Death by Handbags: Visiting the Amsterdam Museum of Handbags and Purses

You know that feeling when you have to touch something such as clothes on rails or the fur of an animal. Well the Tassen Museum Hendrikje (Museum of Handbags and Purses) in Amsterdam was exactly that. Being surrounded by exquisite one-of-a-kind hand wear may sound quite a bore but believe me, it was magical. Even one who is not that enthusiastic regarding attire would enjoy this because every single handbag was unique and differed from the rest providing both an historical essence and a feeling of attraction towards the item. Vivienne Westwood, Chanel, Orla Kiely, Bottega Veneta and many more well-known designers ranging from the 1400s to the present day all exhibited in opulent glass shelves.

Placed upon an idealistic Dutch street in Amsterdam, the museum began through an avid handbag collector called Hendrikje Ivo who found her fascination amongst the year of 1820 when she discovered a leather handbag with tortoiseshell capping near Norwich, England, of which she then went on to uncover its history thus did the same for her future handbag purchases. Around 75 years on, the museum currently speculates 4000 handbags that all have compelling disparate origins.

Firstly I came across this beige velvet bag created in 1550-1570 with rose detail that we all know, is still used today. The bag is part of the Rothschild Collection and was used by both women and men which they attached to a belt as there was a lack of pockets during the 1500s. Overall, the hand attire would have been viewed as advanced clothing back then due to its strong iron clasp and variety of hidden locks. Focusing on uses, bags in those days were frequently used for carrying coins, the bible and alternative personal requirements.

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Next is this range of coin purses from the 1700s which obviously conveys the century’s allure with embroidery, mainly being flowers alike to the previous handbag. Personally, I adore the draw string locks as they provide dimension rather than a flat surface. Not only were these pouches used for carrying personal belongings but they also acted as an ostentatious carrier of expensive perfumes called ‘sweet bags. These sweet bags would then be reused as pretty carriers of money that would be given as New Year’s gifts towards royalty; moreover the bags would be placed upon attire to maintain a distinct aroma of perfume which was viewed as a high-class action. Alternatively, pouches were used as gaming bags for chips. These specifically consisted of a flat bottom to aid the purses in standing upright. Decorated at the surface was usually a family coat of arms therefore the players could easily distinguish their own pouch. Almost every Dutch woman tended to wear their bags upon harnesses, chatelaines or belts similar to the 1400s. 

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Amid the 1800s, craftsmanship progressed greatly starting with the use of silk reticule however ending with the popularity of leather fabric attire. This was mainly a root from the French Industrial Revolution meaning that items were made more efficiently thus larger quantities of each product could be made at a quicker rate. As a result the pinpoint of handbags was made: the reticule. The reticule  was a pouch with either a cord or chain (corresponding to the classic Chanel Chain Bag), of which the term ‘reticule’ originated from the Latin word reticulum defining a miniature women’s mesh bag used during the times of the Romans. Another consequence of the French Industrial Revolution was the increase in transport and wealth generating a brand new market of carrying attire decorated with images of individual locations often bought to bring home to friends and family as a souvenir. Bringing the 1800s to a final was the popularity of leather handbags and purses. Quite peculiarly they were attached to a metal ring and worn upon the wrist to carry purses, diaries and train tickets. Above all, I regard the 1800s as being a major pinnacle in handbag and purse development considering that the base of mode, Paris, went through an Industrial Revolution. 

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Forwarding on to the 1900s, this century saw leather handbags change from basic leather to leather with added element using features such as shimmering metallic and textured beads. For example, colours other than beige and black were implemented upon leather. One hand garment at the museum was a sophisticated lilac evening bag with enamelled adornment in gold from France in 1915 conveying the sense that women began to have particular bags for the day and evening, of which day bags were most commonly briefcases and satchels, whereas evening bags involved pouches with a larger amount of decoration rather than one set colour and print. Not only did leather become vastly successful but also glass beads mainly from the Czechoslovakia, Germany, France, Italy and Austria. These beads would be organised to display flowers, landscapes and historical scenes in a theme of art deco and orient. Furthermore, I saw a synthetic lucite bag which resembled that of glass. With a mahogany shade and structured design, it was one of my favourites contained in the exhibition for the reason that despite the formal shade, the gloss of the product made it appealing thus I believe the designer (which was not stated) to have been very intelligent and creative. Moreover, hand garments corresponding to this bag of that age all came together to inspire box bags seen today, for instance the plastic Chanel clutch and the cube shaped handbags Alexa Chung constantly wears. 

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Finally arriving in the 21st century, the time we all know too well. Here was an array of designer names that dominantly made their mark on the external of the handbag. Think the Louis Vuitton ‘LV’ print and Vivienne Westwood’s signature crown jewels logo centring the product in an opulent pre-eminence of gold. Besides these, the one I found most preferable and surprisingly my mum too, was the Chanel Lego Bag in pastel blue. Why do all my posts turn into an advertisement for Chanel? Anyway, this bag is timeless even though it has only been available for at most ten years, the Chanel Lego Bag is the first item I would purchase if I was in possession of 10,000 pounds, it is what I define as perfect. Of course the clutch was shown exactly at the midpoint of its case just to give you that urgent need to grab it and run. Anyway, this bag is and will forever be my uttermost need of handbags. 

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To conclude, the Museum of Handbags and Purses was for me, a once in a lifetime experience. There was no need to travel to various different designer shops just to see their offerings of handbags, everything was grouped into one and I constantly got won over by one handbag and then another and then another. Additionally, it is very surprising that there is so much information and in-depth origin in the field of hand garments as they are such a necessity in everybody’s lives today and provide such an impact to getting around. To be honest, my entire knowledge of fashion was pleading for some extra notes in the bag field and without a doubt these notes are now covered. 

Please pop a comment below of feedback regarding this post and make sure you view the gallery linked to get lost in a multitude of handbags from the early 1400s to the present day all taken at the Amsterdam Museum of Handbags and Purses.

