Models Direct Loves: Boxie T-Shirts

If you’re fed up of seeing the same logos and slogans on t-shirts and want something more personal, you’ll love the concept of the I Love Boxie t-shirts.

I Love Boxie, a London-based t-shirt design company, rebels against using clothing as a way of advertising brands. Instead they want the clothing to represent the wearer themselves. You could say they are providing a way to advertise yourself.

They make T Spoke (bespoke) t-shirts for which you can email them a story from your life and from that one line will be taken and printed onto the t-shirt. It really could be anything. The result: a t-shirt that actually means something.

The founder of the company is a writer called Moxie. She says “Everyone has a story, and everyone should have it put on a t-shirt. You look at a person and judge them in two seconds, the t-shirt says, ‘there’s more to me than what I’m wearing’.” She understands that in its own way the company is acting a bit like a self-help group. She’s also planning to make a film featuring the stories of some of the t-shirt’s creators.

Models Direct think they’re great, what better way to express your happiness, sadness or anger than having it printed across your chest! They’re pretty affordable, £32 or $43 (and this is coming from me, someone who refuses to pay more than a tenner for a t-shirt).

Now I just have to think of my story…

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Set A Model Example And Buy Direct from Organic Suppliers!

Organic make-up and skincare has been getting more attention lately, and it’s about time. Harmful substances in your beauty products can be toxic, and as a nation the UK is ill-informed about these risks.

Your skin is your biggest organ and it is really important to be aware of what you are coating it with.

It is also a direct reflection of what is happening internally, but while most of us seem to be getting more conscious about what we put into our bodies, we do not appear to be taking what we put onto our bodies quite so seriously. It’s about time our make-up bags were as health-aware as our grocery bags!

Consumers of organic cosmetics are poorly served by regulators. There is no regulation over the term “Organic” or even “Hypoallergenic” in the skincare industry and many companies take advantage of that. Marketing tactics, such as labelling products as ‘containing olive extract’, or ‘with rose’ can cloud our judgement. The truth is that the manufacturer can extract anything from a natural source and process it to the point where it doesn’t even remotely resemble the original ingredient, yet they can continue to legally imply that the product is ‘full of natural goodness’ and so on.

On researching this topic Models Direct have been disappointed to find that the UK Organic certifying body is associated with compromised standards. The USDA (United Sates Dept. of Agriculture) seems more stringent in its approach and the ACO (Australian Certified Organic) appears to follow the strictest guidelines in terms of protecting the consumer from synthetic chemicals within skincare products.

In order to feel confident that you are using a genuinely ‘organic’ skincare product, Models Direct would advise that you try to stick with products that have been approved by the USDA and ACO or at least one of the two.

Models Direct recommend checking out this website run by the Environmental Working Group. It has a comprehensive database that allows you to search for specific products and access detailed information about their ingredients and possible side effects. Lastly, here’s some good news for all you image and environment conscious people out there – you can look after your skin and the planet better, with organic products in eco-friendly containers from suppliers such as ONE Group.

Models Direct’s Top Tips for Vintage Shopping

The Affordable Vintage Fair - currently touring the UK

The problem with high street fashion? Everyone ends up wearing the same thing! The Models Direct team love vintage style, but it can be a hard look to get right, especially if you’re trying to find a real bargain! Here, we give you some ideas for the best places to go to get your vintage wardrobe staples.

Vintage fairs. Dedicated vintage clothing fairs and markets are a great place to start, and you might get to learn a bit about the history of what you’re buying. Models Direct recommend The Affordable Vintage Fair, which has just started a tour of the UK.

Charity shops. If you like a bit of a challenge, scour your local charity shops. Charity shop shopping is also a great way to create something original. What with the recession, clothes modification is becoming much more popular and it’s a great way to inject some more of your personality into what you wear.

Be warned, once you’ve found one fantastic garment or accessory it could turn into a bit of an obsession!

If you love designer clothes but not their prices, check out Oxfam’s new chain of boutique stores around London, and soon to expand to other major UK cities. Obviously the designer ranges are more expensive than the usual charity shopper will be used to, but it’s a fraction of what it could cost new! The boutiques also stock ethically produced and customised clothing.

Oxfam Boutique

Car boots and jumble sales. A great place to practice your haggling skills, and with any luck you’ll find a seller who doesn’t know that they’ve got a vintage gem so you can barter a bargain price. Arrive early so you can be sure to see everything that’s on offer and, if you really like something, don’t take too long pondering whether to buy it. Don’t you just hate it at car boot sales when you see someone walking around clutching something you almost bought? Check the internet and local papers to find out when these events are taking place.

Online stores. Shopping for vintage clothing online can be a bit of a risk but you’ll be able to find a huge variety. Using online vintage stores could be the way to go if you have a specific decade or style in mind – try eBay as a starting point. Make sure you know your measurements (not just your dress size), examine the garment to check for any damage and print the product information as something to refer to when it’s delivered just in case there are any problems with it.

Vintage shops. There are different types of vintage shops that will cater for small or large budgets. Even if it’s one of the more expensive shops, be sure to check the garments for any wear or damages. They should have somewhere for you to try things on, make sure you do!

Now you know where to look for your vintage wardrobe, look out for Models Direct’s advice on what pieces to go for, the timeless fabrics and what to avoid!

