There’s been a lot of amazing collaborations lately between designers and high street fashion retailers, who have spoilt us with countless creations to invest in and the latest one that nearly slipped its way past my radar is the Holly Fulton for Radley capsule collection.
This exciting partnership between the Scottish designer and British accessories brand fuses Holly’s distinctive eye for graphic pattern and Radley’s luxury leather craftsmanship. And the final results are inspiring! The contemporary four piece collection was kept simple in colour, with the palette being made up of camel, black, white and flashes of red to make sure the designer’s signature optical print was the standout feature of the pieces.
Each design comes with its own unique aspects which makes them even more appealing. The Envelope is a professional clutch that can take you from day to night. Hidden underneath the magnetic flap closure is a large mirror followed by another mirror inside on a chain making topping up your makeup a whole lot easier whilst on the go. The Slouch is full of function and style thanks to its wrist strap and pockets. It’s completed with a Radley the dog shaped mirror embossed in leather too.
The Envelope, £199.00
The Slouch, £249.00
The Moon has a distinctive shape and creates a real statement. It even comes with a miniature version of itself in purse form, tucked away inside for chic accessory matching. The Scottie, as you can tell by the name, is shaped in the form of Radley’s undeniably cute logo making for a stylishly unique piece of arm candy taken one step further by its zig-zag embossing. Don’t hang about to get your hands on one of these collaborative beauties!
The Moon, £249.00
The Scottie, £129.00
High end fashion label Banana Republic and designer L’Wren Scott are joining forces this season by launching a gorgeous limited edition capsule collection which is filled with bold vivid colours, a wonderful array of fabrics and feminine designs.
The exciting high quality range for women is made up of more than 50 pieces and includes clothing and accessories which have been given a slight festive twist. From sequin party dresses to bejewelled cardigans and sexy skinny jeans in standout prints, such as brocade, to party ready dresses this collaboration between the brands highlights numerous trends.
Three original prints have been created exclusively for this capsule collection to give classic silhouettes a fun and unique edge. A dramatic lip print in bold hues of Lipstick Red and Ultra Violet can be seen on skirts, blouses, handbags, scarves and pyjama sets. A romantic peonies print, inspired by Scott’s love of lush flowers and gardening, reveals itself on blouses, scarves and jeans in varied shades of bold red and pink. The third print is a candy stripe of black, Ultra Violet, Poster Red and Lipstick Red and is flaunted on blouses, pyjama sets and accessories including a beret, socks and a cashmere blanket which is fun for seasonal gifting.
The colour palette has been kept deep yet colourful, infusing some of the season’s most popular hues into the collection including red, burgundy, emerald and, of course, metallic shades which have been achieved by the use of pretty sequins. Overall, the clothing is kept rather contemporary in shape highlighting women’s best features whilst showcasing how either a statement garment or layered look can create a fashionable impact.
This capsule range marks the first partnership for L’Wren Scott with a global fashion retailer and has set the bar high for any future collaborations the designer may have in mind. The collection launches at select Banana Republic retail locations worldwide and online from December 5th 2013.
Winter is well and truly here. The temperature has dropped right down and with whispers of the arrival of snow making an appearance, wrapping up warm is on everyone’s list of priorities!
Having a selection of super chic accessories on standby will help you beat the chill so from the top of your head all the way down to your toes you’ll feel snug, comfortable and of course; incredibly stylish. High-end luxury brands such as Beaumont Organic and Madeleine Thompson offer a range of beautiful pieces from cute gloves to festive inspired scarves and bright fabulous designs that will make sure you stand out during dull drab days.
Think of these winter warmers as fashionable investments as we all know, British weather can be rather unpredictable any time of the year, but especially during the winter months you don’t want to be caught out in the cold. They’ll spruce up winter outfits allowing you to feel on-trend even if the weather is dark and miserable.
