Vogue's New Cover, Oscar's Mea Culpa

• The model-centric cover of the May issue of Vogue—timed to coincide with the model-centric Costume Institute Gala, of course—has been revealed. And for the third month in a row, a black woman (Liya Kebede) makes an appearance. [Style.com, The Cut]
Oscar de la Renta appeared on The View today to try and dig himself out of the giant PR hole that followed his not-so-sweet comments about Michelle Obama in recent weeks. [Jezebel]
• Speaking of the First Lady, she's added a full-time makeup artist to her traveling entourage, just in case you happen to be keeping tabs on the White House payroll. [NYP]

• No rioting erupted at Saturday's casting call for America's Next Top Model, although there was still plenty of misery to go around anyway. [NYT]
• More bad news for Barneys: Standard & Poor's downgraded the retailer today based on "concerns about its cash position." [Crains]
• Just because a bunch of retailers have gone bust recently doesn't mean their brands will be disappearing completely. Long live Linens n' Things! [NYT]
Phillip Lim, Richard Chai, Henry Holland and a handful of other designers have been recruited to design a white t-shirt for Topman. [Pipeline]
• Trovata sued Forever 21 for ripping off its designs more than two years ago, but it looks like the case will finally make it to court next month. [WWD]
Uma Thurman is the new face of Parfums Givenchy. [SW]
• Photos of Leighton Meester from Terry Richardson's colorful spread for T magazine this past weekend, in case you missed it. [Pipeline]
• The boyfriend suit is back. Good to know! [NYT]