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Photographs of Jacobs appear in the last pages of the book, where he appears lying across an oversize teddy bear in one image and draped in black rope in several others. ("His photographs were not retouched," a Visionaire staffer added.) Jacobs is no stranger to baring it all: He appeared naked on the September cover of Out magazine, and on the cover of WWD in September 2006, along with his business partner, Robert Duffy, to raise awareness of skin cancer. And Jacobs hasn't posed naked only when he's fit — the designer also bared all for Vanity Fair in the Nineties.
Voyeurs and others can buy the issue for $375 beginning in early October; 2,500 copies will be printed. But before sulking at the hefty price tag, consider "Private" will be sold in a limited edition Louis Vuitton gold monogrammed case. At least they thought to dress the book up, even if its subjects inside aren't. — Stephanie D. Smith
DONATELLA REALLY WORKS: The cover of The New Yorker's semiannual style issue is a play on the old woman who lived in a shoe, this time with a massive pink platform mary jane invading the footwear neighborhood. Articles and fashion editor Susan Morrison said the cover, drawn by Bruce McCall, was inspired by seeing the shoe "practically everywhere — in our cafeteria, in magazines, on the street." Elsewhere in the issue, Lauren Collins profiles Donatella Versace, the product of a year of spending time with the designer, Morrison said. "[Versace's] external image is like a cartoon character, a disco-queen party girl. But what you learn in the story is that in fact the reality belies that image. She's an incredibly diligent, hardworking designer who has added her own signature to Versace." There's also a profile of Paper magazine editor Kim Hastreiter, whom Morrison termed the "guardian of the last fragments of downtown."