On Thursday night Kendall Jenner hosted a star studded event in the world famous hotel, Chateau Marmont, to celebrate the launch of her new #mycalvins denim series. Dressed to impress, the 19 year old model looked stunning in a simple, neutral ensemble, she wore a sparking turtleneck and cream coloured skirt to the event. Of course the rest of the Kardashian-Jenner clan were there to show their support, as well as celebrity pal’s and fellow models, Cara Delevingne and Bella Hadid.
Khloe & Kylie looked absolutely amazing on the night, donning monochrome outfits. Khloe wore an all white, figure hugging dress, with a sultry plunging neckline. Kylie teamed up a black bandeau top and black shorts with an Aztec printed jacket, for a simple yet stylish look.
Kendall’s sister Kim Kardashian was unable to attend the event, as her and husband Kanye West were in New York City at the time of the event. Kendall’s friends and family can usually be seen in the front row at all of her fashion shows, showing their love and support for her & her career.
“Modelling for Calvin Klein Jeans is really a dream come true,” she said in a statement. “I’ve grown up wearing the brand and seeing the iconic advertising in magazines and on billboards featuring some of the world’s top supermodels. To now be a part of that legacy is truly an honor.”
I am really excited that Kendall is the new face of Calvin Klein, she is fresh faced and full of life. Her career has reached new heights this year and I can only seen it getting better and better!
Courtney Smith is by far one of the most renowned and well respected stylists in Ireland today. Not only is she in demand in Ireland, she is in demand on an international scale. She has worked with high profile clients such as H&M, Life Magazine and Tommy Hilfiger, just to name a few.
I caught up with the famous fashionista to find out what life is like as a jet setting, celebrity stylist and get some helpful career & styling tips from one of the best women in the business..
You are arguably Ireland’s most in-demand stylists, to what do you attribute your success?
Honestly it’s all down to collaborating with brilliant people and working really hard. I am 7 years freelance this year and I still work 6 days (sometimes 7 days) a week.
You studied fashion design at Sallynoggin College of Further Education and are living proof that PLC courses do lead to successful careers. Do you think it is important to study styling or is it simply a talent that you are born with?
I don’t think it’s important to study it at all. I just never had an interest in doing anything else other than fashion in college. It definitely taught me a lot though, but there are many different ways to learn about fashion and hone your craft. Everyone has different routes to get into fashion and styling.
However, I don’t think it’s really something you can be really ‘taught’, you need to have a creative eye in the first place to make it as a stylist. It’s not just putting a few clothes on someone. I would actually describe my job more as stylist, creative director, creative consultant and pr, because being an editorial and commercial stylist requires all those attributes to do it successfully.
If I could turn back time I would have tried to maybe do a business or entrepreneur type of course because that’s what I struggled with most at the beginning of my career, running a business was completely new to me and I really had to teach myself the ins and outs of business, including things like invoicing, tax returns, bookkeeping etc etc.
Describe a typical day in the life of Courtney Smith:
It really doesn’t exist. I always get asked this question and my answer is always the same.
The only routine I have is that I get up at around 5.45am and head to the gym.
I’m usually set for my day at 7.30/8am and could be on my computer replying to emails or creating mood boards for clients, researching shoot ideas, looking at model portfolios for shoots or jobs, I could be on location on a photoshoot, I could be attending a fashion show or press event, I could be travelling to London for meetings or press events, I could be abroad on photoshoots, I could be in meetings and viewings all day, I could be casting models, I might be filming for Xpose or Ireland AM, I could be pulling clothes for a shoot or returning clothes, writing credit lists for magazines, the list is pretty varied and usually a combination of a lot of the above.
What do you think the biggest fashion trends will be this Summer?
White lace and Summer suedes are the biggest trends to look out for this summer, as seen at Chloe, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino and Roberto Cavalli.
Do you think Ireland is becoming a more stylish/fashion forward country?
Absolutely, the more international brands that come over here and open shops the more options we have clothing wise. It’s opening up people’s eyes to new styles and brands and therefore we are becoming more conscious about what we dress like.
Which project has been your favorite to style?
That’s like asking a mom to choose a favourite child! Every shoot holds a special place in my heart, one of my most recent ones which was featured in Hunger and Life magazine.
It was a creative collaboration between myself and Lee Malone and I adore it because it’s a little different in comparison to other shoots I have done.
