The Face That Launched 1000 Ships: Fashion’s Greatest Muses

Designers and the fashion houses they’ve been entrusted with are expected to draw inspirations from hundreds of different people, places, and things every year. However, sometimes it’s a model, rather than a celebrity or place, who brings a designer their inspiration. In the last 15 years there has been a huge influx of model muses capturing the eyes of a designer and essentially becoming the face of a brand, encompassing everything the brand should be from brand and accessories to the overall look.

Mariacarla Boscono x Givenchy

Ricardo Tisci has had many muses over the span of his career. Yet none were as recognizable as Mariacarla Boscono was during Tisci’s tenure at Givenchy. Though there were different models working for Tisci at Givenchy, none of them really embodied the rebellious and strong willed nature that Tisci injected into the historic brand. The Italian supermodel’s unique beauty and fiery editorial style was a perfect match for the brutal and razor-sharp re-imagining of Givenchy. And with a career that started with the brand in 2008, Boscono has consecutively walked and worked for the brand for almost 10 years.

Freja Beha Erichsen x Chanel

When someone thinks of the quintessential Chanel girl, they may think of movie stars like Kiera Knightley and Cara Delevigne. However, the true face of Chanel throughout the 2000s was undoubtedly Freja Beha Erichsen. The cool, calm, and collected ‘it’ girl defined the Chanel image that Karl Lagerfeld created for the new millennium, having walked every show during the mid-2000s, including opening and closing many of them. But, with her heavy wispy bangs framing her stunning face, Freja’s real presence was felt in campaigns, clad in Chanel and oozing high fashion cool girl glamour.

Abbey Lee x Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein built a brand on edginess, sexiness, and an all-American cool. And with that comes the need for a model who encompasses the same things. Luckily, Austrailian beauty Abbey Lee came along and captured the eye of casting directors at Calvin Klein. The pixie faced beauty embodied the cool good-girl-gone-bad image that Calvin Klein wanted to become. Lee started her career with the brand in 2008, which continues until today with her recent campaign for the brand include 2017s Calvin Klein by Appointment campaign and 2016s Calvin Klein global campaign, making her a go to model for any of Calvin Klein’s editorials and campaigns.

Natasha Poly x Vogue Paris

When it comes to Natasha Poly: there is nothing the fashion superwoman can’t do. Having a career that spans over a decade has brought Ms. Poly up to the rank of super model stardom. And with it comes countless campaigns, editorials, runway shows, and beyond. However, no client has been more loyal to Natasha’s brand then Vogue Paris. The iconic publication began its relationship with the model when she debuted in 2004. Since then, Natasha Poly has consecutively been on either the covers and/or in editorials within the magazine. But Vogue Paris isn’t the only publication in love with her. Vogue Russia and Vogue Japan have also had long standing relationships with Natasha.

Georgia May Jagger x Rimmel London

What happens when your mother is a famous super model and your father is a rock god? Well, you carve out your own niche and dominate the British fashion and cosmetics industry. Georgia May Jagger is the daughter of fashion legend Jerry Hall and rock music legend, Mick Jagger. However, Jagger would not be left in the shadows of her parents. And this definitely wasn’t the case when she landed a deal with cosmetics giant Rimmel London, which catapulted her into the fashion world’s spotlight. Since 2010, Georgia May has been the face of everything from mascara to lipstick for the cosmetics brand, making her one of the single most recognizable faces in contemporary fashion today.

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Iconic Moments in Fashion: The Greatest Runways Ever Made!

Unlike today’s sleek and modern, no-nonsense runways, the world of high fashion runways has always had a sense of extravagance woven throughout.  Every time fashion month rolled around. The fashion world’s largest and most important houses scooped up their immense production budgets and created entirely new worlds for their clients and guests to immerse themselves in. Unfortunately, the era of full-on runway productions has almost entirely come to an end, with only a few of fashion’s powerhouse labels attempting to stick to the old grandiose way of presenting clothing. For this list, shows were picked based on visual impact, as well as aesthetic appeal. And no brand could have more than one entry, even though some of the brands on the list have multiple major motion picture-esque runway shows under their belt.

