Kate Upton posed nude for something called Contributor magazine, which is a little random, but hey. Does anyone else think she looks a tad like Andrej Pejic? [Contributor]
Over on Vogue.com, Anna Wintour offers this recollection of her first American Vogue cover shoot, which featured model Michaela Bercu and was shot by Peter Lindbergh:
Michaela was wearing an haute couture Christian Lacroix jacket with a beaded cross, all very "Like a Prayer," and stonewashed Guess jeans. The jacket was actually part of a suit, but the skirt didn't fit Michaela; she had been on vacation back home in Israel and had gained a little weight. Not that that mattered. In fact, it only served to reinforce the idea to take couture's haughty grandeur and playfully throw it headlong into real life and see what happened.
Wintour says that when the issue went to the printers, they called to check that the cover wasn't a mistake. "I couldn't blame them," she writes.
It was so unlike the studied and elegant close-ups that were typical of Vogue's covers back then, with tons of makeup and major jewelry. This one broke all the rules. Michaela wasn't looking at you, and worse, she had her eyes almost closed. Her hair was blowing across her face. It looked easy, casual, a moment that had been snapped on the street, which it had been, and which was the whole point.
Here's Penelope Cruz on the cover of W. [W]
Jennifer Lopez is on the cover of InStyle. She tells the magazine, "The most important quality the man in my life should have is that he is sweet. I like the good guys." [InStyle]
Lily Collins is in the September issue of Glamour. She talks about her eyebrows. [Glamour]
Christian Siriano's latest Payless shoe collection — featuring the footwear from his fall runway show this past February — is now in stores. [Payless]
Stuart Weitzman nabbed Natalia Vodianova for its fall ads. [WWD]
Here are some photos of Laetitia Casta in a fashion spread with Choupette, Karl Lagerfeld's cat. "She is an unusually beautiful cat, and it was a lovely experience," says Casta. [V]
Model Carolyn Giles is suing Volvo for allegedly using images of her in ways that went well beyond the scope of her contract with the car company — including in one ad that ran on dating Web sites and carried a tag line that Giles feels implied she was a hooker. Giles shot a Volvo campaign in 2007, but the images were only supposed to be used to advertise one car model in one market and she was only paid for this contracted usage. She later learned that the same images of her had been used in ads for different Volvo models that ran in Europe, South America, and Asia. And in Australia, Volvo ads on a singles Web site showed her face with the captions "Rev up your love life," and "Spend a night with Swedish model of your choice!" Companies exceeding the image-rights usage clauses of their talent contracts is nothing new, but in the age of the Internet, it's a lot harder to get away with. Giles is also suing her agency, Ford, for failing to protect her interests. [DNAInfo]
Narciso Rodriguez has been named a new consultant to Banana Republic. The first collection produced under the designer's advice will hit stores in fall of 2013. [WWD]
Lady Gaga used her latest V column to extoll the importance of getting your nails did. "Know that I am judging your cuticles," she writes. [V]
Rich people are buying less clothing. Reports Women's Wear Daily:
According to...a survey of spending by those with household incomes of $100,000 a year or more, the wealthy cut the amount they spent on luxury goods and services to an average of $18,374 during the second quarter, 8.2 percent below the first-quarter level of $20,017 and 26.9 percent below the $25,150 spent during the second quarter of 2011.
Spending on luxury apparel and accessories dropped year-on-year by over 54%. Nearly three-quarters of respondents said they did not believe the recession was over. [WWD]
Nonetheless, Michael Kors had a pretty bitching quarter. In the three months just ended, the company income rose to $68.6 million (compared with $18.9 million during the same period one year ago). Revenues hit $414.9 million, up from $243.1 million, thanks to a whopping sales increase of 71.1%. [WWD]
Kate Moss harbors an interest in particle physics. At a cocktail party, she recently met Brian Cox, a physics professor and a presenter of numerous scientific programs for the BBC. "Kate was asking me some extraordinarily detailed questions about the universe. She really knows her stuff," says Cox. "She also had some questions from her daughter Lila Grace which were pretty complicated. I was impressed." [DM]
Erin O'Connor is having a comeback after two years on career hiatus. "Aside from missing the people I've built relationships with in fashion, I miss posing the most," says O'Connor. "I love the physicality of my job." [Style.com]
Today in Betsey Johnson: the designer, whose business recently went bankrupt, turned 70 and celebrated with a lavish party in New York. She and her daughter were reportedly trailed by cameras for a new reality show to be called Betsey + Lulu. [WWD]
A deal has been signed to produce the inevitable 50 Shades of Grey licensed apparel (and lingerie!). [TMZ]
Project Runway alumna Kenley Collins did a "limited-edition" lipstick and scarf set with Bésame cosmetics. [WWD]
Estée Lauder's quarterly report says net earnings rose 24.6%, to $51.2 million, and sales were up 9.3% to $2.25 billion. [WWD]
And now, a moment with Leandra Medine of the Man Repeller. Leandra, what are your favorite shoes of all time?
"My favorite shoes of all time are a pair from Alexander Wang. I got them the summer I started The Man Repeller, and I had to beg my dad to buy them for me at Barneys. They were the only shoes I had that whole summer. I love them, and they are so comfortable. Actually, I'm kidding. They're not comfortable."