Friday, 18 September 2015

The best fashion people to follow on Instagram

Get all the New York Fashion Week action first hand by adding these fashionable folk to your feed
Call us voyeurs but we love nothing more than a glimpse into the lives of our favourite fashion folk, and this is exactly what Instagram affords us. Here, we bring you our favourites to follow (in no particular order)...
Natasha Goldenberg, @ngoldenberg 
Yet another super stylish member of the Russian fashion mafia, Natasha Goldenberg is a stylist and designer. Her wardrobe is dream-like, much like her idyllic-looking life which sees her flit between New York, Paris, London and Milan without batting an eyelid - even when she's heavily pregnant. Follow her for lust-worthy snaps full of the most desirable designer duds, front-row view shots and general escapism.
Sam McKnight, @sammcknight1 
Out of season, Sam McKnight, one of the world's most renowned hair stylists, will be found tending to his glorious garden - from which he shares his beautiful green-fingered photography all year round. During fashion season, it's his hair styling (at the leading shows, atop the heads of the world's most famous models) that we lust after. McKnight always pushes the boundaries, but never veers far from the dream hair we're always left wanting season on season.
Maria Dueñas Jacobs, @mduenasjacobs 
Accessories director of US Elle, Maria Dueñas Jacobs is the only person you need to follow for the latest drool-worthy accessories. She's got an eye for fine jewellery so expect diamonds galore, as well as an editor's eye view of all the latest designer shoes and bags. Just be prepared to have a huge wishlist after perusing her feed!
Kendall Jenner, @kendalljenner 
Bright young waifish thing Kendall Jenner not only feeds the guilty celebrity pleasure pool; her Instagram is a shiny, happy album of her model shenanigans so far. And boy, does it look fun...
Anna Dello Russo, @anna_dello_russo 
Vogue Japan's eccentric editor-at-large is the poster girl for the most outré new styles. During fashion week her Instagram account is a veritable catwalk to sidewalk feast, as she takes on the challenge of the latest unpredictable trends with sheer glee.
Hamish Bowles, @hamishbowles 
US Vogue editor-at-large Hamish Bowles scatters our feed with a zany mix of art, architecture and snaps of himself posing in outlandishly coloured tailoring by the aforementioned culture spots.
Lauren Santo Domingo, @thelsd 
If life was as glamorous as Lauren Santo Domingo's… We're not quite sure what the end of that sentence is, but you should use the co-founder of Moda Operandi's Insta feed as your own luxury style injection whenever you get the urge.
Gigi Hadid, @gigihadid 
Hadid is the embodiment of the beautiful American dream, and boy does her Instagram prove it. The new model 'It' girl might be a shameless selfie taker, but when you're skin is that honey coloured and glowing, who can blame her?
Pat McGrath, @patmcgrathreal 
Make-up maestro McGrath is in high demand over the international fashion weeks (Stella McCartney, Gucci, Versace, Dior and Victoria Beckham all call upon her services) so tune into the beauty auteur's trend prescriptions for the coming season.
Carine Roitfeld, @carineroitfeld 
The former Vogue Paris editor and fashion tastemaker's Instagram is a carefully curated collage of street style portraits, fashion shoots and illustrations by Donald "Drawbertson" Robertson. Swoon.
Mert Alas, @mertalas 
One half of photography duo Mert and Marcus, Mert Alas is on fashion inner circle. He holidays with Kate and Naomi, parties with the biggest designers and works for the world's best fashion brands, meaning his Instagram is great for sneak previews of upcoming work.
Gucci Westman, @gucciwestman 
The make-up artist you want to be BBF (backstage best friends) with. Married to Rag and Bone designer David and BFF with Jennifer Aniston, Westman just oozes cool - even when she's not doing the fashion week circuits for Revlon, for whom she is global artistic director. Booked in for Marchesa for spring/summer 2015, we're already logging on to her aesthetically pleasing feed for any teasers on the look - expect her signature dewy, perfect skin.
Lena Perminova, @lenaperminova 
The Russian model and socialite lives a life most of us could only dream of. She dresses in couture, holidays regularly in Umbria and all while looking picture perfect. She's one to follow for style inspiration and general luxe life ogling.
Martha Ward, @marthaward 
The British stylist is a girl-about-town in London, meaning she's at all the best parties and is always dressed to impress (hence why she's a regular feature in our Instagram Style Tips of the Week). We love how she puts herself together so her Instagram page is like having your own personal stylist.
Giancarlo Giammetti, @privategg 
The partner of Valentino Garavani, Giancarlo Giammetti uses his Instagram to share his most treasured pictures of famous friends past and present (Valentino seen here in a vintage snap with Claudia Schiffer and Liz Hurley), a nostalgic look at Valentino archive pieces, as well as give us an eye into his wonderful life with the designer - which seems to be one constant holiday. Dreamy.
Giovanna Battaglia, @bat_gio 
Vogue Japan fashion editor and all-round street style magnet, Giovanna Battaglia is a real fashion insider (take this bathroom pic from the 2014 Met Ball as a prime example). From glorious holidays, to behind-the-scenes looks at her latest shoots, this lady puts the fun into fashion.
Zanna Roberts Rassi, @zannarassi 
Zanna Roberts Rassi is one busy lady. Not only is she Marie Claire Senior Fashion Editor, E! News and TODAY show fashion correspondent, she's also a new mother to twins. But she's one of our favourites to follow for outfit inspo, and excels in accessories.