Madeleine Thompson’s exclusively designed range of neon accessories, which include a beanie, scarf and arm warmers, for designer online hotspot Net-a-Porter will provide a much needed burst of vibrancy. These are not for the colour shy! Made from super soft cashmere, they’ll look fabulous worn with a black coat to really make an impact this season. Team all three pieces in one look for undeniable style. The arm warmers are particularly impressive as they are perfect for layering under a cape or jacket, keeping your hands lovely and toasty whilst enabling you to use your phone or carry on with other daily duties with no fuss.
Madeleine Thompson Waever Neon Cashmere Beanie, £95.00 from Net-a-Porter
Madeleine Thompson Neon Cashmere Scarf, £115.00 from Net-a-Porter
Madeleine Thompson Neon Cashmere Arm Warmers, £95.00 from Net-a-Porter
Classic designs can be seen in Beaumont Organic’s collection of winter must-haves such as the Kiva scarf featuring a beautiful baroque print in rich red and blue tones which can be worn several ways to add interest to looks. The Maddy luxury tan mittens boast a faux fur cuff and cosy lining for understated elegance giving you the opportunity to wear them on a number of occasions.
Kiva Luxury 100% Alpaca Wool Vintage Stitch Knitted Scarf, £149.00 from Beaumont Organic
Maddy Fur Cuff Mittens in Tan, £95.00 from Beaumont Organic
So now it’s just a case of sitting back with a big cup of hot chocolate topped with all the delicious trimmings whilst showcasing your new top notch accessories!
Earlier in the year it was announced that designer brand Alexander McQueen was teaming up with the artist Damien Hirst to celebrate the British label’s 10th year anniversary of the iconic skull scarf by launching an exclusive scarf collection. The eagerly awaited accessories are now available to buy and let me tell you this; fans will not be disappointed!
The skull scarf became an instant hit with celebrities and style enthusiasts across the globe with it first being seen in the SS03 Irere collection. Since then, the signature accessory has been adapted in various prints and colours in the following seasons never leaving our fashion radar, thankfully, so it was no surprise that the designer brand wanted to do something rather special to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the beloved skull piece.
The shared aesthetic vision of Alexander McQueen and Damien Hirst is what brought this interesting collaboration into reality as both share an interest in symmetrical design combined with strong references to the natural world. The scarf collection consists of 30 one-off designs and each has been adapted from Hirst’s Entomology series. Butterflies, bugs, spiders and other insects have been worked to form kaleidoscopic geometric shapes, laid out to create the signature McQueen skull motif. The finished pieces are incredibly powerful. The underlying dark side mixed with the beauty of the natural world create an intriguing balance.
For the launch of the Alexander McQueen and Damien Hirst exclusive scarf collection, photographer Sølve Sundsbø created a series of images and a short film. If you have yet to check it out then head over to the Alexander McQueen website to watch it. It’s mesmerizingly beautiful and truly captivating!
These scarves will no doubt turn into collector’s items and are available in Chiffon, Pongé, Twill and Cashmere with prices ranging from £315.00 to £715.00. All 30 designs are limited and available at Alexander McQueen stores worldwide and from the scarf boutique of AlexanderMcqueen.com.
If the cold dull weather is doing nothing to lift your fashion spirit then I would suggest gazing upon the Charlotte Olympia Spring/Summer 2014 collection which will instantly transport you to a sunshine filled paradise! Designer Charlotte Dellal is known for injecting impressive themes into classic shoe and bag styles in the form of super stylish kitschy designs so for next season it seems she has taken inspiration from the mysterious depths of the ocean.
The Overboard range is bold, stunning and features eccentric under the sea infused pieces. From diving mermaids seen as heels on blue platform sandals to cabana and treasure chest bags that will have you feeling like you’re on a luxury cruise. Cartoonish lobsters and intricate coral designs in bright orange plus portholes provide that kitsch appeal the designer brand is known for whilst the gold and silver metallic embellishment on the towering wedges emphasises the shimmering gleam of the sea and all the beautiful colours it can create when sunlight hits it.
Charlotte’s creative genius will take your wardrobe to new depths next season so prepare to descend overboard for a captivating ocean journey - ahoy matey!