Vogue Today I’m Wearing picks Malaika Firth

A few years ago I used to be obsessed with Vogue’s online feature Today I’m Wearing, I’ve not visited it for years because they had a short run of people I wasn’t that enamoured with.

But revisiting the feature now I’ve missed out on the likes of Alex Wek, Arizona Muse, Mira Duma, Poppy Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse just to name a few recent ones.

And as I was on Vogue earlier today I saw my favourite new model Malaika Firth. She appeared in easily 50+ shows during fashion month back in February from Topshop, Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana to H&M, Lanvin and Louis Vuitton.

I love her off duty sporty model look, she’s British and scarily born in 1994. Meh.

Malaika Firth Vogue 2

“Tonight I’m taking my mum out for dinner so I’ve opted for my Y-3 heels. My style is quite casual so I’m wearing Rag and Bone jeans and my jumper is from Joseph. My friendship bracelets are from Daisy Jewellery and the bag is Michael Kors – I love this colour, it makes me look forward to the summer!”

Malaika Firth Vogue 6

“I have castings today so I’m collecting my book from the agency. My cropped tee and jeans are both from Topshop. I have heels in my bag but when I’m running around I usually wear my Doc Martins. Despite the sunshine it’s still not too warm so I have my Burberry blanket to keep me warm. It was a gift from last season’s show and I love the fact it has my initials embroided!”

Malaika Firth Vogue 7

“Today I am wearing this amazing Kate Spade shirt – love the car print!! I am going for a print clash with these Sandro shorts and shoes by Sophia Webster.”

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Diane Kruger the (new) face of Chanel

Diane Kruger has become the ‘official’ face for Chanel’s new skincare campaign launching later this year. But let’s face it Diane has been the unofficial face of the Chanel brand for many, many years.

She met Karl Lagerfeld back when she was 16, and counts him as a very close friend “he’s like a godfather to me”. She’s been spotted countless times in hot off the runway Chanel couture, has probably the biggest collection of Chanel handbags and no doubt catsits for Choupette.

Diane Kruger and Josh Jackson at the New York screening of The Host, wearing Chanel of course.

Diane Kruger and Josh Jackson at the New York screening of The Host, wearing Chanel of course.

Diane’s first Chanel campaign was back in 1996 for their Allure fragrance and then again in 2007 for a bag campaign. She was most recently the face of Calvin Klein’s Beauty perfume.

You’d also think that been besties with Kaiser Karl would hold some gravitas towards getting her a US or UK Vogue cover. She’s been recently promoting her latest movie The Host, and I got my hopes up for a Vogue cover. But her March Glamour UK front cover was beautiful enough for me.

Diane Kruger on the cover of Glamour UK March 2013

Diane Kruger on the cover of Glamour UK March 2013

Diane Kruger for Glamour UK March 2013.

Diane Kruger for Glamour UK March 2013.

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Herome Nail Hardener

I’m lucky enough to have nails that look long even when in fact they are super short, so I’ve always just cut them whenever they get  a bit of growth on them to keep in with the short square nail trend. But that’s all a-changing, long oval nails are the trend du jour and I thought I’d give it a go after seeing so many cool designs on Sophy Robson’s site and on the catwalks.

What my main problem is, and I don’t know whether it’s down to diet, weak nails or from always wearing nail varnish, but my nails always split. It’s really frustrating because just when I think my nails are looking ok, bam, that annoying bubble pops up at the end of my nail and ruins the whole look because I just cannot resist picking it off.

So I take to the internet trawling through sites to see what anybody recommends in terms of strengthening nails. Blog searches are so much better for this kind of thing because people like to help, they tell you what they have used and whether they liked it and it seems more reliable than hunting down a brand website who of course are going to recommend their product whether it’s rubbish or not.

Back to nail extraordinaire Sophy Robson, who’s work has just featured on the cover of Vogue Espana September issue on the likes of none other than Eva, Helena and Claudia, she recommends using Herome Nail Hardener and who’s to ignore a professional? So there I go hunting down where I can purchase this bottle of pearlescent fluid and would you believe (the names a dead giveaway) that it’s French and only available in France. Great. But lo and behold eBay tends to my needs and a lovely seller promises to dispatch my delivery within seven days which is not a long time at all (it comes within three) although it doesn’t come cheap at £11.30 with a delivery charge of £6.98 EEK. But I want strong nails I tell myself.

Herome Nail Hardener (strong) all the way from Francais!

Reading the instructions it documents the treatment you should adhere to that promises strong hard nails within two weeks! I abruptly laquer it on, you must apply one coat and then the next day apply a second and the third take it off and start again. This is probably the most laborious part of the treatment because it’s all well and nice applying two thick coats giving you a nice sheeny basecoat it’s an absolute bugger to take off and I went through plenty of nail varnish remover over the two weeks.

I don’t know what I was really expecting, for the varnish to soak into my nails and stop them from splitting yes, but really all it did was protect my nails while they grew but still split. So in between times of taking off the varnish I filed and shaped my nails to try and keep splitting to a minimum. It also advises you to get rid of your cuticles, and the more I wish I had because it seems to dry them out and leave them looking a bit messy.

The instructions also mentioned that you can only do this treatment a maximum of TWO times a year. Huh? It says the ingredients are quite strong and that it is not recommended to do the two week treatment often but you can use it as a base coat when you paint your nails regularly. Does that not defeat the object because I don’t know about anyone else but I paint my nails about five times in a fortnight period so would be continually putting the product on. Plus by the time you have finished the two week treatment half the bottle has disappeared!

I think overall this is a good product to use as a base coat, but the two week intensive treatment is not worth using up half a bottle on. It seems like it needs to be used over a period of time as your nail is growing with occasional breaks from the chemicals in it. As I’m still growing my nails I will give an update of whether they have strengthened because it seems only fair to Herome to give it a good try!

For now I have returned to my colourful manicures, with an added touch of matte, a nail trend that has popped up on the radar at Chanel and on Sophy’s blog. I bought Rimmel’s matte top coat and am very impressed with the result especially when it’s only £4.59 a bottle!

Barry M’s Peach Melba with the matte top coat, you can just about tell that it’s not shiny (excuse the chipped nail)

The Krug for Vogue

I was just wondering whether The Krug had ever done a Vogue cover, and of course she has but just not the coveted US Vogue and not UK Vogue either. I’m not surprised she hasn’t done the UK magazine as I would probably say she isn’t as well known as say Kate or Cheryl (!) over here. Having done German Vogue twice as far as I’m aware, I would have expected that flawless face and major style icon to have graced the US version. Anna what are you playing at?!

German Vogue April 2010 shot by Karl Lagerfield

German Vogue Ferbuary 2008

Versus #2

Well whaddya know? Leighton Meester clearly read my post before deciding on an outfit for Fashion’s Night Out. She wore one of the Versus dresses from their RTW Fall 2010 collection. Although she looks amazing, I think I would have preferred her in one with a pleated skirt, more playful and flirtatious than sexy and daring. And I am not sold on those shoe boots…

Leighton Meester in Versus (image from zimbio.com)

Versus by Versace RTW Fall 2010

BFFs

Oh look Anna Wintour and Blake Lively carry on being BFF’s as they sat next to each other front row at Fashion’s Night Out: The Show. Blake wore a yellow tribal patterned Marchesa dress with Christian Louboutin heels, Anna wore her standard outfit of a patterened mid-length dress, shades and her infamous bob.

Gorgeous as ever

BFF's