Lisha may have only been in the industry for two weeks but she’s already making waves. She has just completed a classic eyelash extension course and very soon she will have completed her Russians! Lash extensions is something she has wanted to get into for a long time but it is only now it has come to fruition. After being in retail for 5 years it has already been such a pleasant change Lisha says. She hopes to add more beauty treatments when her skillset grows!
“It’s funny, I think that it’s completely coincidental that there is this amazing thread that runs through what I wore on Bridgerton and Han Chong’s collections, which is interesting as he designed the collection before the show had come out,” Phoebe Dynevor tells British Vogue of Self-Portrait’s autumn/winter 2021 edit. The actor, who starred in the hit period drama, stars in the brand’s latest campaign – and it couldn’t feel more timely. “I think there are some similarities [with Bridgerton] in the softer colour palette, and the mood of some of his more delicate lace designs. But beyond that, I feel like Self-Portrait really has its eye on a much more modern and real way of dressing.”
Steered by Chong, Self-Portrait founder and creative director, the cult label’s latest 28-piece collection is punctuated with exaggerated sleeves, ribbed knits and playful twists with delicate lace on collars, skirts and more. The pièce de résistance? A white, structured-yet-breezy dress.
Dynevor, it turns out, can pull off any look with ease. “Working with Self-Portrait for this project really was effortless, and it happened so instinctively and quickly… Han is an incredible designer – this collection is a total testament to his work. I jumped at the chance to collaborate with him,” she says of her first fashion campaign.
Two trends are in glorious tandem in 2021: revelling in nostalgia, and the rise of the “photo dump”. As a Covid-19 world continues to turn, it’s no surprise that we’re taking a moment or two to look back at past pictures that simply make us feel happy. And Gigi Hadid is the latest to join in on the action.
Over the weekend, while baby Khai was taking a nap, the new-gen super used the time to experiment with the “post a picture from this date” function on Instagram Stories. From vintage hauls to visits to Moschino HQ to her pregnancy food cravings, Hadid immersed herself in snaps from days gone by. From August 2020, she shared a photo of herself in baby Khai’s nursery ahead of her daughter’s arrival, and from December, we got to see new parents Gigi and Zayn proudly taking their little one out for a stroll.
The last year, it’s said, was a rocky one for the couple: West launched a bid for president while also struggling with bipolar disorder. After he made a series of erratic statements, Kardashian took to social media to ask for the public’s understanding. “We as a society talk about giving grace to the issue of mental health as a whole, however we should also give it to the individuals who are living with it in times when they need it the most,” she wrote. “I kindly ask that the media and public give us the compassion and empathy that is needed so that we can get through this.” Come December, outlets began to report that they were essentially living separate lives. “They are just not on the same page when it comes to their future as a family,” a source toldPeople. “And Kim is okay with it.”
Celine muse Kaia Gerber made her only runway appearance of the spring/summer 2021 season at Hedi Slimane’s Monaco track-and-field show spectacular. Gerber made one of the first exits inside the grand Stade Louis II wearing a youth-imbued street-style ensemble that looked like an elevated version of the clothes she nips from pilates to home in LA. The 30 models who followed the youngest member of the Crawford dynasty around the racetrack were almost Kaia clones, wearing all manner of Celine-ified high-top trainers, crop tops, boyish blazers and denim-shorts. It was a savvy move from Slimane, a designer who is a youth culture obsessive, to book Kaia, a 19-year-old at the heart of fashion’s new generation, as an exclusive.
Four months down the line, the spring/summer 2021 campaign images, which Slimane shot in Monaco, keep the buzz around the Kaia-infused collection alight. A serious-looking Gerber is pictured wearing her Gen-Z uniform by a palm tree-lined pool and lounging in a hotel suite. With her logo cap pulled down over her sunglasses, the impression is very much off-duty It-girl goes incognito to evade the paparazzi on the glamorous French Riviera.
Marc Jacobs is keeping it in the family. The celebrated New York designer enlisted Lola Leon (née Lourdes Leon) to front his spring 2021 campaign. She, of course, is the daughter of music and fashion legend Madonna, who Jacobs has known and collaborated with for nearly three decades.
The series of images, lensed by photographer Brianna Capozzi, features Leon in studio, dressed in a selection of pieces that are equal parts banjee, boujie, and a whole lot of cool. In one pic, the 24-year-old wears a floral tie-front cropped blouse with matching hot pants, accessorized with knee-high rainbow socks and fire-engine red peep-toe pumps. Another shows her in a black fitted blazer, shorts, and an exuberant pink rose-shaped bust, paired with posh black heeled Mary Janes. Throughout, Leon, sporting a fiery coif and long red fingernails, wears gold-plated daisy jewelry (a nod to Jacobs’s fragrance of the same name) and a selection of bags, including the Tote and the Snapshot.
Loved by Hollywood and the artistic counterculture alike, Tilda Swinton takes delight in Chanel’s spring/summer ’21 collection, and discusses fashion, performance and the avant-garde with playwright Jeremy O Harris. Photographs by Nikolai von Bismarck. Styling by Jerry Stafford.
