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Hard Candy Goes Hard with New Spring 2013 Collection

Hard Candy will forever be known as the 90s makers of your favourite nail polish and yes, that is still the case (see below), but in recent years the saccharine brand has branched out in all directions. This week I was fortunate enough to attend the launch of Hard Candy's Spring 2013 collection, which is available exclusively at Walmart starting today.

A small selection of their line that includes lips, eyes, face and body.

For me, the cherry on the Candy collection had to be the cream-colored Candy Sprinkles nail polishes with glitter. They're most definitely unique — my favourites being the aptly titled Cocoa Smore and Sugar Rush — and, like most of the Hard Candy cosmetics, retail for less than $4.

By way of cosmetics, there's also an incredible four-day Lash Ink mascara (yup, I said four days!) and the All Glossed Up Hydrating Lip Stain that, unlike conventional lip stains, leaves a sleek glossy finish with no icky stick.

Candy Sprinkles Nail Polishes

Lip Def Glitter Laquer

But what of the apparel? Hard Candy has redesigned activewear by offering fun graphic tees, sweatshirts and pants with a bold rock edge. Their capsule collection is stylish, comfy and, more importantly, fun, which helps a lot when you're willing yourself to work out. I had a couple of models pose in some of the items, though my favourite piece had to be the very Valentine's Day appropriate Sequin Front Printed Pullover with Hearts.

All of their fabrics are ultra soft, come with a lip gloss sample on the tags (for realz) and are priced between $12 and $16. I'm not the kind of person who spends a small fortune on sweat-collecting activewear so I'd be happy to shell out small change on some easy tees, slouchy pants and hideaway hoodies. As I mentioned, the line hits your local Walmart today so, for risk of sounding like a JLo/will.i.am mashup, you can go Hard Candy or you can go home!

These are a few of my favourite things!

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Agyness Deyn Covers InStyle: Is This What a Comeback Looks Like?

Here's Agyness Deyn on the cover of InStyle: she's wearing every glossy magazine's favorite current fashion trend (graphic mod) and posing for a fashion photographer (Rankin, obnoxious by virtue of his single name). Are we to believe, contrary to all appearances, that her modeling career is really no longer a thing?

The superstar keeps talking about how she's totally retired from the profession that made her such a success. In an October 2012 interview (that was, if you aren't good with numbers, late last year!) with The Independent, she discussed her move away from fashion: "I suppose I have stopped modeling officially. I've not done any for a good long while now. I think it was about four years ago when my feelings were changing towards the industry." 

She's been acting, you know? Deyn appeared in The Clash of the Titans in 2010 and Pusher in 2012. "From Modelling to Movies" — that's what the InStyle cover line reads.

Her InStyle appearance follows a truly NSFW editorial shoot which recently ran in Interview Magazine, which is what has some people speculating that she's making her big-time fashion comeback. 

But I think the former model has her heart set on an acting career. Deyn was just cast in the main role of the forthcoming film, Sunset Song, and it's more than likely that these modeling side projects are just a way to get herself more "out there" so that people will buy tickets to see her movie. Aspiring actresses, take note: "Be a Famous Model" is a plan that actually works for some people. 

Image via InStyle

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We Want You To Show Us Your Red!

The Fashion Spot is excited to announce that we're partnering with The Heart Truth® for the second year in a row, as part of an initiative to raise awareness about women and heart health. 

Here's a scary fact: heart disease is the number one killer of American women. That's why we're kicking off support for National Wear Red Day® tomorrow with a Show Us Your Red campaign

Participating is fun and really easy. All you have to do is email a picture of yourself to submit@thefashionspot.com. Your picture will appear on our Show Us Your Red hub and on our Instagram. Plus, we'll send you lots of virtual hugs and kisses. 

The best part? You don't have to wear a lot of red to show your support — every little bit counts. Whether show your support for the cause with red sunglasses or a red manicure, or you go all out and rock a dramatic red ballgown to work, we want to see it! 