Katie Hughes, @katiejanehughes 
A relative newcomer, nail-artist Hughes arrived on the fashion scene with a social media frenzy that a beauty brand loves - which is exactly why she was signed by nail company Butter London. As its ambassador Hughes flies around the world tending to model nails at the leading shows, but somehow still finds time to upload photos of her latest designs (nail art included) despite her busy backstage diary.
Who What Wear, @whowhatwear 
One of our favourite websites is also owner of one of our favourite Instagram feeds. Beautiful images and a mine of style inspiration at our fingertips, literally. What more could you want?
Naomi Campbell, @iamnaomicampbell 
Campbell's Instagram page is every bit as glamorous as you would expect. Exotic holidays with famous friends, behind-the-scenes snaps from the parties we'd kill to be invited to and a healthy dose of selfies. If only Mossy's account wasn't private too!
Alexa Chung, @chungalexa 
The style maven gives good Instagram. From shameless selfies (well, she does have a pretty face), to shots of friends, places, doodles, parties and clothes, just a cursory glance of her feed makes you feel cool by cyber association.
Man Repeller, @manrepeller 
Leandra Medine started her blog, The Man Repeller, when she was just a college student. Fast forward three years and she's just authored her debut book, has a clutch of collaborations under her Hermès belt and the whole of the fashion industry after her witty waxings on fashion. Follow her on Instagram for some serious style porn and Medine's quirky look at the world through her phone's lens.
Eva Chen, @evachen212 
Chen is the newly-appointed editor of US magazine Lucky , and it's easy to see why. Her Instagram page is full of fashion. From in-car shots of her daily shoe and bag choice to the latest from the international front row and press days, Chen is a prolific poster making her all the better to follow for a regular fashion hit.
Miranda Kerr, @mirandakerr 
If we looked like Miranda Kerr, we'd be as Insta-happy too. The Aussie supermodel is her greatest ambassador posting a plethora of selfies and her most recent shoots on her profile. But it's not just self-love you'll find - Kerr has an eye for capturing dreamy scenery, flowers and always posts an inspirational message of two for her 2.4 million followers. For an insider look at the life of an international, jet-setting model, Kerr's the one to follow.
The Coveteur, @thecoveteur 
Founded in 2011 by childhood friends Erin Kleinberg and Stephanie Mark, The Coveter is the online destination for style voyeurs all over the world. The site peeks into the homes and closets of the world's foremost tastemakers, style mavens and fashion personalities, and its Instagram feed offers a behind-the-scenes look at the production of the lustworthy shoots. Add to that plenty of posts direct from The Coveteur's cooler-than-cool offices and its trendy founders and you've got a feed that's a veritable feast for the eyes.
Taylor Tomasi Hill, @ttomasihill 
Taylor Tomasi Hill is the former creative director of luxury online e-tailer Moda Operandi. Known for her impeccable yet eclectic style and her fiery red hair, Tomasi Hill lives and works in the eye of New York's buzzing fashion scene. This means her Instagram page is alive with all of the components that make up the life of one the Big Apple's most stylish: fashionable friends, fierce outfits and lots of frolics.
Nick Knight, @showstudio_nick_knight 
The Instagram of a renowned fashion photographer was never going to disappoint was it? Nick Knight, who is also the founder of online fashion platform SHOWstudio, has mastered the super-quick snap app to create what are surely some of the most breathtaking images, particularly of his beloved garden roses. But it's not all flowers, Knight also offers a glimpse into his working life, from curating shows to shooting super stars from SHOWstudio.
Miroslava Duma, @miraduma 
Petite Russian fashion editor Miroslava Duma (she's just 5ft) has taken the street style scene by storm. As such, she's not afraid to post full-length selfies, giving us daily wardrobe inspiration (and proving height is no reason not to try certain trends). She's also incredibly well connected, so you'll find video snippets and snap of the links of Natalia Vodianova and Christopher Bailey nestled between her envy-inducing snaps of social soirées, must-have item and exotic holidays.
Into The Gloss, @intothegloss 
Our favourite beauty blog is just as good on Instagram. We've love nothing more than a rummage through the bathroom cabinets and make-up bags of the famous and fashionable, and that's exactly what founder Emily Weiss gives us. Her Instagram is a simply a less-edited, more of-the-minute visual feed of what's on her radar right now, be it food, vintage film stars, must-have products.
Derek Blasberg, @derekblasberg 
Man-about-town Derek Blasberg is a journalist by trade but a partier and celeb-befriender by nature. He's also very witty and makes us wish we had his skills at socialising. There's a healthy mix of famous faces (Alexa, Rosie, Naomi, Georgia, Kate, Carine, Karl, Karlie need we go on?) interspersed with tasty fashion titbits. If it's happening, it'll be on Blasberg's feed.
Cara Delevingne, @caradelevingne 
Wherever Cara goes, her Instagram followers know about it. Over-exposed she may well be, but that certainly makes for some good pics. Whether it's backstage, on stage, at home or on a shoot what could be better than seeing what the life of the world's most in demand model really involves?
You can follow Telegraph Fashion on Instagram @telegraphfashion . Oh, and we're still trying to find Kate Moss's secret account... 

