What you’ll need
Cellophane or thin cardboard
Two paint brushes
Stanley knife Iron
1. Print off or draw your design onto a sheet of A4 paper. In a well-aired space, spray the back of the paper with repositionable glue and stick it onto the cellophane or cardboard. Cut out the design with a Stanley knife or pair of scissors.
2. Again using the repositionable glue, spray the back of your finished stencil and stick it onto the t-shirt. This prevents slippage when painting.
3. Paint an even layer over the stencil. For shadowed edges, sweep the brush outwards at the edges of the stencil. Make sure to protect the other side of the t-shirt from the paint by putting a magazine or piece of cardboard inside the t-shirt. Leave the paint to dry and peel off the stencil.
4. Add any details with another layer or colour of paint. I used grey paint for details in the middle of the flowers. Again, leave the paint to dry. Covering the t-shirt with a thin cloth, iron the flowers from the front side of the t-shirt.
In the mood for festival going? We asked a favourite blogger of ours, Elle Frost, to get into the DIY spirit. She came back with this floral t-shirt.
What you’ll need
One day she couldn’t care less about fashion. Four weeks later she’s on the cover of Vogue. In today’s fast-paced fashion world, a small-town girl can go from nowhere to everywhere in just one short season.
Freja. Arizona. Lindsey. Karlie. Cara. You probably know who we’re talking about. Their surnames are Erichsen, Muse, Wixson, Kloss and Delevingne. And they are some of today’s most popular models. The girls on whom fashion people get girl crushes, the ones they recognise instantly, and whose street style snaps are on Pinterest boards. These are the names that have leapt from the new faces board at their agency to the top of the industry’s must-use list.
Simply put, these girls all have that indefinable It – the magic that draws you in and makes them stand out in a line-up of dozens. “I speak for most agents when I say this: you know straight away,” says Premier Model Management’s Annie Wilshaw. “One beautiful Polaroid of a girl, and people get hooked. The hype comes from those raw digital pics at the very beginning, where the girl looks fresh-faced, with no make-up.”
THE INTANGIBLE EXTRA
A girl has to have more than just the physical requisites, however. She must have strength of character and intelligence. Surprised? Photographer and SHOWstudio founder Nick Knight explains. “When you’re creating a fashion image, the story and narrative lie within the clothes. A model is like the lead actress in a film: she understands what a piece of clothing makes her look like and projects that.”
“When you’re putting someone on the cover, they can’t just be the girl of the moment,” says Style.com’s editor-in-chief Dirk Standen, “they have to have that intangible extra something.” On the cover of the third issue of Style.com/Print magazine was Cara Delevingne. “With Cara, she’s an actress, as well as a model; she has a major presence on Twitter; and she likes to mug for the street style cameras. All those things can boost a girl’s profile, but it still comes back to that indefinable element. In Cara’s case, it’s an untamed, rebellious quality. You can teach a model to walk a runway but you can’t teach that.”
DOING THE SHOWS
So, you’ve been discovered or thought “why not?” and walked into an agency, who then proceed to sign you up as a new face because you have “It”. Then what? “Shows are how everyone starts off,” says Wilshaw. “The September shows are when all the fresh faces start in New York. It’s like new school term.” The more shows a new model amasses in a season, the better. And opening a show is like a badge of honour. For casting agent Natalie Joos, it’s standard psychology: “Opening and closing are coveted spots. Whatever comes first or last is what people remember easiest.”
Some shows are more instrumental in establishing a model’s career than others. The real game changers are Prada, Balenciaga and Givenchy. “Certain designers pride themselves on being the first to use a new girl, and casting directors search every modelling agency around the world for that face,” says Natalie Hand, director of Viva Model Management.
THE RIGHT MOMENT
But what really catapults a newbie into superstardom? Timing. Think of it as a ‘light bulb’ moment, both for the model and the industry. Nick Knight explains: “A girl falls into fashion because she’s attractive, and the first six months are great fun, but then it gets tedious and she might find herself bored, tired and surrounded by morons!” So she might lose her enthusiasm and find something else to do. Or she might go on, says Knight, “until she gets to work with somebody really great and realise that actually, this is exciting and not everybody is a moron! Everything clicks into place.”
So it turns out that it’s not always about “Have you seen this new model?” but “Have you seen so-and-so lately, she’s really got it!” Saskia de Brauw is a great example. Now 32, she dabbled in modelling when she was 19 for six months, but it wasn’t her time, says Natalie Hand. “Then, two years ago she opened and closed Balenciaga’s S/S 2011 show and everyone went crazy for her.”
Timing, intelligence, hard work and, of course, a sprinkling of that special something. The route to stardom can be short. But it takes more than a pretty face to be the face of the zeitgeist.
