Tag Archives: Chanel

One Look, So Much Inspiration

3 Apr

Fashion is so much about creativity and expression. It excites me to no end when I see someone wear something beautiful in an unexpected way. Doesn’t happen every day, so I have to celebrate it when it comes along. I happened upon this yesterday…

Graphic Print Tee + Stunning Flowing Accordion Pleat skirt + Chanel bag + Long Necklace = Super Stunner

On a completely separate note, I found this quote on Pinterest and it makes my heart skip a beat. This is a life note like no other…let’s use the whole box of crayons!

Photo credits

Street Style: My Girly Side

Quote: Dear Monet

Spring 2012 Trend: The Tweed Jacket

7 Mar

Inspired by Chanel, more specifically Coco chanel, this jacket style is having a fashion moment right now. My favourites so far are the pieces by Tory Burch, Lanvin, Zara and HnM. The great thing is that they’ve been interpreted in a variety of cuts and structures to suit most body types.

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Chanel Spring 2012 RTW

The most important tip for wearing this style is to dress it up chic and for best effects with edgy accents. To avoid landing in the old lady chic zone, this jacket must NOT be worn with a full or A line skirt. Regular or wide leg pants are a no no too. The blazer tends to be bulky so for balance, the bottom must be streamlined

Pair with skinny jeans, tapered pants, capris or shorts; wear over a sheer or light weight blouse with shoe boots or chunky platforms. Hobo bag and statement necklace if you like and you’re ready to go.

I especially love the Tory Burch below, the frayed edges, deconstruction and metallic buttons are right up my alley.

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Tory Burch Daniela Bouclé Tweed jacket £460

DKNY Fringed cotton-blend tweed jacket_£405

DKNY Fringed Cotton Blend Tweed Jacket £405

Lanvin Frayed bouclé-tweed jacket £2145

Lanvin Frayed Bouclé Tweed Jacket £2145

You can find the Tory Burch, DKNY and Lanvin on net-a-porter.com.

Zara did a beautiful job with this trend, love the studded blazer. Note the styling of each blazer too, very edgy, very chic. Not a chance for old lady chic.

You can find all blazers on zara.com

ZARA STUDDED FANTASY FABRIC BLAZER_£90

Zara Studded Fantasy Fabric Blazer £90

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Zara Piped Blazer with Zips £70

ZARA FRAYED BLAZER_£50

Zara Frayed Blazer £50

H&M kept it simple and streamlined, great addition to a stylish wardrobe, great price too. You can find on hm.com

HnM £30

H&M £30

HnM £30

H&M £30

Paris Fashion Week Fall 2012: Haider Ackermann!

6 Mar

There is a reason why this designer was named by Karl Lagerfeld as a possible successor for the haute couture powerhouse Chanel. Anyone who understands how to sculpt luxe fabrics around the body with such sartorial precision, with a consistently accurate play of colour, texture, tailoring, draping, layering and those waist cinching effects…words fail me.

Presenting my best picks from the Fall 2012 collection of one of my favourite ever designers..Haider Ackermann! *big grin*

p.s.

Look out for the Lanvin collection, it was pure gorgeousness.

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Photo credits: Elle.com

Vintage Chanel Sale on Cocosa

7 Feb

Would you imagine my jaw dropping amazement when I got my Cocosa email alert this morning? They have a Vintage shop up and guess what they have in there?! Chanel bags! That was some excitement for me this morning, you don’t quite see vintage Chanel bags being sold randomly. They also had Chanel jewelry, Celine, YSL and Loius Vuitton bags. OMG! Right there on the site were 8 stunning chanel bags, staring me in the face.

Now, for a split second, I wished I could grab one because I mean, it’s a designer discount site isn’t it? The prices ranged from £1,350 – £2,295 and as we speak, 5 of the 8 are sold out already. Don’t we heart our Chanel?

