Models Direct loves Kate Moss for Topshop!

The first photographs of Kate Moss’s Autumn/Winter ad campaign for this season’s Topshop range are here, and they look awesome. We love the clothes here at the Models Direct offices, and will be heading out to buy a few items as soon as they become available. What do you think?

– Lauren @ Models Direct

A random discovery…

I’ve come to believe that all the best discoveries are made during bouts of extreme procrastination. I bet the Greek Philosophers all sat around on rocks all day, remarking on the weather and avoiding their responsibilities – and hey, they came up with some pretty good ideas we still use today, which really only goes to prove my point…

But, rambling aside, I must share the following kitsch, procrastination-inspired find:

Models Direct: Wooden Memo Block
Models Direct: Wooden Memo Block

It’s a memo pad made to look like a block of wood. Now how amazing is that?!

-Lauren @ Models Direct

Models Direct’s Top 5 Modelling Tips

Models Direct: Tips
Models Direct: Tips

1. Believe in yourself

If you don’t believe you can do something, it makes it 100 times more difficult to achieve what you’re aiming for. Believe that you can be a great model, and you will be!


2. Be interested

If you’re going on a promotional photoshoot, know what you’re promoting! You can easily do a free Google search and find out information about what a company does or advertises – they’ll be super-impressed you’ve done your research.


3. Follow instructions

The photographer will know exactly what he or she is doing. If you’re not sure, just make sure you’re paying careful attention to everything they’re saying.


4. Use your imagination

If you have to be in character, get into your role and be imaginative about it. It will help make the photos looking fantastic.

5. Have fun

If you’re enjoying yourself, you’ll find it much easier to look natural and relaxed, and that really is the most important thing!

– Lauren @ 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

Victoria Beckham to leave Armani

Models Direct: Victoria Beckham
Models Direct: Victoria Beckham

The 35-year-old former Spice Girl, successful model and wife of David Beckham has announced she won’t be baring (almost) all for Emporio Armani any longer.

At present, Victoria appears alongside her footballer husband in adverts for the designer underwear, in a deal worth £12 million a year.

However, after two Armani campaigns, she has decided to leave the label, reportedly in favour of turning all her efforts towards her fashion range.

An inside source has said: “Professionally, Victoria has never been busier. She had her dVb 2010 collection to launch and will be in New York for Fashion Week. There are only so many hours in the day.”

Husband David Beckham, whose contract is worth £20 million, will not be leaving the Armani campaign.

– Lauren @ Models Direct

Women’s magazine puts male nudity on the shelf!

Models Direct: Filament
Models Direct: Filament

New women’s magazine ‘Filament’ is launching a campaign to combat the explicit images of women available at newsagents – by ensuring there are male pictorials to accompany them!

The publication wants to print images of “high photographic and erotic quality” in a magazine aimed at women, but they are facing conflict in doing this from printers.

In order for them to create their magazine, which is “designed fro the female gaze”, they need to sell 328 copies of their first issue, available now through their website. If you’d like to help make history and print the first ever explicit male pictorial in a British women’s magazine, get your copy now!

– Lauren @ Models Direct