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H&M Profits Up; Another Nude Love Cover Surfaces

• After trashgate and cottongate, H&M reported a fourth-quarter net-profit increase of 20.9 percent in 2009 from last year. Sales in December rose 15 percent. [WWD]

• Two possible covers for the next issue of Katie Grand’s Love magazine have emerged: Jeneil Williams and Lara Stone nude with strips of tape over their privates. [Fashionologie]

Ohne Titel cast octogenarian Boston socialite Marilyn Riseman and artist Tauba Auerbach to star in the label’s spring campaign. [Moment/NYT]

• Alice by Temperley, Temperley London’s new lower-priced line, hits stores in a few weeks for spring. Prices range from $130 to $820 for dresses, shorts, skirts, and more. [StyleList]

• Juniors’ denim brand L.E.I. is holding a model competition for its next campaign for girls between 15 and 21. The judges are Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Amy Astley, Rachel Roy, Chanel Iman, and Alan Ellinger, chief executive officer of Fashion Delivers. [WWD]

Rag & bone will stage separate men’s and women’s shows at New York Fashion Week. [WWD]

• Hoodies have become an “iconic” fashion item. Rick Owens pontificates, “I suspect that there’s a nomadic association that appeals to a culture that might be feeling a little overconnected and oversaturated.” [WWD]

H&M Profits Up; Another Nude Love Cover Surfaces