Photo credit: Hanneli Mustaparta
SARA BYWORTH ON FASHION
Sara Byworth is a partner/ associate director at RMO Comms, the agency representing brands including Mary Katrantzou, Markus Lupfer and Giles. On the day of the street-style for less shoot in the November issue, Sara talked to ELLE about her favourite items and being a fashion flirt.
What is your earliest fashion memory?
I was given a watering can for my birthday when I was about 3 and I thought it was a handbag. I used to put stuff in it and carried it everywhere with me! I was a complete fashion flirt growing up. One day I’d be in scuffed up Dr. Martens boots and my hair would be burgundy, and the next day I ‘d be in Reebok classics and hotpants. I toyed with everything – the more adventurous and crazy the better.
What's your most treasured fashion item?
A feather headdress Emma Cook made me for my wedding day. It’s so sensational - you put it on and it just changes everything. I like wearing headbands and headpieces. Julien Macdonald gave me a pair of gold sequined mini mouse ears and I have to say there’s something great about putting those on when I feel a bit down.
What was your most recent purchase?
Tabitha Simmons cricket stripe lace up shoes. I love them so much I think I might buy another pair. They’re the coolest things.
Photo credit: Hanneli Mustaparta
LILY RAGE ON STYLE
For the November issue, street-style photographer Hanneli Mustaparta captured art student Lily Rage for ELLE’s street-style for less feature. Here she lets us in on her style secrets.
Where do you find your style inspiration?
I think that older women look amazing, the attention they pay to their jewellery and the way they put everything together is often more of a mismatch, which I love. My grandma was very creative and she always looked phenomenal. She had a short black bob and lived in Japan. I think my style is a bit influenced by that - I like to wear kimonos a lot. My most treasured item of jewellery is a gold ring my grandma designed. When you look closely you can see four different bodies colliding with a little diamond on each head. It’s the most beautiful thing.
Where do you shop?
I love Zara. All the clothes that people ask me “Oh my God, where’s this from?” are from Zara. My favourite thing to wear at the moment are these crepe satin tracksuit trousers with a white stripe down the side from Zara.
What is your most useful item?
A dark green Balenciaga bag. It’s just so big, I can fit everything into it and I’m always carrying around lots of stuff!
BEAUTY SCHOOL WITH LISA ELDRIDGE
Have you read Sloane Crosley's story about learning the art of perfect make-up application from online tutorials in this month's ELLE?
It's inspired us to revisit our favourite beauty tutorials from ELLE beauty guru Lisa Eldridge.
Want coquettish cat eyes? Watch Lisa's tips for striking graphic liner:
To apply a red carpet worthy red lip:
Lisa shows you how to achieve perfect peachy cheeks:
CALLING ALL WANNABE NOVEL WRITERS
It’s NaNoWriMo! ‘What’s that?’ you say. Read on…
(NaNoWrMo = National Novel Writing Month)
If you ever wanted to write a novel and couldn’t quite get your act together, try this.
Starting on November 1, the aim is to write a 50,000-word (approximately 175-page) novel by 11:59:59 PM on November 30.
‘NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved,’ says the official website.
And as ever, ELLE is here to help. We drafted in Richard Skinner, novelist, poet and Director of the Faber Academy Fiction Programme to provide video tutorials about how to write a novel.
There are 6 films: Getting started, Plot, Dialogue, Voice, Structure and Character.
What do you think? Will you give it a go? Tweet us at @ELLEuk #ELLETalent2012 and let us know
Image credit: Hanneli Mustaparta
SOPHIA ROGGE ON HER PERSONAL STYLE
Artist and designer Sophia Rogge was captured for ELLE wearing the best of the high street by Hanneli Mustaparta. Here she talks double denim and California style.
When did you establish your style identity?
Definitely when I was living in California, which was about 3 years ago. I felt like I’d come home. My style has a very relaxed, Californian vibe. I think once you go laid back it’s impossible to smarten up again.
What is your style trademark?
Denim shirts. They can be so many things. They’re so varied and you can buy inexpensive ones on ASOS and Gap, which are fantastic. There is also a brand called Madewell that do a great range. I have a whole rail of them in my wardrobe, I do double denim the whole time!
What are your favourite accessories?
I’ve been collecting Swatch watches for a long time and have about twenty in different colours. The emphasis on colour in terms of my fashion sense has always been there. I’m like a magpie - anything colourful I want it! I have a lot of very bright jewellery but my most treasured piece is a pair of glass and tin heart shaped earrings that my mum got in New York when she was 19. She let me borrow them on my 18th birthday and I’ve never given them back.
