Brand Personas – Part II

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What does your favourite luxury brand say about you? This edition, we look at Givenchy lovers, Mulberry ladies, Balenciaga fashionistas and Saint Laurent femmes.

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The Balenciaga fashionista loves her hardware and structure, much like the power woman she aspires to be. She loves bold lines much like the other pieces in her wardrobe; you’ll find structured coats and defined heels in a Balenciaga lady’s wardrobe.

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Fashion-forward stylistas would definitely have a Mulberry satchel or two in her wardrobe. She’s either inspired by Mulberry girls Alexa Chung and Cara Delevingne or loves understated, classic styles. A small logo–embosssed, engraved or cut out, speaks volume for any Mulberry lover because they know a timeless brand when they see it.

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Demonstrating the best of French luxe chic is none other than Saint Laurent. Whether she’s a fan of Saint Laurent before Hedi Slimane or after, she knows a quality investment when she sees it. She loves the iconic YSL interwoven logo, as well as the Y logo, and you might just find her initials on everything she own. The Saint Laurent girl loves her letters.

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A Givenchy girl is often on the fence; she cannot decide if she likes the Antigona’s structure or the Nightingale’s smooth and supple leather better for the weekends. She loves monochrome outfits that you’ll often find her in a style she can distinctively call it her own. She’ll never steer away from Givenchy, if she can help it.

And there you have it! Another 4 brands to add to Prada, Céline, Burberry and Chanel’s personas. Share with me what other brands you’d like to see and it might just make it on our next Brand Personas edition.

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Dolce & Gabbana Gifts Ideas for Holiday Season

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The Italian luxury fashion house Dolce & Gabbana exclusively brings a vast selection of timeless classics or trendy must haves which make perfect gifts for the holiday season 2015-2016.

Dolce & Gabbana One of A Kind Luxury Holiday Gifts For Her

Dolce & Gabbana Holiday Gifts Ideas brings a charming daily issue of one of kind accessories created especially for the festive moments. Many enchanting ideas for women, from playful embroidered crepe dresses or delightful printed chiffon or organza long dresses with satin, scalloped or satin appliqué, designer Mix Sicily Handbags in limited edition, hand painted straw totes, intricately decorated minaudieres and other iconic leather goods selection to bedazzled tiaras or sparkling jewellery, this luxurious selection contains both precious gift guides for someone special, or unique accessories to treat yourself with. Don’t miss also delicate chic and fabulous essentials at Kate Spade Holiday Gift Guides for Women Under $200.

Dolce & Gabbana Women’s Luxury Gifts Guides # Evening Dresses

Playful and chic in any occasions of the holiday season, thanks to Dolce & Gabbana round neck and long-sleeved crepe dress with embroidered designs ($ 5,997.00) in white double crepe fabric featuring hand-embroidered and fun yet lively 3-D drawings with stretch satin lining for effortless attitude. As an alternative, you can also opt for a charming silk brocade shift dress ($ 3,897.00) in red floral pattern with embroidered crown and “Amore per sempre” pop writing, this exceptional luxury gift idea for her is also featuring slightly flared silhouette with high neck with sumptuous buttons closure and long sleeves, perfect choice for a sensational evening look.

Dolce & Gabbana Holiday Gifts Ideas: party wear & evening dresses

For a joyful accent in the evening or parties, Dolce & Gabbana holiday gift guides also suggest an elegant yet delicate long dress in printed chiffon with satin belt ($ 5,397.00) made of fine silk with feminine and beautiful rose print. Enriched with signature details of the house, this dress is also featuring crewneck, long sleeves, belt tied at the waist and fully pleated skirt to strengthen a luxurious ladylike allure in the evening. Another option is a fabulous scalloped lace long dress in black and white ($ 9,900.00) featuring long sleeves, a round neckline and a full skirt for delicate chic and feminine attitude at festive evening party. Enhance your evening look also with timeless elegance of H&M Eveningwear Double Trouble Collection Edition.

Dolce & Gabbana Women’s Luxury Holiday Gifts Ideas # Handbags & Leather Goods

For women, you can complete the look with limited edition of designer Mix Sicily handbag ($ 1,895.00) crafted from luxe calf-leather featuring pale gold galvanized metal and other signature details of Dolce & Gabbana, this iconic handbag available in various choices of color options. As for elegant accent at joyous evening party, the enchanting enameled metal sacred heart minaudière ($ 12,000.00) is also among the luxury gift guides for her. You can also pick a small leopard print velvet Sicily backpack ($ 4,295.00) for classic chic statement look from day to night within this holiday seasons.

