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Kate Upton for ELLE: Too Early to Call It This Year’s Best September Cover?

Another September Issue cover: Kate Upton for ELLE, wearing a prickly expression and a neoprene dress by Lanvin, photographed by Carter Smith:

Image: Carter Smith for ELLE

Image: Carter Smith for ELLE

For the inside spread, Upton is photographed wearing a version of the same tulle Gucci gown embellished with feathers that Sarah Jessica Parker was styled in for the September Issue of Harper's Bazaar

Image: Carter Smith for ELLE

Image: Carter Smith for ELLE

And then a bonus: Here's the breakout Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover star, reclining in bed with a copy of This Book Will Save Your Life by A. M. Homes. I also find it easier to concentrate on my reading when there's a push up bra popping out of my skintight Louis Vuitton mohair sweater.

Image: Carter Smith for ELLE

Image: Carter Smith for ELLE

You can see the full fashion credits and read excerpts from the forthcoming interview over on ELLE.com. The issue hits newsstands on August 20. 

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Rumor: John Galliano to Join Oscar de la Renta’s Studio in a Permanent Capacity

Image: IMAXtree

Image: IMAXtree

This morning, WWD started a rumor, saying that John Galliano may join Oscar de la Renta in some permanent capacity ("The designer is said to be in talks with de la Renta about a more permanent position at the American fashion house"), which it then immediately contradicted with a statement from de la Renta's chief executive officer, Alex Bolen: 

“As we have said before, we are deeply impressed with John’s talent and would love to find a way to work with him in the future. To date, we have not found that way.”

(To give WWD the benefit of the doubt, let's presume the trade is going off background information, which has been verified internally, but can't be printed publicly for political reasons. Still, the publication has been known to print unsubstantiated rumors as near fact — see: Dissecting the Rumors: Marc Jacobs May Leave Louis Vuitton, But There’s No Proof He’s Going to Coach.)

The former Dior designer reemerged on the fashion scene last February, when he took a temporary position as a "designer in residence" at de la Renta's studio. Since then Galliano has made a series of high profile media appearances, including sitting for an hour-long interview with Charlie Rose (at the outset of the conversation, Rose told viewers that he'd agreed to interview Galliano at the request of their close mutual friend, de la Renta) and cooperating with a probing Vanity Fair profile

Though Galliano's made it clear that he wants a second chance, and many in the fashion industry (including Vogue editor Anna Wintour and Condé Nast International CEO Jonathan Newhouse) have expressed their support, it's uncertain whether buyers and consumers would be equally responsive to items, no matter how beautiful, bearing his name on the label. 

It's worth remembering that de la Renta's reputation is one of utter respectability: the designer has dressed every American First Lady, with the exception of Michelle Obama, for the last half century; the Clinton Presidential Library in Arkansas is currently showing a retrospective of his work. When he was recently asked about Galliano on CBS This Morning, de la Renta replied in a vague, brisk way, emphasizing that he invited the former Dior designer to his studio at Wintour's request. 

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Robert Pattinson’s $12 Million Contract for Dior Homme Consists of Sitting on a Roof

Image: Twitter/Dior

Image: Twitter/Dior

Over on Twitter, Dior posted the first campaign image of Robert Pattinson for Dior Homme Fragrance. Early reports promised foursomes, shirtlessness, tongues, model makeout sessions. The ad, pictured above, contains none of that. Since this is only the first image from the series and the French fashion house paid the Twilight actor well over $12 million to appear in this campaign, crazier stuff may still come.

But I'd just like to point out that those early reports originally appeared in The Sun. That's the same UK tabloid that dubiously reported that H&M dropped Cara Delevingne over drug use allegations. What I'm saying is, I don't know where The Sun is getting its information, but we can all say things and make them sound true. 

Like this: Robert Pattinson and I were totally texting while he was up there on that roof and he was like, "This is a fashion ad, where are the models? I was really hoping this would be my chance to get a photo of my tongue in Vogue, but they just have me sitting up here on this roof. Catering's okay though."

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Miranda Kerr and Anna Seleznova Get Punked By Mango for Fall

Besides Anna Wintour’s Met Gala gown, there’s probably nothing less punk than green smoothies and high-fashion granny panties. But that hasn’t soured yogi extraordinaire Miranda Kerr’s thoughts on the so-hot-right-now subculture – or Mango off the model.

