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Betrayed, bereft – but not broken. Cheryl Cole tells the story behind the headlines

The street style edit Stories from the sea: on the street in Whitstable

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Photography: 3 Objectives, Victoria Adamson, Benoît Audureau, Kai Z Feng, Beate Sonnenberg.

IT’S SHOWTIME Reset your style with ELLE’s edit of the a/w 2014 collections

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p 53 Fashion, beauty, culture The music, fashion and books you need to know about, first

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Hello, sunshine The four beauty trends that will see you through any summer event

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Seeit,buyit Scandi style, pop-art bags, and how to shop like an ELLE editor


CONTENTS AUGUST 2014 Accessories Patented style: shoes, bags and gloves just got glossy. Plus: fantasy footwear and pop-art bags 92 Workwear Scarlet tones that prove it pays to be in the red 97 The trend Nordic minimalism or intricate embroidery? We’ll have both, please 101 #ELLEFashionCupboard Eight ELLE editors, eight amazing buys 103 How to wear The statement sweat and the knitted trousers 87







The new trends and what to buy on the high street a/w 2014, decoded and in store near you Reset your style You already own the key new-season pieces. You just don’t know it yet Cheryl: unbreakable The story you won’t have read anywhere else Summer hair and make-up Looks for any occasion, by the best beauty talent in the business The memoir that will make you love your body One male exercise-addict fiancé. One Swiss rollloving ELLE writer. One life-affirming story

First look See it, love it, shop it, share it 60 Add to basket Louis Vuitton’s mini trunks have maxi style 62 Zeitgeist Fashion, music, culture 72 Roland Mouret for Banana Republic ELLE’s exclusive edit 75 #ELLEBookClub Joséphine De La Baume shares the books that changed her life 79 The fashion director The Sixties are back, but not as you know them, says ELLE’s Anne-Marie Curtis 81 The beauty guru Lisa Eldridge with the ultimate bronzer briefing




Superbold, texture riot and the new suit, brought to you by the world’s best designers 168 (The) Boss Man Designing for dolls. Dressing the First Lady. Debuting at the helm of Boss. This is the incredible story of Jason Wu




10 new pieces we love We count down our autumn obsessions







Victoria Coren Mitchell Planning a holiday with your other half? Read this first #GirlInterrupter Vintage shopping isn’t just about the dresses, says Emma Forrest. It’s about the stories they tell, too Kesha reborn From rehab to renewal, the singer shares her emotional journey Love is a red dress Novelist Nell Freudenberger on why your wedding dress can surprise you – just like love itself The reluctant hero Action hero, Armani model, deep thinker. ELLE discovers the real Chris Pine Dinner party philosopher Ruby Tandoh knows how to deal with deadlines: bake




174 4 summer looks for you



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107 Street style

Sun, sea and skirts in Whitstable 110 Work spy Sony Music, London 112 Closet confidential Jewellery queen Annina Vogel


129 The new season collections




Make-up guru Gucci Westman guides you through the trends #ELLEBeautyCupboard Chanel ambassador Poppy Delevingne’s beauty edit is flawless, bien sûr Beauty index Healthy hair: the best holiday souvenir The beauty brief All the latest news This eyeliner will change your life Fuss-free flicks, guaranteed. Thank you, Benefit Beauty first look Four words: Dolce. And. Gabbana. Skincare Fit notes Fitness rut? Time for a bit of healthy competition Shop ELLE Beauty Beauty Director’s picks


203 Five Scandi stays

Weird but oh-so wonderful Nordic hotels 204 Northern exposure Scandinavian sun. Yes, it’s a thing, ELLE discovers


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They made this Our August contributors Become an ELLE Insider For year-round deals Subscribe to ELLE And get a free Eyeko eye make-up set, worth £52 ELLE reader survey Take part in our survey, and win a 5-star trip to Morocco Address book Fashion and beauty listings The perfect travel companion Your free Malin + Goetz travel set = packing, sorted The last word Jelly shoes, deconstructed


Photography: Ben Morris. Fashion: Anne-Marie Curtis. Hair: Tony Collins for L’Oréal Paris. Makeup: Lynsey Alexander for L’Oréal Paris. Manicure: Marge Christodoulou for L’Oréal Paris. Talent: Cheryl Cole. Video: William Paterson. With thanks to: The Royal Oak (royaloaklondon.com). On the newsstand cover: Leopard-print goat hair coat and black mohair jumper, both DSquared2. Black cotton trousers, Philosophy. Black leather shoes, Manolo Blahnik. On the subscriber cover: All clothing, as before. Skin: Infallible Foundation, £9.99; True Match Concealer, £6.99. Eyes: Color Riche Quad in Velours Noir, £6.99; Volume Million Lashes Excess in Black, £10.99; Super Liner Brow Artist in Dark Brunette, £5.99; Lips: Color Riche Collection Privée in Barely Greige By Cheryl, £7.99. Nails: Color Riche Nail in Rose Mademoiselle, £4.99. All by L’Oréal Paris. On ELLE’s special cover: Photography: Kai Z Feng. Fashion: Anne-Marie Curtis. Hair: Romina Manentifor See Management usingOribe.Naoko Scintu at Saint Luke using Chanel Les Beiges AllIn-One Healthy Glow Fluid and a/w 2014. Manicure: Emma Welsh at Lovely Management using Chanel Autumn Collection and Body Excellence Nourishing And Rejuvenating Hand Cream. Set design: Sarah May at The Magnet Agency. Video: William Paterson. Models: Irina Kulikova and Zen at IMG London. Irina (left) wears: Wool-crepe dress, and leather and rubber shoes, both Dior. Zen (right) wears: Wool coat, wool jacket, wool trousers, and leather and rubber shoes,allDior.Published3July2014

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Compiled by: Emma Sells. Photography: 3 Objectives, Benoît Audureau, Getty Images, Jamie Jones/Beyond Fiction, Matt Lever, Anthea Simms.


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Your month to: Action plan Drama is in the air, Leo. But the good sort – less hysteria, more success. Windfalls, exciting new beginnings and colossal creative opportunities are heading your way. The 26th brings a new moon in your sign: time to launch some major projects. You’re your own best life coach. Date for your diary: 16th A once-in-12-years lucky spell arrives and you’ll still be enjoying the benefits a year from now.


Your month to: Take it easy Relax. Leisure time is long overdue. July is the month to escape the tedious world of facts and figures. Make taking it easy your mission this summer. Heads up: the full moon on the 12th could be one of the most romantic of the year – enjoy. Date for your diary: 3rd Communication improves from the start of the month; make sure your colleagues get the memo.


Your month to: Socialise If you thought you were in demand before, you’re in for a shock – but a pleasant, popularity-affirming one. Your social life soars this month, so mix and mingle like you mean it. The full moon on the 12th spells family drama – competition for your supercharged nightlife. Be diplomatic. Charm is disarming. Date for your diary: 5th Write ‘date night’ in your diary. You’re particularly enticing today.



Your month to: Get inspired July puts you in touch with your creative side. Work and wellbeing are big themes – the better you treat your body, the more innovative you’ll be. Basically, green juice equals great ideas. Shake up your fitness plan near the new moon on the 26th. Date for your diary: 28th Romance on tap – lucky you.


Your month to: Succeed Your career prospects couldn’t be better. Prepare to take centre stage – the attention will last for an entire year. The new moon on the 26th brings even more luck – doors are about to fling wide open; all you have to do is show up. Date for your diary: 7th It’s a now or never. Commit.



Your month to: Enjoy the buzz Happy sigh: July is good. Adventure beckons; the more getaways you book this month, the better. The full moon on the 12th reminds you of money issues you need to sort out – deal with the dull stuff, then hit the road. Date for your diary: 9th You’re cooler and calmer than everyone around you – show them how it’s done.


Your month to: Start over Get ready for a booming crescendo, as a new and improved phase takes hold. The full moon on the 12th brings an ending and a new beginning, possibly romancerelated. Never fear: even if you have to let go of something, you’ll have lots of support. Date for your diary: 20th You’ll feel super-energised for the last 10 days of the month.


Your month to: Rearrange The planets are shifting, which brings relationships into focus. Near the new moon on the 26th, you’ll want to press reset on your love life; and, if you’re single, a handsome stranger could make an appearance. Remember, sometimes you need go backwards in order to move forward. Date for your diary: 21st Stay alert and you might spot a shift in the career game plan.


Your month to: Celebrate Happy birthday, Cancer! July is looking mighty fine. A powerful, positive financial phase kicks in and by mid-month, you’ll be focused on improving your cash flow. The great news is, you’re in luck – for a whole year, too. On the 12th, the full moon brings relationship issues to fever pitch; tread carefully. Sensitivity is key – think and speak from your heart. Date for your diary: 24th Go it alone. Emotions run high today and you’ll be easily provoked by others.

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Your month to: Apply yourself Professional initiatives that began in January should pay off big time this month. Important meetings and opportunities may arise around the full moon on the 12th: keep a close eye on your inbox. Turn on the charm – your skills are sharp, use them. The final week of the month is all about love and pleasure. Date for your diary: 17th Partnerships are changing. Ready yourself for a rejig.


Your month to: Explore Hello, wanderlust. This month, you’ll want to fling yourself far beyond the familiar. Break out of your comfort zone – sometimes the grass really is greener. And when we say grass, we actually mean sand. The beach is always a good idea. Date for your diary: 19th Financial support incoming.


Your month to: Get chatty Expect to be in demand this month; communication is a key theme. From the 1st, delays that had been bugging you will have been eliminated. You might struggle to keep up but, rest assured, the planets are turning in the right direction. The full moon on the 12th marks the start of something sexy. Date for your diary: 4th Life gets adventurous this weekend. Who knows what might go down?


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#ELLEBookClub pick: UnjustRewards:Ending TheGreedThatIs BankruptingBritain by Polly Toynbee and David Walker (Granta Books)



‘Tired but busy. Now laughing’ are the five words Liverpool-born, Ireland-raised author Eimear McBride would use to describe herself. Her debut novel, AGirl IsAHalf-FormedThing, scooped this year’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, and is also the August #ELLEBookClub pick (p75). It took nine years to find a publisher for the novel, and Eimear admits its success has been ‘a very long time coming’. If she could live in any fictional setting, it would be ‘Dostoyevsky’s Saint Petersburg’.


Leisa is ELLE’s News & Social Media Editor. After graduating, she spent two years teaching English in Japan. Her spirit animal is a bear, and if she were a co*cktail, she’d be an ‘old-school cosmo’. She is getting married in November, and writes about how her fiancé transformed his body, and the effect it had on her, on p198. #ELLEBookClub pick: Fallout by Sadie Jones (Chatto & Windus)

#ELLEBookClub pick: Cousins by Patricia Grace (Penguin Books)



Yorkshire-born photographer Ben began his career shooting the likes of Brit Marling and Sam Taylor-Johnson. He now lives in New York with his wife Candy, his four-month-old son Hockney and his daschund, Cheese. His top happiness tip is: ‘If you’re surrounded by dogs, you’ll never have a bad day.’ See Ben’s shots of cover star Cheryl Cole on p160.

Compiled by: Maybelle Morgan. Photography: Victoria Adamson, Benoît Audureau.

Make-up artist Naoko was raised in London’s Camden but comes from Japanese-Italian heritage. She has created looks for Cindy Crawford, Jourdan Dunn and the Olsen twins – and now for our Collections special on p129. If she was a co*cktail, she’d be ‘a dark ’n’ stormy’ (dark rum and ginger beer), and the best gift she has ever received is ‘an adopted Bengal tiger in Nepal’.

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Summer is the time to break out the bronzer. But not before you’ve read Lisa Eldridge’s hard-and-fast rules (p81). Plus, watch all her how-to videos at elleuk.com/elle-tv. Then turn to p186 for your best holiday hair ever. WHAT ELLE WEARS



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ver the past 10 years editing ELLE, I’ve come to know some extraordinary women. From cover stars to writers, designers to artists, musicians to CEOs, I’ve learned from – and leaned on – an army of inspiring professionals. At times, they’ve formed a sister shield of much-needed support: coming to my aid during challenging times or helping to deflect the daily stress of minor career or domestic crises. My professional and personal life would certainly have been more difficult and less enjoyable if these women hadn’t been so generous with their support and friendship. I find the kindness of other women emotionally nutritious, and I rely on it to feed me in the darker days of my busy life. Which is why I’m sure Louise Gannon’s noholds-barred interview with Cheryl Cole (on p160) will resonate with so many of you. In my opinion, it’s rare to meet such a strong woman who is as young as Cheryl Cole (she’s only 31). This is her third British ELLE cover in five years; during that time, she has coped with a tsunami of unfortunate experiences, any one of which could have broken her spirit. The significant men in her life have let her down and lost her trust, her body betrayed her, and her mind came so close to falling apart – due to her excessive workload – that she told Louise she wrote a bucket list. A bucket list is what people write when they think they’re going to die. Cole explains that the thing that ‘saved her life’ was the strength of her female friends. ‘I had good women at my side,’ she says. I think we’ve all experienced the bedrock of stability and love that the true support of other women provides. What would we do without each other, I wonder? This month, I helped launch Hearst Empowering Women (empowering.hearst.

co.uk): a new initiative from the publisher of not only this magazine, but a galaxy of others (including Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Company, Harper’s Bazaar and Red). Magazines that, in total, reach an astonishing one in three women in this country. HEW is a forum to mobilise the unique strength of our publications as one and to reach as many women as possible with helpful and empowering advice via the website and soon-to-be announced events. For me, though, it’s basically a sisterhood of editors I like and respect, working together to make sure any campaigns we organise, any mentoring we offer, or any advice we can give, is made available to you. HEW is the brainchild of our newly appointed Hearst CEO Anna Jones, 39 (as you can imagine, it cheers me greatly that we now have a woman at the top of this powerful media company). HEW is working alongside the charity Theirworld, run by one of the most supportive and empowering women I know, Sarah Brown (she has talked me through many a domestic or career conundrum with patience and kindness). One of the goals of Theirworld is to help young women from all backgrounds receive mentoring about their futures at school, something I personally feel very strongly about. So HEW will hopefully be helping you and the women of the future. Follow @HearstWomen on Twitter and the hashtag #hearstinspires for updates, and let me know what you think.



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Augu Not h you’r girlfri long-t With family, to recreate childhood rows? Maybe you’re going with a new boyfriend? Perhaps the early days of a relationship have coincided with summer and neither of you can see any reason not to jet off into a beautiful Greek-island sunset. Well, there are plenty of reasons. Many couples leap on to aeroplanes in the giddy opening phase (Bridget Jones only wanted a boyfriend so she could go on minibreaks), only to find that a fledgling union can’t take the pressures ofround-the-clocktogetherness.Where should you go? What should you wear? What in God’s name are you going to talk about? Luckily, I am here with five top tips for holidaying with men:

Photography: Stephanie Sian Smith.

1. AVOID PARIS I once wrote a column

advising men to stop taking women to Paris. Unfortunately, they didn’t listen and many of them are still at it. This is the answer for most people who think: ‘Where would be a romantic place to go?’ Well, it isn’t. Paris is just a series of vast trafficky boulevards full of angry people. One of them will be your date, who’s paying a fortune for the two of you to eat stringy steaks in disappointing bistros, then go back to a hotel room so small that you can’t have sex without banging your elbow on the wall. Or maybe you’re paying? Doesn’t help. Just means you’ll be the angry one instead. You’ll be trying to manoeuvre him into banging his elbow on the wall, just to punish him. And not in a good way. If you fancy a European city, go to Bruges – or Rome, which is much less self-consciously romantic than either of them. In Paris, all you’ll do is stand awkwardly in front of the Eiffel Tower wondering if you should be holding hands.


For the full-on fortnight, beware a beach holiday too soon in a relationship. When you imagine it, you’ll picture yourself oiled and glistening in a fabulous Heidi Klein bikini with the ocean twinkling


ahead of you. You’re forgetting the bit where your eyes go curranty from the salt water, you’re clutching your bag in the sea because you’re nervous of abandoning your wallet on a public beach, and other women parade past looking so perfect that you cover your entire body with a towel ‘to avoid sunburn’. Instead, head for land-locked places like Tuscany or Provence, where there’s no risk of maritime action. You want a nice old hotel with ivy-clad walls and a pool, where everyone else on the loungers is over 70 and you’re the young Brigitte Bardot in comparison.

