AW14 press day highlights: art meets fashion

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I spent last week doing the AW14 press day rounds and my early highlights include all the art-fashion collections emerging. Each X Other is an interesting collective of artists, musicians, designers and other creatives who translate their work into something wearable, beautiful and often poetic, the idea being that art is always around you. For AW14, they have teamed up with New York artist Maripol to produce these simple pieces printed with her recognisable Polaroids and club flyers…

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Charlotte Olympia’s bags mean business

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Charlotte Olympia business handbags

Question: what do sexy-shoe designers do when footwear fashions shift from £600 super-stilettos to £100 trainers? Well I guess they switch focus to bags. Is this the reason for Charlotte Olympia’s forthcoming business-friendly line? The new line of work-appropriate leather handbags launches for AW14, focusing on structured top handles, totes and clutch bags. (I love this ruby red ‘Bogart’ top handle, above.)

But shoes aren’t totally neglected. There’s an accompanying ‘Nine To Five’ line of lower-heeled pumps that nod to Dellal-style whimsy (think leopard print and peekaboo details). Served up in a briefcase-style box, complete with matching stockings, look out for them in June on Charlotteolympia.com and Net-a-Porter.com.

Wearables, schmarables, just give me Chanel!

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Wearables, shmarables… If you ask me we’re a long way from the point where wearable technology is truly useful and can’t-live-without. Until then I’ll stick with the traditional fash-tech accessory. ..mostly those inspired by or made by Chanel.

Let’s be honest, no one lusts after Chanel’s RTW the way they perve over the accessories. The bags (even ludicrous hula-hoop ones), the sock-shoes, the trainers (I’m still getting asked about these)… And then there are the beauty products which are accessories in their own right. I mean, which other brand produces such hotly anticipated collectables? Continue reading

Long coat, long skirt

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I love this combo of long and long on The Sartorialist.  We’re so used to the oversized boxy silhouette that this looks different and sweet.

I also just noticed the Vuitton bag. I’ve recently fallen back in love with the classic Vuitton monogram used in the most simple context and you can’t beat a functional cross-body bag.

I’m not sure of the name of that exact bag, but the Pochette Metis is similar in size and shape (and you can buy a separate buff-coloured strap).

Introducing Millu Millu SS14

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“I see all these magazine articles aimed at business women proposing clutch bags for the office,” laughs Mireia Llusia-Lindh, “and it’s like, are you crazy! My customers need more than a clutch for their office bag, but it needs to look good.” Llusia-Lindh started life as a management consultant before bringing her business and creative brains together to launch her handbag line, Milli Millu (not to be confused with Meli Melo). Continue reading

Resurrecting the spirit of detroit

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There’s a little bit of a buzz around Detroit at the moment – the once-vibrant-now-less-so motoring and manufacturing city.

Shinola is a brand at the heart of Detroit’s resurgence that I discovered last year. It specialises in watches and leathergoods crafted from leather produced by Detroit’s Horween Leather Company – one of America’s oldest tanneries. Continue reading

The Ghesquiere-ification of Vuitton is here

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Aaand here we go in phase one of the Ghesquiere-ification of Vuitton! Charlotte Gainsbourg wore Louis Vuitton AW14 to the the Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 screening in New York last night. Continue reading

Buy it now: Bourgeois tomboy

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Saint Laurent

A lovely new hybrid for me to geek over. Bourgeois tomboy (as demonstrated in the above ad by Saint Laurent) is a mix of three parts tomboy (precision tailoring, something denim, scruffy hair), with two parts old school poshness (bourgeois bag, bow-neck blouse). A good enough reason to stock up on lady bags, schoolboy blazers and vintage Cartier jewels I feel…

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ABOVE, LEFT TO RIGHT
TOP: Saint Laurent blazer, £2,135; Saint Laurent blouse, £695; Charlotte Olympia shoes, £695
BOTTOM: Mark Cross bag, £1,848; Delfina Delettrez ring, £500; J.W Anderson denim skirt, £498

bourgeois sketch by Disneyrollergirl

[Illustration by me]

Are milk carton bags the new book clutch?

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Olympia Le Tan is famous for her book clutches which have been toted by most of young Hollywood and highly coveted by everyone else. She’s less known for her milk carton bag, an equally whimsical handmade creation from a few seasons ago, that slings across the shoulder on a rope cord (below). Continue reading

Introducing Seek No Further from Fruit Of The Loom

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Just launched: Seek No Further, a new premium fashion line from the heritage utility brand, Fruit Of The Loom. I love these offbeat campaign images from the brand (shot by Colin Dodgson), which is said to harness a pioneering spirit, “inspired by yesterday’s visionaries, today’s trailblazers and tomorrow’s innovators”. Although we’ve all heard that before so the proof will be in the pudding… Continue reading

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