Rinaree Fashion Show – The London Capital Club

We are at this time of the year again when the Christmas parties are on the cards and we are all looking forward to the December festivities ahead. In this spirit, I headed to the fabulous Rinaree launch and fashion show organised by The London Capital Club in the heart of the City the other week.

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I wore this Bastyan Danae Drape Dress in Ginger hue in a vibrant stretch silk and Alexander Wang Racketeer Sling small calf hair shoulder bag and Sam Edelman Ria black suede ankle boots. I complemented the outfit with rose gold accessories; Fendi Bangle and Michael Kors watch.

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Upon arrival, I was greeted with champagne and hors d’oeuvres and the rest of the evening flowed with beautiful designs showcased by gorgeous models.

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Rinaree is a prolific collaboration between Marina Richards and Yana Gafurova, a mother-daughter duo who design stupendous couture evening and wedding gowns with a fresh perspective on fashion and style.

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Marina Richards is the designer of the entire Rinaree range, with over 25 years of fashion experience, working with top London designers she makes sure her designs are quintessentially unique, instinctively knowing what the client wants.

Yana Gafurova, who I met personally at the show, is a Central Saint Martins’ offspring, where she majored in jewellery. Striving for perfection, both mother and daughter balance their life experiences and individuality, bringing the best out of the creative trio: couture, art and fashion.

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The show wowed with the beauty of uniquely individual designs, fabulous fabrics and understated colour schemes.

My absolute favourite was this interchangeable silver skirt and corset.

The corset itself was made using the traditional 19th century techniques, with French lace, organza and hand-beading and gemstone details, it was absolutely stunning!
Definitely, the winner of the night!

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I absolutely adored this blue dress, made of three layers of French lace, applied directly to a silk net base stretched on the mannequin. All fabrics used by Rinaree are natural and originate from Italy and France.

What an extraordinary work of art!

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I had a chance to chat to other bloggers and designers who celebrated Rinaree’s launch, exchanging ideas and fashion tips!

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What a glamorous evening that was!

Aggie
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Mad Hatter Style – Going Retro

I find that playing around with different styles is not only immensely enjoyable, but it also makes me scrutinize my fashion limitations. Experimenting with new pieces and trends pushes me out of my comfort zone, and as a result it boosts my confidence, making me completely at ease with everything I wear.

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I’m playing Mad Hatter in today’s look, going with a more vintage inspired outfit. I love the idea of a wide brim hat however, I never bought myself a proper one, simply assuming it would be a bit too inconvenient to carry if I decide to take it off! As a part of an experiment to get me into wearing more hats I bought this black Primark felt fedora hat, and I could not have been happier with it!

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The pretty vintage-inspired bow makes it easy to wear with a furry winter coat or a short shearling jacket,

Made from soft wool, this wide-brimmed feldora hat is perfect for those chilly Saturday shopping trips or Sunday lunches and at £8, it surely is a foolproof accessory you can’t afford to miss!

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I mixed it with this cosy Faux fur collar maxi cardigan, also from Primark.

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Funky, stylish and practical with a touch of American retro! I love the way it is complemented by the hat and how unasumingly cool and off-duty it makes the whole outfit look.

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Layering is great for winter, so I opted for this sumptuously soft CARVEN Green Tigerintarsia Knitted Sweater I picked up from theOutnet. I love the teal / coral nylon and mohair-blend and tiger stripe design that goes so well with natural tone of the leggings!

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These Donna Karan New York Seamed skinny rattan pants are one of the classic body pants, designed with lines and seams that make the difference tracing the silhouette, accentuating the positive through sculpting, shape and structure, also engineered to elongate the leg.

This is what you call a great easy chic look for busy ladies!

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I popped on these Sam Edelman Petty Sued Booties I picked up on BrandAlley. With one of the season’s hottest silhouettes, they are on my top 10 perfect flat booties list!

Sam Edelman shoes are defined by a strong eye for fashion so no wonder that after more than 30 years in the industry, he has honed his craft to design shoes that reflect his creative sensibility and confident style. His expressive signature on the insole of his shoes has become an iconic hallmark of quality.

My favourite features are stacked heel and tonal grosgrain piping at the notched top line.

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What do you think?

Aggie

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Bloggers Love Hub Event – Kanaloa Club – 17th November

Some of you might know that as a VIB, I have been been attending Bloggers Love Hub events every Monday this November. The evenings are organised by Danielle from Bloggers Love at Kanaloa Club in London and here is a short cover of last week’s event…
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I opted for MARNI silk dressSam Edelman Ria suede ankle boots and accessorised with JAEGER quilted leather handbag.
There was a certain degree of familiarity as I caught up with my fellow bloggers Natasha Kundi, Krissie Rogers and Amy Blaker.

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As always, I got to meet and chat with a number of brands about their products, designs ranges.
Slendertone is one of these brands I know very well.
I have been using their products for a while and I strongly believe they work well when used on a regular basis.

I had a chance to talk to Slendertone‘s Marketing Manager Charlotte Cordell about their new product called Slendertone Face. It aims at keeping the facial muscles healthy, increasing circulation ad progressively reducing the signs of ageing, restoring youthful shape of your face. I am certainly up for trying!

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Another intriguing brand I met was Pure Gold Collagen. I have heard of them in the past but never actually used the product so as I was chatting to Natasha Anne Kelleher and Tania Verrillo from MINERVA Research Labs that developed the product, it was a perfect opportunity to find out what the collagen drink tastes like! And it is very good, indeed!

