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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Top Five: Fluffy Shoes

Fluffy shoes. You’re thinking boudoir slippers, right? Get the thought of tacky, Eighties-esque marabou-toed mules out of your head; I want to talk about seriously covetable footwear. Between Alexander Wang’s marabou sandals for AW11 and Celine’s all fur everything footwear collection for SS13, this is one microtrend which has been steadily building its case and filtering down to the high-street. I have to say, I’m a fan. I love soft textures, especially if they’re used in an unusual way. While the full fur shoe look might work when you’re Anna Dello Russo, I’d advise sticking with a touch of fur on a plain shoe for real life, either playing up the girliness with a pretty outfit or paired with tailored joggers and leather for a more edgy look. Here are my top 5 fluffy shoes:



 
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Saturday, 17 January 2015

The Making of Louis Vuitton's Petite Malle

 

 
One of the undoubtable highlights of Nicolas Ghesquiere’s inaugural AW14 collection for Louis Vuitton was the brand new Petite Malle, or little trunk, handbag. Sensitively balancing the Louis Vuitton’s luggage heritage while creating something new, the devil is in the detail. A shrunken version of Vuitton’s iconic travel trunk, each interation of the Petite Malle featured the three cross signature of photographer Albert Kahn – Ghesquiere was inspired by zinc-covered leather trunks created for Kahn between 1911 and 1929. The clasp of the trunk clutch features a revived logo, inspired by a photo of one of the first Vuitton boutiques in the 1800s, with slanted initials in a round shape.
 
Each trunk is handmade and a masterpiece in its own right. This video follows each step in the process of making a Petite Malle, a rare glimpse into the making of an iconic bag:  

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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

London Collections: Men - James Long AW15

 
I’m a long-time James Long girl. An LC:M and industry favourite, Long’s deft work with leather, prints and denim has amassed a legion of fans since winning the first ever NEWGEN award about a billion years ago.
 
Long’s autumn/winter 2015 collection was all about dramatic jackets with a dusting of super luxe sheepskin. The oversized leather and denim jackets with utility pockets were the stand out pieces as well as the herringbone jersey tracksuits. Long also juxtaposed delicate lace with his luxury urbanwear aesthetic for an interesting take on streetwear.
 
One of my favourite collections this season.
 
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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

London Collections: Men - Baartmans and Siegel

 
Baartmans and Siegel’s autumn/winter collection was a departure from the bright, bold collections which were vying for attention. A cool colour palette of blues, greens, black and a dash of red, the collection was understated, letting the quality and tailoring take centre stage.
 
Details including hand-woven storm cuffs, zips on zips on zips and Scandinavian fur collars were a nod to Wouter Baartmans and Amber Siegel’s time working under Viktor & Rolf. The stand out piece for me was the full length women’s fur coat which snuck in with a couple of other womenswear looks.
 
Commercial and accessible, a fantastic collection.
 
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Monday, 12 January 2015

London Collections: Men - Sibling AW15

 
I’m going to start with the obvious, the collection is pink. Very pink. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the shade, which I’m calling Sibling pink, but underneath the bold hue is a brilliant collection.
 
Punky models complete with pink hair strolled down the runway to “Cherry bomb” by The Runaways as well as The Ramones in the brand’s signature oversized, weighty knits, Fairisle prints and cobweb mohair pieces. Like the Agi & Sam collection, the Sibling collection showed hints of childhood inspiration with schoolboy suits, shirts and ties.
 
Well worth breaking Regina George’s rule and wearing pink everyday.
 
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