What’s been your biggest fashion disaster?
I was always trying to emulate a California look. I had quite a few pairs of tie-dye trousers that I used to wear, but it was only when I got to California that I realised I was about forty years too late and actually, they were all just wearing denim.
BLOW UP: UNTITLED 5, 2007 - CREDIT: Ori Gersht, 2007
A BEAUTIFUL IMAGE TO BRIGHTEN UP YOUR WEDNESDAY
Seduced by Art: Photography Past & Present begins at London's National Gallery today.
KYLIE IS BACK
To celebrate the release of Kylie Minogue's new album 'The Abbey Road Sessions' we delved into our archive to uncover her incredible ELLE covers.
For her cover in May 2004 Kylie looked glamourous in a gold Julien Macdonald dress.
Kylie was shot exclusively for ELLE by Karl Lagerfeld back in 2006.
As ELLE's May 2009 cover star, Kylie worked a lot of leather. Watch rock and roll Kylie in action.
Want to find out how the team created this dreamy look for ELLE's June 2010 issue? Watch the behind the cover video.
Photo credit: Hanneli Mustaparta
ALEX EAGLE - ON FASHION
Joseph global PR and former brand manager at Avenue 32, Alex Eagle, was captured by Hanneli Mustaparta for November’s Street-Style for Less shoot. She tells ELLE the story of her style transformation and names her favourite brands.
How has your style evolved?
My style is classic and understated. I used to be a lot more girly and bought a lot of Balenciaga floral dresses but my style changed after I started working at Joseph - by accident really. I was staying at a new boyfriend’s house for the first time having borrowed a Dolce and Gabbana dress to wear the night before and then realised I had to go to work. He was like ‘don't worry, I’ll sort you out.’ He sat me on the bed and shoved hair gel through my hair, pulled out a Loro Piana shirt for me to wear as a dress and cut the feet off my silk tights. It was really funny - I went to work and everybody was like, ‘You look amazing. You should dress more masculine more often.’ It did somehow change my life, and it means getting dressed is so easy because I wear a kilt or trousers and a blazer and shirt, which is really Joseph.
Which brands to you love?
Mainly I shop at Joseph but Celine is another absolute favourite. I’ll buy a piece or two as a treat every season and weave it in to my wardrobe. Everything I’ve bought from Phoebe [Philo] has lasted me, I still wear it and it hasn't dated. I love, simple quite androgynous clothes and wear a lot of Margiela too. I’ve also recently come across Maje and I love J Brand jeans.
Who are your favourite jewellery designers?
I love Susan Foster, Carolyn Roumeguere and Hannah Martin. Hattie Rickards who studied under Solange also does beautiful, fair-trade gold jewellery. It’s all super polished and kinetic so there’s a tactile, play element to it.
What beauty products do you use?
I swear by Dr Sebagh’s youth serum and also use their cream and foaming cleanser. I love Terry’s tinted moisturiser, which you can buy at Space NK, and I have a bit of an obsession with washing my hands so Kiehl’s hand cream is always on my desk.
Photo credit: Hanneli Mustaparta
JESS MILLS ON HER PERSONAL STYLE
Musician Jess Mills is featured in November’s Street-Style For Less shoot. Here she reveals her fashion preferences and shopping philosophy.
How do you choose the outfits you perform in?
I work with a stylist called Aldene Johnson who also collaborates with Florence Welch. For the stage I think it’s important to wear something with volume and space. You have to think about what’s going to communicate to a big crowd, even to those who are way, way back.
What are your shopping habits?
I can generally keep a handle on wanting things but I can also be massively impulsive. On the whole, if I see something and I absolutely love it, I buy it and don't let the guilt factor kick in. I’d rather have one really amazing thing that I love than loads of things that probably add up to the same amount but aren’t as special. My most recent purchase was a white Alexander Wang shirt. When something beautiful crosses your path you definitely shouldn't let it go.
What have you got your eye on for the new season?
I love the new Stella McCartney stuff, especially the beautiful tailored jackets and the Bowie inspired Miu Miu suits are pretty incredible too.
Who’s style do you admire?
I love Chloë Sevigny, her style has got a classic coolness to it and she is never overdone. I like really clean, tailored, androgynous shapes but in quite feminine textures and fabrics.
