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Models-Turned-Designers : My Top 10

Hi Poutlings

Model-turned-designer is not a new phenomenon, on the opposite there are more models who turn to brands to expose their horizons and give their followers something (clothes, jewellery or shoooooes) designed in their signature style. Some may argue that it’s a disdain for true skill and craft of a designer, others would agree that some models bring their own unique vision into collection.


Anja Rubik in an ad campaign for her shoe & accessory line with Giuseppe Zanotti

Anja Rubik in an ad campaign for her shoe & accessory line with Giuseppe Zanotti

One of the most recent collaboration collections was designed by Anja Rubik, who I’ve previously blogged on before, along with Giuseppe Zanotti. The model and designer shared their “skills and ideas” in Giuseppe’s brand creating a 6-style footwear line and a handbag. The collection turned out beautiful as it often happens, Anja modeled the entire line herself.

This is not the first of Anja’s designer endeavors though as she already had an experience creating an accessory collection for Quazi in 2011.


Rosie Huntington-Whiteley models her Marks & Spencer Spring/Summer 2013 lingerie collection

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley models her Marks & Spencer Spring/Summer 2013 lingerie collection

Rose Huntington-Whiteley expressed her desire to design on more than one ocassion but thanks to retailer Marks & Spencer and its lingerie department head Soozie Jenkinson, Rosie’s dream came true and she already launched her second lingerie line with the store. The line is full of pink sets, robes and babydolls.

Rosie also expressed a desire to do some “designing” in five or ten years and wants to have jewellery, lingerie and cashmere lines. Well, she’s got one of them already.


Helena Christensen models her lingerie collection for Triumph

Helena Christensen models her lingerie collection for Triumph

Helena Christensen is an original supermodel who has been on numerous magazine covers and in ad campaigns but she also tried her hand at design when she created a lingerie line for Triumph. the line included some printed pieces, sexy lace tops and black strappy styles.

Now Christensen has got her eyes on a bag line she is set to launch in September with Belgium bag brand Kipling. the collection will include eleven styles and focus on floral print.


Iman models an Arm Candy bag from her Global Chic line

Iman models an Arm Candy bag from her Global Chic line

Supermodel I”man is true style and fashion icon so it’s no wonder she has her own fashion line. Launched in 2011 with HSN Globalc Chic is a line of statement jewellery and accessories at affordable prices.

Iman thinks that jewellery and accessories add a lot more to the outfit and thus without them one “can never be fully dressed”.


Natalia Vodianova in ad campaign for her Etam lingerie collection

Natalia Vodianova in ad campaign for her Etam lingerie collection

Natalia Vodianova just recently launched her second footwear collection with the Russian shoe brand Centro. The model designed the classic pumps to raise money for her charity Naked Heart Foundation.

The model has also been given an oppurtunity to design heer own lingerie colections at Etam in 2009, which she used quite successfully.


Lily Aldridge models her collection for Velvet by Graham & Spencer

Lily Aldridge models her collection for Velvet by Graham & Spencer

Victoira’s Secret Angel, Lily Aldridge has just recently designed a thirteen-piece collection with Velvet by Graham & Spencer. The model was asked to do a line after working ten years with the brand,

The line consists of dresses, casual tops and a military style jacket that can easily be introduced into a basic summer wardrobe.


Gisele Bündchen models her own lingerie line

Gisele Bündchen models her own lingerie line

Gisele Bundchen created a whole empire with all the lingerie, footwear, clothing and beauty lines she launched. The world’s richest supermodel has an iPANEMA Gisele Bundchen sandal line, Gisele Bundchen Brazillian Intimates lingerie brand, and a beauty line under her belt.

But that’s not all she’s done. The model designed a clothing line with a Dutch retailer C&A in 2011 that included dresses, cropped blazers and other items.


Sophie Dahl models her own collection for Brora

Sophie Dahl models her own collection for Brora

Sophie Dahl is another model who tried her hand in design. She created a line with a cashmere brand Brora, which consists of thirteen pieces like a tea dress, cardigans, camisole and others.

Besides her modelling career, Sophie Dahl has written for fashion magazines like US and UK Vogues, Harpers Bazaar and such editorials like The Sunday Times, The Observer and The Guardian.


Kate Moss for Topshop Final Collection, Fall 2010

Kate Moss for Topshop Final Collection, Fall 2010

Kate Moss has been collaborating with Topshop for three years producing 14 collections in total from 2007 to 2010. Her lines included numerous minidresses and jackets. She released he last collection in 2010 along with Kate Iconic, a capsule line of her most popular designs.

Moss’ designs reflected the models style – a mix of grunge and boho chi – but there were also collections in nontypical for model floral prints and more feminine styles.


Georgia May Jagger launches Hudson by Georgia May collection at Neiman Marcus

Georgia May Jagger launches Hudson by Georgia May collection at Neiman Marcus

Georgia May Jagger tried herself in denim design when she created a line for Hudson Jeans. The model designed a twenty-piece collection with a different cut that the usual Hudson jeans taking inspiration from her mom’s vintage jeans.

