Models Direct Review How To Get The Perfect Summer Party Look

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Warmer nights, BBQs, picnics, cocktail parties, garden parties, festivals and socialising are the keys to a great summer, so check out our Models Direct reviews and tips to make sure you look your best.


1. Prepare ahead of time. If you are intending to try something new for a cocktail party or festival we would recommend a trial run prior to the event on a quiet night in, just to check that chosen colours work with your skin tone, hairstyles stay put, and to generally give you a little practice with your overall look. Why not invite a friend over for a ‘party/festival dress rehearsal’? You can have great fun together and avoid a last minute panic on what to wear or what to pack!

As seen at: Donna Karan S/S 13

As seen at: Donna Karan S/S 13

2. Kick up the makeup a notch. If you thought come look at me metallic molten eyes were just for the party season then think again… this summer it’s all about silky silver shadows, full length false lashes, coloured mascaras and bright, block colours. If big eyes are not your thing why not go for some colour popping neon lips instead – no eye makeup required! Pink is the big colour trend for your face this summer – think hot pink lips, blushing peony cheeks to fuchsia eyeshadow. Have some fun with your makeup by trying something new, but don’t go too far and end up looking like a drag queen – unless that is the look you’re going for of course!

Fashion-forward cropped fringe - As seen at: Miu Miu S/S 2013

Fashion-forward cropped fringe – As seen at: Miu Miu S/S 2013

3. Summer hair. Your hair can really add to your image so make the most of it with plaits, quiffs or a fabulous up-do. Pick up some of the pretty accessories that are around, they can provide an easy way to brighten up your hairstyle. Hair trends this summer include the wet look, super-straight (dig out those hair straightners), retro glamour (think big curls and good blow-dries), low-slung buns and low ponies. Ask a hair stylist for ideas when you go for your next cut or colour and try something new. If you’re feeling brave enough, why not try a fashion-forward cropped fringe? But beware… to carry this off you’ll need strong features and hair that’s well-behaved, and remember it may take a while to grow out!

4. Now that the nights are warmer there is no excuse not to show off your pins in some pretty wedges. They are more stable and comfortable than a heel which can be great for festivals and all day parties so you can still have the height but none of the pain. Other popular contenders for this summer include strappy sandals, pumps and ballet slippers. When choosing colours think metallics, prints and bright colours!

Monochrome black and white - Moshino

Monochrome black and white – Moshino

5. Dresses and playsuits. Both of these are great to wear to BBQs in the day with flats or sandals and can then be transformed into elegant evening summer wear by simply adding heels or wedges and a cute clutch. Bold graphic prints, oriental styling, monochrome, faux flower florals and statement stripes are all set to be hot trends this summer. Why not give one of them a try or even mix them together to create your own sizzling summer look!

Models Direct Reviews H&M Design Award Finalists

Models Direct has just heard that Fashion retailer H&M has named a shortlist of eight designers from across Europe for its second H&M Design Award 2013. Finalists include ones from London, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium and Holland. Hennes & Mauritz AB has announced the names of the eight finalists of its H&M Design Award 2013. The Swedish high-street retailer opened the contest to students at 19 design schools in Europe, who are competing for a chance to win a prize of 50,000 euros and the possibility to show their collection at Mercedes-Benz Stockholm Fashion Week on 29 January where the winner will be announced – the team here at Models Direct can’t wait to see who wins!

The person selected will also develop items from his or her collection to be sold at selected H&M stores next fall. The jury is led by H&M’s head of design Ann-Sofie Johansson, and includes industry figures such as fashion designer Jonathan Saunders, editor-at-large of Tim Blanks, photographer Sølve Sundsbø, stylist Leith Clark, blogger and photographer Hanneli Mustaparta, fashion journalist Kristopher Arden Houser, and H&M’s Creative Advisor Margareta van den Bosch. This year’s awards will also feature a People’s Prize, where the public can vote for their favourite finalist via the awards website, the winning designer will win the opportunity to intern in Jonathan Saunders’ studio in London.

Models Direct Review Why Levi Have Said No To Toxic Fashion

Our employees here at Models Direct really care about the environment and support brands, companies, agencies and models that act ethically and responsibly. We were therefore pleased to hear from Greenpeace that the world’s largest denim brand, Levi’s, have made a commitment to eliminate releases of all hazardous chemicals throughout its supply chains and products.

Levi’s is the eleventh brand to make this decision since Greenpeace launched its Detox campaign in 2011. Greenpeace’s Detox campaign demands fashion brands commit to zero discharge of all hazardous chemicals by 2020 and requires their suppliers to discloses all releases of toxic chemicals from their facilities to communities at the site of the water pollution.

“Now more than ever, we are seeing brands such as Levi’s listen to the groundswell of support for toxic-free fashion. It’s about time other brands such as Calvin Klein, Gap and Victoria’s Secret finally cotton on and end their toxic addiction. We’ll continue to expose brands until the use – and abuse – of hazardous substances is totally eliminated,” said Marietta Harjono, Toxics Campaigner at Greenpeace International.

Models Direct are delighted that Levi’s have made this decision, however were they just bowing down to global people power? Their commitment comes just eight days after Greenpeace launched its report “Toxic Threads: Under Wraps” in Mexico City on 5th December. Since then, over 210,000 people joined the campaign calling on Levi’s to Detox, with tens of thousands taking action on Facebook and Twitter, and over 700 people protesting and placing street outside Levi’s shop fronts in over 80 cities worldwide.

We hope they stick by their commitment and keep their promises to eliminate all PFCs by the end of 2015, and lead on the adoption of PFC-free alternatives and non-hazardous chemicals by 2015.