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Ann Taylor Profits Drop; Kate Moss’s New ‘Purple’ Cover Is Out

Kate Moss for Purple.

• Ann Taylor’s profits dropped 7.7 percent in the second quarter probably owing to the economy and an outdated image. [WWD]

• J.Crew’s accessories line got a makeover for fall. Gone are the “mittens and chunky hats,” and in are the “fine Norwegian leather, Italian calfskin handbags, metallic totes, satin fleur clutches” and “satchels with a wax patina that changes with age.” Classy! [WWD]

Kate Moss and Mario Sorrenti landed the cover of Purple’s fall/winter issue. [Fashion Addict Diary]

• Brazilian fashion is becoming increasingly popular in Europe and New York, with brands like Issa, Melissa, and Martha Medeiros getting more attention, partly with the help of celebrity fans like Eva Mendes. [Independent]

• A 90210 apparel line will launch in early 2009, including clothes, bags, and cosmetics with “iconic graphics” from the new series as well as the nineties classic. [WWD]

• Ed Westwick on his Gossip Girl character Chuck Bass’s wardrobe: “Chuck is an iconic character and the clothes are iconic. I think I rock the look well. My style has always been good. Top notch, baby. I like the glamorous indie rock look, like the Libertines. But you know, without the heroin needle sticking out of my arm.” [Jezebel]

• In case you missed Pet Fashion Week this year, here are some pictures from it (read: dogs in clothes. Yay!). [Racked]

• Kate Moss put two teepees in the backyard of her country house, and her neighbors are complaining to authorities that they’re eyesores and block their views. [Daily Mail]

• Lauren Conrad earns $75,000 per Hills episode, $10,000 more per episode than Heidi Montag. Don’t you suddenly like them so much more? [Pop Crunch]

Ann Taylor Profits Drop; Kate Moss’s New ‘Purple’ Cover Is Out