Runway Diversity or Lack Thereof, Cover Girl Michelle
  • Forget about the controversy surrounding skinny models, says Simon Doonan: Much more important is why so few black girls are seen on the runway. Meanwhile designers like Tracy Reese say they've actually noticed more women of color available from the agencies. [The Cut/NYDN]
  • More magazine has a coup for its October cover: Michelle Obama, who was slated to feature before her husband had even clinched the nomination. [WWD]
  • This Fashion Week, clothes will reflect the mood of austerity, say trendwatchers, as they did during the Depression and World War II. [Reuters]
  • Despite talents like Isaac Mizrahi, Francisco Costa, and Proenza Schouler, the New York fashion scene has no "world-beater," says Guy Trebay, but does the nature of the business these days negate the concept of the "next big thing"? [NYT]
  • Pheobe Philo, who saved Chloé from the terrible job Stella McCartney had done at the label, has been named creative director of LVMH-owned Celine. [WWD]
  • Runway looks reach the low-end stores faster than ever, even if it means getting sued by angry designers. [NYDN]