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

The end for the world’s most loved/hated shoe?

Models Direct: The end for the worlds most loved/hated shoe?
Models Direct: The end for the world's most loved/hated shoe?

You either love them or absolutely despise them, so there will be mixed response to the possible end for Crocs shoes. The Colorado-based company has lost $185m and has recently cut 2,000 jobs. This doesn’t seem too surprising; there are plenty of cheaper versions around which are much better than the £25 ish that you’d pay for an authentic pair (especially if you’re buying them for children who are likely to need larger sizes regularly). As well as this, they’re supposedly very hardwearing, meaning fewer repeat purchases from adults.

I was never a fan, but (I hear) they do have their positives. They’re good for lazy people who can’t be bothered to tie shoelaces. They’re good for wading through rivers (not a huge selling point for many people I’m guessing) and are good beach shoes.

But they do also have their disadvantages.  Despite the air holes, I’m guessing they can get pretty uncomfortable (and smelly) in hot weather. I’ve never worn a pair though, so that’s just an assumption. They’re not good for children who like to run around – there seem to have been lots of complaints from parents about accidents.

I had a bit of a giggle reading all the comments left about this article. Whether they’re great or not, Crocs have certainly created a huge divide between people. So, what do you think? Love them or hate them?

– Kathy @ Models Direct