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When its time to get my “Dora the explorer” on, this Christian Louboutin backpack will have to come along for the adventure!

I’m not one for “busy” looking designs, but I have to say, I really do like this bag and its Hawaiian shirt feel! And of course, it wouldn’t be a Louboutin design without the classic stud embellishment. Again, I never caught on to the whole stud trend, but here it fits in with the style of the backpack and actually adds depth to the overall piece; making it a lot more visually stimulating. Plus, the studs bring a certain glamorous factor to it! #BackPackEnvy

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…When you become more and more in love with Mansur Gavriel.

The duo; Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel first had my attention with their bucket bags; but as of late I am obsessed with backpacks; so when I saw these, I became a true Mansur Gavriel fan. To be honest, even if I wasn’t going through a backpack phase- I’d find it hard not to be drawn to these beauties. Especially, since I love love love orange and this dusty powder pink is trending right now. Granted, there are an array of colours to select from, however the above pair couldn’t be more perfect!

The backpacks are so simply in style yet make such an impact as a fashion item. As simple as Mansur Gavriel’s designs are known to be, their inspirations from “the contrast of warm, natural textures and the clear, clean intensity of pop colors” are strongly and consistently represented; making each “simple” piece far from Plain Jane but more of a statement piece contender. Designed in New York with great attention to detail and made in Italy with the finest materials, Mansur Gavriel are really starting to stamp their mark – and I can not get enough!

Backpack envy much?!

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Admittedly, I am a lover of all things Minion and naturally; as a fashion enthusiast; i’m obsessed with shoes. Particularly those with a heel and designer label-guilty. However, ironically these Rupert Sanderson Limited edition, Minion inspired court shoes, are not doing it for me. Yes, they are quirky and cool, just not the statement piece for me. I’m all for a good statement piece, and whilst that may consist of a colour pop and the weird and wonderful; I reckon these are just a step too far for me.

With that said, if money was not object and I had a few trendy/edgy places to go to, I could make it work. I can see them being pulled off, with either a black or white knee length shift dress, or an equally mono-chrome ensemble of skinny jeans, a crop top and long sleeveless blazer. Having just visualised the above, i’m kind of, sort of, maybe changing my mind about these bazaar shoes! With the right outfit and of course the right place to go; they’re not half bad. #MinionNation.

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.

As 2013 draws to an end and everyone looks back on the year; reminiscing and dwelling on could haves, would haves and should haves; I have reflected on the year in fashion. From fabulous handbags to the latest trends, new store openings and celebrity clothing lines, I have put together some memorable fashion highlights from over the last 365 days.
Starting with my favourite, my inspirations, my main man; Marc Jacobs.

Marc Jacobs leaves Louis Vuitton

After 16 spectacular years as Louis Vuitton’s creative director, Marc Jacobs announced that he would be leaving the French fashion house to focus on his own brands. Since joining Louis Vuitton in 1997, Marc Jacobs transformed the luggage brand and created something sensational. The announcement came at the end of Paris Fashion week, where Jacobs truly put on a show for his last collection with LV; making a memorable exit.

LV show, PFW

LV show, PFWorange

Orange is the new black

With a summer of bright and vibrant colours, orange was definitely a personal favourite. From a bright Celine bag and statement shoes to a pop of colour and a pretty summer dress, orange was very much “the new black”. Even as winter  approached, the trend continued in beanie hats, Kenzo jumpers and even a few fur coats.

Kate Moss poses for Playboy

As Kate Moss approaches 40, she proves to be younger than ever as she is shot nude for the cover of Playboy. To celebrate 60 years of the worlds favourite men’s magazine (and brand), the January/ February (2014) issue will feature Britain’s face of fashion. The Supermodel will also appear in a 18-page pictorial in the coming Anniversary double issue. So watch this space.

The Cover

The Cover

D&G are sent to prison

The fashion designer duo; Dolce and Gabbana were sentenced to jail for tax evasion. Although the pair were initially cleared on the charge in 2011, the case was opened again and the 2 were accused of hiding million (in euros) from the Italian tax authorities. As it stands Dolce and Gabbana have avoided life behind bars (until further notice)  due to their suspended sentences, as a result of a pending appeal. Once again, watch this space.

Suits up

From the catwalks of fashion week to the urban runway that is street fashion, 2013 has seen more and more matchy matchy outfits. Matching tops to bottoms, the trend is very classical yet extremely modern, with an alternative twist. Going for the boyish look, some of the trend involves the traditional blazer and trouser type of suit, where others  are slightly more up to date and refreshing; matching crops to bottoms.

Heres to the end of 2013 and welcoming yet another year of fabulous memories, once -in-a-lifetime moments and plenty of glitz and glam! Let the countdown begin and bring on Two Thousand and Fourteen.

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