Shopping for Vintage: The Definitive Guide to Vintage Fashion by Funmi Odulate

Models Direct Profile: Erin Wasson

Erin Wasson with Justin Timberlake for William Rast

If you were to look at supermodel Erin Wasson’s CV you’d be impressed. In her 27 years she has walked international runways for some of the top designers, is an occasional stylist for Alexander Wang, is a favourite with some amazing photographers and has now turned to designing, directing her own jewellery line, LowLuv, and a womenswear collection. She even worked alongside Justin Timberlake in the multimedia campaign for his clothing line William Rast.

Wasson grew up in Texas, and believes this southern upbringing has directly influenced her success in the industry. “You can’t take the Texas out of the girl,” the supermodel told Teen Vogue. “I wouldn’t have gotten this far in the fashion world if I didn’t have a little bit of that Southern hospitality in me.” Read articles about the model and you will be sure to find her endearing and charming personality mentioned.

Erin’s modelling career began when her father entered her in Kim Dawson’s Modelsearch. It was 1997 and the first year of the competition, which Erin ultimately won. She left the south and started a new life in New York. Being thrown straight into the deep end, Erin had her first campaign in 2002 for Dolce & Gabbana.

Erin has appeared on the front cover of fashion magazines internationally, including Vogue, Esquire and Elle. One factor in her success is her versatility when it comes to campaigns; Erin has proved popular in both high fashion and commercial advertisements. She has an extensive portfolio, too long to list, but it includes fashion giants Gucci, Chanel and Versace.

In her spare time, the former ‘sports freak’ enjoys surfing and snowboarding. This directly influenced the model’s decision to design for skate and surf fashion lifestyle brand, RCVA. The end result, Erin Wasson x RCVA, is a stylish but understated collection that reflects the model’s own laidback style.

Erin also dabbled in a bit of acting as part of the William Rast campaign, starring in short films as Justin Timberlake’s love interest. Ladies, if you weren’t jealous already, no doubt you are now!

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Erin Wasson X RVCA

Angelina Jolie’s New Fashion Film Role?

Talk that Ridley Scott will be directing a film based on the story of fashion house Gucci has been around for years. Now it has been reignited by rumours of early casting decisions. Could it be Angelina Jolie and Leonardo Di Caprio playing the tempestuous couple Maurizio Gucci and Patrizia Reggiani?

If rumours are to be believed, director and producer Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven) will be starting the film about the Gucci legacy next year. The family behind the Italian fashion label were known for their heated arguments, but nothing could compare to the relationship of Maurizio Gucci, the founder’s grandson, and his wife, Patrizia Reggiani.

Soon after Maurizio sold Gucci to investment group Investcorp, he was shot and killed by a hitman. His fashionista ex-wife, Patrizia Reggiani, was convicted for arranging the murder. “The film certainly has all the ingredients for a classic tale of intrigue, hubris and family infighting,” comments Ben Child for the Guardian newspaper.

If rumours are to be believed it will be Angelina Jolie who will be playing the murderous wife, who famously said “I’d rather cry in a Rolls-Royce, than laugh on a bicycle.” The famous actress even bears a physical resemblance to Reggiani. It is also rumoured that Leonardo Di Caprio will be playing the former head of the Gucci empire, Maurizio.

The film has been in the pipeline for director Ridley Scott since 2007, and is eagerly anticipated. There have been a number of fashion-related films this year, including Coco Before Chanel, Vogue documentary The September Issue and Rage, so it will be interesting to see a darker tale behind one of the world’s most famous fashion houses.


Models Direct’s Top Trends for Teenage Girls

For all the teens who want to stay on top of this season’s trends – and parents buying for them – here’s all you need to know about what’s set to be cool throughout autumn and winter.
Some of these items will make fab Christmas presents!

Our top ten trends are…

  • Statement Scarf. Wear it bright and with pretty much anything, this is a key item for trendy teens over the coming months.
  • Legging Jeans. Skinny Jeans are a fashion story that just runs and runs. Again, this is a flexible look if you are slim enough to carry it off. Pair them with almost anything, from your favourite t-shirt to a well-cut blazer. If you have a curvier figure, ‘boyfriend’ fit Jeans provide a great alternative. You can dress jeans up or down with ease, and if you invest in a good quality pair they are flattering to most figures
  • Military Jacket. This season’s nod to King of Pop Michael Jackson, who popularised the item you will see everywhere over the coming months. There are loads of alternatives to choose from on the high street so make a statement in your favourite.
  • Boots. The look for boots this year is taller than the ‘shoe-boot’ we have become accustomed to. Up to the knee, neutral flats are most flattering and we love them in suede.
  • Shoulder detail. On Balmain style frocks and tops or sharp-shouldered blazers and jackets, this 80s look is huge – so why not embrace the revival.
  • Woollen Beanie hats in this season’s berry shades. They look fab and are really toasty!
  • Printed and patterned tights to help you keep warm and look great. These tights are an easy way to add interest to your outfit and will look great with the shorter hemline dresses that are going nowhere this season despite the colder weather.
  • Tweed. Get classy in tailored tweed. Skirts, shorts and blazers are all bang on trend for autumn and you don’t have to be posh to wear them!
  • Long sleeved mini-dresses. Perfect with your patterned tights and flat knee-high boots!
  • Studded handbags. For an instantly more edgy look try a rock chic style studded bag – great paired with legging jeans.
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