Isabel Marant is one of my favourite designers. How do you like this winter monochrome fluffy extravaganza?
Thanks to its associations with warm mulled wine, burgundy feels like the perfect hue for this time of year. Throw in a big helping of grey and you have a colour combo that is quickly becoming a fashionista’s favourite.
Mary Katrantzou MVK Burgundy small bag
Following all the Christmas festivities, January has arrived, and no matter how hard I try to fight it, it is undoubtedly the most depressing month of the year.
Fancy beating January blues while getting comfy and warm at the same time? Check out the below!
Introducing a splash of colour into your wardrobe is an instant mood lifter.
Alexander Wang red Rocco handbag
I never get tired of monochrome – casting off the Sixties connotations, monochrome is all about pattern play, couture detailing, geometrics and intelligent design! Add on a splash of colour to match your mood.
A colour that we all will already own and feel comfortable in, blue – whether in shades of sky, cobalt, navy or aqua – is a hue easy to pull off and feel feminine in.
With this in mind, here is an example of how to wear it…
T by Alexander Wang Bonded textured-leather biker jacket
Sometimes, you just need to come back to the fail-proof pieces you love…
Check it out!
T by Alexander Wang paneled leather mini dress
Alexander Wang Masha Glossed Leather MulesBalenciaga Teal Sunglasses
Rick Owens Flat Leather clutch bag
MAWI Rose gold-plated, Swarovski crystal and bead pendant necklace
Michael Kors MK5128 ladies rose gold watch
Handbags are a girl’s best friends! For me, they are a statement of personality and attitude, a declaration of mood, a weapon in a crowd and a home on the move.
Today I wanted to share with you the up and coming handbag and leather designers I had a pleasure to meet in the designer showrooms at London Fashion Week.
British brand Hemsley London, set up by Jayne Hemsley embodies quality craftsmanship, innovative and directional design tailored to the needs of the modern wearer. She created luxe fashion-led accessories where fashion meets tech for those busy go-getter socialites.
The designer tapped into this idea creating an Italian-leather bag collection with the working girl’s best interests at heart. With her unique designs the backpack is back on trend! From the Mayfair to the Derby, all designs are suede-lined and come with a convenient flap pocket that allow you to use your tablet or I-phone on the go.
And for the ultimate tote ladies, who carry just about everything around, the Hampshire bags are complete with a detachable coin purse (and mirror, and Oyster card holder) for the time when you can’t afford to scrabble through your bag like a lost traveler. How genius is that!
Williams Handmade was founded by award winning Sarah Williams in 2010 and the brand epitomises truly unique, sculptural and timeless leather pieces with each of them handmade in Hertfordshire.
This is an extremely labour intensive process where each piece of leather is being cut by hand and constructed individually using traditional techniques
For me, it is the colours and the unusual sculptural shapes and forms that differentiate Williams handmade from other designers, encouraging you to appreciate the true art of hand craftsmanship.
I loved this hexagonal sculptured clutch back oozing sophistication and wow factor.
The Mayra Fedane London brand remains very close to the concept of nonchalance, spontaneity and elegance.
I loved her structured yet whimsical handbags bursting with colour palettes and edginess where hand weaves and embroideries stand out loud in the high quality leather.
Mayra is a truly talented designers whose lego-enspired techno-pop handbags are an immediate draw!
These were my favourites!
Fleet Ilya is a truly exciting leather label set up with the objective of bridging a high fashion aesthetics and subversive fantasy. I absolutely adored the lilac leather high waist belts and structured backpack that is making a comeback in so many forms and shapes!
Founded by Jasmine, the J D’Cruz brand is a new and exciting British brand, delivering bespoke handmade leather pieces using hand printing and vibrancy of colours as a main tool.
How fabulous are those structured pink and purple print handbags?
Philippine heritage brand ZACARIAS bags are hand woven exclusively by S.C Vizacarra, a company set up in 1925 by Crative Ditrector Rita Nazareno’s grandmother Segundida Cornejo Vizacarra.
Referencing strongly contemporary art, architecture and design, ZACARIAS is a combination of progressive design and the art of hand-weaving.
I particularly liked Dark Helmet bag hand-woven in wicker with adjustable natural leather handle. What a beauty!
Which one is your favourite?
As the weather warms up lifting our spirits and shaking off winter blues, this is probably my last wintery outfit this season. As much as I love shearling, I can’t wait to busk in the summer rays!
Only these funky Fendi Havana tortoiseshell oversized shades to put on and off I go!
Let me know what you think about this outfit!
This stunning Mary Katrantzou Silk Blend Animal Print Jacquard dress I picked up on TheCorner sale is one of my favorite pieces to date. Inspired by the signature fifties New Look silhouette and styled in deep shades of jewel-toned jacquard, Mary Katrantzou‘s A-line dress is certainly a feminine choice for dress-up. Covered in abstract animal patterning, this shimmering piece lends evening looks a touch of whimsical.
I love the ink/black silk blend with bordeaux and silver-hued jacquard pattern.
Designed with a detachable, plush stone lamb aviator-inspired shearling collar, rough downtown-luxe hardware and a chunky buckled belt, is one of the most coveted wardrobe staples among It girls. I love slightly boxy cut and the asymmetric zip.
I was aiming at that extra edge so slipped into these gorgeous Alexander Wang Lys polished leather ankle boots, also from Net-a-Porter.
Not only does Wang create most coveted accessories each season, but this time he also incorporates the runaway’s utilitarian feel injecting a dose of futuristic style into otherwise, daily-wear pieces.
These super cool Lys boots are crafted from polished-leather with an exaggerated, shield-like front panel. Finished with a well-balanced ostrich-effect heel, this backless, gorgeous pair look best with shorter hemlines.
Of course, I cannot forget to mention the fabulous Mary Katrantzou glossed MVK medium cross body bag!