Where are your favorite places to shop in Ireland?
I adore boutiques like Folkster, Havana, Costume, Divine; also Brown Thomas for the cute french labels and for highstreet it has to be H&M and River Island.
What key pieces should every woman have in her wardrobe?
Denim shirt, great fitting pair of jeans, statement go-to heels, ankle boots, oversized white shirt, classic jumpsuit.
(And if you are like me, some killer vintage jackets and kimonos.)
What fashion trends do you wish would go away/have never existed?
Culottes! Never have and never will get them!
What is your advice to budding stylists, who want to get their foot in the door of such a competitive industry?
Put your head down and work hard. It’s a tougher industry than ever before. You’re only as good as the work you put out there so continue to do test shoots with up and coming photographers and hair & makeup and really hone your skills as a stylist.
As Coachella weekend comes to a close, people are probably recovering from severe hangovers while covered in glitter! But fashion fans are dying to see who wore what, at the hottest festival of the Summer. Usually Coachella fashion is centered around the celebrities that attend the event, but what about the regular festival attendee’s who’ve have had some serious style moments?
Here are some of my favorite looks from stylish festival goers at Coachella 2015!
Recently, Jaden Smith has been spotted wearing dresses that he purchased while shopping in Topshop and the internet went crazy. Some people were supportive and others were not.
Jaden posted another picture of himself on social media wearing a dress with the caption:
“Went To TopShop To Buy Some Girl Clothes, I Mean, Clothes.”
He was spotted at Coachella this weekend, wearing a flower crown and I must admit, he looked damn good! Why do we freak out when a male wears a pretty dress but not even bat an eyelid when a woman wears something that is considered masculine. Such as a pair of baggy jeans or a slouchy hoodie?
I’ll tell you why. It is because of society.
We’ve conditioned ourselves to automatically segregate ourselves into specific boxes, to fit social norms and gender norms. We do this completely unknowns to ourselves most of the time. I think it is time we broke out of those boxes and finally freed ourselves creatively. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to freely express ourselves through fashion, without the restrictions of gender norms?
It is up to us to express ourselves through our style choices, not societies expectations of us.
What I love about Jaden Smith is his complete lack of fucks given in these photos. This kid doesn’t give a shit about what society expects him to wear, he wore a dress because he wanted to. I think it would be fantastic if more people adopted this same mindset.
Quite a few people have stopped me in the street to say “I love your hair, I wish I had the nerve to do something like that to mine!”. The sad truth is, we let the expectations of society hold us back from doing a lot of things in life. One of the reasons I love fashion so much, is because it allows me to express myself to the world in a way that is both instantly and creatively satisfying to me.
I think Jaden Smith is awesome. He is only Sixteen years old and is already more self confident and creatively free than most adults I know. I think we could all take a leaf out of his book and try new things, push outside of our normal comfortzone’s and question societies norms.
K-OT-IK is an alternative clothing shop, located on 26 Liffey St, Dublin 1. They sell clothes for both women and men, with a wide selection of band t-shirts and Bohemian inspired clothing. The shop itself is just a stone’s throw away from the Ha’penny Bridge and is in a great, central location.
This shop is suited well to music lovers, as lot of the clothing is music related and festival inspired. They even have a small range of baby clothes, where you can buy band tee’s and retro inspired tops for children. Perfect for any parents out there who want to buy cute, mini versions of band tee’s for their kids. The shop itself is small but is full of personality and items to browse through.
The adult band t-shirts range from approximately €20 upwards and the prices of the Bohemian inspired clothing varies, depending on the item. The styles of clothing that they sell won’t suit everyone’s taste but it is work popping in for a browse! The items on sale can be pretty unique.
The dressing rooms in store are small but that is to be expected in such a small space. The staff are always friendly and willing to help with any questions i’v had about the items & sizing.
I have heard some people complain about the prices in store but quite honestly, the clothing is good quality and you are paying for that. I don’t think you will find much in store for below €20
I really do enjoy shopping at K-OT-IK as it is a place both my boyfriend and I can browse with ease, because it caters to both men and women equally. If you’re looking for stand out clothing to wear to a festival this season or a holiday, K-OT-IK has some really unique items that are perfect for those occasions. K-OT-IK is a great place for music lovers and fans of alternative clothing alike.