Thank-you for reading,

Poppy ~ Largerfeld Enthusiast x

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What did Coco do?

Let’s forget Karl for just a second and reminisce about the original, insanely intuitive Gabrielle Chanel or if you prefer – Coco Chanel. Now we all understand that this inspirational designer went beyond others of her time, making women’s fashion that radiated femininity opposing against the strong demand of the common uncomfortable attire, a frequent being that of tight corsets. But how did she do this? What were the specific elements that combined to give Gabrielle such a prodigious reputation in fashion?

Using Jersey

This fabric was viewed as the main for men’s underwear and nothing else. Coco decided that jersey would be suitable for her creations due to its low cost compared to alternative substances that had suddenly risen in price after the war. Daringly, Chanel was the first designer to involve jersey in her creations stating that it had a quality finish and an exceptional drapery. In addition, the fabric suited Chanel’s influence of straightforward and convenient menswear making it a perfect match for her ideas.

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Inventing the Little Black Dress

Everyone has one, it’s that noted classic yet do you know that Chanel is the women to thank? Previously, black was the dull, unnoticeable shade viewed as a principle look for only funerals and the grief of widows. Gabrielle discovered the hues secretive aspect and came with the ever valued belief of it being a major contribution for fashion. To be honest, I cannot imagine a world without it. Dominant reds, greens and sharp blues were referenced to making Coco “feel ill” later on she quoted “these Women, I’m bloody well going to dress them in black!” Noticed by Vogue, they first introduced Gabrielle’s time-honoured black masterpiece in a 1926 issue spreading word of the commodity to a larger amount of fashion enthusiasts which is still growing today.

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Labelling Perfume

Back then, scents were a mixture of completely natural aspects focused on floral aromas unlike the artificial perks involved nowadays. 1921 was the year Coco released her favoured perfume, possibly the most acknowledged of scents today, Chanel No.5 after the instance of it being the 5th perfume tested. Yes, Paul Poiret recently launched his own scent earlier in the year however there was an absence of his name. Gabrielle was of course intelligent enough to be the first of brands to officially have their name placed on the bottle. By doing this, people recognised the scent and knew it was Chanel no.5. Famously a particular lover was Marilyn Monroe repeatedly noting the scent during interviews “I said Chanel No 5 because it’s the truth.”

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Releasing Extravagant Jewellery

Chanel is all about the elegance and high-class of the wearers so it is no surprise that Gabrielle was one of the first to produce costume jewellery in her collections. Likewise to before, Paul Poiret was the first nevertheless Coco’s range constituted of flamboyant white pearls placed besides each other, the reason why you have that treasured pearl necklace in your jewellery box. She adored the idea of exaggerated gems contrasting with her minimalistic and sophisticated apparel. Moreover, the combination of speculating both fake and legitimate in one look.

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Having Tanned Skin

Surely, Gabrielle wasn’t the original copy of those orange faced stags you see on a night out; she was the opener of healthy, sun-kissed skin. This greatly rebelled against the standard appearance of pale faced complexions resembling porcelain dolls by the adding of bright blusher and rouge lips. She caught hold of the present man’s thoughts of an idealistic women being as alike to paintings as possible. Coincidently, Coco caught a beautiful tan amid her cruise holiday along the French Riviera. After arriving home, her peers exceedingly desired for the same coloured skin furthermore passing the fascination to other members of public enough to make it a trend all around the world as well as an ongoing accessory for years to come.  Even though the expression is generally viewed as being cheap when by the use of fake tan, formerly it gave out a reputation of prosperity and refinement.

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Females Wearing Trousers 

Especially amongst the time of war, women working in factories would usually custom that of a pair of trousers for efficiency and health and safety reasons though not prior to Coco did the forms of attire become a general clothing item to females. It was when Gabrielle became anxious about displaying her figure to men precedent to having to wear a swimsuit that she refused and instead astounded people with walking out in a pair of sailors pants, this occurred at the society beach resort in Deauville (been there, just saying). Similar to how those of us in the Alexa Chung fandom attempt (and tremendously fail) to manipulate her style, Gabrielle’s fans did the same. Despite the women’s wearing of the clothing, she ensued to proclaim “I came up with them by modesty. From this usage to it becoming fashion, having 70% of women wearing trousers at evening dinner is quite sad.” I thoroughly disagree with her.

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The Fashion-Changing Chanel Suit

The Chanel suit was the pinnacle of Coco’s clothing creations; it was the first of its kind. Recommended by major fashion icons consisting of Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy (worn on the day of her husband’s assassination) and Grace Kelly, the garment was trimmed with braid, had fitted sleeves, no collar and metallic embellished buttons. Additionally, the boxer jacket was combined with a sophisticated slim-line skirt emphasising that typical aristocratic Chanel women.

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Warby Parker’s Limited Edition Corner Capsuel Collection makes Contacts a thing of the Past

Now Warby Parker is a brand whose concept, those of us with an average person’s budget can all thank. They saw the growing possibilities of the sunglasses industry and having experienced a college student budget, created Warby Parker. Both sunglasses and optical wear are available in store and they now have concessions in major American locations such as New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta, their success is expanding by the day. Their other focus is charity work, they have partnerships with non-profit organisations, one being Vision-Spring, which assures them that a less fortunate person in need of optical eye wear will receive a free pair of optical glasses for every pair of Warby Parker glasses that are purchased.

Amidst their limited edition Corner Capsuel Collection, there are 5 new styles for both eyeglasses and sunglasses fitting any wearer’s preference. Uncover your inner Hepburn with the seductive leopard print cat-eyes or reminisce about the seventies with some transparent box lens eyeglasses. What’s more, the label has successfully added two contemporary hues, Rhubarb and Quartz. Incorporated with Parker’s professionally polished eye-wear, the distinctive shades provide sparking up of your standard plain pair of glasses.

