Must Read: Naomi Campbell Covers 'Essence''s September Issue, Victoria's Secret's Store Sales Are Down

Plus, "Interview" owner Peter Brant to pay himself $1.5 million when magazine is $3 million in debt.
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Naomi Campbell on the September 2018 cover of "Essence." Photo: Jamel Shabazz

Naomi Campbell on the September 2018 cover of "Essence." Photo: Jamel Shabazz

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Friday.

Naomi Campbell covers Essence's September issue
Naomi Campbell fronts Essence's September 2018 fashion issue. For the shoot and cover story, the ageless supermodel teamed up with Harlem couturier Dapper Dan, photographer Jamel Shabazz and André Leon Talley to showcase Dap's collaboration with Gucci around the streets of Harlem. {Essence

Victoria's Secret's store sales are down
Well, folks, it looks like the combination of lace, pretty faces and cleavage no longer draws people into Victoria's Secret stores the way it once did. The company reported its second quarter sales on Thursday, and its brick-and-mortar stores are not doing as well as its online business: Comps decreased 1 percent for stores, whereas the lingerie retailer's comps on the web rose 22 percent. {WWD

Interview owner Peter Brant to pay himself $1.5 million when magazine is $3 million in debt 
Interview will return on newsstands with a September issue, even though the company has more than $3 million in unpaid debt, thanks to legal moves by Peter Brant. The magazine owner is also pushing a speedy sale process for Interview's assets, demanding that the deal close by the end of August, a deal in which Brant has agreed to pay himself $1.5 million for a publication he already owned. {WWD

How skin-care brands are using digitally savvy marketing techniques to sell science 
There's a new wave of "clinical" or "cosmeceutical" skin-care brands that prove you don't have to have a medical degree to make dermatologist-backed products packed with potent ingredients. These brands are launching with a focus on the science behind formulations and are using digitally savvy marketing techniques, as well as Insta-friendly packaging, to capitalize on our growing obsession with skin care. {Business of Fashion

Teen retailers are banking on back-to-school shopping and the '90s
Ah, back-to-school shopping. A time when you promised your parents a semester of straight A's in exchange for the perfect pair of jeans. This year, teen retailers including Urban Outfitters and American Eagle are banking on back-to-school shopping and on new batches of '90s wares to help them recover after several quarters of sales declines. {Business of Fashion

Brands see growing opportunity for fine jewelry sales in Africa 
After years of economic turmoil, Nigeria and South Africa's financial futures are finally looking up. And now, the luxury industry is shining a diamond-adorned light on the continent as fine jewelry brands see great opportunities for the production and consumption of precious gems in Africa. {Business of Fashion

Is it time to rethink the whole language of size? 
Netflix's controversial revenge series "Insatiable" premieres Friday, and it's already been widely criticized for its shallow, body-shaming plot with heavy size-ism. In a new piece for The New York Times, Vanessa Friedman argues that it may be time to rethink the way we numerically label our bodies. {The New York Times

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