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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When cashmere meets wool

“Baby, it is cold outside” is certainly the new London theme tune right now as it got really chilly out here.

I am the last person to welcome the wintry blasts but before I settle comfortably into my cosy shearling coats and knee high boots, there are a couple of less heavy-duty outfits I would like to share.
When it comes to knits, cashmere is the king, this ultra soft fabric is a symbol of opulence and unparalleled comfort.

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I have found this lovely Marc by Marc Jacobs cashmere tulle frill neck jumper on one of recent wanders at the local TX Maxx in the City. Trust Marc By Marc Jacobs to inject this wardrobe classic with a fun feminine twist giving the essential plain black sweater a fashion-forward update! Amp it up with the optional tulle collar when the mood takes you!
The collar is button detachable and features semi-sheer polka dot tulle frill embellishment.

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I love contrasting and complementing colours and colour blocking is one of my favourite styles so I opted for this gorgeous JAEGER Italian Melton wool Pencil Skirt in fabulous oxblood. This beautifully cut pencil skirt with a smooth waistband and split at the front and back is so figure skimming and a must for the office or evening drinks. It looks equally marvelous with a silk blouse!

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The black studded Alexander McQueen De Manta clutch will complete the coolest of day or evening looks.

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I accessorised with Fendi Rose Gold Bangle and Michael Kors Rose Gold watch.

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I kicked the outfit off with a pair of Preen for Aldo Pravda Rise pumps featuring a pointy toe, patchwork leather detail and bold block heels that not only elongate your legs, but also keep feet comfortable.
I love these heels for the unusual V-shaped front finish and grainy feel to the leather.

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Aggie
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Modern Monochrome

There’s been one overwhelming winner for fashion trends of the season in my wardrobe – the monochrome. I absolutely adore this eternally chic combination, no surprise I have accumulated a fair amount of black and white separates I chop and change as I go.

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Monochrome is simple but wearing it requires a bit of forethought. The key is to choose the right monochrome for you, and style it up (but not too much) and this is yet another of my takes on this extraordinarily versatile look.

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Take a look at this loose fitting Marc By Marc Jacobs White Cleo Quilted Raglan Top I picked up some time ago at FarFetch.

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Originally set up as a diffusion line by Marc Jacobs, the brand is now run by the esteemed British duo Luella Barleya and Katie Hillier who injected into the brand a lot of cool tailoring and fresh graphics.

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This stretch-cotton top is a true style powerhouse with its elaborate quilting and oversized raglan sleeves. I am fond of the zip-trim shoulders that certainly make the top look more interesting.

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As a contrasting separate, I chose these laid back luxe wrapped trousers from Superfine I bought last year on one of my favourite online shopping destinations – COCOSA.

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Made from super soft black cotton, they have a subtle wrap look detail on the front and two side slit pockets on the hips. I love the tapered legs and ankle skimming cuffs with zip fastenings. A bit punk, a bit purist Perfect for a lazy afternoon out!

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Established in 2003 by Lucy Pinter and Flora Evans, Superfine is recognised as an innovative style leader, creating rock and roll jeans with a real London attitude. The designs embrace denim’s effortlessness, with the focus on fit and fabric with clever, often hidden, details.

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I picked my favourite Alexander Wang Lovisa embossed peroxite white lizard-effect leather pumps to complement the look. I got them up over summer on sales at Jades24, unfortunately, now sold out.

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They are the most stylish and comfortable heels I own, that’s probably why I am a proud owner of these beauties in three different colours including black and blood orange!

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These Lovisa pumps are made from peroxide snake embossed leather and feature a sleek ankle strap, both practical and chic, it will seamlessly take you from season to season.

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I simply adore the stiletto high elegant tapered toe with t-strap and a side buckle fastening that transforms this classic style into something utterly modern.

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I accesorised with Alexander McQueen white and red graded shades and Links of London Annoushka Amethyst dome earrings and Affinity Kinship Citrine Ring.

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Richard Nicoll snake-effect jacquard dress & Alexander Wang Jodie retro mint-green leather pumps

As I am writing this post, I am coming towards the end of my summer holiday and I am desperately trying to keep fresh all the images of the fabulous summer dresses I wore this season.
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This is yet another design I have recently fallen in love with – when an average cocktail dress just won’t do, turn to Richard Nicoll’s exquisite cut. This light grey/mint snake-effect jacquard dress is a statement choice, with a pearlescent mint-green jersey back panel and gorgeous mint patent leather hem, it will get you to stand out from the crowd! I love the casual, loose fit and a scoop neck that oozes sophistication.

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These Alexander Wang Jodie retro mint-green leather pumps are a perfect duo. I love the mint hue pepped up with a splash of foil-effect aqua green and the black ankle strap that carries on daring modernity. The trademark pointy toe, sling back strap and the additional black ankle strap with a side buckle fastening are just gorgeous. Contrast matte with metallic for unimpaired results, wear it with a pencil skirt or a shift dress for a contemporary cue of style.

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The black studded Alexander McQueen De Manta clutch will complete the coolest of evening looks.

Summer edit on the go

So, last weekend I went to Paris and I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to take some nice shots. Here is a small preview of my summer edit on the go.

One of my recent, most cherished purchases is this lovely pair of Alexander Wang Masha Glossed-leather mules. It’s quite difficult to find minimal looking pieces that are unique but still feel new, and these Wang’s are exactly that. Having read a lot of reviews, I opted for a larger size UK  5 instead of my usual size 4, and they fit perfectly which I am so pleased with. I love the inset strap that wraps around the back of the heel and a single sole with a leather wrap. Simple, versatile and super stylish. Think of them as an alternative to the omnipresent ankle-strap sandals, and wear with everything from cocktail dresses to simple separates.

I went with this bold and simple cobalt blue Bodice Bandeau Dress by JAEGER London. Straight from the catwalk, and frequently featured in Grazia and Guardian, this stunning strapless dress is a show stopper. It is the perfect dress to be seen in for a special day out with its cute pronounced bustier and an unusual unfolding A-line shape.

Summer is the best time to show off this Love Moschino Multicolour Charming Girl Print silk Bag featuring gold-tone woven chain handles with a zipped interior pocket. I love the illustrated girl print design and its luxuriously soft silky feel. It is bound to add charm to any outfit.

For a stand-out look, I have opted for these two-tone Alexander McQueen ivory sunglasses with shaded lenses that I snapped from YOOX.com. and they are still available on sale.

Perfect summer outfit – Voilà!

Alexander Wang leather-panelled textured-crepe vest

I have been eyeing this Alexander Wang Leather-panelled textured-crepe vest for a while and when it finally came out on sale on yoox.com at a more approachable price and most importantly, my size, I just could not let it go…

I love this cut away front, textured-crepe fabric and uber cool black leather open-stitch bib.
Easy to dress up or down, and so versatile, Alexander Wang has become one of my favourite designers, the king of downtown cool, his razor sharp jackets and edgy urban separates are perfect for layering.
I just cannot get enough and already eyeing another piece…
I have styled it with Alexander McQueen De Manta clutch bag but more about that in my next post!