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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 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), 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’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


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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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Coco Rocha Takes Over Sass & Bide’s Digital Media Empire

With more social media experience than most people who Tweet, Tumbl, Facebook, Instagram and Pin to pay their rent, Coco Rocha has been tapped by Sass & Bide for a social media campaign to celebrate the launch of the brand's new e-boutique.

On Monday, the Aussie label surrendered all five of their social media passwords to the Canadian model until Friday, who will fill their feeds with self-styled images featuring pieces from their Autumn/Winter 2013 collection and make you as jealous of her composition skills and wardrobe as you are of her genetic code. With backdrops featuring ancient ruins and swan-filled lakes, the #selfies posted so far more closely resemble professionally-lensed lookbook outtakes.

It’s an incredibly shrewd move for Sass & Bide and shows they really know their market. The campaign bridges the gap between brand and audience without cheapening the product, and potentially paves the way for the future of designer collaborations. It’s not just #inspo you get either: Sass & Bide are also running a giveaway on their website where you can win a look from the campaign just by entering your contact details.

Follow the digital media merger using the hastag #cocotakesover.





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