Louis Vuitton Spring – Summer 2012

Imagine a fairytale theme park. Where the fairest and most delicate of the fair folk frolic and play. Sugar spun in ever colourful is eaten by the handful and the sky glows with stains of baby pink and powder blue. The clouds float about like baby chicks among a candy coloured sky. It’s a princess’s dream world where anything magical is bound to happen. Nothing is impossible and even dream really does come true. And behind the roller coasters, Ferris wheel, and swings lies the grandest of carousels. Horses galloping, frozen in time coated in pastels and glitter. Swirling softly with it organ and mirrors creating an entirely new world separate from the one around it. That’s the beauty of Marc Jacobs‘ genius runway set for Louis Vuitton ss 2012. Taking something as normal as a childhood carousel ride and creating a completely different world.

Alexander McQueen Spring – Summer 1998

The name may conjure up images of something a little displeasing, but Alexander McQueen‘s Golden Shower is the first real example of the achievements that can be made in runway set design. This show was intirely based on pure innovation. Never before had there been a runway show so complex, intriguing and down right dangerous. Models had to strut down a clear plexi glass runway batherd in an artificual rain shower while riotous music pounded the audience and golden yellow lights flashed above. Creating the the perfect fashion thunderstorm that encompassed the anarchy that is Alexander McQueen.

Chanel Spring – Summer 2013

The house of Chanel is eponymous with everything extravagant and expensive, and never has that been more of a visible statement than under the direction of Karl Lagerfeld. His runway shows are the embodiment of extravagance; dreams made real through the handiwork and gargantuan production budget backing Chanel. For spring 2013, Karl had an entire wind turbine field built inside the now famous Palais Royale. Guests were treated to the sight of a solar panel floor gleaming under the lights as massive wind turbines spun overhead. Models weaved around the giant turbines in a glorious cacophony of fashion. Because in Karl’s world, nothing is unattainable and that goes for the quintessential Chanel woman as well.

Dior Fall – Winter 2007

John Galliano has never been one to shy away from sheer theatrical excess and for Christian Dior’s anniversary, the fashion virtuoso created a landscape that was one part Salvador Dali dream, one part castle garden, and another part art museum. Imagine every single bit of inspiration that went into a Dior Couture collections culminating in a massive runway, zig-zagging between various arches, rooms and sets. The runway painted a perfect picture of what goes on in Monsieur Galliano’s head during his creative process. It really was a living breathing midsummer’s night dream. 

Dolce & Gabbana Spring – Summer 2007

Who knew an elevator and plexiglass stairs could create one of the most visually stunning runway shows in the history of runway itself. Dolce & Gabbana are no strangers to creating the most overly extreme runway shows during their mid 2000’s hayday. But it was spring 2007 that set the strandard for what at D&G show should be. As the glass stairs ride out of the ground, the mid 2000’s ice queens descending, with supermodel Snejana Onopka leading the pack in an all out onslaught of sheer fashion. The clear runway completely matched the pvc element of the show and filled the room with “I dont give a damn” attitude that Dolce & Gabanna was known for.

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Instagram Feature: Kids More Fashionable Than You

Even as a crazed fashion lover (is there really such a thing?) I have humbly accepted the fact that I cannot reach a healthy and plentiful “blogger status”, mostly because I don’t have the funds, a round the clock photographer, or a Gucci belt to do so. Because of this, I worshipfully scroll through the feeds of some of my favourite style bloggers simply admitting a modest defeat from their standards of fashion looks. However, upon my scrolling, a new breed of fashion Instagrammer’s have come about, one that is just as fashionable, just as sassy but is about 20 years younger than their OG counterparts. Yes— we are talking about tiny humans setting the fashion standards high for us Zara lovers and thrift store chasers. Here are some kids who will have you questioning your current wardrobe and will inspire you to think out of the box. Even though they are true fashion lovers, kids remind us not to take fashion so seriously, and to have fun with it.

