Autumn Florals

Florals are in fashion all year long, but they don’t need to at all look saccharine. In fact, for fall/winter 2015, they have had a more boyish feel.

Swap pretty for edgy with a contemporary, masculine twist to keep florals looking fresh this fall.

Carven Blush Printed Poplin Flower Print Dress

T by Alexander Wang bonded textured – leather biker jacket

Jerome C. Rousseau Hess leather ankle boots

Mary Katrantzou MVK Medium cross-body handbag

Kevia Gold tone crystal earrings

Finds H & H’s Cleo rose gold-plated ring

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MAWI – LFW15

So here comes my last London Fashion Week post! I have written a lot about jewellery at LFW Designer Showrooms however, I wanted to pay special attention to MAWI – one of my go-to statement jewellery brands.

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Mawi Keivom and Tim Awan founded their brand 2002 at London Fashion Week. Designer Keivom customized one of her necklaces with jewels and vintage touches –
inspiring an entire collection of similar products. Since its launch, the costume jewellery and accessories brand has collaborated with Disney Couture, Swarovski and Selfridges  maintaining the nostalgic yet contemporary style they have come to be known for.

MAWI speaks about their pieces as ‘ornamental meeting places for the past, present and future’. Each piece is both contemporary and vintage-inspired which means these vibrant accessories will continue to be stylish for years to come.
I have been painstakingly collecting their rings and necklaces for years now but my most treasured pieces come from Deco Noir, Metropolis and Rebel Romance collections.
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If you feel it is your bling day, go with the Rebel Royal collection and show off that urban glamour. Mix things up with the Emerals Slogan Charm necklace or just add a pinch of glamour with the Rubies earrings, or a cool, in-your-face Ruby bling-tastic ring.
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Rings were particularly enticing with their gorgeous gem clusters.
It was great fun trying on new designs! I particularly loved this extended flexible ring which design offers movement to the precious stones and looks just breathtaking!
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Check out these unique clutch bags whose fans include Madonna and other celebrities!
How fabulous is this Burgundy DEALER clutch bag made of embossed calf-leather and Swarovski Crystals!
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Set either in glossy bordeaux or jet black, showcasing fearless punk rock detail and diamante slogans – THIEF and DEALER. Handbag or clutch? They are certainly not for the faint-hearted!
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I loved these lush quilted velvet and furry clutches highlighting golden sun-ray shaped surface detail, with spikes and rock clusters bursting outwards from the core.
Pretty and colorful, these clutches will brighten up any outfit.
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Jewels were layered with smaller sections making room for chunky statement tiers creating exceptionally detailed and bold pieces.
 In true Mawi style the collection boast a series of individual collections, each with their own influences and aesthetics; from gold bunnies to rebellious city glamour. The playful ‘BUNNY LOVE’  collection presented a cute alternative to Mawi’s signature decadently rocking jewels.
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You see bunnies leaping across structured bangles and dropping from shimmering earrings and pendants, I love their creepy smiles!
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This season Mawi introduced a new addition to their impressive collections – slinky silk and cashmere knitwear, shimmering with glitter slogans shouting ”THIEF’, ‘DEALER’ and ‘SAPPHIRES’. 
 These little gems are sure to be on every sartorialists wish list.
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Jewellery at LFW15

I love jewellery as much as I love clothes, so when I visited the Jewellery Designer Show Rooms during London Fashion Week back in February, it was a feast for the eyes!
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KATTRI is a contemporary jewellery brand set up by Amanda Debrasi whose designs aim at creating beauty and richness by mixing simple lines and pure shapes with gems at the focal point.

I adored this multidimensional Triple Dodecahedron Ring made of 18ct gold and black diamond. So eclectic and eye catching!

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One of my favourites was the Qudrant Short Ring made of 9ct Rose gold and rose quartz.

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LILY KAMPER is another jewellery designer whose designs are both captivating and very wearable. After graduating from London College of Art, Lily set up her London based brand that reflect her love for colour and unusual material blends embodying modern luxury.

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Each piece of jewellery is hand-turned on a lathe from blocks of resin and Perspex. The fine jewellery pieces are all set with white, blue and pink sapphires and each season a new exclusive solid stone column is added to the collection.

