Nicole Kidman's new V cover is a fold-out — a vertical fold-out, in case the above-the-fold cover didn't offer enough of her buck-naked ass cheeks for your personal liking. Inside, we have questionable use of blue eyeshadow, nudity. It's the travel issue, so all of these styling choices make perfect sense. [The Cut]
- Nike is ending the practice of midnight releases for new sneakers because shoe-obsessed men keep getting into fights while in line. The Wall Street Journal jogs our memories:
In February, Foot Locker canceled a release of the $220 Nike Air Foamposite basketball shoe after more than 100 Orlando police in riot gear were sent to break up fights among a crowd that formed outside a Florida mall ahead of the sneakers' midnight launch.
Last December, Seattle police arrested one man and used pepper spray on another 20 customers who began fighting outside of a mall, as 1,000 shoppers lined up for the 4 a.m. release of $180 retro Air Jordan XI Concord sneakers.
Under the new guidelines for authorized Nike sellers like Dick's Sporting Goods and the Foot Locker, the company is banning pre-sales for in-demand products like new sneakers, and the display of photos or descriptions of new shoes before they go on sale. [WSJ]
- H&M is opening its biggest store in the world, a 57,000 square foot behemoth, in New York City. [WWD]
- David's Bridal is getting bought by a private-equity firm for around $900 million. [NYPost]
- Apparel and jewelry companies are upset by new Securities and Exchange Commission rules requiring companies to disclose it when they use tin or gold sourced from the Democratic Republic of Congo. On the one hand, the trade in those minerals funds armed groups and contributes to the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis in the region, which has already killed 5.4 million people. But on the other hand, finding out where the tin that goes in your zipper pull and the gold that goes in your necklace comes from is really hard!
"It is very complicated to get that much supply chain visibility," said David French, senior vice president of government relations at the National Retail Federation. "Most of these minerals can be smelted and transformed multiple times…and tracking them all the way back to the source is complicated."
- A drug rehab center is sponsoring a New York fashion week after-party and a two-day editor gifting suite. Sounds appropriate. [Fashionista]
- Carlos Slim, the Mexican billionaire and New York Times daddy warbucks, dumped about 1.5 million of his 25 million shares of Saks Fifth Avenue. The price was around $11.75/share. [WWD]
- Diane von Furstenberg has been named number 33 on Forbes' annual list of the world's most powerful women. That's just one spot ahead of former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark, who currently heads the U.N.'s Development Program, five spots ahead of Jennifer Lopez, and 12 spots ahead of Burberry C.E.O. Angela Ahrendts. Anna Wintour trails at number 51. [Forbes]
- Phillip Treacy will be showing at London Fashion Week in September. The milliner has not staged his own show for twelve years, instead opting to concentrate on creating hats for others designers' shows, most notably Christian Dior. [Hello!]
- New Zealand-born, New York-based designer Rebecca Taylor is planning to open her company's first store in the U.K. Kate Middleton wears lots of Rebecca Taylor stuff, so that makes sense. [Vogue UK]
- Cambodian garment workers at a factory that produces for Gap Inc. have alleged that their boss withheld bonuses and opportunities for needed overtime from female employees who didn't want to sleep with him. Around 2,500 workers at the factory have been striking since August 11 because the company refuses to fire the allegedly sexual harass-y boss. [WWD]
- If you've ever wondered why it is exactly that all the women on Fox — anchors, reporters, guests — wear so much damn makeup, the Atlantic is on it. And it might have something to do with the fact that Roger Ailes used to be a Broadway producer. [The Atlantic]
- Uniqlo is adding e-commerce in the U.S. this fall as part of its North American expansion strategy. [Racked]
- Andreas Melbostad has been named the new creative director of Diesel Black Gold, the company's high-end line. [WWD]
- If you are going to start a street-style blog about your college (which: shouldn't you have better things to do with your time? Like learning stuff? Or drinking? You're in fucking college), you shouldn't call it "The Campus Sartorialist." That name's taken, bro. [TDB]