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I myself was immediately won over by the Teddy 285 Topdown Suns. An Emerald Lens rimmed with exotic leopard print upon quite an obscure style. Yet the elements combined together make a peculiar masterpiece, it isn’t like your typical pair of sunglasses where a designer takes them, uses one fixed colour then adds just one differentiating pattern or shade so they can place the word ‘exciting’ throughout its description. Alternatively, this model goes where others fear and I can assuredly affirm that risk as being an ultimate triumph.

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Another positive feature is the collection’s reoccurring theme of British styles. To start with, some have that mahogany look; a style one would most commonly associate with a man carrying a satchel in chinos. It’s that business sense, moreover sophistication. You are able to wear these to work without appearing as overdone however they still act as a stylish accessory. Forget those only-child-with-glasses days and finally be satisfied with that identification. Who needs contact lenses when we have Warby Parker? There is no doubt that the attire will be noticed amongst a crowd.

Forwarding on to pairings, cat eyes look great with suits because you’re mixing both the masculinity of a blazer and trousers with the femininity of the all-important point upon the glasses. Never the less, use modernistic colours such as solid blues, blacks, whites and silvers to amplify the contrast between Hollywood vintage and the 21st century, for this look use the Warby Parker Goodney 100 Angel Suns. Secondly, let’s discuss the Hutton Topdowns for men. Appearing as a narrower though protracted form, these are suited for those with oval shaped faces who desire for them to look a meagre amount larger. By the small, square shaped rims, this style will sharpen the eyes whilst elongating the face providing a more muscular presence which is a goal most men strive for.

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Alternatively to the Hutton Topdowns, the collection includes a quirky pair called Topper Topdowns. This has a combination of the classic almond brown with sparks of white that emphasise the glass’ tremendous glow. These glasses correspond to that of Ray Ban’s tortoise shell acetate products however they are a lot cheaper, giving out that they look remarkably prodigious over other models without a lack of sensibility.

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‘The Corner Collection gets its name from our seasonal preoccupation with silhouettes and angles. This time around, we’re experimenting with traditional shapes; think crisp keyhole bridges, sloping brow lines, sharp temples, and straight-edged brow bars in a handsome mix of horn-inspired acetate and stainless steel.’

The New Corner Capsuel Collection matches Warby Parker’s creation process combining the unique inspiration of global features with hand designed quality pair of glasses. In addition, their material is always the best quality ranging from premium Japanese titanium to custom single-sheet cellulose acetate all manufactured its own family-run factory.

Overall this Corner Capsule Collection bravely explores like no other brand. It captures new trends, combining patterns and shades in a group of exclusive eye-wear that is the answer to all our prayers. Their limited edition collection would make the perfect photo base for Instagram, they are the styles you see on a popular fashion blogger’s feed, and thus they are a clear portrayal of futuristic trends with a touch of the trendy vintage past.

Be sure to comment your favourite pair from the collection.

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What did Coco do?

Let’s forget Karl for just a second and reminisce about the original, insanely intuitive Gabrielle Chanel or if you prefer – Coco Chanel. Now we all understand that this inspirational designer went beyond others of her time, making women’s fashion that radiated femininity opposing against the strong demand of the common uncomfortable attire, a frequent being that of tight corsets. But how did she do this? What were the specific elements that combined to give Gabrielle such a prodigious reputation in fashion?

Using Jersey

This fabric was viewed as the main for men’s underwear and nothing else. Coco decided that jersey would be suitable for her creations due to its low cost compared to alternative substances that had suddenly risen in price after the war. Daringly, Chanel was the first designer to involve jersey in her creations stating that it had a quality finish and an exceptional drapery. In addition, the fabric suited Chanel’s influence of straightforward and convenient menswear making it a perfect match for her ideas.

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Inventing the Little Black Dress

Everyone has one, it’s that noted classic yet do you know that Chanel is the women to thank? Previously, black was the dull, unnoticeable shade viewed as a principle look for only funerals and the grief of widows. Gabrielle discovered the hues secretive aspect and came with the ever valued belief of it being a major contribution for fashion. To be honest, I cannot imagine a world without it. Dominant reds, greens and sharp blues were referenced to making Coco “feel ill” later on she quoted “these Women, I’m bloody well going to dress them in black!” Noticed by Vogue, they first introduced Gabrielle’s time-honoured black masterpiece in a 1926 issue spreading word of the commodity to a larger amount of fashion enthusiasts which is still growing today.

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Labelling Perfume

Back then, scents were a mixture of completely natural aspects focused on floral aromas unlike the artificial perks involved nowadays. 1921 was the year Coco released her favoured perfume, possibly the most acknowledged of scents today, Chanel No.5 after the instance of it being the 5th perfume tested. Yes, Paul Poiret recently launched his own scent earlier in the year however there was an absence of his name. Gabrielle was of course intelligent enough to be the first of brands to officially have their name placed on the bottle. By doing this, people recognised the scent and knew it was Chanel no.5. Famously a particular lover was Marilyn Monroe repeatedly noting the scent during interviews “I said Chanel No 5 because it’s the truth.”

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Releasing Extravagant Jewellery

Chanel is all about the elegance and high-class of the wearers so it is no surprise that Gabrielle was one of the first to produce costume jewellery in her collections. Likewise to before, Paul Poiret was the first nevertheless Coco’s range constituted of flamboyant white pearls placed besides each other, the reason why you have that treasured pearl necklace in your jewellery box. She adored the idea of exaggerated gems contrasting with her minimalistic and sophisticated apparel. Moreover, the combination of speculating both fake and legitimate in one look.

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Having Tanned Skin

Surely, Gabrielle wasn’t the original copy of those orange faced stags you see on a night out; she was the opener of healthy, sun-kissed skin. This greatly rebelled against the standard appearance of pale faced complexions resembling porcelain dolls by the adding of bright blusher and rouge lips. She caught hold of the present man’s thoughts of an idealistic women being as alike to paintings as possible. Coincidently, Coco caught a beautiful tan amid her cruise holiday along the French Riviera. After arriving home, her peers exceedingly desired for the same coloured skin furthermore passing the fascination to other members of public enough to make it a trend all around the world as well as an ongoing accessory for years to come.  Even though the expression is generally viewed as being cheap when by the use of fake tan, formerly it gave out a reputation of prosperity and refinement.

