Wendy and Jahmel were modelling top designer Ben de Lisi’s hospital gowns.
Once again at London Fashion Week Christopher Bailey wowed fashion- lovers everywhere with his Burberry Prorsum collection. But if you can’t quite afford the designer brand, Models Direct explains how to get the Autumn/Winter 2010 Burberry look on a budget.
Military. The military trend from spring and summer shows is set to continue into the winter. Burberry has a history of involvement with the armed forces and this was prominent in the ‘salute to the services’ themed collection.
The trend can be achieved with jackets featuring gold buttons, numerous buckles around the sleeves and zipped pockets. Jackets also had zips around the waist to crop the jackets into shorter versions. For women, jackets were either worn open and oversized with large shoulders or trim and tailored, nipped in at the waist.
Colours. The colours on the catwalk were all kept quite murky with greens, browns and navy being most prominent. However, things were brightened up with rich purples, vibrant blues and bright mustard shades.
Boots. Over-the-knee boots is obviously another trend that plans to stick around, with Burberry’s being thigh thigh-high, pointy-toed and in snakeskin effect. If this is a bit too daring for you, sheepskin-lined buckled boots were also seen on the catwalk in knee and ankle lengths. No doubt there will be some much more wearable versions in the high street when autumn rolls round again. Lace Lace-up boots were also a popular choice for the menswear.
Fabrics. Fur, sheepskin and leather were prominent features on the coats on the catwalk, but Models Direct recommends you go faux if you’re thinking of wearing fur. The bulkiness of these bulky fabrics were contrasted and feminised with delicate lace and satin.
All in all the Burberry collection was attractive and wearable and one that Models Direct feel will be easy to emulate for autumn and winter.
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To be a fitting model you need to have the exact measurements a client requires so if you’ve got a good body it can be great area of modelling to get into. Fitting models are used to showcase collections to potential buyers when a clothes hanger just wouldn’t do the outfit justice.
Recently, one of our male models Reney did some fitting modelling for Ideal Europe, a shirt making company in Watford, Hertfordshire. It was something he found to be new and exciting. He was asked to model lots of different outfits and describe the fit to those at Ideal Europe as well as have photographs taken for in-house use.
“The assignment went extremely smoothly as all staff involved were extremely friendly which made me feel at ease,” Reney told one Models Direct coordinator. “It felt exciting, like starting a new career.” He also offered some words of advice for other potential models, “it’s not as easy as everyone thinks!”
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How many of us have been tempted in the last few months to buy cheaper clothing that may not be built to last? Certain items such as school uniforms and some other children’s clothes can be picked up at surprisingly low prices right now from certain stores. These low-cost items are often considered disposable fashions by the buyer – they are cheap, they get a lot of wear and tear and children grow out of them quickly. Before you know it, they are in the bin.
Then there are the adult and child fashion items from outlets like Primark. Shoppers know that some of these items may not last, but they are low cost, often quite up to date in terms of fashion, and, as they will probably go out of fashion altogether within a season or two, why not treat them as ‘throwaway fashions’?
Is this acceptable? Or do we need to think more about the implications of this type of purchase?
Mike Webster, a representative of the charity Waste Watch, believes we should consider the real cost of ‘affordable fashion’. “If manufacturers and retailers had to bear the environmental cost of producing such cheap clothes, they might think again about their prices and quality,” he says. “Every time a £2 T-shirt gets thrown into the bin, it ends up costing the taxpayer in the expense of taking it to the landfill, and it taking up space in the landfill.”
According to a committee of MPs, council tips have seen the proportion of textile waste rise from 7% to 30% in the last five years.
Asda, Tesco and Primark’s clothing sales all performed well last year, and with all three offering ultra cheap clothing it is good to hear that Asda for one is addressing this issue. They have stated that their clothing is not intended to be ‘disposable’ and that any parent can return the George school uniform range for up to 100 days rather than the usual 28 days if they are unhappy with the quality. If the scheme is a success they may go on to review their entire refund policy to cover adult clothing in this way.
Tesco said it would consider looking at its return policy, but for now insists that their school uniform offers (which can buy you –two pairs of trousers, three shirts and a sweat top for less than £11) are simply “good quality at good prices”.
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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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!
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.
This is floating around the internet at the moment as probably the funniest photo from London Fashion Week (18th-22nd September) and here at Models Direct we can’t help but chuckle.
US Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour seems very unimpressed by being stuck next to the fashion youngsters Alexa Chung and Pixie Geldof at the Twenty8Twelve show.
A stern-faced Wintour looks obviously annoyed (look at her body language!) sitting next to Alexa and Pixie, who hugged and pulled faces throughout the show.
Ok, so if I’d have been there they probably would have annoyed me too, but does anyone else think Anna should lighten up a bit?
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
For lots of people, working in the fashion industry would be a dream job, whether it’s as a designer, a model or a photographer. Reality TV shows such as Stylista, Project Runway and the Next Top Model series’ have inspired more people to try and get into this line of work.
However, according to Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue magazine, these programmes are making work in the fashion industry too easy. They are encouraging people to do it because it’s the ‘in’ thing, rather than, as she says, “believing in it.”
Her advice is: “Don’t go too fast. Because of reality television, everyone imagines they can just be a fashion designer, photographer, or model. That’s not the way things go. Learn your craft.”
This opinion is fair enough, but maybe just a little bit hypocritical. Vogue has announced that it is making its own series of short videos, Model.Live, to be shown on Vogue.TV online starting on August 19th. Apparently it’s not reality TV, “just amateurs live”. The show will follow three models through their work at the major fashion weeks and address any issues that arise including eating disorders or depression. It’s costing them a huge $3 million dollars to make (the shows are only 8 minutes long which means about $31,000 a minute) so lets hope it’s worth it!
Are programmes like this worth it, inspiring a new generation for the fashion industry? Or are they just a waste of money?
– Kathy @ Models Direct