Model Style

Looking for a new look to rock this summer? Well, we have just the solution! This past week our girl, Alyssa Miller, launched her modern take on western-wear, collaborating with Understated Leather. We couldn’t be more in love with the results and knew we just had to share it with all of you! For those that want to learn more about her collaboration, we have good news. Upon the launch, Alyssa sat down with  W Magazine, offering all the exclusive deets on her new line. View the full interview below!:

W Magazine: How did this partnership with Understated Leather come to life?

AM: Jen, who owns and operates Understated Leather, and I became close friends and just started chatting about it casually and eventually decided to collaborate. It’s been a dream to work with my bestie on my first collection.

W Magazine: What was your inspiration for the collection?

AM: I was very inspired by Nudie and Roncelli suits, and western wear in general. I loved the idea of having a few pieces of the same collection and being able to wear them together as suit wear, throwing a jacket on with jeans, or the shorts with a classic white button up tied at the waist.

W Magazine: From music to modeling, you’re a multi-hyphenate. Did you always plan on venturing into design as well?

AM: I wear many hats, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Having been a model for so long I learned a lot about clothes, design, and style. So I think it was a matter of time before I started working on my own designs. I didn’t realize exactly how rewarding it could be to see your concepts go from mind to paper to being born into actuality. I loved the process. I imagine it will be even more so seeing all the beautiful women of the world actually wearing them.

W Magazine: Take me through the design process with the Understated Leather team. How did this collaboration work?

AM: Jen was amazing, she was very hands off and let me conceptualize the entire collection and every piece I wanted. We then worked with a designer on fit. We worked very hard to make sure that every piece was as flattering and flawless as possible. I relentlessly pushed every detail, the pants I am particularly proud of. A good suede pant is very hard to come by—I know because I’ve searched endlessly. So I’m proud to say I think we made the perfect pair.

W Magazine: The collection seems to be based around the brand’s Texan roots. Was this intentional?

AM: With both Jen and I being based out of Austin I think it was impossible to avoid. We both love and embrace western culture and are inspired by it every day out here. I wanted to find a way of meshing city wear with Texas country cowboy wear. I want to take a bit of Texas with me everywhere I go.

W Magazine: What would you say is your signature touch in the collection?

AM: The embroidery is to me, what makes this collection so special and spectacular. It reminds me of something you might find on a vintage piece. Something that if you were to find in a vintage shop you might die from excitement.

W Magazine: You also styled the campaign—what is your styling philosophy?

AM: In this case it was less is more. I used only vintage white blouses and t- shirts from my vintage collection for Pilgrim, a bit of a signature of mine. The great thing about this collection is that it really speaks for itself, it didn’t need much.

W Magazine: You took a three day road-trip to West Texas for the campaign. What was that like?

AM: I wanted it to feel like a journey, like an adventure, and it was one. We almost ran out of gas on a country road with nothing around for miles. We talked for hours, we shared our stories and offered our advice. We almost peed our pants while waiting for the next rest stop, then ate all the crappy convenience store snacks and drank wine straight from the bottle at night. We shot when we came upon something interesting that helped tell our story. We shot when it felt right, and when it didn’t, we didn’t. It was perfect.

W Magazine: Do you feel your friendship helped shape this collection?

AM: My friendships shape everything I do, but this one in particular especially. Jen offered me a safe place to design my first collection and Harper offered me a safe and open collaboration in image making as well. Having been in the industry for so long I know how hard that is to come by. To be able to speak freely about what it is I want and need to convey and to have Harper be so receptive was truly a gift. Capturing an exact mood, a feeling, is incredibly hard to do and I would never have been able to do it with out them.

W Magazine: Who are your style icons?

AM: Bianca and Mick Jagger, Françoise Hardy, Pattie Boyd… too many to count.

(Source: W Magazine, Model Alyssa Miller On Her New, Texas-Inspired Collaboration With Understated Leather)

Shop her collection at Understated Leather by clicking here.

