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Fashion People at Risk for Fashion Flu at Fashion Week

The people that make up the fashion industry in New York may have quite a few advantages over the average chump, but bodily invincibility is not one of them.

Today The New York Times published an extensive report on how fashion is coping with the Worst Flu Season Ever in anticipation of NYFW, that cruel mistress.

(I don't want to joke too hard because this winter's been a tough one: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that there have been so many flu-related deaths this season, we can go ahead and call it an epidemic.)

Prospective showgoers can expect a lower-than-usual rate of air kissing (as Dr. Barry Cohen, who works across the street from the Marc Jacobs office on Spring Street, explains: “Fashion people touch each other all day, so they get exposed over and over.") and a higher-than-usual rate of icy mistrust.

Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra of Costello Tagliapietra said they heard of one major designer who forced his runway producer to spend the week working in a closet: “She was humiliated, but wasn’t going to let that get in the way of getting paid.”

Meanwhile, Marie Claire editor and Project Runway judge Nina Garcia is warding off the cold with the help of a black cashmere Hermès scarf, which she WEARS AROUND HER MOUTH: “I try not to breath anybody else’s air,” she says, as if this were a perfectly reasonable position. At least her mouth-scarf is by Hermès: The rich do crazy with so much more style than the rest of us. 

Other things people are doing to ward off illness:

  • Trying to build up their immune systems with a diet of exclusively raw greens. Dr. Robert Glatter tells the Times he had the privilege of treating one fashionista after she got diarrhea from eating too much kale. 
  • Cynthia Rowley has been draining her bank account staying healthy by "chugging" $10 seventeen-ounce bottles of juice from Juice Press. 
  • Rachel Zoe lives in deathly fear of doorknobs. But that doesn't really surprise me; if I were her, I'd be scared of doorknobs too. 

Simon Doonan's perspective on the whole flu fiasco seems to actually be sensible: “Stay home and watch the shows [online]. Thinking you need to be there even if you’re communicating the flu is demented.” 

Yes. "Demented" is such a useful word. 

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Lena Dunham Is Writing a Fashion Comedy Series

For the past several months, being on the Internet has required steeling myself against the onslaught of Girls-centric content that's been EVERYWHERE.

I don't know. I think the extent to which people talk about the HBO show and its auteurish young creator is inversely proportional to the interestingness of the things they're saying. Me too, probably.

It all seemed like a waste of brain space, so I adapted a kind of defensive posture with regards to being online: the Internet is a Girls minefield and I now travel with extreme caution.

It's been exhausting. I think I have a cold. 

That's why I'm not happy to have to pass along this news: there's more coming. is reporting that Lena Dunham and her Girls showrunner Jenni Konner have just signed on to write HBO's new project, a comedy series based on legendary Bergdorf Goodman personal shopper Betty Halbreich's forthcoming memoir, All Dressed Up And Everywhere To Go.

So all that stuff about how Girls is the (hipper) second coming of Sex and the City? Apparently just the warm-up. Halbreich has been shopping for New York-y celebs like Joan Rivers, Meryl Streep, Sarah Jessica Parker, Katie Couric and Glenn Close for decades. She's also a TV and film wardrobe consultant, and has worked on NYC style-defining projects like early Woody Allen movies and Sex and the City.

Halbreich seems wonderful and it seems like her life's been an interesting one, but I just can't stomach the probability of a glitzier, more high-budget future version of Girls. I'm going to have to get a helmet. Or a lobotomy. 

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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/ 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. 

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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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