Miranda has returned for another season as the face of the Spanish brand, this time slipping into something a little further out of her comfort zone. But if the 30-year-old mother of one is feeling weird about dressing like a fancier version of Avril Lavigne circa 2007, she’s not showing it. Mango’s Fall 2013 collection is heavy on the plaid and pinstripe with a few 90s-inspired florals thrown in for good measure, and Miranda looks just as cozy in a pair of patent creeper-style loafers as she does in the collection’s belted chiffon dress. This is the girl who pulled off sexy Japanese Santa, after all.

Standout pieces in the collection include, besides the aforementioned loafers, a series of structured woolen coats and ankle-baring pinstripe work pants. It’s a little ‘borrowed from the boys,' but not so much that you'll have the boys second-guessing their sexuality

But it’s all relative. The brand also tapped Anna Selezneva to front the catalogue for the same collection, and the Russian model’s piercing eyes and heroin chic liner are giving us a slightly stronger DGAF vibe. See a few images from the campaign and catalogue below and let us know who did the most justice to plaid.

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Watch Christy Turlington in Calvin Klein Underwear’s Fall 2013 Video Ad

Image: Mario Sorrenti for Calvin Klein Underwear

Image: Mario Sorrenti for Calvin Klein Underwear

It was big news when Calvin Klein Underwear first released the print images for the brand's fall campaign starring Christy Turlington. The American model's earlier work for the New York City design house (she first appeared on the Calvin Klein catwalk in 1987) is the stuff of fashion legend; now Turlington is 44 and still, to put it mildly, stunning. 

Image: Mario Sorrenti for Calvin Klein Underwear

Image: Mario Sorrenti for Calvin Klein Underwear

The brand has just released a video counterpart to the print ads, which is geared to sell "iconic new bras, re-imagined for every woman." Speaking personally, I'm not reaching for my wallet so much as I'm marveling over the model's good looks and Calvin Klein's ample advertising budget. I would extend my congratulations to both parties (for their bod and cash, respectively), but I'm too busy getting a contact high from the speech Turlington delivers as part of the video:

"Clothes tell a story. Sometimes it's true, sometimes it's what you want people to think. But this is what I really feel. It's not a secret, just personal. You might be surprised. Just between you and me." 

Translation: I am trying to make buying underwear seem like a meaningful, near-mystical experience. Also, we hired the same guy who did Brad Pitt's Chanel ads to write this. 

Related: You Really Shouldn’t Miss Lizzy Caplan’s Very Funny Fashion Art Film Parody Video

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From Me to You: 3 Fashions Canada Gave the World

Roots Leather Wide

I often wonder about the influence Canada has on global fashion, if at all, which is why I thought it only right that I revisit some of the fashion essentials we're responsible for. That is, the three more prominent goods that have made an international impact…

Canada Goose Parkas

As seen on: The backs of all Torontonians, even if it's plus 10, as well as New Yorkers and any explorers who've ventured to the Arctic circle.

2012 was the year of the goose and things are only about to get more duck-filled in coming months as we near winter. This Canadian staple brand has expanded internationally in recent times, shipping its wares to the Swedes and peeps of Denver, Colorado as of 2010 where they have an office based in each. In just a decade, they've seen annual revenue grow by 3,500% as Canada Goose continues to build market share in Europe, the U.S. and Asia. Plus, they keep us damn warm!

Lululemon

As seen on: Middle class yogis of L.A., U.K. and anywhere that knows what a downward dog is.

Despite its recent struggles and ideology that men want to wear their stretchy pants, Lululemon is still a $10 billion yoga empire. They've achieved this through what's become known as the scarcity model, whereby they keep a minimal supply of stock, forcing customers to grab it while they can. All at the handsome price of $75 to $125 a pop. I personally fell out of love with Lulu when I discovered Gap's activewear (and Old Navy!) at a quarter of the price.

The Roots Man/Unisex Bag

As seen on: Alan in The Hangover

Roots is perhaps one of the most iconic Canadian stores and, though it's made little impact internationally, there is a boutique on Beverly Drive (adjacent to Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles). That may be where Zack Galifanikis' character, Alan in The Hangover, got his hands on the leather village bag, which has become the brand's biggest seller. I must, however, say that I have the exact same bag and my partner still protests against carrying it while my arms are full of shopping. Maybe it isn't so beloved by the XY-ers after all.

 

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