Preliminary Draw Show to be presented by Natalia Vodianova and Dmitry Shepelev

Hosts for the Preliminary Draw in St. Petersburg
Hosts for the Preliminary Draw in St. Petersburg
The show of the Preliminary Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ will be presented by supermodel and philanthropist Natalia Vodianova and TV presenter Dmitry Shepelev. The pair will guide the global audience in more than 100 countries and territories through a programme introducing footballfans to Russia’s rich culture. The exciting ceremony to determine the qualifying groups for the tournament will take place on 25 July at the Konstantin Palace in Saint Petersburg, with the draws of five of the six confederations to be conducted by FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke.

“I am very glad that the World Cup is finally coming to Russia and our exciting journey is just about to start with the Preliminary Draw in Saint Petersburg," said Vodianova. “As a mother of four children, I know just what the World Cup means. I am sure that on 25 July many football fans all over the world will be inspired not only to support their teams on the road to 2018, but will also enjoy learning more about my country."

'The Dream' will be the leitmotif of the Preliminary Draw show, which is set to kick off at 18.00 local time (17.00 CET) and last two hours. The Konstantin Palace, which is currently an official location for top government meetings, international forums and congresses, will welcome 2,000 guests, including representatives from around 140 member associations, football icons, leading sports officials, renowned artists and celebrities. Around 700 media representatives, representing every continent, are set to cover the Preliminary Draw on-site.

“I remember as kids we used to kick a ball about outside pretending to be legends like Roberto Baggio, Romario, Zinedine Zidane and other World Cup heroes," said Shepelev. "I’d fantasise about scoring a goal in front of a sea of adoring fans. Later, I began to dream about attending a World Cup as a supporter. But presenting the draw show? That is beyond any dream I’ve ever had. I am positive that the show the Local Organising Committee andChannel One Russia have in store for us will delight guests and draw participants. As for me, I promise to work as hard as a striker trying to score in the World Cup Final!"

Natalia Vodianova, Russian Supermodel and philanthropist with her own foundation, has been one of the world's most prominent supermodels for the last 15 years. She established her own charitable organisation in 2004 that works in Russia and supports families raising children with special needs. In 2010, Natalia was part of the official Russian delegation presenting the bid for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Dmitry Shepelev was born in Minsk and is a Channel One Russia presenter. Dmitry’s experience includes working on Eurovision 2009 in Moscow, which earned him the TEFI award from the Russian Academy of Television.

Natalia Vodianova: ‘It’s Better to Be Skinny Than to Be Fat’

Natalia Vodianova arrives at the Christian Dior Ready-To-Wear Fall/Winter 2012 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on March 2, 2012 in Paris, France.
Natalia Vodianova. Photo: Francois Durand/Getty Images
Natalia Vodianova took part in a panel discussion at the British VogueFestival over the weekend, where she made some ballsy statements about women and weight. The comments were sparked by British Vogue'sexecutive fashion director Calgary Avansino's question: "It's undeniable that models are very thin, expected to be very thin, and thinner than 99.9 percent of the population. What message should you be sending out?" Vodianova didn't hold back; see what she had to say about her diet, losing weight after childbirth, and how she trains (or doesn't) before running a marathon each year.

