Category Archives: London Fashion Week

The Suspenders

Suspenders probably don’t pop into your head first when you think of things that are easy to pull off, right?

Yet somehow, Ji Hye Park has made them look like the easiest, coolest, most essential thing ever. When I get a pair (because now, I really feel like I have to) I’m styling them exactly like this: slouchy sweater, tailored pants and an easy pair of flats.

Photo by Sandra Semburg.

Suits

There is a real difference between the jumpsuits I wear and have been showing you recently on the blog. Mine are a little used and oversize, sunday-at-the-farm vibe and the ones I’m showing you today, that are way more fitted.

VIRTUAL REALITY

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A lot of crazy things have been happening to me lately, most of which I cant talk about just yet but that have made me realized that good things come to those who wait, but also -and most importantly!-, being persistent and keeping a positive attitude can attract a lot of good things.

While I was in London, I wasn’t only filming this short documentary for Canon, but I was also a part of something much bigger and revolutionary. During London Fashion Week we filmed a short film which would be a part of a Virtual Reality experience with the Oculus Rift technology. This all sounds very confusing I know, but what it basically means, is that during London Fashion Weekend people could come and wear the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headset and experience the whole film as if they were being a part of it!. Yeah, it sounds very Matrix and it was – still makes me feel a bit shocked to be a part of this whole project-.

To be honest, I do want to thank Canon for making me a part of this experience and trusting I could represent them well. I feel so honored to know that there are so many people that really value the work I put on this blog and in all the work I do as a freelancer, I hope you notice that I try to do it to the best of my abilities and in the best quality possible, even though that means a lot of sleepless nights and sometimes very stressful days.

I also want to thank you if you are reading this, for taking the time to come and visit me and most importantly, for taking the time to read what I have to say, it really means the world to me.

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Long Sleeved

It’s a bit refreshing to see some long sleeves when everyone is always rolling them up– of course, you still need use of your hands! I like how Pernille layered this shirt with a turtleneck and a pair of a shorts, it’s a really good way to deal with this fall weather!

Photo by Sandra Semburg.

Veronika

I’ve been a fan of Veronika’s style for a long time. You probably recognize her, she’s the fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar in Berlin.

She has such a cool approach to mixing pieces and accessorizing– I feel like she might be able to teach me a few things ;)
I love how she is wearing this really feminine dress with a tough pair of Nike sneakers (you probably recognize them, they are Riccardo Tisci for Nike). I’ve been wearing a lot of sneakers this fashion week, they’ve become a real staple (but of course, I only packed one pair for Paris!).

I hope to show you more of Veronika’s style soon!

Photo par Sandra Semburg.

Spring Trends: Suede

The Trend: Suede

How I would wear it: Designers have ruled it more than appropriate to sport suede in warmer temps. For me? I’m going for a suede jacket or skirt come spring.

The best looks: From left to right, Tibi, MM6, Gucci, Burberry and Derek Lam.

Anya Hindmarch Hits It Out of the Park With Her Spring 2015 Runway Bags

Anya Hindmarch Hits It Out of the Park With Her Spring 2015 Runway Bags

It’s early in the season and none of the handbag heavyweights from Milan and Paris have shown us what they’ve got quiet yet, but I’m here to make a bold prediction: Nothing that we see on the coming runways will be as fun as Anya Hindmarch’s Spring 2015 bags, and I’d be surprised if any of them manage to be more compelling.

Hindmarch, who only designs accessories, starting throwing ready-to-wear-style runway shows to celebrate her handbags several seasons ago, and that should tell you a little something about the confidence she has in her handbags to stand as a statement unto themselves alongside anyone else’s full collections. For Spring 2015, the models wore loose clothes in white linen, which gave the handbags a background against which to take center stage.

Not that these bags need any particular help in that department; although a few traditional leather pieces were slotted in here and there, most of the bags were adorned with pop culture paraphernalia of one sort or another. Hindmarch’s consumer goods-branded bags have been explosively popular, and this collection includes a continuation of that theme alongside shapes like stars, hearts, cartoon eyes, arrows, thought bubbles and too many other things to mention.

Novelty shoes have been hugely popular for a while, and although designers have found significant success designing clutches with a similarly not-so-serious feel, Hindmarch is the first large-scale designer to get the tone just right when it comes to full-size leather day bags. Her creations strike the balance between fun and luxury that’s so difficult to pin down, and here’s hoping she doesn’t change directions any time soon. Check out the full collection below.

[Photos via Vogue UK]

For Spring 2015, Mulberry Gets Its Groove Back

For Spring 2015, Mulberry Gets Its Groove Back

Mulberry’s various and sundry corporate challenges are well-documented and yet to be resolved, but London Fashion Week waits for no brand. For Spring 2015, the brand soldiered forth in a more subtle way than it has in recent years. Instead of a big production with global It Girl and brand ambassador Cara Delevingne, Mulberry put on a subtle presentation full of the kinds of pieces that made people Mulberry fans in the first place.

There were a few of the company’s popular Bayswater bags on display in preppy, spring-appropriate finishes and colors, but the star of the show was a pared-down, chain-strapped shoulder bag called the Delphie, which Mulberry claims can be worn six ways but is probably most recognizable as a small shoulder bag that can be easily converted into a medium-size clutch. Instead of the signature large turnlock closure, it featured a smaller, more modern metal button that, while bearing the Mulberry logo, was less in-your-face than the Mulberry of the recent past.

Check out the collection below; are you feeling this scaled-back vibe?