Tanesha's blog, Girl With Curves, aims to go beyond the limits of a regular personal style blog: she wants to influence the fashion world, and encourages her readers to have a more positive body image. By ignoring traditional fashion do's and don'ts, Tanesha tries to show that “with the right styling, any trend is wearable for any body type and size.” Read on for a selection of her favourite things.
1. MAC Lipstick
I don't like wearing very much makeup, but a bold lip is a must. I've been wearing MAC lipsticks since high school.
2. Mustard blazer
Blazers are my go-to garment, when an outfit requires sophistication. This mustard one is definitely the showstopper in my wardrobe.
3. Michael Kors Miranda tote
Finding the perfect bag isn't an easy feat. When I saw this one, I thought it was the perfect blend of sophisticated, polished and versatile.
4. My bulldog, Kingston
He has the most hilarious personality and always puts a smile on my face. There's never a dull moment when he's around!
5. Global accessories
I'm obsessed with unique jewellery from far away lands. Most of my accessories collection is from India.
The story of Berlin's hippest vintage/heritage shop began when Joachim and his two sons, Marlon and Aljoscha traveled to an old factory in the middle of Germany that produced henley shirts. Stumbling upon the originals from the 50s, it inspired the family to become specialists in mint-condition clothing and accessories dating as far back as 100 years ago.
H&M is proud to announce its autumn collaboration with Parisian designer Isabel Marant. With her effortless style, Isabel Marant has created a widely influential and successful take on Paris chic. Mixing urban attitude, boho elegance and rock ‘n’ roll spirit, she delivers a genuine French allure. For H&M, Isabel Marant will create a wardrobe of must-have pieces inspired by her signature style. Available from 14th November 2013, in around 250 stores worldwide and online, the collection features clothing and accessories for women and teenagers. Isabel Marant will also, for the first time, create a collection for men.
“I am flattered by this collaboration: H&M works with the best designers and this invitation is an exciting honour. I aim at creating something real, that women want to wear in their everyday lives, with a certain carelessness, which I think is very Parisian: you dress up, but do not pay too much attention and still look sexy. The collection is infused with this kind of easiness and attitude. Everything can be mixed following one’s own instincts: my take on fashion is all about personality" says Isabel Marant.
Heading to a city festival? One of our favourite bloggers, Geneva from A Pair & A Spare, whips up some pieces just for the occasion.
What you’ll need
Needle and thread
1. You are going to apply the embellishment in two different sections, on each side of the shorts. Lay the tracing paper on the top of one side of the shorts.
2. Use a pen to trace the edges of the shorts and then cut out a pattern to match the front panel.
3. Pin the pattern to the sequin fabric.
4. Cut the piece of sequin fabric using the tracing paper pattern. Repeat for the other side of the shorts so you have two pieces of sequin fabric.
5. Use your needle and thread to carefully sew the edges of the sequin fabric to the denim shorts. Do this for both pieces of sequin fabric, making sure you line up the middle seam carefully.
6. Cut a slit so the belt loops of the jeans can still be seen and then sew around to secure.
7. If required, trim any excess sequins along the hem and waistline.
Plaid shirts might be best for the rugged, outdoorsy types, but for something a little more refined, start your checklist by looking to the streets for a stylish take on the grid-like print.
Whether it's a delicate and tiny monochrome pattern or something with a little more colour, checks of all kind can spell summertime chic with ease. Retro laundry-bag prints work well on trousers, while a classic houndstooth always seems bold and striking. To make the most of your modern chequered prints, mix with monochrome trimmings and accessories in bright colours – see how street style stars are wearing Louis Vuitton's latest Damier checks for some inspiration for graphic grids this summer.
Photos: Gianluca Senese, NOBODYKNOWSMARC
Streetwear gets elegant, with denim at the centre of a clean, modern take on menswear.
1. The new smart
The casual shorts-and-jacket combo gets a smart denim makeover. This indigo number features a subtle turned-up cuff for modern polish.
2. Sharp and clean
The new denim jacket is different – it's collarless. Pairing it with mesh and smart dark trousers makes the characteristic blue denim look sharp and strong.
3. Sweats and shorts
The heather grey sweatshirt is a wardrobe essential, but it's given a new spin through layering. A white shirt and black poloneck bring the classic up-to-date.
4. Athletic accents
A white baseball cap is the finishing touch on this coordinated sportswear-inspired look, but blue jeans add an all-American twist.
All clothes by H&M.
Taking cues from French hip-hop, street culture and clubs, this season's denim is for a man who isn't afraid to mix classic prep with some tougher, edgier influences. We spoke to our Ways to Wear It stylist Amanda Johansson about giving blue jeans a new lease of life.
Who is the guy you see wearing this kind of look?
He is a fashionable boy who’s not afraid to mix a sporty baggy silhouette with some more preppy influences. He wears denim in a dressed-up way, more like a uniform. He looks back to the 90s and he loves French hip-hop!
What were your inspirations for this shoot?