Looks and sounds amazing, right? Peep below to view more shots from her launch!:

Check out Alyssa’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.
Browse more of the W Magazine and follow them on Instagram.
Shop at Understated Leather and follow them on Instagram.
Photographer – Harper Smith  Instagram | Website.

She’s so Nous! Meet, Olivia ~

1. How old are you?

16 years old.

2. Where are you from?

Lyons, Kansas.

3. Which superpower would you want to have?

Telepathy so that I could read minds and know things before others!

4. have you ever prank called somebody?

Yes, I have and my Aunt Maggimae does it with me when we’re bored! (sometimes not every time)

4. Which emoji would best capture your essence? 

💁🏼

5. what’s your favorite weekend activity?

I like skateboarding, hanging out with friends, eating and sleeping. 🙂

6. When you eat a pack of candy, do you save the best flavors for last? Or do they go first?

I save the best for last and eat the not-so-good ones fast and first…. or just give them away.

7. Where is the most beautiful place on earth and why?

I think that there is beauty in everything even if it doesn’t look so beautiful. If i had to choose a place, I would pick Yosemite!

8. If you had to choose one thing you were most passionate about, what would it be and why?

I am very passionate about equality and love for everyone and every living thing because we all deserve to be treated equal/have the same rights no matter our differences.

8. What’s been your greatest achievement (so far)?

My greatest achievement would have to be making it into Lionaires which is the best singers from my school in a group. we get to travel and go to contests together!

9. how many bones have you broken?

I have broken 2 bones (so far) – My right arm and my left pinky knuckle.

10. Do you have any mottos you live by?

“Be scared and do it anyway.” – Unknown

 

Olivia and her aunt, Maggimae (also with Nous), looking stunning in a couple shots by Patrick Park.

Click on video below to see more! ~


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Summer has only just begun, but we’re already looking forward to Fall after seeing Lily McBeath‘s recent lookbook for English Factory. Lily appears enchanting in each shot. We are obsessed with their fall color palette!

 In review of English Factory’s ’17 Pre-Fall line, they have successfully paved the way for the days ahead of us, adding a contemporary spin on our favorite classic designs. Whether abstract or figurative, linear or floral, the English Factory excels at being timeless. It is their goal to create a lifestyle brand that emphasizes the beauty in simplicity, while creating clothing that can be worn time after time.. and we must say, they are doing a great job at creating their vision. We love all the magic that has accumulated in this shoot!

Want to see more? Scroll through the full lookbook below!:

Check out Lily’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.
Browse more of the English Factory and follow them on Instagram.
Photographer – Kelly Lee (Mulberry Treeds)  Instagram
 MUA & Hair – Jenny Oh

Where are you from?:
I was born in Wichita, Kansas.
What inspires you the most?:
My family in every way. My mom and dad truly give me the best type of motivation and inspiration to wake up every morning, with a happy heart. They taught me how to choose to be the very best version of myself, no matter the circumstance.
What food will you absolutely not, under any circumstances, eat?:
Okay, I totally do not understand the whole wave of putting poached eggs or any type of egg that isn’t cooked on well-done burgers or by itself. Runny eggs are so disgusting to me and I just don’t get it!
Where would you take your dream vacation?:
There are so many beautiful places in the world that I haven’t been to and that I hope to eventually visit, but if I’d have to chose, right now the Maldives are top on my list.
What’s your favorite weekend activity?
I am such a homebody! If I am not working, I love to just be at home relaxing with candles lit, watching movies, reading, cooking up something tasty in the kitchen, and listening to good music playing. Those things I love.
What is the funniest thing that happened to your recently?:
So….I have this vibrating facial-scrub that I am obsessed with, and I take it with me whenever I travel for work. Once, while I was at the LAX airport going through TSA,  I saw a group of officers run over and react to something that was in a bag, with zero clue that it was mine they were dissembling. One of them yells out to the waiting crowd of people, asking “WHOSE bag is this?!” Of course, this drew everyone’s attention to me as I realized that it was my luggage. I don’t know how it got turned on, but it was loudly shaking/rumbling my entire bag. It was TOTALLY embarrassing, yet actually funny at the same time.
Do you have any mottos you live by?:
I wouldn’t say mottos, but I do have a lot of morning mantras that I exercise first thing when waking up to get my mind right for the day ahead of me. Positive-intent is really important to me.
Which superpower would you want to have?:
Teleportation would really come in handy at times.
What’s your guilty pleasure?:
I have such a sweet tooth. I love all kinds of cookies, ice cream, cakes. Anything dark-chocolate has my name on it.

