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Marc Jacobs Introduced Katie Grand to Downton Abbey; A Louis Vuitton Handgun?

Bella Heathcote for <em>Vogue</em> Australia.
Bella Heathcote for Vogue Australia. Photo: Will Davidson/Vogue Australia

• Katie Grand on how she came to know Lady Mary, Lady Edith, and Lady Sybil (each featured on the latest issue of Love magazine): “I really wasn’t interested in Downton Abbey at all … But around September last year Marc Jacobs kept saying I’d love it and that I had to watch it. So I tried watching the Christmas special and couldn’t get into it. But then I was ill in January and started at the beginning and became addicted. I’ve now watched it three times over!” [Grazia]

• A company named Machine Guns Vegas created a Louis Vuitton handgun with a monogrammed grip. Louis Vuitton released the following statement: “Louis Vuitton is in no way associated with this company. We do not manufacture gun grips and do not condone the alteration of our creations in any way.” See you in, uh, court? [Fashionista]

• It’s another September cover already. Bella Heathcote fronts Vogue Australia, as photographed by Will Davidson. [Design Scene]

• A bunch of Russian media outlets got worked up over the lacy and lingerie-showing dress that 17-year-old Ukrainian honor student Anastasia Fomenko wore to her high-school graduation. Supposedly, Anastasia wanted to channel Lady Gaga, so it could’ve been worse. Much worse. [TheGloss]

• J.C. Penney revealed its branded shops-in-shop concept at its Manhattan Mall store on Monday, along with mobile checkout on Penney’s new stack of iPads. [WWD]

• Chanel, Inc. and Louis Vuitton alumna Iana dos Reis Nunes is the Row’s new vice-president of global communication. [WWD]

• Opening in London: Victoria’s Secret, at long last. [Telegraph UK]

Katie Grand on Downton Abbey; Vuitton Handgun?