Weekend 1 of Coachella is over and we are still drooling over the gorgeous, summer style and amazing fashion from the famous, Californian music festival. I am already excited to see more fashion from weekend 2! Here are some of my favorite looks from this weekends event.
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2015 is happening right now in California. That means that there are celebrities and regular joe’s mingling together & dancing to some of the biggest names in music right now. One of the things I look forward to most about Coachella is the fashion! Celeb’s always bring their A-Game for the festival of the year and it’s always fun to see who wore what at Coachella each year! Particularly my fave sister act, Kendall & Kylie Jenner.
This year Kylie kept it simple in a white and gold ensemble, with a white crop top & matching high waisted shorts. She dyed her a very Mermaid-ish blue for the occasion, with matching blue nails. I really like this outfit because it is stylish yet practical for the hot Californian weather. Kylie loves to accessorize, so she wore her signature gold Cartier bangles, a thick gold choker and gold rings.
I think that everyone should take a note out of Kylie’s book and experiment with their hair during the summer holidays. It is the best time to live a little and try out some different looks & colours!
Accessorizing is very important to the Jenner sisters! Especially this festival season.
Kendall’s look for Coachella this year is very boho chic. Let’s be honest, not everyone can pull off a suede vest top, but Kendall sure does! She teamed it up with a pair of 3/4 length jeans and snake skin boots. I love her Zebra print bikini top and even though her styling choices seem random, the whole outfit just works somehow! The Jenner sisters really can pull off any look.
The festival season is a great time to play around with your look and literally let your hair down! Festivals are all about being free spirited and carefree. I love that Kendall & Kylie have fun with fashion and aren’t afraid to take risks and experiment with different styles and trends.
I can’t wait to see what they wear to Coachella next year!
Olivia Palermo started out as a New York socialite who turned her brief stint as a reality star into a well rounded career as a fashionista and credible fashion blogger. Her style is admired by some of the worlds biggest names in fashion and she is always seated in the front row at fashion shows.
Olivia’s fashion sense is so on point, that she has been featured on the covers of Marie Claire, Elle & Tatler. She was also crowed the Best Dressed New Yorker in 2012 by The New York Post. Ohhh and did I mention that Olivia is married to a gorgeous German model called Johannes Huebl.
This woman seems to have it all. Jealous? Us?! Never…
To cultivate the uber fashionable mindset of Olivia Palermo, you must be brave with your fashion choices and think outside of the box. Olivia has been known to use clever and innovative styling choices to add some originality to her daily looks. Sometimes she wears belted scarves to add a touch of class to a casual outfit and she single handedly started the wedding shorts trend.
She broke the rules on her wedding day by wearing something a little different than the norm and added a pop of colour by wearing a gorgeous pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes as her ‘something blue’. She is daring with her fashion choices and that’s what makes her style so interesting.
Tailoring is key when trying to recreate Olivia’s look. It is a great way to make the most of the key pieces in your wardrobe, so they fit you like a glove. It is worth investing some money in, as it accentuates your figure and will make you look and feel like a million dollars! Key pieces that Olivia likes to get tailored to fit her figure perfectly include trousers, jeans, dresses and blazers.
Olivia always likes to add a splash of colour to her outfits, a great way to do this is by picking out which key pieces of your outfit that you want to stand out the most. Olivia usually does this by choosing a brightly coloured bag, statement necklace or a beautiful pair of shoes.
Olivia has a very strict skin care regimen, she has been seeing the same dermatologist since she was just 14 years old and has stuck to the same skincare products ever since. She swears by her trusty Clarisonic and uses it on a regular basis to keep her skin exfoliated and glowing.
Surprisingly, Olivia does her own make-up! She does however, take advice from make-up artists and makes sure she knows how to match her foundation to her skin tone. She uses Bobbi Brown brushes to apply her make-up and her go-to nail polish is Essie nail polish, in the colour red.
When it comes to hair styling, Olivia is high maintenance and admits that it is the one aspect of her beauty regimen that she spends the most time on. Hair is an important part of her overall look and she always carries Elnett hairspray in her handbag to touch up any fly away strands.
Olivia Palermo’s style is understated yet incredibly chic and effortless. She just knows what suits her best and pays attention to what looks good. She’s confident in her style choices. Confidence plays a huge part in becoming a fashionista and Olivia knows she can rock any style she wears.