‘Parisisn’tromantic. It’sjustaseriesofvast traffickyboulevards fullofangrypeople’ 3.YOUNEEDFEWERSHOESTHANYOUTHINK

If you’re anything like me, you’ll panicpack eight pairs of shoes at the last minute so as to be sure you’ve got somethingthatgoeswitheverypossible outfit, time of day and change in the weather. Well, men have no idea which shoes go with anything. They literally never look at your feet. Magazines will list ‘regular buffing, exfoliating, polishing and pedicures’ as part of your ‘pre-holiday prep’: if you’re doing that for a man’s sake, let me tell you, there is absolutely no point at all. Your shoestuffed suitcase will feel like it’s packed full of lead. If he doesn’t carry it for you, you will start to hate him. And if he does, it’s vice versa. Seriously, one pair of great sandals and some flip-flops: you’re done. I’m assuming you’re not going hiking on this trip. If so, you’ll also need what I believe they call ‘walking


shoes’. But if you’re the kind of person who thinks a romantic holiday should include schlepping up a mountain with a rucksack on your back, then you and I are too different and I’ll just back away admiringly.


You’re bound to run out of conversation, and your reading material can provide a source of chat. But if you start telling him the plot of a Marian Keyes novel, he’ll run screaming for the airport. You want biographies, popular histories, books full of controversial anecdote and fact. When in doubt, take David Niven’s memoirs. Nobody doesn’t want to hear a story about Errol Flynn and David Niven trapped naked on the deck of a boat while Clark Gable seduces their girlfriends. Or take Piers Morgan’s diaries, which are much the same but with Jeremy Clarkson instead of Errol Flynn. (What can I tell you? The world has got worse.)




Your boyfriend does not want to go for his-and-hers facials, hisand-hers massages or his-and-hers manicures at the spa. Stop asking. You might as well be trying to lure him along for his-and-hers stretching on the local medieval rack. You might want to go without him. He may even suggest it. Do not fall into this trap. At this early stage of the relationship, you are an easy-going, low-maintenance girl who thinks that £100 pampering is a load of nonsense. What, you? A facial? Preposterous! You’d far rather get drunk in a local bar, eat pasta and play sex games. Oh, there’s football on in the hotel lobby? Two foreign teams you’ve never heard of ? Wonderful! Your favourite! He can find out the truth later, around about the same time you discover that he only owns two pairs of pants, he invented that story about knowing Al Pacino and he spends most of his time looking at p*rn sites. Once you’re in love, everything becomes a lot more forgivable.

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WELCOME TO THE HOUSE OF FUN Want powerful women, spellbinding clothes, bucketloads of texture and, above all, joy? Welcome to the new season. It will make you happy.

The SUPER USEFUL TREND REPORT autumn/winter 2014 By Rebecca Lowthorpe

Photography: Jason Lloyd-Evans.


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Fashion fairy tales What it means: Great storytelling and romance made for spellbinding clothes. See Dolce & Gabbana’s OnceUponATime In Sicily show, or Sarah Burton’s Beauty And The Beast at Alexander McQueen. How you’ll wear it: It’s unlikely that a full-blown multi-frilled white broderie anglaise McQueen dress will fit in your wardrobe, so why not try a Saint Laurent cape instead? Or adopt Simone Rocha’s irreverent take on punkish Elizabethan queens and wear a sheeny lace dress with a pearl tiara (and stomping shoes, of course). Enter fashion wonderland. Where to shop it: Head to Hobbs for a scarlet dress worthy of Red Riding Hood.




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Photography: Greg Kessler, Jason Lloyd-Evans, Wire Image.

What it means: Even with familiar shapes,thisisnoretrorehash.Minimalist dolly dresses and Chelsea boots are totally 2014, thanks to super-luxe and pioneeringly modern fabrics. How you’ll wear it: There are two great ways to attack this trend: sophisticated like Nicolas Ghesquière’s new Louis Vuitton, which is all about the sharp A-line coat and a roll-neck; or the Miu Miu version, where frosted minidresses, spliced with ski knits, bare legs and plastic bootees, look fun and full of post-modern cool. Where to shop it: Marks & Spencer has a mod-influenced aesthetic. ›








What it means: The power woman grows up. The tribal energy of last season is rerouted into a more sophisticated version with a confident edge. How you’ll wear it: It’s time you tried a strong-shouldered jacket with trousers (slouchy cool or razor-slim). Remember, trainers go with everything – Karl says so. Where to shop it: Translate the attitude on the Prada, Marni, Dior, Chanel and Céline runways via the trend-obsessed end of the high street, such as Topshop, along with trainers from Nike.









Photography: Greg Kessler, Jason Lloyd-Evans, Anthea Simms.




What it means: Simple shapes mean attention has been redirected to the fabric. This autumn/winter is all about a luxury-touch factor on steroids. A single sleeve can be a feast of different textures. Sacai’s Chitose Abe, mistress of the multi-fabric constructed piece, is the torchbearer for this trend. See also Marni’s feathered, jewelled sportswear for inspiration. How you’ll wear it: The fake-fur coat will be the massive hit of the season. Make that any fake fur. Or try a coloured stole, as seen at Céline and Dior. Where to shop it: River Island stocks the bright, fun, faux-fur stoles. ›


Monastic What it means: Our new fashion minimalist doesn’t simply want to avoid detail, she wants to be cocooned in interesting shapes from head to toe. If the look had a nationality, it would be Japanese or Belgian: thoughtful, emotional and interesting. These are serious under-theradar luxe uniforms for working women. How you’ll wear it: With a smile, we hope. And an interesting shoe. To do the look ‘lite’ – try a cocoon sweatshirt with a long narrow skirt. Where to shop it: Acne is your go-to brand for an understated uniform. On a tighter budget? Head to Cos for uncomplicated tunic dresses.



Photography: Jason Lloyd-Evans, Anthea Simms.







Rich pickings


What it means: Demi-couture pieces on the catwalk – like Mary Katrantzou’s £18,000 dress – aren’t exactly new. But such is the global demand for super-rich pieces (from the super-rich) that embellishment still rules. How you’ll wear it: It’s all about the super-ornate dress. So what if you’re not a billionaire – you can still dream, can’t you? Where to shop it: For a modern take on ornate, H&M Studio has some great sequined separates.



Modern military What it means: Predictable, maybe, but this winter staple suddenly looks more relevant and covetable than ever. From sand to dark green, think of the military spectrum as your new neutrals. How you’ll wear it: Go for outerwear: the parka with a giant fur hood, a belted trench coat, or the MA-1 bomber – the season’s key sporty jacket shape. Where to shop it: On the catwalk: Isabel Marant, Margaret Howell, Balmain and Fendi; in your lunch hour, H&M should be your first stop. ●



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All-new Zealand

erhaps it’s their geographical distance from the heartland of MTV’s fast and flashy culture, but some unique music talent is emerging from the South Pacific. Kimbra, Ladyhawke and Lorde cast the spotlight on the islands. ELLE meets two more of the country’s leading lights.

BROODS Broods is a suitably evocative band name for Auckland’s Georgia and Caleb Nott. Not only does it hint at their family ties, it’s also indicative of their emotionloaded lyrics, set to signature haunting instrumentals. ‘When we write happy songs, they turn out sad. We disguise them with happy beats,’ explains Georgia. The thread of dark poetry that frames their self-titled EP is

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Raw, dramatic pop: an intoxicating summer soundtrack

addictive: debut single Bridges racked up a quarter of a million online plays in its first week.

YUMI ZOUMA Yumi Zouma’s music-making relies on file-sharing across continents. Kim Pflaum, Josh Burgess and Charlie Ryder live in NZ, New York and Paris respectively. Assembling tracks over email has resulted in a raw, 1980s-disco-meets-lullaby sound. Their debut EP’s key track, The Brae, is about the NZ house they used to share that ‘got written off’ by the 2011 earthquake. ‘Things go badly but life keeps going. That’s the essence of the song,’ says Kim. Refreshingly nostalgic.


They’re Vans, but not as you know them. Cult brand Sacai’s Creative Director Chitose Abe has created a capsule collection of shearling-lined trainers with the skate guru. Available mid-July at Dover Street Market. Prices start at £340

FILMSOFTHESUMMER DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES A nation of genetically evolved apes versus human survivors of a devastating virus in a post-apocalyptic San Francisco. Time to contemplate a world ruled by angry monkeys splashed in warpaint. In cinemas 17 July





Shot over a period of 12 years, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is an ambitious Truman Show-esque feat that sees a six-year-old boy mature before your eyes. The actor in question found the final reveal terrifying. You’ll find it fascinating. In cinemas 11 July

A fantasy version of Paris is always a good idea. This surreal anti-romcom stars Audrey Tautou as a woman whose health and relationship flounder following the bizarre discovery of a water lily growing in her lung. In cinemas 1 August

Naughty, outrageous, and daring, this is a larger-than-life bio of the iconic diva Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, who both defied and redefined the rules of drag in the Seventies. Crazy wigs and lots of heart. In cinemas 18 July

A haunting arthouse documentary that delves into the life of Vivian Maier, a nanny who secretly took over 100,000 candid photos documenting life in NYC, Chicago and LA. Early street-style photography from a secretive social spy. In cinemas 18 July





We predict this year will belong to Cova Santa, a sprawling behemoth in the countryside outside San José. It has a multi-faceted past as a tourist attraction (there’s an underground cave system), a cabaret club and a fine-dining venue. This year sees its rebirth as an all-hours party venue, featuring the likes of Hamburg house hero Solomun. (covasanta.com)

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This gorgeous, grown-up chiringuito (beach bar) opened last year on the private island of Tagomago. It offers a pinch-me-it’s-real postcard experience that feels invite-only. It’s not, but do call well ahead to reserve a table for lunch. (island-tagomago.com)

It’s over: the relationship that nearly did, but actually didn’t happen, except in my head (we wed in Santa Monica, me looking ethereal in Sophia Kokosalaki, then moved into his upstate New York beach house, where I wrote a best-selling novel and had a baby boy). Now, I am heartbroken and, as someone who takes 100mg of antidepressants on a good day, this I do not need. I wish I had never met him, heard of him, thought of him, laid eyes on him, let alone used up my paltry reserves of serotonin aching for him. Is it better to have loved and lost, etc? Not after the 22nd time, no. I’d rather not ever love again than feel like this. So when I read in my secondfavourite magazine, New Scientist, that white coats are working on an anti-love drug, it made me – and forgive the irony – very happy indeed. It’s in the early stages, of course, and unlikely to be prescribed to heartsick humans any time soon. Ethical issues abound but, in my mind, anti-love biotechnology sounds like a good thing. I don’t like the feeling of love; it exacerbates my depression. Brian D Earp is a cognitive scientist at the University of Oxford (and kind of hot, actually). He knows all about love and how much it can hurt, and believes there ‘could be a good reason’ for using anti-love drugs if other methods to get over a broken heart haven’t worked. ‘A modern trick is to stop looking at the person’s Facebook photos,’ he says. ‘But if other ways have failed, these drugs could help alleviate suffering and prepare a person to move on with life.’ Brian, if you need a guinea pig…



JANUARY 2014 The life of Burberry beauty, Suki Waterhouse

MARCH 2014 Lily Allen: pop comeback of the year

FEBRUARY 2014 Get to grips with modern model, Cameron Russell

APRIL 2014 Katie Holmes reborn

MAY 2014 Rita Ora: hot all year round

JUNE 2014 Amanda Seyfried. No Mean Girl in our June issue

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Roland Mouret


He loves women. We love him. And this season he’s coming to the high street. It’s a true romance Photography Photography Laura Allard-Fleischl ELLEUK.COM

Words: Emma Sells. Additional photography: 3 Objectives. Hair and make-up: Laurey Simmons using Chanel Les Beiges All-In-One Healthy Glow Fluid and a/w 2014, and Bumble and bumble. Models: Bruna Rose at Next Model Management, Akvile Vilniute at Profile Model Management.






’m really attracted to women who love and enjoy being women,’ says Roland Mouret, leaning across the table. I’m sitting in a quiet corner of London’s Langham Hotel, downstairs from the suite where we’ve just finished ELLE’s exclusive shoot of his new high-street collection, a collaboration with Banana Republic, which is neatly timed to coincide with the opening of his New York store. He’s dressed in a navy seersucker suit – one of his own designs – with a black shirt and Dior shoes (‘I’ve recently thrown away all my trainers,’ he tells me), and he’s holding forth on his favourite subject: women. Mouret could happily riff for hours on everything from their power and contradictions to the beauty of their waists and hips. He doesn’t just want to make us look incredible, he wants to help us feel incredible too. Which is why his customers are as enamoured with him as he is with them. When his Galaxy dress – perfectly engineered to suck you in and mould your body – stalked down the runway in 2005, it was nothing short of a phenomenon, worn by everyone from Scarlett Johansson and Cameron Diaz to Keira Knightley and Demi Moore. And with his new high-street collection, we can all own a piece of that Mouret magic. The results of his collaboration with Banana Republic aren’t simply replicas of his signature pieces, though. Instead, he’s worked out how to channel his own label’s DNA – sculpting and control of the body – without the benefit of an in-house atelier. It has been a challenge, he says, not least because getting that killer cut and fit on a high-street budget is no easy task. But there’s a secret ingredient in this partnership: Banana Republic’s SloanFit fabric: a hi-tech, bi-stretch cotton that Mouret commandeered and pushed to its limits. The result: elegant, gloriously sexy, contour-hugging dresses for under £100.


‘Mouret doesn’t just want to make women look incredible, but feel it too’ His inspiration? The French. ‘It’s the way they dress,’ he says. ‘Clothes are their best friend. It’s not about buy it now, throw it away in three months; it’s buy it now and it’s going to become a friend in your wardrobe.’ This translates as black skinny pants and white cotton shirts, colour-block knits and,

yes, brilliant dresses that serve as building blocks rather than trend-tickers. Mouret still gets excited when he sees one of his dresses being worn – he added his label’s signature exposed zip at the back, he jokes, so that he can spot them at 20 paces. He loves the gobsmacked reaction of women who see themselves wearing one of his designs for the first time in his Carlos Place studio, and relishes the idea of bringing that experience to more women. The collection launches on 5 August, along with a campaign starring Mouret himself – he was a model in his 20s and, as you can see, he’s well practised in the art of striking a pose – alongside the aptly incredible body of Karolína Kurková. Worried you might not quite resemble a supermodel in one of Mouret’s dresses? Don’t be. ‘Try it! If it doesn’t fit, it’s just a dress that doesn’t fit. But if it fits, it will become an amazing moment. Just try it,’ he urges. Remember: it’s all in your attitude. ‘There is a moment when I have done my job, the moment when a woman buys a dress. It’s not mine any more. It’s up to her to make it alive.’ Prices start at £39; bananarepublic.co.uk


From left: All dresses, cotton mix, £85 each. Cotton top, £45. Cotton-mix skirt, £59.50. Cotton-mix jacket, £99.50. Silk-mix jumper, £59.50


Nouvelles De Pétersbourg, Nikolaï Gogol

While filming Ursus in Ukraine, I wanted to read Eastern European literature. Gogol has this epic writing style – each novel is almost like a drunken fairy tale. Not that I was drunk the whole time I was there… only sometimes.

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Trusty Sarcophagus Co., Rene Ricard

Rene Ricard was a good friend of mine [he passed away in February]. He was an incredible poet. I particularly like his line, ‘Tomorrow is another day but so was yesterday’. It’s cynical, but means that every day should be lived as badly or as beautifully as the previous one.


Bonjour Tristesse, Françoise Sagan


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I just finished this book – it’s crazy that I’d never read it, it’s such a big French classic. The title means ‘hello sadness’ and Sagan was only 18 when she wrote it. She’s so mature for her age, and she has a unique way of narrating the summer of blossoming into a woman.

The Intimate Journal, George Sand

As a teenager, I identified with this because Sand – the pen name used by Amantine-LucileAurore Dupin – talks about her creativity and how she is uncomfortable in society. I went to Catholic schools when I was younger, but I begged my parents to let me go to a more liberal school. I wanted to be in a creative environment.



A World Of My Own: A Dream Diary, Graham Greene

I would take this book to a desert island. It’s a collection of stories written in the way you’d experience a dream – such as the story of Greene falling in love for the first time. Each chapter is a different, twisted vision.

Death On The Nile, Agatha Christie

I read French translations of Agatha Christie’s stories aged about 11. I was a curious and adventurous child – I liked character-driven books. They were an escape, a moment of freedom; I could access another world and travel with all these different characters.

Gillian Flynn’s thriller captivated everyone, including Hollywood: the film version arrives in October. Try these for more twisty plots. 1. Astonish Me, Maggie Shipstead (Blue Door) A tense story about choices, talent and obsession, set in the fiercely competitive world of professional ballet. 2. Her, Harriet Lane (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) Emma doesn’t think she’s ever met Nina; but Nina is obsessed with punishing her. 3. The Fever, Megan Abbott (Picador) A seemingly perfect community unravels when teenage girls are hospitalised with a mystery illness. 4. Bittersweet, Miranda Beverly-Whittemore (The Borough Press) Mabel Dagmar becomes a society ‘It’ girl’s college roommate and confidante. A summer at the rich girl’s family home drags Mabel into a maze of secrets and violence. 5. Life Drawing, Robin Black (Picador) A couple’s idyll is threatened by old betrayals when two women move in next door. Lyrical writing fused with with a page-turning plot.