[Photos via Vogue UK]

CANON FASHION DIARES

Phew!!! I just came back from London and I haven’t felt/been that busy in a very long time. I am very used to doing my “from New York straight to London FW” marathons but I am never quite prepared for the amount of work, combined with the Jetlag. I have to say though, I do this out of choice and because I LOVE IT.
I was in London filming for Canon and once again, since they have just launched the new Canon EOS 100D in White which has become my new favorite small camera to take around with me.

Filming with Canon is always a pleasure and I hope gave you a small glimpse of how a day during Fashion Week really is, although we have to add a lot more shows, a lot more meetings in between and most importantly, a lot of catching up with friends who are in town as well.

See you next time!!!

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Sticker Up

Anya Hindmarch is a quirky genius.

Remember last season’s potato chip clutch? Well, this time around she is getting us with stickers.

Debuting today with her spring collection is a limited edition collection of leather stickers (in collaboration with Charlotte Stockdale of CHAOS FASHION) that you can use to embellish your handbag/phone/best friend. The current selection features a Mickey Mouse hand doing various gestures and more styles will be added soon. I’m already going through my closet trying to figure out what I want to “sticker up” first. If you need some inspiration, take a look back at Sue’s embellished bag


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Sticker Up

Anya Hindmarch is a quirky genius.

Remember last season’s potato chip clutch? Well, this time around she is getting us with stickers.

Debuting today with her spring collection is a limited edition collection of leather stickers (in collaboration with Charlotte Stockdale of CHAOS FASHION) that you can use to embellish your handbag/phone/best friend. The current selection features a Mickey Mouse hand doing various gestures and more styles will be added soon. I’m already going through my closet trying to figure out what I want to “sticker up” first. If you need some inspiration, take a look back at Sue’s embellished bag


By alex

Joseph and the Amazing Jacket Skirt

Need a skirt? I’ve got a jacket for that.

I’m all for creative styling tricks, especially ones that make you think twice about what a person is wearing: Is that a skirt? A dress? How do you get in that? My only concern with the “jacket as skirt” at Joseph is bulk. The flowing white trench as a skirt is ace, but the denim jacket as layered skirt, well, may be a bit trickier to master…

Are you ready to transform your favorite jacket into your favorite skirt?


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Joseph and the Amazing Jacket Skirt

Need a skirt? I’ve got a jacket for that.

I’m all for creative styling tricks, especially ones that make you think twice about what a person is wearing: Is that a skirt? A dress? How do you get in that? My only concern with the “jacket as skirt” at Joseph is bulk. The flowing white trench as a skirt is ace, but the denim jacket as layered skirt, well, may be a bit trickier to master…

Are you ready to transform your favorite jacket into your favorite skirt?


By brie

CANON PROJECTING FASHION


Once again, it has been a pleasure collaborating with Canon during London Fashion Week. It was really fun interviewing Henry Holland and looking at the whole process of how the vision of his show this season came to life. Upcoming photographer Rob Oades had the task of shooting all the looks before the catwalk, so they could later be projected on massive screens on the background, just as the models walked out to the runway. The morning of the show, I made my way to the set and was the first one to try the treadmill where the models would later walk for the shoot wearing all the looks on the catwalk. Trust me, walking the treadmill on heels wasn’t easy and I seriously thought I would fall on my face a couple of times…. At the end of the day, The show was amazing and the end result was pretty impressive, so that was a job well done! Hope you like the video!

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The Missing Pants

What’s going on with the lack of pants on the fall runway?

You know those things that cover your legs? I’m not sure how my legs will survive next winter. Pants are my answer to getting dressed nearly everyday. Jeans, trousers, tapered, wide leg, cropped, leather, tailored… where are you?

How can we possibly wear exclusively long flowing dresses and skirts? Does this mean I’ll have to shave everyday in the winter too (because you know what, tights are also missing)?!

Pants, come back. I can’t live without you.

From left to right: Burberry, Prada, Rochas, and Carven.


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Back to the Future

Ever since I started this blog, I’ve tried every season to rethink the way I approach fashion weeks. Because of this, and because I was curious about how everything had changed over time, I decided to take a little tour through my archives and it’s kind of CRAZY. Come take a tour with me!

2006, Nada.

No Fashion Week for me – at that time, my blog was only illustrations, and frankly, all I knew of fashion weeks was what I had read in magazines and seen on Fashion TV, which I used to watch for hours. This drove my mother crazy because in her opinion, watching girls walking towards nowhere (“Where are they going?” she asked me one day) was pretty much like watching fish swimming around in a fish bowl.

“Pfff, you just don’t get it, mom.”

Oh, and what do I find in 2006?

A post where I talk about Scott and Face Hunter, the only bloggers/streetstyle photographers at the time. Actually, we didn’t even call them that yet: I call them “coolhunters”.

In 2006, I say:
(Yes, I’m quoting myself) (Oh, come on, it’s fine.) (It’s like a literary selfie, right?)(A Tweet!!!).

“And sometimes, with the most talented ones, we find what we’d forgotten to look for in the frantic race of appearances: style, grace. A sense of the moment.”

2007, First Steps.

March. My first Fashion Week. Oooooomaaaaigaaaaaaad what’s happening. I’m over the moon excited. I’ve never seen so many people so well-dressed, so cool, so eeeeeeeeeeee!!!

I start taking photos of people, I’m sickeningly shy and all I can say in English is “hello”, “please” and “fuck” (the last one only whenever I messed up a photo, which was pretty often).

