Urban Stripes

Stripes – so basic you have worn them with everything – from chunky to a skinny railroad version – they are an easy print to pull off and basic enough to pair with other bold colours. Scroll on to see how you can earn your style stripes sporting this hot trend.

T by Alexander Wang Ribbed-knit cotton-blend mini dress

Alexander Wang Emile Prisma croc-effect leather tote

Gianvito Rossi open toe leather mules

Links of London sterling silver jewellery

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In the land of grey and pink

Today featuring something for a chillier day….

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Flowing coats are one of my favourite outerwear in-between the seasons. This  JAEGER reversible herringbone wool coat has certainly got the air of casual insouciance and it weighs so little, it can be tossed over the shoulders like a shawl – I love its astonishing versatility and flattering fit.

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Cloud-soft and lightweight, the double-faced grey wool coat is perfect for making an easy transition into a warmer season. Designed to a wrap-around silhouette with a waist-cinching belt, this chic piece is reversible – giving you two tones of grey- cloudy and slightly darker herringbone – to choose from.

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I wore it with one of my favourite 3.1 Phillip Lim duo: Wool blend mini-skirt and chic grey jumper.

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I love the structured look of this lilac white nylon shell skirt with contrasting flocked wool pattern throughout.

Fluffy lilac grid adds texture and gives the boxy-cut skirt a contemporary spin.

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3.1 Phillip Lim Cash Only Terry Sweater is a cool statement piece for a laid-back style…

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Slim-fitted heathered grey cotton sweater with ribbed round neck, cuffs and hemline, dropped shoulder seams and black raised ”CASH ONLY” textured lettering is a fun way to go about!

I accesorised with Jil Sander‘s sleek and sophisticated and roomy luxe appeal tote. This grape leather tote has been crafted in Italy with a green leather-lined interior and detachable shoulder strap, equipped with multiple pockets to keep your essentials in check, double top handles and protective feet.  Complete with stamped branding and a top zip, your workwear looks will be given an instant lift.

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This tote certainly offers an immaculate finish for all four seasons.

The final touches are JAEGER patent grey leather heels with a cute burgundy ribbon and pink sunglasses.

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Backpacks are back! Handbags at LFW15

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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This is an extremely labour intensive process where each piece of leather is being cut by hand and constructed individually using traditional techniques

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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.

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I loved this hexagonal sculptured clutch back oozing sophistication and wow factor.

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The Mayra Fedane London brand remains very close to the concept of nonchalance, spontaneity and elegance.

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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.

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Mayra is a truly talented designers whose lego-enspired techno-pop handbags are an immediate draw!

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These were my favourites!

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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!

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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.

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How fabulous are those structured pink and purple print handbags?

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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.

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Referencing strongly contemporary art, architecture and design, ZACARIAS is a combination of progressive design and the art of hand-weaving.

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I particularly liked Dark Helmet bag hand-woven in wicker with adjustable natural leather handle. What a beauty!

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Which one is your favourite?

Aggie

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Bootylicious…

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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!

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Here is a what I wore to the final day at London Fashion Week.
I fell in love with this Duro Olowu Shearling-trimmed wool jacket when I saw it on the Outnet sale. Duro Olowu is a new designer in my wardrobe. Since 2004 when he launched his London label, Nigerian-born Duro, has been wowing with his signature kaleidoscopic and clashing prints full of energy and movement.
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I love the fluffy Mongolian-style lamb shearling and sleeves crafted from panels of black wool and monochrome bouclé. Very chic!
I teamed it up with Alexander Wang pleated leather mini skirt. I am a die-hard Wang fan and must admit, this skirt is not only just drop-dead gorgeous to look at but you also feel fabulous wearing it!
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I just adore the gunmetal/licorice colour and heavy leather structured feel with strong pleats thought-out the front. Masterpiece!
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Now, when it comes to boots – no one does it better than Alexander Wang. When NET-A-PORTER had a sale earlier in a year, I knew I had to have them!
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Worn on the runway at New York Fashion Week, Alexander Wang’s ‘Lovanni’ two tone over the knee boots are one of a kind! With a contrasting slick black and chocolate brown leather, zipped at the back, giving off the classic equestrian feel and comfortable stack wooded white heel that adds an off-beat, contemporary edge making it so easy to walk the city streets, why not make blustery mornings a total pleasure!
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I finished off the look with the iconic Stella McCartney Fabella faux-leather shaggy deer black fold-over tote with ruthenium chain hardware.
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I love the fact it can be worn in two different ways – folded over as a shoulder bag or a as a handheld tote!
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Only these funky Fendi Havana tortoiseshell oversized shades to put on and off I go!

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Let me know what you think about this outfit!

Aggie
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Taking the City lane

A few weeks back I headed up to the City for the Lord Mayor’s show and I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to take pics for my new post in different surroundings. London has got so many of those hidden gem locations to offer and I am about to embark on a journey to discover and feature as many of them as I can!

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I have opted to wear this statement Double Faced Pink Apricot Wrap Coat by JAEGER. I love the warm peachy/pink hue juxtaposed against a sumptuous dove grey wool. This stunning coat is made of 100% wool and mid-length style design gives it a dramatic silhouette. What a fabulous way of injecting colour to your autumn wardrobe!
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I bought the coat last year so it is no longer available in stores but still loving the way it feels and looks on!
I am very much into soft grey these days so I chose to accessorize my coat with this beautiful cashmere scarf by British heritage brand Johnstons of Elgin. The label has been creating the finest woolen and cashmere clothing and accessories since 1797 and this scarf is a timeless classic. Made from the most luxurious cashmere, it epitomises minimalist chic and is the perfect addition to any winter outfit!

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I put the feminine elegance of the coat against Stella McCartney Zip-trimmed faux leather ankle boots for an unexpected shot of glamour and edge. I love black ankle booties because they are so easy to wear with any assemble. I picked the pair from Outnet some time ago but I still receive so many complements on how lovely they look on. I particularly like the gold zip fastening at the back and almond toe and gold sole.
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 Gerard Darel is another bag designer I absolutely adore. This Bahia Simple Bag is essentially every woman’s minimalist dream. As the name indicates, the simple bag completely eradicates all the unnecessary design elements imposed upon most of the ‘it bag’. It comes in the most chic and cool of colours with an added timeless feel to it. I love the black leather exterior with the luxury burgundy suede inside. What I find wonderful about it is that it literally holds all my essentials and you still have plenty of room left, perfect for the fast paced ‘tote fan’! The leather has got a slightly rough look but it is unbelievably smooth which adds to its striking character.

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