FUN STUFF TO DO THIS WEEKEND
Your cultural heads-up for out and about & at home
Beasts of the Southern Wild
The moving tale of poverty in America’s deep south, this Sundance Festival smash hit is set to be one of the unexpected highlights of the year.
Ginger & Rosa
Starring Elle Fanning, Alice Englert and Christina Henrix, this is the story of two teenage girls in 1960s London and the dramatic events that test their friendship.
The River at The Royal Court
Jez Butterworth’s last play was the sell-out hit Jerusalem so it’s no wonder that everyone’s talking about The River, his new bewitching story set in a remote cliff-top cabin.
Tickets go on sale every morning for that night’s performance (from 18 October to 17 November)
Kyla La Grange is touring the UK this month but if you can’t make the gig, click here to listen to her amazing album Ashes
Fancy curling up with a good book this weekend? AM Homes’ stylish new novel May We Be Forgiven (Granta) is a modern American tale of two brothers and the shocking event that bonds them.
Tweet us @ELLEuk to tell us what you get up to
Picture credit: HANNELI MUSTAPARTA
TAHNEE LONSDALE - AN ARTIST'S STYLE
Artist Tahnee Londsdale was one of eight career women photographed by Hanneli Mustaparta for this month's street-style for less shoot. Here she lets us in on her life in fashion.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve done for the love of fashion?
My sister studied fashion at St Martin’s and would use me as her model/muse/prop – whatever! I used to have to get dressed up in the strangest things. Once she backcombed my hair and dressed me in rags and made me climb trees. She was doing a fairy project but just ended up getting loads of old fabrics, ripping them up and draping them round me.
How would you describe your style?
I love clashing prints - it has to be bright and colourful. I’m an artist and I use a lot of colour in my work. Whatever colours I’m wearing tend to transfer into my paintings. If I’m wearing a lot of pink, suddenly the sky in one of my paintings turns pink!
What are your shopping habits?
I love going to Portobello Market on a Friday morning. I’ve found lots of great vintage dresses there. I also go to Mykonos quite a lot where they have really interesting boutiques filled with things you wouldn't find in England. Another thing I do every so often is swap clothes with friends.
What are your beauty staples?
I use a NARS foundation on my face, eyelash curlers and normally have a little bit of colour on my eyebrows. If I’m going out I’ll wear a really bright lipstick too. I try to keep my hair really natural but end up tying it back a lot because it has a bit of a flyaway thing going on.
Image credit: FOCUS-FEATURES--ALEX-BAILEY--KOBAL
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY’S DRESS ON DISPLAY AT THE V&A
So what’s the difference between fashion and costume design?
There’s a murky overlap. Good costume design really has nothing to do with fashion but your taste and the things you choose to reference are very influenced by fashion.
What was the brief behind Keira Knightley’s amazing green silk dress in Atonement?
The general brief for that section of the film was that we should constantly try to remind the audience that it’s the hottest, day of the year - it’s stifling. The idea was that Keria would as close to being naked as possible. It was made from the lightest silk we could buy and was utterly impractical. I think we made 12 bodices throughout the course of filming because they kept tearing.
Why do you think some costumes become so memorable?
The magic of the costumes is what happens when a whole team of people work together to create an image. The green dress on its own without Keira in it and without being lit and framed is only a dress.'
Do you have a favourite costume from a film?
I’ve always thought Rita Hayworth looked amazing in Gilda. I love the pure elegance of the series of dresses she dances in.
What advice would you give someone who wants a career in costume design?
I started off working in a costume house. You begin at the bottom and learn the nuts and bolts of how costume is put together. Practical experience is the most important thing.
Hollywood Costume, sponsored by Harry Winston, opens at the V&A on 20 October 2012
PORTIA FREEMAN - STYLE SECRETS
For the November issue of ELLE street-style photographer Hanneli Mustaparta photographed model Portia Freeman for Street Style For Less. Freeman has walked for Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana. Her effortless model-off-duty look is part rock chic, part 50s glamour. How does she do it? Read on to find out.
When did you first establish your style?
I went through lots of different fashion phases. I was a ‘metaller’ before I started modeling and I was a ‘chav’ when I got scouted. I was wearing the most repulsive coat with a fluffy hood, I had over-plucked eyebrows, big earrings and streaky highlighted hair. As soon as I was scouted my booker said, ‘We need to sort you out - complete re-vamp!’
What was your last purchase?
A Carven coat from Browns. It’s absolutely perfect for winter. It’s quite 60s, baby doll style and structured. I’m obsessed with structured pieces at the moment.