On how images of thin models affect women: "Come on, guys, it's better to be skinny than to be fat! We eat well, we exercise — please, do the same and you will look like this. I'm sorry, but today the NHS [Britain’s National Health Service] are fighting against obesity, children are taken away from their parents because they’re too fat … And here we are, defending that we are healthy and skinny."

On her diet: "I respect my body — my body is my temple. If I eat like a pig, I feel like a pig."

On losing weight after childbirth: "I must say I actually came to [an event at] the V&A after giving birth to [my son] Victor, three days later, and I was wearing Givenchy Couture."

Her advice to women who want to lose weight: "I don't want to offend people who are trying to lose weight — if you want my tip, everyone should look into the only diet I've ever done. When I was little I had ulcers in my stomach from not eating very properly. I had really bad digestion and suffered from it for a long time. Then somebody recommended the blood type diet. Ever since, I have more energy and I've been doing it for five years now. It really works for me. It's not about eating more protein or more carbohydrates — it's which protein you eat, and which carbohydrates."

AmfAR Throws Dinner in Paris

The charity event raising money to combat HIV/AIDS feted its first Paris edition on Sunday night, though the party’s hostess Carine Roitfeld insisted: “This is totally different. We just wanted to say thank you to all those people who have supported us year after year after year,” she said in a body-hugging black Versace gown, which turned out to be the evening’s hottest brand.
“I came straight from the Versace couture runway,” said Karlie Kloss, still wearing her exit look, which was matched with a pair of chunky Seventies platform sandals.
“I know you are tall, but I might be shrinking,” exclaimed Marc Jacobs, peering at the model from below.
Kloss was her self-effacing self. “On a regular night I’m around 6-foot-1, but tonight is a special night — these shoes must be at least 7 inches. I’m an avatar tonight,” she laughed, before posing with Donatella Versace, Doutzen Kroes, Joan Smalls, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Mariacarla Boscono — all in Versace — for a group picture.
The Italian designer also provided the winning bid for a unique Polaroid print Andy Warhol had taken of her brother Gianni, part of a bunch of art works that were auctioned off for the good cause.
Naomi Campbell and Natasha Poly were bidding for a sensual Douglas Kirkland photograph of Marilyn Monroe, though it was eventually Chopard’s copresident Caroline Scheufele who went home with the piece.
Other guests at the event, which also featured a live act by Gladys Knight, included Michelle Rodriguez, Lily Donaldson, Anthony Vaccarello, Dita Von Teese, Goga Ashkenazi, Antoine Arnault and Natalia Vodianova, who was spreading the word about her difficult advancements with The Naked Heart Foundation.
“We are opening 10 more playgrounds in Russia this summer and are expanding our educational program for children with autism to under-school-age children, starting at two years old,” she stated in a pale green Ulyana Sergeenko gown. “You know, in Russia it’s still an experiment — the government accepted autism as a [neurodevelopmental] disorder only in 2007,” said the model-turned-philanthropist.
Nicky Hilton divulged she was in town for the final fitting of her bridal dress. “I’m getting married on Friday — in London,” said the hotel heiress, who is engaged to James Rothschild of the Rothschild clan.
“It’s traditionally beautiful, and it’s my dream dress. I’ve been imagining it since I was a little girl,” said Hilton, but kept mum about the designer.
“It’s a French house,” she smiled secretively.
Paz Vega said she had the pleasantly difficult task of scouting some red carpet looks for the upcoming premieres of “Emperor,” also starring Adrien Brody, and “All Roads Lead to Rome,” a romantic comedy in which she appears opposite Sarah Jessica Parker.
“I play an Italian journalist, who goes to where the action is. It’s fresh and it’s funny, it’s great,” said Vega, adding: “You know that I studied journalism, right? But I don’t know what happened. I guess I thought acting was more fun.”

Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week: Supermodels flock to amfAR dinner

From Karlie Kloss to Naomi Campbell models dressed to impress at the Haute Couture amfAR dinner hosted by Carine Roitfeld.

Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture, is well underway, with some of the most expensive clothes ever made making their way down catwalks.

To kick off the week amfAR held a charity dinner at Pavillon Ledoyen on Saturday night hosted by ex-French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld and Milutin Gatsby, which attracted a whole host of fashionable folk.

Supermodels were not in short supply at the evening with the likes of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Natalia Vodianova and Naomi Campbell all attending the event.

Taking place just shortly after the Atelier Versace autumn/winter 2015 show, many of the models including Karlie Kloss and Doutzen Kroes made the best of their job, arriving in the very same gowns they wore on the catwalk.

Also in attendance the lady of the evening, Donatella Versace who posed alongside the bright young things wearing her designs.

Paris Fashion Week continues with highlights including the Dior show later today and Chanel tomorrow morning.