Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2016 Collection – Paris Fashion Week

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton, one of the most ancient brands in the fashion world, the history of which traces back to the early 1854 and which has survived three centuries in a row, seems to imitate Benjamin Button, living its life back to front, annually growing younger and younger. Actually, in recent years the credit for the brand’s fresh and breezy atmosphere goes largely to one of the most talented and ingenious fashion designers of this generation, Nicolas Ghesquiere, who has gained great respect thanks to his experimental soul and his innate avant-garde style. Today in the morning he once again sincerely opened the door of his warm soul to large masses at the Fondation Louis Vuitton presenting the futuristic and digital Louis Vuitton spring/summer 2016 collection, which was evidently worth the finale day of Paris Fashion Week spring 2016.

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

The digital design of the runway with video screens took us to a place where everything was made of blocks; there was an obvious reference to the popular video game Minecraft but accompanied by an impressive psychological session that was stating to build your own life yourself since your only limit was your imagination, day and night, shine and rain. Those were definitely the very thoughts that had led Nicolas Ghesquiere to build his own castle at Louis Vuitton atelier and transmit to us his utmost fortitude and moral strength by means of his rough and vigorous pieces.

The models were being forwarded down the runway as if realistic warriors, who were relying on their heavy and strong ensembles against the cruel enemies. The leather and heavy chains were predominating in the collection being the best materials to use as a symbol of power and energy. Evidently there were some androgynous elements embracing the entire Louis Vuitton spring 2016 collection, but Ghesquiere, however, had not ignored that he was dealing with fragile and tender ladies. That is why next to some roughly-tailored leather jackets and vests there were also loose-fitting ankle-skimming frocks showcased, decorated with beads in the form of some leaves, branches and flowers.

The show opened a pink leather biker jacket with a black rough belt at the bottom, which was paired with a black studded skirt. The festival of leather jackets and vests with various designs among them the most impressive being cutting-edge Louis Vuitton monogrammed ones continued till the end of the show. There were also happening some leather trenches that could easily turn into cool front-zip mini dresses.

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

The designer’s favorite Liya Kebede was looking breathtaking with a zip close colorblock leather jacket, one sleeve of which was featuring Louis Vuitton popular monogram, the second one – red-white pinstripes, the black top part being effectively matched with electric blue bottom. We hadn’t yet enjoyed those large fan style crop tops combined with leather shorts when the designer revealed his experimental soul on a range of surf trousers and pantsuits, some of which were carrying astronomical images. But those were patchwork trousers of silver-black-blue-yellow or grey-black-green-blue colorblocks with zip-front design at the bottoms that provoked us to daydream about the warm seasons.

All-white pout skirts and white shirts decorated with frills at the sleeves and at the neck were fetching some poetic vibes into the collection. Mesh tops having side slits, crescent design at the chest and fringes at the hems seemed to serve as armor for fragile women while a couple of beaded mini dresses with wrinkled bottoms were mimicking realistic mirrors that were to reflect any act of courage.

The king of suitcases and handbags was certainly expected to bring forth brand new samples. Drawstring backpacks with tassels swinging at one side, chain-handled totes sometimes with rumpled surface as well as micro-sized trunks are claiming to become the ideal nests for our personal things. And what should our tender feet expect from Louis Vuitton this spring to come? Creeper sandals styled with heavy chains and androgynous shoes with exposed white stitches are to hotfoot the city streets when the sun starts spreading its warm rays.

This is wonderful life, this is your life, so band those Louise Vuitton leather straps around your hands and struggle, struggle till the end!

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

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GUCCI PADLOCK SHOULDER BAG

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Gucci Padlock Leather Shoulder Bag
Size: 8’ x 5’ x 3’ inches (W x H x D)
Price: $1,690 USD

We are all about them padlocks, girl! Today, we’re going to give you the Gucci Padlock Shoulder Bag, an all-important piece that’s bound to rock any stage, any day. The basic structure is a small shoulder bag with a key lock closure, which keeps all of your personal effects where they belong (in style, of course). Also, how can we miss the bag’s sliding chain strap, which allows you to wear it in multiple ways (as a shoulder strap or top handle)? Well, that’s impossible.

Last week, we featured a similar style in the form of the Padlock GG Supreme Shoulder Bag. You can check it out for yourself!

READ: Gucci Padlock GG Supreme Shoulder Bag

You can get your very own Padlock Shoulder Bag via Gucci e-store.

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Gucci Padlock Leather Metallic Shoulder Bag
Size: 8’ x 5’ x 3’ inches (W x H x D)
Price: $1,750 USD

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Gucci Padlock Embroidered Shoulder Bag with Tiger Applique
Size: 8’ x 5’ x 3’ inches (W x H x D)
Price: $2,690 USD

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Gucci Padlock Embroidered Shoulder Bag with Bee Applique
Size: 8’ x 5’ x 3’ inches (W x H x D)
Price: $2,690 USD

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Hermès Virevolte In Swift Calfskin

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hermes_virevolte-swift-calfskinIntroducing the Virevolte, a new bag offering from the house of Hermès which I can’t yet quite pronounce. Measuring 29 cm across by 42.5 cm (from top to bottom), it’s a casual enough of a sling-messenger that’s great for the weekend, in a soft slouchy leather that should hug the side of your body with ease. Finished with a leather shoulder sling that allows you to adjust the length, the bag’s most interesting feature is perhaps its counterweight fastening mechanism in natural Hunter cowhide, which besides weighing the bag, also keeps it secure from prying hands.

