How can she even walk in these?!
This show is everything that’s wrong with the world.
Is fashion week finally getting more diverse?
Since when did being comfortable in my own body require courage?
There’s not much for your imagination to do here…
When I was 14, my life revolved around my friends and school. I watched MTV, complained about too much homework, and didn’t really think about the future.
When you’re 14, you’re not a child anymore, but you’re definitely not an adult either. You’re a teenager: mostly naive and pretty clueless. Signing a $200,000 contract with Dior when you’ve just started puberty might seem impossible, but it’s exactly what happened to Israeli girl Sofia Mechetner.
It’s a modern fairy tale: Living in poverty with her mother and two younger siblings, Sofia gets signed by a modeling agency who send her to Paris where she is at the right time at the right place (a Dior boutique where designer Raf Simons happened to be too) and gets offered a lot of money for seemingly little work.
Shortly after, she walks in a Dior fashion show wearing a very sheer dress, which of course gives her and the fashion label a lot of publicity. Apparently it was “all for art” and not meant to look sexy. Right.
Sofia is of course happy to earn money to support her family, Dior is happy to have found such a beautiful girl, and they lived happily ever after. Now, let’s talk about the problem here, shall we?
Why does a multi-million dollar designer house feel the need to pay a young teenager to wear their clothes, which are meant to be bought by adult women? Why does anybody think it is a good idea to take a young girl out of school and put her on a runway with hundreds of (adult) photographers taking pictures of her with her not yet fully developed breasts showing through the transparent fabric of her dress?
When you are 14, you don’t know what your rights are. You feel self-concious and insecure and you will believe anything you are told, because you don’t know any better. In other words, you are easily exploited. You are exploited of your kindness and innocence, and most of all, your time to be a child.
The fashion world is tough and even though we are constantly confronted with youthfulness, it is a very adult world. The CFDA and the British Fashion Council have banned models under the age of 16 from New York and London Fashion Week, but Paris remains irreverent.
There is no need for any 14-year old girl to model. Enjoy your childhood and teenage years. Hang out at shopping centres, play sports and worry about exams, not about photo shoots. Once you’re 18, you’ll have enough time to do all the adult things you were naively looking forward to.
I don’t blame Sofia or her family for taking this opportunity, but I am disappointed by Dior. When they made the decision to sign Sofia, they didn’t just make a business decision, they changed a girl’s life. Let’s hope they changed it for the better.
Image via web.de
The Cannes Film Festival 2015 may be about movies, but let’s face it, the red carpet in Cannes is just as exciting as the movie line-up. Packed with A-list stars and set in one of the most beautiful locations in the world, this festival definitely brings a whole lot of glamour to France.
So it makes sense that the celebrities attending the Cannes Festival give it their all when it comes to their red carpet looks. This year, it wasn’t just the stunning gowns that impressed, but also the stars’ hair and make up, which proved to be anything but boring.
If you need a bit of hair and make up inspo in your life right now, have a look at the following styles:
Rooney Mara put an interesting twist on the topknot with her hair half-down-half-up in a messy bun. It’s a casual contrast to her very feminine lace dress and works perfectly with her minimal make up and strong brows.
L’Oreal ambassador and model Barbara Palvin looked smoking in a semi-transparent black dress, but it was all about her eyes. Who said black liquid eyeliner should only be used on the top eyelid? Take a hint from Barbara and frame your entire eye in deep black to create the ultimate cat eye. Keep the rest of your make up natural as less is more.
Petra Nemcova’s half braided hairstyle is a romantic take on the popular undercut and a lot less scary than a half shaved head. It might take some practice, but this hairstyle is a showstopper.
Natalie Portman doesn’t need much to look absolutely beautiful, which she proved with a simple updo and nude lips, but who would have thought that metallic blue eyeliner can look this amazing? If you have brown eyes like Natalie, don’t shy away from a bit of blue and lots of black mascara to frame your eyes.
Lastly, the hottest model of the moment, Karlie Kloss, pulled off the no-makeup-makeup-look to perfection. Just a hint of pink on the lips and cheeks and loose wavy hair is all it takes to make Karlie look a million dollars. The key to this natural look? Perfect looking skin and strong eyebrows.
