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Accessories, Affordable Fashions, Designer Fashions, Features, Gallery, Handbags, Opinion

10 fantastic bags you can actually afford. No, really.

By Lauren Bravo on April 25th, 2013

I’m currently suffering from something I like to term ‘Fash bag fatigue’.

Barely a day goes buy where I don’t open a magazine or click through a style site to be told, in no uncertain terms, that unless I’m saving up my council tax and muesli money for a tote I can carry a baby around in, I am missing a crucial fashion gene. It’s not that I can’t appreciate the quilty aesthetics of a Chanel 2.55, or a Mulberry tote, or even those satchels off the Google advert, but I’ve never managed to grasp the dreamy possibility behind the massive great throbbing price tag. Some see design and timeless craftsmanship – I just see a holiday or a Ford Focus swinging from the arms of the elite.

The Sunday supplements, bless their affluent hearts, have made it as far as realising that bags upward of a grand probably aren’t at the top of many women’s shopping lists, so they’ve started giving us bags for £500 instead. Which is marvellous if you’re one of those terrifying 23 year old hedge fund managers you occasionally read about in Vogue, or if your landlord has lapsed into a coma conveniently excusing you from paying any rent, but for the rest of us who don’t have a spare monkey in the bank yet still have to carry our stuff around, it’s not especially helpful.

So here, to prove they do still exist, are some seriously nice bags for under £100. Most are under £50. Some are under £30. Which, unless you plan to take inspiration from the late, great Nora Ephron, who announced that her perfect bag was a bright yellow and blue plastic MetroCard shopper from the Transit Museum in New York’s Grand Central Station (I Feel Bad About My Neck – And Other Thoughts About Being A Woman, 2007 – read it, it’s wonderful), is probably about the best we’re going to be able to do. But at least we can still afford muesli.

Note: I have included nothing from Urban Outfitters, because every bag I or my friends have ever bought from Urban Outfitters has always broken dramatically within three months. If you’ve got an UO bag that you’ve been lugging around unscathed for over a year, please do let me know.

Hardback doctor bag, £26.99

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Doctors can’t claim many professional style victories (word on the wards is they’re still wearing Crocs) but they do have some pretty tasty bag heritage. This cheap and cheerful take on the classic Gladstone from comes in a range of tasteful colours and will ensure that should you ever go to Gloucester in a shower of rain, you’ll be able to cart your brolly around in something stylish. NB: does not guarantee medical knowledge.

Designers, Features, Gallery

Paris Fashion Week: Chanel Spring/Summer 2013

By Andrea Petrou on October 3rd, 2012

Karl Lagerfeld gave a huge nod to green energy and sustainable living with his Spring/Summer 2013 collection for Chanel.

Towering wind turbines formed the backdrop of the show at Paris’ Grand Palais, while the statement Chanel pieces were given what looked like a growth spurt.

Pearls grew to proportionate levels, looking more like gobstoppers and were worn as bracelets and necklaces as well as nestled as hair bobbles in the models’ deliberately messy ponytails, while the statement quilted bag was also accentuated with black leather hula hoop handles.

The traditional Chanel suit, was given a new look with summer colours, while sporty fabrics including lightweight mesh and embossed jersey, alongside transparent PVC and plexiglass completed the renewable energy theme.

Further evidence of this was channelled through tube style dresses and long trousers, while nature’s goodness continued with the introduction of honeycomb bodices and black patent beekeeper hats, which gave a nod to the innocent bee.

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Designers, Gallery, Trend Alert

AW 2012 trends: The colour purple

By Andrea Petrou on September 6th, 2012

With luxe trends such as Baroque and Edwardian chic hitting the AW 2012 catwalks, its not a surprise that purple has become one of the colours to be seen in this season.

Complimenting the sumptuous trends, this hue channels the rich feel, being pushed by the fashion world this season, adding an almost regal feel to any item of clothing.

And for those looking for a less formal look, it’s good news because this hue has also been dressed down into playful prints and fabrics as seen on the catwalks of Christopher Kane and Prada.

See the gallery below for the A/W catwalk 2012 looks.

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Gallery, Trend Alert

A/W 2012 trends: A touch of fur

By Andrea Petrou on September 4th, 2012

The highstreet is already stocking its rails in anticipation for the A/W season, and for once we’re praying for cold weather so we can start showing off the latest trends.
One look that’s set to be huge this season is fur. However, unlike previous seasons when thick faux fur coats made up the trend, this year is all about subtlety.

Hints of fur on tees as well as on hats, were key looks on the winter catwalks of Matthew Williamson, Chanel and Mulberry, while Topshop Unique incorporated the look into cute military style dresses.

The key to this season’s look? Less is more.

See the gallery below for the catwalk looks.

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Designers, Fashion News, Gallery, Gossip

Karl Lagerfeld says Pippa Middleton “struggles” with her looks. Do you agree?