This month’s #ELLEBookClub pick is winner of the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, the brilliant A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing by debut novelist Eimear McBride (Faber), who was praised by the judges as ‘an extraordinary new voice – this novel will move and astonish the reader’. Read our interview with Eimear at elleuk.com/bookclub, where you’ll also find a Book Club starter pack, plus a chance to win one of 20 signed copies. This month’s ELLE Book Club pick is A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride




Follow Emma on Instagram @addiepray This beaded 1960s gown was a contender to wear to Cannes 1980s Dior, by way of Timeless Vixen

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ushing for my meeting with Lauren Lepire, who runs the vintage boutique Timeless Vixen, I was going to go straight to her apartment from the gym still wearing my workout gear. Then I realised it was better to put on lipstick, change into a fit and flare dress, and be late. Because, when I say I was meeting the 30-year-old vintage dealer at her apartment, I mean the apartment she rents just for her clothes. Located in Beverlywood (Beverly Hills adjacent), from the outside, the place is cracked and unassuming. The inside – like the best of us – is a different story. Lights low, candles flickering, racks and racks of vintage gowns; the most exquisite of which – the 1922 lamé with ostrich feather and rhinestone details and the 1956 Balmain haute couture – hang like art on the marigold walls. I picture them coming to life at ‘magic hour’ (the lavender-blue light that comes just before darkness, which cinematographers of Hollywood’s golden age considered the most flattering to movie-star skin). But thenit’s always magichour here; thelightspermanentlylow to protect the fabrics, some of which are 100 years old. The maths takes me a minute: the 1920s are current inspiration for Baz LuhrmannandMiucciaPrada.They’realso95yearsago.Timeflies. I think wearing mostly vintage is a very good thing for people with a tendency to get stuck in a moment. I love the Tom Waits lyric about the motel where: ‘The rooms all smell like diesel / And you take on the / Dreams of the ones who have slept here.’ When you dress in vintage, you are constantly reminded that people have loved as hard as you, fought as hard as you, cried as much as you, f *cked as much as you, wished they were dead and then lived lives long enough to bequeath their most memorable dresses to their grandchildren. I am in the minority of people who dislike the Kate Moss for Topshop collections; pale imitations of Kate’s vintage greatest hits. It’s not fair: like having someone else read a book and write the report for you. I understand the desire to own a piece of someone else’s life, but I still find the easy purchase abhorrent. Lauren sells frequently to designers, who will buy a dress to take it apart and see how it was made. She’s made peace with

that. She’s even made peace with the fact that one of her biggest clients, Courtney Love, ‘will take a piece that is haute couture museum quality – a Fortuny from the 1920s – and she will cut it to make a minidress.’ Born and raised in LA, Lauren’s first score was as a teen at the world-famous Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena. Picking through a dollar pile, she found a dress that was too small to wear but she wanted anyway. Inside, it was labelled: ‘VeraEllen, Paramount’. She Googled and the first image that came up was the star wearing the dress in the holiday classic White Christmas. (No surprise it didn’t fit – Vera-Ellen is believed to have been anorexic.) There’s bountiful vintage in London, of course. My favourite store there is The Gathering Goddess. I was also having a transatlantic love affair with a Zandra Rhodes dress from a vintage auction. I wrote it letters back and forth (c/o the dress’ caretaker, Calum). But nowhere is vintage so thoroughly a part of the city’s DNA, so bountiful a blessing, as it is in LA. This is because of the town’s twin industries: Hollywood and rock’n’roll. The Doors, Jimi Hendrix and Fleetwood Mac are responsible for popularising the fur gilets and fringed waistcoats that became even more coveted 30 years later. Liz, Marilyn, Rita and Lana looked so luscious in their Forties gowns and Fifties tea dresses, every girl I know is still channelling them (with a nudge from Dita Von Teese). It becomes like Mulholland Drive: long-gone moments in time, bleeding into each other through people’s dreams. There’s a reason Kate, Courtney and Dita are the doyennes of vintage. Big lives. Huge lives. Lives that might have killed them, just like the ones who came before… Lauren is matter of fact: ‘This clothing is made from natural fabrics. These dresses are living things: they have a beginning, middle and an end. Like a wine, your dress has its peak and it will eventually die.’ Zipping me into a beaded wool wiggle gown, she sighs: ‘I have a lot of girls with tons of money and they buy, buy, buy – but they’re not wearing it. I say: “You have gorgeous French couture gowns – wear them! There’s going to come a day when you can’t.”’

‘When you wear vintage, you are reminded that people have loved, fought and cried as hard as you’





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This season’s Miu Miu girl was all colour pops and techno fabrics. Think anorak nerd meets futurist beatnik (yes, really) and a lot of miniskirts. This silver paillette version, worn with oversized cardigan, bikini top and erm… cagoule, should be a disaster. But it’s Miu Miu, so, naturally, it is a style triumph of epic proportions.

Nicolas Ghesquière’s muchanticipated debut for Vuitton was a take on Sixties but, unsurprisingly, with a healthy dose of rigorous modernism thrown in. All architectural lines and high-tech fabric wizardry, this high-waisted graphic dress is a perfect example. I can imagine Kristen Stewart wearing this to a premiere and exuding ‘It’ girl cool. I also predict a riot when it hits the Vuitton stores (right about now).

The a/w Saint Laurent girl was the epitome of Sixties rock chick. But, as usual, take away the ubiquitous black eyeliner and angst-ridden posturing, and there’s a whole bunch of very viable wardrobe options in there. These glittery gold knee boots are just too rock-tastic for words, and I am happy to report they also come in black.



The Gucci show was an unashamed homage to Carnaby Street cool – all pastel colours, kinky boots and lashings of furry textures. This powder-blue shearling coat was one of the standout pieces. It is perfect here with worn-in denim and Chelsea boots, but I can’t think of much it wouldn’t work with. Check out ELLE’s new favourite label, Shrimps, for slightly wallet-friendlier options.


Carven’s silhouettes often make a nod to Sixties style, with this white coat (far left) being the perfect example. It feels very retro jet set, and I could imagine Jane Birkin wearing it with some flat pumps and oversized shades, riding in a sports car with Serge. Meanwhile, back on planet Earth, the high street has done some fantastic versions with Topshop offering some very fine ones indeed.






he Sixties is one of those eras that seem to pop up on the catwalk with clockwork regularity and, this autumn/winter, it’s come around again. From Marianne Faithfull lookalikes at Saint Laurent to mod girls at Gucci, you couldn’t move for knee-high boots and knicker-grazing hemlines. This time, the Sixties girl has a rockier edge. Less First Lady, more first in line for a party at Warhol’s Factory. Fabrics get a luxe makeover, so downtown chic has a distinctly uptown feel. Let me talk you through my favourite pieces…


Photography: Matthew Eades, Jason Lloyd-Evans, Anthea Simms. Illustrations: Anne-Marie Curtis.

Sixties shapes have been propelled into 2014 with fresh fabrics and a modern attitude, says ELLE’s Anne-Marie Curtis




There’s no universal shade of bronze to suit everyone, so shop around to find the right one for you. Generally, light tawny or peach (not orange) tones work on pale skin, richer honeys are gorgeous on fair and mid-tone skin, caramels look great on olive skin and deep, more red-based sienna tones are spot on for darker skin. Don’t stray too far from your natural colouring – a couple of shades warmer will give you a genuine-looking holiday glow.




Bronze rules


Photography: 3 Objectives, Benoît Audureau, Jason Lloyd-Evans, Stephanie Sian Smith. For shopping details, see Address Book.


I like matte bronzers for daytime – Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons (3), £47, and Rimmel Natural Bronzer (5), £5.99, are staples in my kit. Team them with a pop of colour on cheeks to avoid looking ‘beige’. Shimmery bronzers are great for the evening, and are also good for highlighting. But be wary of anything too glittery, especially in the morning when the light is cold – the key here is to look fresh and naturally tanned.




The sun-kissed look: so hard to resist, so easy to get wrong. Lisa Eldridge gives you her fail-safe guide



ho doesn’t love having gently sun-kissed skin, especially when it isn’t reliant on the weather? But before you reach for your bronzer, remember that, although it can make your complexion look fresh, healthy and radiant, it’s also easy to get wrong. Choose a colour that doesn’t work for you and apply it patchily, and you’ll end up with a dirty-looking, muddy finish. But with these tried-and-tested pro tips, you’ll get it right every time.

Cream, powder or gel? Powder blends easily – Mac and Bobbi Brown have a ton of shades. Apply translucent powder first if you’re using bronzer over a liquid base – this counteracts tackiness so you won’t be left with a patchy finish. Cream bronzers give a soft, dewy look and can be used to contour if you’ve got a tan – try Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base (1), £32, or Nars The Multiple (4), £30. Gels like Dior Hydralife Pro-Youth Skin Tint SPF20 (2), £29.50, give a sheer wash of colour.

The biggest mistake you can make with bronzer is to apply it with a huge brush all over your face – this will only make it look flat. Instead, slowly build it up to define and contour. Gently sweep colour on to cheekbones, then join up at the temples and forehead, brushing a little over the bridge of the nose and the centre of the neck to blend. Once you’ve finished the basic application, you can do the rest of your make-up, then analyse and take it up or down accordingly.


There’s nothing worse than stripes of product on the skin, so it’s important to blend well. Dry cotton wool discs are great to buff and lightly blend colour into the hairline, and also remove any excess colour (for example, around the eyebrows). And remember, your face has to blend in with the rest of your body, so don’t forget about your neck, chest and any other exposed skin.


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Above: Leather shoes, £580, Stella McCartney Far left: Wool jacket, £369, Tiger of Sweden. Cashmere jumper, £1,190, Ralph Lauren Collection. Wool skirt (worn throughout), £423, Tibi. Acetate sunglasses, £579, Dolce & Gabbana. Gold-plated earcuff, £60, Thomas Sabo. Gold ring (on index finger, worn throughout), £89, H.Samuel. Gold-plated and topaz ring (on little finger, worn throughout), £89.95, Elizabeth and James. Leather bag, £225, L.K. Bennett


Choose muted colours and pastels to avoid looking paintbox-bright


Code red

Listen up. Everyone can wear red to work. Here’s how

Right: Brushed wool coat, £350, Designers Remix. Leather boots, £99.99, H&M Studio. Leather notebook, £155, Smythson Far right: Laminated wool-tweed coat, £299, Hobbs. Cotton shirt, £39.99, Mango. Cotton trousers, £195, Pinko. Leather shoes, £250, Kurt Geiger. Gold necklace, £175, Astley Clarke. Leather bag, £199, Hobbs. Cotton-mix socks, £3.30, Uniqlo


Colourful knee-high boots rely on a more casual cut


Styling: Donna Wallace. Photography: James O. Roberts, Anthea Simms. Hair and make-up: Jaimee Thomas at Frank Agency using Radical Skincare and Bumble and bumble. Manicure: Ami Streets at LMC Worldwide using Chanel S 2014 and Body Excellence Nourishing And Rejuvenating Hand Cream. Model: Bruna Pellenz at Elite Model Management. For shopping details, see Address Book.

Left: Wool-mix coat, £119.99, Mango. Cotton jumper, £155, Sandro. Cotton shirt (worn underneath), £265, Marc Cain. Polyester trousers, £210, Bimba Y Lola. Leather shoes, £430, Tod’s. Leather bag, £315, Michael Michael Kors Far left: Wool-mix coat, cotton jumper, polyester trousers and leather bag, all as before



Above: Wool-mix coat, £185, and leather boots, £165, both & Other Stories. Cashmere top, £115, Cos. Wool shorts, £180, Zadig & Voltaire. Pearl and howlite necklace, £240, Estelle Dévé. Faux-leather bag, £29, New Look Left: Laminated wool-tweed coat, cotton trousers and cotton-mix socks, all as before. Patent-leather shoes, £550, Marni Right: Brushed wool coat and leather boots, both as before. Leather bag, £765, Longchamp


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From above left: Leather boots, £135, Cos. Polycarbonate glasses, £10, River Island. Velvet rucksack, £185, Sandro. Leather hat, £1,300, Tod’s. Howlite and gold-plated earrings, £145, Estelle Dévé. Denim cape, £255, Marques’Almeida



Compiled by: Charlie Gowans-Eglinton. Photography: 3 Objectives, Anthea Simms. For shopping details, see Address Book.

Introduce raw fabrics, hard edges and 1970s shapes to your look




From left: Woolmix jumper, £595, Mother Of Pearl. Denim jeans, £225, 7 For All Mankind. Cotton dress, £65, Asos. Cotton-canvas bag, £1,000, Olympia Le-Tan. Gold-plated thimble necklace, £165, and goldplated and silver scissors necklace, £180, both Alex Monroe. Leather shoes, £430, Carven

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From left: Leather boots, £650, Rayne. Leather, onyx and crystal clutch, £280, Lizzie Fortunato. Gold-plated and felt pin cushion ring, £225, Alex Monroe. Cotton-mix jacket, £790, Ç x Façonnable by Mira Mikati. Satin-crepe and Perspex bag, £765, Charlotte Olympia

Compiled by: Charlie Gowans-Eglinton. Photography: 3 Objectives, Anthea Simms. For shopping details, see Address Book.

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‘This biker jacket-cum-coat is the ultimate hybrid Sacai piece. It sums up the boldness of the season’ Leather-mix jacket, £3,330, Sacai

ANNE-MARIE CURTIS FASHION DIRECTOR Leather boots, £885, Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane

MICHELLE DUGUID ACTING SENIOR FASHION EDITOR Leather boots, £1,020, Valentino Garavani



Compiled by: Emma Sells. Photography: Kit Lee. For shopping details, see Address Book.

Faux-leather and rubber boots, £355, Stella McCartney


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‘These conversation-piece rings will make you friends’

LORRAINE CANDY EDITORIN-CHIEF Polyester-mix dress, £875, Simone Rocha


Blue and green pyrite and bronze rings, £430 each, and mother of pearl rings, £355 each, all Delfina Delettrez for Fendi



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BELT Leather, £75, L.K.Bennett

BAG Leather, £345, Kate Spade New York

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BAG Leather, £695, Sophie Hulme


BAG Leather, £189, Radley

Styling: Harriet Stewart. Photography: 3 Objectives, James O. Roberts. Hair and make-up: Laurey Simmons using Chanel Les Beiges All-In-One Healthy Glow Fluid and S 2014. Models: Valentina Duric at Next Model Management and Eydis Evensen at Elite Model Management London. For shopping details, see Address Book.

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HAT Wool, £12, Monki

SUNGLASSES Acetate, £145, RetroSuperFuture

SANDALS Leather and ponyskin, £110, Kurt Geiger


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Nylon jacket, £55, Topshop. Silk-chiffon top, £39, & Other Stories. Plastic sunglasses, £175, Sunday Somewhere. Silver earrings, £8, Accessorize. Metal bracelet, £10, Cos. Shorts, sandals, bag and watch, all Natalie’s own

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Natalie Grogan, 24, graphic designer

Shannon Sanders, 26, nurse

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THELIFEAQUATIC Nautical stripes + navy + white = effortless seaside dressing in Whitstable. Mr Whippy and small dog, optional INSIDER’S GUIDE TO WHITSTABLE

Brunch… at Royal Native Oyster Stores 1 to get your fill of (whitstableoystercompany.com) ● Whitstable’s famous oysters Sample… seaside-staple ice creams in not-so-everyday flavours (we loved Chilli Red) at 4 (sundaesundae.co.uk) Browse… Sundae Sundae ● 5 one-of-a-kind fashion at The Clothes Horse ●

Helen Diamond, 24, PR manager

Sarah Ilston, 26, fashion assistant, with Monty the dog

Nemi Ariweriokuma, 25, blogger

Cottoncoat,£59.99, Zara.Cottontop,£25, French Connection. Cottontrousers,£69, Noa Noa.Leather shoes,£75,Dr. Martens.Plastic sunglasses,£250, Tom Ford.Metal bracelets,£3.99and £5.99,bothH&M. Cottonsocks,£4, Topshop.The ClothesHorse necklaceand bag,andrings, allHelen’sown

Cotton top, £89, Jigsaw. Leather culottes, £605, Club Monaco. Jimmy Choo shoes, Nemi’s own







The best of workwear style. This month: Sony Music

Joanna Weir Art & Photography Commissioner Boots, Swedish Hasbeens. Tights, Falke. Dress and jewellery, all vintage


Vanessa Howard PA to President of RCA Jumper, Topshop. Skirt, Zara. Sandals, Aldo. Earrings, American Apparel. Bracelet (just seen), Hermès. Ring, Tiffany


EMMA SECCOMBE ‘The indie-rock artists I work with heavily influence my look’

‘I love vintage dresses that remind me of 1960s soul’

Emma Seccombe Label Manager, Red Topshop. Top, . T-shirt (worn underneath), . Jeans, Asos. Superga. American . Necklace, Laura Michael . Bracelets and rings, all vintage


IMRAN MALIK ‘My hair is always pretty out-there; I change it every couple of months’

Imran Malik Publicist Shirt, Topman. Jeans, Levi’s. Shoes, Underground. Jewellery, all vintage


Marla Altschuler Digital Channel Manager, RCA Jacket and trousers, both Kooples. Necklace, Free City T-shirt and ring, both vintage


Samantha Sewell Senior TV Promotions Manager Shirt, Topshop. Jeans, Zara. Shoes, Asos. Hat and jewellery, all vintage

MARLA ALTSCHULER ‘I’ve got a treasured archive of vintage band T-shirts. Some are so thin, I don’t risk wearing them now’

Compiled by: Gillian Brett. Photography: Silvia Olsen.