Images via popsugar, vogue.co.uk
It’s the end of an era in the fashion industry: Supermodel Gisele Bundchen retired from the runway last week.
During her 20-year career, Gisele walked for every designer imaginable. And while she could have chosen some of the biggest names in fashion for her last catwalk appearance, the 34-year old stuck to her roots and chose Brazilian label Colcci’s fashion show during Sao Paulo Fashion Week for her farewell.
With her fierce and confident walk, Gisele knows how to own the runway, so let’s take a look at Gisele Bundchen’s best runway moments ever:
2005: If people didn’t know who Gisele was before the 2005 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, they definitely knew afterwards. Gisele’s opening of this iconic show with her little red devil wings and a multi million dollar fantasy bra is one of the best runway moments in history. It’s the epitome of the supermodel-walk.
2007: One of John Galliano’s best runway shows for Dior, the 60th anniversary of Dior, was of course opened by Gisele who walked down the runway at the Orangerie in Versailles in a black suit inspired by one of Dior’s first creations from the 1940s.
2007: In the same year, Gisele opened another iconic show in an another iconic look, the metallic bustier dress by Dolce&Gabbana. It became one of the most popular dresses of the season and was seen numerous times on the red carpet and in music videos, such as Leona Lewis’ ‘Bleeding Love’.
2010: Fast forward three years and Gisele had not only married Tomy Brady, but also given birth to their son Benjamin. Only 6 months later, Gisele returned to the catwalk looking better than ever, making new mums all over the world jealous.
2014: In 2014, Karl Lagerfeld became slightly obsessed with Gisele and made her the face of Chanel No5, chose her for several campaigns, and of course also let her open his Chanel fashion show which was staged as a protest for equality. Gisele lead the way with her megaphone in head to toe knitted Chanel.
2015: All good things must come to an end. Gisele strutted her stuff down her last runway accompanied by other models wearing t-shirts with famous photos of Gisele on them. I guess you can never have enough Gisele.
Images via Popsugar, news.com.au, giselebundchenfan.com, independent.co.uk
There is no rest for the wicked, especially the wicked in the fashion industry. And so after the latest trends debuted in New York, the shows continued across the big pond at London Fashion Week. The British capital is the home of some of the most popular designer labels of the moment, including Christopher Kane, Maria Katrantzou, and Burberry Prorsum.
Known for its more edgy fashion compared to other fashion weeks, London didn’t disappoint, showing bold prints and lots of colour on the runways. There were four trends in the autumn/winter collections that most designers seemed to agree on:
Primarily reserved for geeks in high school, turtleneck sweaters might have a major comeback next season. They sure keep you warm and the good news is – if Jonathan Saunders’ collection is anything to go by – there will be silk turtlenecks which are not only super chic, but also perfect for warmer weather.
2. Vinyl Pants
This is not for the timid, but shiny vinyl and lamé pants were seen on numerous runways in London, reminding us of some horrible outfits we wore in the 90s. The blue and green colour might make this an even harder trend to pull off, but paired with neutrals it can be a bold yet classy fashion statement.
You cannot go wrong with head-to-toe black. In order for it not to be boring, though, combine different fabrics and textures or show a bit of leg as seen on Simone Rochas’ runway.
It was all in the details at Peter Pilotto and Burberry Prorsum. Clothes were adorned with stitched patterns and gems, making jewellery an unnecessary accessory. So forget the statement necklace next season and invest in an embroidered statement dress instead.
images via style.com
It’s that time of the year again, fashion season kicked off with New York Fashion Week, giving us an idea of the trends we’ll be wearing soon.The city that never sleeps is even more awake during this crazy time with fashionistas flocking to the runways and celebrities fighting over front row seats. While there is a lot of hustle and bustle, in the end it all comes down to the fashion shows.
With London, Milan, and Paris Fashion Week to follow, New York’s designers are the first ones to show the fashion obsessed how they are supposed to dress in about 6 months time. Curious? I spotted the following trends:
1. Sheer skirts
Showing some skin without looking “cheap” can be quite tough, but the easy solution is sheer fabric. Jason Wu, Diane von Furstenberg, and Derek Lam show how it’s done with dresses that cover and reveal just enough.
