Writer：fashion Date：2016-5-18 15:27 Wednesday
You should have already read the first post on Chanel’s Soft Leather 2.55 collection, an icon in its own right that quite literally has been given new skin. And the skin in this case refers to the ‘soft leather’ you’ll find on these 2.55 bags that should be launched sometime in Singapore come June 2016.
Why is this leather so special then, you ask? Well, for starters, it’s cut only from a certain portion of the entire skin, where it’s the softest and also has the fewest imperfections for that almost flawless finish. It’s also lightly-treated, meaning when it came to treating and tanning the leather, not that much was done, which would allow the leather to patina most beautifully over time. Or in layman’s terms, age.
So unlike leather that has been botoxed and varnished to a hilt (you know, like the ladies you see when you flip through society magazines), this leather, like the real you, is supposed to age over time, and take on characteristics unique to its owner, from tiny nicks where your pinky’s nail digs into the side of the bag, to minor creases that resemble the crow’s feet on your face. Ok, maybe not the best way to sell any leather bag, but you know what I mean, and if you’re big on that whole aged, vintage look, rest assured that this will happen slowly but surely with this 2.55.
And because I managed to spend quality time with these beauties over the weekend, here’s the rest of what you need to know about these 2.55 bags. For starters, one of the versions we’ll get in Singapore will come with a two-tone grosgrain and chain trim that will run along from underside to the sides of the bag. Then there’s the metal chain sling, which, if you look closely enough, comes beautifully-etched on the sides of the metal pieces. The cameo charms that come with each bag? One’s of Coco Chanel herself, the other is a lion, which also happens to be the Coco Chanel’s zodiac sign, the Leo.
Then there’s the inside, each 2.55 double-flap bag lined with tactile suede, where you’ll find a front pocket and a larger compartment on the back with 3 separate patch pocket compartments. A flap with button closure keeps everything secure, before the main flap goes over everything else for that added bit of ‘security’. To finish it off, Chanel’s reassuring Made In France label is sewn below the CC logo that’s stitched onto the flap.
Last, but by no means least, there’s an additional patch pocket on the back of the bag, but I guess you already knew that. What you don’t know is the two colours it will come in when it is launched sometime in June this year, the first, a Navy that you see in the first snap, and this, which is a warmer, slightly darker colour they are calling Camel. Both colours are gorgeous, you just need to decide when you see the 24 cm by 16 cm by 7.5 cm bags (priced at SGD7280 each, by the way) in Chanel boutiques in a couple of months.
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Writer：fashion Date：2016-5-18 15:24 Wednesday
Off-the-shoulder tops are not a new invention. All you have to do is search images of movie stars from the 50s for evidence. Think: Lucille Ball, Brigitte Bardot, Natalie Wood and Grace Kelly — the original collarbone queens! These women collectively proved that a parenthetical swoop of fabric from shoulder to shoulder could magically make your décolletage look like the best thing since sliced Wonder Bread.
So it’s no shock that the trend resurfaced circa 2014, slowly at first, trickling into the zeitgeist thanks to niche brands who delivered fresh takes on a vintage silhouette. And the effect was just as intoxicating –because what woman doesn’t love her collarbones? They’re sexy in that slightly-unexpected-but-not-totally-overt-but-immediately-evident kind of way. Like the Mona Lisa. Or Seth Cohen.
I saved up last year to buy Johanna Ortiz’s off-the-shoulder ‘Tulum’ top, which was sold out for months. When I finally bought it, I put it on, looked in the mirror and got that electric feeling in my spine that comes from finding an article of clothing that is not only fashion-forward and exciting to wear but also check-me-out flattering because, hello, collarbones! It was the sartorial equivalent of how I imagine huffing a canister of whipped cream must feel. I proceeded to wear it at least once a week for the entire summer, in rotation with the three other off-the-shoulder tops I subsequently added to my collection.