What’s your most valuable high-school or college class you ever took?:
Well, I was homeschooled and as unusual as it sounds, the greatest lesson that I’ve ever learned had absolutely nothing to do with the curriculum! My greatest life lesson was taught outside of the classroom, having learned the value of being my true self. That totally sits as the most valuable lesson with me.
Who is your role model, and why?:
Growing up in a big family (I’m the youngest of 7 children),  I was blessed with so many amazing role models in my life so it’s impossible to just choose one of them. However, if I’d have to pick, my oldest sister, Kathleen, had really been the leader of the pack since the beginning of time. She always exuded strength, while seeming effortless in everything she did, no matter what was going on. She also always had a smile on her face and could always find something to laugh about…. it really helped shape who I am today! Sadly, she just passed away and I miss her so much, but she left a lifetime of knowledge with me that I’m forever grateful for.

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Summer is here, and there are plenty of good vibes and bright colors to light up our lives for the next few months! Lauren Johnson, with her natural ability to consistently dazzle her onlookers, radiates herpositive energy in her latest spread for the sixth issue of Awkward.World. In each issue, Awkward.World selects a message-embedded theme that is relatable to it’s audience, and then branches off into individual concepts to support their story.

For this issue, Awkward.World, chose to portray the teen world in all it’s love, glory, and of course, awkwardness! Lauren’s spread is titled “Rainbow Girl,” where she displays a wide range of expressions. Her choices of expressions reflect the various amounts of feels  that one goes through while traveling through their teenage years, all while promoting an optimistic outlook when comforting self-doubt. “Live life to the max” is a popular message that has stood the test of time, and it is very stimulating to see it being intertwined with modern art. Whether you’re in high school or are at the peak of your adult-career, everyone can find something to relate to when glancing through this shoot. 

To view the spread in full, take a peak below!:

Check out Lauren’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.
Photographer – Ari Michelson  Instagram | Website
 MUA – Leibi Carias  Instagram.
Stylist – Simona Sabo Instagram.
Hair – Robert E. Steinken Instagram.

Be unique, be yourself” is the slogan that sums up LF Stores’ message to the rest of the fashion world, and we couldn’t agree more! That’s why we were ecstatic when our girl, Bridget Satterlee, had the chance to model for their Summer 2017 line, and the results were absolutely captivating.

The shoot took place in our own backyard of Venice Beach, California, portraying the beachy street vibes that we hold close to our hearts. LF Stores, with their keen eye for upcoming trends, turned our girl-next-door into an edgy and fierce street fashionista, making us want to sprint to their nearest location in hopes of scoring one of their latest fashion treasures! 

Over the past decade, this brand has evolved into being recognized for their innovative trends, their level of variety and assortment in terms of stock, and their personalized styling sessions. Fearful about what to wear during the upcoming summer heat? Well, this breezy checkered-print summer jumper is bound to compliment your need to stay cool, all while looking chic!   Also, speaking of checkered-print, it is apparent that checkered patterns are making a huge comeback in 2017, but with a contemporary spin. Cheers to being a style pioneer!  🙂

Want to see these trends in action? Take a glance at the full shoot below and become inspired by the electrifying wave that is sweeping the nation:

 

Learn more about LF Stores on their Website and follow their line on Instagram.
Check out Bridget’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.
Photographer – Solmaz Saberi  Instagram | Website.
 MUA and Hair– Leah Darcy  Instagram.
Stylist – Joel Christiann Instagram.