People invite me to a some shows because my blog is starting to get some attention, but all of that is just for fun, in my spare time. I don’t publish my photos on the blog ok, actually I do, but don’t look and I faint every time I see someone I recognize.

The fashion show scene is relaxed. The people I take photos of are nice, curious, flattered, and surprised all at once. They’re dressed normally.

I mean, they’re dressed very well, they’re very chic, but they look normal. That’s what I love. It’s the opposite of magazines, it’s real life! It’s just a concentrated group of very elegant, very cool people.

Even so, I still say:

“The Face Hunter came to take a photo of me. Which is almost an insult to my pants, given how opposite our tastes are, especially when I see the grins he makes when he looks at his photos, which – fortunately for me, will never be published. I tell myself that, from now on, Yvan has something to blackmail me with.”

This is still true today: days when I have my photo taken coming out of a show with 200 photographers pouncing on everyone, I always feel like there’s something wrong with my outfit, something too showy, too crazy, too ‘fashion weeeeeek look at meeeeeeeeee.’

Sometimes when you look at life in retrospect, it’s totally hilarious.

2008, The year when things start happening.

Street style is all over the place. I discover photography, I go to a lot of shows, I start putting names and smiles with the faces I was barely brave enough to ask to stop for a photo the previous season, and I even start doing some style stories about them.

It’s still relatively quiet outside of fashion shows – I don’t realize how lucky I am.

I start making contact with fashion editors and reporting things like:

“Let me make this brief. If you’ve followed me, if you go to a show, and someone touches your body and asks ‘Who is it?’ Don’t answer “It’s me, in fact it’s my right breast, do you want a Prozac or something?” Instead, say: “It’s Marc, or it’s Stefano. Or if you’re taken off guard and it’s just Massimo, say: “That’s vintage.”

It’s also my first New Yoooooooorkeeeeeeeee fashion wwweeeekkk omgomgomg!!!! Total hysteria, total excitement, total jet lag.

I write things like this:

“People come up to me and say I like your style, and I could fill up an entire post with how much I feel like a hobo next to the meticulous precision of American girls. I’ve got loads of new friends, and it worries me – Cole Mohr is trying to French kiss me, but I think it’s because he doesn’t have an apartment right now, whereas I do. This must explain that. Maybe, maybe not!”

And then, don’t forget, 2008 – the financial crisis:

“To celebrate that, you just escaped the super depressing post I was about to write about the economy that’s just crashed and how fashion people are just throwing their arms up in the air, they’re so petrified [as if they could be any more petrified, those fashion people. Booooootox!].”

Style.com asks me to desribe my day, I go from show to show. The photos are getting popular and since they don’t need any explanations, my blog actually goes international, and my English starts to get better.
“Hi, I’m Gowaaance, can I take your picture?”
I would love to have it translated, but for now, my blog is only in French.

2009, changes.

That’s when I meet Tim, my beloved translator who will be with me for a long time (say hello to Andrea!), and the blog is translated into English. I’m in super mega fashion week mode, I follow the fashion bandwagon as if my life depended on it, and every day, I debrief you in detail about all the looks I love.

I have an insatiable appetite for fashion and that’s a good thing, because more and more doors are opening for me.

People start getting pushy in front of the shows. Everybody knows who Carine is, who Anna is, who Kate is. The type of people you see starts to change, and there are more and more of them, from young students who are just there to enjoy the view, to new bloggers making an appearance. Alexa Chung makes her debut and the outfits are more and more editorial.

I guess it made me question myself, because here is what I had to say about it:

“In fact, it was when I was taking a photo of one of those pretty people, who was totally thrilled to pose for as long as I wanted and as long as the hoard of 365,756 photographers next to me wanted, even is she was freezing in the icy wind in her summer dress, wearing Dior from head to toe at the Dior show, and who repeated to me three times “It’s all Dior”, that I said ok, ok.
Enough of the bullshit. It’s very pretty, but what am I doing here?”

And to think that in 2009, I thought there were too many photographers, hahahhahahah hoooo that’s a good one. lololololol. Lol.

What I’ve always loved doing is showing you all the things that I discover as they come to me.
I start taking photos at fashion shows, and my angle changes slightly.
There’s this one on the Chanel show and the amazing bags in the audience. A fantastic encounter with Sonia Rykiel. A visit to Anna Dello Russo’s room at the Ritz.

This is the start of the social media craze, and everyone has their own voice now. Fashion Week is everywhere, pictures of the shows are everywhere, anyone can share and comment, it’s the era of the photo of the photo of the photo…

Dolce & Gabbana definitely got the memo – they pull out all the stops for us (Scott, Bryan, Tommy, and I) and put us in the front row. The truth is it wasn’t my first time in the front row, but at the Dolce show, they really understood the power of the image. They put computers in front of our seats (“For live tweets!”)(which I never do) and they have photographers all over the place to immortalize the moment. We feel a bit used, but the message is loud and clear: times have changed.

Here is what I wrote the next day:

“Fashion is a small, and very organized world. There are rules, customs, kings, queens, jesters, princesses, etiquette, codes – you never stop learning, and it’s really fascinating.

The front row of a show is, above all, the place where you can see the clothes best. Beyond the third row, you can’t see the shoes, and past the fifth row, you can see the hair, if you’re lucky. Seats in the front row are in high demand. Because that’s also where you can be seen. You earn you seat on the front row through celebrity, experience, or power. All this gives way to a lot of drama and some lovely ego crises.

This season, the creators of Dolce & Gabbana had a revelation. When they spoke to their clients, they realized they spent all their time online. They were well-informed, they wanted things to move quickly, and were ready to buy right away. They figured out that it was a new age, and they needed to move ahead with the times.

