Monday, October 26, 2015

How to Wear Slip Dresses

Today the Luxe Models team tells you how to wear slip dresses, so you have all the advice you need to rock this fantastic spring/summer 2016 trend.

New trend

New York, London, Milan and Paris recently hosted their spring/summer 2016 Fashion Weeks. These events revealed that the modernised slip dress is set to be really big next year. The slinky, sexy, sophisticated style of gown appeared at some of the biggest shows of the season, including Celine, Calvin Klein and Givenchy, according to Vogue Magazine.

Luxe Models’ tips

But how can you pull off this extremely risqué trend? Here are five tips you can use to wear slip dresses with style and panache!

1) Pay attention to colour: Have you ever seen someone wearing a neon-pink slip dress? No you haven’t – ridiculously bold colours don’t work with this look. We’d suggest you opt for monochromatic tones, or darker shades such as scarlet and jade-green.

2) Find the right fit: These gowns are designed to hug all the right places and float down to the ground at the waist. This means it’s essential you find the right fit when you buy a slip dress, otherwise the garment could prove distinctly unflattering.

3) Avoid glaring accessories: This type of gown gleams in the sun and often boasts intricate lace patterns. Here we apply the less is more rule. Keep accessories minimal and modest to make sure you rock this look the way it’s meant to be rocked!

4) Keep legs bare: Can you imagine wearing a slip dress with black opaque tights? We’re shuddering just thinking about it, because this look just strikes too much of a constant. You should keep your legs bare when you don a slip dress, but if you absolutely have to wear tights, opt for sheer!

5) Be confident: Luxe Models’ golden rule of fashion makes yet another appearance. Slip dresses are the essence of sexy, so you need to team them with a good dollop of confidence to ensure you exude the appeal it takes to rock this look!

Try experimenting

Now you’ve got the fundamentals down, why don’t you indulge in a little experimentation? You can team a slip dress with glossy, statement heels and an ‘up do’ if you’re heading out for a night on the town. Alternatively you can pair it with a jacket and flats if you want a more toned down vibe – the slip dress is really versatile! 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

What’s the Theme of the 2016 Met Ball?

Are you ready to get really, really excited? Luxe Models has learned that Vogue recently announced the theme for the 2016 Met Ball!

Event of the season

The film industry has the OSCARs. The music industry has the GRAMMY’s. The TV industry has the EMMY’S. The fashion industry has the Met Ball, an annual fundraising gala hosted by the iconic Vogue Magazine. OK it’s not an awards ceremony but it’s the fashion event of the season.

The event, which is organised by legendary Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, has a theme every year. Last year’s theme was ‘China: Through the Looking Glass,’ and it was an absolute smash. It prompted a number of oriental-inspired creations including Rihanna’s over—sized, elaborately-patterned yellow frock, which (almost) had a longer train the Princess Diana’s wedding dress!

2016 Met Ball

Now we know the theme of the 2016 Met Ball. Here’s a clue; it’s sponsored by Apple, one of the largest tech firms in the world. Still no idea? The Independent reported that the theme of the 2016 Met Ball, and the exhibition the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute will hold after, will be ‘Manus x Machine: Fashion in the Age of Technology.’ 

Met Ball Luxe Models

We also know who’s going to host the event. According to Vogue global superstars such as Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Miuccia Prada, Karl Lagerfeld and Nicolas Ghesquiere will all co-chair the gala. As Apple is sponsoring the ball, they’ll be joined by the global tech firm's chief designer, Jonathan Ive.

Age of Technology

Meanwhile, the exhibition will explore the tradition of handmade haute couture and the advent of technology with machine-made fashion. The showcase will feature over 100 hand-made and ready to wear costumes, along with more innovative displays such as workshops designed to explain newer fashion production techniques such as 3D-printing. 

Commenting on the exhibition its curator, Andrew Bolton, said: "Traditionally, the distinction between the haute couture and prêt-à-porter was based on the handmade and the machine-made. But recently this distinction has become increasingly blurred as both disciplines have embraced the practices and techniques of the other.”

Get excited

See why we said you’d get really, really excited? With the theme Manus x Machine: Fashion in the Age of Technology, the 2016 Met Ball is set to light the world of fashion on fire. Its accompanying exhibition, meanwhile, will provide us with a fascinating exploration of how technology and style have evolved together throughout modern history. 