What’s the most bizarre situation you have found yourself in for the love of fashion?
Up a tree where a cheetah had just killed it’s prey on safari for The Sunday Times. I fell out of the tree 10 minutes later! It was the most beautiful trip ever though, I loved it.
What brands do you love?
Chanel. I would definitely wear it head to toe if I could.
Where do you shop?
I love shopping in Selfridges because it’s so easy, everything’s just there. I do like vintage too but I have to be in the right mood for it, because you have to burrow. On the high street I really like Zara, and the coat I wore on the ELLE shoot was NW3 by Hobbs, another brand I really like.
What is your go-to outfit?
WHAT TO DO THIS WEEKEND
For film fans
If you don't have tickets to one of the BFI London Film Festival’s premieres this weekend, there are two other nationwide releases to keep you entertained. Ruby Sparks - an unusual romance about a writer whose fantasy woman magically comes to life - written by and starring the very talented Zoe Kazan. And Beat Generation saga On the Road with a cast list of hot young things including ELLE cover stars Kristen Stewart and Kirsten Dunst. The girls are joined by Sam Riley,Tom Sturridge and Garret Hedlund (see below for ELLE's Q&A with Hedlund). Not to be missed.
For art fans
London’s Frieze Art Fair is on until the 14th October. If you don't have a ticket to the main event you can still soak up the atmosphere in the free, specially curated exhibition of sculpture that has taken over the English Garden in Regent’s Park for the duration of the fair. The pieces have been selected by Claire Lilley, Director of Programme at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and include work by Louis Vuitton collaborator Yayoi Kusama.
HANNELI MUSTAPARTA – SHE’S GOT IT
Street-style photographer, blogger, stylist and model Hanneli Mustaparta knows a thing or two about style.
In this month’s ELLE she captures eight career women working autumn’s best high street finds.
We asked Hanneli to share her personal style secrets.
Describe your style?
I don't like putting my style in one box but one thing I always do is keep it clean, sleek and minimal, with some added details. I love picking up elements from the 60s and 70s and mixing them with things that are more contemporary.
Who are your favourite designers?
What are your most treasured fashion possessions?
I have a lot of beautiful vintage dresses that I wouldn't find again. There is a particular one – people ask me if it’s Valentino when I wear it – that’s long, tight at the waist, and has a very soft, flowery pattern. It’s a little bit elegant hippy.
What does style mean to you?
Style means that you can show the world how want to be perceived. Style is about knowing yourself and finding your confidence by trying new things and not what everybody else wants you to. The cool thing about style is that it can make you feel more comfortable in so many different situations.
When did you first become interested in fashion?
I’ve been always aware of clothes. Even when I was four I had a favourite pastel pink shirt with ice cream and puppies on it - it made me feel really happy.
How has that interest developed?
I’ve been working as a model for a long time, seeing clothes and absorbing so much. I think my real interest in fashion started with a pair of Acne boots three or four years ago. They were white, plastic, fake crocodile ankle boots. It’s so much fun to get dressed when you have one item that really opens up your closet. I had so many great things but putting those boots on just took it to another level.
What item in your closet at the moment seems to pull every outfit together?
I bought some vintage boots in a store in Nashville. They are pony and the shape is meant for an older woman, a proper lady who is wearing her nice boots with her stiff leather rucksack and quilted jacket but the boots are cool. I put them with dresses and they are awesome.
What’s the most bizarre situation you have found yourself in for the love of fashion?
A few months ago I was on a shoot in the sea in Montauk, America. I was fully clothed and I couldn't paddle with my feet because the skirt got in the way and the sweater got really long because of the water. I had to keep ducking under and coming back up and I swallowed so much water! The whole crew was really far away and I thought – is anyone going to notice if I just drown? Would anybody have time to come over in the middle of the Atlantic ocean? You couldn't see anything under the water - not even a meter in front of you - because there were so many waves.
See Hanneli’s Style for Less Street Style shoot in the November issue on sale now
POPPY DELEVINGNE - MY FAVOURITE THINGS
In this month's ELLE, the eminently stylish Poppy Delevingne shares her rules of street style.
But fashion aside, what floats Poppy's boat? You're about to find out.
Book - Anything by Jane Austen. I'm a classics girl at heart.
Film - True Romance directed by Tony Scott. I want to BE Alabama Whirly - I'm in love with her humour, cowboy boots and leopard print coat. And I get to swoon over Christian Slater for a whole two hours.