They decided to open their doors wide to four bloggers.”

2010, Integration.

Voilà. I take photos inside, outside, everywhere I go, and frankly, I go everywhere – things have changed.

I’m pretty surprised about it :

“Lately, I realize how much time has gone by, how much things have changed. At fashion weeks, I know a ton of people. When I arrive at a show, someone grabs my hand, smiles at me, and leads me to my seat. Someone calls me to make sure I’m not going to miss the show. They double check, triple check. People aren’t happy when I miss a show. Haha! Yep, things have changed!

It’s weird – the fashion world’s ability to take people in or reject them. In between moments of snobbery or being totally brown nosed, you learn quickly to only trust your heart. To reach out to people who do you good, to just be yourself, and to see fashion for what you love about it and leave the rest out.

I’m starting to understand (finally!) that since fashion is an industry, once the initial discovery is over, you may quickly find yourself going in circles. Photographing the same people, the same attitudes. It’s a really tiny world!”

Fortunately, photography itself has also changed a lot. It’s become super easy to make videos, so, kind of on a whim, we start making films with Chris, my assistant (oh yeah, in 2010 I had an assistant!) and this is what we came up with. Now that was fun…

2011, explosion

I start fashion week by saying this:

“There are currently more streetstyle photographers than fashion editors (and sometimes they’re even better dressed, I’m talking Anna Dello Russo well dressed).”

It starts looking like a war zone outside of the shows, and I start getting bored there, because I never was very drawn to the bling bling and now it’s bling bling BIG TIME. People start changing clothes three times a day to go to the shows, and even if I appreciate the effort and the outfits, I wonder what exactly is the message? Let’s dress like crazy people? That’s never been my thing!”

I decide to laugh about it, and I write this: “How to get assaulted by a hoard of Streetstyle photographers (myself included).

Yeah, I’m laughing about it, but the truth is, I’m starting to lose inspiration.

2012, excitement.

And what do I do when I’m tired of something? I change! This is the year when I get into videobsession – a new way to show you fashion week, that’s been show so much under any type of angle that it doesn’t have much more to show, the poor thing.

Front row, back row, backstage, everyone knows everything all the time, and instantly, we’re all saying the same things. Oh that’s when I write that. So I figure the best way to change things up a bit is to take you with me – literally.

We launch Pardon My French. Crazy amounts of work, exhaustion, giggle fits – I think this was the time in my life where I was the most generous with my time – and my physical and moral strength – for the blog. There are some really good videos, and some not so great, but one thing’s certain – it’s different. And we end up with moments like this…

And this:

I love this time in my life, even if it’s very difficult. It’s literally exhausting, but the team work, and learning so many new things is a lot of fun and very exciting!

2013

There’s now a real system in place for bloggers, it girls, it Instagrammers, and streestyle – the outfits people wear to shows are extremely thought-out and calculated. It’s the craze of clashing looks, layering different pieces, and anything that attracts attention.

A system is in place for what’s now become a business. Each paper or online magazine has its own streetstyle photographer, each brand has someone in charge of digital media who lends clothes out to people who are likely to have their photo taken, and even if I do everything, everything, everything I can to stay fresh and enthusiastic, sometimes I have a hard time staying inspired.

I’m impressed with Scott’s detached attitude– we talk about it a lot, after all it’s a system we’ve helped create!– but I can’t help but be a little upset by it all.

Suzy Menkes writes her controversial article on the “The Circus of Fashion”. It’s a pretty harsh article denouncing the hysteria around fashion shows, and it kind of throws everyone and everything in the same category. I find this confusing.

Even though I don’t agree with what she writes because I think that deep down, opening up the fashion world is a good thing for everyone, from brands to journalists to stylists – I tell myself once again that it’s time to rethink how I approach fashion weeks.

I have a conversation with my team (I have a team!!!) and we decide it’s time to take an easier approach to fashion. We don’t get too extreme over fashion anymore at the Studio.

We have fun with it, we find inspiration in it, we still love it (of course), but we don’t feel like saying that a pair of shoes is “to die for” anymore, because that would sound almost a little too true.

2014

And now we’re back to today!

I’ve just gotten back from the H&M show. I saw Dries Van Noten today, and I still feel the same emotion when I see his shows. I stayed for a few seconds outside of the venue, but I didn’t stick around – there were too many people, I almost got hit by a car while people where taking my picture. And at H&M, I got pushed really hard by a bodyguard when Solange Knowles was passing by – going to shows is getting dangerous! Alright.

This year, I’ve decided to do things thoughtfully, to go see the designers I want to support and who inspire me, to take photos of people who cross my path, and to stay cool.

I’ll only have time for a few videos this fashion week – but they’ll come back quickly!!! I love making them.

That reminds me of a conversation I had with Carine Roitfeld, when I had started to understand the repetitive nature of the fashion world. How did she do it, year after year, and manage to stay inspired?

She told me that as time goes by, things calm down. You start to seek out different things. A new model that inspires a fashion series, an attitude, a detail. Someone you meet, a gesture, a fabric, a piece of music, the way something is staged.

So that’s how I’m feeling lately. A lot more relaxed.
I really wonder how it will be eight years from now!!!

What about you? Since you follow me, and you follow fashion, whether you’ve grown with me or just arrived here – what’s changed from your point of view?

Tell me everything! Honestly, I can’t wait to see what you have to say and have a conversation.

Translation by Andrea Perdue

This illustration first appeared in Vogue Paris.