Image via WENN

 

Related: Show Us Your Red in Celebration of The Heart Truth's National Wear Red Day®

 

 

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Barneys New York to Launch a Discount Site

If you like Barneys New York but think that wearing designer clothing's got nothing on eating real food for dinner every night, I'm here to be the bearer of great news: now you can have your quality clothes and eat food, too. 

The much-admired department store is launching an off-price website. "Off-price" can mean a lot of things, but in this case it means up to 75% off the retail price. Thumbs up, Barneys!

Piggybacking off the reputation of their legendary warehouse sale (which is coming up! Mark your calendar for February 14 to 24 at the Barneys on West 18th in Manhattan), Barneyswarehouse.com will go live on Monday. WWD reports that the retailer test-drove the concept for two weeks in August, and found it to be incredibly successful. "Synergies" and so on. 

The website will carry past-season pieces across several departments: womenswear, menswear, children's wear and home decor/furniture stuff from its Chelsea Passage line. Barneys expects this to be its highest-volume store, which — obviously. Lots of people would buy (in some cases, more) things from the high-end store if they could afford to; now they'll be able to afford it. I just hope the demand isn't so high that it becomes impossible to find quality pieces in stock. 

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Joan Smalls is a Vision in Black and White in Prabal Gurung’s Spring 2013 Ad Campaign (Forum Buzz)

Prabal Gurung Spring 2013 - Joan Smalls photographed by Daniel Jackson

There’s a reason (okay, many reasons) Joan Smalls is models.com’s reigning #1 model. She’s stunning, and she knows how to move and pose in a way that commands a photograph. All of these qualities are on full display in Prabal Gurung’s Spring 2013 ad campaign, which was styled by Tiina Laakkonen and photographed by Daniel Jackson.

“It’s quite powerful and beautiful,” hfgl described.

“This campaign looks spectacular,” fashionlover2001 posted. “The clothes look amazing on Joan and just pop out. Her poses are a hit and her face looks flawless.”

Prabal Gurung Spring 2013 - Joan Smalls photographed by Daniel JacksonPrabal Gurung Spring 2013 - Joan Smalls photographed by Daniel Jackson

Legolas wrote: “I looove the composition of each ad, the lighting and everything regarding art direction is perfect… Joan's poses are awesome and easy, she really is one of the best posers in the industry because she always makes the clothes look appealing, but I would have liked more diversity in her expressions. Looking at all of the images together, as a whole campaign, makes them appear redundant … but each of them work very well separately, and that's what really matters at the end.”

Legolas has a point about the redundant facial expression, but when it’s such a good face does it really matter? He was able to overlook the repetition, and so am I. I love how simple and striking each image is, and despite being in black and white, Joan makes the clothes come alive.

Prabal Gurung Spring 2013 - Joan Smalls photographed by Daniel Jackson

Images: vogue.co.uk 

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Natalie Portman’s Hair is Too Severe in the New Miss Dior Chérie Fragrance Ad (Forum Buzz)

Miss Dior Cherie Spring 2013 - Natalie PortmanNatalie Portman is still going strong as the face of Christian Dior's Miss Dior Chérie fragrance, but truth be told, the new ad for Spring 2013 leaves a little something to be desired. It’s not that the ad looks bad per se – the gimmicky oversized perfume bottle is par for the course and the Raf Simons–designed dress looks beautiful, but wouldn’t the structured gown have been complemented better by loose, flowing hair?

As the ad is, Natalie’s hair looks far too severe, and far too casual. Though it’s clear she’s sporting a ponytail, it almost takes a second to process that fact.

“Nice picture but I think she should let her hair down,” ChristyLeReveur commented. “She looks much older in a ponytail.”

Anlabe32 posted, “It doesn’t look finished. Something’s missing.”

What’s missing is any excitement about this perfume.

Image via the Fashion Spot forums. 

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