Sarah Hall Senior Publicist Top, Topshop. Skirt, H&M. Earrings, Forever 21. Watch, Armani

‘I spend my life running from the office to gigs, so comfort is key’



Right: Vogel is a fan of texture: ‘ Silk, cashmere, feathers…’ Far right: With dogs Rosey and Beryl


‘Oh my god, it’s terrible!’ yells Annina Vogel theatrically, opening her wardrobe to reveal what resembles a well-stocked boutique: pair after pair of J Brand and Superfine jeans, endless J.Crew cotton trousers, the same Toupy silk blouse in every colour of the rainbow, a skyscraper pile of cashmere and roughly one million white T-shirts. ‘When I know what I like, I buy it over and over again. I’ve got an addictive personality.’ She’s also got a big personality: spending the morning with the 38-year-old London jewellery designer at her Primrose Hill home is like being sucked into a whirlwind. She’s flamboyant, emotional, talks at warp speed and tells us about her sex life within minutes of meeting her, in between hollering at her two dogs, Rosey and Beryl, when they jump on her bed with their muddy paws. I imagine she’d be great fun on

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a night out – not to mention well attired. She fondly pulls out a vintage black and white sequined cape-style top, once owned by her late mother and a Vogel party favourite. She is too busy for hedonism right now, though, with her six-year-old business booming. It would be quicker to list the celebrities who don’t wear her exquisite repurposed Victorian charm necklaces: Kate Moss, Sarah Jessica Parker and Lily Allen are among her many fans. She’s now stocked in Liberty and Selfridges, but it all started as a childhood hobby. Aged eight, Vogel bought her first charm – a gold dachshund dog – while

Words: Kerry Potter. Photography: Kit Lee. Hair and make-up: Laurey Simmons using Aveda and Mac.

The jewellery designer on her love of vintage, her jeans addiction and why her wardrobe tells a story

Vintage clothes, jewellery and trinkets fill the designer’s home

Annina’s favourite vintage jewellery shops: 1. Gaslight & Shadows Antiques, San Francisco (gaslightshadows.com) 2. S. J. Phillips, London (sjphillips.com)




living in San Francisco with her mother, an antiques dealer. But it wasn’t until her early 30s that Vogel found her calling: first she studied nutrition and photography, before working in fashion retail and TV. Then, after her mother passed away six years ago, she found solace in antique chains and charms, making pieces for friends. The boutique Start London agreed to stock a few of her necklaces; after spotting them there, Sadie Frost commissioned a bespoke one as a gift for Kate Moss; Moss was photographed in it and – bang! – hello, big time. ‘It’s been organic. I have no backers, no partners – it’s just me,’ says Vogel, who scours antiques fairs worldwide to source her charms. For Vogel, the appeal of vintage charms is that they tell a story. ‘They have meaning, even if sometimes it’s hidden – lockets with things inside them, for


example. I’m very sentimental.’ Her own charm bracelet ‘tells the story of my life’ and includes a Mexican sombrero that reminds her of her childhood days in San Francisco, where she lived until she was 12. This love of narrative translates to her wardrobe, and she hoards pieces that hold memories: the YSL snakeskin shoes that remind her of a pair her mother owned, the Gucci bag an ex-boyfriend bought her on holiday years ago. Her style is eclectic: ‘I like loud colours, leopard print, fishnet tights. And texture: silk, cashmere, feathers. I layer on the jewellery, and make everything else work around it.’ Vogel’s masterclass on how to do jewellery? ‘Wear odd numbers: five necklaces or three rings. Don’t forget earrings: get more piercings done and wear mismatched studs. And don’t wear rings on your middle finger – they look cooler on the fingers either side,’ she says, waving her bejewelled hands with a flourish. We wouldn’t dare argue.







Above: Annina’s collection of luxe hangbags

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My mom flew with me to the rehab centre. It was miserably cold, so we had to stop [on the way to the airport] at a thrift shop to buy an old coat, as I didn’t have one. I wrapped myself up tight in it while I cried in the passenger seat. That first day at the treatment centre was the scariest of my life. As I lay in the tiny, bare room, crying and clutching a stuffed lion that Mom had given me, I worried what people would think. I was battling an eating disorder – but I knew people would assume I was here for other things. Sure, I’ve written songs about partying, but my dirty little secret is that I’m actually incredibly responsible. I take my music and career very seriously, and certainly didn’t land in this situation from partying. But I was cut off from the outside world and I imagined people


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Kesha posted this picture on her Instagram, shortly after leaving rehab



making up stories at a time when what I really needed was support. But what had landed me in here? Well, I had just got home after ending my biggest worldwide tour to date. It had been a long, amazing year of work, so I was understandably exhausted. I had felt like this before, though, so at first I took it all in my stride. But this post-tour exhaustion felt different, and it wasn’t going away. For weeks, I barely had enough energy to get out of bed. My body was shutting down, and I knew why. I’ve always tried to be a crusader for loving yourself, but I’d been finding it harder and harder to do personally. I felt like part of my job was to be as skinny as possible, and to make that happen, I had been abusing my body. I just wasn’t giving it the energy it needed to keep me healthy and strong. My brain told me to just suck it up and press on, but in my heart I knew that something had to change. So I made the decision to practise what I preach. I put my career on hold and sought treatment. I had to learn to treat my body with respect. I wasn’t always this way. We moved around a lot when I was young, and I learned my outspoken and eccentric ways from my mother. It was when I got to middle school in Nashville, Tennessee, that I started to become aware of just how much I didn’t fit in. Ever since I can remember, I got bullied at school because I was different. Normal girls in the normal neighbourhood where we lived were supposed to be pretty and quiet, and look perfect. At home, my mom told me not to worry about what other kids thought and to be proud to be myself. But that’s easier said than done. To cope, I dedicated myself to my music, working on it every day until, when I was 18, in 2005, I was signed by a record label. Suddenly, it was OK to be different. I had fun with my style. I wore my hair in a mohawk and did my make-up like Alice Cooper. If someone


called me pretty, I’d sneer and smear more glitter on my face. I didn’t want to be just pretty – I was wild, crazy and free. I talked about sex, about drinking. When men do that, it’s rock and roll, but when I did it, people assumed I was a train wreck. I played confident but still felt like an outcast. The music industry has set unrealistic expectations for what a body is supposed to look like, and I started becoming overly critical of my own body because of that. I felt like people were always lurking, trying to take pictures of me with the intention of putting them up online or printing them in magazines and making me look terrible. I became scared to go in public, or even use the internet. I may have been paranoid, but I also saw and heard enough hateful things to fuel that paranoia. So I stood up for myself the only way I knew how: through my music, writing songs like We R Who We R, Warrior, and Love into The Light. At some point, though, those words didn’t ring true to me any more. I felt like a liar, telling people to love themselves as they are, while I was being hateful to myself and really hurting my body. I wanted to control things that weren’t in my power, but I was controlling the wrong things. I convinced myself that being sick, being skinny, was part of my job. It felt safer somehow. My closest friends saw I needed help. I knew I needed help too, but didn’t know how to ask for it. My body wasn’t taking it any more, though – I was mentally and physically exhausted. So finally, on a cold December day, I called my mom in tears from a gas station. I told her I just couldn’t do it any more. She had only been mildly aware of what was going on – rehab had been in the back of my mind, sure, but it was only on that day, at my lowest, it became a reality. So on 2 January 2014, I went into a rehabilitation centre. I got up at 5:30am every day. There were no phones, no

cameras. It’s all part of the process: in two months of alone time, I started getting to know myself again. In therapeutic groups, I talked through my most intimate details with total strangers, excavating traumatic events and working through them. I was terrified, and vulnerable. For the first week, I barely spoke. One day, I felt brave enough to start participating. Slowly, the load was being lifted from my shoulders. I was there for two months in total, and during that time I began to feel a shift in my mentality and really started to understand my own self-worth. I started to not worry as much about what other people thought of me. I could focus on my music and my happiness and not what I looked like. I knew I was ready to leave when I’d gained enough confidence to get on a plane knowing there would be paparazzi at the airport at the other end. I was right – they were there. But this time, when I saw the pictures, I felt OK. This is an uncomfortable story for me to share but if one person seeks help after reading this, I’m happy I have. I feel stronger now. Strong enough to admit that I needed help, and strong enough to have faced it head on. I’m not fully fixed – I am a person in progress, but I want to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Even I need to be reminded that we are who we are. And when I say that, I f *cking mean it, now more than ever. If you, or someone you know, is affected by an eating disorder, go to b-eat.co.uk

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White was the colour that novelist Nell Freudenberger (left) thought she’d walk down the aisle in. Until scarlet caught her eye…


ourtshipisfamouslybadpreparationformarriage. But shopping for a wedding dress is good preparation for a wedding, in that the fantasy in your head is very unlikely to unfold just as you imagine it. When I got engaged, I had in the back of my mind a morning spent in elegant bridal salons, trying on breathtaking gowns while my mother and sister gasped, exclaimed, and perhaps dabbed their eyes with tissues. Afterwards, we would enjoy a bistro lunch. I hate shopping, and the relationship between my mother and sister is delicate at best, but still the idea persisted – part of a wedding fantasy that had probably been percolating since I was five years old. Around that age, I can remember playing dress-up in my mother’s wedding gown: a purple taffeta minidress with a chiffon overlay and a stiff Elizabethan collar, made for her by the costume designer at the repertory theatre where my father was directing at the time. On me, the dress


fell to the floor, and, with its purple satin sash and appliquéd floral design, it was perfect for playing princess or fairy, if not exactly right for ‘bride’. My mother described this dress to the young salesgirls on the day we started shopping for my gown, adding the joking caveat: ‘It was the Seventies.’ The salesgirls nodded politely. My mother had married before, in a long white dress at age 22; the marriage had lasted only a year and a half. The purple dress was meant to be dramatic, fun, and, above all, different from what had come before, like the decade of its creation. By the time I started searching for a dress for myself, though, it looked temporary and a little outlandish. My mother, sister and I visited three bridal salons that day – classic establishments where I climbed on to wooden boxes in dress after dress, expecting to be transformed. ‘It’s pretty,’ my mother would say. ‘But I’m not sure it does anything for you.’ Or: ‘I think you could do better.’ Every time she offered one of these assessments, my sister rolled her eyes and silently mouthed: ‘I love it.’ But my mother was right: white isn’t my colour, and with my basically straight figure (breast-less, waist-less, hip-less),


Photography: Amani Willett. The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger (Penguin), is out now.

MEMOIR importantly, when I stepped out of the dressing room, I felt like myself – albeit a much more fabulous version. As if on cue, my favourite Belle & Sebastian song started playing over the sound system. Suddenly, it meant most of them were unflattering. We didn’t find a dress that something to me that my mother had worn purple and I would wear red; her marriage to my father hadn’t lasted, day and, if we went out to lunch, I have succeeded in erasing it from my memory. but it would be hard for either of us to call it a failure. And Like many men and women of my generation, who are my dress was the colour brides traditionally wear in India as likely to have divorced parents as not, I was terrified of and China: in those cultures, red symbolises good fortune; marriage. My husband and I talked about our parents’ white is considered funereal. Both places had meant a divorces on our first date: both marriages had been great deal to me in my work, and I’d always thought Indian tumultuous, and the divorces that concluded them were brides, with their red saris and delicately painted hands, drawn-out and messy. Talking about them was easy, were the most beautiful. I was hardly going to get away though, and oddly romantic. The upside to watching the with a sari, but it took me only a few moments to edit the film of the wedding in my head to include a bride in red. marriage you know best blow up is that the pitfalls seem tragically clear; the downside is that you know exactly how I decided not to tell my husband that I was going to wear hard it is to avoid them. red, but I said that the dress would be a surprise. I did tell About a year after we first met, I broke up with him our friends, who got creative with their gifts: we received without warning and then spent the next 24 hours crying a set of sheets with our nicknames (too embarrassing to about it. When my best friend asked why I’d done it, reveal here) embroidered in red thread, and my husband’s I said I was afraid I was wasting time – that he wasn’t the groomsmen got him a customised surfboard, inscribed person I was going to marry. Looking back, I think it was with my first name in crimson script. probably the opposite: I was afraid because I knew he was. The wedding was to be held where we’d met, at a friend’s The next morning, I appeared at his door at 6:30am, farm in Long Island, in September; so the colour was begging for forgiveness with lilacs and bagels. seasonally appropriate as well. My husband is in many ways the man I’d always hoped There are many moments when you’re supposed to to marry: he is open-minded and kind, with a sarcastic ‘know’ you’ve met the right person: at first sight, on the first sense of humour. He’s older than I am, like a lot of the date, at the proposal. If I’m honest with myself, I wasn’t men I dated in the past; unlike most of them, he’s an completely sure at any of those times. The night before the architect rather than a writer. (Many ceremony, I couldn’t sleep – and the next wonderful couples are made up of two morning my nervousness hadn’t abated. ‘SUDDENLY, IT writers, but I’ve concluded that I supply It wasn’t until I was standing at the enough self-involved neurosis for one MEANT SOMETHING bottom of a hill – waiting to walk through household.) He is also tall and lanky, field where we’d camped together THAT MY MOTHER the just my type, with a craggy kind of for the past three summers – that I knew. handsomeness. The only thing that HAD WORN PURPLE I can describe it only by saying that a wasn’t as I imagined was his hair: I’d kind of calm descended on me: a feeling AND I WOULD never pictured myself with a redhead. of being the person I am when I’m alone, WEAR RED’ My mother, who really does have a only not alone any more. good fashion eye (in spite of that purple I was no longer afraid I was marrying dress), thought we ought to try dress shopping again. The the wrong person, but I was a little bit afraid that the right gowns in the next shop we chose were organised by person – standing in front of a copper arch that he’d made beautiful, unusual colour, and distinguished by a lot of himself, and that matched the colour of his hair in the sun chiffon, netting and meticulous details: a row of tiny – was going to hate the dress. When he saw me, he looked down and laughed, as if he thought he covered buttons, or corset lacing at the back of a sash. They should have guessed, and then back to were dresses that rocked, but in a totally ladylike way. I put one on, walked out of the dressing room, and thought I’d me with a smile of recognition that found ‘it’. It was ivory chiffon, with a round neck and cap made it clear he couldn’t care less what sleeves, a narrow band of transparent fabric from the I was wearing. That moment of humour neckline to the waist, and a tiered flamenco skirt with a net and connection, in the midst of all the crinoline. I loved it, and my mother agreed that it ‘did fuss, is what I remember best about our Nell on her wedding something’ for me. We had almost decided when she pulled wedding – one thing that was even better day in 2006 from the rack its twin, only in a deep scarlet. The crinoline than I expected. was red satin, with black netting underneath. ‘Who gets to wear that dress?’ I asked. ‘Try it on,’ my DON’T MISS OUT ELLE Wedding, the stylish woman’s mum said. ‘Just for fun.’ wedding magazine, is launching on 9 September. Pre-order your copy now at elleuk.com/order Red is a better colour for me than white. More




Galactic cowboy, Armani model and soon-to-be Disney prince. It’s easy to see why Chris Pine has cornered the market in all-American heroes. Annabel Brog meets the cerebral action man