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Females Wearing Trousers 

Especially amongst the time of war, women working in factories would usually custom that of a pair of trousers for efficiency and health and safety reasons though not prior to Coco did the forms of attire become a general clothing item to females. It was when Gabrielle became anxious about displaying her figure to men precedent to having to wear a swimsuit that she refused and instead astounded people with walking out in a pair of sailors pants, this occurred at the society beach resort in Deauville (been there, just saying). Similar to how those of us in the Alexa Chung fandom attempt (and tremendously fail) to manipulate her style, Gabrielle’s fans did the same. Despite the women’s wearing of the clothing, she ensued to proclaim “I came up with them by modesty. From this usage to it becoming fashion, having 70% of women wearing trousers at evening dinner is quite sad.” I thoroughly disagree with her.

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Creating the Chanel Suit

The Chanel suit was the pinnacle of Coco’s clothing creations; it was the first of its kind. Recommended by major fashion icons consisting of Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy (worn on the day of her husband’s assassination) and Grace Kelly, the garment was trimmed with braid, had fitted sleeves, no collar and metallic embellished buttons. Additionally, the boxer jacket was combined with a sophisticated slim-line skirt emphasising that typical aristocratic Chanel women.

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Gown; an essential

Everyone needs that one special gown that was a complete one off, a garment that they hesitantly “umed” and “ahed” about thoroughly previous to finally giving in and handing over the ‘one off’ sum of change. It’s that piece that provides such a depth of satisfaction when you delicately place it on. The apparel that makes you constantly glance over at your reflection whenever a mirror is passed or a shop window is seen. Despite an evening dress’ overwhelming elegance only some designers dare to include it in their collections, particularly during this season it included that of Emilia Wickstead, Oscar De La Renta and Christopher Kane. But of whom ended in a success and of who ended in the idea that it should not be taken any further? Amidst this post, I will pick out my most favoured attempts yet also the ones I greatly oppose.

Alberta Feretti produces quite bohemian style pieces in nature related colour for instance: camel beige, subtle nudes and patent whites. Overall, its gowns are exceedingly angelic and in my opinion, would make the perfect prom dress catalogue. Specifically, I adore her undertaking of lace which being saintly itself is embroidered to create ethereal attire that when developing a-line skirts can sneakily cause a 1 foot increase in any ones height. Throughout presenting lace clothes, the label uses dominantly ginger haired models further emphasising the sense of outdoor environment as well as an indication to religion due to the fact that Eve herself (stated in the bible to be one of the first people God placed on planet earth along with Adam) had red hair. Moreover, we can all continue to note infinite connotations of spirituality but if I did we would be here all day. Anyway, I love the patterns symmetry upon the dress, Victorian style floral mixed with the sudden full block of white located at the bottom hem. Unlike other designers output of the lace material, Alberta Feretti makes sure that the piece isn’t overwhelming (dissimilar to approaches by designers such as Valentino and Roberto Cavalli), instead it can be worn by everyday people without looking out of place.

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On the other hand I am not a fan of Prada’s new collection of gowns exhibited at Milan Fashion Week mainly due to the thorough overuse of pattern and colour. Although the shades involved in each gown tend to be paired with each other often, at this specific occurrence, the concept has clearly not worked. Furthermore, I believe that this point has caused the dresses to appear behind time. Yes, vintage is the new contemporary but this example is grandma vintage which only grandmas can wear. However, if you disagree with my opinion which is possible since everyone has a different taste, you’d best be placing an intensely patterned gown with that of some plain garments. In this case, ditch the socks and wear flat gladiator sandals as well as a sun-hat because it is extremely rare to see one in a single layer during winter.

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Next, as well as discovering a new collection of dresses, I discovered a new designer called Matthew Williamson. Some may be wondering where I’ve been all my life but it turns out that he is a big label. For instance, he has had models such as Kate Moss and Cara Delevigne speculate his creations which include a fascinating group of gowns. In particular, I chose a kind of hallucination style of dress with the dominance of a black rose bunch as a belt. To be honest, I am not completely sure about the material types however I suspect it to be tweed. Tweed is an incredible material due to the versatility as well as the texture it provides to apparel, not only to the fabric but the colours it placed with. As a result, I believe that this dress wouldn’t be as enhancing to the eye without its focus on the material. To pair this piece or something similar comes as a remarkably simple task; just add heels, a clutch and your good to go.

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Another dress I absolutely loved however found 2 years ago and have remembered well was the dress Emma Stone wore to the Met Gala in 2012. Covered infinite, what look to be plastic transparent poppies, this is possibly my favourite red-carpet outfit in history and being honest, I was never a fan of red until this came up on my We Heart It feed. She looks so beautiful and dainty; I would do anything to be in the ownership of that gown. By Lanvin, the dresses opulence came as no surprise also I am in total guilt for staying up till 3am by endlessly browsing the Lanvin web-store. Unfortunately, this dress is so uniquely magnificent that I was unable to find similar high-street attire. Anyway, I am forever dreaming.

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Returning back to my dislikes, the Funlayo Deri Celestine Evening Gown is a definite no-no. Firstly, the placement of the satin ribbon puts me off considering it being under the bust which possibly can disfigure body shapes making them look less appealing than in reality. Secondly, I personally believe that the satin segments of the skirt resemble that of the curtain in your living room and I originally hated thigh cut outs being what this style corresponds to (just replacing the thigh outline with the material). Overall, the gown is tremendously random and clashes greatly. Moreover, it has the capability of highlighting the places most women try to avoid signifying throughout all their attire. I was unable to place a picture of this dress so if you wish to view it here’s the link – https://www.wolfandbadger.com/celestine-evening-gown/?mid=36620&siteID=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-DzJhhvUMgAUlvPJ67ixO9w .

