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**When they ask if you do DIY around the house!**

When it comes to high fashion, as much as it can be very classic and couture, it can also be very alternative to say the least. Ordinarily, I wouldn’t walk down the street with a toolbox, but a Chanel toolbox inspired bag; why not! Its different thats for sure and being rather simple yet bold, it certainly is a statement piece, I’d like to rock!

#DIY Fashion at its Finest!

When fashion is inspired by art and art is inspired by fashion; its just one big cycle; and it will continue to go around, then come back round again!

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A contributor to the De Stijl art movement, Piet Mondrian was (and still is today), known for his abstract compositions of primary colours (red, blue and yellow) in a black grid of vertical and horizontal lines, against a white background; Mondrian !

His classic compositions were also used as backdrops in the fashion industry, before taking the catwalk in 1965 in the form of an A-line shift dress by Yves Saint Laurent. This iconic “Mondrian dress” was debuted in the Autumn/Winter ’65 season in both a jersey and wool knee length style shift dress.

Since then, similar dresses and other garments alike have been re-inspired and reproduced. Some taking the runway like the infamous YSL piece and others straight to high-street stores or street fashion.

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…I love, love, love, this Chanel quilted lambskin backpack in classic black. These days I’ve been obsessed with backpacks and this Chanel checks all the boxes. Granted, it is a little on the large side, but I’m not complaining- I mean how can you not love it?!

The perfect combination of streetwear and high fashion, this is not your average drawstring bag; this is where sportswear meets fashion and I cannot get enough!

The lambskin leather backpack is designed in reflection of your traditional drawstring bag, featuring a quilted leather flap, finished with Chanel’s signature CC closure clasp and classic gold chain straps. There are also two open pockets on the back and the inside is lined with black fabric! I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again; how can you not love it?

 

 

…Oldies but goodies!

Still obsessed with orange, and as the Spring/ “Summer” season approaches, why not? Bright and colorful enough, yet also weirdly subtle enough; orange is the perfect winter warmer and summer pop (color)! And as for Celine; need I say anymore? When it comes to fashion and designer handbags, Celine is always in the equation!

So know that when it is time to purchase the infamous Celine bag, the warm color between red and yellow on the light spectrum is likely to be in the picture! Whether it is a classic Luggage, Trio or Trapeze bag, small Trotteur or Shoulder bag; in a single solid block color, duo or multicolored; my Celine handbag will feature orange!

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…When fashion trumps “love” life! 

From must-have shoes to aspirational designer handbags and to die for catwalk collections; can fashion trump Feb 14th? 

After all, they say it’s a made up holiday to once again, profit from society on a concept that “should” be about more than just a day, so who needs a Valentines, when you can have Valentino eh?!  

I know, I know all the hopeless romantics would argue otherwise; but in or out of a relationship; it really is just another day…A day that’s all the more exciting with shoes you saved up to buy and a handbag you’ve had your eye on for months! #JustSaying

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I think we can all agree that Jennifer Lopez looked amazing last night at this year’s Golden Globes. I wouldn’t naturally consider yellow for an evening gown, however Jlo certainly proved me wrong, as she pulled it off!

Wearing a caped Giambattista Valli haute couture gown and 200 carats of diamonds in accessories, Lopez looked absolutely stunning. As well as her choice of wardrobe, Jlo’s hair and makeup was on point; simple, elegant and drop-dead-gorgeous!

My favourite art gallery; The Saatchi and one of my favourite fashion house’s; Chanel, have come together to create greatness. The Saatchi’s latest exhibition explores the evolution of France’s leading lady and fashion extraordinaire; Coco Chanel, through “Mademoiselle Privé”. Taking up the entire gallery, the popular exhibit goes across 3 and features the original Chanel boutique, workshop replicas, art, inspiration, materials/fabrics, Chanel originals and many more…

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“Mademoiselle Privé, a journey through the origins of Chanel’s creations, capturing the charismatic personality and irreverent spirt of Mademoiselle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld. 

This autumn, Karl Lagerfeld and CHANEL will present an enchanted journey through the House’s creativity. The “Mademoiselle Privé” exhibition will highlight the Haute Couture, the re-editions of the High Jewellery “Bijoux de Diamants” collection created in 1932 and CHANEL N°5. Opening the doors to reveal a dazzling experience and immersion into the origins of CHANEL’s creations, “Mademoiselle Privé” will capture the charismatic personality and irreverent spirit of Mademoiselle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld.

Installed on all three floors of the Gallery, the enticing adventure will bring to mind the House’s essential elements: audacity, freedom and innovation whether it is the history of Gabrielle Chanel’s inspirations or Karl Lagerfeld’s inimitable take on CHANEL’s codes, symbols and icons.”-[Saatchi Gallery]

Below are some of my favourite pieces from the exhibition.

The play on slot machines, that featured Chanel’s infamous double Cs was quite fascinating. I liked the combination of High Fashion and a spot of Happy-Go-Lucky regular gambling; that took on an artistic approach. Also, the Haute Couture room was one that stood out most for me. The dark room that displayed delicate dresses; maintaining a tradition and attention to detail; against bright light rods was amazing. Described as …The ultimate union between craftsmanship and innovation… – I could not agree more! Finally, I really admired the front (door) of Chanel’s original boutique. It was simple and somewhat elegant; thus visually impactive, especially given how large the instillation was and the fact it was against a plain white wall.

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Naturally, anything Chanel is high in demand, and together with one of London’s best art galleries [plus it was free], demand was certainly high. Visiting on a busy Wednesday evening, the queue was rather long and somewhat deceiving, but definitely worth the wait!

Here are some more snippets from Mademoiselle Privé @ The Saatchi.

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When its time to invest in some Manolos, this is where I’ll start!

Where shoes are concerned, I love love love suede. Also, the structure is cool and quirky yet simple and elegant at the same time- right up my street! The red colour pop is fabulous too. All in all, these will be the perfect addition to my designer shoe collection! #WishList

Admittedly, as much as I love designer shoes, Manolo Blahniks were never my first choice. However, having watched Carrie Bradshaw and shoe obsession (Manolo Blahniks in particular) for years; I have slowly yet surely been convinced. Thus, several re-runs of Sex and the City later; I decided I wanted a pair and now I’ve found that pair, so WILL eventually invest! And hey, as a fashion enthusiast, its only right to own such. So whether they’re a staple or statement, classic or seasonal; a pair of Manolo Blahniks (heels of course!) are a wardrobe must. #WatchThisSpace

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From fabulous footwear to swanky nail polish, Christian Louboutin will also launch a fancy lipstick range to add to his expanding beauty collection. Available in 38 shades, there will be plenty of choice. Including your timeless reds, seasonal brights, stand-out colour pops, your subtle under-tones and nudey hues; it seems you’ll be able to match your Loubou footwear with your Loubou lippy!

As well as a mixed colour pallet, the Louboutin lipsticks will also come in a mixture of 3 intensities. From colour intentse Velvet Matte to a much softer Sheer Voile, with a Satin Finish in between; theres a luxurious lipstick for every occasion!

Just like the Louboutin nail varnishes, the casing alone is glamorous enough to make you want it. And priced at £60 each, they are most definitely desirable pieces to add to your “It” beauty collection or if you’re like me; it will be enough to just have it (to look at). So get saving, because the Louboutin lipstick range will make its debut in September!!

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