The early work of Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto and club culture of the 1990s were really important for these looks.
What's your favourite way for men to wear denim this summer?
I love the classic high-waists, like the original Levi's 501. Also, try wearing denim as a suit with a straight denim shirt or jacket and a pair of jeans.
Hipster culture might have its epicentre in Williamsburg, New York, but on the other side of the US, Portland is the heart of the scene. Paul Lynch, the founder of Portlandhipster.com, a website which pokes fun at hipsters, takes us on a tour of the city’s most popular hangouts and reveals who is and who isn’t a hipster.
What are the basics of festival fashion? Follow our five-point guide and you won’t go wrong.
1. Glamour in the mud
“Embrace the occasion but keep your sex appeal,” says designer Katie Eary, who is rarely seen out of high heels. “Combine rough old boots for comfort with the shortest denim shorts to make up for a weekend with no heels.” Victoria Moss, fashion features editor of InStyle, meanwhile, counts “as big a pair of sunglasses as I can find” and “a load of black eye liner” as essentials for keeping up glamour levels in the mud.
2. Learn from your mistakes
“We once wore biker jackets in the 90°F heat to Coachella,” reveal Jacob DeKat and Prince Chenoa, editors of Galore magazine. “It’s a great look that’s not practical for the daytime.” “The biggest mistake are rubber boots, which get too hot,” says InTouch Weekly’s senior entertainment editor, Noah Levy. “Go with a cool pair of combat boots that you can mix with a pair of knee-highs.”
3. A dress-free zone
To really get mileage out of your backpack’s contents, go with separates. “I always pack slouchy vest tops and denim shorts,” says Helen Whitaker, entertainment editor of Glamour. “A playsuit might seem like a good idea in the morning. Not so much later on, when you’re trying to hold a Portaloo door shut with one hand and stop your onesie dragging on the toilet floor with the other.”
4. Mix and match
“Festival chic is all about the clash of your favourite vintage piece with something modern,” says Sarah-Jane Clarke, co-founder of Australian label Sass & Bide. Noah Levy agrees that ‘eclectic’ is the word. “For accessories, I love mixing native-American-style jewellery with a great pair of Aviators or John Lennon small-framed shades,” he says. “Everyone can end up looking the same, so add a fun, nostalgic twist or reference so you stand out.”
5. Dress like you
“If you’re feeling your inner hippie, get your braid on. Or if it’s your inner rock star, rock a vintage tee,” says celebrity stylist Lauren Rae Levy. “But it’s important to do your look,” says Victoria Moss. “Don’t just throw on a tiered gypsy dress because you think it’s ‘festivally’ if you would never normally wear something like that. The best way to stand out is to be original and true to yourself.”
Supermodel Doutzen Kroes channels Brigitte Bardot in summer’s – ahem – hottest beachwear. Think crochet, fringe and a modern black or white palette.
Photos: Terry Richardson
Styling: George Cortina
All products by H&M.
Seen in the video to last year’s underground hip-hop hit Wut by New York rapper Le1f, the Brooklyn based brand RHLS (Ruffeo Hearts Lil Snotty) is making colourful and bold streetwear inspired by the future. We check in with designers R. Mackswell Sherman and Sarah Jones to find out what the future has in store for us.
Sex appeal doesn't have to mean over-the-top: the new kind of sexy is elegant, minimal and even a little bit masculine.
1. Borrowed from the boyfriend
A loose and masculine white shirt gives a sultry body-con look a fresh, casual spin. Pair with two stacks of matching bangles for a coordinated way to stay on trend.
2. Material melange
A fringed dress makes a big impact. Combine its tassels with a tactile mix of sheer and soft materials for a look that's good enough to touch.
3. Monochrome mod
White skinny jeans are the fast track to seductive rock chic, and a shrunken jacket and a black mesh vest make this black-and-white outfit red hot.
4. Fantastic fringe
Try a statement necklace against a low-key black canvas to play up your outfit's accessories. With a wide-brimmed sunhat and a monochrome ombré fringed mini, you'll be ready for the beach, the club and almost anywhere in between.
All clothes by H&M.
Take the trendy monochrome look of this season and give it a smart and sexy twist. But how exactly? We asked our Ways to Wear It stylist Amanda Johansson to give us the answer.
Who were the women you were inspired by for this shoot?
A New York girl who’s street and fashion smart. She has a lot of attitude and mixes feminine and masculine pieces brilliantly.
Which is your favourite look from the shoot and why?
The one with shorts and a white crisp men’s shirt – it’s a sexy and androgynous rock 'n' roll look.
What’s your tip for keeping monochrome fresh and new for the summer?
Let the colours be inky black, washed out black, soft silky black and crisp white.
Olaf Heine is one of the world’s most acclaimed photographers known for portraying music icons such as Iggy Pop, Sting and Jon Bon Jovi. And that’s just naming a few!