Miranda Kerr in US Harper's Bazaar September 2012 by Terry Richardson
With the new season accessories quickly lining shop floors, it's hard to talk about winter shoes without mentioning these boots. For the past few winters the ankle boot has dominated but thanks to Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy, for A/W12 the knee high boot has reclaimed it's position as the staple style of choice.
US Harper's Bazaar made the point clear in their September issue, showing Miranda Kerr striped down in nothing but the boots. The lesson to be learnt? As much as there's a lot to be excited about clothes-wise this season, it's now time to tap into those 'love forever' statement accessories and if you have the money to spare, these are definitely the way to go.
Inspired by the 1950s silhouettes of Bettie Page and 1970s French horseback riding, the boots with their heel hiding sheaths, captured everyone's imagination when they were included in the brand's pre-fall collection and were cemented as the 'IT' style of the season when they re-appeared in their equestrian-themed Fall 2012 show. So far, the boots have already sold out on Net-A-Porter several times despite the £1,405 price tag so if you want to get in on the action, get in fast.
Maxi dresses are a wardrobe staple - fact. Considering their prominent role in taking us through the summer, it's become hard to remember a time where we all considered their resurgence as just another fleeting trend. On the whole, it's not hard to understand why we've all become so taken by them. They're easy to throw on and like any other dress, it helps avoid the daily conundrum of finding something else to go with it but saying that, it's not always an easy task finding the right one.
This week, though, Miranda Kerr gave us a lesson in how to wear them well. On one day she stepped out in New York sporting a mint block coloured wrap around style. The thigh high slit instantly made the dress as suitable for the day as it would be in the evening simply teamed with heels rather than sandals. The block colours means you can go to town with prints and interesting details on your accessories like Kerr did with her printed bag and printed Stella McCartney sunglasses.
Later on in the week she sported an uber feminine yellow printed sheer dress. The lightweight fabric works particularly well on those really hot days (where they are I still don't know) and is the perfect style for the daytime, teamed with relaxed and neutral accessories like Kerr's simple nude Mary-Janes.
Miranda Kerr continues to go from strength to strength. Over the past few years she's racked up some really strong fashion editorials and campaigns and last month she made her first appearance in British Vogue's July issue along with her son, Flynn - but it doesn't end there. This morning British Harper's Bazaar revealed that her as the cover star for their August issue, her first big British cover.
'If the unshakeable gaggle of paparazzi that follow her across the globe are anything to go by, we have an insatiable appetite for the mode,' Natalie Evans-Harding wrote on the magazine's website this morning when confirming the news. 'Her iconic style and bubbly, upbeat personality is why she's reached such status, and why she debut's as Bazaar's August girl for the first time.'
The cover shoot was lensed by Giampaolo Sgura and the issue hits newsstands on Monday July 2nd.
Last month British Vogue had Kate Moss on the cover but for July they've opted for Rachel Weisz. While the actress isn't someone that I particularly follow, she does seem like the perfect choice to cover their annual 'Ageless Style' July issue. After all, the 42 year-old always looks chic and age appropriate without being boring and looks effortless while doing so.
On the cover she appears wearing a cashmere Celine knitand was photographed by long-time Vogue collaborator, Alasdair McLellan. If Weisz isn't of interest then Miranda Kerr's 'Surfer style in Sydney' piece might be of interest and if her latest magazine appearances are anything to go by, it should be good.
Will you buy the issue when it hits newsstands on June 4?
Miranda Kerr has never done too badly when it comes to her modelling career but it's over the last few years that we have really seen her career catapult in fashion circles. Like Joan Smalls, her career before was mainly commercial but recently things have really changed for her. Aside from her role as a Victoria's Secret Angel, Kerr has walked for everyone from Prada to Balenciaga and has appeared in magazines like Harper's Bazaar and Vogue Italia.
Ironically, though, all of the changes took place after she found out she was pregnant. 'At the moment I'm trying to do 60/40 - I spend most of my time at home being a mother and only work on jobs that I really love and with brands that I really want to work with,' she told Vogue.com when asked about the pressures. 'I've cut back quite a bit because especially the travelling can be too much and my son is obviously my number one priority. It's working out well at the moment because I'm doing fun jobs here and there and getting to spend lots of time with my boys.'