So… should models turn into designers? Do you think they do any of the actual design work or just tell the real designers, “THAT’S NICE… I’LL PUT A RING ON IT, MY NAME ON IT”… ? Is it just another money making raquet, like the fragrance market? Does it mean something else? Am I missing the point? Must I stop asking so many questions?

x missfitz

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THE BLACK ISSUE : Pioneering Models of Colour

Hellooo Poutlings!

With living in South Africa, the racism card likes to be used often, because of our troubled past. Unfortunately, I do not believe this will ever go away, but what people do not realise is that it is not only South Africa that has overcome problems when it comes to racism.

Enter, the modeling industry. Diversity has never been the modeling industry’s strong card, as highlighted by Vogue Italia’s groundbreaking “Black Issue” from 2008. What was so groundbreaking was the fact that it happened at all – an international fashion magazine drawing attention to racism in its own industry.

With this in mind, I’d like to point out that before this publication, “The Black Issue“, there was a massive movement of women of colour fighting for their rights to be in the fashion industry, here are some of my favourites highlighting their stides on and off the runway.


The daughter of the King of Toro, one of the four tribes that originally ruled Uganda, Elizabeth was the third black women to ever attend Cambridge University and Uganda’s first female lawyer. When England’s Princess Margaret invited her to model in a charity fashion show, Elizabeth’s modeling career took off and she graced the pages of Vogue and the cover of Harper’s Bazaar in 1969. She later moved to New York where she modeled for the legendary Irving Penn.

NAOMI SIMS – 1948 – 2009

Before there was Naomi, there was Naomi. The first black supermodel, Naomi Sims worked overtime to break into what is still a largely racist industry. Naomi officially made it when she appeared in a US national AT&T commercial, the cover of Ladies’ Home Journal and the cover of Life All in 1968.

IMAN – 1955

With her long, graceful neck and statuesque beauty, Iman looks like she was actually plucked out of a Somalian village and thrown on a runway, but in reality she was discovered by photographer Peter Beard while she was studying political science in Nairobi. Upon coming to New York in 1975, however, she happily played along with the myth that Beard had discovered her as “a teen tribeswomen tending 500 cattle and sheep in a Kenyan game preserve”. What followed is one of the greatest careers in modern fashion history : a muse for Yves Saint Laurent, Issey Miyake and Calvin Klein, an entrepreneur and the one women to tame David Bowie.


Mounia was Yves Saint Laurent’s first black muse and his favourite model. She was also the first black model he used in his haute couture shows. Mounia rose to prominence following YSL’s classic Porgy & Bess show, which he designed around her and led to covers of WWD and French Elle.

DONYALE LUNA 1945 – 1979

Pegg Ann Freeman escaped the slums of Detroit, USA, for the glitz and glamour of NYC. Here as Donyale Luna, she was was exotic and intriguing whereas in Detroit she “wasn’t considered beautiful or anything.” At 6’1″ with her already striking features and ultramarine contacts, she was in high demand, becoming the first black women to cover British Vogue in 1996. Donyale lived like, partied like and dated rock stars only to eventually die like one when she overdosed in 1979.


Bev Johnson’s name will go down in history as the first black women on the cover of US Vogue in 1974, a watershed moment for models of all diversities. Bev logged over 500 covers in her career before embarking on a mildly successful acting career and starting her own line of wigs.


A former nursing student from Michigan, Billie became “New York’s newest superstar model” and the “standard of female beauty” after setting Paris ablaze as one of the stars of the Battle of Versailles in 1973. She commanded $400 a day – years before Linda Evangelista wouldn’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 – though still making her one of the best paid runway models at the time.


Part supermodel, part mental patient, dart disco/New Wave/dancehall queen, Grace Jones is an enigma, wrapped in a question, wrapped in a kimono. Her distinctive style and personality are a constant source of inspiration for musicians like Rihanna and Lady Gaga to magazine editorials, who find her a favourite subject in particular… is it any wonder? That type of crazy comes along once in an androgynous moon.


Black, bald and beautiful. Pat shaved her head in the 60s as a protest against the modeling industry’s obsession with straight hair. The decision proved fortuitous for Pat, leading to appearances in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar and perhaps, most famously, a quartlet of album covers for The Ohio Players. In 1974, Pat threw it all away when she published a scathing article in Essence magazine attacking the industry’s racism and its discrimination effectively ending her career.


Pat was discovered in the subway in 1967 by fashion illustrator Antonio who admitted that he thought she was ugly, but with his help she became a dynmic and versatile force in print and on the runway. Along with Blair, Cleveland was one of the black models that entranced the French during the Battle of Versailles.

Like Sandylashxx has mentioned before, Black Most Definately is Beautiful.



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Todays “lesson” is about EYE SHAPES

The books would tell you:  The principal of emphasizing, bringing forward into prominence, and diminishing or move back with light or dark tones can be used for your advantage to improve difficult or irregularly shaped eyes.  Use of vibrant colors, tones of the shades picked and contrasting textures enable the skillful makeup artist to correct or deflect interest from the eye’s fault.

The profile and frontal view of the eyes should always be considered and difficult eyes not seen as a fault, rather as a  challenge to present to their best advantage.