Dolce & Gabbana Holiday Gifts Ideas: luxe leather goods & handbags

Dolce & Gabbana Holiday Gifts Ideas: iPhone cases & Accessories

Other luxury leather goods of Dolce & Gabbana are also iPhone covers which available in various embroideries, prints and colors. Black I-phone cover with embroidered sequined patch in black calfskin ($ 545.00) or iPhone 6 case with playful family patch ($ 495.00) and the iconic iPhone 6 cover Sicily print plastic ($ 125.00) in light blue will be a charming gifts to be given in the special moments during the holiday season. You can also discover the Dolce & Gabbana Mini Von Bags Collection: Luxury Phones & Gadgets Accessories 2015-2016.

Dolce & Gabbana Women’s Luxury Gifts Guides #Jewellery

The luxury Italian house also exclusively presents an exquisite collection of never-before-seen pieces of jewelries for this festive holiday seasons. One of the most charming gifts is the exclusive – filigree crown with multicolor crystals ($ 6,945.00), a charming velvet headband ($ 1,945.00) embellished with brooches, bows, intertwined and feathers and grape cluster and gold-plated metal necklace ($ 645.00) with Swarovski crystal pearls, these unique jewelries are finished with unique touch of the brand and featuring signature details that make exceptionally fabulous on each item. Discover also the charming Gift Guides for Her from Max Mara Special Holiday Collection 2015-2016.

Dolce & Gabbana Holiday Gifts Ideas: women's charming jewelries

Those are among the must-have luxury gift ideas for women from Dolce & Gabbana dedicated exclusively to be among the most charming pieces within the festive moments of the holiday season. For ladies, you can pick more stunning items featuring unique details of the house. To complete her look at evening, party and any other important and festive occasions these pieces are available 

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Tory Burch Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

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Tory Burch found inspiration in a hopeful place for the 2016 pre-fall season. She discovered poet and artist Etel Adnan, a woman who began her fame in her late ‘80s. Adnan has been an artist her whole life, and Burch tapped into her free landscapes, which are simple in nature. This inspiration shines through in the Tory Burch pre-fall 2016 collection. The loose yet deliberate silhouettes use bold colors and graphics to ramp up the excitement, so she pursued a more abstract approach to using her inspiration.

Tory Burch Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

“You have to move your customer,” said Burch, in an interview with WWD. “You can’t just do obvious things.”

And she succeeded in that idea. You wouldn’t be able to know she took inspiration from a landscape artist, but after hearing the story many of the design elements become clear. She used colors commonly found in landscapes, particularly an evening scene, and also played with lines to mimic Adnan’s own work. Burch’s sophistication was prevalent in this collection, as everything was created with finesse, even a bohemian schoolgirl-esque dress.

It consisted of a scallop-hemmed miniskirt and bishop sleeve, so it’s a more refined take on such an outfit, but it is an interesting point of reference for the designer. When put into contrast with her tea-length lace color-blocked dress, it shows Burch put a lot of thought into range for this collection. She didn’t stick with one idea or one sense of style, but flitted around to be more encompassing, and in doing so found a larger audience for the line.

Regardless of their style, the use of color-blocking is great middle ground for the designer of many talents. It begins to reach out to less adventurous fashionistas who don’t much prefer mixing colors or prints in their looks, while still being exciting enough for those who like to wear fun prints and mix color in their wardrobe. Burch is so good at different styles, so it’s nice to see her combining two in one collection. This could precedent more thought in the future, where we may see more juxtaposition between two fashion sensibilities playing out in one line.

Aside from the playing around with color, of course she utilized a print. A bold, slightly abstract floral print was featured on a floor-length dress that skirted the line between maxi and evening dress. The large, almost tribal pattern is casual to be for everyday wear, but the overall presentation suggests a more elegant purpose behind the garment. An interesting prospect on the garment, deeming in multi-modal!

Overall, she kept the Tory Burch pre-fall 2016 collection light. She used lightweight knits and cotton so as to not bog down women wearing her looks, and maintained a relaxation throughout. Oftentimes it’s the heavier knits that achieve the ultimate comfy, relaxing vibe, but she achieved it through an unmistakable casualness, while still evoking tones of elegance and sophistication. She has created a great showing for pre-fall, and stayed true to the renaissance artist she drew her inspiration from.


