Sound Activated T-shirts…

Have you seen these yet? These shirts are sound sensitive and act just like the Graphic Equalizer on your stereo; yes, each bar on this one picks up a different frequency and reacts accordingly.

Models Direct: Sound Activated T-shirts
Models Direct: Sound Activated T-shirts

I spotted a guy in one a while back at a gig, but had no idea where they were available from until now. Music geeks and attention seekers can pick one up here.

Features:

  • Black cotton t-shirt with a sound activated illuminating panel.
  • The lights flash in green, yellow and red in time to music and sound.
  • The graphic equalizer T-shirt is available in small, medium and large.
  • The illuminating panel is powered by a detachable battery pack.
  • The battery pack has an on/off switch.
  • The battery pack can be unplugged for washing the T-shirt.
  • The T-shirt is hand wash only.
  • Do not iron the image part!
  • Requires 4 x AAA Batteries (not included).

– Louise @ Models Direct

A good money saver or just bizarre?

Models Direct: Gloves with a twist
Models Direct: Gloves with a twist

Fashion and jewellery designer Anna-Sara Dåvik featured these gloves in her autumn/winter 2009/10 collection, and Brazilian model Alice Dellal has been seen out and about in a pair, but what do you think of these gloves?

The gloves have fake nails attached to the outside of them, which to me, seems a little strange. I can’t help but think of monster-like gloves that children have in their dressing up boxes!

I suppose sticking fake nails to your gloves is a cheaper alternative to a manicure, but I don’t think it will catch on. She also created some 18 carat fake nails that are made like rings to fit on the top of your fingers.

I’d never heard of Anna-Sara Dåvik until I discovered this creation so I decided to have a look at some of her work. I wasn’t really sure what to expect but I liked what I found, especially her Autumn/Winter 2006 collection. She uses quite a lot of pale, earthy colours and creates oversized outfits that just look really comfy. The catwalk at Stockholm Fashion Week was scattered with flowers which suited the 2009 collection perfectly.

Models Direct: Gloves with a twist
Models Direct: Gloves with a twist

– Kathy @ Models Direct

Gok Wan and Kirsty Drury offer fashion advice at Gatwick Airport

Models Direct: Gok Wan
Models Direct: Gok Wan

At the beginning of this month, fashion and style gurus Gok Wan and Kirsty Drury spent a few days at London’s Gatwick Airport, supplying on-the-spot fashion advice to passers by!

The event aimed to promote the airport as a style destination. A catwalk runway was set up to showcase the clothes and accessories available from the shops at Gatwick. Participating stores included Carvela, Ted Baker and Accessorize.

Kirsty Drury, who has worked as a stylist for the like of Kylie Minogue, Rachel Stevens and Claudia Schiffer, held make-up and fashion ‘masterclasses’ at the airport, drawing on her extensive experience styling celebrities.

Organised by Brando, a PR and experiential agency based in Camden, the company joined forces with advertiser Naked, media planner MindShare and marketing agency DNX. The event was a roaring success.

– Lauren @ Models Direct

Fashion icon Twiggy says she’s “shocked” to still be modelling

Models Direct: Twiggy
Models Direct: Twiggy

In a recent interview with publication ‘Good Housekeeping’, the 59-year old star talked about her surprise at still having a place in the modelling industry now that she’s nearing 60.

“It’s weird, isn’t it? I never dreamed this modelling thing would happen again. Who would? It’s normally a young person’s game,” she told them. “But I’m proud to be part of the M&S campaign and it’s right to get someone of my age modelling clothes as well as young models. There are a large number of over-40s who are fashion led.”

First discovered in the sixties, Twiggy returned to her career in modelling in 2005, when she was approached by high-street department store chain Marks & Spencer to front their latest advertising campaign. The promotion was a roaring success, and she has been with the company ever since, working with Myleene Klass and boyband Take That at different times.

She says: “Getting upset about ageing is pointless. I’m fine with what I look like. I exercise, I eat well, but I’m not fanatical because you’ve got to have a life.”

Here at Models Direct, we think it’s wonderful to see older models still active in their careers, and are glad to see such an ageless beauty so comfortable with what she looks like!

– Lauren @ Models Direct

When I grow up I want to be…

Every child has an idea of what they’d like to be when they grow up; although maybe some are a little unrealistic with their choices (I’m not ashamed to admit that I wanted to be an astronaut).

The success of Formula 1 racers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button over the last couple of seasons has had many British fans on the edge of their seats. I’m sure it has also inspired a new generation of drivers.

Becoming a racing driver is probably a common desire of young boys, and probably some girls as well. In fact I know plenty of grown-ups who would still consider this their dream job!

Soon, even if they don’t have the car, children will be able to dress like last year’s champion Lewis Hamilton. Marks & Spencer has announced the launch of Formula 1 inspired range ‘Living The Dream’. M&S is working with the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team to create clothing inspired the team’s suits and logos. The range will be available in stores and online from September 19th.

Personally, I’d prefer to see some Braun GP clothing, I’m more of a Button fan…

Models Direct: F1 Clothing
Models Direct: F1 Clothing

– Kathy @ Models Direct

Socks and Sandals: Fashion or Faux Pas?

Models Direct: Socks and Sandals
Models Direct: Socks and Sandals

Ah, socks and sandals, my favourite fashion faux pas! But is the ‘style’ going to be the next big fashion trend?

The catwalk collections (for both men and women) of Prada, Christopher Bailey and Marni have featured the combination, and celebrities are taking the trend on board. Chloë Sevigny and Lindsay have been seen sporting the latest trend.

Socks have always been a staple part of the Japanese ‘kawaii’ style and now it seems that making a statement with your socks is becoming more popular. Socks and tights from Japanese company Tabio are now available in seven shops across London, including Selfridges and Harvey Nichols. Check out their collection of ‘footsies’, some of them are a bit bizarre, but I love them.

So, should we give socks and sandals a chance? Or is it still a style best left to the less stylish demographic?

Personally I think the examples of socks with high heels (below) look good, but I do think it would look better if the toes weren’t on display. As for the men, I’m still undecided. I think you need a lot of confidence to try it and pull it off, and you should be ready for criticism!

Models Direct: Socks and Sandals

– Kathy @ Models Direct

Jessica Simpson’s New Lingerie!

Jessica Simpson may have made a ‘boob’ with her new lingerie collection.

She signed a deal back in May with ‘Van Dale’ industries but it is unclear who came up with the name for the collection ‘Intimates’. This is of course the same name as Elle Macpherson’s underwear range! Is this a ploy to attract or trick Elle’s customers or am I being cynical? Could this really be considered a coincidence?

When asked about what we should expect from Jessica Simpson’s ‘Intimates’, she said they were ‘feminine and sweet with a hint of fun’.

I wonder what Elle thinks of it all?

Models Direct: Jessica Simpson
Models Direct: Jessica Simpson

– Louise @ Models Direct