Beyoncé is rumored to have been shot for the March cover of Vogue. Annie Leibovitz is believed to be the photographer, and the shoot supposedly took place last week. If this rumor is true, it would be the singer's second Vogue cover. The March issue will hit newsstands in late February, which would be propitious timing given Beyoncé's headlining performance at the Superbowl early that month. Plus, as Fashionista reminds us, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and their daughter Blue Ivy have yet to pose together as a family for any magazine — and Vogue might just be the publication that could land that kind of exclusive. There is also the matter of the album Beyoncé is expected to release in 2013. [NYDN]

Valentino got Sarah Moon to shoot its spring campaign, which looks dreamy. [WWD]


Like many of you, Milla Jovovich spent her holidays looking through old family albums. She put this childhood picture on Instagram, adding, "Found this old baby pic if me from Russia in the 70's! So depressing n communist!" [MoonMadness1217 via ONTD]

Erin Fetherston cooks pumpkin soup with her mother in the latest episode of Fashionista's online cooking show, Haute Cuisine. [Fashionista]


  • Because the holiday shopping season failed to meet most retailers' expectations, stores are banking on post-Christmas sales to bring the crowds and the revenue. "There's so much at stake with post-Christmas. We'll see," said an anonymous retail C.E.O. Because of generally soft sales in the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas, "I suspect there is a lot of inventory out there and a lot of good things to buy on sale." [WWD]
  • The luxury category is still expected to do pretty well, however:
  • Luxury goods manufacturers won't retain the immunity from tough global economic conditions they've enjoyed for the past two years in 2013, but they'll still grow and hang on to their decent credit metrics, said Standard & Poor's Ratings Services today.

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  • Today is the one month anniversary of the Tazreen Fashions factory fire in Bangladesh, which claimed the lives of more than 111 garment workers. Bangladesh, which has one of the lowest minimum wages ($43/month) in the world, has grown to become the world's second-largest exporter of apparel after China. But lax safety standards and enforcement mean that preventable fires and other deadly industrial incidents are common. A report on the fire commissioned by the Bangladesh Manufacturers and Garments Association — one of several governmental and industry reports into the disaster — that was due on December 21 is now overdue. Garment workers began a series of strikes after the fire, which had a higher death toll than it might have because the building lacked fire escapes and sprinklers and because managers ordered many workers to stay at their stations even as the building went up in flames. Workers are upset that no official action has yet been taken against the factory owners. And international labor groups are calling for accountability. "It is a little depressing that everyone is trying to distance themselves from the situation," says Sam Maher of Labour Behind the Label. "The government says it is sabotage, the brands are saying it's not their responsibility, the factory owner says he did not know about the situation. It's important that action is taken to see that this does not happen again." [WWD]
  • A Cambodian town governor who shot three striking garment workers will not face charges in connection to the incident. The three victims, who worked at a factory that produces apparel for brands including Puma, required hospitalization (one in intensive care) and face lingering health problems because of their injuries, according to local human-rights groups. The court cited insufficient evidence in dropping the charges. The move has been met with criticism from Cambodian activists. [WWD]
  • At the next men's fashion week in Florence, International Herald-Tribune fashion writer Suzy Menkes will honored with the city's Fiorino d'Oro award, which is given "to international personalities who have distinguished themselves and contributed to the society's social and cultural development." [WWD]
  • Here's a list of folks in fashion to follow on Instagram that we are in no way mentioning here because it includes us, no way, absolutely not, no-sir-ee-bob. [Refinery29]
  • A museum show called "Arrgh! Monsters of Fashion" is opening in Paris. [WWD]
  • Lady Gaga says Terry Richardson is making a documentary about her life, anti-Cathy Horyn rants, thoughts on shoes — and YOU, her fans. [Fashionista]
  • Fiat heir and global man-about-town Lapo Elkann has published a 192-page book about personal style. It is presently available only in Italy. [WWD]
  • In other news of fashion and publishing, Louis Vuitton commissioned a gaggle of French authors to write short stories that involve a Louis Vuitton trunk. These will be published together in a book this March. [WWD]