V Magazine Lets Go Cruising

Bambi Northwood-Blyth and Lindsey Wixson


V Magazine has put quite a smile on my little fashion face, today. For their latest issue – on stands November 8th – they have used actual models! Four covers worth! For the first time in two years!

Obviously, this kind of decision – after two years of celebrity covers – wasn’t going to take place without tagging some big names onto the shoot; infamous photographer Terry Richardson was on lens, while styling was handled by Carine Roitfeld. Each cover duo was brilliantly chosen, and included six of my current favourite models – Candice Swanepoel and Joan Smalls; Daphne Groeneveld and Saskia de Brauw; Sui He and Hanaa Ben Abdesslem, and Bambi Northwood-Blyth and Lindsey Wixson.

“These eight girls are unique, not one is like the other. Candice is the only blonde and blue-eyed of this new generation of supermodels. Joan is black, Sui He is Asian, Hanna is North African. It’s their diversity that makes each of them, to me, truly modern. They bring a new energy to fashion. […] It’s a big moment of change in fashion. In some cases, you feel like it’s the end of an era. I have been feeling this with cover subjects, and especially models.”
Carine Roitfeld

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Tom Ford SS12
Just as it was last season, Tom Ford‘s presentation for Spring/Summer 2012 was top secret. We’re talking camera-less, tweet-less top secret.

Nonetheless, someone – Candice Swanepoel, allegedly – figured out a way to snap the collection and now the image above is likely to be the closest we get to the collection until 2012. That, and the reviews of a few high-profile attendees:

Hamish Bowles, Vogue: Amongst the hourglass silhouettes and powerfully sensual effects beloved of Ford fans since his work at Gucci in the nineties, there was a thread of Pre-Raphaelite romanticism in embroidered peasant blouses (of the type Matisse loved to paint), and even frothy, Renaissance-sleeved dresses that evoked the work of the great sixties and seventies London designer Ossie Clark.

Cathy Horyn, New York Times: Mr. Ford’s show was thoroughly Tom Ford in its sex appeal and silhouette — tigress hair, smoky eyes, glossy lips, taut skirts and strappy high heels. The collection was loaded up with great day clothes, including loosely laced Moroccan blouses, fringed skirts and some simple but gorgeous dresses with ruching or a belt at the waist and a bubbled hem. A number of outfits also had corsets blended into the tone of the blouse. Equally strong were his evening option of slinky black pants—more like a ski pant—with a simple chiffon T-shirt coated with feathers at the front.

Lisa Armstrong, Daily Telegraph: Mesh, marabou, raffia fringing, a candlewick effect which suggested long hours at the hand embroiderers, plaited satin ribbons – these were just some of the techniques applied onto those hourglass silhouettes. Throw in bosoms, cupped in cantilevered chiffon, checks and some snakeskin skirts and it could have all looked a bit much.

Jess Cartner-Morley, The Guardian: I’m going to come straight out with it. Deep breath: I didn’t think Tom Ford’s show was all that. Not that it was awful, by any means, but despite the beautiful tailoring and the immaculate execution it fell a little flat. It felt too self-referential. Too many frills and too few new ideas. There were gorgeous, curvy, super vamp dresses that I loved, but the flouncy peasant blouses and corset belts seemed like a Guilty Pleasures version of Tom Ford.

Candice Swanepoel Diet

Victorias Secret


I think Candice Swanepoel may have fallen victim to The Victorias Secret Diet. Within seconds, she has successfully lost a chunk of (what was never) waist fat! That, or someone in the editing department was working with a hangover. This is one of the most gorgeous women in the world – tell me why she needs Photoshop; is the demand for perfection getting that serious?
Candice Swanepoel

Candice Swanepoel Unedited


In addition to Lela London, here is some Christmas love from Victoria’s Secret Angels Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Adriana Lima, Candice Swanepoel, Lily Aldridge, Chanel Iman, and Erin Heatherton. Expect Christmas carols, Christmas memories, and overall Christmas cuteness.

Besos,
Lela London

Victorias Secret Fashion Show 2010 Preview
Victoria’s Secret need their own fashion week, I swear. Today, my Twitter been rattled with some exclusive photos from the 2010 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. While the full model ‘cast’ has yet to be confirmed, we have photos of Candice Swanepoel with enormous harp-shaped wings, Anne Vyalitsyna as ‘Country Angel’, Erin Heatherton channeling a peacock (personal favourite so far), and Chanel Iman in a semi-sheer baseball inspired jumpsuit below. Expect more hot ladies being hot in hot clothes as I hear more. (Also, official cast list below!) View Post