Whenever Lorraine Young sets her mind on something, you know it’s going to turn out amazing! This time, the creative guru took our girl Khloe under her wing, and the results couldn’t have been anymore magical!

This shoot’s primary focus is on skincare, turning what is usually a dreary daily task, into a process of creating avant-garde works of art. In each shot, Khloe captivates her onlookers by appearing tranquil, luminous, and sincerely flawless. Lorraine has such a spectacular eye for portraiture, and we are ecstatic for all of her future projects!

Love what you see so far? Take a look at the full shoot below!:

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Photographer – Lorraine Young Website |  Instagram.

MUA – Debra Macki Instagram.

 

Wow! Emily Hall has worked her runway magic again in the prestigious Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Australia! After taking part in the New York, Milan, London, and Madrid shows last year, it’s only natural that Miss Hall would dazzle the world-down-under with her trailblazer vibes!  With a superstar presence, Emily booked a total of eight shows.  We’re so proud of you baby girl!

To view her journey, take a peep below!:

Albus Lumen

Surrounded by a naturally lit courtyard, first on Emily Hall’s list was walking down Albus Lumen‘s runway. Emily appeared radiant in her fabulous opaque black maxi-dress, making this line one to talk about! Albus Lumen’s message is to put forth value towards the confidence in simplicity. It’s name is Latin for “white light,” as it is not weighed down by trends. They also draw strength from detailed minimalism, providing both comfort and elegance in all their designs. I mean, what’s not to love about a fashion line with principle? We dig it!

To view more photos from Albus Lumen’s AFW 2017 show, click here.

Sass and Bide

Sass & Bide

Also, for her second show on day one, how sophisticated is this dress worn by Emily for Sass & Bide? With an eye for incoming trends, Sass & Bide has evolved themselves into a highly creative Australian designer brand, influenced by the bold and individualistic types of women. Emily looked absolutely fierce this season on their runway, blurring the lines between edgy and classic in her attire. We can definitely see this item being sold out in the near future, as boss ladies everywhere will love the way they look and feel in this style!

Click here to view more from the 2017 Sass & Bide’s AFW Runway Show.

Hansen & Gretel

Day two began on a high note with the au courant Hansen & Gretel 2017 AFW Runway Show. Light and whimsical with a youthful flair is the perfect way to describe Hansen & Gretel’s latest line, pertaining a style that excites our inner-dolls. Emily wore a mildly-off-the-shoulder flower print dress that captivated her audience, skyrocketing the bar for next season. We can definitely see these trends doing well on the ecommerce market, and are very excited upon their release! For those that fear putting down all their money at once, they offer bargain layaway rates that will make your life much easier! I mean, what an original thing to offer? We totally just joined their fan club. 😉

To view more photos from the Hansen & Gretel show, peep here.

Project NextGen

Project NextGen

 

Continuing into day two, Emily had the privilege of appearing in the Project NextGen Runway Show. According to the official Mercedes-Benz Australian Fashion Week website, Project NextGen is “is intended to provide a platform to discover and support emerging Australian fashion designers.” Therefore, “by connecting these gifted individuals with an experienced panel of industry insiders, the program mentors Australian talent to help them hone a broad range of skills by elevating their profile through industry connections and ongoing business support.”

How cool! It’s always refreshing to see the fashion industry extend their hand out to the dreamers. After seeing Emily walk in this show wearing a stylish black leotard alongside a detailed red choker with fringe, we can’t help but be excited for where fashion is heading (it’s so cute!).


Zambesi

For the final show on day two, Emily walked for Zambesi, wearing three separate designs. For her first appearance, she wore a jet-black-long-sleeve-cover-up over a black slip. The cover-up is sheer in design, appearing airy and weightless in movement (perfect for breezy nights in the city). It’s an absolute must have for the woman on-the-go, aiming to look chic, without all the fuss!