2. Bright red
The Fall collections are usually rather full of neutral tones and lots of black, but this season there was a popping colour on almost every runway. Bright Red will be a must have, especially when it comes to coats.
3. Buckle up
The body part that we want to accentuate next season is definitely the waist. Belts around the models’ waists in all sizes and shapes served as the it-accessory at Opening Ceremony and Jason Wu, making even the most androgynous look a little bit more feminine.
Yes, it’s a tricky colour to pull off, but according to Derek Lam, DKNY, and Zoe Jordan, Turquoise is the new Black. Pair it with Whites for a crisp, beachy look or make a bold statement by pairing Turquoise with Browns and Reds.
Images via style.com
Social media went into a frenzy over the weekend as ‘unretouched’ images of Cindy Crawford surfaced from a three-year-old shoot the model did for Marie Claire magazine in the US.
The photographs of the 49-year-old mother-of-two went viral after being leaked on Twitter and showed the ’90s supermodel to have the lumps and bumps that the majority of middle-aged mums have on their bodies.
SHOCK HORROR! Cindy Crawford is human! The fact that the internet went with images only goes to show how desensitised we are to heavily photoshopped images bombarding us at every turn.
The fact that a relatively normal, yet still quite stunning, human being has some cellulite and a little padding is shocking to us is reveals an interesting swing.
It is the honest depiction of women that is shocking to us. We are no longer up in arms about heavily retouched images and the portrayal of ‘perfect’ female forms. But the exact opposite.
In a world where teenage girls can photoshop or ‘facetune’ their own selfies, it seems nobody wants to expose or see ‘real’ images – where does that leave the unreal expectations that all women and girls are now subject to?
Where do you see this unreal perception of women heading? Tell us your thoughts.
We have less than a week to go before the biggest runway event of the year – the Victoria’s Secret fashion show. This landmark event has been running since 1995 and has transcended a mere catwalk show. With performances from the biggest pop acts in the world, and the industry’s biggest supermodel names, there is no doubt why the Victoria’s Secret special is the only fashion show to be broadcast internationally on mainstream tv networks. The show will be aired on Tuesday, December 9 on CBS, and here is everything you need to know in the lead up to the big night.
1. The Angels
To be granted your Victoria’s Secret “wings” is the modelling equivalent of winning an Oscar. These ladies are at the top of the beauty game, only to be exceeded by retired Angels, such as Tyra Banks, Gisele Bundchen, Miranda Kerr. The line-up this year includes: Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Behati Prinsloo, Candice Swanepoel, Doutzen Kroes, Karlie Kloss, Lily Aldridge and Lindsay Ellingson.
2. Their Instagram Accounts
Follow your favorite model on Instagram for the biggest scoop. Start with the Victoria’s Secret account (@victoriassecret), and try resident photographer Jerome Duran (@jeromeduran) for bonus snaps. To get in on the action, use the official hashtag #VSFashionShow.
Adriana Lima – @adrianalima
Alessandra Ambrosio – @alessandraambrosio
Behati Prinsloo – @behatiprinsloo
Candice Swanepoel – @angelcandices
Doutzen Kroes – @doutzen
Karlie Kloss – @karliekloss
Lily Aldridge – @lilyaldridge
Lindsay Ellingson – @lindsellingson
3. The Fantasy Bra
Among the big news this year is that there will be TWO Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bras. For the first time, Brazilian duo Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosia will be filling out the bras, which are valued at $2 million each! The most expensive lingerie sets in the world are encrusted with thousands of amethysts, topaz, diamonds, sapphires, garnets and 18k gold… essentially enough bling to enrich a small country.
4. The other models
According to the casting agents, the recipe for VS models is personality, proportions (well, duh), glowing skin and a killer smile. There are rumored to be 44 models hitting the catwalk in this year’s show. Keep an eye on the fresh faces of 2014 because this year’s newcomers might be the next Gisele. Victoria’s Secret posts a casting video each year, take a look at this year’s competition.
