EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Olivia Arben

Brit sensation, Olivia Arben, is well on her to way to becoming one of the supermodels of the century, having already worked with some of the biggest names in fashion at the youthful of twenty-two. Born in Surrey, England, the brunette bombshell is currently based in London and Dubai – continue reading to discover her thoughts on living in two cities, how she started in the industry, and her admirable work as a British Heart Foundation Ambassador.

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Arben burst onto the modelling scene when she was fifteen-years-old, marking her grand entrance in hair shows such as L’Oreal Colour Trophy. “I had always liked the idea of modelling ever since I was six or seven,” Olivia explained, and cites American fashion TV as her source of inspiration, as she imagined it to be similar to “playing dress up for a living”. However, after leaving boarding school, Olivia instead pursued a career in Swimwear Design, studying at the world-renowned London College of Fashion, but soon found “it wasn’t for me” and “dropped out to pursue modelling”.

Obviously now I do it I know there’s a lot more involved in modelling than fancy dress!

And she hasn’t looked back since. The 22-year-old has an exquisite portfolio of working with global brands such as L’Oreal Paris, Furla and Steve Madden. But when asked about her career highlights, Arben cites the NFL EU Clothing Campaign for last year’s Superbowl as one to remember, displaying her humble nature in adding, “I had no idea how big it was going to be…it was featured in Times Square so that was pretty cool!”. In addition, the Surrey-born brunette recently walked in a show held for the Oman Royal Family and featured in this season’s London Fashion Week, with New York’s rendition and Miami Swim Week currently in her sights!

When asked about her plans for the future, Olivia reveals she’s just getting started when it comes to making her mark in the industry, and comments “I really love what I do and would love to do it for as long as I can”. She also cites Victoria’s Secret Angel, Adriana Lima, as inspiration for having a tremendous career. However, Arben continues, and identifies radio as an occupation of interest, having previously enjoyed participating in radio interviews and adds that the lack of age limit is an advantage.

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But in addition to her career achievements, Olivia Arben is also a proud ambassador for the British Heart Foundation – the “UK’s number one heart charity dedicated to the fight against heart disease”.  Citing the CEO of the BHF, Simon Gillespie’s personal experience as striking a chord with her own, Olivia sadly explains, “My father also died suddenly of a heart attack when I was 16” and goes on to mention how, after offering her services, she was “thrilled to be asked to be an Ambassador.”

She discusses her role with vibrancy and pride, highlighting her main duties as raising awareness primarily amongst young people, in addition to encouraging all individuals to “keep on top of their own heart health” as it truly is a vital aspect of one’s wellbeing that is owed attention. It’s fair to say that Olivia does a thorough and fantastic job of supporting such an important cause. Specifically, she has most recently been campaigning about #boughtatabhf – a digital pledge “aimed at getting younger people to buy from BHF charity shops” and post about it on their own social media. She explains that items from BHF stores can be equally as fashionable, and as a result of your purchase, you are also contributing to “further life saving research.”

The BHF funds thousands of research projects around the UK, fighting heart disease and helping millions

BHF stores flaunt an eclectic mix of items that suit all styles and tastes, Olivia describing her own look as “classic”, with her go-to outfit as a pair of “black jeans paired with a tight top and heeled boots” – most of which will most likely be available at your local BHF store, so do keep an eye out. Other items Olivia classifies as staples are cat eye sunglasses and sheer tights. But when she’s not shopping at her local BHF, the brunette bombshell states her other high street favourites are Zara “for accessories and jumpers” and PrettyLittleThing.com “for dresses”. For when she’s looking to splash out a little more, she looks to Sandro, Gucci and Joshua Kane, pinpointing a “floral trouser suit that Joshua tailored for me, (which) I wore on the red carpet in Cannes” as forever a favourite item.

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Olivia Arben walking for VIN + OMI AW18

In terms of her beauty hacks, however, the Surrey-born supermodel explains “it’s all about skincare for me”, and recommends Bobbi Brown’s SPF50 Protective Face Base for everyday use, and Malin and Goetz’s Sulphur Paste for blemishes. In addition, the basics are of equal importance, vouching for “Lots of water, lots of sleep” as essentials, too.

Furthermore, with her job entails a fair amount of travelling, and Olivia describes herself as “lucky” to split her time primarily between London and Dubai. “In my opinion”, she explains, “the style of work – it is more expressive and glamorous than editorials in the UK”, but goes on to say she wouldn’t make the move full-time, exclaiming she “loves the UK too much!” Plus, outside of her two homes, Cannes was one of her travelling highlights especially “during the Film Festival because the atmosphere is electric”. Olivia also names her bucket list destination is Alaska, purely because of the scenery and the thought of “being the only person exploring”.

