GET YOUR HANDS ON ELLE COLLECTIONS
Good things come to those who wait and thank goodness, the wait is finally over.
The new issue of ELLE Collections, your only guide to the new season, is ready for you to devour.
ELLE Collections editor, Avril Mair, shares some of the secrets of putting the issue together.
How does Collections differ from the main magazine?
It is a magazine about fashion for people who love it as much as we do. That's it. Each issue is literally ALL you need to know about fashion now. Indulgent, yes, but beautiful and collectable.
What should we expect inside?
From the front row to backstage, our access is unrivalled. We went to 230 shows in four cities, edited something like 25,000 images and from that chose the best looks, trends and moments. We also interviewed the five most influential people in fashion, asked designers some silly questions and gathered all the news and gossip you could possibly want.
Serious fashion aside, ELLE Collections is funny. What's the funniest thing in the new issue?
Meadham Kirchoff described their show as 'a club you'd want to go to' and got the models to dance. We show you how to recreate the moves at home. Party like it's AW12! All you need are paw gloves and glitter.
Was Lucah, the Afghan hound, a diva?
She wanted a closed set. Unfortunately French Bulldog Dougal, the Accessories supp cover star, was still being shot when she turned up. There was a dog fight. The best groomed won.
What are your 3 favourite pieces from the new season?
I'd have to say the black feathered Giles mask we shot for this issue – though it may not be the most wearable option for AW12. Aside from that, any/all of the Prada black (I was a teenage goth).
What's the most memorable Q&A answer in the history of ELLE Collections?
We asked designers the last thing they Googled. Roberto Cavalli said: "Roberto Cavalli. I like to keep up to date with myself'
ELLE Collections is on sale now
MEET JOSH HUTCHERSON
In this month's ELLE, we spoke to The Hunger Games' Josh Hutcherson about his new film, 7 days in Havana.
Josh was so chatty that we couldn't include everything he told us in the interview in the magazine. So here are the extra bits, just for you.
What makes him laugh - ‘I’m one of those people who watches horrible Youtube videos until three in the morning and just laughs at the most random stuff. Both Jennifer Lawrence and I love random, awkward humour.’
Secret skill - 'I can spin a basketball on my finger until the sun goes down, which is always impressive.’
Favourite book - ‘Catcher in the Rye. I’ve read that book so many times. I love coming of age stories about people gaining their independence and going out into a new world and that’s definitely what the hero, Holden Caulfield goes through, I identify with it a lot. I would love to play Holden Caulfield if the book were made into a movie but at the same time I think it’s such a great classic, it should be left in that world.'
Favourite film - Fight Club could be the favourite. I saw that movie way before I should have been allowed to and it just blew me away. I’d never seen a movie done in that style before. It made me think, ‘Oh my god, I really wanna be an actor and a better actor at that.’’
Most proud of - ‘I was recently awarded the Vanguard award from GLAAD, which is the gay and lesbian community support group. It honours people who stand up for the right thing and put every effort they can into fighting for equal rights. The honour meant the world to me. Obviously acting is my passion for life and what I want to do with my career but to me, working with civil rights groups is so much bigger.'
Summer playlist - ‘Every time Feel So Close by Calvin Harris comes on I just want to jump up and down. No matter what kind of mood you’re in it will just make you happy. I’m kind of into The Killers lately - I listen to their album front to back all the time. Also, Kane West and Jay Z’s album, Watch the Throne is insane.’
Listen to some of Josh's favourite tracks here
7 days in Havana is out now
Read the full interview with Josh Hutcherson in the August issue
CAN YOU WEAR A PEPLUM?
Do not panic - the answer is yes.
Learn how to love this season's big hit with advice from designers, stylists and team ELLE in the new issue, on sale now
HOT RIGHT NOW
In this month's Preview, ELLE meets Rita Ora, the UK's most stylish popstar
Watch the video for Rita's new single, How We Do
WHAT A GIRL WANTS
Meet our August cover star
Mila Kunis is a contradiction: an ex child star with creative credibility, a stylish beauty with a raucous, earthy wit. But know this: she is driven to succeed. Don't stop her now.
Click here to watch the exclusive video of Mila's ELLE cover shoot
Photograph by Doug Inglish
In this month's issue of ELLE, we have an exciting new slot, My Career.
Each month, we'll be speaking to inspiring women in all areas of the fashion industry about how they got to where they are today, what they've learnt along the way and their tips for success.
This month - Kate Southworth, PR & marketing director of Anya Hindmarch
MY WORKWEAR LOOK
Is simple with a masculine edge. I love men’s shirts and watches. I never know what my day could entail, so it’s important to combine looking smart and professional with the practicality of comfort. My wardrobe is made up pieces that are relatively seasonless, which I can then switch up with great bags, scarves or shoes. I invest in good quality basics like my Philip Lim dress and Rick Owens leather jacket. I’ll nod to the trends each season by topping up with high-street items.
WHAT TO READ
If you want to work in fashion, you need to know what’s going on in the ever-changing industry. Two good resources are BusinessOfFashion.com and WomensWearDaily.com. Also sign up to LinkedIn.com - it’s a very useful tool to connect with people and expand your contacts.
IF ALL ELSE FAILS
Treat yourself to a manicure – looking polished and put together will make you feel confident and I find I communicate better.
Read more about Kate’s role and tips for success in the August issue of ELLE, on sale now
Photograph Stefanie Sian Smith