Above, Katie Holmes is on the new cover of Elle magazine — meaning the normally sleepy August issue is bound to be a big seller. Though the interview and photo shoot happened some six weeks before the actress filed for divorce from Tom Cruise, the magazine appears to be scrambling to highlight passages of its cover story that could be seen as pertaining to...something about Tom Cruise, marriage, or whatever. (Kind of like how Marie Claire slapped that divorce-related cover lie on its December cover, which hit newsstands days after Kim Kardashian announced her intention to divorce that tall felluh.) "Katie didn't speak about Tom in a lovey-dovey way at all," a "source" from the magazine tells the New York Post. "She deflected the Tom questions and brought them around to herself." In response to a question about being in her 30s, Holmes said, "I feel sexier. I think in my 20s, it's like you're trying too hard to figure everything out . . . I'm starting to come into my own. It's like a new phase." A new phase! That's a vague enough phrase that it could mean just about anything, but let's all just opt to believe that Katie Holmes was signaling her imminent desire to leave Tom Cruise via generic answers to softball magazine questions. That seems highly likely. [Elle, NYPost]
Holmes & Yang, the clothing line Holmes has with stylist Jeanne Yang, will be shown at New York fashion week for the first time this coming September. The company plans a small presentation. [WWD]

Christian Louboutin designed this shoe as "a modern-day Cinderella slipper" because Disney is re-releasing Cinderella on Blu-ray. [WWD]

Anna Wintour met with a man who looks an awful lot like disgraced Dior designer John Galliano at the Ritz in Paris. [The Cut]

Chloe Sevigny is the face of Miu Miu for fall. Women's Wear Daily points out that Sevigny has actually fronted a Miu Miu campaign before, in 1996. [WWD]

Fashionista has a round-up of 25 apparel brands that manufacture in the U.S. While the list is frustratingly light on hard numbers — sales volume, percentage of goods manufactured domestically, percentage of textiles made domestically — and has some dubious inclusions (Levi's, which pays its Cambodian garment workers $61 per month for working six eight-hour days per week, makes the list on the grounds that it produces "much of" its "high-end line" in the U.S.), it's still an interesting guide. Chris Benz, Jason Wu, and Rodarte make the list, along with emerging designers like Katie Ermilio. [Fashionista]

  • An anonymous sample sale bouncer — the guy who keeps order in the line outside and ensures that the venue does not become overcrowded — talked to Racked about customer bribery, people who try clothes on without underwear, and friendships that end over a shared desire to possess the very last size 37 ponyhair pumps. And, sample-sale-shopping New Yorkers, this is the kind of competition you're dealing with: "I made friends with a girl who works in the Diamond District. I helped her out, and she was so happy she went back to the shop and she got me a ring with diamonds in it. I got a pair of earrings from another customer. She worked for a jewelry shop." Still, he says, "You don't have to bribe me; just be nice." [Racked]
  • J Brand is said to be mulling an IPO. [WWD]
  • An exhibition dedicated to the style of the James Bond franchise is opening in London. It includes costumes, set designs, and props — and a lot of Sean Connery's conduit cut suits. [AP]
  • Model Jessica White's début album may be released this coming fashion week, in September. [P6]
  • Prabal Gurung would like you to know that he is not dead. A hoax story by the "Global Associated News" was published claiming that the designer had been killed in a car crash "on Interstate 80" between "Morristown and Roswell." (Identically worded stories from the same source have in past claimed the deaths of David Guetta, DJ Pauly D, David Beckham, and Usher, among others.) Gurung took to his Twitter to assure the public that he is still alive. "I found out about the alert when my fam n friends called me worried n crying just now," he wrote. He told the Post, "I wish the parties involved in this hoax had some empathy for those who are at the receiving end of this prank." [NYPost]