Well, here’s a look at the ladies who made me smile this morning. One day soon, one of them shall be mine *grinning*

Chanel quilted shopper - Cocosa

Chanel quilted shopper £1650

Chanel large shoulder bag £1350

Chanel large shoulder bag £1350

Chanel 2.55 bag £2150

Chanel 2.55 bag £2150

Vintage Chanel 2.55 Patent Jumbo Classic Bag   £2295

Vintage Chanel 2.55 Patent Jumbo Classic Bag £2295

Vintage Chanel Side Tassle Navy Shoulder Bag  £1350

Vintage Chanel Side Tassle Navy Shoulder Bag £1350

Chanel Classic 2.55 Jersey Bag £1995

Chanel Classic 2.55 Jersey Bag £1995

 

Go see for yourself at Cocosa.com, one of my fav ever designer discount shopping sites.

 

The Art of Luxury Time-telling

6 Apr

The world of luxury fashion is one that I find intensely fascinating and so breathtaking. Luxury brand manufacturers take the best materials you can find on this beautiful earth and craft incredible things out of them.

From plush fabrics to diamonds and precious gems, I mean, the earth is full of beautiful things waiting for this type of expression. What’s the point of a diamond in raw form below the earth, when it can be made into a swash buckling Chopard watch?

I think I’m kinda digressing? Lol

So, the biggest and the best watchmakers in the world gathered at the Baselworld Watch and Jewellery Show in Geneva, Switzerland late last month. And you can only imagine what went down, tons of sophisticated collections and innovation.

Check out some of the simply amazing selections from some of our favourite designer names. Please read the descriptions of the watches, so luxuriously poetic, lol.

Doesn’t matter if you can’t get one of ’em, it’s great to admire excellent craftsmanship and the beauty of creative genius.

Chopard
Chopard Owl watch in 18K rose gold with two dials, two time zones, and quartz movement, fully set with baguette-cut rubies (3.68 carats), baguette-cut diamonds (1.67 carats), and brilliant-cut diamonds (7.52 carats)
Azzaro

Azzaro Ise watch in stainless steel

Versace

Versace Destiny Spirit Precious watch in round stainless steel case with blue sapphires and blue lizard strap

Chanel

Chanel Premiere three-row watch in steel and black ceramic

Dior

Dior Christal 33mm purple watch with stainless steel case, purple sapphire crystals, and diamonds

Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany & Co. Atlas Cocktail watch with black dial, polished 18K white gold bezel, and Roman numerals set with diamonds

Chanel

Chanel J12 41mm chromatic watch in titanium ceramic with steel triple-folding buckle

Harry Winston

Harry Winston Rosebud watch with mother-of-pearl dial and 16 baguette-cut diamonds (1.8 carats), 26 pear-cut diamonds (2.9 carats), and 126 brilliant-cut diamonds (2 carats)

Valentino

Valentino Gemme mini watch in steel

See info about the show on the Baselworld site

Pics via styledotcom

Style Personified: Gabrielle Coco Chanel

21 Nov

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Timeless and never out of style, Coco Chanel keeps inspiring the fashion-forward decade after decade since her death in 1971. It’s just as she put it herself, ‘Fashion fades, only style remains the same.’ Coco’s style can best be described as infinite and she’s the timeless style icon. She didn’t just embody style though, she created classic fashion till she was old and grey and for this we love her.

How do we love thee Coco Chanel? Let us count the ways

We love thee for…

1. Breaking the fashion status quo in your day, setting women free from the bondage corset and reinventing the way they dressed.

2. Creating and perfecting the art of effortless chic

3. Doing wonders with tweed and inventing the all time classic Chanel suit

4. Making a signature out of the quilted chain strapped bag

5. Against all odds, Creating the little black dress

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The ABC of being Coco Chanel

A – Gotta love black

B – Pile on the pearls

C – Get a wardrobe full of hats and master the art of the stylish perch

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Coco Quotes

“Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future.”

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

Photo Credits: The Guardian

Katy Perry does sleek chic in Harper’s Bazaar

9 Nov

We won’t be getting enough of this season’s ladylike chic it seems. And i for one, don’t mind at all. It’s one style that is right up my alley. The next ‘unlikely’ model to get this style update is Katy Perry in the December issue of Harper’s Bazaar.