Eyes may be emphasized, enlarged and opened with ivory colored highlighters for evening or fashion effects, and with white shader for photographic work.


  • CREAM, OIL BASED – It spreads easily and blends well, but it needs to be set with a powder.
  • POWDER – Compressed powder with added moisturizer providing a ‘cling’.  It’s staying power is good, but it may feel tight on very dry skin.
  • WATER COLORS – A cake eyeshadow applied with a wet brush to give long-lasting finish, with depth of color stronger than that of powder.
  • CRAYONS AND PENCILS – Soft wax pencils which are easy to apply without dragging the skin, but needs to be blended very well.



The eyes may be brought forward with a pale or pearl color, blended in an oval around the upper and lower lids.  The overhanging brow bone should be shaded as a fine line spreading to wing along the crease.  The arch of the brow can be emphasized with a white or cream-colored pearl shadow, also repeated in the center of the lid.  Usually no eyeliner is needed, but a fine pointed upper and lower false lashes may be applied for increased definition on a younger client.


The entire upper lid may be highlighted with a pale tone.  In a full lid socket emphasis may be softly applied to form a sweeping curve, echoing the brow line.  A fine dark line, or more brightly colored shadow line can be applied close to the lashes.  The arched line of the brow can be accentuated with a pearl white or ivory toned highlighter.  A medium tone of the general shade may be applied at the outer corner to lengthen the eye shape and give an attractive profile appearance.


Color the entire lid with a bright but soft tone to enlarge the eye area.  Accentuate the center lid area with a more definite and slightly contrasting shade, blending in to give fullness to the lid.  Echo the brow line with a soft sweep of color in a deeper but harmonizing shade.  The outer lashes may be emphasized with mascara and for the younger client, false lashes may be applied to the outer corner.


Commonly found with Asian women.  Try to create the illusion of a natural eye.  Highlighter under the brow bone.  Shade of color used in the area to create a ‘crease’.  Medium color directly placed on the lid closer to the lashes.  Eyeliner may be applied extending outwards to create the effect of a larger eye.


Known as the perfect eye shape.  Its top to bottom in proportion.  Eyeliner can be used in any way.  If you have smaller almond-shaped eyes then use lighter frosted colors.  If you have larger almond eyes, you can use dark, matt colors.


The inner corner may be highlighted with a soft light color which can be repeated under the lower lashes.  The overhanging lid area can be subtly shaded to diminish its prominence with a matt textured, deeper toned shadow.  The under brow area may be highlighted to deflect interest from the overhanging lid.  A stronger line of the color close to the roots of the lashes may be applied, adding vitality and definition to the eyes.  Lashes may be emphasized with mascara to form a natural appearance.


The entire orbital cavity area (eye socket) should be brought forward with a pale colored, soft textured shadow in a slightly oval shape.  A winging sweep of a slightly darker shadow may be applied commencing as a fine line, broadening into a wider curve.  Under the brow area it may be highlighted with a bright iridescent shadow to give a contrast of textures.  The sweeping brow line can be reinforced with fine, long individual false lashes applied to the outer quarter of the lash line.


A sombre but rich shade of shadow should be applied to the upper lid to diminish the prominence of the eye.  The shape of the eye may be redefined by illuminating the brow bone in the area to deflect interest from the protruding lids.  This color may be reflected under the lower lashes, depending on the overall fulness of the eye in profile.  Natural lash emphasis is sufficient definition as over heavy or curled lashes increase the rounded and prominent appearance of the eye.


BAGS is caused by puffy tissue.  It may be disguised by using a lighter shade of foundation in the crease.  A darker shade of the foundation should be applied to the puffy area to diminish their size.


These may be successfully disguised by using a white/orange concealer cream.  Apply sparingly over the darker areas.

DON’T GET CONFUSED BETWEEN THE TWO.  Dark circles under the eyes are very obvious.  You may have a combination of both.  Practice and see what method works best for you.


Grey, taupe and browns.  These are great basic shades to work with no matter what your eye color is.  One exception to using browns would be for a more mature woman with grey hair.  Softer tones of blues, pale grey and lavender is much more flattering in this instance.  Black eyeshadow can be one of your most versatile colors depending upon the application technique employed.  Don’t just think of black as just stark black, it can be used alone to create a soft smokey effect or to achieve stronger definition.  It can be used under any other shade where a deeper tone is desired.  *tip*  Use orange/red eyeshadow to blend out black.

IRIDESCENT DUSTS (fine, loose powder) 

Used in conjunction with flat/matt shadows, can achieve various degrees of pearlized effects.  To active extra pearly or for softening and changing color tones, used with any of the eyeshadows, including the cream based ones.  Iridescent dusts are also effective for highlighting the eyes or other areas of the face, in addiction to mixing well with blushers and lipsticks when an iridescent glow is desired.


Here are some *visual tips and ideas* on eye makeup techniques…

Hope this helped you in one way or another.  Remember to look at the other ‘CLASSES’:

makeup class 3 facial shapes

makeup class 2 foundation & skin

makeup class 1 application, foundation, concealers




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