Priced at GBP3430 (or around SGD7000 after conversion), it’s a welcome addition to the French house’s bag inventory where most of its other bags are either handheld or too boxy. This one, on the other hand, could be just right for those looking for something casual and relaxed.

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Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2016 Collection – Paris Fashion Week

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Alexander Wang’s Balenciaga spring/summer 2016 ready-to-wear collectionwas, quite literally, void of all color. In Wang’s final runway show for the house, he chose to put the focus directly on the silhouettes. The house has a tendency toward a muted color palette, but a collection of white garments and nothing more took things to an interesting new perspective for the runway.

Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Some designers want to go out with a bang for their final show for a house, but Alexander Wang took a more subtle approach by leaving the drama out. By diminishing the color palette, the designer has quite possibly made a larger impact than what an explosion of color with over-the-top silhouettes could have ever accomplished.

With lingerie inspired garments appearing as a trend for this coming spring/summer, Alexander Wang definitely showed a mastery of the concept. He even played with a “pajamas” vibe to up the ante. The single simple color made it easier to show the intricate (and personal) details of each garment and model.

His tea-length dress with a ruched bodice and intricate line detailing took the appearance of lingerie, or a slip, while his long, loose pants with thin, checkerboard pinstripes resembled the classic pajama pants. Any way you look at it, the Balenciaga spring 2016 collection was all about taking what women wear in their boudoir and translating it to the runway, and inevitably streetwear.

It is almost as if Alexander Wang took the best aspects of the two genres and mashed them together in perfect harmony. The looks, although mimicking lingerie, were nowhere near “too sexy,” but were instead balanced by an edge, so the modern woman can look at these pieces on the runway and see herself in them. The garments had a comfortable feeling as they walked down the runway, with some being a slinkier, satiny comfort and others being loose or flowing.

A mesh robe that hung around the model was an interesting piece. The garment was reminiscent of a sleepwear robe, while giving a nod to spring/summer, more specifically, swimming. While not being a glaring point of reference, the whole look gave the beach or poolside vibe, with its airy fabric, seeming to be a cross between the lingerie and swimwear.

Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Each model was styled and accessorized in a mixture of street-and-sleepwear chic. Not all models were adorned with jewelry, but those who were sported long, chunky pieces that contrasted the outfits. Large, gold, square necklaces were one of the most common pieces of jewelry worn on the runway, and proved to be an interesting pop of adornment.

Each model was featured with a pair of floral slippers, clearly falling on the side of housewear rather than being for the streets. The jewelry brought in the designer’s urban streetwear aesthetic, and it paired nicely with the lounging, sleepy vibe the basis of the clothes portrayed.

While The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Going Back to Cali” was the perfect song chosen to accompany the show, the designer also asked his best friends – Bella Heathcote, Riley Keogh, Zoë Kravitz – to walk for his final Balenciaga show, which added diversity to the scene as far as the models’ body shapes and sizes go.

Alexender Wang took Balenciaga and put his stamp on the collections he presented in his time with the house, taking the brand on a tangent that didn’t quite seem to fit their past aesthetics. The designer had a lot to offer as far as incorporating trends in ways others couldn’t. It’s currently up in the air as to what is on the agenda for the house next, and where they will be for the next season.

Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

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A CLOSER LOOK: CHANEL CC CROSSING FLAP BAG

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Hello, ladies! Today, we’re giving you an all-access look at the Chanel CC Crossing Flap Bag, an inventive piece that’s sure to score you some points in the bragging department (this is what BragMyBag is all about right?) just because it stands out without much effort on your part.

This beauty belongs to the Chanel Fall Winter 2015 Classic Collection. Just for good measure, you can check out the link below and marvel at the wonderful pieces Chanel has to offer (with prices, style codes and sizes included). Don’t forget to breathe…you’ll be hyperventilating with excitement!

READ: Chanel Fall Winter 2015 Classic and Boy Bag Collection

As we all know, flap bags are just so chic – no wonder it sells like pancakes everywhere you go. And now that it comes in a different take with the signature CC, we’re guessing that news about it will spread like wildfire. Not that it’s a bad thing, but you gotta catch it ‘til it runs out! What do you think about this exotic, quilted arm candy? Comment and let us know!

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Louis Vuitton Epi St Jacques

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louis_vuitton_epi-st-jacques-magnoliaThere are bags you buy for yourself and there are bags you buy for your mother. TheEpi St Jacques, from Louis Vuitton, is one such latter bag. And fittingly, for those of you old enough to remember, the St Jacques isn’t exactly a new bag because in the 80s when Epi was at its peak within Louis Vuitton, there was already a St Jacques.

The new one is similar, albeit with a few changes. Gone is the top zip closure, as well as its unusually long shoulder handles. And while the old version had sides that finished on an edge, the new one has gently gusseted sides, allowing for that tad more when you have days with more to carry around.

Priced at SGD3200 (the price is rather Mum-friendly too, no?), the 38 cm by 27 cm shoulder tote now comes in a variety of beautiful shades, from a bright purplish pink (Pivoine) to a dusty pink that I adore called Magnolia (shown above). Then there’s a bright blue (Bleuet) as well as your standard Black and White.

Lightweight, functional and with enough curves to make any woman blush, this could be something you (I mean, your Mum) can love for a long time to come, especially with Epi’s legendary ridged leather grain that’s almost indestructible. In other words, it’s also Mummy-proof as well.

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