But then something sinister happened. The off-the-shoulder trend went from trickle to torrential. They were everywhere. On Instagram. On every page of every magazine. On mannequins at Hollister. On my best friend. On my best friend’s mom. Wearing one no longer felt like a secret handshake between me and my personal style; it felt like peeing in a communal bathroom at Coachella.
It doesn’t take a medical professional to diagnose this a classic case of Peanut Butter Syndrome: the disease triggered by overexposure to specific items of clothing.
Social media has destroyed the possibility of a trend remaining fresh for more than a few months. We’ve dealt with this new reality time and time again (RIP wedge sneakers, ear cuffs, culottes, et. al), but this time it feels particularly soul-crushing. Because what the heck am I supposed to put on the upper half of my body this summer? How am I going to get my daily hit of spine tingles? Will my collarbones ever laugh again?
I’ve proceeded to scavenge the interwebs for 2016’s iteration of “the spark,” and let me tell you, it’s been a treacherous mission. Off-the-shoulder tops have beckoned to me at every turn, flirting like an old boyfriend who knows exactly what to say to lure me in (“Your Instagram captions are so funny”) but ultimately can’t cook my scrambled eggs the right way in the morning. So I persevered and looked away, toward greener pastures and better eggs.
Here’s how I’m navigating my path to off-the-shoulder abstinence (just promise not to show my best friend’s mom. She follows me on Instagram, so she’ll catch on eventually):
Phase 1: The One-Shoulder Compromise.
Johanna Ortiz top, Elizabeth & James shorts, Rachel Comey shoes, Gentle Monster sunglasses, Oscar de la Renta earrings, Arme De L’Amour cuff
Look, while cold turkey is a delicious sandwich topping, it is not the approach I like to take when trying to quit something. So instead of fully committing to a life of fabric-laden shoulders, I decided to ease myself in gently: one shoulder covered, one shoulder mooning the world like a toddler at bath-time.
Phase 2: Sad Collarbones? Tell Them It’s Their Birthday.
Zara shirt, Miu Miu sunglasses
Sweet, sweet, collarbones, thank you so much for holding up my neck all these years. I know the loss of your recent freedom is devastating, but think of it this way: You’ve got a whole new lease on life! An opportunity for reinvention! A re-birthday! And you know what that means? Presents!!! We’ll skip gift-wrap because I’ve heard it’s not very breathable, but I’ll tie you up in pretty bows and let you blow out all the candles.
Phase 3: No More Training Wheels
Rosie Assoulin top, Alice Treehouse jeans, Brother Vellies shoes, SheBee earrings
Welcome to Phase 3, cadets. No more coddling. Shoulders are fully covered. Collarbones are nowhere in sight. And while we’re at it, let’s say bye bye to my biceps. And my forearms? Sayonara. And my wrists! Am I going too far? I don’t care. I’m giddy. Take note: Bell-sleeves are definitely a viable antidote to off-the-shoulder addiction. I think I’m finally ready to take on summer.
As for the pile of off-the-shoulder tops in my closet? I’ll hang on to them for now. That’s the thing about Peanut Butter Syndrome — it never lasts long. Peanut butter is just too freaking delicious, and so are my collarbones.
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Writer：fashion Date：2016-5-18 15:20 Wednesday
The fashion industry's most coveted app has just turned one and to celebrate they've rolled out a new update and added new members to the jury. Buro 24/7 Middle East has the details...
Last May saw the introduction of a game-changing social media strategy, The Net Set, which was rolled out by the Yoox Net-a-Porter Group. A year on, Buro 24/7 Middle East found out just how the network is competing in an ever-changing digital market.
Sarah Watson, Vice President of Social Commerce spoke about the initiative saying: "We are incredibly proud of The Net Set — the world's first luxury shoppable social network where fashionable digital women all over the world can connect and enjoy a unique and seamless shopping experience. The functionality of the app has transformed since launching in May 2015, we've developed our existing features based on our members' feedback and created new ones so that it's the best and most intuitive product possible. So far we currently have over 130,000 members, over 1.2 million items have been loved, hundreds of inspirational photos have been uploaded every day and we've seen product 'trend', sell out and then re-ordered by our buyers."
