When I started this project, ‘Models From Elsewhere’, I pictured model apartments decorated with family mementos. Maybe knick-knacks on mantlepieces or photos tacked to a wall. But no, the reality is that models, by their nomadic nature, don’t have lots of possessions, they keep their photos as most Gen Y-ers do – inside their phones and laptops. Instead they have wearable keepsakes; in the case of Andrea Lindstrom from Union Models, jewellery, perfume, and her brothers’ sweatshirts. Continue reading
How cheery are Mich Dulce’s new millinery pics from her AW13 look book? I spotted these darling hats on her stand at London Fashion Week in February, where Michelle told me about about the sustainable methods they’re made from. (They’re handmade from traditional Filipino T’nalak fabric, handwoven by women who Michelle trains as part of a social enterprise scheme.) Continue reading
Henry Holland certainly knows how to build a brand. He’s the celebs’ favourite, has a coveted Debenhams range (don’t knock it, it’s most designers’ bread and butter) and his Pretty Polly tights sell in their thousands. Just in are these colour-drenched images of his new eyewear collection which lands at Browns and Houseofholland.com this week. Continue reading
Bill Cunningham on good and bad taste and the influence of globalisation and gay marriage at Paris Fashion Week…
It’s weird how you don’t really get beauty street style blogs. I mean, there’s a bit on The Sartorialist and Vanessa Jackman but it’s not highlighted as such and I’m not so aware of beauty street style as ‘a thing’. And yet the changes in hair and make-up over the years are often more pronounced than in clothing trends. Continue reading
I just watched Garage Magazine’s mini documentary on Style Bubble but in case you haven’t seen it, here it is again. Filming began a year ago and the result is a good 9-minute sum-up of the Fashion Week street style phenomenon. Tim Blanks makes most of the commentary but Imran Amed from Business of fashion is also featured, as is Susie Bubble and Phil Oh.
This London Fashion Week, I had a conversation with a well known street style photographer who mentioned that they have noticed a change. Some of their regulars have now decided they don’t want to be photographed, they’re actively ignoring street style photographers, even when in the past they were quite chummy. It’s not surprising to me. What die-hard fashionista wants to be seen embracing something once it’s been tainted with the naff brush? (I’m not saying street style is naff, but the bad publicity in this context could have that effect.)
I love to see how people store and display their jewellery and beauty products . If you want to be featured on Into The Gloss, you’d better have a ton of Chanel products, store your cotton buds in old Diptyque glass containers and display the lot on an antique silver tray. Like this lot for example…
Stylist Vanessa Traina
Self Service mag has gone all 90s tomboy for Spring 13. “This issue is very different. It’s more in the tomboy, early-’90s direction — still glamorous, though. I think it’s somewhat of a reaction to what we’ve done in the past,” creative director Suzanne Koller told Into the Gloss. In fact, it sounds like the whole mag is full of natural-looking, androgynous styling on really hot girls, minus what Koller calls ‘bimbo-style posing’. Issue 38 is out 6th March.
Thu Thu is the latest in a long line of contemporary labels bridging the gap between girly and grown up. I love these breezy campaign images by Lena Emery and the fabric mixing that designer Thuy Duong Nguyen incorporates. She uses vintage upcycled fabrics from Vietnam for her dresses, skirts and signature biker jackets. Buy now from Browns and Matches (coming soon). Continue reading