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Penelope Cruz Fronts a New PETA Campaign; Do We Really Need to Know About Octavia Spencer’s Spanx?

Penelope Cruz for PETA.
Penelope Cruz for PETA. Photo: Peta

• Penelope Cruz stars in PETA’s latest ad campaign, a reminder of the organization’s firm anti-fur stance just in time for NYFW. [HuffPo]

• Octavia Spencer told Ellen DeGeneres that she wore three pairs of Spanx to the Golden Globes, because, disconcertingly, her figure remains the primary talking point for most media coverage. [Us]

Claudia Schiffer says Karl Lagerfeld helped her gain confidence when she first moved to Paris to model. “When I was growing up, clothes for me were all about being invisible,” she says. “I lived in a small town in Germany, where everyone knew everyone else, and I stood out because I was tall and skinny. I was incredibly shy and just wanted to disappear.” [Vogue UK]

• Brazil’s fashion weeks will run on a new schedule starting in 2013, with more of a focus on resort and spring shows. [WWD]

• Designer Catherine Malandrino held a private dinner for 30 close friends and fashion notables at a loft in Chelsea on Tuesday as a pre-Fashion Week celebration. Some of us spent our Tuesday evenings working on large, ungainly Excel spreadsheets coordinating fashion show invites. [NYP]

• Uniqlo’s newest collaboration, with fashion brand Undercover, will debut on March 16. [Racked]

• A London-based musician wrote a song called ‘Fashion Boy’ about Andrej Pejic. Lyrics include, “He has the kind of smile that makes the girls go wild — he’s the king of style”, and, “Fashion boy, I’ve seen it all before, but you give me more.” She can rhyme, well … almost. [Vogue UK]

• DSW will move into the empty Filene’s Basement store on the Upper West Side this June. [Racked]

• Target reached an agreement to protect its brand name in Canada — keeping the chain’s plans to expand in the country over the next few years on target, if you will. [WSJ]

• The Coveteur tours the Parisian home Isabel Marant shares with her husband Jerome Dreyfuss, and their son. [Refinery29]

Michael Bastian expands further into men’s tailoring: suits, blazers, dress shirts, and neckwear, which will be on sale later this month exclusively at Barneys New York. [WWD]

Cruz for PETA; Spencer’s Spanx: Need to Know?