@hails_world

photos from @hails_world

Eight year old, Haileigh is a fashion designer, model, and actor. With such a busy repertoire of activities it’s hard to believe she has time to fit in some inspirational fashion looks on her Instagram page. What is unique about this Instagram blogger is her take on a classic look. Haileigh blends her fun and childish flare with some very classic looking pieces. She almost has a mini Michelle Obama thing going for her in her pattern choices, and classy necklines and tailoring. There are some “street style” looks’s that show off her edge as well but her elegant, girly flare is what stands out on Haileigh’s page.

@babyellestyle

photos from @babyellestyle

Adorable, Elle has an Instagram account run by her mom but her fashion choices seem to be made all by herself. Elle has the blogger pose down and has a very unique collection of fun bags and sunglasses! What sets this account apart from others is that many of the outfits are made for the reality of being a kid. Take this first look, this is what Elle wears to play baseball—both stylish and practical.

@ministylehacker

photos from @ministylehacker

Another account run by a modern mommy (realistically SOMEONE has to take these photos). These brothers and their matching hair cuts have a great flare that embodies current men’s street style. There is definitely no hand-me-downs worn by these fashionable little lads. Their poses suggest that they truly love to be photographed (which, from what I hear is very rare to come by for most kids). With their sleek accessories, their wide denim collection, and their intricate detailing (just look at those skull knee covers!) there is no doubt that these brothers are totally worthy of being fashion inspo on Instagram!

@txunamy

photos from @txunamy

This eight year old is definitely inspired by modern Americana fashion! In fact, in many of her posts, she does a side by side recreation of a celebrity outfit (she’s cop’ed Selena Gomez, Kylie Jenner and more) and NEVER fails to impress. This account puts together outfits that are not only appreciated by older fashion lovers, but can actually be used as real fashion inspiration as she truly has the wardrobe of a classic 20-somethings dream! Follow @txuamy if you’re interested in how to utilize your own wardrobe to the max!

@coco_pinkprincess

photos from @coco_pinkprincess

There is no competition when is comes to @Coco_pinkprincess. This 6-year old from Tokyo is a true fashion icon with the sass to match. Her Burberry, Chanel, and Supreme collection is on point but brands aside, this account is a true inspiration for how to mix and match pieces and patterns to create outfit’s that are art-worthy. With Coco’s aesthetic, fashionable flare and attitude, it will be exciting to see where this growing platform will take her!

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Spring style Revamp: Three Runway Looks For Less!

TEXT: Chris Zaghi and Claire Ball

Gone are the days when the standard polyester pantsuit or pencil skirt were the go-to for every woman at the office. The new 9-5 wardrobe should tastefully represent your personal style, as well as the atmosphere of your workplace. The same goes for your beauty routine. You want to look professional and put together without foregoing some extra oomph to your everyday makeup look.

When looking toward the weekend, most of the times all you want to do is throw on a t-shirt and sweats, but hear us out. Loungewear is great for picking up groceries, walking the dog, and laying about and watching Netflix. But sometimes the weekend calls for a little pizazz! An easy weekend solution is to keep your makeup minimal instead of your clothes. Why not amp up your weekend style with some comfy show stoppers that’ll have all your friends begging you for fashion advice and opt for a minimal makeup look?

Now evening wear and formalwear can be a bit tough. There are tons of rules and guidelines on what’s right and what’s wrong. No white at weddings, no stretch fabrics, avoid things that are too casual. All of these rules can make it almost impossible to find something that won’t be gasped at by the rest of night’s guests. Luckily, over the last few years, how we look at formal attire has changed drastically. Outfits that would have never gone over well at formal events are now slowly being accepted. And more outlandish and gaudy designs are being celebrated at events instead of being shunned. This opens up a lot of doors to what you can wear to a formal event this year. So keep your makeup relatively classic with a bit of a twist and let your outfit do the talking!