For years I’ve dreamt of my first meeting with Tilda – an actor who, I think we can all agree, has no need for a last name. In the fantasies of my youth, when I first discovered her work while devouring Derek Jarman’s, I imagined that our meeting would take place at a dinner party. It would be filled with an eclectic mix of individuals from the literary, art and fashion worlds, and I would be there as a lucky plus-one. Perhaps I would receive an invitation to visit her family home in Scotland, and would spend an autumnal weekend in her beloved garden – as Nikolai von Bismarck did for this story, shot in and around her beautiful house in the Highlands.
But, like so many fantasies, particularly this year, that one never materialised. Our first meeting, for this interview, had to happen over Zoom – she on a bed prepping a Joanna Hogg film in Wales and me in Notting Hill. Even so, what transpired was something akin to the sublime. It was a meeting more intimate than I could have ever imagined.
Today we bring you 5 amazing locations for you to relax this unprecedented 2021. Escape and be in the moment at one of these incredible places.
1 – Rushton Hotel & Spa UK
If you are looking for the ultimate relaxation experience, look no further than the exquisitely British Rushton Hotel & Spa…
“A magnificent Grade I Listed Country House hotel in Kettering, Rushton Hall is nestled in 25 acres of immaculate grounds and splendid 16th Century surroundings.
Our historic luxury hotel offers sanctuary to a variety of guests including those seeking a relaxing weekend away, a romantic wedding venue, seamlessly planned events, corporate meetings and product launches.
We are proud that Rushton Hall has been awarded 4 red stars and 3 rosettes; we are the only restaurant in the county with a 3-rosette accolade making Rushton Hall the finest luxury hotel in Northamptonshire. Our experienced restaurant team strives to deliver an unforgettable dining experience – be it for fine dining in the Restaurant or Afternoon Tea in the stunning Great Hall.
Our beautiful Stable Yard Spa offers a wide range of treatments and facilities, adding to Rushton Hall’s standing amongst a select group of exclusive luxury hotels in the UK.”
2 – Anantara Maldives
What to escape to one of the most famous destinations in the world? Look no further than Anantara in the Maldives…
“Hide away from the world with lazy days in a shaded hammock or drifting slowly underwater through the reefs. Thrill the family with adventures water bobbing or deep sea fishing. Surprise a loved one – and perhaps yourself – with a menu designed by you and our chef, then served on a deserted sandbank.
Each Anantara hotel in the Maldives has its own individual style. Wherever you drop anchor, Anantara’s gurus and islanders will be on hand to make your moments special. Tailor your Maldives island time to your pace and your passions.”
3 – Bvlgari Hotel Dubai
Want to escape to one of the world’s most popular destinations? Visit Dubai and stop by the Bvlgari for a truly unforgettable experience.
“A shimmering jewel set on a seahorse-shaped island in Jumeira Bay, Bvlgari Resort Dubai brings Mediterranean style to the Middle East. Surrounded by ocean views and home to the first Bvlgari Yacht Club & Marina, its nautical spirit inspires the Resort’s design, making it an oasis of luxury minutes from the mainland.”
3 – Santorini Princess Spa Hotel
Relax in one of the worlds most popular hotspots… The wonderfully photogenic island of Santorini in Greece.
“The Princess is all about “peace & quiet” on the enchanting and world famous Santorinian Caldera with the most fascinating and unique view of the volcano, the little islands of the Aegean Sea and of course the breathtaking and glorious island’s sunsets.
You will find us in Imerovigli, the most beautiful village of Santorini, only 3,5 km away of the capital city of Fira. We operate since 2004 and our hotel follows the traditional Cycladic architecture and style. We serve a single purpose, to offer our guests modern convenience and service of high quality!
Once you are here, you can spoil yourself with our exquisite Spa services, swim in our outdoor pool with the spectacular view of Caldera, relax with a cocktail, or have a fine dining experience at our restaurant. Santorini Princess Spa Hotel has 19 fully equipped luxurious apartments for 2, 3 or 4 guests, including a Honeymoon Suite with private Hot Tub and two Superior Suites. We can’t wait to welcome you!”
5 – Naithonburi Beach Resort Thailand
Come and stay in one of the world’s most relaxing places this winter. This lower priced option guarantees you pure relaxation without breaking the bank.
“The Naithonburi Beach Resort Thailand offers a plethora of facilities including restaurants, bars, two pools, massage garden and gym.”
Here, we have compiled our list of our top 5 brush sets and kits for 2021! Brushes are a key part for any makeup kit so it’s important you have the right set for you.
1 –Charlotte Tilbury: The Complete Brush Set
The price of this set is £240, so it’s not cheap! But as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. Each one is hand pulled by an expert brush-maker, giving them the perfect shape. The handles are made from sustainable wood and cut in such a way that they won’t roll off your dresser and each is labelled according to use. They feel great on the skin and give you a perfect finish.
2 –M&S Rosie for Autograph Make Up Brush Set
No makeup collection is complete without some quality makeup brushes, and this gorgeous set has been made with ultra-soft synthetic bristles for smooth application. Designed in collaboration with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, this set includes four of her favourite brushes to achieve a professional makeup look. A large powder brush, contouring brush, angled blusher brush and eye shadow brush will help you apply makeup flawlessly.