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am in a suite in London’s Corinthia Hotel trying to read Chris Pine’s mind. I do not mean metaphorically; I am quite literally attempting to use Neuro-Linguistic Programing (NLP) on him. NLP is a method of analysing someone’s body language and speech patterns in order to communicate with them more easily (or, in the case of police interrogators, to tell if they’re lying). I learned it onceon a journalismtraining day, and I’m using itnowtotrytobondwithasurprisinglynervousactionhero. We are perched either side of a table, and Pine ispressed so far back in his chair I think it might topple over. He’s taking a long time to respond to questions, which, I think, is a way of managing a scenario he finds excruciating. A couple of times – specifically when asked to analyse himself – he becomes wary, heading me off with a frus-

trated: ‘I don’t know, I really can’t answer that question.’ ‘Well what do you want me to ask you?’ I ask desperately, after this happens a second time. ‘I find interviews so difficult that I couldn’t say, really,’ he replies evenly, and eyeballs me. At least he’s honest. And so, the NLP. Useful in theory, difficult in practice. Who has the time, during an interview, to work out if someone responds best to what they see, what they hear, or what they feel? Well me, apparently, when the interview includes long silences. And I notice that Pine looks down before he speaks, his words are slow and measured and, asked to describe anything, he does so in terms of how he feels. Pine, I conclude, falls into the NLP category of being ‘kinaesthetic’ (less than a fifth of people are, and I’m not one of them), which means he computes things through his bodily sensations and feelings. For instance, when he describes his house, which he has been designing for the past year, it’s not in terms of aesthetic. ‘It’s comfortable. It’s warm. It immediately lets me relax; it creates a particular mood for me,’ he says. ‘It reminds me of certain things about my childhood. It’s a good place to go.’ He’s the same about his cars: ‘I like the handling of [the sports car], that you have control of the wheel, the power steering doesn’t take over. The [people carrier] is wonderfully comfortable. I’m sensitive to things, so if I’m going to be sitting in something for long periods of time, I’d better enjoy it.’ Once I have the kinaesthetic thing nailed, and change tack accordingly, we’re on a roll. I ask how he feels about things, Pine answers in terms of his feelings, and the conversation expands. Thank god. It’s hard, before meeting him, not to form assumptions about Chris Pine. First, there are the roles that have made him famous, from co*cky renegade Starship Enterprise Captain Jim Kirk in the updated Star Trek films, to CIA operative in the rebooted Jack Ryan franchise. Second, just take a look at the guy: aqua eyes, button nose, rosebud lips, perfect teeth, ripped body. He’s a timeless pinup in the vein of Newman, Redford or Pitt. (Pine feels the latter has embraced the professional opportunities offered by ageing: ‘Someone like Brad Pitt is so great looking that I think, for him, it was probably a hindrance in the early part of his career, though as he’s got older you’ve been able to see how he got out of it.’) But anyone expecting Pine to be just another pretty boy actor is going to be surprised. Sure, he fits the stereotype in some ways. When he arrives at the ELLE shoot, almost comatose with jet lag, he downs a double flat white ›





and roars: ‘Oh yeah. Bring it home!’ in the most gratifyingly frat-boy manner (Pine is 33,although he looks 24, greying beard notwithstanding). Growing up, Top Gun was one of his favourite films. He actually says: ‘Pshaw!’ to express disbelief. I’ve never heard that in real life, but the noise Pine makes – a whoosh bouncing around the cavityof his mouth –is unmistakably ‘pshaw’. But if Pine looks and sounds like an allAmerican surfer dude, his brain doesn’t follow suit. He’s intense. A fair amount of the interview is spent discussing different actors’ approaches to Shakespeare: Jude Law, Mark Rylance, Tom Hiddleston… (the ‘pshaw!’ popped out when Pine said he would love to tackle ‘the Scottish play’, and I told him Michael Fassbender has just wrapped on it). Pine studied Shakespeare for his English degree at Berkeley, but claims he didn’t show a natural aptitude: ‘I did HenryV’s St Crispin’s Day speech in a huge outdoor amphitheatre. I remember my acting teacher grilling me because my voice wasn’t powerful enough to carry. She would sit in the front row, then she’d sit in the middle and then she’d sit at the top. I had a great deal of fun doing it, but I was no good.’ In 2001, he spent a year as an exchange student at Leeds University, during which time he got into the novels of Graham Greene – ‘I remember really finding it interesting that he struggled a lot with religion’ – and, the day before our interview, he was papped landing in London clutching A. Scott Berg’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of aviator and activist Charles Lindbergh. When he’s relaxed, however, his intellect is tempered with a willingness to laugh at himself. It shows, for instance, when I read out the description of the Armani Code man – Pine is the new face of the fragrance – from the press release, to see how much he feels it reflects the real him. ‘A man with impeccable allure, a strong, naturally magnetic personality that attracts attention,’ I say. ‘That’s a really well-crafted sentence,’ he deadpans. ‘Also: “masterfully elegant”,’ I add. ‘Er… OK.’ There is a pause. ‘He leaves “a sensual trail in his wake”,’ I conclude. Pine grins. ‘I don’t really understand what that means, but it sounds interesting. Although, “trail” makes me think… [he laughs] maybe that’s just the cologne. Look, what can I say to that? I’m very flattered that I was chosen, and if Mr Armani thinks of me that way, its probably the reason I’m sitting here today, and I’m grateful.’ As well as the print campaign, there is a film advert for the aftershave, during which Pine elegantly descends a flight of stairs. It’s a different way of moving to, say, Jack Ryan, who has an all-out action-man running style: chest first, arms pumping, chin up. ‘I definitely worked out my run [he grins again]. For sure. I found a guy who is a runner and a triathlete and all kinds

of stuff, and we talked about the mechanics of it and what your feet should be doing at certain speeds.’ Did he, I venture, run around while the trainer filmed him on a phone, to see the most photogenic version? ‘I did not do that. No,’ then adds, deadpan again: ‘But it’s a great idea and I wish I had.’ Pine has never yet been called on to play ‘ugly’ (as in physically – he’s had his share of nasty characters) in the manner of Christian Bale, Michael Fassbender or Benedict Cumberbatch. He is so very pretty, he doesn’t appear to be able to get away from it in the same way as his contemporaries. ‘How you look, it must, it does, define what you get,’ he admits. ‘You have to push to get certain parts. I did a film called Smokin’ Aces. And originally the casting director wouldn’t see me for the part – a tattooed, redneck hillbilly. I really wanted the part, I pushed for it, I went in and eventually got it. That was definitely one of the big highlights of my career.’ Not, you will note, the big-franchise blockbusters he stars in. The high point is scoring a role where he gets to look (kind of) gross. You can further sense his discomfort with being typecast as a ‘leading man’ when he talks about his co-stars. Of Keira Knightley, with whom he worked on this year’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, he specifically praises her capacity to get away from it all: ‘Keira was lovely and so professional. She’s really invested in it when she has to be, and then she has a great ability to go home to her husband and enjoy her life’. Similarly, he enjoyed taking something of a back seat to Cumberbatch while promoting the second Star Trek film, Into Darkness, last year. ‘What to say about Benedict? He’s a nice man first and foremost. He’s just a lovely guy, he’s not arrogant. He has a tremendous work ethic. When the film came out, it [the surge in fame] was just starting for him. It’s fun to watch a guy like that go on that ride, where people are loving him. I’m so excited for him and anyone who has worked with him would be.’ Later this year, Pine will be seen doing nasty in Horrible Bosses 2, then, at the start of 2015, he’ll be charming as Cinderella’s prince in Disney’s adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods – ‘a beautiful film, lush, and the cast is extraordinary, from Johnny Depp to Meryl Streep.’ He has to sing in the film. There was an awful lot of practice involved. ‘Oh my god, yeah, I had to. It is quite something when you think you are a good singer – and I patted myself on the shoulder many times before I began, thinking, “You got this down, it’s fine” – and then you go in a recording booth and the microphone, just like a camera, will pick up bullsh*t a mile away.’ Mics and cameras aren’t the only ones. I conclude Mr Pine also has a finely honed BS detector. And I’m right, of course. After all, I can read his mind. ● Chris Pine is the face of Armani Code



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CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION Irina (left) wears: Wool jacket, £2,590, Calvin Klein Collection. Ragnhild (right) wears: Mohair coat, £3,355, mohair top, £640, and mohair skirt, £385, all Calvin Klein Collection. Nylon tights, £12, Oroblù

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GIVENCHY BY RICCARDO TISCI Silk-chiffon shirt, £2,150, matching skirt, £3,235, and leather belt, £240, all Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci. Polyamide-mix tights, £16, Falke

BURBERRY Irina (left) wears: Shearling coat, £6,000, silk dress, £1,595, leather boots, £1,195, cashmere scarf, £795, leather belt, £395, and wool and leather bag, £1,195, all Burberry. Polyamide-mix socks, £16, Falke. Ragnhild (right) wears: hand-painted suede coat, £6,000, matching belt, £395, and cashmere scarf, £795, all Burberry. Cotton-mix socks, £13, Falke

ALEXANDER McQUEEN Franzi (left) wears: Crystal-embroidered satin dress, made to order, Alexander McQueen. Irina (right) wears: Embroidered feather cape and matching dress, both made to order, Alexander McQueen

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FENDI Josefin (left) wears: Cashmere jumper, £620, and cotton-canvas skirt, £1,050, both Fendi. Ragnhild (right) wears: Wool coat, £1,720, neoprene top, £380, and silk-chiffon skirt, £1,430, all Fendi

DOLCE & GABBANA Irina (left) wears: Embellished crystal wool-mix dress, £4,970, Dolce & Gabbana. Polyamide-mix tights, £16, Falke. Ragnhild (right) wears: Embellished wool dress, £7,225, Dolce & Gabbana. Leather and crystal shoes, £760, Marni. Polyamide-mix tights, £16, Falke

LANVIN Irina (left) wears: Wool jumper, £1,030, wool-tweed skirt, £2,100, and wool and feather hat, £895, all Lanvin. Franzi (right) wears: Wooltweed jacket, £1,665, wool-tweed skirt, £1,795, wool and feather hat, as before, and cotton gloves, £315, all Lanvin

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SAINT LAURENT BY HEDI SLIMANE Irina (left) wears: Wool cape, £1,415, wool-mix dress, £2,035, patentleather shoes, £575, and wool tights, £155, all Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane. Josefin (centre) wears: Velvet cape, £1,770, leather shoes, £575, and wool tights, £155, all Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane. Franzi (right) wears: Velvet and silk dress, £4,430, leather shoes, £485, and wool tights, £155, all Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane

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LOUIS VUITTON Wool-mix cardigan, £1,100, polyester-mix skirt, £1,120, and leather belt, £450, all Louis Vuitton. Polyamidemix tights, £4.10, Jonathan Aston


JIL SANDER Franzi (left) wears: Wool coat, £1,917, wool waistcoat, £1,215, and wool trousers, £694, all Jil Sander. Cashmere top (worn throughout), £59.90, Uniqlo. Zen (right) wears: Wool jacket, £1,378, and wool trousers, £530, both Jil Sander. Cashmere top, as before


MARC JACOBS Irina (left) wears: Grey, camel and black wool tunic, £1,500, Marc Jacobs. Josefin (right) wears: Camel wool-mix jumper, £790, and camel wool-mix leggings, £790, both Marc Jacobs

RALPH LAUREN COLLECTION Zen (left) wears: Grey wool jumpsuit, £3,290, Ralph Lauren Collection. Franzi (centre) wears: Grey wool jacket, £2,490, and grey wool trousers, £1,490, both Ralph Lauren Collection. Grey wool jumper, £535, Stella McCartney. Irina (right) wears: Lavender cashmere jumper, £1,100, and taupe wool trousers (with belt), £1,390, both Ralph Lauren Collection. Gold earring, model’s own



HERMÈS Franzi (left) wears: Cashmere coat (with belt), £5,605, and cotton shirt, £1,045, both Hermès. Irina (right) wears: Cashmere coat, £3,610, cotton shirt, £855, and wool skirt (with leather belt), £1,710, all Hermès. Polyamide-mix tights, £16, Falke


BOSS Franzi (left) wears: Black wool coat (with belt), £1,400, Boss. Black wool-mix body, £270, Body Editions. Zen (right) wears: Checked black wool coat (with belt), price on request, Boss

EMPORIO ARMANI Grey leather blazer, £1,325, black wool trousers, £415, and black felt hat, £370, all Emporio Armani


MICHAEL KORS Zen (left) wears: Wool coat, £1,320, Michael Kors. Franzi (right) wears: Alpaca-wool cardigan, £905, and wool culottes, £700, both Michael Kors. Alpaca-wool hat, £135, Eugenia Kim. For shopping details, see Address Book. Hair: Romina Manenti for See Management using Oribe. Make-up: Naoko Scintu at Saint Luke using Chanel Les Beiges All-In-One Healthy Glow Fluid and a/w 2014. Manicure: Emma Welsh at Lovely Management using Chanel Autumn Collection and Body Excellence Nourishing And Rejuvenating Hand Cream. Set design: Sarah May at The Magnet Agency. Video: William Paterson. Models: Irina Kulikova, Franzi Mueller, Zen, Ragnhild and Josefin Gustafsson. With thanks to IMG London and Spring Studios


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heryl Cole is talking about her bucket list. The life to-do list that included eating at her dad’s local chippy, skydiving and that tattoo. I suggest that usually only dying people make bucket lists. She nods. ‘That’s why I did it. I got to a point just over a year ago where I felt I was dying. I felt dead inside.’ The Cheryl sitting with me in the empty garden of an East London pub – her fingers clamped around a Marlboro Light – couldn’t be more different from the Cheryl of our past few meetings, when interviewing her felt like chipping at granite. I haven’t seen this happy, luminous woman since 2009, when we sat in her hotel laughing at photos from her early Girls Aloud days, when, she recalls, she pronounced Hervé Léger ‘Harvey Ledger’ and bellybaring tops with bootcut jeans were standard daywear. How sad it was to watch the sweet, insecure girl retreat into her shell, Bambi eyes becoming cold and distant and dimpled smile hardening into a grim mask. Sad, but understandable – I can’t imagine anyone enduring what she has in the past few years without shutting down. ‘There were extreme highs and lows: bang, bang, bang; one thing after another,’ she says. Those lows were obsessively documented in the tabloids, but bear repeating: in 2010, a messy divorce from her husband, footballer Ashley Cole, after a string of humiliating kiss-and-tells, followed by a near-death brush with malaria. In 2011 came a public sacking from The X Factor USA – Cheryl was ousted after just one episode of the show was filmed. She coped the way you might expect of a woman who has been working full-time, and full-throttle, since the age of 19: by working even harder. ‘I didn’t stop and didn’t let anything sink in, because I just couldn’t absorb it.’ This meant pain was piled on top of pain until she reached breaking point. ‘It only hit me at the beginning of 2013 that I’d completely lost myself. I’d look in a mirror and think: “Who the hell is she?” I didn’t know what I thought or felt about anything, couldn’t make decisions – I didn’t even know what to eat or drink.’ Having previously spoken about her battle with depression – something she says runs in the family – it seems likely Cheryl was sinking again. ‘Something was seriously wrong: it felt like a nervous breakdown. I had to stop, get out of the life I’d been living and find ›

‘It hit me that I’d completely lost myself. I’d look in the mirror and think: “Who the hell is she?”’

