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Naomi Watts Kills It with Her Oxblood Zac Posen and Vogue Covers

I always saw Naomi Watts as pretty but not all that interesting, probably because she’s sort of like a slightly older and slightly less British but slightly more talented version of fellow generic beauty Sienna Miller. But Naomi has been killing it clothes-wise lately, the most recent example being this oxblood Zac Posen gown she wore to the Golden Globes last week.

From the neck down she’s a silky glass of merlot and from the neck up a perfect example of old Hollywood glamour. A cut-away back and faux bob thing she has going on partners the dress perfectly, and choosing pink lipstick over red prevents the whole thing from being too matchy-matchy. There are two more things to note about her general appearance here: Sleeves, which are more than welcome on the red carpet when they're not accompanied by skirts like this, and wrinkles. Naomi has them, and they stop her face from looking like melted plastic.

Then there’s the Vogue Australia cover she did for the magazine’s February issue. Forum member YoninahAliza writes, “What I really appreciate about this cover is that Vogue Australia was able to take a celebrity who’s career/life-story I’ve never particularly followed and suddenly make me interested in reading an interview with her and seeing an editorial with her, just from the cover alone.”

It seems relevant here to mention this unfortunate Harper’s Bazaar cover from October last year, which I can only look at if I cross my eyes and avoid looking at anything north of the ‘Get Great Hair’ headline because it is that awkward. In comparison, Naomi looks completely gorgeous and, here’s the keyword — natural — in ruffled green Gucci.

Bring on the Oscars!

Magazine cover photographed by Fashion Spot forum member AL92; Celebrity images: WENN

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Sears Seeking Spotlight After Sales Slump

Sears Canada, once the stomping ground of the Brady Bunch and the 40-year-old middle-management shopper, is getting a makeover. Or at least a few of its clothing lines are.

First, its in-house shoe collection — that is, Nevada and Attitude footwear for men and women, and Jessica brand for women — will be given new life and soles thanks to Aldo, who'll be redesigning and manufacturing the new kicks. The revitalized brands will be available in Sears stores across Canada and through its Direct formats beginning with the Fall 2013 season.

David Bensadoun, President of Aldo Global Retail & Aldo Product Services adds, "We are excited to begin working with Sears on their private label brands. The combination of our footwear expertise and Sears impressive retail network will create value for the consumer. We look forward to seeing a very positive reaction this Fall season."

In other departments, Buffalo International Inc. will design and produce Sears Canada’s entire line of Nevada denim-based apparel for both women and men. The Nevada lifestyle brand as interpreted by Buffalo will encompass men's and women's apparel and be available in Sears stores beginning in Fall 2013.

"As we focus on improving our merchandise offering, we are exploring relationships with best-in-class designers to help us improve the fashionability and salability of our key brands, and Buffalo represents that elevated level of product in the denim-casual category," said Calvin McDonald, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sears Canada Inc. "The 25-45 age range is a key segment for us to reach as we continue our transformation journey to become relevant to more Canadians coast to coast, and we expect that Buffalo's design and sourcing capability will help us attract these customers more successfully."

Reaching new demographics has been one of Sears Canada's top priorities in recent years as more "fast fashion" stores make their way North from the States (cough, Target). In 2011, the retailer teamed with silver-haired Toronto-born personality Jay Manuel of America’s Next Top Model fame. Not only did he take over as creative director of Sears Canada’s rebranded private label collection, Attitude Jay Manuel, but he also hosted featured presentations of the line at Fashion Week in Toronto.

Even so, is this overhaul too little too late for Sears and its dwindling sales? As one commentator writes on CTV News' website, "This will not save you Sears! Take a look at your prices… stop trying to make believe that you're a high end retailer… I am continually in awe at the prices you charge for items that can be found much cheaper at all of your competitors."

Meanwhile, The Bay, arguably Sears' top competition when it comes to clothing, is making strides with its partnerships with Jeanne Beker, as well as landing exclusive rights to Topshop, Topman, and Madonna's Material Girl collection. But in the way that The Bay went after Holt Renfrew, it looks as though Sears is coming hot on HBC's heels. Mirror, mirror on the wall, which store is the most fabulous of them all?