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And there you have it – supermodel sensation, Olivia Arben, in a nutshell. An inspirational young woman who’s book we should all take a leaf out of, as she continues to do tremendous work for The British Heart Foundation and set an example that hard work & self-dedication will always pay off.

For more information on The British Heart Foundation, the work they do and any campaigns you can get involved in, follow them on Instagram @the_bhf, or please click here.

Thank you to Olivia for taking the time to answer my questions!

By, Lauren Tricker | @modelsontrend

Olivia’s social media:

Instagram: @oliviaarben

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24 hours with… Jessica Barta Lam

New York Fashion Week: Alice + Olivia A/W17

Big Apple-based, Jessica Barta Lam, is taking the fashion industry and runway by storm. The Chinese-Hungarian model has featured in a number of campaigns and fashion shows, and, this season, has walked for brands like Malan Breton, Asaf Genot and Alice + Olivia.

Jessica in Alice + Olivia’s A/W17 presentation

8.40am: Wake up

8.50am: I head into the to kitchen and make myself some coffee, hot water and have some boiled eggs.

9am: Get dressed and ready to leave.

9.30am: Head out to Highline Stages for Alice + Olivia’s A/W 17 presentation!

10am: Arrive at Highline Stages

10.30am: Shortly after I arrive, they start with hair and nails. The stylists give me fake bangs, and lightly curl my hair into tousled waves.

11.30am: Time for makeup! Alice + Olivia went for a bold look this season, dubbed “Romance with an Edge”, combining a dark colour palette with metallics. Some of the products used by talented makeup artist, Erin Parsons, were Maybelline New York’s “Expert Wear Eye Shadow” on my lids, and also Maybelline’s “Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds” within a deep burgundy on my lips.*

Jessica’s Instagram – @jblam29

The brand drew inspiration from Salman Rushdie’s The Enchantress of Florence, a novel about a young woman who utilises her powers to control her own destiny in a man’s world.

12.15pm: After makeup, it’s time to get ready! Alice + Olivia dress me in a short velvet dress with bell sleeves and studded combat boots.

1pm: Showtime! I’m standing next to the lovely Phoebe (@phoebepojo), who is also with Click/Re:Quest Management.

2.30pm: During the presentation, my gorgeous friend and model, Louisa Warwick, stops by to say hello!

3pm: The presentation finishes.

4pm: I head into the city to eat.

5pm-6pm: As soon as I get home, I shower and put on a face mask: Caudalie’s Detox Pink Clay mask.

until 12am: I take the opportunity to chill at home until heading to bed at around midnight.

Thank you to Jess for sharing a day of New York Fashion Week!

By, Lauren Tricker | @modelsontrend

Jessica’s social media:

Instagram: @jblam29

*Jess found this information on Los Angeles Confidential.

24 hours with… Louisa Warwick

New York Fashion Week

Big Apple-based model, Louisa Warwick is striding down the runway and into our lives, having attended and walked in some of the biggest names in Fashion Week this season.

The NYU student has worked with Calvin Klein, L’Oreal and TRESemmé to name a few, and I look forward to see what else she’s got planned.

9am: I woke up and ate breakfast straight away: avocado on toast with chopped up boiled eggs. On the side, I snacked on mixed berries and drank an English breakfast tea.

After finishing up, I left the house and attended two castings. Typically, for castings, I’ll wear tight fitting black clothing, topping off the outfit with a leather jacket and chic biker boots. My hair would be natural-looking with minimal makeup – the less the better, as the client usually want to see you as a ‘blank canvas’.

12pm: After the castings, I headed to the Leanne Marshall show at Skylight Clarkson.

Louisa Warwick walking in Leanne Marshall | Getty Images

1pm: For lunch, I had a chicken and spinach salad with a chocolate chip cookie backstage.

3pm: Show time!

5pm: After the show, I headed to Barry’s Bootcamp for a full body workout session, which is a favourite of mine! If I’m not working out here, I’ll probably be at Dogpound – I love their boxing sessions.

6pm: After an hour’s workout, I returned home to study for an accounting exam, as I’m currently in my last year studying Sports Management at New York University. After I finish, I’ll probably explore Sports Pr & Marketing as that is what really interests me!

This evening, for dinner, I had salmon with asparagus and tomatoes – my favourite!

Just before bed, in addition to mornings, I always do my skincare routine which involves cleansing, toning and moisturising. Once a week, I’ll also do a face mask and a hair mask – I prefer not to change my regime around events like Fashion Week as I find I’ll be more prone to breakouts.


Thank you to Louisa for sharing a day of New York Fashion Week!

By, Lauren Tricker | @modelsontrend

Louisa’s social media:

Instagram: @louisawarwick

Twitter: @LouisaWarwick

24 hours with… Lisa Richov

New York Fashion Week

Lisa Richov is a renowned photographer based in the hub of New York City, and makes it her daily mission to capture the sheer beauty of events like Fashion Week and its eclectic contents. Richov is especially known for her work with fashion bloggers and models.