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Feels for Flats whilst Heels Jog on

I can guarantee that this won’t have been the first time you’ll have heard about how flats are superbly dominating heels right now. From Chanel’s tweed sneakers to Valentino’s quirky rock-runners, this is a craze everyone knows about. And it isn’t just trainers, but sandals, ankle-boots and many more; finally we can walk around without getting blisters yet still looking stylish. What more I hear you say? Well these flats aren’t all £900 Chanel, we can actually purchase them from the common in-your-local-shopping-centre brands making everything just that £800 cheaper.

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First let’s talk about the ugly wedge flats. Being a regular appearance at this year’s fashion weeks, the category includes that of a sandal that can be worn both in the winter and the summer as well as the industry promoting its new turn-around of being absolutely acceptable as a pairing of socks. Of course Anna Wintour still detests the socks and sandals look, moreover, she is a keen opposition of the all black look yet we still continue to see all black everywhere. Likewise to sandals, creepers are another flat that has been reigning the schemes of shoes for as long as I can remember (you can read my blog post about creepers here – https://largerfeldentusiast.wordpress.com/2014/07/17/who-would-have-thought-that-creepers-originate-from-the-army). Mostly viewed as a youthy gothic attire, Prada produced chunky creeper brogues amidst there runway show way back in spring 2011 however, I believe that we’ve got a long time to wait until they become an attire of the past. Another fact is that creepers are definitely 110 times better than heels just because, they’re not heels.

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Flats have become the new heels mainly due to convenience, who wants to be running around the city whilst balancing on a 3 inch stick? Exactly. As the human population’s percentage of city inhabitancy has increased so has the need for functional footwear that works with the busy lives of working people. Additionally, gender rights have improved dramatically therefore women now require just as much efficiency in the things they wear just as much as men do when attending work. Plus, women travel at a fair greater amount (hence those idealistic Instagram accounts, for instance the ones who live in Paris and drink green smoothies religiously), another reason behind the sudden rise of even-soled shoes.

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Secondly, the majority of people in the fashion industry are stereo-typed under being over 6 foot yet having a 22 inch or less waist and we all know how awkward it can be for a 6 foot friend to wear heels besides there average-height-of-5’4 friends due to the fact that they look like a giant rather than a tall person. In my opinion, it looks good on the runway when the models are joined with 100 other 6 foot-or-higher humans yet it doesn’t when you’re in reality. For example, I recently read Naomi Campbell’s – Back in Brixton article for British Vogue where she is photographed in 5 inch heels standing beside her 5 foot mother (Naomi is 6 foot!). Yep, not the best image regarding composition. Associated to the idea of expanded female employment, women have started to take a more masculine approach to fashion through garments such as sophisticated blazers and boyfriend shirts/jeans. Take a look at Cara Delevigne’s numerous blazer and trouser suit-combos. Evidently men aren’t known to take on a heel larger than 1.5 inches so bringing back flats is just another cause of female fashion’s manly take-over.

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One flat we all can’t live without is ballet flats. Seen constantly on British Vogue editor, Alexa Chung, there is a ballet for any outfit, all you have to do is find the colour that matches and bam fashion crisis solved. Other well-known people who aren’t a stranger to ballet flats include Taylor Swift. Red, yellow, black, you name it, Taylor has worn it. As part of her typical sailor style, Taylor combines the footwear style with printed shirts (most commonly stripes) as well as plain skater skirts. This is such an effortless set yet the outcome is incredible. In relation to Alexa, she has done the same by placing the shoes with a long sleeve striped shirt however besides some vintage denim shorts. Moreover, Alexa most frequently pairs ballet flats with just a single dress thus far she still manages to look flawless against the simplicity.

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Furthermore, there are the classic trainers or sneakers if you prefer. This category is definitely the most relatable to my point in reference to how women need helpful footwear. Especially this season we have seen a mass wearing of trainers everywhere yet mainly upon the feet of city livers. Brands such as New Balance, Superga and Nike are the current superiors, in my opinion, this scheme of shoes has now exceedingly overtaken the classic All Stars Converse, which was once thought to be impossible.

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MFW more like MFM

  Marni recently launched a new collection involving a few feminine and floral printed garments contrasting to the alternative plain apparel that it was released with. Despite this, we saw the Marni’s fluorescent apparel on their s/s 15 catwalk when dominant Victorian prints were presented with tribal-like exotic layers of matching necklaces. The Marni Flower Market was definitely expected. Bundles of herbs arranged in leather Marni bag whilst the violet and pale roses provided that bit of colour needed. 

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Everyone knows that Milan Fashion Week isn’t just about catwalks and perfect street style images but it’s also about the designers promoting themselves through other forms. On Saturday, the Rotonda della Besana was the lucky location to host the pop-up Marni flower stall showing groups of appealing produce and enticing blossoms. Marni wanted to convey their true Italian heritage through the limited edition Marni vases, aprons and pots holding the contents, however the pin-point of the occasion was its alluring aromas depicting Marni’s blossomy perfumes. 

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Carolina Castiglioni, Marni’s creative director arranged the event. Seen keeping with the theme, she attired a dress emblazoned with patterned leafs that was included in the preceding Marni catwalk. Later on, Carolina proudly directed friends and family around the netted paradise informing them about the sweet blossoms and delicate crops. Never mind the aprons, vases and pots, some of us would be pleased with a piece of the kale coloured Marni paper that enclosed some products as if they were some greasy takeaway chips cloaked in The Daily Mail’s pages. The Marni goddess told the press that she enjoys filling her home’s courtyard and terrace with plants and herbs; I’d share the same view if I had my own mansion as-well. Additionally, Carolina stated her hope to provide the cities children with a unique experience as well as mentioning the inspiration coming from that of her own passion for growing produce.

