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Ooh la la, have you seen Charlotte Olympia’s SS13 collection?



I knew I was going to like Charlotte Olympia’s SS13 collection when I got a glimpse of the chi-chi perfume bottle clutches a few weeks ago. But seeing the whole collection up close, I’m in love, lust, admiration and adulation. Where to start? Wicker wedges, satin espadrilles, cotton kitty pumps, poodle (poodle!) shoes, embroidered ‘newspaper’ clutches, genteel heels, “ooh la la” flats – there’s just so much to adore in this witty Paris-themed collection (which lands in February). (more…)



SS13 trend report: Chanel accessories



Chanel’s ready to wear doesn’t always do it for me but the accessories are a different story altogether. SS13’s surpass themelves – these Lego-esque Boy Brick box clutches are future collectibles, while the triple-strapped shoes have the right mix of fabulosity and femininity. And my favourite piece of jewellery is this huge ‘pearl’ bangle which fastens with a powerful magnet. Wonderful, no?

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Trend report SS13: Neil Barrett solves the cape-jacket conundrum




Here’s the thing about trying to perch your coat on your shoulders, Hamish Bowles-style. It’s actually very difficult to do. And if you’re trying to walk around like that while keeping your dignity intact, well… good luck to you. But here’s a natty solution, and as usual, it comes from a menswear designer, whose approach is more about problem-solving than decoration. (more…)



SS13 trend report: perfume bottle bags



One for the ‘too cute’ file, the whimsical perfume bottle-shaped minaudieres by both Lanvin (above) and Charlotte Olympia for SS13. In keeping with their respective brands, Lanvin’s is grown-up and dramatic, echoing the lines of the classic Arpege fragrance bottle, while Charlotte Olympia’s pastel perspex offerings are imbued with her signature lighthearted wit. (more…)