Office Ready: Chanel vs. Zara

Photos: Vogue Runway – Zara

Zara Textured Weave Cardigan &  Zara Structured Mini Skirt With Ruffle:

$135.80 online or in store

Zara has a long-standing tradition of providing the fashion-forward masses with reasonably priced and well-made clothing inspired by the world’s most exclusive luxury labels. The clothing you find in most Zara boutiques tends to lean toward a very elegant and trend-positive style. And when looking for the perfect 9-5 outfit, elegance, assertiveness, and freshness are key. For example, Zara has recently added this beautiful tweed set to their lookbook. Elegantly trimmed with a fire engine red hem and buttoned with faux pearl accents. This classic style mirrors the suits Mademoiselle Coco made famous decades ago, but with an added flirty twist. This especially helps with keeping your 9-5 wardrobe fresh and exciting (and you can mix and match the set too!)

Office Makeup look: Blush(ing)

Photos: Vouge – MAC Cosmetics

MAC Casual Colour in Hi Jinks: $31.00 in store or online

In case you were absent during the ’80s, now is the time to embrace a retro throwback in your beauty routine. The spring/summer runway was both subtly and extravagantly reminiscent of the decade and one of the most popular makeup tributes to it was bright blush and lips. Designers like Kenzo, Reem Acra, and Adam Selman all participated in various versions of the retro blush. This look from the Chanel spring/summer 2017 runway features a strong, bright coral cheek contour with a hint of coral on the lips to evenly brighten up the face. MAC has a line of creamy multipurpose lip and cheek stains that are perfect for recreating this look for the office on your own! Just trace the cream colour up the cheekbones, and around the eyes. If you’re really feeling the 80s vibes, finish it off by dabbing a little bit on the lips for an added pop of colour. This beauty look screams springtime while also keeping it professional and pretty for work.

Weekend Chic: A.P.C vs. ASOS

Photos: Vogue Runway – ASOS

ASOS Denim Crop Jacket with Ruffle HemASOS Ridley Skinny Jeans

$138.62 + Shipping

Weekend outfits often tend to lean towards whatever is the most casual (and clean) that’s laying around your room. This can lead to some serious drab moments when going out and hitting up the town. Luckily, ASOS has a slew of different dressy yet uber-casual options for you to beef up your weekend wardrobe. Now, most people don’t want to wear a blouse on the weekend. No problem. Denim is your best friend in this case. The denim jacket and jeans give you the same refined, high fashion silhouette that the A.P.C ensemble gives you, just without the high fashion price tag. The pulled in waist and ruffles paired with matching skinny jeans give this look a fresh and expressive take on your traditional Canadian tuxedo.

Weekend Makeup look: No-Makeup Makeup

Photos: Vouge – Sephora

Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20: $55.00 in store or online

The bare skin “no-makeup” look has been seen before, but this season it seems that it was more popular than ever. With designers like Isabel Marant, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, and Christian Dior all displaying a minimalist approach to makeup on the runway, there is no denying the obvious appeal of the “no-makeup” look. Radiant, clear skin like this look from the Stella McCartney spring 2017 show, is the perfect way to keep it casual, fresh, and chic on the weekend. Just apply a good tinted moisturizer, like Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer with SPF 20, to even out your skin and bring out your natural radiance with a dewy glow. If you need to cover some blemishes, just touch them up with a little bit of concealer and blend it out. To complete the ultimate natural look, brush up your eyebrows and you’re good to go!

A Beautiful Evening Out: Gucci vs. Free People

Photos: Vogue Runway – Free People

Garden Life Maxi Dress$327.50 online or in store

Evening wear can be a tricky thing to get right. With all the guidelines surrounding what to wear, most people opt for something black and that’s that. However, modern evening wear doesn’t have to end up being so uptight. One big trend we’ve been seeing are florals — explosions of colourful blooms completing outfits in exotic prints and embroidery. And that’s just the right amount of punch your closet needs to fulfill all your formalwear desires. Free People does a wonderful job of merging elegance and hippie-chic in a neat little package, and the Garden Life maxi dress does just that. Mirror the beautiful blooms seen at Gucci this season. The dress is perfect for this year’s upcoming wedding season and any other spring/summer event that requires a little evening magic. Who knows, maybe you can even turn a dull winter party into a tropical paradise if you have the guts to do it.