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myself again. The consequences if I didn’t were just too frightening.’ The grit to fight back was there, though; it always has been. Her background is well-known: single mum, four siblings, a heroin-addict ex and barely a qualification to her name when she left school at 16. I’ve seen the steely inner core that this forged first-hand. I remember watching Cheryl at the Brit Awards in 2010 as she rehearsed for her first live solo performance. That same day, details of her husband’s latest liaison were splashed over every red top. She walked into her dressing room with dignity, then emerged an hour later to perform. She didn’t miss a step or a note – the perfection was as robotic as it was mesmerising. I saw the same determination when Cheryl was 19, back in 2002, having won reality TV show Popstars: The Rivals. Louis Walsh, who put together the group – Nicola, Kimberley, Nadine, Sarah and Cheryl – watched them top the charts with debut single Sound Of The Underground, then stopped taking their calls when the show ended. Cheryl’s response? To phone venues, pushing them to book Girls Aloud. They paid for their own travel, bought their own outfits, did their own make-up. They went on to become the UK’s biggest-selling girl group of the 21st century. Cheryl – now worth an estimated £16m (incidentally, millions more than any other Girls Aloud member) – was never and will never be, a pushover. So why then, at least where Ashley was concerned, did Cheryl silently allow herself to be painted as the victim? Well, she says, mud-slinging isn’t her style: ‘I don’t want to be one of those ex-couples who hate each other. Let it rest and just move on. That’s something that I Iearned from my mum.’ Not only did she refuse to talk about the emotional fallout from the split in the press, she refused to talk about it at all. ‘Even with my closest friends, I was a closed book. They never dared say anything as they knew how fragile I was. Plus, nobody really knew what to say.’ Instead, she hid out in Thailand with bandmates Nicola and Kimberley, ‘smoking cigarettes in silence, looking out to sea’, then holed up in LA for an extended period. Not that it helped. ‘Everywhere you go, your brain goes with you. That becomes the thing you can’t stand.’ It was shortly after this, on a break to Tanzania in July 2010, that she contracted malaria. In typical Cheryl style, she tried to work through what she thought was a bad bout of flu. When she had to be rushed from a photo shoot to A&E, she realised it was far more serious. ‘My mum was told I had 24 hours to live.’ Instead of giving

‘Everywhere you go, your brain goes with you. That becomes the thing you can’t stand’

herself time to recover, though, she took barely a fortnight off. ‘And I was in hospital most of that time.’ Having won over her home turf in three seasons of damp-eyed sincerity on The X Factor – has there ever been a bigger sucker for a back story? – she agreed to be a judge on The X Factor USA. Simon Cowell promised it would kick-start her career over there, but it proved to be just another kick in the guts. Within a matter of weeks, her American dream was over. Cowell didn’t even bother to sack her face to face. The text she sent Simon on receiving the news read: ‘F*ck you. F*ck Fox. F*ck the orange and purple outfit. F*ck big hair. F*ck the UK X Factor. F*ck you all. I hate you.’ By now, every man she put her trust in, from Walsh to Cole to Cowell, had somehow betrayed her. She gives me a wry smile, and leans back in her chair: ‘I can talk about this because I’m OK about it now. But I went through hell and it literally drove me mad. I became so desensitised, you could say terrible things to me and I wouldn’t even think about it. I’d read awful stuff about myself and not blink. I shut down because I didn’t know what else to do.’


umours about why she was dismissed from Cowell’s judging coterie – and replaced with Nicole Scherzinger – circulated, but neither party ever spoke about it publicly. What Cheryl will admit is that it was for the best. ‘Now, I can say that Simon was right to get rid of me. I wasn’t well in the head when that was going on, so it wasn’t going to work. But he wasn’t right not to tell me to my face.’ Overwhelmed by illness, unhappiness and rejection, and after back-to-back tours – first solo, then with Girls Aloud – she ground to a halt. ‘I got calls about going into a studio, but I just couldn’t. I was worried if I threw myself back into another album, I wouldn’t cope. I called everyone and said I had to stop. I stood up for myself. I hadn’t stopped working for 10 years. I was turning 30 and I needed to deal with everything I’d been avoiding.’ She didn’t do therapy, eschewed rehab (‘I’ve seen people drink and do drugs, and that was never going to be me’). Instead, she sat down and wrote her bucket list (‘My f *ck-it list, actually,’ she laughs). Right at the top was ‘dolphins’, and the first trip she booked was to Hawaii to swim with them. ‘It was a beautiful day and we were just off an island. There was a family of them swimming – leaping, brushing past me, showing off. I cried because I was so happy. Actually, it wasn’t exactly the happiness: I was crying because I was feeling emotion, any emotion, after stopping myself feeling for so long.’ And the tattoo (Cheryl’s tattoo artist tweeted an image of her bottom last year, covered in giant inked roses from her lower back to the tops of her thighs), was that on the f *ck-it list too? ‘It’s my roses, my life: some are in bud, some are in bloom. That’s how I felt about myself, coming into flower.’ It might not have been ›

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well-received, but she loves it, and she doesn’t care. ‘And it makes me angry when people try and turn it into a class thing. To me, it’s art and it’s personal.’ If her 20s were defined by men – and she’s self-aware enough to admit they were – Cheryl’s 30s are all about women: specifically, a tight-knit support group she’s had for years. ‘People think they’ll hate 30, but for me the whole thing was incredible. I felt like an old, wet raincoat was falling off my shoulders. And it made me closer to my friends than ever.’ She spent the day itself with 25 of them at a house she’d rented in Malibu. Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh – ‘the two girls who saved my life’ – gave her 30 presents, including a Chopard ring with three diamonds to represent their friendship. ‘But the most amazing gift was a surprise. They told me to close my eyes, and when I opened them, a lady dressed as a mermaid was swimming in my pool! I burst into tears. I hired a plane the next day and we all went to Vegas, then went back to the house for a party. We had a barbecue and everyone was dancing to stupid songs. I laughed like I hadn’t laughed since I was 19.’ Nineteen was just before she shot to fame in Girls Aloud.


o the start of her fourth decade has been good to her – and it shows. ‘I spent a year doing all the things I haven’t had time for. Baking, playing with my nephews and nieces, seeing my dad, being with my mum, walking my dogs [Buster and Coco]. And sitting with Kimberley just talking and talking.’ Cheryl was the first friend Kimberley told she was pregnant. ‘I cried,’ she laughs. ‘I was so happy because I love her so much. When I do finally grow up, she’s the woman I want to be. You open my front door and it’s chaos, suitcases bursting with clothes, nephews running around. You open hers and it’s perfect, everything is in place, there’s food in the fridge, scented candles burning, soft music playing. I go there and I feel calm. And now I’ll be going to look after her baby. I’m getting a Moses basket for my house because the baby is going to be part of my life, too. I honestly can’t wait.’ And is there any envy that it’s not her expecting a baby? ‘I thought I had every box ticked, career and personal. I was the first to get married. I was the one everyone thought would be the first to have a baby. And then the rug got pulled out from under me. I’ve learned there is no such thing as a plan. You can’t make them. I’m just enjoying finding out who I am. That’s good enough right now.’ Having returned to The X Factor judging seat, she is obviously on good terms with Cowell now, but it took a while. ‘I don’t bear grudges. All that toxicity poisons you.’ It takes a woman, not a girl, to handle a man like that – and it was Cheryl who broke the ice after their falling out. On his birthday, she organised for a plane to fly over his LA home with a banner that read: ‘Simon Cowell is 52 today! Ha ha ha! Love Cheryl xoxo.’ Another tick on the

f*ck-it list, then? She laughs: ‘I had to make the first move. He sent me a text immediately saying, “I.AM.GONNA. KILL.U,” then the next day asked me to see him.’ Perhaps, she thinks, Cowell had been just a bit scared of her. ‘I actually understand him more than he’d ever dream I do,’ she says. ‘I get him enough to know he just couldn’t tell me to my face. I was angry when it happened but I’ve learnt a lot about the industry I’m in. It’s run by men and I have to deal with that, to have the confidence to make the moves, take the decisions.’ The thawing in relations was instant once the pair were face to face. ‘I went to his house. He apologised for the way he’d handled things and we had a nice evening. We started to meet up and he’d always ask me to go back to The X Factor.’ Before Cheryl first agreed to appear on the UK series back in 2008, it took Cowell three years of begging. She made him wait this time, too – I suspect she understands that someone like Cowell appreciates things more if they don’t come easily. ‘I always took great pleasure in turning him down,’ she smiles. It has to be said, the show has been lacking a certain sweet-natured charm since her departure. She picked her moment to backtrack (and, one suspects, made sure the money was right: she’s reportedly signed a £1.5m deal). ‘I felt I was ready to do it.’ She’s been working on her music, too. I’ve listened to some of her new album, and the songs sound like they were written by, or for, a woman in control. Quirky and upbeat, there isn’t a single sad song on there. There could have been, though – courtesy of Nicola Roberts. ‘She sent me a song I couldn’t sing because it broke me just to listen to it. The words were her perspective on what I’d been going through and there’s a line: “It’s so silent / Everyone is quiet / They are just waiting for their hands / To catch my heart.”’ Cheryl cries as she tells me. ‘I know I’m really lucky because none of what I’ve been through broke me. It actually taught me everything I’m going to need for the rest of my life. I love feeling that I’m strong because I have good women at my side. And I don’t give a f *ck what people think any more.’ ● Crazy Stupid Love is out 20 July



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He’s gone from designing outfits for dolls to dressing the First Lady. ELLE’s Rebecca Lowthorpe talks to the talented and charismatic man tipped to transform Hugo Boss


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Photography Thomas Lohr

Right after the Hugo Boss show in New York in February, I go in search of Jason Wu. The 31-year-old Taiwanese-born designer has just made his debut as artistic director for the European mega-brand in a skyscraper overlooking Manhattan, with a striking industrial set of mirrored blocks and green foliage intended to reflect the architectural rigour of the Boss headquarters in Metzingen, Germany. Everything about this show is pitched to impress. On every level, you sense the importance of the occasion for a brand intent on transforming its status from a billion-pound menswear behemoth into a womenswear brand that wants to play in New York’s big league. You only have to look at the money-is-no-object front row: Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Diane Kruger and Benedict Cumberbatch (the subject of frenzied tweets and Instagrams as he chats with his neighbour, Anna Wintour). Then there’s the casting of the world’s most sought-after models, including Edie Campbell in a rich black skirt suit and purposeful flat black ›


Her choice was hardly random; you can imagine the kind of House Of Cards-style screening that went into such a major political decision. Jason Wu is a young designer whose backstory reads like a case study on how to achieve The American Dream. He must have been asked to trot it out in every interview he’s ever done, must be sick to the back teeth of it – but he’s all charm and patience when we meet a few days later in Boss’ shiny New York showroom. Perched on a suitably austere charcoal sofa, wearing a sharp, equally on-brand suit, he radiates industriousness. Does he ever have any downtime, I wonder? ‘I just went to Hawaii for 10 days, the first vacation I have taken in my entire career,’ he announces. It is hardly a surprise. His life has been nothing if not goal-orientated.


orn in Taipei, Taiwan, to successful entrepreneurs who run an import-export business, his ‘super-supportive’ parents indulged his passion for ‘pretty things’. He played with dolls from the age of five; later, they became his miniature mannequins on which he learnt to design, pattern cut, sew and fit. ‘In the 1980s, Taiwan was seriously conservative and there were no creative opportunities, so my parents moved me [and my older brother] to Vancouver, Canada. They thought a different perspective on life was important,’ recites Wu. Cue two serendipitous arrivals in his life: aged nine, the sewing machine that changed his world, then an English tutor who fed him fashion magazines. ‘Muriel Kauffman mentored me. I was awful with text books. Awful. I mean, fail. So she brought me fashion magazines and that’s how I really got into fashion and also picked up the language.’ He deadpans: ‘I would probably say my first two words [in English] were, “Stephanie Seymour”.’ Later, he was transplanted to the US, to a boarding school in Connecticut. ‘And I fell upon this job at a toy company,’ is how he describes his extraordinary resourcefulness now. He called Integrity Toys in New York, submitted his sketches of costumes for dolls, which included an ‘electric blue fishtail gown with a crazy neckline I was particularly proud of ’, and got himself an interview. He was 16. He took the train alone, armed with a bunch of dolls wearing his designs. ‘I showed them my work and said: “ is is what I can deliver,” and th hired me.’ He worked from his dorm room after class and, during spring vaca-



Right: Hugo Boss, autumn/winter 2014

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loafers, and Stella Tennant, who radiates cool as she closes the show in a svelte black tuxedo. Backstage, it’s a Who’s Who of the industry’s top talent: show producer Alex de Betak scurries around barking orders into his headset; hair and make-up dream team Guido Palau and Pat McGrath have turned the ‘girls’ into sleekhaired, minimally made-up women; and the forensic eye of fashion stylist Joe McKenna has assisted Wu in defining the Hugo Boss woman of today: urban, elegant, and with a (fe)masculine vibe that plays meticulous tailoring off against delicately pretty dresses. When I do finally locate Wu backstage, he is caught in a flashbulb frenzy with Gwyneth, Diane and Reese. Unable to get near him, thanks to the rugby ruck of photographers, I watch as he whispers something into Gwyneth’s ear and they both fall about laughing. I can’t help thinking how incongruous he looks in the presence of so much polished Hollywood glamour: he may cut a refined figure, befitting a designer celebrated for exquisitely ladylike tailoring, but he still looks like a fresh-faced teenager. It is the same that night, in a private room at Omar’s La Ranita, where Wu is holding court at an intimate dinner for friends of the house. ‘Intimate dinner’ in fashion parlance can often mean canapés for 500, but this really is an intimate sit-down dinner for 30. Wu is in his element, ensconced between friends Reese and Diane. I shouldn’t find his easy intimacy with these women so remarkable. After all, this is how the industry in New York operates: the business transaction between fashion and celebrity is spectacularly up-close and personal. For instance, it feels quite normal to go for a smoke outside in the snow with Mr Cumberbatch; I try not to melt as he gallantly removes his coat and places it around my shoulders to keep me warm, muttering to myself: ‘Only in New York.’ There is no reason on earth why Wu, of all people, should feel remotely intimidated by anyone or anything. He is a figurehead for New York’s young designer regeneration and, famously, no stranger to the global spotlight. When Michelle Obama danced the night away in Wu’s snow-white gown at her husband’s first inauguration in 2009, his name became indelibly inked in US fashion history. He was 26 at the time, a mere upstart, who apparently celebrated this momentous occasion by ordering Domino’s Pizza. When, for Obama’s second inauguration four years later, she chose to wear Wu again – a daring ‘victory red’ gown, as The New Yorker dubbed it – his reputation as her talisman designer was cemented.


tions, he visited the company’s factories in China. ‘It became much more than making dolls’ clothes – I got to work with the engineers, injection moulding, plastics, packaging, everything.’ His salary rose to $500 a month, money he would later use to set up his own fashion company. ‘It’s very funny and charming to say that I made dolls, but it was actually a full-on product design job. I just wanted a career, I really wanted one,’ he says, claiming to have been jealous of friends who worked in Starbucks or Gap, ‘because I never got to work in retail.’ While building his industrial design career with Integrity Toys, he studied at Parsons The New School sign in New York, where his design heroes were s James and Yves Saint Laurent. ‘It refined what I already knew – it was like a finishing school for me,’ he says, having already conquered womenswear, of a fashthe doll market. Typically, instead of taking the tion, he majored in menswear because of his love of tailoring – ‘All I did were collars, lapels and felting for, like, a year’ – then left, six months shy of graduating, to intern with Narciso Rodriguez. ‘You’re not daunted by anything, are you?’ I ask. I’ll try anything, but the goal was always to enswear.’ The irony of coming full circle as director of Hugo Boss, a business founded on menswear, and debuting with a collection that takes menswear for women as its DNA, is not lost on him. ‘I don’t think anyone thought of me like that, which is precisely why I wanted to take this job – to challenge myself and people’s perception of me.’ What is people’s perception of him? He strikes me as New York fashion’s golden boy, having launched his eponymous label in 2006 and become renowned for polite, ultra-feminine creations. Certainly, his public image appears to have been a carefully crafted one. He turned down the opportunity to appear as a guest judge on an episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race, the cult US dragqueen pageant show, because ‘it felt off brand’. As he told The New York Times’ T Magazine: ‘I made a rule not to be on reality shows. But I really wanted to do it.’ (Wu has worked extensively with RuPaul, designing six doll versions of the drag queen for Integrity Toys.) A year ago, however, he appeared to want to shrug off that self-imposed image of the maker of ‘very proper clothes’ – see his spring/summer 2013 collection, which included Carolyn Murphy in a provocative, Helmut Newton-inspired black leather sheath. While some questioned his need to raise eyebrows with leather harnesses, Wu was clearly itching to prove he could do more than well-behaved clothes. It would seem his new job has given him that outlet – when I ask him to describe the Hugo Boss woman, he says: ‘She is powerful, strong, intelligent and worldly, definitely a no-frills kind of girl; her idea of evening is

dressed down in loafers.’ And the Jason Wu woman? ‘More frothy. It’s a different spin, more romantic, embellished, with a real American sportswear slant, but there’s no reason why a woman wouldn’t want both.’ I have to ask, which camp does he think Michelle Obama belongs to? ‘She is exactly how you would expect her to be: down-to-earth, smart and inspiring,’ he says smoothly. Wu is unshakeably discreet about working with the First Lady – the only thing I can manage to winkle out of him is how anxious he felt when he first met her: ‘When there are 10 Secret Service agents around you, sure, you get nervous, I was like, “What did I do wrong?” At the end of the day, it’s the First Lady.’ Will she wear Boss, I wonder? ‘Who knows? She wears many international designers… we shall see.’ Wu is so carefully eloquent and media savvy, I wonder if he is one of those people with the ability to appear relaxed and in control at all times? ‘I’m not relaxed, but I am calm. I am… well, I’m not difficult, I am particular. I want things perfect. It is never done before it’s done. And it can always be better. If you are completely content with it, then there is nowhere to go. You always keep the bar higher, that is my motto.’ Ambition vibrates off Jason Wu, but not in a pushy, power-loving way. It’s more of a mental and physical energy – just the stuff that is needed to steer the look of everything produced by Boss, as well as his successful eponymous label, which has clocked up multimilliondollar sales and is stocked at over 180 stores around the world. ‘You need to have people feel your energy,’ he says, ‘It’s just as important for me to give out as it is for me to take. It’s my duty to do that, to inspire, give direction.’ Wu flies to Germany every month to inspire the Boss troops and oversee everything from the fragrance, eyewear and fashion campaigns to the fittings of a 400piece selling collection, as well as dream up inspirational catwalk designs to spur the consumer to buy all of the above. ‘It’s a big job and I’m not nearly done,’ says Wu, who works around the clock to make it all happen. He still remains loyal to Integrity Toys, acting as a consultant for the company, which keeps an office downstairs from his studio so that he can cast his eye over new designs. ‘They are like family to me. After all, who would hire a 16-year-old with no experience?’ Yes, Jason Wu is a workaholic with an ‘obsessive attention to detail disorder’, as he puts it, but it’s the other side of him – the part he rarely allows to surface – that makes him the force that he is in fashion. I saw it at dinner the other night: the mischievous wit of someone who clearly knows how to have a good time. The man who brought his doll’s designs to life. ●

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SPORTS LUXE MEETS GLOSS In summer, work days often segue into spontaneous after-work nights, so you need a look that’s smart but evening appropriate. Complement the clean lines of your workwear with nude metallics on lids, brows, cheekbones and lips – pick and mix or pile it all on.