We all watch their annual runway shows but for a long time, Victoria's Secret has been out of reach to anyone out of America but that's all about to change. This morning the lingerie brand confirmed that they are expanding to London this year.
On July 25 they will open the doors to their first store in London, which will serve as their flagship. The store, which will stock everything from boy shorts to bikinis, will be based on the corner of New Bond Street and Brook street - and that's not all. The very next day will see the opening of another store in Westfield Stratford City, the day before the big opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics. To celebrate both openings, a big runway show will take place where Angels like Karlie Kloss and Miranda Kerr are set to appear.
Models have long forayed into different branches of the entertainment industry. Cameron Diaz, Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum are just three models that have managed to make the transition into film and TV. Saying that, not many have managed to move into music but that's exactly what Ruby Aldridge and Miranda Kerr are reportedly looking to do.
At Coachella Ruby Aldridge told Vogue.com that she's part of band called Texture (ironic, no?), which held its first concert recently at an art opening in New York. 'We did a cover of 'Astro Zombies' by the Misfits and three of our own songs,' she said. 'I was so nervous about the show, I almost didn't show up! ... I don't consider myself a musician yet. I'm just a fan who's excited to be making music for the first time.' Miranda Kerr is also tapping into music but don't expect her to release anything anytime soon. 'I have recorded a couple of songs, actually, that no one knows about! You probably won't hear them but I love to sing,' she said.
When Isabel Marant does something, it catches on and her wedges sneakers are a case in point. Since appearing on the runway the style has become a firm favourite amongst celebrities off-duty like Beyonce and Miranda Kerr. Even more interesting is the fact that many editors have swapped their Louboutin's and incredibly high heels for comfortable variations on the style to attend the shows too and it's clear why.
I have never been a big trainers girl - despite being inspired by Taylor Tomasi Hill to buy a pair - but this is something that I have decided to invest in. Like the pyjama trend that I wrote about recently, the Marant style wedged trainer signals a move even further towards the current concern for functionality and comfort in fashion, which many brands are tapping into at the moment.
While they do have a heel there is no denying that the subtle wedge straddles the perfect balance between an informal trainer and easy to wear wedge and besides, they're perfect for those busy days pounding the pavement. What more could you need?
I must confess, while I've always tuned in to watch the Victoria's Secret shows, I was amongst the cynics on the critical side when the Angels started moving into high fashion. With that said, it would be far fetched to say that I saw any of them as a source of style inspiration. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against any of the Angels. When it comes to schmizing (a la Tyra Banks) and looking incredible in a swimsuit of ridiculously expensive underwear, nobody does it better, but the commerciality of the whole thing isn't something that I've ever been particularly drawn too. Over the past year, though, Miranda Kerrhas really evolved and come into her own style wise.
Gone are the days when she appears wearing something that you would imagine US Weekly favourites like Jessica Simpson wearing and instead, over the last year her style has come on leaps and bounds and now inspires wardrobes much in the same way as people like Kate Bosworth do. Admittedly her outfits work well on her model-like frame but there's no denying that her new look works. She carries off simple shorts and jeans teamed with classic blazers and blouses with ease, epitomising the model-off-duty that none of us can seem to get enough of.
So what do you think? Is Miranda Ker's new look rocking your boat?
There must be something in the water at Victoria's Secret headquarters. While most mums take a while to get their post-baby bodies back and don't even think about going back to work, the opposite is true for the Angels. Heidi Klum was the first to start it off as she was back to work and walked in the Victoria's Secret show weeks after giving birth and the same was true for Adriana Lima, Doutzen Kroes and Miranda Kerr.
This week heavily pregnant Alessandra Ambrosio made it clear that she too has no plans of slowing down. 'I already have jobs planned for afterwards so hopefully will be back in shape! I told my booker and my manager; 'I know I have a job to do, so just book the jobs and hopefully it'll be fine,' she told Vogue.com. 'I only have a few more jobs to do before I have the baby — all editorial, no more catwalk now — and then I hope to be back in London for the opening of the Victoria's Secret store in July. I should definitely be back for the next Victoria's Secret show — I have quite a while until then.'