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

Daisy Lowe at Milan Fashion Week

Models Direct favourite Daisy Lowe was turning heads (as usual!) at this season’s Fashion Week in Milan. Modelling for Dolce & Gabbana, the 20-year-old supermodel donned a provocative, unique and interesting red outfit, which left little to the imagination!

There are rumours that the former London socialite will be returning to her British roots in 2010 after appearances in the city over London Fashion Week and after breaking up with on-off boyfriend Will Cameron, whom she moved to New York for.

What do you think of Daisy’s look in the images above?

Lauren @ Models Direct

Modelling Experience With Models Direct

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When you first start a modelling career it can be a bit daunting, but the more assignments you do the more confidence you gain, making the whole experience more enjoyable. Many models would be grateful for the opportunity to get some more experience at the start of their career, even if it did mean working for free!

This was the case when student Melanie approached Models Direct looking for four models who were willing to participate in a fashion show to raise funds for Cancer Research. Of course we were more than willing to help out and our team had no problem finding the four women to take part.

The lucky models were Rebecca H, Rebecca B, Carly and Emma. This was the first catwalk assignment for all of them and they had a great day. It was made even more special as it was for such a good cause.

“It’s everything I ever wanted to do so being a model for the day felt like the beginning of my dreams” comments Rebecca H. “It was a great experience and I would love to do it again.”

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Boris Johnson: Fashion Icon?

Of all the people that could appear on the cover of fashion magazine British Elle who would be most likely? I’m guessing Boris Johnson would be low on that list, if you’d even consider him at all!

But, as part of the 25 years of London Fashion Week celebrations, the Mayor of London is the ‘cover-boy’ of special edition copies of October’s issue. He’s also provided the editor’s letter for the magazine, one of only three blondes who have written it!

Boris obviously felt honoured to be given the opportunity, saying: “Lorraine took what for many might seem a huge risk. Who would have expected me to grace an Elle cover – or any other fashion magazine? The capital leads the world in producing innovative designers, so I’m thrilled to have been involved in this special issue celebrating 25 years of London Fashion Week.”

Is Boris Johnson about to get a new fashion icon status? Whatever next!?

October’s edition of Elle UK celebrating 25 years of London fashion is out now.

– Kathy @ Models Direct

Update on Sex And The City 2

Filming for the next Sex And The City film has officially begun!

Hollywood starlet Sarah Jessica Parker has been spotted in New York filming for the latest instalment of the franchise in which she portrays writer and fashionista Carrie Bradshaw.

She’s looking very stylish in this snapshot…

And it’s a blast from the past in this photo! This is taken from a flashback scene in the movie which shows Carrie first arriving in New York City.

After the immense success of the first film, it’s not surprising that things are on track. We can’t wait to see it!

Congratulations from Models Direct!

We want to say a big congratulations to designer Marc Jacobs who will be marrying advertising executive Lorenzo Martone this weekend.

The wedding is taking place in Massachusetts and apparently has a guest list of zero. No doubt they’ll be having a fantastic, and very fashionable, party afterwards though!

The designer has also recently confirmed that he’ll be hosting a party during New York Fashion Week in September, with Lady Gaga as the guest of honour. I can’t wait to see what she’ll be wearing. No doubt it’ll be something to blog about!

Models Direct: Marc Jacobs Marries
Models Direct: Marc Jacobs Marries

– Kathy @ Models Direct

High Five – a new kind of gloves!

I’m a big fan of high fives and I’ve just come across the perfect accessory for fellow high-fivers.

These mittens are from designer Kate Spade, sister-in-law of actor and comedian David Spade and the co-founder and namesake of Kate Spade New York.

With winter quickly approaching I would love a pair! I have the image of people walking around wintry cities, huddled up in their warm coats, seeing another person wearing these mittens and then spontaneously high-fiving each other… is this just me?

Annoyingly, they’re very expensive; $95 is far too much to spend on a pair of gloves, especially novelty gloves. Luckily they’re sold out at the moment anyway so I can avoid the temptation!

Models Direct: High Five Gloves
Models Direct: High Five Gloves

She has also designed this pair, perfect for hailing a cab!

Models Direct: Taxi Gloves
Models Direct: Taxi Gloves

I’m now trying to think of more witty glove designs… maybe I could take up knitting and make them myself!

– Kathy @ Models Direct

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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

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