Trend Alert – Linen!

Models Direct: Trend alert - Linen!
Models Direct: Trend Alert - Linen!

It is official, despite the dismal weather recently, that linen is the latest trend to be spotted in.

Lightweight, cool and ‘smart/casual’, you can find everything in this material, from trousers to hats, and if you can avoid the ‘creased look’ you’ll look great.

Vogue recommend Acne, Balmain, Alexander Wang and Isabel Marant which can be found at:

But if this is a little beyond your price range, here at Models Direct we love this blouse from Marks and Spencer.

– Louise @ Models Direct

Indie – when fashion and music collide…

Models Direct: Indie - when fashion and music collide...
Models Direct: Indie - when fashion and music collide...

It’s been a long-held view that fashion and music act as huge influences on one another, and the 2009 British indie scene shows just how true that is. Both indie music and indie fashion can be traced back to the 1980s, and indeed in the 2000s, we’re seeing a lot of the past trends hitting the catwalk, the stage and the high-street once again.

Bands such as Depeche Mode and The Cure pioneered the music movement of the eighties, and with them they created a whole new daring style, attitude and persona. Though this particular kind of fashion isn’t always followed by the indie musicians of today, the impact of an artist’s style still resonates hugely with music fans of today.

In many cases, we see the fashion of one or two bands begin to influence fans, and from here we see high street fashion adjust accordingly. When Razorlight and the Arctic Monkeys hit the music scene back in 2004, it wasn’t long before young boys were consistently dressed in skinny jeans, waist coats and neck scarves. By 2007, Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell was the seventh man in the history of fashion to appear on the front cover of Vogue, and Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner was in a serious relationship with model Alexa Chung.

And, of course, it’s not just the men, either. Female fronted bands like The Ting Tings and Yeah Yeah Yeahs have been equally influential. Katie White of The Ting Tings and Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs were wearing oversized tees, patterned leggings and funky coloured short shorts before any of us high-streeters had even begun thinking about it. Musicians such as Lily Allen and Beth Ditto have made crossovers directly into the fashion world, adorning the covers of magazines and modelling for high-street and designer brands.

So this summer’s innately rock and roll style isn’t entirely new, but here at Models Direct HQ we reckon it’s still full of creativity and we have no doubts that it is just naturally oh-so-cool.

– Lauren @ Models Direct

A ‘Great British Education’ for Johnny Depp’s children

Models Direct: A Great British Education for Johnny Depps children
Models Direct: A 'Great British Education' for Johnny Depp's children

Johnny Depp favours British schools!

According to reports, he has already begun searching for the perfect institution for his children to receive a private education. The star and his long term partner Vanessa Paradis currently live in France with ten-year-old Lily-Rose, and seven-year-old Jack. It is rumoured that they are considering an exclusive private school near Bath, and that the couple may also buy a house in the area so that they can be close by.

The school remains unnamed for legal reasons but a representative has commented “As yet, he hasn’t enrolled his children and I believe he is looking at other schools,” adding, “If he is thinking of us for September (when the next school year stars) he had better be quick as the school is filling up fast for the new term.”

Are we lucky with our education system in this country, or does this only apply to private education in Britain?

– Louise @ Models Direct

The future of fashion modelling?

Meet Cybernetic Human HRP-4C the humanoid. This robot has been programmed to copy fashion models on a catwalk, moving, talking and changing her facial expressions, controlled by commands via bluetooth.

The designers gave her a human, anime style face but kept her body silver because apparently if they had made “the robot too similar to a real human, it would have been uncanny.” The Japanese developers see the production of HRP-4C (they should have given her a nicer name) as a step towards creating a humanoid industry and they want to make people comfortable around the robots.

Has it worked? Personally it scares me a little bit. I can’t help think of sci-fi films with power-hungry robots trying to take control! And at a whopping £1.4 million, who’s going to be buying them anyway?

Would you like to see a fashion show full of humanoids? I can’t see it. But, at least it might bring the size 0 issues to an end.

– Kathy @ Models Direct