The Secret Life of Cara Delevingne ♦ ELLE Culture

“If I don’t cry pretty much every day I will hold it in, and it will manifest in me.”








Preen On The Enduring Appeal Of The Rocker Girl ♦ ELLE UK

By Kenya Hunt Posted 29 Sun May


Justin Thornton remembers the day he met his business partner and wife Thea Bregazzi very clearly. ‘It was at the tech college on the Isle of Man, where we are from. It was the first day of Art Foundation and we were sat next to each other, waiting in the corridor, don’t you remember?’ Thea, tickled, does not. So Justin continues. ‘You were wearing, I think, Levi’s 501 jeans, Doc Martens, a black polo neck, and you had a big leopard print scarf tied up in your hair like a bow,’ he adds unintentionally describing a slightly tomboyish, slightly girly, rocker look the two would go on to make famous with their line Preen, re imagining the signature on and off throughout the seasons (with a few departures here and there) all the way up to their most recent, stunning aw16 show.

The grunge-punk-goth girl is big news at the moment, but Justin and Thea absorbed the aesthetic in their youth (Justin the son of a childcare worker and manager of a textile company and Thea the daughter of a nurse and electrician-turned-famous-motorbike-racer.) ‘What was great about it was there was only one club on a Friday night and one club on a Saturday that anyone vaguely arty or cool or whatever went to and so they played punk music, goth music, new romantic, pop,’ he says. ‘Everybody just mixed together,’ Thea adds. We’re sitting in the couple’s West London studio having tea, while various assistants and atelier workers pack up their latest take on rock ‘n’ roll cool (embellished dark floral and plaid dresses, a series of pink jaw-dropper versions in velvet and sequin and bejeweled Derby boots) for a week of press and buyer appointments in Paris.


 A lot has changed since Justin and Thea first opened their business two decades ago after working as a consultant and stylist respectively. That was before the UK fashion market became a £26 billion industry and before ecommerce and social media came along to disrupt it. They’re turning 20 against the backdrop of a ‘broken fashion system’ in which designers, buyer and editors have debated how to correct an industry calendar in which the frequency of collections being created and timing in which its produced and shown no longer seems to work in the digital age. Nevertheless they’ve somehow managed to thrive in a market in which many of their peers, including Jonathan Saunders and Matthew Williamson, have had to close or restructure their businesses.  To date, Preen produces four mainline and two Preen Line collections per year, alongside eyewear and childrenswear. They also have a new exclusive capsule at Net-a-Porter hitting stores this month. And their cultish fanbase of British cool girls (founding members include Liberty Ross and Kate Moss and later Amy Winehouse) has expanded and evolved (Alexa Chung, Gwyneth Paltrow, Diane Kruger, Scarlett Johansson, Michelle Obama, the list goes on and on.)


‘When we started there was no Internet. And you only saw a designer’s collection when the magazine came out, and that was four months after it had first been shown,’ Thea explains. She says they use social media channels like Instagram as a tool for marketing and discovery, but ultimately try to resist the manic conversation about the fashion system and focus on evolving their work. ‘I think anything new and exciting — people will embrace it,’ Justin says.

In their case, that means reimagining the signature brand of cool they started with. ‘When we started, our label was a lot darker, more raw and it kind of reflected what we were doing — partying and clubbing — at the time. But now, we’re not really clubbing so much these days. We’re going out to lovely dinners. And the collection reflects that more,’ Thea says. ‘She’s still very rock ‘n’ roll. She still might go to music festivals but at the same time she’s in the boardroom or she’s on the beach in the Seychelles. We’re lucky to know so many people from those days who are really successful but still grounded in that arty cool attitude to life.’



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Ashley Graham On Landing Her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover: “This Is Where We’re Headed”

BY Sally Holmes



“I’m ready for society, Hollywood, the press, magazines, everyone, to just catch up.”

This weekend, Ashley Graham made history when she landed her first Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover. For the first time ever, the magazine published three different covers―UFC star Ronda Rousey and Hailey Clauson are also featured―but it was also the first time SI featured a plus-size model in the spread. We spoke to Graham yesterday about her reaction to the news, why this is such a significant moment, and why, more importantly, we should all stop talking about it already.

When did you find out you’d made the cover?

It’s live to tape, so I found out about three or four hours before everyone else—that was the hardest secret to keep ever. I thought hiding the fact that I was actually in Sports Illustrated was a hard secret to keep, but being on the cover, that was even harder. Continue reading

The Secret to Candice Swanepoel’s Skin

ELLE Exclusive:

The Angel doesn’t just wake up like this (ok, maybe a bit).