Fall Trends: Graphic

The Trend: Graphic

How I would wear it: I love a bold print coat or a sweater but usually paired with something solid and more subtle (like my white jeans). It’s an easy way to make a statement !

Best Looks: From left to right, Roksanda Ilincic, Fendi, Tod’s, Bottega Veneta and Missoni.

For more fall trends, click here!

Details at JW Anderson

Photo by The Sartorialist.

FW by the Numbers

You can’t quantify fashion. Or can you?

At the Studio we decided to add up our experiences from this FW numerically… sort of. Here’s how it went down, by the numbers!

- 3 black beanies
- 14 slices of pizza
- 6 pairs of rain boots
- 25 bottles of water
- 4 daily Starbucks runs
- 3 ways of spelling Garance at Starbucks
- 8 backstage passes
- 295 shows flipped through on Style.com
- 4 live streams watched (and counting)
- 2 bars of Lindt Touch of Sea Salt Dark Chocolate
- 7 trips to the Smile To Go (for the fennel soup and dark chocolate cookies)
- 6 cabs
- 14 front rows
- One bus crash witnessed (no one was injured!)

Total = 392 snow capped, fun, exhausting, snack filled moments. More to come!

Kisses!

The Studio


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Fall Trends: Belted Coats

The Trend: Belted Coats

How I would wear it: My love of coats is no secret to you all! This idea of tying them with a tiny belt or string or ribbon (or whatever you can find?! ) is a fun way to play with proportions and keep your coat closed!

Best Looks: From left to right, Reed Krakoff, Altuzarra, Max Mara, Edun, Paul Smith

WHERE WE BEGAN

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My New Uniform

Gimme a tuxedo stripe any day….

Give me a crisp yellow stripe on a navy wide leg pant three times (at Joseph) and you’ve seriously caught my attention. Yes of course, yellow is attention getting, but this time in a good, I’m wearing a hint of a bright color, I am not trying to dress like a bumble bee way.

The looks are so classically cool! I’d gladly wear these pants as my uniform, what about you?


By brie

The Many Bags of Celebs at London Fashion Week Fall 2014

The Many Bags of Celebs at London Fashion Week Fall 2014

London Fashion Week tends to get short shrift when it comes to evaluating the month of fashion shows that we all look forward to and/or endure every six months. It’s the shortest of the four “weeks,” and arguably the least prestigious, although the Brits have a knack for figuring out what’s coming next before anyone else. LFW is a bastion of young talent and streetwear, and for that, plenty of celebs, British, American and beyond, come out to see what London has on offer. Naturally, they do so carrying great bags, and we’ve got the best of the lot below.

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Cara Delevingne Designs Capsule Collection for Mulberry

Cara Delevingne Designs Capsule Collection for Mulberry

After middling results with the Mulberry Del Rey Bag, Mulberry has chosen a more fashion-centric name for its next celebrity collaboration. Supermodel of the moment Cara Delevingne has signed on to design (“design”) and rep the Mulberry Cara Delevingne Bag, which comes in three sizes, all of which are convertible between a tote and backpack.

The first run of bags will be available in quilted leather, two shades of camo-print calf hair and one limited edition quilted version that features lion-head studs within the bag’s quilts. Delevingne famously has a lion head tattoo on one of her fingers, which was likely the inspiration behind that particular embellishment. None of the other bags are listed as limited editions, so you can expect the line to live on into the future as long as consumer interest demands its presence.

Before the Lana Del Rey bag, Mulberry had huge success hitching its wagon to style star Alexa Chung (lest we forget that the Mulberry Alexa is named after her). Tapping Del Rey felt like a misstep from the beginning because of the relative lack of interest in her among luxury audiences, but Delevingne has proved to be both an industry obsession and paparazzi magnet, so her clout might do more to propel these bags into the realm of the smash-hit Alexa. As bags, they’re very much traditionally Mulberry-esque and in some ways similar to the ever-popular Bayswater, so fans of the brand’s look will likely have no problem embracing these new shapes. Check out photos from the London unveiling below, as well as Mulberry’s images of the forthcoming bags. Prices haven’t been released yet, and you can expect the bags to surface around the end of summer.

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Burberry Hand Painted Its Fall 2014 Runway Bags

Burberry Hand Painted Its Fall 2014 Runway Bags

There is something of a fine line between “art” and “art project,” and during the Burberry Fall 2014 runway show, the brand’s hand-painted handbags didn’t often stay on the right side of it. In a post-show interview with Vogue, brand head Christopher Bailey spoke of having studio staffers paint the bags, and the results generally looked like the product of hands whose primary job is not, in fact, painting things. A “back-to-basics” approach was clearly Bailey’s intent, but unfortunately it doesn’t make for bags that look particularly luxurious or expensive.

The collection also includes some bags with large swaths of Native American blanket-print textiles, which are light years more sophisticated than their painted counterparts, as well as some bags, all in the same elongated domed shape, which feature velvet embellishments. The vast majority of the bags were painted with oversized, amateurish flowers and leaves, though, and although normally I love painted bags, I wish Burberry, with its nearly infinite resources and influence, had tapped actual artists to do the painting like Prada often does; the results would have almost assuredly been no less earthy but light years more elegant.

[Images via Vogue.com]

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OFF WHATSAPP

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6 months is probably the longest we have gone without seeing each other since we first became friends years ago -Carolina and me that is-. Being able to spend some time together in London was really awesome, not only through whatsapp for a change!