I just could not get enough of the striking colour combinations! Stunning!

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Lily Kamper‘s Jewellery is stocked globally from Liberty in London, Colette in Paris to the new Harvey Nichols in Azerbaijan. Lily has also been named one of the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 in 2014.

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BAM-B is a contemporary jewellery brand co-founded in London by Brittany Glossop & Caitlin Briody. This beautiful, clean and minimalistic jewellery, handcrafted using premium materials, and attention to detail,  combine classic, long-lasting design with a modern luxury touch.

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Collier Pétale. 7 necklace made of sterling sliver and plated in 18ct. Gold stood out from Ptéale Collection.

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I loved this Pétale 2 ring with a feminine floral design from AW15 collection featuring two petals in an architectural positioning.

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I am a fan of silver so this Square cut double strand bangle in 925 Sterling Silver struck a cord with me.

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Melanie Georgacopoulos is yet another fine jewellery designer who, with her M/G collection continues to explore the endless aesthetic possibilities of the pearl as the epicentre of the modern woman’s accessory. Seemingly vulnerable and feminine yet tough and enduring the pearl’s symbolic contradictions are poised throughout each collection to create contrasts of texture and feel, toughness and volume. Her designs are certainly very wearable and ageless!

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RUIFIER is a Fashion led Fine Jewellery founded in London by designer Rachel Shaw. The name is derived from the word ‘Reify’, which means “to make a concrete object from an abstract idea”.

Rachel takes inspiration from her love of graphic shapes, anything from natural world to urban landscapes and her collections epitomise jewellery made for all occasions, combining innovative design with superb craftsmanship, worn individually or layered in the array of ways, RUIFIER represents timeless jewellery designed to be treasured and admired.

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I fell in love in this Rose Gold Icon Ring – a statement piece from the Icon Collection, perfectly geometric, this bold design compliments all styles.

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These Icon Fine Drop Earrings also caught my eye! The classic shapes of the Icon ring are here reinvented in the warm hues of rose gold with graduated brown and white diamonds. Elegant and luxurious, the earrings glitter in the light for the ultimate, unassuming glamour.

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What do you think?

Aggie

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Touba London – LFW15 Showroom

I have finally recovered from the nasty flu that held me home-bound for the last two weeks (hurray!) so it is about time to have some fun and rave about all those amazing brands I met at London Fashion Week in the Designer Showrooms a few weeks ago!

I wore Mary Kantratzou designs, both dress and the handbag – the outfit details will be shared in my next post, though!
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 I had an opportunity to speak with Fode Sylla and Yuko Fujita – founders of Touba London – a PR platform for British and International up-and-coming brands to showcase and promote their creativity and designs in the areas of  fashion, photography and artwork. Their showrooms in London, Paris and Tokyo are a home for striving fashion designers as well as photographic and artwork exhibitions leading to the international market recognition.
There was a number of brands that caught my eye – one of them was Áeron – a Hungarian label set up by Eszter Aron in 2011 whose designs are characterised by sharp lines, focus on fabric quality and innovative craftsmanship. The core of Eszter’s inspiration and designs lies in minimal yet feminine sensuality, keeping that perfect balance between work and play while reinventing traditional tailoring. 
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I absolutely loved her signature suede Japanese leather designs that ooze class and sophistication. Amongst my favourite pieces were asymmetrical coats, oversized sweaters and minimalistic dresses.
I adored Cyntha & XIAO‘s collaborative AW’15 collection featured at Touba London. I love colour blocking so their amazing dresses and knitwear really captivated my imagination. Both Xiao Xiao & Cyntha Mak are Central Saint Martins‘ offsprings.
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Hong Kong-born Cyntha was named by Italian Vogue as a designer to watch out for and included her in their list of “New Talents”.  Having worked with the likes of Roksanda Illinic, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Preen by Thornton, she then returned home to Hong Kong where she is now based.  Her brand, set up in 2014,“is founded on bold graphics infused with strong modernity” and her graphic background shines though in the AW15 collection.
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Xiao, who was born in Beijing, initially studied fine art and textiles before combing her artwork with fashion design. After graduating from CSM she moved back to China to launch her own label. Their collaboration incorporates functionality with a edgy masculine present in oversized collars, utilitarian pockets, and striking knot detail.