As Max Factor’s global ambassador, Candice Swanepoel gets to glean makeup tips from the best in the business – like the brands Global Creative Design Director Pat McGrath. When she’s not travelling to far flung locations for a shoot or walking the runway in frilly bits of lace, she’s blending up homemade face masks in her kitchen.

Describe a standard day.  

Waking up at 7am, getting ready for work, making breakfast or a quick smoothie. I could be going to the airport, or being on a photo shoot. After work I either spend time with loved ones take my dogs for a walk or do a yoga class if I have energy. I love to be at home if I have a day off, FaceTiming my family, catching up on sleep and organising my days so I can be properly prepared.

What’s the secret to great looking skin? 

Regular exfoliation and using a good illuminator. I use a sunscreen everyday which also can give a nice glow.

What are your makeup essentials?

I’m combination/oily so I use Max Factor Facefinity Compact [$31.95, 1800 181 040] and blotting papers to keep the shine in check. I always have on mascara and a compact foundation on me – I’m currently using Max Factor Masterpiece Transform Mascara [$23.95, 1800 181 040] as it helps build big lashes really quickly. I also always have some lip balm to keep lips hydrated and some eye drops.

You’ve worked with makeup extraordinaire Pat McGrath a lot of your career. What’s been your favourite?

I’ve had so many unforgettable moments with Pat. I met her when I first started modelling when I was in Milan doing the make-up looks for Dolce & Gabbana. She took my hand in such a motherly way that I will never forgot that moment. It’s really amazing to work with her through Max Factor after all these years that I have been working and now that I’m at a different stage of my career. I have a very special place for her in my heart. Aside from the person she is, her make-up is the best in the industry. The way she can transform you is unbelievable, it’s an art. It’s beyond make-up.

What’s the best tip she’s taught you? 

I’ve taken tips from many brilliant make-up artists, including Pat McGrath. She taught me all about contouring, which when done right can look amazing. It’s really important to find the right colours and shades for your skin tone. What may suit one person, make-up styles or colours, may not suit you.

What other brands do you use?  

I’m usually in search for a more natural approach to my beauty products, so using things you would normally find in your fridge, like coconut oil, yoghurt, honey, fresh avocado, persimmon fruit. I started making my own face masks when I was a little girl.





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Alexa Chung Is ELLE’s December Cover Star

 ‘I nearly posted a selfie yesterday from bed and I was thinking, ‘What’s wrong with me? I’m an adult.’ 

Presenter, turned model, turned tech entrepreneur Alexa Chung talks style, selfies and insecurities in ELLE’s December issue.

In ELLE this month Alexa hands over the fashion reigns to her squad of stylish BFFs including Henry Holland, Pixie Geldof and Daisy Lowe as they dress her in their dream looks to celebrate Alexa’s foray into the world of mobile apps.

Alexa discusses her fashion instinct, finding her own version of sexy and the launch of her mobile shopping app Villoid. She also speaks candidly about her insecurities and admits that despite her fashion pedigree, she is far from high maintenance: ‘I’m terrible at looking in the mirror, I just get out of the shower and put moisturiser on and often don’t wear any makeup’.

Alexa Chung by Matt Irwin for Elle UK December 2015

Alexa Chung by Matt Irwin for Elle UK December 2015

She may have a reputation as one of fashion’s best dressed and most beautiful muses, but when asked about feeling sexy Alexa says: ‘I feel uncomfortable in anything tight or body-con. Anything sexy, I don’t feel myself in. I don’t know what the psychology behind that is. Maybe I’m constantly fighting for people to listen to what I have to say, so it seems undermining to look too girlie or frivolous.’

The frank and funny interview also covers being a parent: ‘I’m open to it and I would like a family one day’. Selfies: ‘I nearly posted a selfie yesterday from bed and I was thinking, ‘What’s wrong with me? I’m an adult.’ And her fashion hoarding habits: ‘My wardrobe is a floordrobe. I can’t take it any more. I’m terrible at throwing things away. I don’t wear about 70% of my clothes.’

Alexa Chung by Matt Irwin for Elle UK December 2015

Alexa Chung by Matt Irwin for Elle UK December 2015

ELLE’s December issue also includes a world exclusive give-away: a Benefit They’re Real Tinted Eyelash Primer which won’t be in shops for another nine weeks and is the ultimate quick fix for long, lustrous lashes.
Read the full interview in ELLE’s December issue, out now.
Alexa gets it sooo right Word Games with Ms Chung