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Aesthetics were certainly a significant feature having energetic coil dragonflies and insects hanging from the ceiling attracted to the scene as much as the spectators were. One cursory Italian pronounced in a strong accent “you’re a legend” to Carolina as she swiftly purchased numerous blooms grinning like a child in a sweet shop. A benefit of this wonder is the towering sculptures of wired mannequins perked with rainbow skirts hand-crafted by Columbian artisans of which a majority of the proceedings are given to children’s charities, an example being that of the charity Vimala. 

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Every part of the show was considerably lively just a typical local florist. Supermodel Coco Brandolini d’Adda casually pulled outside on her bike escorting her two children in meanwhile alternative model, Shala Monroque concentrated on crafting hued necklaces of recycled materials based around the brand’s own wacky jewellery. Unfortunately, the herds of travellers were disappointed when they realised they couldn’t take home the intended amount of merchandise due to their limiting baggage allowances. 

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Likewise to Marni, Burberry has surprised catwalk attendants with their latest spring/summer 2015 catwalk with a completely different theme of colour than usual. Pastel pinks and dominant yellows along with denim jackets. A stark contrast when compared to the brand’s statement masculine tartans and tedious beige, whites and blacks. No need to worry though because they ensued with the country theme throughout the compelling maxi-coats imprinted with elegant images of nature, for instance bees, the specific coat Suki Waterhouse wore upon the runway show. 

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Let’s not all try and convince ourselves into believing that floral is one of the major trends this summer because it is not at all. Times when floral came in was back in 2011, the year when Rodarte gave models angelic dresses overlaid with roses not so long after the women’s faces had been covered in talcum powder like they had just taken part in that game where you search for the sweet in a heap of self-rising flour. Other designers that year incorporated blossoms into their runways: Vivienne Westwood, Paul and Joe and Rochas. 

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I apologize for the short post readers as I am currently staring at an infinite stack of homework since moving into my last 2 years of high-school. As a result I may not be able to post as often so please don’t unfollow me due to the lack of consistency. 

5 Trends of the Eighties – The Tragedies and the Successes

Although your reminiscence of the eighties is most possibly not the best considering it involves that of an excess of neon, tremendously obscure hairdos for example the mullet, and the men who wore shorts that were funnily enough, too short, there has been a rise in eighties throwbacks presented amongst this seasons catwalks. Particularly Chanel and Lanvin have shocked in vibrant turtle necks and models wearing prodigious mullets, the designers are certainly emphasising the eighties brights. But what can we pull off without looking like a die-hard raver in-need of a contemporary hair do? Well after some research through various sources of eighties fashion, I hope that I, myself can provide a response.

The Black Leather Jacket

Certainly not the most unappealing of 80’s attire nevertheless it was a sure root from testosterone. After John Travoltra’s appearance in Grease during 1978, the leather jacket was not an estimation of fashion but a guarantee of fashion. Slick and cool, this jacket also featured in 1985’s Back to the Future (everyone loves a bit of Marty McFly) and 1986’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (“Bueller… Bueller… Bueller…”). Despite the simplicity of this attire, the 80’s trend setters couldn’t resist adding some intensity to the piece through dominant patterns and loud colours. Personally I love the idea of pairing a leather jacket as part of a Rocker look, skinny jeans with a thick belt of course, and the distressed tank top. As well as this, add gold statement jewellery to increase the rebellion feel.

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Teased Hair

Not only did Grease predict the leather jacket but also the unnecessarily teased do. Back-combed and permed as much as possible, I admit that this wasn’t the best flash back. In fact, there is probably not a single 80’s film where no teased do is included. The biggest recommendation for achieving this style would be the bigger, the better and I just can’t resist referencing Bueller ok; I believe that Jennifer Grey’s hair was appropriate yet I thoroughly disliked Brooke Shields mainly due to the coiled fringe. All in all, the government should have set a law stating the measures of teasing size then we wouldn’t have to look back and cringe tremendously. Remember that there are limits but a teased style is always satisfactory for night outs because there is no light to see it. However, if you are risking the nest of hair and aiming for a tragic eighties appearance, place some neon leg warmers over a leotard and socks just because you’ll be drunk by the end of it.

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The Zipped Up Jumpsuit

Subsequent to the aerobics craze and ABBA’s costumes, jump-suits became a must have for not just girls, but boys too. Even though gays were vastly discriminated during this time period, there couldn’t have been any stereo-typical attire for them regarding the fact that straight men wore rompers showing half their chests. Nonetheless, the male jumpsuit isn’t a complete miss for everyone as without it the 90’s shell-suit may not have existed. Yes, I agree that a two piece matching shell is wrong in so many ways but take a look at the jackets. Alike to bombers, shell jackets can add flare to a colourless outfit without being mistaken for a character from the 1984’s Ghost Busters. Regularly wear your bomber jacket with super skinny jeans and if your brave enough, the classic circular Lennon sunglasses producing a hipster mixed with contemporary kind of look.

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Fish-Net 

Although your first thought after someone mentioning the netted fabric is gothic and emo. Amidst the eighties, these prevalent forms of hand-wear were viewed as Party pieces whilst still being an accessory for the every-day. Popularized by Madonna’s arrival along with the childish headbands and lace-ribbons, fish nets were originally the attachment of a hat piece elegantly worn by fashion icons such as Co Co Chanel and Audrey Hepburn. Generally, the fabric was opulent and higher class until it became a garment indicating rough hen-dos and dishevelled tramps. Please do not go crazy with the material identically to how Kate Moss did when she overlay a turquoise bikini in Marc Jacob’s fish net dress amid her August Ibiza holiday earlier this year. Neither replicate Madonna’s tartan catastrophe from the 2013 Met Gala. Instead, maybe copy that of Miley Cyrus’ look in placing the fabric above a plain maxi dress. Even though Miley has been in the media recently for her antithetical outfits, this is one that I deem applicable.