By Andrea Petrou on August 1st, 2012

We heart Karl Lagerfeld and respect him for everything he’s done for Chanel.

However, sometimes the outspoken designer says things we just can’t agree with.

His latest outburst has been directed at Pippa Middleton, with Lagerfeld claiming she should “only show her back” as she “struggles” with her looks.

He told The Sun that he didn’t like Pippa’s face, before moving on to praise her sister – the Duchess of Cambridge – for her “romantic” beauty and “nice silhouette”.

Do you agree with the designer’s comments or do you think Pippa is equally as stunning as Kate?

View the gallery and let us know by leaving your comments in the box below.

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Celebrity Style, Gallery, Trend Alert

Spring/Summer 2012 trends: The peplum top

By Andrea Petrou on July 16th, 2012

The summer is still less than sizzling, but that’s no excuse to neglect all the trends of the season, especially when they are as versatile as the peplum top.

Hot on the Burberry, Chanel, Victoria Beckham and Christian Dior summer 2012 catwalks, this look can be paired with trousers- for that rainy day at the office outfit, or with a shift skirt for a business meeting or smart night out. Team up one of these tops with a dark pair or skinny jeans for a more casual look, or go for cropped trousers and wedges for a night out.

See the gallery below to see how celebrities including Kyle Minogue, Olivia Palermo, Holly Willoughby  and Gwen Stefani are wearing these tops.


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Features, Gallery, Haute Couture

Jean-Paul Gaultier winter 2012/2013 haute couture collection.

By Andrea Petrou on July 5th, 2012

We’re very excited about the Jean-Paul Gaultier winter 2012/2013 haute couture collection.

Unlike the soft nods to the vintage season displayed by Chanel, the designer went all fierce with this latest collection, giving bold nods to a range of different eras.

Moulded head hats with drop beads and short sexy gold dresses emulated the 20s flapper look, while fierce black suits, complete with walking sticks gave a nod to the masculine trend.

Big billowing dresses, furs and patterned jumpsuits also showed exactly what a haute couture collection should all be about.

So far this is hands down our fave collection yet.

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Gallery, Haute Couture

Chanel Haute Couture fall/winter 2012/2013 collection

By Andrea Petrou on July 4th, 2012

Karl Lagerfeld took Chanel’s Haute Couture 2012/13 collection right back to its classic roots.

Giving a nod to the vintage look, the collection comprised of gems such as shimmering silk tweed skirt suits from the 50s and 60s, as well as a 30s style bolero jacket covered in paintings of Chanel’s house interior.

Big, bold checks in dark colours adorned 80s shaped jackets, while fringing, tulle and flimsy fabrics took the collection right back to the 20s.

With such a varied collection, we’re sure the likes of Alexa Chung and Clemence Poesy, who were present in the front row, enjoyed it as much as we did.

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Celebrity gossip, Celebrity Style, Gallery, News

Style Spotlight: Vanessa Paradis

By Andrea Petrou on June 22nd, 2012

Vanessa Paradis has made headlines this week over her split with Johnny Depp.

The pair are said to have separated on friendly terms after drifting apart.

Sources are citing the split on Johnny’s workload, as well as linking him to co-star Amber Heard. There are also claims that Vanessa felt overshadowed with her beau’s work life, while hers had taken a tumble.

However we don’t agree with the latter for one second with Vanessa being a hit on the fashion scene.

The actress/model/singer’s gap teeth made her a unique model for a range of high profile designers, while she was a muse of Karl Lagerfeld.

Therefore it’s no surprise that she’s a popular face on the Chanel catwalk and at events.
And let’s face it, any friend and inspiration of Karl Lagerfeld, is more than good enough for us.
See Vanessa’s style in the gallery below.

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Beauty, Gallery, Top Five

Top five classic hair trends given a Spring/Summer 2012 twist

By Andrea Petrou on February 1st, 2012

We’ve cleared out our make up bags ready for the S/S beauty trends and will soon be shoving our snoods and scarves to the back of the wardrobe. And that leaves us with just one more thing- our hair.

Next season there’s a huge range of hairstyles, many of which have been given a little twist from the 80s.

Rebecca Taylor amongst others showed off the 80s slicked back look, whilst Chanel reinvented the classic chignon.

Over at Louis Vuitton the slim sparkly hairband made an appearance and Valentino showed us how braids can be worn bang on-trend next season.

See the gallery below for the top five reinvented styles of SS 2012.

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Designer Fashions, Designers, Features, Gallery, Haute Couture, Top Five

Top five SS 2012 looks from Paris Haute Couture week

By Andrea Petrou on January 25th, 2012

Yesterday we bought you all the fashion fun from the Versace Haute Couture show and today we only thought it fair that we included a range of the other gorge designs shown off at this event.

We’ve therefore decided to put together what we think are the best five looks from a range of designers at this year’s fashion shin ding.