Skip the fake tan and finish skin with a lightreflecting base instead (1).

Stroke a highlighter stick (2) down your nose, over your Cupid’s bow, from the outer lid to the cheek hollow and at the inner eye. Blend with a clean brush.

Finish with glossy nude lids, mascara (3) and a pretty pink lip stain (4).


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Build up layers of bronze-toned shadows (1, 2, 3) from lashes to brow – go as bold as you dare.


Pat a warm gold shadow (4) above the lashes and up to the socket line. Apply an illuminating base (5), then buff cream bronzer from temples to cheekbones.

Layer taupe lip lacquer (6) for a vinyl finish.


After priming (1), smudge grey shadow (2) into the eye sockets, taking it below lashes to give an evening edge.



1 Revlon ColorStay Shadowlinks in 2 Cocoa, Petal and 3 Gold, £2.99 each 4 Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Mirage, £25 5 Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base, £26 6 Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in Ingénue, £7.99

Buff lips with a dry toothbrush and follow with lip balm, then line and fill with lip stain crayon (3). Blot, then follow with two layers of lipstick (4). Pat pigment (5) over the top to seal and mattify. Finish with a delicate brown mascara and bronzer (6).


1 Clinique All About Shadow Primer For Eyes in Very Fair, £15 2 Armani Eyes To Kill Solo in 3, £26.50

3 Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain + Balm in Rendezvous, £7.99 4 Sisley Hydrating Long Lasting Lipstick in Mandarine, £33 5 Mac Pigment in Electric Coral, £17 6 Revlon Bronzer in Bronzilla, £7.99


Photography: ac-cooper.com, Ben Morris at Jed Root.




Summer nights

BOLD LIP OF THE SEASON The coral lip has evolved into something truly outstanding (for your catwalk information, Rag & Bone did it best). Colour that borders on phosphorescent may be a little too much for the midday sun, but when it goes down? Boom. ›



THE NEW SMOKY EYE Experimental? You? If you can’t mix it up when you’re in a field for the weekend, when can you? Burberry’s take on smoke was our out-and-out winner for this season: universally flattering and – thanks to the rust-coloured palette – interesting, too.



Apply a tinted moisturiser or BB cream (1), then dust with translucent powder to set.

Mix crushedup powder blush (2) with cream blush (3) to create a deep, wearable shade for the eyes. Smudge on to lids, up to just below the brow, keeping the edges soft. Trace the waterline with shadow liner (4) to define. Finish with mascara (5) and some pink lipgloss (6).


Summer staying power

THE KIT 1 Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF35, £29 2 Revlon Powder Blush in Haute Pink, £7.99 3 Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush in Charmed, £7.99

by Gucci Westman, Revlon Global Artistic Director

4 Eyeko Me And My Shadow in Charcoal, £15

1. When highlighting, less is definitely more You don’t want to look shiny. Apply directly to clean skin and avoid the T-zone. Finish by spritzing a toner on top to fix your make-up. 2. Add sparkle to your eyes A make-up artist’s tip for lived-in

5 Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara in Blackest Black, £9.99

eye make-up is to add a gloss to the lids, but this will sweat off in the heat. Instead, I use Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights in Bare Lights, £11.99, on the inner tear duct and dabbed on to the top lid to make eyes appear a little ‘wet’ – so pretty.

6 Chantecaille Luminous Gloss in Framboise, £27

3. Invest in good skincare Prep is essential for make-up that

lasts. Start with a moisturiser – I like Dr. Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream, £28 – but avoid the area around nose, where pores are enlarged. Follow with a primer to leave skin foundation-ready.

4. Pamper lips before using bright shades I dab lips with an

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all-purpose ointment, like Egyptian Magic, £24.50, scrub with a hot, damp towel, and follow with a bit of lip balm. I then outline with a lip liner, before filling with lip colour.

5. Powders are your best friend When it comes to staying

power, powder is key. Simply add a touch of powder, ie a pinky eyeshadow to a pink lip, to set your look for longer. ●


Photography: ac-cooper.com, Ben Morris at Jed Root. Hair: Dennis Gots at Jed Root for L’Oréal Professionnel Hair Care. Model: Staz at Vision Los Angeles. With thanks to Bill at The Mountain Mermaid (themountainmermaid.com). For shopping details, see Address Book.





At the weekend, there’s nothing I love more than a two-hour soak in the bath with Jo Malone Amber & Lavender Bath Oil, £38. I listen to music and zone out.

My current fragrance is Ghost Eclipse EDT, £34 for 50ml – it’s so fresh and reminds me of summer days. I also love the smell of lavender. For me, scent equals beauty.



I use Kérastase masks to keep my hair healthy [ELLE loves its Resistance Masque Force Architecte, £22]. For texture, I spritz on Bumble and bumble Surf Spray, £21.50.


Lucas’ Papaw Ointment, £4.95, is a great multipurpose product. I stock up on it when I’m in Australia.


I use brown kohl and taupe eyeshadow shades to define my blue eyes: Tom Ford Eye Defining Pencil in Espresso, £26, and Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Cocoa Mirage, £62, are my staples.


Being fair-skinned, I’m very strict about wearing SPF. I use Sisley Facial Sun Care SPF 10, £124, on my face and Lancaster Sun Beauty Oil-Free Milky Spray SPF30, £22, on my body.


I swear by Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, £13.25, followed by its Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer, £13.25. I use Sisley Radiant Immediate Lift, £134, on top of my moisturiser when I’m dehydrated – it’s really dewy, so it’s great for hangover skin.


My latest beauty find is Charlotte Tilbury’s make-up range. I’m obsessed with the Filmstar Bronze & Glow, £49. Ever since I started using it, people have said my skin looks really good. It’s all down to Charlotte.


When I was a teenager, I had hormonal skin. I still get the odd spot, so I use Dermalogica Breakout Clearing Emergency Spot Fix, £13, then cover up with Chanel Correcteur Perfection Long Lasting Concealer, £27. Beyond that, I try not to worry about it – spots happen to everyone.


When I feel dry all over, I’ll coat my hair, face and body in coconut oil before bed. [ELLE recommends Biona Organic Coconut Virgin Oil, £6.93 for 200g.]


Make-up artists tend to paint on illuminators like Mac Strobe Cream, £23.50, with a brush; I prefer a dewy finish to my complexion.


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I pile on Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara, £22.50, to make my eyes pop. Topshop Lipsticks, £8 each, are my favourites, especially the Rio Rio red shade. If I’m a bit down, I’ll whack on lipstick and feel better.

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You’re having a break, and so should your hair. Return to work in the best condition ever...

Hair cleanser Aveda Sun Care Hair And Body Cleanser £17 for 200ml Scalp treatment Kiehl’s Magic Elixir Hair Conditioning Concentrate, £25 Shampoo Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Shampoo, £23 Conditioner Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Conditioner, £25 Brush Tangle tee*zer Aqua Splash, £12.99 Serum Pureology Strength Cure Fabulous Lengths, £16.45 Supplement Imedeen Hair & Nails, £23.99 for 60 tablets Protective cream Kérastase Soleil CC Crème, £19.50 Pre-shampoo Philip Kingsley Elasticizer, £28 Mask Dove Intensive Self-Warming Mask, £3.99

The directions Every wash 1 Apply gentle cleanser through damp hair from roots to ends, rinse, then repeat. This will combat the holiday build-up of product, chlorine and sea salt. Coconut oil and antioxidants leave hair extra soft. 2 Massage a few drops of lightweight scalp treatment through the roots in small, circular motions. Your scalp is an extension of the skin on your face – it needs to be moisturised, especially in the sun. Wait five minutes before rinsing. 3 Scrunch a 50p-sized blob of shampoo through your hair, firmly massaging your scalp and behind ears. The oil-based formula detangles, so you’ll get more nourishment and fewer breakages. 4 Follow with half a palmful of oil-based conditioner through your mid-lengths and ends, avoiding your roots. Leave for a few minutes to let the oils to work well into the hair cuticle. Finish with a cold rinse to seal it back up, which means more shine. 5 Brush your hair, starting with your ends, then your roots. The Tangle tee*zer’s bristles are designed to protect wet hair.

6 Apply two pumps of serum through mid-lengths and ends – this gives the extra moisture you need after time in the sun. 7 Take one supplement daily with water. The combination of zinc and B vitamins supports healthy hair growth and shine.

Pre-sun 1 Apply a penny-sized amount (double for thick hair) of protective cream to damp hair. UV filters prevent damage, oils repair and illuminating pearls boost shine. Words: Joely Walker. Photography: Jason Lloyd-Evans. For shopping details, see Address Book.

The ingredients

Once or twice weekly 1 Take advantage of your free time to treat your hair. Dampen and apply pre-shampoo strengthening treatment to ends and dry/ damaged areas, cover with a shower cap and leave for 15-20 minutes. 2 Shampoo, then apply treatment mask to mid-lengths and ends. Follow with the heat-activated serum provided with the mask, leave for three minutes, then rinse. The combination repairs keratin, the protein lost in the sun.

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SWAP Mask for Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment, £34. + ADD L’Oréal Professionnel Solar Sublime Conditioning Spray, £12.99, when in the sun.

+ ADD Joico Humidity Blocker Finishing Spray, £14.95, to tame frizz. SWAP Serum for Frizz Ease Nourishing Oil Elixir, £9.99, for manageability.

SWAP Scalp treatment for Nioxin Scalp Renew Density Protection, £39.99. SWAP Protector for lightweight Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, £30.50.

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A DAISY DREAM I knew coconut water was having a moment, but I didn’t expect to find it cropping up in a fragrance. Yet here it is in MJ’s latest Daisy incarnation. A tropical holiday in a bottle. Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream, from £39 for 30ml. We have five bottles to give away – to enter, email elleexperience@ elleuk.com. Closing date 30 July.

Ciaté’s latest Shell Manicure kit, £20, is – literally – the perfect beach look, with a lilac-grey polish you overlay with real crushed opalescent shells. Aptly named Mermaid You Look, it’s well worth shell-ing out for. (Sorry.)




Compiled by: Amy Lawrenson. Photography: Victoria Adamson, Jamie Bevan. For shopping details, see Address Book.


A dial-up hair dye and BB for eyes. This month, beauty buys have been turned on their heads…

TO-DO LIST Body. Skin. Eyes. Sorted La Prairie Cellular Mineral Body Exfoliator, £86. I know this scrub is costly, but it contains diamond dust (diamond dust!) – an effective, luxurious way to overhaul your skin.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks, £46 for six. The classic Pro-Collagen range has been extended to include handy eye masks. Use them midflight to avoid puffery.

Lancôme Visionnaire Advanced MultiCorrecting Cream, £59. This moisturiser is my new hero. Containing skin-plumping hyaluronic acid, it’s light yet nourishing. Try now.

DIAL-UP DYE I’m excited about Redken’s genius daily colour treatment. The bottle contains conditioner in one side and ammonia-free hair dye in the other, which you can adjust with the dial to top up your colour by just the right amount. It comes in Violet to keep platinum blondes ashy, and Gold to maintain a rich honey hue. Redken Blonde Idol Custom-Tone Conditioner in Violet and Gold, £17.30 each.

BB FOR EYES BB creams are still evolving and this one is particularly of note. Eyespecific, it brightens lids with a longlasting wash of colour. Or, used as a primer, it gives eyeshadow extra staying power. bareMinerals 5 In 1 Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow SPF15, £17 each.


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very Friday, @ELLEBEAUTYTEAM holds a Twitter Q&A. We always get the same question: how do you do the perfect eyeliner flick? It’s been tricky to answer – it takes skill, a steady hand and a lot of eye make-up remover to get it right every time. Or at least, it did. Enter Benefit They’re Real! Push-Up Liner, the revolutionary make-up bag must-have that makes it impossible to get it wrong. How, we hear you ask? Well, the patented AccuFlex™ tip hugs the lashline for foolproof application, while the long-lasting and extra-black formula means the liner will stay put whether you’re running a marathon or climbing a mountain (yes, we really put it through those tests– we’re that dedicated). It even lasted a 10.5-hour flight under a sleep mask for Beauty Director Sophie Beresiner. Don’t believe us? We were so convinced by this eyeliner, we asked 750 ELLE Insiders to blind test it in April, and give us feedback via the very public Twitter. Then we invited 10 of them to the #ELLEFashionCupboard, where we revealed the liner that had them hooked was created by Benefit. So from now on, @ELLEBEAUTYTEAM’s answer to how to do the perfect flick is simple: Benefit They’re Real! Push-Up Liner. And we’re giving every reader the chance to try it personally in an upcoming issue. Make sure you don’t miss out – subscribe now at elleuk.com/subscribe. Benefit They’re Real! Push-Up Liner, £18.50, out now

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Photography: Benoît Audureau, Jason Lloyd-Evans, Instagram/@lindseywixson.









Cream of the catwalk

Dolce & Gabbana is shaking up skincare. Your skin rejoices

Words: Joely Walker. For shopping details, see Address Book.

Photography Beate Sonnenberg

Face, meet Dolce & Gabbana. Not content with its move into (amazing) make-up, the iconic fashion label has released a new skincare range. Featuring two product lines, Essential (the basics) and Aurealux (anti-ageing specific), both contain a new line-filling ingredient derived from silk. And, of course, it all comes in some of the most aesthetically pleasing packaging we’ve ever seen. You saw it here first. Available from 7 July, prices start at £23


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I don’t do cycling. As a child, once the stabilisers came off my bike, so did I. My parents didn’t cycle, neither did many of my friends and, at age seven, riding up and down a suburban street can only keep you amused for so long. Fast-forward a few years and I passed my cycling proficiency test. It was another 12 years before I got back on a bike for a 20k ride through the Forest of Dean. It would have been lovely… had I not been on a hen weekend, and had the night before not involved Butlers In The Buff and jugs of homemade co*cktails. Still, despite my sketchy cycling past, I’ve signed up to the London Duathlon – a 10k run/44k cycle/5k run around west London in September (there are still charity places left – see londonduathlon.com). I am also toying with the idea of giving up on the Runstreak (where I run a mile a day). I fulfilled my ambition of doing it #ELLERUNNINGCLUB for a year and then sort of accidently carried on. Sign up for the ELLE For a goal to be successful, Running Club newsletter to it has to be quantifiable: get exclusive tips running a mile every day and offers direct to for a year; finishing the your inbox. Virgin London Marathon in under four hours (I did it in 3:55). I can’t just say, ‘Oh, I’d like to tone up,’ because it’s not specific enough for me to work towards. Running is second nature to me now, but cycling 44k scares me. I’m going to be hitting up London’s indoor cycling clubs – Psycle and Boom Cycle – to prepare, but I guess I’m going to have to eventually get out there on the streets to train properly. At least this time, alcohol won’t be part of the pre-ride plan… What’s your top post-workout treat? Tweet us your tips and join the conversation @ELLEUKrunning


Photography: 3 Objectives, Victoria Adamson, Benoît Audureau. For shopping details, see Address Book.

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I’m obsessed with Wheyhey protein ice cream: it’s sugarand gluten-free, packed with muscle-building protein and tastes great. And now, Wheyhey is launching Frozen Protein Yoghurt Push-Up lollies, £9 for six. Choose from natural, coconut or blueberry.


If you want to get very fit, it’s good to test your limits with a race. At ELLE, we love healthy competition

By Amy Lawrenson


1. Poole Swim, Poole, Dorset A 750m, 1,500m or 3k open-water swim. 27Sept;humanrace.co.uk/swimming 2. HSBC Duathlon, Dorney Lake, Berkshire A 5k run, then a 21.2k cycle, with 2.5k run to finish. 14 Sept; humanrace.co.uk/duathlon 3. Reebok Spartan Race, events nationwide Dubbed the ‘toughest event on the planet’, it’s a 5k sprint with 15 obstacles. Are you tough enough? 30 August-11 October; uk.spartanrace.com ELLE has 10 spaces, for five readers and a friend each, for a Reebok Spartan Race up for grabs; plus, we’re looking for one winner to blog about it on elleuk.com. To enter, email [emailprotected] by 30 July



We all know green vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals; but it’s not so well known that chlorophyll (the green pigment) keeps the body alkaline, helping to fight off weight gain and insomnia. Meanwhile, the green algae

90 capsules; Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic Greens Complex, £20; Fountain The Super Green Molecule, £27.99. Polyester-mix leggings, £55, Lija at House of Fraser


Polyester-mix top, £40, Lija at House of Fraser

Lija arrived in the UK from Canada earlier this year, and its a/w 2014 collection goes on sale at House of Fraser this month. Aesthetically pleasing and expertly constructed, certain members of Team ELLE have even taken to wearing it in the office.