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Rebecca Taylor Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

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New Zealand-born fashion designer Rebecca Taylor has finally unveiled her eponymous line’s recent collection, wherein a strong retro style meets some contemporary patterns and edgy cuts. As the designer declared during the preview of the Rebecca Taylor pre-fall 2016 collection, she had found inspiration in American award-winning and bestselling author Kristin Hannah’s latest book, “The Nightingale”.

Rebecca Taylor Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

“I’ve been reading The Nightingale [by Kristin Hannah], which is about the women in the French Resistance during World War II. It’s so inspiring, and there are some amazing images of them in these beautiful dresses and trenchcoats,” Taylor told Vogue regarding the novel, the story of which revolves around the life of a woman in the French village of Carriveau before and during the Nazis invasion of France. The protagonist of the novel is a determined young woman whose strength and willingness to strive for independence is vividly represented in Taylor’s line-up through the sophisticated pieces that are basically meant for the modern woman. Other similarities between Hannah’s novel and Taylor’s collection include perhaps the opening quote reading: “In love we find out who we want to be. In war we find out who we are”. As for the protagonist of the book, Rebecca Taylor is also looking for the right place where she could just be her true self, eventually finding it in the middle of two seasons.

Although featuring strong Forties influences, the Rebecca Taylor pre-fall 2016 collection is extremely versatile and eclectic, nonchalantly showing an astonishing succession of elegant and casual pieces that meet everybody’s needs and senses of style. She took old classics such as delicate peplum shirt, skirts and sweaters, as well as drop-waist dresses, and translated them into their more contemporary versions, adding contrasting bold cascades of flowers to the designs and pairing them with pointy-toe ankle boots. Those head-to-toe floral patterns also confirm one of next season’s soon-to-be most featured trends, as proven by Kate Spade’s latest pre-fall 2016 collection, too.

Rebecca Taylor Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

Rebecca Taylor Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

A burgundy cropped leather bomber jacket perfectly combines Taylor’s retro reminiscences with her more romantic side, wherein fluid balloon sleeves, pleated white skirts and ethereal white shirts create a great contrast with the line-up’s casual outfits. The collection has, in fact, it all, total-denim looks included. Wide-leg jeans, along with denim jackets and pants in pink, travel forward in time, taking the line-up to the Seventies. Instead of celebrating the hippie decade, Taylor alternates boho-chic turtlenecks and tunics with 1970s soccer hooligans-inspired details, such as the striped cuffs on a pair of silk pants.

Moreover, to better meet everyone’s needs, the talented designer also gave the collection a few quirky sophisticated evening looks that, thanks to some maxi flared skirts with sheer patterns and a lace maxi dress with geometrical motifs, perfectly manage to combine each one of Taylor’s sources of inspiration into one single piece.

Rebecca Taylor Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

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Victoria Beckham Designs Limited Edition Line for World AIDS Day

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Since 1988, December 1 has been designated as World AIDS Day. It is dedicated to raising awareness about the pandemic that has swept the world and claimed so many lives over the past years. As one of the eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization known as WHO, today we reflect on all the pain and suffering brought about by this disease that claims an estimated 2 million lives a year, over 270,000 of which are that of children.

For 27 years we have been talking about this issue and we will surely continue on until there is some form of cure for AIDS, a pandemic without treatment in the early 21st century. This epidemic has also inspired many an artist, including fashion designers such as Victoria Beckham, who cannot allow the 1st of December to pass without some form of a limited edition item that spreads awareness in style.

Victoria Beckham World AIDS Day T-Shirt,

A USAIDS Global Goodwill Ambassador, Victoria Beckham has come up with an array of items that are both fashionable and high on the list of awareness-raising products, including a lovely T-shirt that has double ribbons situated on the chest as eyes inside a large heart, an exclusive World AIDS Day design. There are ribbons and keyrings, the former going for about a dollar and a half, while the latter can cost upwards of $248 USD, all available for purchase from the flagship store in London on 36 Dover Street or through the designer’s website: victoriabeckham.com for those who really want to bring fashion statements to their awareness speeches.

The day will come when this terrible disease is eradicated from the world, but until that day, we need to ensure that people stay safe, are aware of the possibilities of contracting it and keep telling their neighbours, leaving no one in the dark about the HIV/AIDS possibility.

