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  • Cathy Horyn of the Times takes a look at the fashion-centric novels of summer and she isn't all that impressed with what she finds. "Has the fashion plot thinned to such a degree that it's just about presenting life as a blue velvet ring box or a giant Birkin bag?" [NYT]
  • Nanette Lepore is going to advertise for the first time, and she's hired British photographer Poppy de Villeneuve for the campaign. [WWD]
  • Michelle Obama has been in touch with Isabel Toledo (left), who says she'd love the exposure of creating an inaugural outfit, should fate go the Obamas' way. Duh. [The Cut]
  • Did you think that Genevieve Jones was just a party-going clothes horse? She's like to remind you that she occasionally designs jewelry, too. [style file]