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Shoulder Pads

In addition to male taking on female clothing, females on the other hand undertook that of male clothing, an example being shoulder pads. I agree that they create a masculine appearance nevertheless they can be an easy route for providing sophistication to an item of apparel. In contempt of the fact that they look to be supportive and capable, these structures of padding tend to be quite uncomfortable due to their substantial weight for clothing. Thought to have been influenced by Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher, shoulder-pads were considered as an apparel for people with an element of class. This explains why shoulder pads were most generally worn for formal occasions in the midst of the starting of other figure changing garments such as peplum skirts and batwing sleeves. Alternatively to the shell suits, it is acceptable to wear sholder parts as part of a matching two piece or akin to a found catwalk look; it is good to wear the pads with a considerable amount of layers along with an opaque bottom wear.

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Back then the main influence of fashion was evidently the film industry. Who doesn’t love the 80’s teen stereo-typical movie? Some of the most well-known and directed films were created in that time: The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Dirty Dancing, and Star-Wars. Still there is a recognizable link between all these films, they are teen, and young-adult dominated presenting the idea of there being no age limit in those days. Both mums and their teen daughter would wear the classic mum jean, both dads and there teen sons would attire a dapper leather jacket. Further on into the 21st century there still prevails those assuring attire that can be worn no matter what the age.

Shrimps – My Favourite Supplier of the Furry Line Coat

Subsequent to purchasing British Vogue in February, I took a read only to come to the considerable discovery of a new clothing brand featured called ‘Shrimps’. Now one may have noticed the consistency of faux fur coats renovated with the essence of two horizontal lines in a disparate colour, but this was the first situation in which I witnessed the quirky form of jacket. At first, I found the line terribly obscure and as if I had seen that of a fancy dress costume. As if the jacket was another one of those experimental fashion trends that had hit a major crisis. However the days went on and so did my speculating of fashion blogs and magazine articles. Anna Wintour, Laura Bailey, the coat was a constant feature in the media so much so that I have come to thoroughly adore the once negatively but now positively eccentric outerwear.

Firstly let us discuss faux fur, it’s similar to Marmite, you either love it or you hate it. Me personally, I’m a self-confessed convert, when I disagreed with the material, it was extremely tacky and appeared cheap whereas now, being a lover, I believe that since the popularity of ugly wedged sandals have been proven to provide edge to an exceedingly pretty outfit, faux can do the same. It’s the texture. Who wants the meagre width of a straight forward maxi-skirt and crop combo when you can amp-it-up with a fuzzy overthrow, faux fur gives you the opportunity of attiring a reassuring blanket but out of bed. In addition, the frizzier, the better! Not your hair, the fur meaning that despite the many uses you get out of the garment, no bother is included when it begins to develop, this material is beyond robust!

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Regarding catwalk labels, Fendi has recently launched a new line consisting of non-other than a set of charms named ‘Bag Bugs’. Spruced with fox, mink and rabbit fur, dainty eyes and a leather tag, the pieces are undeniably a newcomer to fashion. And who knows? Maybe a larger amount of successful designers will release similar products. Though, there is evidently an adverse disadvantage that using real animal fur brings which alternatively creates extra customers for the faux-fur clothing and accessories Shrimps holds. Being one on the higher-end of the scale, a shrimps coat typically costs £595, this may sound practically unaffordable but it doesn’t reach the mammoth Moncler Gamme Rouge type at £1000. One of the most appealing features of this label is the fact that it is one of those shops that offers couture-like clothing to the public at relatively half the price. 

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Shrimps are another aid of founding incredible new designers to come out of there shell and develop into well-known names. In this case, the label’s designer is Hannah Weiland, set in London; she attended the well-renowned London College of Fashion leaving with a diploma in textile design. Furthermore Hannah became intrigued by 60’s fashion and wanted to in-corporate this into her creations, quoting that the clothing aimed to be “sweet, fun and welcoming.” This was clearly achieved by the loud statement colours used within the collection. Moreover inspiration is said to have mainly come from contemporary art and childish shades, textures and prints. Explaining the peculiar outlook my fascination for Shrimps began with. 

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These coats use lively colours that emphasise primary school days, shades that are an endless enjoyment juxtaposing that of the usual British brand’s uses of bright reds, dull navy and basic white, practically an ocean of assortment suited to fit every personality and character. Forwarding on, Shrimp’s offers a line of plush key-rings similar to that of Fendi’s set but with the superior advantage of being animal friendly. So could shabby be the new pricey? With numerous loads of long-haired apparel expecting to be included in couture shows, this idea is at a high possibility. On top of this, we too have the current New York, Paris, Milan, Berlin and London fashion weeks occurring carrying assumptions of the immediately prior winter trends that must contain the feature of observing warmth. 

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When topic is on British designers, Vivienne Westwood can occasionally come as a bore to teenagers my age and Burberry only uses quite tedious colours that give out an impression of Britain being stationed around country-life. Withal, when I identified Shrimp, my entire view on British fashion came to a halt. Above all, the colours are unlike other British labels, not revolved around the national flag alike to that of Cath Kidston or not joker-style certain to Alexandra Mcqueen. The lines specifics of vintage pastel pink colours, the muggy combination of orange and black, the ambiguous placement of shapes, it all comes down to an extensive diversity of perspectives meaning that no matter what the person, Shrimps has a coat for them.

Visit Shrimp’s online store at – http://www.shrimps.co.uk/shop

(I am in no way being paid to write this, everything is my own personal opinion.)

New York Fashion Week Commences (5th September – 11th September)

 Roll up, roll up as New York’s dominant annual fashion gala has commenced! Expect the considerable contemporariness of budding designers such as Kye as well as the classic favoured brands that continue to influence all designers today, one being that of the preppy old-school attire of Lacoste. Not only the tremendous extent of catwalks but also numerous releasing of New York street style as attendants swarm towards the Bryant Park venue to witness spectacles of garments and the astounding expertise of various professionals in the exceedingly creative fashion industry. Besides the extensive potency of Paris, London, Berlin and Milan, New York fashion week is of compelling significance hosting the presentation of a multitude of Autumn/Winter collections of which have each left an immense number of people in vast anticipation for the best. Not only does this pivotal event showcase fascinating yet surprising forms of fashion trends but it initiates the start of fashion tendencies worn by everyday people likewise to ourselves.

