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Must Read: Victoria Beckham Covers British 'Vogue,' is Back

Plus, Gap sales are down for August.
Photo: Lachlan Bailey

Photo: Lachlan Bailey

These are the stories making headlines on Friday.

Victoria Beckham is British Vogue's latest cover star
The fashion designer and former Spice Girl fronts British Vogue's October issue. Inside, she writes an intimate letter to her younger self, entitled "What I Wish I'd Known." Peruse the Lachlan Bailey-lensed shoot and read the entire interview once the issue hits newsstands Sept. 8. {British Vogue}

Welcome back,
The former online destination for runway shows is making a comeback as Condé Nast's e-commerce platform. "From its very beginning, revolutioned fashion, making runway shows available to everyone," said Anna Wintour, artistic director of Condé Nast, Vogue EIC and board member in a press release. "It's fitting, then, that the site's newest incarnation will take that even further, giving us a glimpse right now of how we're going to shop in the future." {Fashionista Inbox}

Gap sales see August decline (and details on the distribution center fire)
Sales for August were down 3 percent versus a 2 percent decrease last year for the mass retailer, which experienced a fire in its New York distribution center earlier this week. "While it will take time to understand the full impact and cause of the fire, we have contingency plans in place and are working across our North American network of distributions centers to continue to serve our customers," said Debbie Felix, Gap Inc. spokeswoman to WWD. "Gap's ship-from-stores capabilities will also help the situation." {WWD}

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Club Monaco makes a #SeeNowBuyNow debut for NYFW
The Ralph Lauren-owned label is making its NYFW debut with a men's and women's presentation on Sept. 9, totaling 37 looks that will be immediately available for purchase in select North American stores and via the brand's e-commerce site. "Based on the evolution of Club Monaco and our New York heritage, the timing felt right for us to show at New York Fashion Week," said chief executive officer John Mehas in an interview with WWD. {Business of Fashion}

Chinese influencers love Gucci. (Like, a lot.)
In a study regarding social media engagement by global consulting firm R3 Worldwide and consumer intelligence company Bomoda, Gucci has emerged as China's favorite brand among "key opinion leaders" (a.k.a. #influencers) in the country. Dior took second place, followed by Louis Vuitton, Givenchy and Chanel.{WWD}

Authentic Brands Group buys Aeropostale
After declaring bankruptcy back in May, the fate of teen retailer Aeropostale was very much unclear. However, in a recent auction, a consortium led by Authentic Brands Group stepped up to buy the company for $250 million, keeping over 200 stores open and saving thousands of jobs. The acquisition will include Aéropostale's e-commerce and the international licensing business. {WWD

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