5. The Music
This year Taylor Swift (who also performed at last year’s show), Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande and Hozier will be taking the stage (runway?) to provide the strut-worthy soundtrack.
6. Cara Delevingne And Kendall Jenner Will NOT Be Walking
I repeat, Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner will not be walking. For those who passionately follow VS news, this might be a big deal since these have been two of VS’ most famous faces in the past. This year, Delevingne and Jenner passed up the gig in favor of their old pal Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel. It’s tough being a model, right?
Images via Instagram, News.com.au, Fashion Gone Rogue, Daily Mirror UK, Huffington Post, Sydney Morning Herald
Have you ever experienced extreme eyebrow envy with supermodels Cara Delevingne, Bambi Northwood-Blyth and Jennifer Hawkins? Help is at hand, dear reader, to help you get supermodel eyebrows thanks to Veet Beauty Director and skin health expert Amy Erbacher (pictured). Eyebrows are crucial for an overall chic, polished look this winter, because they accentuate your facial features, make your eyes pop and frame your face.
To start, Amy’s top tools of the trade include Veet’s Face Precision Wax and Care, a great pair of sharp tweezers like Tweezerman and Becca Cosmetics Brow Shaping Gel in clear. Next up, it’s time for action.
Veet’s 3 simple steps to achieving perfect symmetrical brows:
With pencil or brow brush, line this up directly with your nostril (nasal fold) – that’s where your eyebrow should start – and make a small point.
Continue with tool and place at the end of the nasal fold and angle tool to the centre of your iris – this is where your eyebrow should arch.
Take tool to the outside corner of eye and leave a mark – that’s where your eyebrow should end. Next, place your tool under the brows to see if the start and end of your eyebrows align with each other. Before you go ahead and wax, lightly fill brows in with a pencil in swift, feathery movements.
After drawing your desired shape, brush upwards by using a brush or comb to create more lift and volume. Then, proceed to wax!
Top waxing tips
- Keep it simple; work with what you were born with.
- Always perform a patch test if you’ve not used a product before, then wait 24 hours and if you have had no adverse reactions, then proceed to wax.
- Relax your face when shaping eyebrows to keep to natural shape.
- During the styling process, step away from the mirror from time-to-time to ensure you have a fresh set of eyes and don’t overdo it.
- Pluck the odd, stray hair to maintain tidiness in between brow waxes every 4-6 weeks, but don’t pick at them too much otherwise your hair will grow at different stages, causing uneven brows.
The Bambi is a natural, full brow left unruly.
Keep brows simple and only wax and tweeze a few stray hairs underneath.
- Start by brushing brows upwards for a natural shape.
- Apply gel to an angled brush and then to the brows in feathery, swift movements; fill in the gaps. To finish, brush the eyebrows upwards, using a clear gel.
How to get the Jennifer
The Jennifer sees brows softly angled and a thicker shape.
The brow starts full and thick and then tapers towards the temple.
- Brush eyebrows upward and groom into shape using a comb.
- To create more of a defined look under the brow, apply a slightly darker shade of powder. Tap excess off onto a tissue, so you don’t get that harsh line.
- Don’t press too hard – use light, feathery and swift movements to fill them in.
- With a sharp pencil, continue to fill in the hairs with the direction of hair growth and define the end of brow where it tapers off towards the temple.
- Apply a clear gel to keep stray hairs in place.
How to get the Cara
The Cara is a modern brow icon of today – it’s a strong, bold brow.
Wax underneath the eyebrows to remove fluff, define the slight brow arch and tweeze out any stray hairs.
- With a brush, comb brows upwards for a natural shape.
- Apply pencil and a tinted gel two-to-three shades darker than your natural brow colour.
- To define the shape, apply pencil underneath the brows, then continue towards the end of the brow, where they taper towards the end of the eye.
- Apply a clear mascara wand brush, then clear eyebrow gel through to finish brow.
- If you want to achieve darker brows, add colour slowly, so you don’t overdo it. If you make a mistake, gently use your brow comb to brush it out, or a pointed cotton tip to erase.
