It can’t have escaped your notice that we are in the midst of the calm before a very big storm. That’s right, you guessed it, that exciting inimitable storm that is fast approaching is Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.
Here at Boon Models, we take great pride in the fact that some of our best talent will be taking to the catwalks, along with that of some of the key NYC modeling agencies, not to mention other supermodels from across the globe.
But what are we to do in this interim before the countdown starts? It isn’t only the models and designers that have to be on top of things, that’s for sure. The rest of us also have to make sure we’re looking our best all the way from agents to make-up artists to stylists to photographers. Even if you’re purely a spectator, with speculative photographers perched around every corner ready to snap the latest trends, anyone is a target. Therefore, we have taken the time to put together for you a little breakdown of some of the key 2015 trends that you might want to think about incorporating into your outfits:
1. Flower Power
As we’ve already stated previously, modern florals are a must for 2015. Spring is in full swing and hence the patterns on the catwalk have followed suit. But not just any florals… These are bright, color-popping, vibrant bursts of floral mayhem making their way on to everything from the traditional summer dress to high wedge heels and handbags.
2. 70s ‘Jetset Cool’
As previously stated in our article A ‘How-To’ Guide for Modern Florals*, the 70s are very prominent in many designer collections such as that of Louis Vuitton and Gucci. To simplify the term ‘jetset cool’ just picture a whole lot of suede, gigantic round Victoria Beckham-style sunglasses and of course the inevitable flared trousers or jeans. Envisaging Charlie’s Angels and Studio 54 is definitely a good place to start if you’re running low on ideas.
3. Rock Star Chic
The ankle boot has never been more prominent in the fashion world than it is at the moment. Tommy Hilfiger have taken this one step further by adding metallic stars to their boot collection in altogether David Bowie mix of rock star chic. To take this to the next level, definitely think about reviving you leather jackets, especially if they are tailored or smart.
4. Suit Up
By this we mean bust out the uniform because Dolce & Gabbana and Marc Jacobs have made it very clear that there is a military discipline underlying the SS15 trends. It doesn’t have to be simple – D&G never are – but it definitely has to match. If you want to take this even further and invest in some long tailored shorts, paired with a military jacket, we very much salute you.
5. Classic Denim
There has never been a better time to invest in a great pair of jeans. With denim taking over our everyday fashion needs – with an added 90s twist** – you’ll be happy to know that designers (along with the rest of us here at the key New York modeling agencies are placing their trust in denim for daytime and evening looks.
There are those that might think that all models, especially the ones we refer to as ‘super’ are genetically gifted and working out is one thing they don’t have to worry about once they’ve been scouted. Well, to anyone that thinks this I have to turn around say to them “you couldn’t be more wrong, my friend”. As any of you serious working models know, looking your absolute best for shoots and shows is part of the job description and those who aren’t prepared to take this seriously at all times tend to fall at the first hurdle.
So for those of you aspiring models out there who already have the right amount of determination and drive, it is all about finding a workout regime that that gives you the best results. Of course you shouldn’t be afraid to work hard and really sweat it out when you’re in the gym, but surely there has to be a way to enjoy it too? Well, I’m happy to say that there is a new craze hitting models across the country and that is all thanks to New York based ex-dancer Simone De La Rue, who has created the eponymous ‘Body By Simone’ workout. And that’s right, you guessed it ladies, this workout has quite a lot to do with getting on your feet and dancing…
Due to the fact that Simone is taking on more and more celebrity model clients (having set up studios in New York and LA) including Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Abby Lee (not to mention celebrities such as Naomi Watts and Anna Hathaway), New York modeling agencies are rushing to get their clients on the roster. There is a reason this craze is gaining momentum so fast and that is the fact that dancers and models want the same things from their bodies: beautiful, elegant, long limbs that make use of every muscle they were blessed with.
So what does this workout entail? As you can imagine, the dancing link inevitably involves a great deal of strategically thought out hops, skips and jumps – with the added bonus of having a mini trampoline thrust underneath you to get the sweat running even harder. There is also the freedom to whack the music on full-blast to keep those endorphins running high – not always something the strictest trainers allow. Simone also apparently has a built-in rule that none of her clients should lift more than 5lbs at a time and instead focus on more repetitions to balance out their strength and muscle tone. A fair point I think.
As with all dancer mentalities there is also a keen focus on core strength and much in the style of the top ballerinas, you must learn to find your centre of balance. This, rather painfully, involves holding leg lifts and the dreaded plank for considerable amounts of time (I’m sorry I could never lie to anyone about that) but the amazing thing is that the results start to become apparent incredibly quickly. This isn’t just a singular focus on a certain part of your body, after all. This is a complete overhaul.
