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Love. Want. Need.

10 Mar

Lanvin Swarovski Crystal and Cord Brass Chain Necklace.

Solid, beautiful and versatile; great wardrobe staple and would work with many looks. Particularly excellent for dressing a little black dress up.

Find it on net-a-porter for £730

Lanvin Swarovski crystal and cord chain necklace £730 pounds

Lanvin Swarovski crystal and cord chain necklace £730 pounds

Spring/Summer 2012 Fashion Month is upon us

12 Sep

And I will not be starting this blogpost by commenting on the elephant in the room, i.e. where have you been? It’s sadly getting cliche. I’m thinking about making some changes, still thinking, might involve a new blog but hey i’ll keep you posted.

To the subject at hand. There’s no better inspiration for daily blogging than the unveiling of a new fashion season. Spring/Summer is the season to look out for because it dictates the trends we will be seeing and most probably wearing for the most part of the coming year. If you ask me, A/W tails behind and retains some trends from the S/S season.

Spring/Summer is also the most relevant season for all we tropics dwellers. We get to see what trends are making the come back, if it’s going to be another colour bomb season, there’s been talk about whites, muted turquoises, wisteria wave purples, neutrals. Will the 70s influence stay or go, what will be hitting the shops for the new season, how creative is it going to be, will any interesting trend make a come back, like polka dots or animal print from the last two seasons? Or perhaps my favourite 50s era will make a comeback? Unlikely but can’t help but wish. It’s exciting stuff I tell you.

Having said all of that, there’s been a lot of talk about what designers to watch out for, both old and new, I’ve read with keen interest. The thing is though, I have the designers I always look forward to with bated breath. Seeing another collection from these creative geniuses is pure bliss and a delight.

I’m talking about my top 5 designers to look forward to and why, with a peep at my favourites from their Fall 2011 collections.

1. Oscar de la Renta

I did a blogpost on Oscar de la Renta recently. This is one designer who makes the girly girl in me tingle with excitement. The dresses, the flawless tailoring, a very less is more elegant and soignée take on the season’s trends. His fall 2011 collection featured shift dresses, damask, jewel tones, lots of beauty.

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2. Lanvin

I really like Alber Elbaz, the creative director of Lanvin. He combines a passionate artistic side with an understanding of the feminine silhouette and what’s practical. On top of that,  he fully has a mind of his own, I sort of see him as an artist artist in the fashion industry. Alber Elbaz it was who decided last minute during the Spring 2011 shows, to put his models in flats because they were not comfortable in vertiginous heels during the dress rehearsals. Never mind that the flats were paired with flowing long dresses. Lol. Fall 2011 was some draping, flowy fabrics and quirky pretty accessories.

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3. Jason Wu

He has come a mighty long way since Michelle Obama’s famous inauguration ball gown. He now has a shoe, bag and accessories line. I can’t help but look forward to see where he’s headed next in his design aesthetic. You can’t ignore Jason Wu’s sharp tailoring, detail and precision.

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4. Victoria Beckham

Since her foray into fashion, it has been a minimalist, sleek chic aesthetic. Very polished, a mirror reflection of her own style. No one wears a Victoria Beckham dress better than the lady herself. The styles are practical, pretty and very wearable, straight off the runway. I fell hook, line and sinker for  the clean lines, form flattering fit and the generous use of block colours with just a touch of patterns and prints here and there.

I’ve loved seeing the label evolve, slowly and steadily. Fall 2011 was quite different, in a really beautiful way. It looked like she opened up and was more experimental, with  great results to show.

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5. Elie Saab

Elie Saab is unrivalled in the expertise of draping the most exquisite fabrics delicately and stunningly on a woman’s frame. It really doesn’t matter what season it is, you’ll find red carpet ready dresses in the Elie Saab collection.  The tailoring is exceptional, generously draped fabrics dripping with glittering jewels, totally exquisite. For Fall 2011, he added in quite a bit of simplicity, with knee length, softly draped dresses and shifts in block colours.

I look forward to Elie Saab with eager anticipation every season.

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There are quite a few others who I look forward to as well, Haider Ackermann for the most amazing deconstructed pieces and lush draping, Gucci for luxe style and opulence, Diane von Furstenberg for girly and fun style.

Will report as much as I can on my favourite collections.

Have a blast this week. xx

What a way to wear the pearls

5 Aug

If you live in Lagos, then you know how one thing becomes a trend and every where you go, there’s someone wearing a version of it. After a while you kinda get tired and start looking out for something new. I guess it’s because here, we don’t have the regular seasonal fashion and beauty trends as there is globally, so some trends can stay for months and months.

I  recently started feeling that way about layered pearl necklaces. Literally EVERY girl in Lag has got one. In varying numbers of layers, thickness and lengths etc, there’s someone wearing a layered pearl necklace every where you turn.

As worn by Rihanna, this is the general look you see every where in Lag

Now pearls are a classic as far as jewelry is concerned, from the days of Coco Chanel to Audrey Hepburn, they represent a certain type of style, that tres chic, timeless look.

They will always be around in one form of the other! So imagine my excitement when I came upon this selection on Fashionologie.  I love fashion creative directors for this reason, they always push the boundaries and invent something new out of the old; just when you think you’ve seen it all.

A bunch of them just made me very happy, they gave the classic pearls a proper facelift and right there in the line up is one of my all time favourites Lanvin.

My fav of the collection today has got to be the Kate Spade though, Simply stunning.

