Victoria’s Secret secrets, luxury PJs and the longest runway in the world
- Of all the achievable careers out there, becoming a supermodel isn’t one of them. Everything can be studied to university degree level these days, except the art of striking a posing and strutting the runway. Nope, if modeling’s your calling, your only career strategy is enviable genes, a natural distaste for fattening foods, and a chance encounter with an agency spotter.
So it was lovely of Cameron Russell, Victoria’s Secret Angel and model of eight years, to remind all us regular women of this fact.
Speaking at a TED conference in Palm Springs this week, Cameron advised girls to choose a career path that wasn’t “out of your control”, adding that she is “the recipient of a legacy.” This legacy of course is the good looks and lean body of perfect parentage, and as Cameron says, she had “all these benefits from a deck stacked in [her] favour.”
Fair enough, the lady speaks the truth. However, just as we’re getting over that sly swipe at our innocent DNA, she continues: “You can be anything. You could be the President of the United States, or the inventor of the next internet.” And this is Cameron’s idea of ‘controllable’ career paths? Honestly, I think I’d have more chance of a being a model. Pass me the lettuce.
- An ex-boyfriend’s oversized t-shirt, mismatched flannel bottoms and faded tank top, or a natty nighty. Whatever you choose to wear to bed, chances are it’s comfy, personal and love-worn, but not monogrammed.
If you’ve ever lain awake at night however, longing for embroidered initials on your pyjama sleeve, you are in luck. Luxury nightwear designer Olivia von Halle and embroidery specialists Hand & Lock have teamed up to offer an exclusive pyjama-monogramming service.
And if you choose to take up such a service, or perhaps turn to it in this desperate last week of present buying, you will be among good company: Hand & Lock have monogrammed items for the Royal Family, as well as Christian Dior and Hardy Amies.
“There is something eternally chic about monogramming ones pyjamas,” says Olivia. Or as my mother used to say, “always look your best in bed. If your house burns down, you’ll want to impress the firemen.”
- Fashion shows are often over in a matter of minutes, next season’s key looks whizzing past in a blur of pumping music, prints and new silhouettes. However, the Danish Fashion Institute’s latest catwalk was a much lengthier affair.
Collaborating with the Hong Kong Fashion Designer’s Association, the catwalk wound through the city, to an impressive and world-record-breaking 3.2 kilometres.
With the Hong Kong skyline as a backdrop, 158 models walked the runway in the best of Danish fashion. Brilliant, maybe, but all we can think about is those poor model’s feet. Never again will we complain as we hobble 100 yards in heels.