Images via Sears and Jay Manuel

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Link Buzz: Selena Gomez Covers Nylon; Jennifer Aniston Signs With Aveeno

  • Selena Gomez is on the cover of Nylon and this is the first time I've ever been able to say, "I feel really old." [AmyGrindhouse]
     
  • Here's something you maybe haven't thought about yet: What's Beyonce gonna wear to the inauguration? [SheFinds]
     
  • If you want to know how to wear a fit-and-flare dress, you could do worse than looking at pictures of Zooey Deschanel. [FabSugar
     
  • Jennifer Aniston is the new face of Aveeno, which makes all kind of sense. [BellaSugar]
     
  • Jennifer Lawrence is really concerned that her butt has been misrepresented on the Internet. It is not saggy! [FashionETC]

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Target’s Next Collaboration? Eveningwear with Stylist Kate Young

If you'd told me a couple years ago that the designer/fast-fashion collaboration thing was gonna be played out, I would have been like: "Please take me to this future world you speak of! It seems like a better one." The partnerships might be lucrative for retailers and an appealing way for designers to build their brands, but I dream of the day companies will invest more of their energies and efforts into producing well-constructed, affordable staples instead of making even more of the trendy, factory-made stuff that's already prevalent.

Ah, but no: Target is still doing collaborations, but will just be taking a different approach. The retailer has had major success working with designers in the past, but today the company announced it's partnered with a stylist for the very first time ever — celebrity stylist Kate Young.

Young started her career as Anna Wintour's assistant, and was quickly promoted through the fashion department at Vogue. She styled Teen Vogue's first-ever cover and has since worked with brands across the commercial spectrum, from Victoria's Secret to Dior. She held an Editor-at-Large post at Interview magazine and worked as a contributing stylist for niche fashion publications like i-D and Dossier.

Last year, Young topped The Hollywood Reporter's 2012 "Most Powerful Stylists" list. Her celebrity clients include Michelle Williams, Natalie Portman and Rachel Weisz

For Target, Young has produced an eveningwear line of women's apparel and accessories. Her line is seemingly timed for prom season, set to launch on April 14 at stores and online. The pieces will range from $29.99 – $89.99 for apparel and $14.99 to $49.99 for shoes, bags and jewelry. 

Even though Young's hardly a household name — and is also an unconventional partner for a collaboration — if the collection's good, the price point will likely make it a commercial success. 

Image via WENN

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Oscar de la Renta Is Bringing John Galliano Back Into the Fold

John Galliano, Anna Wintour, Oscar De La Renta in 1990 via Getty Images

It's almost fashion week, which means Oscar de la Renta is back in the pages of WWD courting controversy. Last season, he entered into a very public and very childish feud with fashion critic Cathy Horyn, taking out an ad in the print version of the industry trade publication to call her a "stale three-day-old hamburger." 

Though the insult totally cemented his reputation as a creative genius, it did not do a lot for public perception of his maturity level. But based on his comments in today's issue of WWD, it's become apparent that the New York-based designer does not actually care what people think of him. 

In any other case, I'd be all like, #respect — but this case involves helping fashion bogeyman John Galliano revive his career. Sorry, #norespect. 

I know there's an argument to be made for giving Galliano a second chance after his 2011 disgrace, but I personally do believe his behavior was unforgivable. If you need a refresher course: two years ago, the then-Dior designer was filmed making truly vile anti-Semitic and racist comments at a Parisian cafe. He was drunk, yes — but then again he also said, "I love Hitler." I don't know how acquainted you are with intoxication, but love of Hitler is not actually a common side effect. (As a consequence of his actions, Galliano was fired from Dior and his namesake label — the John Galliano brand was owned by Dior holding company LVMH — and fined €6,000. He went to rehab and his French Legion of Honor Medal was revoked.) 