And this look gives her a major glam break from the candy floss and teenage dream style. It’s ultimate sleek chic featuring the A-listers of fashion. She’s wearing Gucci, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, i mean, it really doesn’t get more glam, does it?

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The Best of Spring 2011 Bags: My Top 40

14 Oct

The attention grabbing clothes did a good job of trying to outshine the accessories but they were right there, holding their own and spicing things up.

After looking at the gorgeous bags that made the Spring 2011 runways, I chose my top 40 beauties. You’ll probably decipher that I love totes, the bigger the better, structure is right up my alley too. It wasn’t all totes though, there was an abundance of clutch bags a la Burberry, across the body bags and compact structured pieces. The abundantly fringed Roberto Cavalli bags stood out against the pack and appealed to the boho side of me.

For Spring 2011 bag trends, there’s a lot of structured large totes, the bags look large enough to fit all summer essentials and more, beach house perhaps? lol. The bright color trends showed up in bags too, there’s patterns, florals and embellishment, reflecting the key Spring trends.

 

Bottega Veneta Bag_Spring 2011

Bottega Veneta

 

 

Dolce & Gabbana Bag_Spring 2011

Dolce & Gabbana

 

 

Marni Bags_Spring 2011

Marni

 

 

Prada_Spring 2011

Prada

 

 

Gucci Bag_Spring 2011

Gucci

 

 

Salvatore Ferragamo bags_Spring 2011

Salvatore Ferragamo

 

 

Versus Bag_Spring 2011

Versus

 

 

Roberto Cavalli Bag_Spring 2011

Roberto Cavalli

 

 

Nina Ricci Bag_Spring 2011

Nina Ricci

 

 

Gucci Bag_Spring 2011

Gucci

 

 

Bottega Veneta Bag_Spring 2011

Bottega Veneta

 

 

Valentino bag_Spring 2011

Valentino

 

 

Gucci Bag_Spring 2011

Gucci

 

 

 

Jil Sander Bag_Spring 2011

Jil Sander

 

 

Nina Ricci Bag_Spring 2011

Nina Ricci

 

 

Rochas Bag_Spring 2011

Rochas

 

 

Jason Wu Bag_Spring 2011

Jason Wu

 

 

Burberry Bag_Spring 2011

Burberry

 

 

Giorgio Armani Bag_Spring 2011

Giorgio Armani

 

 

Fendi Bag_Spring 2011

Fendi

 

 

Oscar de la renta bag_Spring 2011

Oscar de la Renta

 

 

Loius Vuitton Bag_Spring 2011

Loius Vuitton

 

 

Versus Bag_Spring 2011

Versus

 

 

Marc Jacobs Bag_Spring 2011

Marc Jacobs

 

 

Versace Bag_Spring 2011

Versace

 

 

Celine Bag_Spring 2011

Celine

 

 

Dolce & Gabbana Bag_Spring 2011

Dolce & Gabbana

 

 

Lanvin Bag_Spring 2011

Lanvin

 

 

Christian Dior Bag_Spring 2011

Christian Dior

 

 

Christian Dior Bag_Spring 2011

Christian Dior

 

 

Hermes Bag_Spring 2011

Hermes

 

 

Fendi Bag_Spring 2011

Fendi

 

 

Jean Paul Gaultier Bag_Spring 2011

Jean Paul Gaultier

 

 

Fendi Bag_Spring 2011

Fendi

 

 

Chanel Bag_Spring 2011

Chanel

 

 

Loius Vuitton Bag_Spring 2011

Loius Vuitton

 

 

Chloe Bag_Spring 2011

Chloe

 

 

Proenza Schouler Bag_Spring 2011

Proenza Schouler

 

 

Michael Kors Bag_Spring 2011

Michael Kors

 

 

Burberry Bag_Spring 2011

Burberry

 

Coming up next is my ‘Top 40 Spring 2011 shoes!’ Be right back.

Images via Style.com