Of course we couldn’t compile a list like this without including Chanel, which amongst other great designs gave us a very 50s sequined blue shift frock with a hint of 80s styling in the shoulders.

Dior gave us a stunning girly net tea length dress, while Louis Vuitton went all lacey and 60s with a cute cream frock.

Over at Giorgio Armani the tone was all glam, with our fashion eyes landing on a metallic fishtail frock and bolero, while Stephane Rolland went all out with a flamboyant twisted white skirt and black bodice. We heart.

See the gallery below for our top five.

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Beauty, Gallery, Top Five, Trend Alert

Top five designer metallic eye looks for SS 2012

By Andrea Petrou on January 19th, 2012

Metallics are no strangers to the fashion world, often making an appearance on clothing, in hair and of course eye make-up and next season they make more than just a cameo.

For Spring/Summer 2012 this trend has a leading role in the eye make-up show. However, unlike this season where metallics were dark and bold, next season is all about pale shimmery hues.

Copy the look seen on the Chanel, Ralph Lauren and Gucci catwalks and go for an almost white metallic eyeshadow to make your eyes stand out.

To combine this, and the smokey trend gently brush lower lids with this hue, but not too much- this trend is all about softness.

See the gallery below for our top five designer looks.

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Celebrity gossip

Alice Dellal becomes the new face of the Boy Chanel handbag collection.

By Andrea Petrou on December 20th, 2011

Alice Dellal is the new face of the Boy Chanel handbag collection.

The London-based socialite, musician and model – who is known for her signature half-shaved head and punk style – was handpicked by Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld after the pair met at a photo shoot some months ago.

A Chanel spokesperson said: “[Karl Lagerfeld] had a crush on this unique, charismatic young lady, who is both a model and musician, during a photo shoot several months ago. This previously unforeseen alliance finally became self-evident. Alice Dellal represents the perfect incarnation of all that is unique about the Boy Chanel handbag collection, which strives [to be] far from conformist notions of femininity.”

Karl took the pictures for the campaign, which will be released worldwide in March.

Alice follows in the footsteps of previous Chanel handbag models including Jerry Hall, Lily Allen, Rinko Kikuchi, Blake Lively and Diane Kruger.

Alice – who is the sister of shoe designer Charlotte Dellal – has previously described her style as “tomboy” and says her dad used to be her fashion icon, even revealing her half-shaved head was inspired by him.

She said: “When I was little I was such a tomboy – I loved a baggy T-shirt and leggings. Charlotte’s always been very stylish – she used to dress me when I was really young. We’d look identical, but we’re so different. She’d be reading Agatha Christie and I, well I, wasn’t. I was always more attracted to what my Dad was wearing. Charlotte and Mum are much more similar. Charlotte would get Mum’s hand-me-downs, then I’d get them after she was done with them. If I’m feeling a bit glamorous though, I love wearing a pair of her shoes.

“Charlotte actually suggested I have it my hair done like this. My brother and my Dad always used to shave their hair and I remember thinking ‘Why can’t I do the same?’ It’s kind of ironic that it was my sister’s idea, but I would give her total credit for it. The style’s becoming more normal though – I see quite a few girls with similar hair now.”

Celebrity Style

Freida Pinto loves the Indian influences in Chanel

By Andrea Petrou on December 15th, 2011

Freida Pinto loves the Indian influences in Chanel.

Although the Mumbai born actress often wears traditional saris for special occasions, she was thrilled to find that Karl Lagerfeld is hugely inspired by India when he designs for the French fashion house.

She told Britain’s Grazia magazine: “To be honest saris are still what we choose when we dress up. But more and more Indian women are becoming fans of Chanel. I have worn it several times and often go for the Indian-influenced things.

“People don’t often talk about the Indian motifs in Karl’s collections, but I wore a sari-inspired dress in 2010 and feel that the theme is often there in his work.”

Freida recently revealed she pays careful attention to her red carpet looks so she doesn’t replicate outfits.

She said: “I try not to repeat a shade I’ve used before. Everything needs to be in sync and seem like one perfect piece, one perfect look. At the end of the day, it has to have the wow factor, so whatever I wear has to be ‘wow’.

“My must-haves are a little black dress and a pair of simple earrings that can jazz up an entire outfit. I try to keep it simple and elegant.”

Christmas outfits, Designer Fashions, Features, Gallery, Trend Alert

Designer Christmas outfit inspiration: The jumpsuit

By Andrea Petrou on November 30th, 2011

The 70s are a hot fashion topic right now. And while we love all the funky prints and denim the best style to come out of this era and into this season is of course the jumpsuit.
This little one piece has been around for a few seasons but for AW 2011 its taken on a wide legged silhouette and a satin, velvet or silk appearance.
If you want to wear one of these lovelies to that Christmas party then keep it simple. Add a thin waist belt to accentuate that wide leg and add some super high heels.

Finish off the look with a little leather jacket to go right back to that Studio 54 look.

See the gallery below for some designer inspiration.

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