So, if you like what you hear and want to actually enjoy your workouts, my advice to you is to get your butt down to the ‘Body by Simone’ studio and sign up as quickly as possible before all the other modeling agencies in NYC catch on and you’re left on a two year waiting list. Judging by all accounts, Simone really is that good.
Boon Models has no affiliation with ‘Body by Simone’.
If there’s one thing that you can count on for the AW15 round of Fashion Week shows (taking place in New York City from 12-19th February) it’s that the seventies are back – in a big way. This doesn’t just extend to the catwalks on which we can guarantee you’ll be seeing many varying patterns, prints and cuts. Oh no, the seventies have taken a firm standing in the make-up stakes too and here at Boon Models (on of the top up and coming NYC modeling agencies ) we couldn’t be more excited.
Therefore, we have put together a bit of a guide for you to get some of your best make-up products together, ready to experiment with the look and also a few suggestions about which products you might want to be investing in this season. Apparently it’s all about dumbing down the bold patterns of the era that will be showing up in the clothes and this therefore means a lot of ‘blurred lines’.
Taking the ‘blurry’ approach into consideration you should aim to make your complexion as light and airy as possible. L’Oreal’s ‘Blur Cream’ is perfect for this combined with a ‘CC cream’ or concealer. As we’ve said before, try to keep the tone as light as possible. This shouldn’t be a problem for those of us who have been hiding away from the sunlight for most of the winter.
Rosy cheeks are important for this era – in the style of Jane Birkin – so make sure you pick out your rosiest blusher. Any blush colors that you have on the redder / darker side will be an added bonus as they match very well to high fashion.
A top tip from our make-up artist friends is to completely forgo mascara on this occasion, which detracts from the definition and adds a softness to the look. However, it’s important that you don’t overlook the eyes completely as you definitely need them to underline your seventies persona. Therefore, try out a brown eye shadow (preferably cream) and then apply one thick line of black eye liner to your top lid. If you want to add a bit of sparkle then try a silver or baby pink cream liner for the bottom lid but this is really just an added extra. Your look is very nearly complete.
Now is your time to shine. So in true seventies style you should reach for your brightest red/orange lipstick and apply it evenly to make this the crowning focus of your look.
If you have followed all of these steps, you should now be able to look in the mirror and feel that you’re embodying everything that represents the ‘70s Jetset Cool’ look, which has taken the fashion world by storm in the past year. Just be sure that your clothing choices don’t let you down when you’ve come this far.
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In case you hadn’t noticed ‘sex sells’ and this is ever so prominent in the way that designers such as Dolce & Gabbana and Givenchy portray themselves on the catwalk with more and more black tones and leather textures making their way into their collections – not to mention Dolce & Gabbana’s signature ‘lace up’ corset, which is always incorporated into their repertoire in some way.
But with all this focus on the clothes, have you ever stopped to think about the make-up and the right products required to pull off the sultry look? Well, there has never been a more important time to get this nailed with Mercedes Benz Fashion Week just around the corner (taking place from 12-19th February) and here at Boon Models (one of the top NYC modeling agencies out there) we have put together a comprehensive list of make-up tips to keep you looking smoking hot at all times.
According to our resident make-up experts, there is a new way to do sleek and sultry and this is represented in the style of 1970s luxury. So we’re talking bronzed skin and smoky eyes, all put together with a contemporary twist…
As we’ve just made clear, your job is to keep your complexion looking ‘sun-kissed’. This means pulling out your best foundation and then finishing with your most trusted bronzer. Be sure to give those brows some attention too by making them look as bushy as you possibly can.
Sultry make-up is all about the eyes. Therefore, you should make sure you have your best, most dramatic tools at the ready. If you need any help with this we couldn’t recommend anyone more than MAC – the epitome of sultry-chic make-up.
For your eye shadow you should stick to darker, browner tones and our resident experts have even advised adopting the ‘blend and stretch’ technique, wherein you blend your chosen color all around the eye socket and then sweep outwards towards the temple. This will be much easier if you don’t go too dark but that choice is down to you.
We really want to focus on definition here so a black pencil liner is essential to establish your lower lid and give more shape to the eye. And then comes the all important lash, at which point you should pull out your most dramatic plumping, lifting, extending mascara and give it all you’ve got with at least two coats.
There has never been a better pairing than a bold eye matched with a nude lip to inspire your inner ‘sultry sun-kissed goddess’. Therefore you should be sure to find the best matte nude lipstick you can get your hands on and carefully apply a liberal coating. As we’ve previously stated your chances of keeping this from smudging are greatly improved by blotting and then reapplying. You should also try to avoid eating anything that will stain your lips as this is not a great look when you’re trying to impress!
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