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Its a bit tricky to get a coat which is so “loud” on its print and making it look different when you wear it. Then again, you odnt want to get such a cool coat and wear it only once, in fact, its the first think I packed on my London Fashion Week bag…
This time I wore it a bit different than last time and decided to do some layering and mixing some different textures.

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Photos by Richard Nicholls

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MAGIC BY THE THAMES

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London is such a dream, seriously climbing up to be my favorite city, although it has very strong competitors…We shot these just after the TopShop Unique show and the light was just magical, specially by the Thames -and yeah, I was 2 meters tall with those shoes on-….I don’t want to leave!

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The Many Bags of Spring 2014 Fashion Week Street Style

The Many Bags of Spring 2014 Fashion Week Street Style

New York Fashion Week kicks off today, and with it comes a month of style, absurdity and literally hundreds of fashion shows. We’ll be bringing you all the best Fall 2014 handbag collections from New York and beyond, as well as a daily dose of the best handbags outside the New York shows courtesy of Vlad and his trusty camera(s), but first, we want to take a moment to look back. Not too far back, though – just to what our favorite stars, editors and fashion illuminati were carrying outside of the Spring 2014 shows all over the world back in September. If you’d like to check out the stars of each week individually, we did posts about New York, London, Milan and Paris, or you can find our favorites from the entire season below.

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COME TO LFW WITH ME AND CANON

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“Its the most wonderful time of the year!” No, its not Christmas, it’s Fashion Week season!. Ok Christmas too but thats lone gone now….London Fashion Week is fast approaching and Canon is throwing an amazing competition, unfortunately this is only open to people in the UK and I wish so bad they could open it worldwide. Hopefully next time!

If you read the image above, you know all the things you can win and what you have to do to win them, if not, read again, c’mon, a little carefully this time…Done? Amazing right?!
So we get to go shopping at Topshop together, go to the House of Holland show, plus you get to come with me backstage, get your very own Canon PowerShot G series camera and a night in London!. Did I grab your attention now? ;)

Follow the instructions above and lets play!

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GOOD LUCK AND SEE YOU IN LONDON!!!

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THIS PLACE

AndyTorresLondon2 AndyTorresLondon6 AndyTorresLondon1 AndyTorresLondon4 AndyTorresLondon3Trench coat: H&M Trend  |  Sweatshirt: Rodarte  |  Skirt: & Other Stories  |  Boots: Balenciaga  |  Sunglasses: Saint Laurent  |  Bag: Proenza Schouler  |  Green blouse: & Other Stories

I have left my heart in a few places, I have fallen in love with so many cities and promised them eternal love. Paris, New York City, London, for now. How do you decide which one is the best one? They all have pros and cons, they are all beautiful, energetic and enigmatic, they all have a million things to offer, yet this place…

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ANDY TORRES FOR CANON “INTERVIEW WITH CLIVE BOOTH”

In the last episode I filmed for Canon a couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure to visit the amazing photographer Clive Booth in his own Studio. I met him last season during London Fashion Week while I covered his amazing work for Canon while he shot the House of Holland Lookbook. This time we met again at the House of Holland backstage and we spent some time shooting some amazing images, which we took straight back to his studio to print and talked about the importance of print in photography.

I still remember how fun it used to be to flip through old photos when we were younger, photos from our childhood, so full of memories. The digital era has changed that a bit and now we have digital photos stored in our hard drives. I have to confess, I do miss having those printed photos I can flip through. Maybe I should make an enormous selection and get them all printed, get my box of memories back, the same one I used to have when I lived in Mexico.

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ANDY TORRES FOR CANON “INTERVIEW WITH CAROLINE RUSH”


As some of you know, I spent a few days in London Fashion Week filming with Canon. You guys probably saw my interview with Henry Holland the other day and on the second episode I got to interview Caroline Rush, the CEO of the British Fashion Council. We talked about  the important role they play in supporting British emerging talents and how much digital photography has evolved throughout the years.

Hope you like it and come back for the third episode later!

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ANDY TORRES FOR CANON “MAKING OF THE HENRY HOLLAND CATWALK”

I had the pleasure to work with Canon again this season, but not only that, the whole team was reunited and I got to interview a few familiar faces again. In this episode I went to see Henry Holland, right before his Fashion show during London Fashion Week and he explained the experience of coming up with the idea of printing his catwalk with Canon this season.  The whole runway was a massive printout of a beautiful design they created, clouds meets watercolor with a massive mirror that gave such an unusual perspective of the models as soon as they hit the catwalk.

I hope you like it and come back for more episodes later!

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The Many Bags of Celebs at London Fashion Week Spring 2014

The Many Bags of Celebs at London Fashion Week Spring 2014

For reasons I cannot entirely explain, I find British celebrities sort of fascinating. I’m not an anglophile by any stretch of the imagination, but British pop culture seems so slavishly dedicated to such a particular group of people that it’s like there’s this parallel universe of fame out there, people who are just people in New York or LA but who attract paparazzi hordes in London. Notoriety is, of course, dependent on the cooperation of those around you. That strange sense of otherness is part of why I got a little obsessed with looking at paparazzi photos from London Fashion Week events.

It was a strange mix of British fashion celebs that we all know (Kate Moss, Stella McCartney) and British people that few Americans can probably identify on sight (Abbey Clancey, Donna Air), with a random American thrown in for good measure (Olivia Palermo?). Naturally, they were all carrying totally covetable handbags – fame may vary by continent, but designers accessories largely do not. Check out the best bags from outside the shows and after parties below!

