Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant is one of my favourite  designers. How do you like this winter monochrome fluffy extravaganza?

Isabel Marant Drew belted shearling jacket

Isabel Marant Sienna wrapped knit mini skirt

Isabel Marant Brenna suede over the knee boots

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Sky blue

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…

Alexander Wang silk-crepe shirt dress

T by Alexander Wang Bonded textured-leather biker jacket

Acne Studios Tillie leather sandals
Marc by Marc Jacobs blue sunglasses

Links of London sterling silver sweetie bracelet and Zanzibar wide bangle

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Cutting edge print and digital extravaganza

Thanks to digital printing fashion designers have more freedom to be creative with textiles and fashion than ever before. The attention grabbing digital prints steal the spotlight at many a fashion show.
As a true fan of Mary Katrantzou surreal designs I decided to go all digital print!
I genuinely think this is the coolest leather jacket I own to date. I picked up this Mary Katrantzou Rodizo printed leather biker jacket on NET-A-PORTER sale (now unfortunately sold out).
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Made in Italy from mid-weight leather, this off-white biker jacket features a notched collar with snapped lapel, an eye-catching graphic blue print alongside the sleeves. I love the unusual monochrome twirled buckled waist belt. 
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The jacket is indeed a living proof that no one can take Mary Queen of prints crown away!
I worked her signature look head-to-toe with this Palma metallic jacquard pencil skirt.
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I absolutely adore the emerald, metallic green and gunmetal shades that go so well with the jacket.
An opulent medley of metallic embroidery and silk is not only super stylish but also edgy and chic.
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I added statement See by Chloe off-white T-strap chunky heel pumps for a touch of elegance.
They perfectly balance grunge and ladylike style with elegant T-bar detailing, chunky heel and delicate ankle strap. I love the green welt piping too!
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To finish off my spring peppermint-themed outfit, I went with this gorgeous Alexander Wang Rocco shoulder bag.
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It is a much coveted and instantly recognisable cult bag featuring a classic satchel form with rock chic style including zinc studded base and peppermint pebbled-leather  The iconic bristle studded hardware and duffle-like shape give this fashionista must-have a very sought-after look.
For a hands-free style, carry it by the optional shoulder strap.
I love the signature dog clips and the exterior zipped gusset/pocket for smaller items.
Stylish, minimalist and practical, what else do you need?
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Pop on these square frame teal Balenciaga shades and Links of London amethyst sterling silver earnings and the look is complete!
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I love structured shapes and this is exactly what I went with for the third day at London Fashion Week!
It definitely paid off, just check out the Getty Images feature!
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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.

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To add a notch of modern classics I matched it with Acne Studios Mape Shearling-trimmed leather biker jacket from Net-a-Porter.

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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.

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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.

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I accessorised with the cute cream socks to offset the black sheen of the ankle boots, Jaeger black ponyskin gloves and Fendi sunglasses.

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Of course, I cannot forget to mention the fabulous Mary Katrantzou glossed MVK medium cross body bag!

The design behind this bag is truly genius, it is different to anything else I have seen. I love the way the flap comes over the bag like a lid closing the box off.
The structured shape makes it ideal for on-duty dressing, so you can style it with silk blouses or statement dresses.
This timeless bag is a true homage to understated luxury, featuring panels of super clean colour-block leather and a sleek magnetic gold-tone clasp. Geometric masterpiece in my favourite hues of navy and burgundy.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!
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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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Shearling Wonderland

This season designers have gone gaga over the shearling and fluffy coats in all forms and shapes.

To me, shearling is the autumn’s equivalent of the leather jacket so it has indeed become my winter wardrobe staple. Shearling permeates every major trend this season: oversized, folk ’70s, utilitarian, you name it. So I guess, the question is not if you are going to be wearing shearling, but how you will be wearing shearling this season. Luckily, the answer is – any way you want! If you, like me – love being warm and fashionable at the same time (and it is not always easy) you will most likely be the proud owner of at least a few of these beauties in different colours and shapes.
However, there is always the possibility that the idea of a shearling coat simply does not appeal to you or is just too much for you you. No need to fret, you can always acknowledge the trend via accessories, shearling-lined buckled boots, shearling tote, shearling scarf, everything goes!
In my shearling extravaganza, I went for this gorgeous Karl Donoghue Belted shearling-trimmed leather coat I picked up from theOutnet.
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 Karl Donoghue is one of many talented British designers who started his label in 1995, creating super soft and tactile ready-to-wear and accessories from the finest shearling and leather. Inspired by natural skins and their unique qualities, his cozy-chic collection of shearling leather and sumptuous fur has me fallen head over heels for his designs.
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This shearling coat has been handcrafted in England. The soft beige and gray hues make it go with everything from denim to tailored trousers. I love the sumptous shearling collar, buckled waist belt and asymmetric zip through front. The sheared shearling interior makes it even more desirable!
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Mary Katrantzou – best known for her breakthrough prints – is one of my favorite Birish designers. This Athens-born Wunderkind, launched her eponymous label in 2008, showcasing a perfect balance of flawless tailoring, structured shapes, intelligent use of digital patterns and daring kaleidoscopic prints.
Her creations are truly works of art and this Black MVK Small Verde handbag is no exception.
Rendered in rich tri-tone leather, this small bag is perfect for holding all your essentials and a high-style choice for teaming up with printed separates. Made in neutral earthy tones of nougat, black and ivory leather, it features a square body, front flap close with two internal compartments and a detachable strap so can be used as a clutch. I love the structured design and ultra chic look that oozes sophistication! One of my favourite bags to date! I am slowly collecting her treasured designs in my wardrobe so brace yourself for more of her hyper-real prints and daring designs!
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I slipped on this Modern Vintage Jameson suede ankle bootie in a beautiful taupe colour to add composure and class to my ensemble. The rubber platform is accompanied by a 4 1/2 inch heel height that gives your legs a flattering lift you are looking for.
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Ready to venture out!