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Co-founder of Hotpod Yoga (hotpodyoga. com), Nick Higgins, says: ‘Here’s an amazing hip opener: Come on to your hands and feet with your bum in the air (downward-facing dog). Take your right knee to your right wrist, bring your right foot inwards and let the outside of the right leg rest on the floor. Stretch your left leg back and drop your body down. Then, fold your torso over the right shin. Relax and hold for 20-30 seconds. Repeat on the left side.’





nevitably, the first question I was asked when people saw my shirtless, six-packed fiancé Jamie hulking out from the cover of Men’s Health magazine was, did I actually like that he looked that way? Honestly, I hadn’t thought about it much. When you live with someone and are so intimately acquainted with them physically, a transformation like that sneaks up on you. So it was less that he looked different – more that he felt different. When he pulled me close to him at night, his chest felt harder under my cheek. His arms were stronger. But it was his face that truly threw me. Jamie is only ever without his thick-rimmed glasses when he’s asleep – nobody sees that face but me. Now the world – or at least anyone who walked into WH Smith – could. It felt like everyone had realised my Clark Kent was really Superman. I’ve been with Jamie for six years and we’re getting married in November. It’s a long-standing joke between us that we ever got together at all: when we met – a classic office romance – I was a 20-a-day smoker, he a fitness nut. I quit nicotine a few years ago but, lifestyle-wise, we are still polar opposites. He is healthy and body conscious. I am not. I’m the kind of girl who’ll try to smuggle a Swiss roll into the shopping basket. He has a cupboard in our kitchen filled with supplements, powders and serums that are endlessly fascinating to me. When Jamie joined Men’sHealth, two years ago, I suspected


When Leisa Barnett’s fiancé took up a fitness challenge that put him on the cover of Men’s Health, she questioned how she felt about her own body. And came up with some surprising answers that his already fairly extreme supplement-swilling, gym-dwelling ways might escalate. I was right: he promptly put himself forward for a challenge to see how much muscle he could gain in six weeks. He was photographed for the magazine; I was proud. I don’t remember the comedown afterwards being too intense – Jamie trains daily anyway – but suddenly he could have the odd glass of wine again, and that was nice. So when, at the beginning of 2014, he signed up for a new challenge – as one of three Men’s Health staffers, each with



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a different trainer and regime, but the same 10 weeks to achieve the most dramatic body transformation possible – I thought I knew the score. But this time, it was far more intense and all-consuming: daily workout sessions that involved hurling a tyre across the room (not in our living room, thankfully), no alcohol at all (Jamie beat himself up for weeks about the sip of champagne I made him have at our wedding drinks tasting), and a diet so strict that, when he had to go away on a work trip, he spent the night before frantically Googling whether he’d be allowed to carry on enough cooked poultry to see him through the flight. I decided I wouldn’t cook for him early on, after he came home and started quizzing me about how many grams of rice I’d used. Making dinner for us both is usually a pleasure, but Asda’s failure to consistently stock glutenfree oats was the source of much consternation for Jamie. ‘Processed’ became a dirty word. God forbid I try to sneak a meat-free Monday past him in an attempt to squirrel away a couple of quid for the wedding pot. (I won’t pretend paying out an extra £60 a week on meat alone for the duration of the 10-week challenge wasn’t a stretch.) But cooking two separate meals – a ‘good’ one for him and a ‘bad’ one for me – was never going to happen either. Let me be clear here: I’m not overweight. But I’m not underweight, either. I am exactly what, for me, I consider to be normal. On mornings when it’s a struggle to fasten my size 10 jeans, I don’t have pasta for lunch. That’s not to say I’ve always been so sensible. I did the cabbage soup diet at university and I tried diet pills during my two years living in Japan, to counter the effects of living on cheese and bread (I didn’t like sushi). But I’m happier now than I’ve ever been and, because I am secure in my relationship with Jamie, I feel more relaxed about my body. I like to think I have a healthy perspective: yes, I want to wear nice clothes; but yes, I’ll probably be first in line for the Krispy Kremes that turn up in my office with alarming regularity. One doesn’t cancel the other out as far as I’m concerned. Plus, of course, I’m not a model, so it doesn’t really matter. But Jamie was – at least for one issue of Men’s Health. You know that feeling when you unexpectedly catch sight of your boyfriend looking great, and your heart does that strange little jump? Imagine being in a newsagent and seeing your fiancé staring back at you from the racks, because he is basically an example of the perfect male form. Well, it’s just like that jump, only multiplied by 100. Did it cross my mind that, as the perfect male specimen, he might suddenly discover a desire to be with a woman who runs 10k before work and can bench-press twice her own body weight, with the physique to show for it? I’d be lying if I said no. But equally, I’d be lying if I said it was a genuine concern. If Jamie were the kind of man inclined to choose his partner


purely on what she looks like, he wouldn’t be the kind of man I want to marry. Discussing his role as Wolverine last year, Hugh Jackman described how his extraordinary training regime impacted on his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness: ‘She prefers me chubby because it makes her look better.’ I’m with Deb. Take, for example, the Beckhams – for every Instagram shot of David in his pants, there’s one of Victoria in her own alpha pose. Forget the four kids: running the multimillion pound fashion empire, surely that’s what must be most exhausting. If I were as competitive as Jamie, we’d be a disaster together. As it is, I find his sense of discipline and focus incredibly attractive, while my own, more relaxed ways have a habit of keeping his OCD tendencies in check. We’re a good team. But this 10-week challenge was something else entirely. He was gunning for it – all three of them were. It was a competition. It was all about the end point, the money shot, and being pictured together without feeling like you’d let yourself down. ‘Getting ripped is quite a sad little journey,’ Tim Walker, the personal trainer who worked with Jamie for the challenge, acknowledges. ‘It’s not fun. But for the guys I train, it’s worth it. They look better and feel better. It’s hard graft though, and there are no shortcuts.’ To look cover-model good takes time, effort and singlemindedness. Your body is your job. Look at the Victoria’s Secret Angels, who train because they’re paid to. They’re athletes: Candice Swanepoel says she steps up the amount she eats in the run-up to the label’s annual catwalk show so she can train harder. Look at Kate Upton, who has no desire to be thin but every desire to have a body that people want to emulate. They work hard on perfecting the way they look, just as I do the skills that make me good at my job. That drive is impressive to me, in the same way that someone who has the focus to master anything difficult is – whether that’s becoming fluent in Japanese or climbing Kilimanjaro. It takes a certain kind of person to be willing to push themselves to extremes, whatever their chosen obsession. Mine just happens not to be fitness. Jamie’s is. So it is for ELLE Editor-in-Chief Lorraine Candy. She is a running evangelist and, every Wednesday, marshals the entire office out on to the streets of Soho for a lunchtime 6k. I stick with the group of newbies at the back while a select few race ahead, competing against each other and their own personal bests. Lorraine and Jamie have much in common, I think – exercising with others is an incentive to push harder, to be the best. For me, it’s about earning a calorie deficit large enough for a doughnut. That’s just who I am. Tim argues that I could achieve a result akin to Jamie’s if I decided to do what he did. It’s just that I can’t envisage a time when I would want to. Still, five months from now, if my arms are looking toned in that photo where I’m throwing my bouquet, don’t judge me.


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1 LOST AT SEA Utter Inn, Lake Mälaren


ELLE Travel goes Nordic this month: In Sweden, sleep below the waves at the extraordinary Utter Inn (1), Lake Mälaren, near Stockholm; in the treetops at Mirror Cube Treehotel, Boreal Forest, near Luleå (3; treehotel. se); or out in the wilds at Kolarbyn Ecolodge (5; wildsweden.com/ kolarbyn-ecolodge). For Danish city style, try Copenhagen’s Nimb Hotel (2; hotel.nimb.dk) and Babette Guldsmeden (4; guldsmedenhotels. com). And how does Scandiophile Kerry Potter fare when she heads north for summer? Read on…



Hotel SP34, Copenhagen

Left: The Copenhagen skyline. Below: Designmuseum Danmark

Recently, I posted a picture of the Hotell Gässlingen, pool glistening and sky impeccably blue, on Facebook. ‘Guess where I am?’ I asked. Not one person got it right (Skanör, Sweden, in case you’re wondering). It would seem we Brits don’t really do Scandinavia. If your view is based on the culture we devour – ie gloomy, moody and mysterious, with the occasional murder – I’m not surprised. My view was, thanks to my obsession with The Bridge, the BBC4 Danish/Swedish crime drama. I loved the plot twists and stylish houses (the lamps! The sofas!), but, most of all, I loved the titular Bridge itself. Five miles long, linking Copenhagen, Denmark, to Malmö, Sweden, Øresund rises out of the mist, menacing and imposing, a testament to sleek Scandi design. ‘One day,’ I thought, ‘I will visit that bridge…’ But in summer? Do they even have summer in Scandinavia?


When in search of sun, our instinct is to head south, rather than in the direction of the North Pole. Yet here I am in Copenhagen in April, with the sun blazing and the sky so blue it looks Photoshopped. I’m peoplewatching, on a bench outside a hip cafe in the coolest part of town. In the


public square opposite, locals loll on the grass, eating ice cream and playing on the community ping pong tables (bats and balls are provided, and always left for the next players). A few minutes’ walk away, the canal is lined with shiny, happy people basking in the sun and waving to tourist boats, plastic glasses of rosé in hand. Everyone is: a) beautiful; b) wearing designer shades; and c) smiling broadly – as you would, if you lived in a country regularly voted the happiest and most liveable in the world. By a stroke of luck, my husband and I arrive in Copenhagen for the first weekend of summer. While it’s no tropical retreat – temperatures are comparable to the UK – it’s T-shirt weather and we don’t see a cloud for three days. We’re in Vesterbro, a district west of the city centre, outside Kihoskh, a grocery store/coffee shop/pizza joint hybrid. There, we meet Peter, an arts PR. ‘The winter is so long and cold here that when the sun does come out, we really appreciate it,’ he says. It may be warm, but I notice that everyone is in black skinny jeans. ‘There are style blogs about the fact that Danes always wear black,’ laughs Peter. ‘Even in summer.’


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From left: Øresund Bridge (yes, the Bridge); Nyhavn harbour; Hotel SP34

Sure enough, when we go out that night, everyone is in black. The women are invariably in trainers or low-heeled boots – vital in a compact city where everyone walks or cycles everywhere. Copenhagen’s nightlife, like its residents, is supremely laid-back. There are no crowds, no jostling at the bar, no displays of drunkenness, and everyone gets a seat. Peter explains that Danes often go out for an early evening drink, go home to eat and drink more (primarily to save a bit of money – expect to pay £5 for a beer at a bar), then go out again from 11pm to 4am. We’re staying at Hotel SP34, a new boutique hotel in the Latin Quarter, just north of Central Station and the famous Tivoli Gardens amusem*nt park. It’s a great location, with cobbled streets full of vibrant bars, restaurants and vintage

shops. We eat at the hotel’s excellent tapas restaurant, Bar Moritz: a stylish but friendly spot with pavement tables from which you can survey the scene while scoffing aubergine crisps. From there, it’s on to The Living Room, a buzzy cafe bar, then Bar 7 with its quirky 1970s decor (notably the TV converted into a fish tank, and the transparent DJ decks), and finally to Din Nye Ven, all exposed brick and cool lamps, where everyone is, in the words of Derek Zoolander, ‘really, really ridiculously good-looking’. The next day, we move to the Babette Guldsmeden – another boutique hotel, this time near the waterfront. On our way, I notice that people leave their bikes unlocked on the streets – bonkers to British eyes, perhaps, but testament to how safe the city feels. We then take a boat trip around the canals – cheesy, yes, but you get a snapshot of the entire city, it’s great for sunbathing and you can take beer on board. Top tip: buy a Copenhagen Card. It’s a travel card valid for one, two or three days that gives you unlimited use of the buses and Metro (they run all night), plus boat trips and entry to museums. They start at £39 for one day – not cheap, but still a money saver. Next door to the Babette is the Designmuseum Danmark: basically chair p*rn, with hundreds of chic Scandi seats, including Arne Jacobsen’s famed egg design. We then spend our evening at Almanak – part of trendy venue The Standard, which houses three restaurants and a jazz club in a converted custom house, restored to its original Art Deco splendour. Set across the water from Noma (consistently voted one of the world’s best restaurants), and with one of its ex-chefs in the kitchen at Studio restaurant, there’s always a queue out the door. Almanak specialises in local, seasonal cuisine, and from the set menu, the roast pork, the buttermilk and rhubarb meringue, and the incredible chocolate caramel truffles are standouts. The fried smelt (a small fish) and pigs’ trotters? Er, less so.


Tivoli Gardens


The next day, we take the train across – yes! – Øresund Bridge to Malmö, which takes around 30 minutes. Luckily, we don’t come across any dead bodies, just the Turning Torso – an extraordinary 54-storey white skyscraper that’s the ›


The beach near Hotell Gässlingen

months ahead, but locals told us the waiting list was close to a year). If you do nab a table, expect to pay £175 per head for a tasting menu of around 20 dishes, including wild duck, pickled and smoked quails’ eggs and ‘beef tartar and ants’. Strandgade 93, 1401 Copenhagen K; +45 3296 3297; noma.dk WHERE TO DRINK WHERE TO STAY

Left: Beach huts at Skanör. Below: Hotell Gässlingen

Hotel SP34, Sankt Peders Stræde 34, DK 1453 Copenhagen, Denmark; +45 3313 3000; brochnerhotels.dk. Doubles from £132, room only. Babette Guldsmeden, Bredgade 78, 1260 Copenhagen, Denmark; +45 3314 1500; guldsmeden hotels.com. Doubles from £131, room only. Hotell Gässlingen, Rådhustorget 6, 239 30 Skanör, Sweden; +46 4045 9100; hotel-gasslingen.com. Doubles from £167, B&B. WHERE TO EAT Kihoskh This supermarket/ coffee shop/pizza joint is hipster central. Sønder Boulevard 53, 1720 Copenhagen V; +45 3331 1198; kihoskh.dk The Standard Beautiful canalside Art Deco building housing bistro, fine dining and modern Indian restaurants, plus a jazz club. Havnegade 44, 1058 Copenhagen K; +45 7214 8808; thestandardcph.dk Noma We didn’t book our trip far enough in advance to stand a chance of eating here (the Noma website takes bookings three

The Living Room This Latin Quarter cafe is big on homemade cakes, and doubles as a cool co*cktail hangout. Larsbjørnsstræde 17, 1454 Copenhagen; +45 3332 6610; facebook.com/ thelivingroomdk Bar 7 Laid-back bar/club with slouchy seating and DJs playing mellow dance music until 4am. Studiestræde 7, 1455 Copenhagen, +45 3332 6690; barsyv.com Din Nye Ven We loved this Friday night hotspot for its grungy feel and retro furniture. Sankt Peders Stræde 34, 1453 Copenhagen, +45 3332 8515; dinnyeven.dk WHERE TO GO Designmuseum Danmark A temple to chic Scandi design and surprisingly quiet on Saturday afternoons. Bredgade 68, 1260 Copenhagen K, +45 3318 5656; designmuseum.dk/en Canal Tours Copenhagen You may as well stamp ‘tourist’ on your forehead, but this is a relaxing way to see the sights, from the Little Mermaid statue to the pretty Nyhavn habour. Plus, it’s free with a Copenhagen Card. Gammel Strand 32, 1200 Copenhagen, stromma.dk


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tallest building in Scandinavia and looks like it’s twisting up into the heavens. At the waterfront nearby, we find residents of Malmö picnicking on the wooden decking and jumping off the rocks into the sea. We then make the 45-minute journey to Skanör and Falsterbo, two pretty fishing villages on a peninsula 30km south of Malmö. They are full of summer houses owned by wealthy Stockholm types, and the Swedish royal family holiday here. My Scandinavian friend, Anna, spent part of her childhood in Skanör, and I’m glad of the personal recommendation to visit, because it’s not a place you’d stumble across, and very few Brits make it here. More fool us – it’s wonderful: empty, white sandy beaches, clear water, pastel-painted beach huts, and a harbour with fish shacks selling takeaway shrimps with aioli and toast. We stay at the luxurious converted farmhouse Hotell Gässlingen, in a huge poolside suite with a view of our beloved Øresund Bridge from the terrace. There isn’t a great deal to do and everything closes on Sundays, but after partying in Copenhagen, Skanör is an idyllic spot to press pause. My favourite moment of the entire trip is going on a bike ride along the seafront here: salty breeze in my hair, stopping to comb the beach for amber, which is often washed up amid the seaweed. The villages are apparently far busier during July and early August, when the Swedes are on holiday; but late August and early September are quiet and the sea is warmer, too. Just goes to show, you shouldn’t believe everything you see on television. ● easyJet (easyjet.com), flies from Stansted to Copenhagen daily, from around £43 return. For more information, go to visitdenmark.co.uk, visitcopenhagen. com and visitsweden.com



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