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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Italian Rendezvous

WHERE: Tuscany, Italy
WHEN: July 2015
WHAT: JAEGER racerback pleat dress
Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses
L.K. Bennett Capri Blush Leather Gladiator Sandals
Links of London Evil Eye Watch Over Me bracelet and necklac
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Links of London Karabiner Bangle
Links of London Purity Ring

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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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Here comes the sun…

I am really hoping we are in for some nice weather here in London… finally!

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I like playing with colours while creating my style and with grey and blue being my latest favorite, here is a taster of how chic and fashionable these colour combinations and various textures can be when cleverly put together.

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I have recently discovered this fresh Parisian label ATTO brand while browsing NET-A-PORTER.

Atto’s collections combine Parisian elegance with Japanese wrapping techniques. They say “It’s about this balance between clean and sharp and really sensual”

I love the label’s directional take on this double breasted jacket made in France from mid-weight wool with a contrasting sharp point black denim collar. The wide leather belt is super flattering.

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I love the oversized fit, with drop shoulder seams, the contrasting black buttons adding a mod finish.

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I partnered it with my wardrobe stable –  these Marc by Marc Jacobs Mirah leather trousers with skinny-leg and a horizontal knee-seam with a top button and zip front fastening.

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It is amazing how well they go with pretty much everything!

I added a splash of cobalt with this  Proenza Schouler Elliot shearling clutch bag: a perfectly-sized bag with a statement cobalt blue fur front flap. New York-based Proenza Schouler have always designed bags for It bloggers, uptown housewives, and trendy fashionistas, and they endeavour to keep their handbag momentum going with the introduction of this new style.

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Epitomising the label’s contemporary and classic combo, this style has been crafted from shaved black shearling, smooth leather and suede.

To finish the look off I chose these gorgeous Proenza Schouler leopard print ponyskin courts I picked up on Yoox.

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I love the V Shaped cut in line and slim heel which makes the shoes surprisingly comfortable.

Just my black Wayfarer Ray Bans and Links of London ring and voila!

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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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The perfect dress

What is a perfect dress? Short, long, fitted, loose, to me, the perfect dress takes many forms and shapes but they all have one common denominator – once you slip into it, it is like your second skin. Even without accessorising, you instantaneously feel like a million dollars and that’s what it’s all about!

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This Alexander Wang Micro-paisley jacquard dress is one of my perfect dresses.
Simple cut, gorgeous burgundy silk-blend paisley jacquard print and comfy feel make it a cool, new-season cocktail dress.The shoulders are slightly padded to make a statement at the long sleeves and the side-seam pockets give it a sporty feel.

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Add chic court heels to complete the look.
Gianvito Rossi‘s pumps are timeless so go for it and mirror Cinderella enchantment with these Plexi clear PVC heels. Panelled with two tone, black and Bordeaux patent leather and transparent sides, this pair is a charming complement for both your office and off-duty styles.
Gianvito Rossi says that “the real luxury of shoes lies in the pleasure of slipping them on” and these pumps are without a doubt an epitome of this statement oozing sophistication and femininity.
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For a touch of glamour, I put on this MAWI rose gold Razor blade ring with green solitaire Swarovski crystal. I love the funky shape and fabulous green colour off setting the rose gold.
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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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Going beige

As the weather got a bit milder this week here in London, I decided to feature a jacket-free outfit.
I have gone for beige and contrasting black as I love the way these hues off-set each other.

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Last year I discovered & Other Stories label and I fell in love with their simple yet very sharp and invariably desirable pieces.
If you’re a fan of H&M‘s sister brand COS, I am positive you will love them too!

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Their collaborations with independent fashion designers bring up the style names that we might not otherwise have encountered  on the British high street. Moscow-based designer Vika Gazinskaya and Lykke Li, may just be its most covetable collaborations to date.

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This lovely & Other Stories two-tone soft and lightweight cotton pullover has a simple yet stylish look. With slightly round silhouette and a relaxed-fit, it accentuates the right parts of your body and gives off casual yet cool vibe.

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Leather is surely the key luxe fabric and a leading trend for yet another season, I love the ways it feels and I enjoy styling it with other fabrics. I have put on this Peridot London Stone Randall Wrap Leather Skirt to complement the top. Peridot London are known for their contemporary, timeless quality designs, strong tailoring aesthetic and this piece is no different.

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The asymmetric skirt has a modern tribal vibe about it , I love the way it folds over in front giving the impression it fastens at the fold, while the actual hidden zip is at the back. It is such a lovely and versatile skirt that can be dressed up with neutral heels and a simple t-shirt for smart/casual chic.

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I teamed it up with & Other Stories black leather ankle boots featuring a quirky wavy cut around the ankle that creates a modern and feminine look.I like the narrow square toe, stable chunky heel and the exposed zip at the rear.

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I accessorised with Links of London Watch Over Me sterling silver necklace and Purity ring.

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