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Beyonce Covers The Gentlewoman

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Following her recent Super Bowl halftime show performance, here's Beyoncé photographed by Alasdair McLellan for the cover of The Gentlewoman, a completely different kind of platform. The biannual style publication has a singular reputation in the world of magazines: it's known for its wit and impeccable sense of style — a magazine for women but not a women's magazine in the conventional way. 

Even though the mag ran a cover of Adele two years ago (the singer was also photographed by McLellan), the biannual doesn't typically feature such big-name mainstream stars. Beyoncé is a major "get" for a publication like The Gentlewoman, but it's also in a way a big "get" for Beyoncé: the superstar can entertain millions of people at a football championship but then somehow, she still has something new to reveal about herself to a thoughtful, small-circulation British fashion journal.  

Beyoncé for President 2016 and I'm only sort of kidding. 

The Buzz Guide to NYFW Feb 2013

NY Fashion Week: Girl’s Best Friend Diary, Day 8 — Gym Wear

To know me is to know that I’m not a person you want to be around if I don’t manage to get in an hour of yoga or a Barry’s Bootcamp class at least every other day. Unfortunately, neither of those things are all that conveniently located (one being all the way on the Upper East Side and the other being in Chelsea), so the only way to make it work on a busy day is to pack lightweight essentials with me so that I can run over at a moment's notice.

I have a pronating foot (my foot points slightly outwards when I run), so I need to run in a stability shoe when possible, but those tend to be bulky and heavy. So, I've been making some compromises and running in Reebok's Realflex, a neutral running shoe that's super lightweight and easy to tote around. I've also been stuffing American Apparel cotton leggings in my handbag — not the best when you're going to be sweating, but they're light and work equally well for running and yoga — and a Nike Dri Fit Sports Bra (luckily, Barry's and hot yoga are two workouts were most women work out in nothing up top aside from a bra). Add spare underwear and that's it! Luckily, both studios have full amenties when it comes to bath and body products so I don't have to worry about bringing any showering essentials with me.

Who knew that a fashion's girl's best friend would be her sneakers? And not even the Isabel Marant kind…

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Dark is Definitely Rooney Mara’s Color: Three Standout Looks (Forum Buzz)

Rooney Mara took a dark turn the second she signed on to play Lisbeth Salander in the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series, and as the whole world has (by now) realized – dark suits her.

Rooney Mara Balenciaga Resort 2013
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Currently making the rounds at the Berlin Film Festival, Rooney is sticking to a dark palette wardrobe-wise and it continues to work in her favor. She looked chic and relaxed in a Balenciaga Resort 2013 ensemble that forum members fell hard for.

“Absolutely fantastic in Balenciaga. She looks so effortlessly modern and chic.” Wolkfolk declared.

“She looks so good,” Chloe24 gushed. “Amazing outfit and the hair and makeup go great with it.”

Rooney Mara Valentino’s haute couture Spring 2013
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At the premiere of her new film, Side Effects, Rooney stepped out in an Haute Couture dress with an asymmetrical hemline from Valentino’s Spring 2013 collection.

“I love how you can see a peek of cream silk lining on that dress,” HeatherAnne remarked. “It's a beautifully structured dress. I'm not crazy about her hairstyle, but I'm glad she didn't wear braids like so many celebrities do when they're wearing Valentino.”

Catherine88 called the Valentino dress “delicate but still very elegant and not so girly.”

Rooney Mara in Miu Miu
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Not technically a completely new look, Rooney arrived at the premiere with a feminine Miu Miu Fall 2011 coat secured over her Valentino dress.

“It's really amazing how that Miu Miu coat doesn't look gimmicky on her (unlike most people who wore something from this collection),” LolaSvelt noted. “That's why I didn't even notice that she was wearing something from that collection.”

“What I find great is how all of her looks are tailored correctly for her frame,” before posted. “They could easily overpower her tiny figure, but they don't.”

Note to Hollywood: Please continue to keep Rooney Mara employed. We enjoy her style too much for her to step out of the spotlight (for too long).