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Colour blocking in style

I love leather jackets so unsurprisingly,  over the years I have collected a fair number of them in various shapes and shades.

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My recent addition is this stunning Acne Studios chocolate Mabel jacket – a modern classic leather motorcycle jacket with a feminine waisted silhouette featuring stand up collar and padded shoulders.

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The interior is lined with a warm faux astrakhan with the signature curved hem longer in the back.

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It has a heavyweight feel, so sure to keep you warm and cozy even in the coldest of weathers.

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Low-key but luxurious, Acne Studios‘ jacket is perfect for casual dressing. I think it looks effortlessly cool with a pair of jeans or a funky skirt and ankle boots.

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I wore it with Club Monaco Mori mint and navy scuba asymmetric mini skirt that could truly be worn year-round. Club Monaco is a high-end casual clothing retailer owned by Polo Ralph Lauren I stumbled upon while browsing various on-line shopping destinations outside the UK. Worth checking out!

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Unexpected and avant-garde, the skirt features bold colour blocking and a distinctive wrap-skirt silhouette finished with daring faux leather.

The mint, navy and black leather combination, and offset gunmetal zip create an interesting fusion of colour and texture.

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When in need of turning up the cool-factor of winter looks, put on those super soft dark green ankle boots from Chloé featuring almond toe and block heel.

I love everything about them, the super sleek look, dark shade of green and how comfortable are they!

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I accessorised with Links of London earrings and ring.

What do you think?

Aggie

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The appeal of teal

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and are all looking forward to the wonders of 2015! It has been a while since my last post as I was enjoying my down-time off-line! I have somehow resisted featuring any glitzy and Christmassy ensembles, instead went for not-so-festive yet still funky winter leather outfit.

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Working with different shades of ivory, charcoal and black, Rick Owens is the king of avant-garde dazzle. You can always count on adding the edge to your urban wardrobe with the Paris-based designer’s luxe leather jackets.

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This Rick Owens Winged Salon shearling-lined leather jacket I picked up on theOutnet is one of a kind!
I love the rich pumpkin shade and the distressed leather look with shearling-lined collar. The oversized, cropped style and asymmetric snap fastening at front give the jacket uber cool look. The sleeves are fairly long so not to everyone’s liking but I adore this daring cut and fit.

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Carven is yet another label on the list of my favourite brands working Parisian elegance and eclectic aesthetics. This asymmetric statement skirt is certainly having its moment and it is easy to see why with Carven‘s vivid teal version.

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A geometric hem – longer at the back – and tactile wool bouclé sets it apart.

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I am back with yet another of Alexander Wang‘s designs. I picked up these dark brown Anouck cutout-heel leather ankle boots on theOutnet.

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I love the wedge cut-out leather heel with metal hardware plate that truly makes these boots unique.
The elasticated side panels and a pull tab at the rear create no-fuss slip on and off. They are very comfortable, too!

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I would love to hear what you think!

Aggie

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Animal Print Adventure

I am all for exploring new trends and labels and today I wanted to share a new brand I have recently discovered on theOutnet.

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Mother of Pearl is a cool British label with rich collaboration-infused collections where silhouettes and detailing stay true to the sports luxe aesthetic the brand is so close to. Expect effortless, easy-to-wear silhouettes with eclectic edge.

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Being a fan of leather, I love this Mother of Pearl anthracite animal print calf hair Leona top I picked up on theOutnet sale.

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The lightweight leather front, contrasting black satin back panel, and twill trims, make this peplum top a very interesting alternative to cropped jumper or a shirt.

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I have teamed it up with Raoul Embossed stretch-jersey leggings-style pants, I also got on theOutnet.

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Raoul is yet another label I got to love for its contemporary take on classic wardrobe pieces. Singapore-based Raoul’s refined aesthetic juxtapose bold paneling with strong patterns and neat draping.

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I must admit that this Alexander Wang Leather and brushed-twill blazer has become a staple of my heavily leather-laden wardrobe. I picked it up on Yoox sale but it is still available on theOutnet.

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The jacket features very quirky leather halterneck vest-effect front with flap pockets and snap-fastenings through the front.

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Aiming for colour blocking, I chose these gorgeous Alexander Wang Edie Pumice Grey Cut pumps, still available on Yoox.

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Yet again, Wang puts his signature twist on the slingback pump with a side cutout and sharply textured suede in half d’Orsay silhouette. Like all of Alexander Wang’s creations, they are beautifully profiled and comfortable!

Love, love, love!

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What do you think?

Aggie

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