Here's my reasoning: Let's set aside Galliano's so-called genius, and imagine a parallel, but more mundane scenario. Haha, let's make it about boys! If a friend came to me and said, "Maximillian [her boyfriend] got really drunk last night and told me he thought me and my entire family should have been exterminated in concentration camps and then he passed out. But this morning we talked about it and now we're fine. I'm gonna marry him and have his babies," my response would probably be like, "Wow, Maximillian has always seemed like kind of a jerk, but I didn't know he was evil. I'm sorry, but I don't think he is The One. In fact, I think you should have nothing to do with him ever again." "But I love him," says my friend, "And he didn't mean it! He was just so drunk. He's an alcoholic and he's going to enter a treatment program." Wow, sorry. This was supposed to be a really light and fluffy example, but it's getting really heavy. My imagined self was about to start looking up Al-Anon programs. 

The point I'm trying to make: I believe there's a limit to how much we can forgive what people say and do when they're intoxicated. I'm not saying we should imprison Galliano for life, but I don't think it's right to welcome him back with open arms and to help him reestablish his glamourous, high-profile career. It sets a bad precedent, sends the wrong message. And so on. 

De la Renta, however, disagrees. He tells WWD that he's invited the former Dior designer to join him in his New York studio in the lead-up to fashion week: “John and I have known each other for many years and I am a great admirer of his talent. He has worked long and hard on his recovery and I am happy to give him the opportunity to reimmerse himself in the world of fashion and reacclimate in an environment where he has been so creative.”

Galliano also made a statement: “I am an alcoholic. I have been in recovery for the past two years. Several years prior to my sobriety, I descended into the madness of the disease. I said and did things which hurt others, especially members of the Jewish community. I have expressed my sorrow privately and publicly for the pain which I caused, and I continue to do so. I remain committed to making amends to those I have hurt.”

Well, I guess we'll see how this plays out. I do believe it would be better for you, me and everyone we know — even Galliano himself — if he could just live quietly among friends and stay out of the public eye. Yes, forever. 

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Malgosia Bela, Isabeli Fontana and Sui He Star in Roberto Cavalli’s Spring 2013 Campaign (Forum Buzz)

In a complete about-face from the spare, stark image she portrayed in the Alexander Wang campaign we highlighted yesterday, Malgosia Bela donned smoky eyes and printed clothes alongside Isabeli Fontana and Sui He for the opulent Spring 2013 Roberto Cavalli campaign (photographed by Mario Testino).

Roberto Cavalli Spring 2013 - Malgosia Bela and Isabeli Fontana photographed by Mario TestinoRoberto Cavalli Spring 2013 - Sui He and Isabeli Fontana photographed by Mario Testino

Whether you love it or hate it, you can always depend on Cavalli for over-the-top, in-your-face and even borderline garish clothing and imagery. In this case, it seems most forum members were loving it (despite the excess of face-erasing Photoshop).

“Gorgeous!! They all look very sexy and powerful,” thiago:) posted.

Roberto Cavalli Spring 2013 - Malgosia Bela and Isabeli Fontana photographed by Mario TestinoRoberto Cavalli Spring 2013 - Malgosia Bela and Isabeli Fontana photographed by Mario Testino

“Who would have thought that Malgosia and Isabeli would be stunning to look at together?” cottonmouth13 asked, apparently surprised but pleased with the model casting.

ALAUU wrote, “Talk about glamazons. They look amazing.”

Roberto Cavalli Spring 2013 - Malgosia Bela and Isabeli Fontana photographed by Mario TestinoRoberto Cavalli Spring 2013 - Sui He photographed by Mario Testino

There’s definitely something really strong and powerful about these images and the women are undoubtedly giving off that glamazon vibe ALAUU mentioned, but maybe it’s just me… I find it the campaign to be more intimidating and aggressive than anything else. I don’t want to be these women, but I probably want to stay out of their way.

And, just for kicks, because these are apparently now requisite – a campaign video: 

Images: facebook.com/RobertoCavalli

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