For her second appearance, Emily mesmerized the audience in a tan mesh top, a pair of loose-fitting black shorts, and a lengthy black sheer jacket. Mesh has definitely made a comeback this year, and now we’re reminded why! It’s the perfect add-on to a simplistic tone of style, adding that extra “zest” that we all long for when putting together an attire.

Lastly, for Emily’s final appearance in the Zambesi Show, she rocked a multi-color embellished dress with an illuminating white-sheer underlay. Our fashion forecasters say that we are to see much of the material used in the underlay in the future, and we’re not complaining! We love this modern design, as it is as pretty to look at as it is unique.

 

What to view more photos for the Zambesi 2017 AFW Runway show? Click here, you won’t be sorry!

 

Ginger + Smart

Day three started out on a bright note, with Emily walking in the Ginger + Smart 18 Collection Runway Show. In this show, Emily stole the stage in a long and vibrant blue dress, with an added flair. For accessories, she came equipped with a bright pink shoulder bag, adding a dramatic contrast, providing the perfect “pop” of color. This line aims to embrace a joyful, optimistic celebration of women in the arts, and Emily couldn’t have been a better fit for this role, as she is a true work of art!


Want to see more? Take a look at Ginger + Smart’s full runway video to witness the magic firsthand!:

Romance Was Born

Day Three continued on with Emily rocking out in Romance Was Born‘s fashion show. This line is definitely the most edgiest in terms of design, having each of their models evolving into a complete embodiment of living art. Romance Was Born’s goal in design is to create  clothing that is more than just a beautiful garment, but an immersive cultural experience that pushes to provoke an emotional response. After taking a peek below at the attire Emily wore for their Australian Fashion Week runway show, we are feeling all the positive feels!

To view more photos from Romance Was Born’s catwalk, click here.

VMajor

Wrapping up day three, Emily did not go out quietly. Nope, she stole the stage again like the superstar she is, wearing two groundbreaking designs by VMajor. According to their designers, Victor Zhu and Nicole Lin, this line is “designed for independent and stylish professional women all over the world. It is about setting a standard, highlighting the international aspects and mixed identity of the brand and reflecting beautiful, confident, masculine yet feminine, modern women.” We can definitely see their message being shared through what Emily was picked to wear, as she looks absolutely chic!

In her first outfit, Emily flaunted a baby blue jacket over a patch-printed silk dress. This innovative approach to business attire is stimulating, as it leaves behind the outdated belief that to be professional, you must wear all black. If you love what you do, why not add a spice of color to wardrobe? It will make your day that much brighter!

In her second attire, Emily provided us with the denim kick we have been obsessing about over the past couple years, yet VMajor added a new spin: a denim fringe-like dress! How neat! This new take on denim is bound to make shopaholics out of all of us. I mean, how stunning does Emily look? We’re speechless!

To view more photos from the VMajor runway, click here.

VMajor Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2017

& That’s a Wrap!

To view more on the Mercedes-Benz Australian Fashion Week, peep their website! Lots of style inspo to be shared. 🙂

It’s no secret that Chanel has heavily influenced the fashion industry over the past century, so what a cool honor it was for our Nous girl, Bridget Setterlee, to be able to take part in a spread wearing their recent beauty line! From having a wide variety of trendy lips tones, to introducing us to their pigmented shimmery eye-pallet (it absolutely dazzles in the sunlight), we adore Chanel’s artistic vision for summer twenty-seventeen!

Looking for the perfect daytime lip wear? This ultra-hydrating Rogue Coco lipstick carries tons of neutral-to-pink tones that will compliment any elegant vixen! Also- finding yourself needing a little more color on your complexion this summer, but are worried about the hazards of tanning? This Les Beiges bronzer offers a healthy glow sheer to keep the tan on your skin, without the hassle!

To view the full spread, take a peep below:

More products used on Bridget During this shoot that we adore:

Check out Bridget’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.
Photographer – Justin Macala  Instagram.
 MUA – Carola Gonzalez  Instagram.
Stylist – Melinda Rodriguez