 

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Link Buzz: Jennifer Aniston Confident Hair is a “Big Deal”; Kim Kardashian Having Trouble Getting Dressed

  • Jennifer Aniston said something about how hair's a really big deal because she wanted to give me the opportunity to dig this 1997 NBC party photo out of the vault. Thanks Jen! [BellaSugar]
     
  • Michael Kors wants you to buy better black pants. [FabSugar]
     
  • The best way to say "Happy Valentine's Day" is to have your nails do it for you. Or to use your language skills. [BellaSugar]
     
  • All anyone wants to do with Rachel Zoe's new hair salon is book an appointment. [SheFinds]
     
  • Kim Kardashian's Elle mag shoot was "a challenge" for Nicola Formichetti to style, he says, because no one wanted to lend the reality star clothes. [Starcasm]
     

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Yes, You Should Watch ‘The Face’

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The Face premiered last night and I'm here to say: Yes, you should watch it, particularly if you're a longtime ANTM fan who just can't deal with Tyra anymore. 

  • I didn't realize how much I missed Nigel Barker until I heard him in the intro voiceover. 
  • Even though Naomi Campbell executive-produced the new reality modeling competition, the show doesn't edit out the door-slamming. She's not afraid to be perceived as a bitch. 
  • Karolina Kurkova and Coco Rocha are unbelievably charming and beautiful. As TV personalities, they rival Project Runway Heidi Klum in likability. 
  • The models are not necessarily so believable as future supermodels (some of the contestants are like, 24), but the caliber of talent is much higher than what we've seen on ANTM
  • W mag's Stefano Tonchi cameos in the first episode. 
  • It's nice to watch a show that's so new, in the first flush of youth or whatever. There's a buzzing, kind of electric quality to it that was part of ANTM's first season, too. (Nineteen seasons later, Top Model a very different show.) For all we know, one of the model contestants could go on to a great career — for now, it's at least a possibility that The Face will launch someone legit. 

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[The Face is a sponsor of The Fashion Spot but not of this post, which is purely editorial.]

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John Galliano’s Hasidic-Inspired Outfit Not Really Winning Over His Detractors

For a man who's so famous for how brilliantly he expresses himself through fashion, John Galliano is not communicating well, to put it mildly. 

Today's New York Post cover: The former Dior designer wearing what looks uncannily like Orthodox Jewish garb, walking around New York City en route to Oscar de la Renta's studio (as everyone knows, Galliano contributed to ODLR's Fall 2013 collection). 

So let's see: his long dark jacket and hat aren't in themselves necessarily Hasidic-inspired, but the fact that he styled his "look" with payot, those curly sidelocks is 1) unmistakably referencing Orthodox Jewish garb 2) offensive 3) insane. 

If you need a refresher, after getting drunk a few times in some Paris cafes in 2011, Galliano went on a couple hateful rants: First, a couple brought charges against the designer, alleging he said things like, "Dirty Jewish face, you should be dead," and "F*cking Asian bastard, I will kill you." A week later, a video of the designer saying, "I love Hitler," etc., as part of a different drunken rant surfaced on the Internet. Galliano was fired from his job both at Dior and at his eponymous label, John Galliano, and tried and convicted for racism in French courts. Many designers and fashion industry bigwig-y types came to his defense. He went to rehab and then came out. At Anna Wintour's urging, de la Renta took Galliano into his studio this season as part of a larger effort to help the former Dior designer revive his career. 

I've made no secret of my belief that John Galliano should not be able to have the same kind of high profile, glamorous career he once enjoyed. I don't believe anti-Semitism and racism are a common side-effect of drunkenness or alcoholism or addiction, and I don't think society should have room in its upper levels for people that say, "I love Hitler," or, "F*ucking Asian bastard, I will kill you," even when drunk. Some of our readers have made the extent to which they don't agree with me exhaustingly clear. That's fair and everything, but Galliano is running around New York City styled with payot after being convicted for racism and expressing his love for Hitler. I can't believe I ever thought he might not deserve a second chance.

As much as I don't believe in a Galliano comeback, I'm still blindsided by his appearance yesterday. There are 2.2 million Jews in NYC, more than a quarter of the city's eight million population. What was he thinking? The Post fashion critic suggests that he's trying to "connect" with the Jewish community ("just his way of making amends"), but as Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind put it in the tabloid's cover story: “If it was just anyone else, I wouldn’t know what to say. But considering who this guy is, considering his background and what he’s said in the past, let him explain it to all of us: Are you mocking us?” Yeah please explain. 

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