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Having your own label included in this particular fashion show can open up staggeringly prodigious opportunities considering that perched amongst the spectators are acclaimed names of Anna Wintour from Vogue, Robbie Myers from Elle and Glenda Bailey from Harpeer’s Bazaar, all of which are curious of the next substantial craze. These lucrative journalists can convert your local clothes store into a chain brand phenomenon just from one mention in their immensely prosperous and widely-read magazines. Additionally, New York fashion week is a primary occasion for aspiring models due to the fact that casting sessions raise in demand as a result of the recent plentiful of garments the show accustomed. In particular, the models want to be in the higher-end designers attire, i.e. Marc Jacobs and Chanel so, similar to the incipient designers, they can be perceived more competently establishing more prominent modelling opportunities. T Magazine recently published an article presenting 7 models that of which are expected to become prosperous this upcoming season after walking the New York Fashion Week. The names were: Vanessa Moody (Women Management), Max Esken (Tomorrow is Another Day), Mona Matsuoka (IMG), Luca Stascheit (VNY Model Management), Alewya Demmisse (Women Management), Robbie McKinnon (Fusion) and Clarence Charrondiere (The Lions). 

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The Spring 2015 Collections will include: NICHOLAS K, CUTECIRCUIT, BCBGMAXAZRIA, RAOUL, RICHARD CHAI, SUPIMA, JAY GODFREY, TADASHI SHOJI, DESIGUAL, TOME, MARISSA WEBB, TODD SNYDER, MESKITA, GRUNGY GENTLEMAN, FASHION LAW INSTITUTE, STELLA NOLASCO, PROJECT RUNWAY, MARK AND ESTEL, ZIMMERMANN, CARMEN MARC VALVO, TRINA TURK, REBECCA MINKOFF, SAUNDER, NICOLE MILLER, MONIQUE LHUILLIER, CHARLOTTE RONSON, AUGUST GETTY, CROWN BY COLIN KING, RUFFIAN, LACOSTE, LIE SANGBONG, SON JUNG WAN, ALON LIVNÉ, MARA HOFFMAN, HERVÉ LÉGER BY MAX AZRIA, LUIS ANTONIO, MALAN BRETON, ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY, ANYA CALIENDO, VENEXIANA, FASHION SHENZHEN, DAVID TLALE, CZAR BY CESAR GALINDO, KATYA ZOL, DKNY, CUSTO BARCELONA, ETXEBERRIA, VIVIENNE TAM, FASHION SHENZHEN EXHIBIT, NANETTE LEPORE, NANETTE LEPORE PRESENTED BY MARIST COLLEGE, PARKCHOONMOO, LELA ROSE, CAROLINA HERRERA, TAORAY WANG, TOMMY HILFIGER, ANGEL SANCHEZ, DENNIS BASSO, FRANCESCA LIBERATORE, GEORGINE, DONNA KARAN NEW YORK, REEM ACRA, LIBERTINE, OUDIFU, TORY BURCH, J.CREW, VIVIENNE HU, BADGLEY MISCHKA, MM6 MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA, NOON BY NOOR, CONCEPT KOREA, DIESEL BLACK GOLD, JENNY PACKHAM, NAEEM KHAN, PEDRO DEL HIERRO MADRID, PAMELLA ROLAND, SKINGRAFT, ZANG TOI, THE ART INSTITUTES, MICHAEL COSTELLO, FALGUNI AND SHANE PEACOCK, BIBHU MOHAPATRA, BOSS, BETSEY JOHNSON, CLOVER CANYON, ANNA SUI, RICARDO SECO, ERIN FETHERSTON, B. MICHAEL AMERICA, RALPH LAUREN, J. MENDEL 

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Regarding the audiences outfits, my personal favourite was that of Marie Claire USA’s senior fashion-editor Zanna Roberts Rassi attiring a scarlet Dolce and Gabbana two-piece of a crop top and an a-line skirt featuring a remarkably dainty rose embroidery pattern. Zanna placed this elegant set with the standard black chain cross body bag along with the formidable refinement of some bleach white brogues that thoroughly complimented the silver jewellery of which she wore upon her wrist, fingers and ears. The reason behind my love for this combination was the fact that it is a mix of both a truly present-day style of apparel however there is also quite a vintage aspect placed, this is shown particularly through the white brogues of which brogues tend to be a classical form of attire where as the vacant colour of white is genuinely modern. 

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Another guest’s attire that appealed to me was that of Morgan Saylor. Mum style apparel has recently been a prevailing trend and Morgan presented how effective this style can be with a figure-hugging denim skirt paired with a polka dot see-through blouse. Even-though navy upon navy sounds likewise to that of an inordinately disastrous colour clash, the specific pairing of the colour ended greatly and gave me a large reminiscence of the mum style denim skirt era of the 1970s, more emphasis was placed upon this idea with the polka-dot print which, to be honest, I usually despise polka-dot yet I found this combination totally superlative. 

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Personally, I am hugely looking forward to an imminent month of new models, new designers and new street style but overall, my prospects are set high for the garments designers of which I already have a passion for are going to wonderingly display. These provocative fashion movements don’t stop after the ending of New York Fashion Week, they continue to venture on into London, Milan, Berlin and Paris as internationally fashion enthusiasts get discovered. This event is certainly one of the highly astonishing pin-points of the fashion industry’s calendar furthermore with its other Fashion Week situation during the month of February. Overall, it is an abundantly prevalent desire of mine to be sat within one of the crowds contained in this impacting week of sui-generis design.