietly stepped up the pace and depth of negotiations with other designers. It is understood Alexander Wang, Raf Simons and Jason Wu are among some of the candidates recently approached, with Riccardi Tisci still in the mix but viewed as an unlikely appointment, given his strong momentum as Givenchy's couturier." LVMH needs Jacobs to continue his strong run at Louis Vuitton. And then there's the fact that Jacobs and his business partner, Robert Duffy, reportedly asked for eight-figure salaries. Each. Dior has been without a creative director since March, when John Galliano was fired after being arrested following a racist tirade in a Paris café. Galliano was later found guilty of using hate speech and fined. [WWD]
- Stefano Gabbana, on Madonna having a clothing line: "Maybe next season, we should sing a song." [Grazia]
- Last report from the Victoria's Secret backstage, promise: Karlie Kloss's take on Angeldom and maternity. "I look around at all these women and they have perfect bodies and they had children like three months ago. I'm like Miranda, get the heck out of here. How do you even do that? They have a secret. That's Victoria's Secret." [Fashionista]
- Giorgio Armani opened a hotel in Milan. He already has one in the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai. [WWD]
- Flame-haired street style star Taylor Tomasi Hill has been lured away from her gig as an editor at Marie Claire by Moda Operandi, the online trunk-show retailer. [NYTimes]
- Nordstrom had a good quarter. Earnings rose to $127 million, compared with $119 million in the same period one year ago. Same-store sales rose by 7.9%. [WWD]
- Also posting healthy results: Richemont, the parent company of Chloé, Dunhill, and Cartier, which saw profits for the first six months rise 10.1%, to $1.01 billion. [WWD]
- But the biggest increase of all was at Dillard's, where third-quarter profits, at $26.6 million, were 85% higher than last year. [WWD]
- And now, a moment with Dutch new face Marte Mei Van Haaster. What are you reading, Marte?
"Well, I'm reading a lot of Google maps and call sheets, but it's starting to get predictable. I enjoyed reading Kafka on the Shore, The Kite Runner, and The Boy in The Striped Pajamas."