Evening Makeup look: The Smudgy Eye

Photos: Vogue – Sephora

Marc Jacobs Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner: $31.00 in store or online

This “still wearing last night’s makeup” look is the new smokey eye. The spring/summer runway was all about the smudgy eye. Runway looks from Rag & Bone, Christopher Kane, and Balmain featured similar versions of the black, ashy, smudged out liner look. Pairing this makeup with the floral Garden Life Maxi Dress adds an edgier vibe for a perfect night out look. The best part about this beauty trend is that you no longer have to stress about drawing a straight line! Use Marc Jacobs Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner to rim your eyes, and using a smudging brush, Q-tip, or your fingertip, smudge out the liner to create an “already worn out” smudged and smokey look.

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What Novella Loves — Spring Edition

Our content team is a motley crew, each member with their own quirks and stories that define our stranger than usual weirdness in the ways they clash and meet over pitches and wine at every meeting. But if there is a consistency in the diversity, it is our impeccable — yes, impeccable — taste in all things stylish and beautiful. What Novella Loves showcases these two defining qualities of our team.

It’s April, and for those of you who’ve been bemoaning the lack of definitive Spring signs, we bring to you this Spring Edition.

Even though I don’t own one, I believe it’s a must-have accessory. I am obsessed with the timeless and chic design by Chanel. What I love most about a classic black Chanel bag is its versatility. It can be worn with anything and never go out of style. I love the chicness it can bring to an edgier look like we saw on the streets during NYFW. A real original, the classic Chanel flap bag is something every girl should own.  Claire Ball, Editorial Contributor

Victoria Beckham which has recently announced her new collaboration with Target with a cool graphic T-shirt from her collection in LAX that was printed with the slogan “Fashion Stole My Smile”. I found this tee fun and amusing, as it shows a sense of humour concerning her poker face that has become her trademark. This shirt comes in black or white and is available for around $150, which might be a bit expensive for a graphic T-shirt but a reasonable price for a designer one.  Liat Neuman, Fashion Contributor   

I have to convince myself that it’s actually spring everyday. With the still inconsistent temps, if I am forced to bundle up, why not still be stylish. Montreal-based designer Xian’s wool blend coat with 4 snap detail closure can keep me warm and still looking good on the days where we go from sunny to grey and chilly in one day to the next.  Drew Brown, Editor-in-Chief

My pick for my spring must have is definitely going to be The Enchanted Forest by the Vagabond Prince.  The unisex scent comes from a very niche perfumer, so it isn’t the easiest scent to get your hands on outside of the US. However, I’m hopeful that one day I’ll be able to snag a bottle of this mysterious blackcurrant fragrance that has reviewers mesmerized by its fairytale scent!  Chris Zaghi, Fashion Editor

I love my Mer Bag. As our editor-in-chief likes to point out, I can fit my studio apartment in my backpack and still have room left — the smallest size available for a basic backpack is H24 W12, so you can imagine the possibilities. It’s waterproof, weatherproof, and made with industrial materials to last. The highly functional bags come with simple designs best suited for any purpose other than a gala dinner, unless the gala dinner involves cycling, bmx, or skateboarding, in which case, it’s even good for that. Every time you order a Mer Bag, Rob Nelson, who founded the company back in 2001, hand makes it himself at his studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Rob is also a really nice guy with an adorable dog the size of a bicycle.  — Hoon Ji, Managing Editor

The best bags are the ones that keep getting better with each wear. For the past two years, my go-to has been the Mansur Gavriel bucket bag. The New York based company started with these iconic bags in 2012 and became the instant must-have items on social media. The bag comes in different variations with a wide range of colours for exteriors and interiors. The materials used in the bag are high-quality leather crafted in Italy. Over time the leather becomes buttery soft and makes you want to wear it more.  I love throwing everything in my purse rather than digging through compartments to find my keys; this bag is just effortless cool. — Michelle Cheung, Social Media Coordinator