Despite telling Elle's September issue, "I can't be the candy queen forever," Katy Perry appears pretty thoroughly in character on the cover. Pink — check. Glitter — check. Unnaturally colored hair — check. And don't call the pop star a role model: "I'm not going to be everything to everyone. I can't tell a person when it's time for them to have sex. Or if they should have a cigarette." Perry also says, "I'm a woman who likes to be courted — strongly." [Elle]
Karlie Kloss has two September covers to her name: Vogue UK and Vogue Japan. [FGR]
Natalia Vodianova is, for the third season in a row, the face of Stella McCartney for fall. [WWD]
Fashion has its own French-language GIF blog called "Heavens, My Press Office." It's written by a Parisian PR rep. You'll recognize the format from such forums as Ann Friedman's widely hailed Editor Real Talk blog — work-related irritation juxtaposed with apposite GIF — only this one has captions like, "When someone says 'Garance Doré, front row' at the show seating meeting" (that's the GIF at left). [Ciel, Mon Press Office]
Kanye West is reportedly returning for a third season of showing his women's wear collection in Paris this September. Relatedly, Kim Kardashian Instagrammed a photo of herself wearing a pair of boots from the rapper's last runway show. (Which was, like the first, critically panned.) [Fashionista]
- Disgraced designer John Galliano was spotted having lunch in Los Angeles, sparking rumors that he may plan to move to the city with his partner Alexis Roche. [THR]
- Victoria Beckham is reading 50 Shades of Grey with her mum:
"I'm halfway through the second one. I even bought my mum the book! But every time she tries to engage in conversation about it, I kind of dodge the subject. I don't really want to talk to my mother about S&M."
- H&M's homewares line — which is already available in Europe and the U.K. — is coming to the U.S. in 2013. [WWD]
- Diane von Furstenberg is now grandmother to four children. Her son Alex and his fiancé, Ali Kay, welcomed a baby boy named Leon (after Diane's father) in Los Angeles. [P6]
- MAC won a $90 million judgment in a New York court against Chinese-based counterfeiters behind such Web sites as themaccosmetics.com, mac2wholesale.com, maccosmeticworld.com, wholesalemacmakeup.com and cheapmakeuppick.com. Actually collecting the damages awarded in lawsuits such as this is virtually impossible — it's more about shutting down the actual domains. (But counterfeiters tend to just open new ones.) [WWD]
- Coco Rocha and her husband James Conran finally sold their Gramercy apartment, which had been on the market since 2010. The price was $1.51 million, just under the $1.52 million they paid for it in a very different real-estate market in 2008. [NYObs]
- London's second ever men's fashion week is scheduled for next January — and it partially overlaps with the more established Italian event Pitti Uomo. Pitti's organizers are not pleased. This is like a low-stakes, men's wear replay of the international contretemps over this September's show dates in New York, London, Milan, and Paris. That practically took a special diplomatic mission to resolve. [WWD]
- Teenaged heirs to the Brant/Seymour fortune Harry Brant and Peter Brant II were disappointed they couldn't roll up to the Met ball in a gold-plated Rolls Royce. "I had arranged for the baby panther and everything," says Peter. "What could be better than diamonds and exotic baby animals?" Adds his brother, "You're nobody until PETA either loves you or hates you." [VF]
- Latest news in Daffy's going out of business: it has hired a liquidator and it is said to be deciding whether it will file for Chapter 7 or Chapter 11 bankruptcy. [WWD]
- Abercrombie & Fitch saw same-store sales fall year-on-year by 10% worldwide during the quarter just ended, leading the share price to fall by 16% and the company to announce that it will slow down its planned European expansion. [WWD]
- And now, a moment with Liam Gallagher. Liam, you have a clothing line called Pretty Green. What do you think qualifies you to be a designer?
"I haven't got a favourite brand, I haven't got a favourite designer. I like what I like. I spend a lot of money on clothes so I know my s—-. In fact, I probably spend more on clothes than 90 per cent of these fashion people because they get it all for nowt."