Song - Baby Says by The Kills. Melodic and mesmerising.
My favourite things to do in London:
- Head to the Windsor Castle pub in Notting Hill to taste their terrific beers and ales.
- Go to the Natural History Museum. They show the coolest 3D films about Dinsosaurs and the planets.
- Sit on Albert Bridge in the wee early hours of the morning and watch the city slowly wake up.
- Dance like nobody’s watching on Thursday nights at Gazza's Rock & Blues in Soho.
- See Linda Meredith for a facial on Beachamp Place. She has magic hands and deliciously edible products.
- Head to Borough market and sample the best British food in the land. Then roll yourself back into bed.
Read Poppy Delevingne's rules of street style in November ELLE, on sale now
TEAM ELLE INVITES YOU TO SHARE BEYONCE DAY
On the features desk at ELLE HQ, there’s Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Beyoncé Day. What can we say? We just really love Beyoncé.
Whether it’s the foot-stamping Who Runs the World or Destiny’s Child’s soothing Emotions, we’ve found that there’s a Beyoncé song to suit every mood.
Until now, Beyoncé Day has been our private, end of week ritual. But this week, we’re feeling generous. So we’re letting you in on our Beyoncé favourites for this week’s #FridayPlaylist.
And if that wasn’t enough, ELLE features director Alice Wignall has curated her top 3 video clips of the best Beyoncé moments.
Watch, listen and enjoy your first ELLEuk Beyoncé Day!
Beyoncé performing Run the World at the 2011 Billboard Awards
Bear with us for this one. Beyoncé surprises students at a US high school. Amazing.
Beyoncé performing I Was Here live at Roseland, Chicago
MEET GARRETT HEDLUND
In this month's ELLE Preview, we interviewed On the Road star Garrett Hedlund.
The 28 year old actor was thoughtful and charming and also quite chatty so we've saved some extras from the interview just for you....
How was the atmosphere on set with your On the Road co-stars Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst and Sam Riley?
The cast was an extended family. We couldn’t stop laughing. Every night Sam and I had a drink and talked about the day, for six months. We kept each other standing.
You got together with Kirsten Dunst on set. Did you ever think you’d be one half of a famous couple?
It wasn’t so much a surprise as a blessing!
What do you look for in a script?
Surprise, I think. To feel something I didn’t expect to think - 50% excitement and 50% fear – that’s the best place to be. If you’re just excited you could be let down.
So do you reckon it pays to be fussy in the acting game?
[Laughs] It doesn’t pay in cash but it pays a great deal in your soul. Everybody wants to hold onto their true self.
On the Road is out on 12 October
ELLE FILM CLUB
This month ELLE is offering readers the chance to watch hilarious, feel-good film 'The Sapphires' first and for free.
Set in the late 1960s, The Sapphires follows a group of sassy singers (managed by Bridesmaids' Chris O'Dowd) as they embark on a music tour of Vietnam experiencing all the highs and lows you would come to expect.
If you would like the chance to watch this laugh-out-loud film absolutely free, search for the ELLE code inside the November issue of ELLE and click here to apply. The ELLE screening will take place on the 22 October - and The Sapphires is on general release on 7 November.
Meet our November cover star, Jessie J.
We won’t tell you Jessie J is not what you thought.
We won’t call her surprising.
Because when you read the interview, you’ll realise the real Jessie’s all you hoped – the voice, the opinions, the legs – and maybe a fashion icon too.
LONG LIVE MCQUEEN
Creative, original, iconic. Alexander McQueen has left behind a legacy that goes beyond fashion design.
This month, a new book Love Looks Not With the Eyes (Abrams) by Anne Denieu will reveal hundreds of new, never before seen images from the designer’s shows.
ELLE BEAUTY AWARDS 2012
Don’t say we never get you anything. This December, we’ve tried and tested the best new beauty arrivals (100 to be exact) just for you.
See which products made the cut in the new issue of ELLE, on sale on Wednesday 3rd October 2012
NO DOUBT ARE BACK
Eleven years is a long break between albums but suddenly it seems like they never went away.
During the break, lead singer Gwen Stefani made two solo albums, Love. Angel. Music. Baby and The Sweet Escape and had two sons, Kingston and Zuma, so not exactly a ‘break’ then.
A lot may have changed during that time but the new album, Push and Shove, is classic No Doubt – pop hooks, beats and heart-on-sleeve lyrics.
Gwen and the boys are back. Don’t doubt it.
Read ELLE's interview with the band in November ELLE