Here is Benicio Del Toro holding the slack, near-dead-looking body of a naked woman on the cover of L'Officiel Hommes. Because apparently some editor or photographer pitched this idea at a meeting and the boss was all like, "Oh, how edgy!" (As opposed to "Yay, necrophilia!", like the rest of us who are not fashion magazine editors would have been.) Fashion, we will never understand your mysterious ways. [HuffPo]


Jessica Chastain made the cover of W's "Art" issue. The actress was envisioned by four different artists for the cover — George Condo, Rineke Dijkstra, Chantal Joffe, and Mickalene Thomas. It's pretty cool. [The Cut]


  • Our long national nightmare is over. Oscar de la Renta and Cathy Horyn have made up. The Times critic attended the designer's pre-fall collection last night, where she said everything was cool between them now and he said yeah, it's cool. [WWD]
  • Have some friends interested in fashion on your gift list? Colin McDowell's list of recent fashion books isn't infallible — Grace, Grace Coddington's memoir, is pretty much a dog's breakfast — but it does include a lot of winners. [BoF]
  • Fashionista has a nice story on slow fashion, and a round-up of companies that prioritize sustainability and fair labor in their production and manufacturing, for instance by using recycled or deadstock textiles, organic cotton and wool, and by manufacturing domestically. The list includes some hipster up-and-comers (The Reformation), some pricey designer brands (Alabama Chanin), and some established companies that may surprise you (Pendleton). [Fashionista]
  • Lapo Elkann and Goga Ashkenazi are dating. Elkann is an heir to the Fiat fortune and a fashion investor; Ashkenazi is a wealthy businesswoman connected with the dictatorship in her native Kazakhstan and the new owner and designer of the brand Vionnet. [WWD]
  • Bruce Weber — who attracted widespread attention earlier this year for depicting a brief kiss between two men in a video for Abercrombie & Fitch, which the brand later distanced itself from — says he didn't understand what the big deal was:
  • "I guess I just didn't think it was that big of a deal. You know, I feel like men kiss each other all the time. It doesn't have to be in a sexual context — there are all kinds of contexts where men can be physically close or intimate without it necessarily meaning that. Athletes kiss each other after games. It doesn't have to be a sexual thing."

  • And Weber sounds confident that the company might include a gay kiss in an ad for real sometime soon: "I don't see why not!" [Fashionista]
  • If you've ever looked at Ostwald Helgason's extremely cool sportswear-inspired clothes and wondered "What's that brand's story?", well, the story is the brand is run by a bickering couple named Susanne Ostwald and Ingvar Helgason. They met when they worked for the designer who made Björk's swan dress and started their self-financed line in 2008. [Telegraph]
  • Michael Kors' successful I.P.O. has other luxury brands panting in anticipation of their own giant pools of cash. Kors personally made over $117 million in the initial offering (plus another $139 million in a secondary offering), and the company's share price has risen by more than 50% in the year since it went public. Its current valuation is over $10 billion. Says one analyst, "Everybody just shakes their head at Kors and says, ‘If Michael Kors is worth that, I'm worth this.'" Tory Burch is one company often touted as a candidate for an I.P.O., along with Vince and Moncler. [WWD]
  • Model Saskia De Brauw, who stars in Yves Saint Laurent's new men's ad campaign, says she doesn't feel like a tomboy:
  • "On the contrary, I see myself as quite feminine. But many people seem to think differently about that; sometimes people mistake me for a man. In Paris I often hear 'bonjour monsieur.'"

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  • YSL is planning to open a boutique in Chicago. The company previously had one in the city, but it closed in 2010. [WWD]
  • George Kotsiopoulos of E!'s Fashion Police got himself a book deal. [WWD]
  • Liam Gallagher is going to show his almost incredible boring fashion line, Pretty Green, at the London men's fashion week. [Vogue UK]
  • An outfit called Southeastern Asset Management has overtaken Carlos Slim and Diego Della Valle as the leading shareholder in Saks Fifth Avenue. Southeastern now owns approximately a 17.8% stake in the retailer. [WWD]
  • U.K.-based online retailer ASOS reported that revenues during the quarter just ended rose year-on-year by 30%, to $271.1 million. Total sales were up by 24% in the U.K. and a whopping 57% in the U.S. [WWD]