About the brand- The exclusive Rosie for Autograph make up range has been developed in collaboration with Rosie Huntington Whiteley. Combining Rosie’s make-up tips and secrets with high quality ingredients, this range is developed to deliver amazing results. Inspired by Rosie’s career as a model, actress and her love of vintage, at the heart of this exclusive beauty collection lies Rosie’s natural, glamorous look.
3 – Kohl Kreatives The Flex Collection
Let your imagination run wild with this set consisting of the large and small triangles, large square, small circle, and diamond brushes. Proceeds from our brush sales go towards Kohl Kares, our charity empowering people through the power of make-up.
4 – Nude by Nature Brush Set
This set includes liquid foundation, eye definer and concealer brushes which are all made from natural fibres rather than hair, so is a great set for anyone prone to breakouts who doesn’t want to touch their skin. The zip-lock case makes them easy to transport and keep clean as well.
5 – Sigma Most Wanted Brush Set
From the face to the eyes, Sigma Most Wanted Set has it all. The collection is compiled of the brands five top selling brushes all in one place. Created with super sleek handles and impressively fine bristles, the brushes create a seamlessly blended finish for a completely flawless look.
This is going to make me sound ancient, but over 10 years now! I got scouted when I was working at my first job at Debenhams and i didn’t follow through with it but it was always in the back of my mind. I suppose I was a little scared at the thought of it! Then I started working full time at an insurance company which was NO fun and I hated it. I’ve always been creative so with the scouting in mind I was doing shoots as a freelance on my days off or using my holiday days for it. It got to a point where I was really unhappy at work and knew my heart was in the creative industry, so I sent any pictures of shoots I’d done to MOT Models and I got signed with them. I left my job at the insurance company, and the rest is history!
You always have to follow where your heart belongs! What’s the most challenging shoot you’ve ever done?
I lived in India for 3 months. Some of the shoots were really long days and early call times. I remember one particular job, the call time was 3am and we didn’t finish until midnight the next day. I was barely allowed to sit down in the garments as they would crease. That was a tough day but luckily no work on the next day!
That sounds extremely harsh but I bet it was still an unforgettable experience. What’s your favourite type of photoshoot? i.e commercial, fashion.
I love both to be honest! With fashion you can be more creative which is amazing but it’s not as well paid as commercial. So both are good for those reasons. Also with commercial it tends to be more upbeat as you’re constantly fake smiling which actually sends signals to your brain to tell you you’re really happy!
What’s your favourite shoot you’ve ever done?
This is such a tough one. My husband and I got booked on a job in Nice (France) for a beer brand. Our little girl was just over a year old and it was the first time we had been away together just as 2 since having Athina. It was memorable. But honestly there’s been so many I’ve loved for difference reasons. I love working for my regular clients as they’re all such a laugh, I love working with Haris Nukem as his vision is just my jam. I also acted in a Bollywood film (Raabta) and worked alongside the late Sushant Singh Rajput who was a wonderful man to work with.
Wow, so many incredible experiences, what an amazing life. Do you still feel like your learning?
Modelling wise, not really. Which is fine, I feel safe in this job for that reason actually. If I have to act in something, yes. I don’t think you ever stop learning with acting.
Is there anyone in the industry you would particularly like to work with?
I would really love to work with David Bailey & Wes Anderson! Brand wise Levi’s would be a dream.
Do you ever think you’ll stop modelling?
It’s a tough one, I know you can do modelling at any age. And especially now there’s no “ideal” in this industry. So I always think I’ll dibble and dabble but my focus has started to shift more towards acting, DJ’ing and I’ve always wanted to study psychology so I feel like that will be on the cards in the not so distant future. I’ve always wanted to help people and I find the mind fascinating.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I’m a mum of an almost 3 year old, so you can gather what my time is spent doing haha. But aides of spending time with Athina, I love playing music & painting!
What a stunning name!What’s next for you in your career?
Unfortunately the current situation (dare I mention Covid!) it’s hard to say. But I’m staying level headed amongst the chaos and leaving myself open to new opportunities. I have amazing regular clients and I balance it all quite well with doing some creative shoots with other photographers. My focus has taken a turn however, so who knows what the future holds for my career! I can never see myself not doing anything creative, even if it’s in my spare time or part time. But I love learning new things and I like a challenge. So let’s see..
They say a creative can turn their hand to anything… Do you have any advice for aspiring models?
Don’t have any high expectations that it’s all glamour and that you’ll be shooting for Vogue straight away. It’s a hard industry to be in, more so because there’s a lot of models nowadays so there’s a lot of competition. It’s not so much about looks I’ve found, but more about personality. So make sure that always shines through your pictures and at castings. People will rebook you if you’re fun to work with! Don’t be scared to be yourself, that’s what it’s all about. Take risks but also be smart. When you book your first big job, save that money as best you can. It’s difficult to not spend it straight away! We have all been there! Despite the graft, don’t give up. If it’s what you really want you will absolutely accomplish it. Patience is everything!