Front Row at London Fashion Week

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?

Underwear as Outerwear

Models Direct: Underwear as Outerwear
Models Direct: Underwear as Outerwear

It’s not the most subtle of fashion trends but apparently we’re meant to have our underwear on show for the end of 2009 and 2010, and there are number of different styles you can go for.

The main style (also the most risqué) is going for exposed hold-ups. It’s been popular with fashion blogs, celebrities and even the more daring women of the general public. There are more patterned hold-ups and tights in the shops now so I suppose this will draw attention away from the fact that they are actually hold-ups.

If you like the idea of having your hold-ups on show but are a bit self-conscious, you could always copy Michelle Alves who appeared in Vogue Brazil, May 2009, wearing them over jeans. This just seems a bit silly really, I hope it doesn’t catch on.

Finally, you could go grunge with the ripped tights look, first seen in Alexander Wang’s autumn/winter 2008 collection. Just looks a bit messy to me, but at least I don’t have to worry about laddering my tights when I’m out and about. Which happens. Frequently.

And if you want to go all out, you could copy some ideas from John Galliano and his recent couture collection!

What do you think? Do we want our underwear exposed, or is it something better left to the imagination?

Models Direct: Underwear as Outerwear
Models Direct: Underwear as Outerwear

– Kathy @ Models Direct

Summer Trend – Ripped Denim

Denim has featured quite a lot on the catwalks this year, both in the men’s and women’s collections, with Vogue saying “where denim’s concerned, anything goes.” It can be baggy, skinny, pale or dark; as long as it’s denim it doesn’t matter.

Ripped denim has been especially popular in Spring/Summer 2009 collections from designers such as Balmain, Dolce & Gabbana (both below) and Christopher Kane. I also love the ‘rock-chic’ Spring/Summer 2009 collection from Evil Twin which features some great ripped denim boyfriend shorts.

Celebrities such as Lily Allen, Victoria Beckham and Nicole Richie have also been seen wearing the style.

I think less is more with this style, even if it’s only for the reason that summer will soon be over and I imagine that the jeans could get pretty breezy with too many holes. At least the look can easily be achieved with a bit of D.I.Y. and a cheap pair of jeans, and it would suit this season’s biker glam style.

What do you think? Does this style look good or does it just look messy?

Models Direct: Ripped Denim
Models Direct: Ripped Denim

Models Direct: Ripped Denim
Models Direct: Ripped Denim
Models Direct: Ripped Denim
Models Direct: Ripped Denim

– Kathy @ Models Direct

Working in the fashion industry is “not about thinking that it’s the cool thing; it’s about really believing in it”

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?

Models Direct: Working in the fashion industry
Models Direct: Working in the fashion industry

– Kathy @ Models Direct