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The 10 Best Bags of London Fashion Week Spring 2014

The 10 Best Bags of London Fashion Week Spring 2014

London Fashion Week is by far the shortest of the four major global fashion parades, but in a lot of ways, it’s my favorite. The British have developed a very distinct spot in the fashion world for themselves and their bold, young designers, and that means that looking at the collections that surface from LFW can at times feel like peering into the future. London doesn’t produce quite as many commercially viable handbag collections as New York, Paris or Milan, but you get some bang for your metaphorical buck by way of interesting, forward-thinking design from some of the industry’s brightest emerging stars. Below, we’ve picked some of the bags that we thought were standouts from the long weekend in London.

[All Images via Vogue.com]

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Burberry Spring 2014 is Full of Pretty Pouches

Burberry Spring 2014 is Full of Pretty Pouches

I always dread Burberry runway shows a little bit. When they come around, I always love everything about them – the clothes, the outerwear, even the music that the brand picks every season as a soundtrack to the Burberry Experience. Except the bags. I almost always hate the bags, which makes me sad, you guys. Upon viewing Burberry Spring 2014, I felt a bit relieved; there’s not much diversity here, but the bags feel fresh and light, like they might be the gateway to a genuinely good retail collection.

There are no shoulder bags, crossbodies, satchels or evening bags to be found here. To top off a confectionary collection of sorbet-colored clothing, Burberry outfitted all of its models with similarly pale-and-pretty zippered pouch clutches, all doubled over to reveal the floral or furry embellishments on one side. A lot of brand have taken to this scrunched-bag presentation lately, which baffles me – no one carries their clutches that way, and it makes it difficult to get an idea of the full size and proportion of the clutch. With as many bags as were presented here, though, you sort of got the idea by the end – simple shapes, ladylike colors, tonal embellishments that reinforced the shows themes. The only thing missing was a version encrusted with the intricate, large-scale bling that was found elsewhere in the show. Cross your fingers that those bags will materialize at retail.

[Images via Vogue.com]

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Mulberry’s Spring 2014 Handbags are Streamlined and Refined

Mulberry’s Spring 2014 Handbags are Streamlined and Refined

For the past couple of years, Mulberry has had a very specific target demographic: young, hip fashion girls, especially of a particularly British variety. That image has expanded the brand by leaps and bounds, but there are only so many of those girls, and they can only buy so many handbags. It was only natural that Mulberry would evolve into something more refined, and that’s exactly the track Emma Hill has put the brand on for Mulberry Spring 2014, her last outing as Mulberry’s creating director.

Perhaps most notable is the absence of Mulberry’s signature turnlock hardware on many of the designs. Instead, the new Mulberry Kensal Bags have been outfitted with a traditional briefcase pushlock closure, echoing the bags’ more streamlined, slightly rigid lines. The bag will come in two sizes, both of which are convertible between a clutch and a shoulder bag. (On the runway, they were shown simply as clutches.) The Kensal, like the new shoulder bag based on the Mulberry Willow Tote’s zip-off clutch pocket, will be double-faced; both sides of the bag will have independent closures, leading to separate compartments. That sort of construction always makes me worried that hardware will catch on delicate knits, but I suppose those are simply the risks we take. Check out all the bags from Mulberry’s runway show below or shop the brand’s current collection via Net-a-Porter.

[Images via Vogue.com]

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STRAIGHT OFF THE RUNWAY


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While I was filming one of the small documentaries for Canon, I spent half of my day backstage at House of Holland interviewing Henry, Clive Booth and having a preview of how his new look book what being shot. Once we got all of that finished and the show was about to begin, I got myself in what I thought was one of the best spots. I managed to snap the models as they were coming off the runway, some where dancing and some seemed relieved but I love getting all of their true reactions straight after walking the show.






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LONDON


Bomber Jacket: Sandro  |  Pants: ZARA  |  Bag: Proenza Schouler  |  Shoes: Alexander Wang


These photos are from last week and I have been so excited to share them. We used a different lens  to what we normally use AND I cant remember the last time I shot a look with a "very London" setting. 
This look has been one of my recent favorites. It represents my sporty personality 100%, but since fashion week was in the works, I got one of my favorite pair of heels on. These Wangs cant ever go wrong, seriously.









The Look at Marques Almeida

It might not be an everyday beauty look, but we loved the makeup at the Marques Almeida show in London.

The designers, Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida, looked to 90s grunge as the inspiration for creating the look. The eyes are lined in burgundy, done in a very random way, as if the girls themselves had done them– careless and unapologetic. The ultimate effortless, raw beauty look.

What do you think? Are visions of Kurt Cobain dancing in your head?

LIFE AS A FASHION BLOGGER WITH CANON




Leather Jacket: Sandro  |  Skirt: H&M  |  Beanie: American Apparel 

I feel so incredibly honored to share with you my second collaboration with Canon, where we filmed a  short series of videos during London Fashion Week. The first video is a very small insight into my life as a blogger during Fashion Week. I cant believe we shot these videos only one week ago and I am finding myself sharing them with you from my hotel room somewhere in Mexico, where I am currently filming a Television series. Very surreal thought indeed.

I hope you like it and come back for more of the videos tomorrow!








I Heart the Burberry Hearts!

I don’t what’s up with me and hearts, but it’s the “hearts” section that I preferred at the Burberry show. Totally loved Cara’s panties!

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The Dickie

This isn’t the first time we’ve talked about dickies on the blog…

Remember Allison’s vintage lace one? They seem to be popping up all over now. These are from Mr. Start and Garance spotted them in London. I like the idea of wearing them under more fitted sweaters to eliminate some of the bulk that would come from layering. But then I ask myself what would my (imaginary) boyfriend think?