The skinny model backlash, sparked at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, has continued with rumours that Myer dropped model/MTV VJ Kate Peck from an upcoming catalogue because she was to thin to model swimwear. Despite Myer sources refuting the claims, saying she was never intended to be included in the shoot, the allegations have refuelled the debate in Australia’s fashion industry.
During fashion week in Sydney this year controversy swirled over model Cassi Van Den Dungen slender physique and fashion heavyweights weighted into the debate over what was ‘too skinny’.
During the international event in April, designers Carla Zampatti and Alex Perry sent out a waif-life girls to model their latest collections causing a stir among the media commentators. At the time, Marie Claire editor Jackie Frank was said to be disgusted at the size of the models.
“When I saw those legs I nearly died,” she was quoted as saying. “I rang the model agent and said ‘why is that girl walking down the runway when she’s clearly not healthy?”
Cassi Van Den Dungen and fellow model Nicole Pollard were among the list of girls that many in media had labelled the most underweight, yet both have been extremely successful overseas and are at the top of the list when it comes to Australian models booking high-end fashion shows.
So how skinny is ‘too skinny’ in fashion?
Images via The Telegraph
Who says you have to be young to be a model? And a lingerie model at that?
Stunning Jacky O’Shaughnessy is 62 and American Apparel’s latest lingerie model, looking incredible in a strapless bra and lace knickers in the new ad.
“Sexy has no expiration date,” is the motto for the campaign, and we’re shouting bravo!
O’Shaughnessy is a regular model for the label’s Advanced Basics range, and judging by the overwhelmingly positive reaction to this campaign, expect to see a lot more of her (in a lot less).
And can we just talk about her hair? Amazing.
American Apparel are known for their controversial campaigns (case in point: their Valentine’s Day mannequins sporting full pubic hair) so even if we’re a little cynical at their intent, we can only applaud the result. More real-life models, please!
What do you think of American Apparel’s 62-year-old lingerie model?
Miranda Kerr might be one of the most successful supermodels in the world, but she admits that models don’t have the confidence the public assumes they do.
“Models are some of the most insecure people I’ve ever met,” she reveals in an interview in the November issue of US Cosmopolitan.
“They’re constantly being told they’re not good enough. You’ve really got to practice loving yourself.”
Kerr, 30, has been modelling since she was 13, and dealt with her fair share of pressure. “There was so much rejection in the beginning.’
But now, as one of the highest-paid supermodels, mum to two-year-old son Flynn, wife to Orlando Bloom and running her own organic skincare brand KORA Organics, she says her “life is more balanced than ever.”
Kerr gushed about her hubbie, currently starring in Romeo and Juliet on Broadway: “For someone to be able to learn all that and hold the energy to do it every day, six days a week – I have so much respect for him.”
While the couple are often apart – she is currently in Paris for Paris Fashion Week, while he hits the stage in New York – she says when they are together that traditional husband-wife roles are very important to her.
“Let the man do some things for you, because if he cares for you, he will want to.” As for her, she likes to get into her “feminine role” by putting on sexy underwear and red lipstick.”
Kerr also pointed out that she’s not just a pretty face: “I’m a lot stronger than people think.
“I’m that person who says, no matter what the problem is, there’s a solution. That’s the way my brain is wired. If someone says to me, ‘Well, that’s not possible. It can’t happen,’ I say, ‘Yes it is. I’m going to sit here and show you that it can.’ I can take no for an answer and accept it – but if there’s a solution and I can make it work, why wouldn’t I?”
As for how she maintains her killer body, she explains that she adheres to a 80 per cent healthy and 20 per cent indulgent lifestyle.
“We’re human, it’s good to be able to have a little indulgence,” she said. “You do the best you can and make conscious decisions.”
What do you think about Miranda Kerr’s outlook on life?
There are Supermodels, there are Ubermodels and then there’s Naomi Campbell.
A Supermodel’s Ubermodel. The very definition of fierce.
Reknowned for her lateness, her unbelievable beauty, cheekbones, bee-stung lips and that killer body, Naomi Campbell is heading to Australia in early November to begin production on her modelling reality show The Face.
Already a smash hit in the US and UK, The Face is a modelling competition like no other.
