Marie Claire - UK

Marie Claire - UK April 2017

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2 min.
editor’s letter

It was during a features meeting four years ago that a Marie Claire writer’s life was set to change forever. Challenged to go on a series of blind dates chosen by her boss (me), her friend and her brother, she actually met The One. And recently, I had the honour of seeing Martha and Chris walk up the aisle together (even though I’d managed to choose a right dud for her – he was French and hot, but that was about it). Martha writes about her romance and her very cool and beautiful nuptials as part of our Wedding Dossier on page 96. One of the joys of my job as editor-in-chief is seeing my (mostly young and female) team’s careers and lives grow and blossom during their time here. We…

1 min.
fashion details

HAT TRICKS Stay ahead of the accessories game with SS17’s new straw hat shapes. From quirky cones to mega boaters, they’re a summer holiday no-brainer. LUST ITEM This dreamy Michael Kors bag is the perfect addition to your wardrobe. Team with cropped tan trousers and an oversized white shirt for a cool spring look. RIPPLE EFFECT Forget playing it straight. This season it’s all about uneven hemlines. So, hold the pencil skirt and follow JW Anderson and Proenza Schouler’s directional lead. STEPS AHEAD Philanthropic shoe brand Toms, which donates new shoes to a child in need for every pair sold, has teamed up with & Other Stories to create its first ready-to-wear collection for spring. With every item of clothing sold, & Other Stories will also support one month of English language classes through the Magic Bus…

2 min.
deborah lloyd for kate spade

Looking at anything by Kate Spade, you think ‘New York’. Specifically the Carrie Bradshaw type of Manhattan girl with an eye for clashing colours, polka dots and general chic quirks. But the woman who puts the cat-eared, emerald-striped style into this most beloved of Big Apple fashion labels was actually born in Plymouth. Deborah Lloyd has been creative head of the label since 2007 (after founder Kate Spade sold the company the year before), but she still manages to nip back to the UK from her Brooklyn base for the Chelsea Flower Show and Goodwood Revival with her husband. ‘I stay up far too late,’ she says, of her scary schedule in the run-up to New York Fashion Week. ‘I’ve got bags under my eyes and my head is going…

1 min.
chase the rainbow

HEAD to TONE Forget subtle. Fashion favours the bold right now, so pick a pantone and run with it. Look to Balenciaga and Marni for a lesson in primary-colour pairings, then hit the block party. COLOUR by NEUTRALS Power up your black and beige staples with some seriously off-the-spectrum accessories. Earrings, bags, belts, mules – anything goes if it improves your colour cred. SEEN in PRINT Clashing your bold-pigment prints is the ultimate statement this season. Can’t face a full-on floral/stripe/gingham mash-up? Make one patterned masterpiece do all the talking instead. PHOTOGRAPHS BY JASON LLOYD-EVANS. STILL LIFES BY NOHALIDEDIGITAL.COM…

1 min.
style edit

Jewellery available to buy at jewelleryboutique. HAIR BY LIAM CURRAN AT CAROL HAYES USING BUMBLE AND BUMBLE SHINE HAIR BRIGHTON. MAKE-UP BY PHOEBE WALTERS USING CHANEL ROUGE COCO GLOSS AND CHANEL BLUE SERUM. MODEL: SIENNA KING AT TESS MANAGEMENT. SET DESIGN BY REBECCA HERNANDEZ. LOCATION: THE AMAZON FASHION EUROPEAN PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO, LONDON Pleats, please coat, £85 , Topshop; trousers, £280 , Kepler; shoes, £480 , Tibi; earring, £199 (for a pair), Caterina Zangrando; bracelet, £145 , Wouters & Hendrix…

4 min.
who’s that girl? # curve

NOHALIDEDIGITAL.COM At size 18, Ashley Graham was once told she could never be a cover girl. But that fashion industry naysayer is presumably now in a corner somewhere, eating their fedora – Graham was the first ‘plus-size’ model to star on the coveted Sports Illustratedswimsuit issue, and she graced five covers last year alone. She’s also fronted some major ad campaigns – from Levi’s to H&M Studio. Her latest is for Marina Rinaldi, the high-end, plus-size label produced by Italian fashion brand Max Mara. ‘I’ve wanted to work with them for years,’ says Graham. ‘They’ve been such a staple in the curvy community – there’s so much respect for them.’ The size 16, Nebraskan native is signed to mega-agency IMG, and she’s doing what many before deemed impossible: blurring the lines between…