Janna Conner Knotted White Pear Necklace $190

Janna Conner Knotted White Pear Necklace $190

Lanvin Large Pearl Light Bulb Necklace $1650

Kate Spade Street Statement Necklace $448

Kate Spade Street Statement Necklace $448

Fallon Oversized Heart Necklace $315

Fallon Oversized Heart Necklace $315

Nicole Romano Spear and Pearl Necklace $488

Bijoux Heart Laque Gold-Plated Swarovksi Crystal Necklace $1400

Fallon Pearl & Chain Necklace $250

Oscar de la Renta Mesh Chain Pearl Necklace $595

So, we might not be shelling out the big bucks to grab one of these, but it is inspiration to do the pearls differently if you please.

Images via Fashionologie

Lanvin Porcelain dolls: Who says big girls can’t play?

21 Jan

Mr Alber Elbaz clearly begs to differ, even though he proposes a different kind of play. One that includes collecting limited edition Miss Lanvin dolls.

Designed by the beloved designer himself in collaboration with Chinese craftsman Franz, the collection features 800 pieces of 6 doll designs each season. All in hand decorated porcelain mixed with varying materials.

Prices range from $435 to $610 with the newest season at the highest price. This will make a brilliant (perhaps Valentines?) gift for any fashion + art inclined collector.

They are a genius work of art and intensely reflect that fun yet über chic Lanvin aesthetic. No big surprise though, the fruit never falls too far from the tree. I selected 10 of my favourite below.

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You can only purchase the dolls from the Lanvin online store and Selfridges.

 

Credits: Trendland.net, Lanvin.com

Designer + High Street Collaboration II: Valentino for Gap

24 Nov

It’s the season of A-list designers collaborating with high street stores. The much awaited and longed for Lanvin hearts H&M collection hit the stores and online yesterday and SOLD OUT. The H&M site actually crashed in the morning! People literally slept outside the stores and waited on-line for hours! And even though they were only allowed to buy one piece of each item in the collection, individuals spent up to $1,800 shopping. Might have as well purchased a Lanvin dress! The passion for designer fashion is beyond comprehension.

Now that Lanvin hearts H&M has been fulfilled and fashionistas are purring over their purchases, the next collabo up for frenzied buying is Valentino for Gap. The Italian designer – now headed by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli – created a seven piece capsule collection featuring ruffled khaki pieces, a parka, jacket, skirt, cargo pants.

Lots of bows and ruffles applied to the hard-edged military look, the attempt was to introduce a soft, feminine side to Gap’s classic style. I’ll describe the collection as girly military.

The designers, Chiuri and Piccioli captured the essence of it: ‘We love mixing different cultures and we have been excited to mix gap’s timeless essentials with our roman culture of Couture. It brings together the iconic world of Valentino and Gap’s fashion staples, synthesizing the current trend of combining luxury with basics.’

The collection hits the stores in London and Paris next week. And by the way, up next in the designer/high street collabo line up is the mammoth Karl Lagerfeld of CHANEL for Macy’s. Pretty interesting times for fashion.

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I love the shoes, gotta have the shoes in both colours.
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Credits: Daily Mail UK, Fashionising, Vogue UK

The Luxe edit: Crème of Spring 2011 Bags

20 Nov

Spring 2011 is looking awfully beautiful for fashion. But then, it was pretty obvious from the Fashion weeks. I’ve been looking at the accessories over and over and it’s a deluge of beautiful pieces to choose from.

Talking about the bags, it is a sea of endless possibilities ranging from clutches to totes to the new small bag. I already did a previous post on my top 40 Spring 2011 bags. Right now, i’m awed by these pieces I consider pure art. My favourite is the Lanvin with a bronze leaf detail.

 

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Lanvin

 

 

 

Spring 2011_Giambattista Valli Bag

Giambattista Valli

Spring 2011_Chloé Bag

Chloé

Spring 2011_Bulgari by Matthew Williamson Bag

Bulgari by Matthew Williamson

Spring 2011_Jen Kao Bag

Jen Kao

Spring 2011_Leiber Bag

Leiber

Spring 2011_Marni Bag

Marni

Spring 2011_Nina Ricci Bag

Nina Ricci

Spring 2011_Missoni Bag

Missoni

Spring 2011_Miu Miu Bag

Miu Miu

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Marni

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Nina Ricci

Spring 2011_Nancy Gonzalez Bag

Nancy Gonzalez

Spring 2011_Roberto Cavalli Bag

Roberto Cavalli

Spring 2011_Mulberry Bag

Mulberry

Spring 2011_Oscar de la Renta Bag

Oscar de la Renta

Photo credits to Style.com

 

Global Fashion Buzz: Lanvin for H&M

3 Nov

All fashion mediums – blogs, twitter, facebook, websites – went hullabaloo on Monday as the most anticipated collection of the year was FINALLY unveiled. There had been so many teasers, sneak peeks and mini videos whetting our appetite but it all came to a dramatic end with the lush unveil.

It was lots of fun, colour, florals, tulle, bows and ruffles; featuring chic party dresses, graphic tees, some outerwear and gorgeous accessories. It took elements from next season – tons of bold colour – and that gives the collection even more merit and wearability. It’s definitely worthy of all the attention it has received. Get ready to see them sell out come November 23rd.

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One more thing was very true to the collection, the point Alber Elbaz made right off the bat, this is H&M going luxury, not Lanvin going high street. Very very spot on Mr Elbaz.

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See the full collection, complete with shoes and accessories on the H&M website.