Scenario: For some reason, you have to take off your sweater and as you are doing it you remember, “Oh shit, I’ve got this dickie on! He is going to think I am totally nuts! What is he going to think of this little collar thing hanging around my neck? He is totally going to break up with me!”

Thankfully, right now I only have that imaginary boyfriend to worry about and I can wear as many dickies as I please…

How do you feel about them? Also, how does your boyfriend feel?

xo Alex

The 10 Best Bags of London Fashion Week Fall 2013

The 10 Best Bags of London Fashion Week Fall 2013

In some ways, London Fashion Week is my favorite, season after season. It’s the shortest of all the cities – something of a Fashion Long Weekend, if we’re being honest – and in that space, it packs in tons of incredibly talented young designers who are doing bold, sometimes even brave, things with clothing, alongside a few bold-face names like Burberry and, this season, Tom Ford.

The downside of LFW, at least as it pertains to what we do here, is that few of the designers who grace us with their presences are known for bags, and a lot of them don’t even make so much as a clutch. Still, we tracked down 10 lust-worthy runway handbags from the runways of London Fashion Week Fall 2013, from beautiful exotics in traditional shapes to, well, the kind of zaniness for which London fashion is known.

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The 10 Best Bags of London Fashion Week Fall 2013

The 10 Best Bags of London Fashion Week Fall 2013

In some ways, London Fashion Week is my favorite, season after season. It’s the shortest of all the cities – something of a Fashion Long Weekend, if we’re being honest – and in that space, it packs in tons of incredibly talented young designers who are doing bold, sometimes even brave, things with clothing, alongside a few bold-face names like Burberry and, this season, Tom Ford.

The downside of LFW, at least as it pertains to what we do here, is that few of the designers who grace us with their presences are known for bags, and a lot of them don’t even make so much as a clutch. Still, we tracked down 10 lust-worthy runway handbags from the runways of London Fashion Week Fall 2013, from beautiful exotics in traditional shapes to, well, the kind of zaniness for which London fashion is known.

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Mulberry Fall 2013 is full of handbags worth coveting

Mulberry Fall 2013 is full of handbags worth coveting

Mulberry makes full lines of ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories, of course, but we and they both know what everyone wants to see every season: the bags. Mulberry has been an enormous reputation off of its stylish, functional, totally covetable leather day bags, and by all indications from the Mulberry Fall 2013 show, the brand has no desire to change that. Want a new work bag or roomy weekend bag? This collection likely has something you’ll want if you’re a fan of Mulberry’s general look.

As has been the trend so far this season, the show featured plenty of dark neutrals, plus a few colorful accents by way of teal and yellow. The collection also includes several new shapes for the brand, including a soft, simple single-handle satchel with a metal bar across the top that feels a little bit like a Dolce & Gabbana Miss Sicily and a double-handle satchel reminiscent of the Givenchy Lucrezia. Those are both very relevant shapes right now, so it makes sense that Mulberry would add them to their lineup, in addition to the beautiful Willow Tote that debuted for Spring 2013. (And which still hasn’t hit stores, but that’s just a personal gripe on my part.)

[Images via Vogue]

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The Hat

I should have bought this hat the moment it hit the store. I should have done what Ursula did. Buy it, put it aside and then take it out a few seasons later. There are a couple different reasons for that :

The first is that I find that beautiful things get better with time.

The second is that at the moment they are released, these very strong items (the Jil Sander by Raf Simmons hat, the Balenciaga sweater, the Prada brogues, etc…) get people so excited and curious that they kind of steal your thunder – people don’t see you, they see your hat.

Sometimes, let’s say you’re at fashion week and you wear one, you can find yourself to become a detail model without even knowing it. It happened to me one day when I was wearing some Fendi shoes as soon as they came out. I became a foot model for a day (and nobody cared about the rest of me. Funny AND embarrassing at the same time).

Buy and put it to the side…
It demands high styling skills, I have to say.
Because if you do that, you kind of never know if you’ll ever wear it. Some pieces really don’t live more than one season. Or they get seen so much that they lose all their power real fast.

I haven’t found the magic trick to know which piece I will still want in one or two seasons.
How do you do that ?

Taylor & Her Team

Yesterday, I came across Taylor and the Moda Operandi team at Fernandez & Wells, a coffee shop at the Somerset House where you can grab a latte between shows.

I always love to see well dressed people in their everyday life, and I’ve always dreamed to be part of a girls team, exactly like this. It inspires me, so many positive things!

It’s funny, while looking at my images, it kind of dawned on me that my dream is coming true – I am surrounded by wonderful girls and going to work makes me happy everyday.

[Is that what's called visualizing? Aaaargh? Have I just done some visualizing without even being aware of it? No? Cause I heard it works!!! Natalie Massenet told this story, that she used creative visualization to create her dream, that every day she would precisely imagine what Net-à-Porter would become, the website, the offices, the team, everything...]

Well, going to work… is a little exaggerated: I still work from home (which was also a dream of mine, but it gets impossible as a team grows…)(we’re looking for a real studio!!)(I know it’s crazy!) which allows me to still spend way too much time in my pjs (certainly a way to keep a little grasp on my freelance life) (and also because nothing makes me more happy than working in my pjs, I trick myself into thinking I am not working!), so we’re still just a step away from Taylor’s perfect outfits.

We sometimes do drink coffee in very photogenic places.
And even, sometimes, we’re super extra stylish.
Yep! It happens ;)

What is your dream career? Are you visualizing it?

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