Victoria Beckham is on the cover of Glamour's September issue, which she guest-edited — as this staged office photo with editor-in-chief Cindi Leive obviously proves. Look at them, poring over layouts! Beckham's contributions to the magazine include the ideas for a story on "runway-ready hairstyles styled for actress Lily Collins, a fashion story with Brit band The Wanted and a beauty section devoted to bold eye makeup." Says the designer/former Spice Girl, "They were really open to my ideas, like I wanted to show Lily with not a lot of retouching." [WWD]
SIn case you were wondering whether the '90s were back: Cindy Crawford made the cover of the new Tatler. [ FashionEtc]
SCondé Nast France is launching a semi-annual Mandarin-language title targeting Chinese nationals and their tourist dollars called Vogue Travel in France. [ WWD]
SSadly, the limited-edition Wet N' Wild Saved By The Bell nail polish collection just looks like regular neon nail polish. [ SF]
S Alessandra Ambrosio talked about her recent photo shoot for LOVE with Fashionista. It took place when she was pregnant with her son, Noah:
"That was the day before I gave birth, but I didn't know I was going to give birth the next day. They asked if they could shoot me and I said, ‘Of course!' since I love that magazine, but I said, ‘You need to come as soon as possible, 'cause I don't have much time.' So they arrived and wanted to shoot the next day, but I had a feeling and said we better do it ASAP, because something could happen tomorrow. The weather was beautiful so we just went outside to the beach. The hair and make-up was on the plane to Brazil and didn't end up arriving until the next day. So I just pulled my hair back and had no make-up and wore a t-shirt with cut-offs from my closet."
- Tyra Banks says she once considered leaving America's Next Top Model. "I've thought about turning the reigns [sic] over," says the supermodel. "I had to be reminded that [ the show ] is my baby. A few years ago, I was willing to give my baby up for adoption!" Instead, she fired the judges — including Miss Jay, Mr. Jay Emmanuel, and Noted Fashion Photographer Nigel Barker — and hired a life coach to teach her how to delegate responsibilities. That, says Tyra, "has decreased my stress more." [P6]
- If you believe the Sun tabloid, Karl Lagerfeld has some unkind things to say about Pippa Middleton: "Kate Middleton has a nice silhouette and she is the right girl for that boy. I like that kind of woman, I like romantic beauties. On the other hand, her sister struggles. I don't like the sister's face. She should only show her back." The newspaper declined to specify when, where, or to whom Lagerfeld allegedly made these comments, so, you know, NaCl. [Sun]
- Sarah Jessica Parker is going to guest-star on Glee as the editor of Vogue.com. The actress also fictionally contributed to Vogue on Sex And The City. [HuffPo]
- Elianna Placas has resigned her position as fashion director of Essence magazine. Placas' hiring in 2010 shocked and disappointed some because Placas is white and women of color still do not enjoy equal employment opportunity in magazines. (Robin Givhan wrote at the time, "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.") No comment was made by the magazine on Placas' departure, and no replacement has been announced. [On The Runway]
- A Selfridges pop-up shop selling Madonna's knock-off-tastic Truth or Dare footwear line ahead of its official launch has proven the most commercially successful of any Selfridges shoe pop-up shop ever, says the store. [Vogue UK]
- Troubled company Avon, which has been facing S.E.C. and Justice Department investigations for alleged bribery of foreign officials, saw net profits drop year-on-year by 70%, to $62.7 million, during the quarter just ended. [WWD]
- True Religion reported that its net income rose year-on-year by 3.6%, to $9.8 million. Same-store sales in the U.S. rose by 2.4%, but the share price still fell by 11% on the news. [WWD]
- And now, a moment with Stella McCartney:
"I actually think that men find it just as difficult to go to work every day and leave their family."