Harper's Bazaar shot Miranda Kerr for a fall fashion editorial showcasing boots. As should be obvious, the magazine really wanted the boots to be the focus of the spread. So Kerr is depicted naked. Having Kerr be nude to sell boots is far from "gratuitous" or "objectifying" or "tired and obvious"; it is an aesthetic choice completely justified — nay, demanded! — by the subject matter of the story. Exactly how else are you supposed to advertise boots, hm? (This is, incidentally, the second time this week we've seen Kerr's business.) So just look at those boots. Look long and hard at those boots. Do you think you'll be buying any boots this season? Boots. [HB]

Here is Lady Gaga Photoshopped as RuPaul on the cover of Vogue. Or maybe it's RuPaul Photoshopped as Lady Gaga on the cover of Vogue. Either way, you're welcome! [WOW]

This is Jennifer Lopez wearing some t-shirts from Teeology, the new Threadless-for-rich-people crowd-sourced Internet t-shirt boutique she both invests in and fronts. [WWD]

In this ad for her Marks & Spencer lingerie line, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley describes the goods as "young and modern" but also "classic and sexy" and "buzzword and buzzword." [YouTube]

Here are some hilarious pictures of Zac Efron modeling for some denim line nobody has ever heard of. [The Gloss]

For the first issue of cult boutique Opening Ceremony's new annual magazine thing, the folks behind our favorite art/fashion site DIS styled and shot a fashion spread featuring Carol Alt and Pat Cleveland racewalking. The sport/fashion thing (and heightening the unreality of fashion photography with Photoshop) is exactly up DIS's alley. [The Cut]

Interview did a fashion shoot themed around the male hookup app Grindr. It features America's Next Top Model judge Rob Evans (right). [Interview]

Marchesa is launching a perfume. [WWD]

Reem Acra also has a fragrance that will go on sale in October. The ad features Crystal Renn, allegedly — she's so Photoshopped we didn't recognize her. It is believed to be Renn's first fragrance campaign. [WWD]

And in yet more news of smelly things, Chanel is launching a new scent called Coco Noir. [WWD]

  • If Ryan Lochte indeed gets a clothing line, Brad Goreski would please, please, please like to style the ad campaigns. [The Cut]
  • J.C. Penney — which is in the middle of a difficult restructuring — lost $147 million in the quarter just ended. Executives from the company took four of the top 10 spots on Women's Wear Daily's annual list of the highest-paid U.S. apparel and retail executives; total 2011 compensation for just those four people, including newish C.E.O. Ron Johnson, was more than $1.4 billion. The company has also cut more than 1,000 jobs, not even counting store associates. Johnson's strategy has been to lower prices slightly but hold fewer actual sales. The quarter was a rotten one: same-store sales decreased year-on-year by 21.7% and total sales were down 22.6%. Online sales fell by a whopping 32.6%. "While business continues to be softer than anticipated, we are confident the transformation of J.C. Penney is on track," says Johnson. "We will stay the course." He now says he expects growth to resume in early 2013. [WWD]
  • Nordstrom's quarterly earnings, meanwhile, were still comfortably in the black but declined 11% year-on-year to $156 million. Nordstrom Rack saw particularly strong growth, with same-store sales rising 7.7%. [WWD]
  • Something called Harry Styles might be dating model Cara Delevigne. [Daily Mail]
  • In further evidence that designer accessories are really fucking profitable in general (and that designer shoes are really fucking overpriced in particular), three top U.S. department stores are revamping or have recently revamped their shoe departments: Barney's New York, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Macy's Herald Square flagship, which now claims to have the largest shoe floor in the world with 280,000 pairs. [WWD]
  • James Middleton, an actual Middleton sibling of the Middleton family, attended Mischa Barton's clothing line launch party in London. [Hello!]
  • Cambodian garment workers went on strike at an apparel factory in Malaysia that's part of a company that manufactures for such brands as Saks, Nike, Oshkosh, ASICS, Fila, Disney, and Umbro. Indonesian and Nepali workers employed by the same factory also engaged in industrial action. At issue was the company's alleged failure to pay its employees for more than a month — and its failure to pay the contracted daily rate of 26 Malaysian ringgits, or $8.35. Instead, workers were paid a daily rate of only 21 ringgits, or $6.74. And the company was docking each worker's pay by 130 ringgits ($41.75) per month for room and board at the company dormitory. When workers rejected a new contract offer, they were allegedly locked in the factory by management. [WWD, Phnom Penh Post]
  • Move over, Kim Kardashian: Mariah Carey has signed on to lend her name to two O.P.I. nail polish collections that will drop over the next year. [WWD]
  • Donna Karan likes to vacation at her house in Turks and Caicos. If you had a house in Turks and Caicos, we'd wager you would vacation there, too. [VF]
  • Sephora is reopening three Manhattan stores — Union Square, Columbus Circle, and SoHo — after renovations. The shops feature a revamped perfume counter and employees will wear new uniforms designed by Prabal Gurung. Nail artist Naomi Yasuda (that's Tracie's manicurist!) will be performing live demonstrations of nail art designs at the Union Square Sephora on Saturday. [NYDN]