This season, Richov is shooting backstage for Oribe at shows like Michael Costello, R13 and Brandon Maxwell to name a few. Continue reading to find out what Fashion Week is like through her eyes!

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7.30am: The sound of Good Charlotte’s, “Right Where I Belong”, plays as the alarm tune on my iPhone, awaking me from a much needed sleep after a late night at Cushnie et Ochs’ after party. I gaze out of my window at the beautiful view of the city and say a brief prayer of gratitude.

Drawing myself from bed, I drink two large glasses of water and brew some coffee. In the meantime, I snack on some raw almonds and call my twin sister who lives back in Boston, we hadn’t spoken in about a week and talk about Fashion Week, dating and everything in between.

Then it’s time to get ready – I pull my hair back into a low bun and wear a black long sleeve bodysuit, some fringed high-waisted black jeans with leopard booties. For makeup, I go for a soft smokey eye with a nude lip. The entire time I’m doing this my computer is open and I’m working on images from the last few days, responding to emails and making sure my Instagram (@lisarichov) is up-to-date, with images lined up to post throughout the day.

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R13 | By Lisa Richov

10am: I run out the door, already a few minutes late for my first show of the day, Ryan Roche. This week I have had a unique perspective shooting backstage for the Oribe team – the client has been awesome to work with, shadowing a group of super talented stylists, and documenting their work to get the models prepped and runway ready.

10am-12.30pm: I spend these hours shooting backstage and chatting with the models and the hair team.

As some of the models finish up with hair and makeup, whom I’ve been lucky to get to know this Fashion Week, we start to play around with the camera. Capturing some of the best photos I have this week thus far, the girls are sweet as can be, playful, and a joy to photograph.

1pm: Ryan Roche show – BEAUTIFUL! One of the best collections I’ve seen this week so far, consisting of clean lines and luxe knits with a mix of red in a sea of neutrals.

2pm: After leaving the show I head outside to shoot street style images of show-goers. As I finish up, I run into my gorgeous friend, blogger, and probably the coolest chick in NYC, Tessa – check out her blog. Tessa and I briefly shoot in the street, then decide to catch up over lunch and cocktails with her husband.

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Tessa – @tezzamb | By Lisa Richov

3pm: After we finish eating, I head over to the next show: A Détacher at Pier 59 Studios. The space is gorgeous, the sun setting and glowing in the room. I head backstage and photograph the hair team performing their magic.

5.15pm: The girls get dressed in their first looks, and we have some fun shooting together before the show starts.

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Ryan Roche | By Lisa Richov

6pm: Show time! The brand debut a really cool collection of plaids, ruffles, prints and even swimwear – everything looks great.

6.30pm: I return home, pop open a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, and relax while running a brief edit on the day’s images and deliver the photos to the client.

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Ryan Roche | By Lisa Richov

9pm: I continue to work on my laptop whilst lounging on the sofa, and unexpectedly receive a call from a friend who is on her way into the city. I swiftly get myself ready to catch up with a few friends over dinner and cocktails at Stanton Social in the Lower East Side.

1.30am: My bed is calling my name. I head home to catch some sleep for another fun few days of shooting.

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The last few days of Fashion Week:

Fashion Week has been mayhem! This season has been such an incredible experience and I’ve been lucky to work with a group of extremely talented creatives everyday including all of the teams at The Blonds, Cushnie et Ochs, Veronica Beard and so on. The week closed for me with Brandon Maxwell’s beautiful, energetic and bold show, where models like Bella Hadid, Joan Smalls and Taylor Hill rocked the runway. Then running from one backstage right to the next, The Blonds show was beautifully fierce and every detail from the hair to the nails, to every feather and pearl, was astonishing. I’m completely exhausted and have about a million hours of editing ahead of me, but already anticipating what next season will bring.

Brandon Maxwell | By Lisa Richov

Thank you to Lisa for sharing what New York Fashion Week is like through her eyes!

By, Lauren Tricker | @modelsontrend

Lisa’s social media:

Instagram: @lisarichov

INTRODUCING: 24/7 series

I am proud to introduce  Models on Trend’s new series, “24/7”.

The 24/7 series will consist of articles in which the stated person commentates 24 hours of their life. Occasions can range from launches, special events or Fashion Week, and serves the purpose of providing an insight into the daily life of your favourite figures.

Keep an eye on Models on Trend for some very exciting 24/7 articles coming soon!

Enjoy!

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Scent of Blanc

Blogger and YouTuber, Skaiste Pakalnyte, who goes by the name, “Scent of Blanc”, has well and truly burst into the influencer scene, hosting go-to destination for all things fitness and fashion, and has recently been shortlisted for ‘Best Newcomer’ at Cosmopolitan’s Influencer’s Awards.