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

How to Pull Off a Jumpsuit

If you want to rock the latest trends, you need to embrace the 70s. With this in mind, Luxe Models reveals how to pull off a jumpsuit; one of the hottest style trends doing the rounds right now.

Back in style

Those of you who regularly read the Luxe Models blog will know that nothing stays out of style forever. What was once new and cool does fall out of favour. However eventually some designer gets nostalgic and they update the style to turn it into the season’s newest must-have item.

If you’ve been following the big spring/summer fashion weeks that recently took place in fashion capitals around the world, you’ll have noticed that the 70s are cool again. Everywhere you look designers are using 70s designs, colours and cuts to impart a touch of disco to their creations, which is why the jumpsuit has come roaring back into style.

Tips for jumpsuits

But jumpsuits are notoriously hard to pull off. How can you wear them without looking like you work at the local garage? Here are five tips you can use to look fabulous in a jumpsuit:

1) Think about size: This is vital when you’re buying any piece of clothing, but it’s especially important when you’re buying a jumpsuit. If you buy the wrong fit or size, it just won’t look right on your body!

2) Avoid patterns: It’s best to wear block-colour jumpsuits. This is because patterned jumpsuits, especially ones boasting loud, large prints, are extremely overpowering and detach from the simple, clean look a jumpsuit is supposed to convey.

3) Lightly accessorise: You shouldn’t opt for patterns but there’s nothing to suggest you can’t jazz up a jumpsuit with some accessories. Just keep it simple. We’d suggest you embrace the 70s and opt for a headscarf to really rock the look.

4) Don’t go clingy: Make sure you avoid materials such as spandex like the plague. If you wear a jumpsuit that’s made of something clingy it’ll show off all your lumps and bumps; a distinctly unflattering look!

5) Air confidence: A jumpsuit makes a really, really bold statement. It’s all or nothing – if you’re anything less than 100% confident when you don this 70s fashion staple, you won’t do the look justice.

Tread with caution

You don’t have to avoid jumpsuits. The revitalised 70s trend can make you look like a million dollars. However you should make sure you tread with caution. If you don’t follow these tips when you wear a jumpsuit, you might run the risk of looking like a reject from an Abba music video! 

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Monday, October 05, 2015

A Tribute to Ralph Lauren

At Luxe Models we want to take some time this week to mourn the (career) passing of one of the greatest names in fashion; Ralph Lauren. 

Building the brand

Ralph Lauren is most famous for building the fashion brand that bears his name, “Ralph Lauren,” from the ground up. The now-76 year old design genius first founded his company in 1968. Back then it was called “Polo Fashions,” and Lauren devoted it to popularising preppy style.

In 1972 he designed the brand’s now signature short-sleeved shirts, which boast a logo of a polo player. In 1989 Lauren released a knit sweater that featured the US flag and this was a game changer. In the years since, according to the BBC, Ralph Lauren became a symbol of old-school preppy American fashion, particularly noted for its colourful collared shirts and knit sweaters.

Stepping down

With a legacy like that, how do you know when it’s time to step down? Apparently Lauren decided that the time to step down has now come, as the Daily Mail has recently reported that he has announced that his retirement as the head of Ralph Lauren.

Yet he isn’t stepping aside completely. Reports have confirmed that Lauren will stick around to oversee the company's creative look and strategy. Considering the fact that this is the man who turned Ralph Lauren into a £5 billion business, they probably begged him to stay on in some form or another!

Lauren’s replacement

So now the obvious question is, who has Lauren hired to replace him? The designer revealed that Stefan Larsson, currently the global president of Gap’s Old Navy division, has been asked to step into his shoes. Under Larsson’s leadership, Old Navy’s sales increased 8% throughout 2014, turning the division into Gap’s largest business.

Lauren welcomed Larsson to the role, saying: “My job is to think always about the future of our company and how to move it forward. Stefan Larsson is exceptionally talented, and he will bring our company a fresh and exciting global perspective.”

Acknowledging greatness

With the passing of one fashion genius, comes the arrival of another. Luxe Models is sure that Larsson will do a fantastic job, but let’s take a moment to think of his predecessor. Ralph Lauren developed a brand which brought preppy American fashion into the global mainstream, and that’s no mean feat! 

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