Must Read: Jessica Simpson to Launch Activewear, Fashion Twitter Isn't What it Used to be

And Lady Gaga covers the September issue of 'CR Fashion Book.'
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And Lady Gaga covers the September issue of 'CR Fashion Book.'
Jessica Simpson on the red carpet of 'Teen Vogue''s 10th Annual Fashion University. Photo: Rob Kim/Getty Images.

Jessica Simpson on the red carpet of 'Teen Vogue''s 10th Annual Fashion University. Photo: Rob Kim/Getty Images.

These are the stories making headlines in fashion this Wednesday.

Lady Gaga covers CR Fashion Book
The latest round of September issues has not disappointed, with covers featuring Katy Perry, Kristen Stewart, Miley Cyrus, Anne Hathaway and Beyoncé. Lady Gaga, who covers CR Fashion Book, is the latest to join this illustrious roster, accompanied by an editorial the glossy says is unretouched. {CR Fashion Book}

Jessica Simpson to launch activewear, new fragrance
In an era of here-today-gone-tomorrow celebrity brands, Jessica Simpson's billion-dollar label has proven that it has staying power. Following its acquisition by Sequential Brand Groups in April, the 10-year-old company is getting ready to launch activewear as well as a new fragrance, Jessica Simpson Ten. As reported previously, freestanding brick-and-mortar stores may soon be on the way as well. {WWD}

Is Melissa McCarthy the new of face of a fashion revolution?
Did you know that Melissa McCarthy first moved to New York to study fashion at FIT, but was diverted by her burgeoning career as a comedienne? Now the Spy star is returning to her fashion roots with the launch of Melissa McCarthy Seven7, a clothing line that caters to women sizes 4 to 28. But can McCarthy lead a fashion revolution that more fully addresses the needs of most American women, the author wonders? {Washington Post}

Barneys, CFDA launch Made in New York line
To promote New York City's manufacturing sector, Barneys and the CFDA have partnered to launch a Made in New York capsule collection, featuring pieces from Altuzarra, Thom Browne, The Row, Proenza Schouler, R13, Rag & Bone and Narciso Rodriguez. {WWD}

Fashion's early Twitter adopters are phasing out
In many ways, the departures of Aliza Licht, formerly DKNY PR Girl, and Erika Bearman, formerly Oscar PR Girl, mark the end of what's come to be known as "Fashion Twitter." Though fashion insiders have yet to completely abandon the platform, Twitter is no longer the forum for lively, fashion-related conversations it once was, argues Lauren Sherman. {Yahoo Style}

Should we mourn American Apparel's imminent closure?
We all have watched American Apparel's gradual demise due to slumping sales and ongoing legal imbroglios. But should we really grieve its departure from the retail scene? Booth Moore think so. She argues that American Apparel was one of the first to tout ethical labor practices and put Los Angeles on the map as a center of fashion design and manufacturing. {LA Times}

Journelle to launch its first complete private label collection
After debuting a small capsule of robes, nighties and pajamas last year, lingerie retailer Journelle is set to launch its first full private label collection on Sept. 8. The line is made up of eight bra silhouettes that cater to different needs in a woman's wardrobe (a t-shirt bra, a deep-V plunge and a racer back, for example) as well as two bottoms to go along with each, for a debut collection of 25 items in total. Prices will fall under $100 for each piece, and the range will introduce new items in upcoming seasons. {Fashionista Inbox}

Homepage photo: Two versions of Lady Gaga's CR Fashion Book September cover. Photo: Instagram.