Instagram | @scentofblanc

A devoted reader of blogs herself, Scent of Blanc was born during Skaiste’s university days after craving the sheer freedom of her favoured bloggers. “They could write about their thoughts and share with others”, Skai explained. At first, her blog contained highlights of her time at Uni, which spiraled into fashion posts and soon came fitness: Scent of Blanc’s niche focus was founded.

However written words aren’t her only foreplay, as, in the past few months, Miss Scent of Blanc herself has been delving into the domain of YouTube. Filming under the same title, Skaiste revealed her initial hesitation in regards to being on screen: “I guess I was always too afraid to show ‘too much’, as I like to keep my personal life private”. But Pakalnyte agreed the platform, as a viewer, can be more interesting, which encouraged her to take the plunge and create her own channel.

And so far so good – for the past few months, Skaiste has been tycooning through one video a week, and her hard work is being paid off in the continued booming of views and subscribers.

Instagram | @scentofblanc

Throughout the month of January, Skaiste is holding the annual debut of her YouTube series, ‘Fitness with Skai’. Aiming to capture “real life”, but specifically how she maintains a balanced lifestyle within a hectic schedule in the fashon industry, she pledges to film “3-4 times a week”, meaning content will be gloriously streaming this month and I’d highly recommend you join her on the journey.

I think full time blogging would be great – however learning about the real industry with exceptionally experienced people is something I’m super excited for when going into work, too.

At present, the budding 24-year-old is juggling two part-time occupations: Scent of Blanc, and a job in Fashion PR, which entails working on social media platforms to coordinating with journalists. When asked about whether she would go full-time as a blogger,

Instagram | @scentofblanc | With @bibgoeschic

Pakalnyte states she loves “having the balance of both” and beams with excitement for her double-jointed working life, explaining she “couldn’t be more happy” to be surrounded by some of the industries’ greatest advocates in the workplace.

In regards to her future goals, Pakalnyte expresses her desire to “define” Scent of Blanc, continuing to intertwine fitness and wellness; beauty and style into one go-to digital space. During our discussion, Skaiste expresses her distaste for the separate labels of “Fashion Bloggers” and “Fitness Bloggers”; she vouches for the reader that is a confident young individual who’s focused on themselves, but also their career. They would live a “busy lifestyle” and strikes for “perfection” in their career, but ensures to find time for themselves, whether that be in the gym, in the kitchen or on the sofa; they would also be “beauty and fashion conscious”, seeking “quality” in their personal style.

Instagram | @scentofblanc

On a reminiscent note, Pakalnyte declares one of her blogging highlights to be “when I captured my fitness journey a year ago”, and explains the positive feedback from those who were joining in inspired her to do the series again. In regards to her  favourite brands that she’s worked with, Skaiste declares LookFantastic as her “go-to for all things beauty”, and names PUMA, New Balance, MyProtein and many more as her milestones. “It’s difficult to say,” she adds, “as brands that I agree to work with I genuinely admire and recommend.” Skaiste assures that any form of paid promotion across her social outlets are only with trusted brands and products, and declares”I would rather work with three brands throughout my whole blogging journey than multiple brands that I only try out once and never again.”

Due to her semi-focus being fashion, it was only natural that I asked Skaiste what her winter staples were! The well-established blogger sings her praises for chunky knitwear, which she is often seen wearing beautifully well on her blog and Instagram (which are both linked below).

Gym is my therapy, I enjoy going alone and really putting in the work.

I felt it was also integral that I delved into her fitness

Instagram | @scentofblanc

routine, and Skaiste disclosed that, at the moment, she is loving an intense gym session. In regards to her gym gear, as Skaiste is a renowned lover of the Sport Luxe trend, she revealed PUMA and the JD x Lucy Watson collaboration as her favourites. Skaiste recently attended the launch of the partnership – which is between Watson and PUMA, exclusively available at JD Sports – and composed a blog post on the event.

In addition to this, I was intrigued to know how she maintains her glowing complexion during the colder months, and Skaiste reveals that she opts for thicker, more hydrating moisturizers, and, to supplement the loss of her summer tan, she’s often drawn towards foundations of a higher coverage! Pakalnyte also composed a well-informed blog post regarding her “5 Must Have Products this Winter”.

Instagram | @scentofblanc

So, Skaiste Pakalnyte: a heartwarming, genuine young woman conquering the fashion industry with sincere charm, grace and a drive that can get you anywhere – which Miss Scent of Blanc herself is a perfect example of this in motion.

Thank you to Skai for taking the time to answer my questions! Please find Skai’s social media links below.

By, Lauren Tricker | Instagram & Twitter: @modelsontrend

Skaiste’s social media:

Blog: www.scentofblanc.com

Instagram: @scentofblanc

Twitter: @scentofblanc