Fashion is an interesting instrument as of itself. It has of late become a major way with which individuals can express their thoughts and beliefs, high-end designers turning to the socialization of the fashion world, as well as the political designs on them, because of the high demand for it. It can gain one popularity or turn others against it, but when it comes to awareness about something we all agree is a danger to humanity, it can only be used to score points. We give kudos to those designers like Beckham who are not afraid to speak their minds through the clothing and products they design.

“We have come such a long way in the fight against AIDS. Huge global efforts have created proven results, and more and more people are accessing treatment and prevention services. But we are not there yet. There are still people being left behind due to gender inequalities, stigma and discrimination and lack of resources. I am proud to take a stand, speaking up for change and pushing on towards our common goal of ending AIDS,” states the ambassador and we could not agree more. We are more than proud to stand with her, wearing the Victoria Beckham AIDS awareness T-shirts and the ribbon pins, the key rings in hand, knowing the money has been well spent and going to a good cause.

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Inside Sofia Vergara’s Fairy-Tale Wedding in Miami

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Modern Family star Sofia Vergara, 43, finally got married to actor Joe Manganiello, 38, in a fairy-tale wedding on November 22 at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Miami, Florida. The couple swapped vows in front of nearly 400 guests, among which Vergara’s co-stars and several of the couple’s celebrity friends were reunited to celebrate the magic moment.

Sofia Vergara's Wedding In Miami

Before the wedding actually took place, the 43-year old diva had declared she would rather look sexy than ‘like a virgin’ at her own wedding, adding: “My body looks better when I have fitted dresses with more support. I’m 43, so I can’t really be looking for something too crazy. I have to go with what looks good on me.” That’s why, since the couple announced the good news there was a mood of great anticipation not only around the wedding itself, but also around Sofia Vergara’s bridal dress.

Unsurprisingly, Vergara chose to wear a Zuhair Murad wedding dress, confirming once again the mutual esteem the Colombian-American actress and the Lebanese fashion designer have always shared (Vergara is often spotted wearing Murad’s iconic mermaid evening dresses at different red carpet events). Our curiosity about Vergara’s bridal dress increased when talking about the actress’s style choices, Zuhair Murad revealed: “She’s very much in control of her image. She knows how to dress for her figure, choosing the designs that enhance her hourglass shape and show her marvelous curves.”

Sofia walked down the aisle accompanied by her 23-year-old son, Manolo, donning a unique, sensual gown with a classic heart-shaped strapless top that made her look absolutely radiant. The intricately designed removable overskirt, which took more than 1,600 hours of work, 32 people, 350 crystals and 11 pounds of sequins in order to be completed, featured a silk tulle fabric and handmade baroque and arabesques embroideries, adorned with 3D vintage motifs. The dress’s motifs and embellishments, which weighted more than 17 lbs, were in a perfect harmony with the elaborate floral installation by florist Jeff Leatham, which stunningly decorated the aisle.

Sofia Vergara's Wedding In Miami

Sofia Vergara's Wedding In Miami

The actress ditched a veil following the wedding tradition, instead, wearing a delicate wavy hairdo and a pair of dangling diamond earrings to the tune of 55 carats, designed by Lorraine Schwartz. Even more diamonds were spotted on both her head and wrist. Why did she keep her hair down, you may ask? Here’s another Vergara’s piece of advice:

“I think women once they hit 40, they shouldn’t put their hair up again until they’re 60. I think in your twenties and thirties if you put it up you look great, once you’re 40 you age yourself putting your hair up.”

The actress’s pre-wedding cocktail party dress is also worth mentioning. Sofia Vergara wore a languid dress by Mark Zunino, a Los Angele-based fashion designer known for his custom corsets, for her pre-wedding dinner at The Breakers Resort in Miami the night before (it was a weekend-long wedding celebration and the couple had created a special hashtag #Jofía to share the details of their Big day with the fans on Instagram). Regarding this, Zunino recently told People that “she expressed she wanted a form-fitting dress that was sexy and sophisticated.” Zunino’s cocktail dress features an all-white/blush pink silk organza mini skirt (which took 3 weeks to complete) and a sweetheart-neckline top enhanced with crystal appliqués.

When it comes to weddings, style and fashion, Vergara definitely knows best! Congrats to the happy couple!

Sofia Vergara's Wedding In Miami

Sofia Vergara's Wedding In Miami

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