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Pure Gold Collagen is the pioneer liquid beauty supplement within UK, inspired by the leading Japanese technology that nourishes skin from the inside out, targeting the visible signs of ageing associated with collagen loss.

I am a huge fan of all the technological news and novelty products so meeting with Slendertone and Minerva Research Labs was really exciting.

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I loved Colour Chase Cosmetics – “Make up for the dreamers”. They offer the most amazing array of quality bright coloured lipsticks and eye makeup. I can’t want to try them out!

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Moving onto the fashion and jewellery scene – I must mention Matthew Calvin – London based contemporary jewellery designer.

I love the way every piece is handmade and complemented with the minimalist glass and cork packaging. Very urban and oozing downtown cool.

I particularly liked Screw Top Studs, Lightweight Rings in rose gold and wide point ring in silver. Matthew Calvin is all about clean lines with modern edge, fine materials and underlying femininity. I can imagine his designs would go well with one of my favourite fashion designers – Alexander Wang. I can certainly see some common denominators…

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Another brand I liked was Zuzka Natural Beauty  –  100% natural cosmetics, free from harsh detergents and synthetic ingredients that could be tolerated by sensitive skin. Zuzka, which means Susan in Slovakian, offers a range of products made only from certified organic herbs, plants & flowers so perfect for allergy prone and troubled skin!

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I also had a chance to chat with a brand that has been on the market for the last 15 years – Hiffas Da Terra that offers organic products made of mushrooms! As unorthodox as it initially sounds, I have tried their organic soaps and they are wonderful! I am yet to try out the anti-ageing serum!

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This biotechnology company is committed to their green philosophy and created of the first gourmet mycological product range, combining sustainability, ecology and profitability. Definitely worth checking out!

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 Ndulge is a brand that offers scented and unscented handmade, organic skincare products including soaps, bath and skin care products to suit any mood, all beautifully packaged. My favourite was the heart shaped Christmas scented hand cream.

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I also met with Sumayah Deria who showcased a range of evening womenswear.

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Bow Boutique also featured some of their colourful designs.

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Shopping for party shoes or evening bangles? Check out Mifani’s perfect party accessories that make any outfit stand out.

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And finally, the brilliant fashion show from Koyawo featuring twelve evening outfits from their recent collection.

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Intarsia Adventure – with Jonathan Saunders and Sam Edelman

You would have noticed by now certain traits and constants in my style, being it classic separates, splash of colour, leather and silk shift dresses, vivid colour block tops and towering heels. And this outfit could not sum up my fashion mojo any better. It is a perfect party ensemble that I recently wore to Bloggers Love event.

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As I decided to inject some colour I opted for this gorgeous Jonathan Saunders Radka peony jacquard skirt and  Zoe Wave Intarsia knit Sweater I picked up on sale from matchesfashion.com and TheOutnet.

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Jonathan Saunders has become of of my favourite designers with his masterful use of colour, silk screen printing and tailoring that never fails to create an excitement at London Fashion Week, I love the way the classic striped print for Pre-AW14 forms an inspiration for the wave intarsia graphics. It is a refreshingly modern take on otherwise, run-of-the mill pattern.

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This wearable, punchy style will  certainly finds you at the centre of attention. Balance it with this gorgeous Radka Peony jacquard circle skirt  to experiment with volume this season.

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It’s made from a fabulous textured, almost embossed-like, blush-pink jacquard and a contrasting neon-yellow waistband that highlights your waist line beautifully.

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I styled the outfit with  Sam Edelman Ria suede black ankle booties.

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Don’t forget to check out my Giveaway this month!

xxx

Aggie

Pre Party Bloggers Love Event – Leicester Square

On Bank Holiday Monday, 25th August I was invited to the pre party Bloggers Love event in Leicester Square courtesy of Diana Kakkar (@DianaKakkar) who was a guest speaker. The event was organised by Bloggers Love and is part of Bloggers Fashion Week. It was a perfect opportunity for newbies like myself, to mingle with the other bloggers, exchange ideas, listen to some valuable advice and network with the brands!
I am pretty sure I was in the same boat as rest of the bloggers, umming and ahhing about what to wear. Despite the rain, I decided to inject some colour and opted for this gorgeous Jonathan Saunders Radka peony jacquard skirt and  Zoe Wave Intarsia knit Sweater teamed up with Sam Edelman Ria black ankle booties and JAEGER quilted black leather handbag.
I met some fantastic bloggers, lovely Aimee (@ClaudAimee) Jessica Yau (@jyukimi) Nicolette Toddor (@NicoletteToddor) and Emily Davison (@DavisonEm), to name a few. I have also spoken with greats brands invited to the event. I loved Lauren Rowden’ Ellie Air (@ellieair) jewellery stand, Maria-Katharine Richters’ tinkilove (@tinkilovebcapturelove) gorgeous clothing line and Eleanor Linden’s digital print collection (@EleanorLinden). I am sorry, I am not able to mention all of them.
I had a terrific time that evening, accompanied by my husband, who is also my blog photographer, we had taken quite a few nice pics you can view below.

What are your impressions?

Aggie
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Leather Edit # 4

Leather skirts are still very much a key trend this spring and as orange is new black, this off-duty Jaeger London pencil skirt is exactly what I was looking for. Crafted from super soft leather and finished with minimalist stitching, this timeless piece is well worth the investment.
Paired with silk monochrome Jaeger blouse and Sam Edelman Black Ria Suede ankle boots, it is simple, elegant and very wearable!