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I’m sure I can speak for most women when i say; Bags (& Shoes). Yes thats it. There isn’t anymore to say, simply because there is too much to say. However as the Fashion Week season is upon us and NYFW draws to an end, I can say an extra few words (well, two more) to highlight one of my favourite designs of the week; Mansur Gavriel!

The bucket bags are back and I can not get enough of them. Designers, Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel have made everybody and their friends want one of their amazing bags. The New York based brand was founded by these two ladies in April 2012 and now almost three years on, the Italian crafted bags have well and truly entered the fashion world. With growing attention and exposure, the brand is flourishing nicely. Whilst AW15 will see two new styles (along side the existing collection that includes; totes, backpacks and bucket bags) as well as new colours, for me its all the bucket bag. The design is simple and the structure that reflects the shape of a bucket adds a certain depth to the bag. The fact each bag is colour blocked also contributes to the luxury aspect of the street-style kind of bag. Naturally and like most, you can not go wrong with classic black, however I also really like the brandy colour and next season’s sand one too. So watch this space! #WishList

 

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Over the past couple of days, London has seen quite a few men take to the runway. Fitting in with this doom and gloom weather that requires layers and layers, the AW15 collections couldn’t have come sooner. As usual there has been some interesting and somewhat quirky designs, as well as the dapper ones.

There seemed to  be a fair bit of pink across the catwalk for the season. Although I’ve never really been a fan of pink on a man, I quite like what (ironically) Thomas Pink has done throughout his AW15 collection. Rather than over doing it, he almost incorporates hints of pink into his designs. From a block coloured tie, to strips on a shirt and [below] a burnt fuchsia blazer, Pink has made pink work. However I can not say the same for Astrid Anderson who really over does it with his black and pink velvet trousers, paired with a block coloured black and pink jumper-not to mention the fur hat. Across his collection, he presents a very “statement making” kind of look. It’s interesting, don’t get me wrong-I’m just not his biggest fan. The final pink-ish shot is from the Oliver Spencer show. For me, he comes between Thomas Pink and Astrid Anderson; not quite dapper and not too OTT either. As a tri-blend turtle neck jumper with only a few yarns of pink; I quite like this design. Perhaps because i just really like the jumper in general (not on a man) and would wear it myself-nevertheless, as part of men’s fashion week, I like it.

Next, are my winter favourites: polo necks. You got to love ’em. As children we all wore them and probably didn’t value you them as much as we should of. Now, on the other hand, I’m obsessed. On a woman, man or child, I think they’re great. Depending on what they are worn with, they are definitely fashionable too. This Fashion Week Coach and Lou Dalton did it best in my opinion; all in black and layered up; its a winner. Runner up to the polo neck, is the simple shirt and jumper. In less than 50 shades of grey, YMC demonstrate this well.

Keeping it interesting, Lee Roach brings almost a feminine look to the men’s runway. With that said, I do like his pop of orange paired with black (and of course the fact that the outfit includes a polo neck). However, the majority of his collection does resemble designs seen in a woman’s wardrobe. With nipped in waists, high-waisted waist bands and robe like coats, it seems AW15 will be a metrosexual one. Also rather interesting is the Shaun Samson (hosted by Fashion East) collection. Looking like a 21st century Rupert the Bear, I don’t really have much else to say. Throughout the collection each and every model wears a random thick scarf, tied quite close to the neck with ensembles that involve legs out- far too much legs out for a autumn/ winter collection if you ask me.

Last but not least are the slightly more tasteful alternatives. Feeling the blue, YMC and Hardy Amies fuse both trend and style to dazzle the front row.  Keeping it casual, YMC have created a look for your everyday man. Where as Hardy Amies has stepped it up a notch, with suits, shirts and ties to stick to the style brand’s swarve look.

Fashion Marc Jacobs Spring 2015

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Saving the best ’til last, Marc Jacobs ended New York Fashion Week Last night with a fantasy feel, dreamlike runway contrasted with his military inspired collection. The catwalk was more like a theatre set with a bright Barbie-pink house surrounded by matching plush pink carpet.

Complete with oversized garments, belted waists, just as oversized pockets and several 3D polka-dots, Jacobs brought a 60s military feel to the runway -with a twist. With a muted colour pallet that consisted of navy, ivory, cream, brown and khaki, together with the texture created by the oversized polk-dots and nipped in waist; S/S15 is going to be an interesting one.

As always Marc Jacobs pays exceptionally close attention to detail. Although he explores bold detailing, he still sticks to simplicity and class; to which I admire most about Jacobs as a designer. Having left Louis Vuitton almost a year ago now, he is able to dedicate his time to his own brands; remaining unique and style focused.

Even though there are times I am not completely in love with his collections or can not see myself wearing a particular garment, I can not fault Mr. Jacobs for his consistency and creative edge.

 

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