Barbara Rihl

October 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

While in Moscow a few weeks ago I stumbled across a brand of super chic handbags and just had to share them with you. Feminine, functional and fashionable, these leather bags are created by Barbara Rihl under her eponymous label. The more I researched about the brand and the lady behind it the more jealous I grew of her career (not in the bitter way but in the I-am-so-inspired-I-want-to-be-her kind of way). First, Barbara Rihl was a student to Karl Lagerfeld, absorbing a wealth of experience from this multi-talented icon for two years. Then she moved on to spend a year learning from Jil Sanders before being appointed into the famous house of brands LVMH to work on their marketing strategy. And then in 2000, after feeling that it was time for her to stand behind her own wheel, she created a brand of these witty bags, that are now available at over 1000 shops around the world. I bet after reading that I’m not the only one envious of this extremely talented and successful lady! And while you are reconsidering your personal success, here are a few of her designs I picked out for you to see. Take a look at the rest of the collection here.

  1. Mystical, €360 (approximately £293)
  2. Jen’s Favourite, €360 (approximately £293)
  3. Attractive, €360 (approximately £293)
  4. Red Scarlet, €325 (approximately £264)
  5. Matchless Helena, €312 (approximately £254)
  6. Shiny Linda, €350 (approximately £285)

Autumn Wardrobe Essentials: Coats by Zara

August 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

After launching Autumn/Winter 12 wardrobe discussion last week with a piece on biker boots, it is only logical to continue the story of new season essentials this week by moving to outerwear – the most necessary piece of clothing for British autumns. While looking around for the trendiest coats out there, no one collection has caught my eye (nearly in its entirety) more then the one offered by Zara. They got all the trends covered – colourwise, black and navy are present (yes, black is back); accessories like studs, peplums and large pockets are there; materials range from boucle to heavy wool to quilted leather; and on top of that masculine cut of most of the coats with perfect mid-thigh length. As far as the coats go, you won’t regret stocking up at Zara who went all out offering cool designer look with prices from £69.99 to £139. Autumn outerwear? Tick!

Check out my picks below and head to Zara.com or your nearest store for the whole range. P.S. I’m totally in love with coat number 4 – perfect substitute for short leather jackets that will keep me warmer and go well with both my daily looks based on skinny jeans and more dressed up outfits. Got to love multifunctionality.

1. Navy Coat with Applique on Sleeves, £129
2. Red/Navy Boucle Coat, £69.99
3. Coat with Studded Shoulders, £119

4. Coat With Quilted Sleeves, £139
5. Fantasy Wool Jacquard Coat, £79.99
6. Dark Green Coat in Fantasy Fabric with Chain, £119

Top(shop) Brides

June 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

All the fashion lovers on budget, who live and breath designer and high street collaborations and are about to walk down the aisle as a bride or a bridesmaid – this is your moment to rise from your chair/sofa and rapidly jump up and down making hysterical noises aka celebrate new bridal range created by Richard Nicoll for Topshop. And after you settle back down here is all you need to know about the wonderful collaboration.

At the end of June the collection called ‘Tie The Knot’ will be available online and in the selected stores. This is 6th collaboration of the designer with our favourite high street brand and it is once again predicted to be a massive success: not just because the brides-to-be will be hitting the stores but they will be joined by other fashion lovers wanting to get a piece of high fashion for affordable price. And what can you expect from the designs themselves? Simplicity and femininity in blush pink and classic white, lots of lace and see-through light chiffon as seen on the sneak-peak pictures below.

The only downside is that the gowns are made for a very specific bride: fashion forward lady not looking for a classical wedding in the church but picking city, beach or garden backdrop.  So for example I would choose a non-white piece from a collection if I was going to a wedding as a guest or dressing my own bridesmaids or go for a white style for other special occasions (when the colour would not be clashing with bride’s dress, of course) but not for my own wedding as it just does not go with my mental image of what I wanted my dress to be, which is, no office, a bit more special. Nevertheless I am sure there are hundreds of girls out there who are dying to get there hands on the collection to wear on their special day thanks to affordable pricing and high fashion designs.

Here are the prices for the dresses above, according to Vogue.com:

  1. £200
  2. £350
  3. £170
  4. £170

Things I Love

March 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

I love Alexander McQueen collections. I love Sarah Burton’s creativity. I also love the idea of diffusion lines: there are so many successes (Miu Miu, D&G, See by Chloe to name a few). I also love colourful accents and I love love love studs. Those five reasons should be more than enough to explain why I am drooling over McQ Spring Summer 12 bag collection. I must admit some of the shapes will require getting used to (saddle bag is an exception) e.g. you will need to work out exactly how to fit all the essentials into that clutch, but it is worth it: you are getting a top notch design, quality and trendiness for much lower price. Who would not want a few of these McQ fashion rock chick accessories? Available in surprisingly large range of colours, here are my favourites:

  1. Studded Clutch £140
  2. Clerkenwell Studded Shoulder Bag, £425
  3. Amwell Studded Leather Saddle Bag, £370

Kandee: Sweeten Your Spring/Summer Shoe Closet

March 5, 2012 § 2 Comments

In November last year one shoe brand caught my attention – Kandee. And as soon as I bought a pair and wrote a post on these beauties (view it here) I received numerous messages from my friends asking where the purchase them. Indeed there is nothing not to like about Kandee – they are high quality, look like any expensive designer creation but do not cost as much.

The reason why I am talking about Kandee again is a release of their Spring Summer 2012 collection. To tell you the truth this time around a lot of items will be hard to pull off – many would be great for photo shoots and stage costumes but are of questionable utility in daily lives – not many people can look good wearing half neon green/half pink shoes called Apple Sours (see them here). Nevertheless there are a few that deserve a place on my fashion wish list – especially knowing how much I love studs!

  1. Peanut Butter Crunchy Pumps, £120
  2. Blue Raspberry Dragee Pumps, £120
  3. Blue Raspberry Dragee, £180
  4. Pinki,£170
  5. Mash’a’mallow, £180

Breathtaking Prada Jewellery

November 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

It is not often that I am completely blown away. That was the moment. The unveiling of Prada Capsule Jewellery collection.

Chances are you have already seen some of the pieces from their Spring Summer 12 catwalk show – but soon we will have a chance to actually own them. By far my favourite is the pink gemstone and green leather rose range which features necklace, bracelet, ring and earrings. I must admit – I would not dare to wear all at once but without a doubt would create an outfit around one of those pieces, like the necklace above.

Its astonishing how beautiful and organic two very different components of the necklace look – I bet soon the high street will be full of leather and gemstone combination. Can not wait.

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