Naomi, who is co-executive producer as well as modelling ‘mentor’ (don’t call her a ‘judge’) will lead the local charge to hunt for the ‘face’ of a major Australian brand. The show’s host and Naomi’s two other model ‘mentors’ are yet to be announced but the buzz is already building.
The buzz, naturally, is focusing on Campbell, who at 43 has been strutting the runway and striking poses for 27 years – a feat unheard of in the youth obsessed fashion industry.
The modelling icon, known for her diva antics and difficult persona, is perhaps just misunderstood.
“I’m very direct.” She says. “Am I bossy? Absolutely. I don’t like to lose, and if I’m told no then I find another way to get my yes. But I’m a loyal person. And I’m generous and I don’t bullshit.”
Whilst Naomi paints herself as a protective ‘mother hen’ to her girls, she admits she practises tough love and discipline with a healthy dose of encouragement.
“No, I’m not a friend. When I came on board, I agreed to be a mentor, not a friend. We care about our girls – that’s just a normal thing to happen. But in order for you to have some type of authority, you can’t be a friend,” said Naomi, in a recent interview with UK InStyle.
“I’m straight up, I’m honest. When my girls do something great, I praise them and pamper them. And when they do something wrong I’m gonna tell them. I’m not going to sugarcoat it, because they’re not going to get it sugarcoated in the real world. Everyone makes mistakes but you have to learn from those mistakes if you want to get on.” She recently told The Guardian Weekend.
Campbell was discovered as a 15-year-old schoolgirl from Streatham, south London in 1985. She was spotted by a model agent as she window-shopped in Covent Garden and before she turned 16, she was on the cover of British Elle.
When Naomi struts the catwalk now, she is a special guest of the designer, like recently when she opened and closed at the Versace haute couture show in July in Paris. But it was the late 80s to mid 90s that Naomi believes was the golden age to be a model.
“In my era we’d get a phone call from John (Galliano) before the show: this is what the show’s about, what do you think? And we’d talk about it; we knew what the inspiration was, we really understood the collection and where the designer was coming from and so knew what kind of vibe to have,” She told The Guardian Weekend.
Naomi believes, as the fashion industry has expanded, models have been sidelined.
“If we [Christy, Naomi, Linda, Cindy etc] were on a different level to the models now, that’s because we had a relationship with the designers, so it was a real collaboration. And the photographers too – we were so close to Steven Meisel, to Mario [Testino]. When I started, the designers saw you in castings and chose you. We went for dinner and hung out. Now you’ve got casting directors, and production. There’s more of a gap between the model and the designer, because there are all these other people in the middle.”
Naomi is insistent on the word ‘mentor’. The word ‘judge’ does not sit well with her.
“I like the word mentor. I don’t want to judge someone. I like sharing my knowledge with my girls, and anything they ask me I’ll try to do to help them. Any of my real friends who know me, know that’s how I am.”
One of Naomi’s recent tweets about heading to Australia: ‘I can’t wait to get to Australia to start my search for The Face! Here I come @FOX8tv #TheFaceAU’
Are you going to watch The Face Australia with Naomi Campbell?
Perfect for summer, the milkmaid braids seen at the Rebecca Minkoff S/S 2014 show at New York Fashion Week this weekend are a fun look for anyone with long hair. Inspired by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, pair this hairstyle with boho dresses or printed summer tops and denim shorts.
Here’s how TRESemme stylist Jeanie Syfu created the look backstage at the show:
1. Prep damn hair with TRESemme 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse and rough dry.
2. Create a messy zig-zag side part, from the hairline to the centre of the nape, and clip to separate.
3. From the heavier side of the hair part, take another zig-zag section behind the eat and clip, creating three separate section.
4. Back brush the hair for texture and create a ponytail in each section, starting from behind the eat.
5. Tease lengths of hair and spray lightly with TRESemme 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray.
6. Create a 4-strand braid with each ponytail and fasten with an elastic.
7. Wrap braids around the top of the head, tucking the ends of the braids under and fasten with bobby pins.
8. Finish with TRESemme Fresh Start Colour Care Dry Shampoo for a matte finish.
Are you a fan of milkmaid braids?