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Both designers bring the idea of bold basics to her SS15 collection utilising classic 50’s shapes and patterns in a striking manner. Cyntia & XIAO delivered a fresh looking collection where beautiful fabrics and colour are at the very forefront.

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 Blackmeans Women – a leather brand lauched in Tokyo in 2008- showcased fabulous leather jackets inspired by Japanese hard-core punk, tribal features, motorcycles style and high fashion. The brands shouts avant-garde, charisma and free style.
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I loved Benoit Foucher‘s hat designs. This French designer’s AW15 collection incorporates duality of shapes, unusual lines combined with the unique feel to it – made in France, each hat has a serial number and is shaped on a wooden hat mould.
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Le Kilt offers a fresh, contemporary take on the timeless wardrobe classic – the kilt. Set up by Samatha McCoach in 2014, the brand is a homage to her family’s knit making heritage with some added dash of chic, playfulness and modernity.
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I really liked the jewellery collection presented by Alice Cicolini.
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This is only a small selection of Touba London‘s designers – I wish I could feature them all!
Brace yourself for some more fabulous jewellery designs next week!
Aggie
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Splash of yellow – ROKSANDA ILINCIC Light yellow Estes Charteuse T-shirt

Most of us are gearing their wardrobe up for autumn where layering is a must. I, however, am still holding a strong grip on the bold colour block silk tops I grew to love over the past few months.

This is my take on how to match silk with leather. Love it, hate it? Let me know.

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I love a splash of colour in my outft, be it a work wear or a going-out attire. When I spotted this gorgeous ROKSANDA ILINCIC Light yellow Estes Charteuse T-shirt on matchesfashion.com I knew I had to have it.

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This chartreuse-yellow silk-crepe blouse makes a bold and colourful statement. I love the contrasting grey Peter Pan collar, closely-fit round-neck with a back-neck hook and an over-sized silhouette. The juxtaposed textured silk and crepe front panel make it definitely a very interesting mix. 

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Create a vibrant, off-duty look and team it with leather pants and soaring heels.

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I have gone with these Marc by Marc Jacobs Mirah leather trousers with skinny-leg and a horizontal knee-seam with a top button and zip front fastening. I paired it with these gorgeous Alexander Wang Maja pleated suede and patent-leather pumps to complement the look (still available on theoutnet)

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The striking pleated suede, cut-out side and an open pointed toe make these pumps even more appealing, channeling Wang’s enticing nonchalance.

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I put on these super cool Balenciaga round frame gunmetal tone sunglasses with dark grey lenses, to finish off the look (on sale at theoutnet). I love the grey matte finish and slightly curved dropped designer-stamped arms that give off the maverick look.

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I have accessorised with my favourite Links of London sterling silver Annoushka dome amethyst drop earrings.

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I have recently worn this outfit for the Bloggers Love Fashion Week Gifting Event and it was the ultimate test to its wearability! Stylish and practical – what else you need?

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Me & Rose Gold

I have always been into silver jewelry thinking the gold just does not suit me…
This year though, I have discovered rose gold and I instantaneously fell in love with wonderful chunky rose gold bangles, necklaces and watches…
In fact, the first rose gold piece I own was purchased by my husband as a Christmas present. He knew I was umming and arring about buying a Michael Kors MK5128 ladies rose gold watch for a while but I was not quite sure its chunkiness would fit my tiny wrist…. Still, I loved it as soon as I put it on. Undoubtedly, the bracelet had to be taken in but I can’t imagine not wearing it now, it feels like a second skin and goes with pretty much anything including my work attire.

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To complement my look, I then decided to buy another chunky bangle to match my watch. I went for a slip-on Fendi gold wide cuff from net-a-porter.com. I am not usually the one in favour of splashing the label’s logo all over the place, but this bangle looks really sleek and feminine, so I don’t mind so much. As it effortlessly slips on the wrist or forearm, it complements almost any spring/summer dewy look.