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Joan Smalls by Karl Lagerfeld: Vogue Spain Leaks a Preview of the December Issue Cover on Instagram

Image: Instagram/VogueSpain

Image: Instagram/VogueSpain

See the grainy snapshot of the December cover of Vogue Spain above? No, that's not a leak from our forums (though it was discovered by one of our eagle-eyed forum members). The photo originated on Vogue Spain's own Instagram a couple hours ago, at the time of writing. Whether the unfinished quality of the image was intentional or accidental, it's not totally clear to me why more and more publications are "leaking" their own covers, with crudely shot photos over social media.

Earlier this week, Eva Chen previewed Lucky Magazine's most recent (and highly controversial) cover with Kerry Washington by posting an almost deliberately slipshod twitpic. We've seen Chen's selfies and she's definitely a technically proficient iPhone photographer — so what gives? Has someone done market testing to determine that sending bad photographs over-the-transom makes your brand seem more authentic?

Of course, maybe we're reading too much into a few bad pictures. But looking at the Instagram above, which shows Joan Smalls photographed by Karl Lagerfeld, it's not clear how Vogue Spain benefits from teasing such a blurry crop. 

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Link Buzz: Hilary Rhoda is Engaged; Is Etsy Still the Home of DIY?

Hilary Rhoda and Sean Avery Power-Coupling at a magazine party in 2010 / Image: WENN.com

Hilary Rhoda and Sean Avery Power-Coupling at a magazine party in 2010 / Image: WENN.com

  • Hilary Rhoda is engaged to NFL player Sean Avery. To see other fun power couples living the fun power couple-y lifestyle, click on for a (surprise!) slideshow. [Fashionologie]
     
  • If you haven't dipped into the sweater dresses section of your closet yet this season, you are in for such a treat. [FabSugar]
     
  • How many different ways can Jennifer Lawrence style her new pixie cut before the Internet explodes? [BellaSugar]
     
  • Kourtney Kardashian has been running all around town in a new pair of studded Saint Laurent boots. [SheFinds]
     
  • Eileen Fisher is launching a new "design concept" called The Fisher Project, which will expand to 8-10 freestanding stores this spring. The Fisher Project “pushes the edge more, there are more backless looks, there are very skinny spaghetti-strap camisoles, it’s more adventurous.” [WWD]
     
  • Etsy changes its company policy to allow sellers to partner with manufacturers. [NYTimes]

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Sasha Luss Nabs Her First Vogue Cover! (Forum Buzz)

image credit: zinio.com via the tfs forums

image credit: zinio.com via the tfs forums

Easily one of the most spectacular 'new' faces of 2013, Sasha Luss ends the year with her very first Vogue Cover. For a special issue of Vogue Russia, which features images from the Vogue archives that focus on Russia, photographer Mariano Vivanco took a stunning close-up picture of Sasha. Albeit disappointed that it’s not for a regular Vogue issue, tFS members were excited for Sasha and were wowed by the striking image.

“It's so great because the photo focuses on her breathtaking beauty. The styling is making her look even more like an ice princess, pure ancient Russian royalty,” swooned UpperEchelon

“Wow, this is just…really, really gorgeous. Totally deserved!” posted Moofins, referring to the fact that Sasha is known to be a hard worker who only recently had her breakthrough after a very slow start in the industry several years ago.

“Sasha's just flawlessly gorgeous,” commented TeeVanity

Unfortunately, Sasha does not have an editorial inside the magazine (according to Mat Cyruss). But is there any reason to doubt that this girl will be racking up editorial work left and right in 2014? More Vogue editorials and covers are sure to follow.

[Editor's note: Sasha Luss is nominated for Best Model Newcomer in the tFS Style Awards. Vote here!]

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Does Miranda Kerr Photoshop Her Instagram Pictures? (Forum Buzz)

image credit: instagram.com/mirandakerr via the tFS forums

image credit: instagram.com/mirandakerr via the tFS forums

One of the more absurd stories currently floating around on the tFS forums concerns Miranda Kerr’s Instagram photos. Forum members have noticed that the Australian top model has posted a picture in which her waist was obviously made slimmer. 

“Sending love and best wishes to the #vsangels from Japan xxx ❤,” said the caption to the picture of the former Victoria’s Secret Angel posing with Doutzen Kroes and Alessandra Ambrosio. 

“Who is Miranda trying to fool with Photoshop?” asked CommanderTMugler. "That is not her waist, this is the actual picture taken last year by Vogue of Alessandra, Doutzen and Miranda backstage," he wrote and posted a comparison between the original shot and the version posted on Miranda’s Instagram.

image credit: vogue.com via the tfs forums

image credit: vogue.com via the tfs forums

Did Miranda herself manipulate the image or did she find it like that online?

Greenlandgem claims that Miranda has done it before. “I can't believe no one else has commented on this yet! I noticed starting a while ago that her Instagram photos have been Photoshopped to narrow her waist — as if she needed it anyway. It's bizarre and totally unnecessary. So disappointing!”

It is, in fact, conspicuous that many pictures on Miranda’s Instagram show her waist looking crazily thin, but would she really go as far as retouching her already slim waist herself?

Follow-up: More Proof That Miranda Kerr Photoshops Her Instagram Pictures?

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Hot Ticket: H&M Hosts Isabel Marant Preview Party in Los Angeles

With one of the most anticipated collaborations yet launching tomorrow, an invite to the Isabel Marant for H&M preview party was a HOT ticket in LA last night. At the Sunset Boulevard store in West Hollywood, H&M hosted a VIP event with plenty of fringe booties and chaos to go around!

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With guests wrapped around the building, H&M was ready promptly at 7 p.m. to start letting anxious shoppers into the store. Needless to say, by 7:10 p.m., the store looked like an Isabel Marant feeding frenzy. Boxes of shoes were opened and thrown about, sweatshirts were disappearing in a blink, shopping bags were stuffed and overflowing on to the floor and the H&M staff could barely replenish the racks without getting mobbed. It didn’t matter if you were a celeb, supermodel or infamous blogger (they all were there) – it was survival of the fittest. But what do you expect? This is Isabel Marant!!!

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The Wanted: !XAM Ring-to-Wrist Bracelet

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While you’re more likely to catch Natasha Koifman running a busy downtown PR empire, this season the Toronto-based publicist is moonlighting as a jewelry designer. In partnership with local jeweler !XAM diamonds (the !X is apparently pronounced with a “click”), Koifman has designed two limited-edition ring-to-wrist bracelets, with proceeds from sales being donated to Artists for Peace and Justice.

The first piece is silver with rubies, retailing at $350, while the second is rose gold (my favourite), adorned with black diamonds and retailing for $1300. "The ring-to-wrist design is especially meaningful to me,” says Koifman. “It signifies the importance of connection — the connection with oneself and with others.”

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All of the stones are ethically sourced from Thailand and South Africa, while each chain is handmade and made to order. They were a big hit at TIFF were I first caught a glimpse of the pieces, not just at the offices of NKPR, but also on the wrists of Mila Kunis and Caitlin Cronenberg. Also joining that list is Koifman herself, who never takes off her custom namesake designs.

You can bag your own ring-to-wrist bracelet right here, or gift to a special someone this holiday season with the knowledge that you’re also giving back to a good cause. 

Image via NKPR.net

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