To celebrate the app's first birthday, The Net Set, which uses a three-prong approach, including geo location tagging and gamification, has now added an image tagging option too. Here you can tag a brand in an image, making it instantly shoppable via the Net-a-Porter.com website.
New Style Council members have also been added to the jury. Poppy Okotcha, Elizabeth Jane Bishop and Yoyo Cao (pictured above) now join Quentin Jones (pictured above), the Glossier Founder Emily Weiss, Fashion Director Pernille Teisbaek, Fashion Designer Margarita Maccapani Missoni, Fashion Designer Elin Kling, Digital Influencer Fajer Al-Rajaan and Fashion Editor Shiona Turini.
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Writer：fashion Date：2016-5-17 14:58 Tuesday
The 69th annual Cannes Film Festival is currently at its height having officially kicked off on May 11, 2016 and set to last till May 22, 2016. The out-and-out cinephiles among us have probably no further expectations from this high-ranking event than to whet their cinematography appetites, but for fashion-hunters the Cannes Film Festival is absolutely another game, namely the game of reveling in those bedazzling fashion and beauty moments. Starting from afternoon photocalls to evening film premiers to Vanity Fair/Chopard party, let alone all those out and about moments, the Cannes Film Festival 2016 is bursting at the seams with luxurious red carpet looks and just laid-back insouciant vistas. We have seen myriads of dazzling looks both audacious and discreet, femme fatale and sweet babe and today’s order is to zero in on those princess-worthy Disney-inspired looks we have been so enthused to see on the red carpet. Below we present 7 princess-worthy celebrity looks from the Cannes 2016 red carpet that just scream to head to any ritzy ceremony.
1. Blake Lively in Vivienne Westwood
The most discussed mom-to-be at this juncture is surely the American beauty Blake Lively, who seems to have put her shoulder to the wheel to mesmerize us with her countless red carpet appearances since the first day of Cannes 2016. On Friday, she was the Cinderella of the ball, appearing on the red carpet dressed in an ethereal pastel blue Vivienne Westwood ball gown with sweet floral appliques on the bodice. Her beauty choice was equally dreamy and princess-worthy, featuring a tousled updo accessorized with a thin bow headband and natural makeup with the accents placed on the sweet pink lips.
2. Riley Keough’s Sweet Honey Look in Gucci
The actress and model, who is the eldest grandchild of the late Elvis Presley, Riley Keough has assuredly a knack for not only acting and modeling but also unleashing her whole princess-worthy allure on the red carpet at Cannes 2016. The auburn-haired beauty celebrated the premiere of the newest American Honey film on Sunday afternoon donning a honey yellow and purple lace gown from Gucci with flirty frills and an audacious plunging neckline. Just to enhance her whole melting honey sweetness, what else could better work than auburn hair secured into an effortless bun with some strands left out from the front and soft sun-kissed complexion?
3. Blake Lively in Atelier Versace
The Saturday night (May 14) saw Blake Lively hitting the BFG premiere decked into an Atelier Versace one-shoulder crystal-embellished gown in azure blue just in keeping with the French Riviera, hugging her body to show off the whole pulchritude of the baby bump, while the long train and side slit were meant to spread her allure to all directions. The princess-worthy look was finished off with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry and tousled hair pulled back into a low ponytail.
4. Kristina Bazan in Alberta Ferretti
Another princess-worthy look we have spotted on the Cannes 2016 red carpet is undeniably fashion blogger Kristina Bazan’s red appearance at the Slack Bay (Ma Loute) premiere. Her cropped two-piece Alberta Ferrettigown with a floral surface and royal shimmer was successfully combined with her full red lips and side-swept old Hollywood curls.
5. Araya A. Hargate’s Punk Princess Magnetism
On Sunday night, Araya A. Hargate appeared on the red carpet in an off-the-wall princess-worthy look featuring a black velvet ball gown with a striped satin full skirt, a design from the Jean Paul Gaultier Couture collection, while the precious drop earrings, the center-part sleek chignon and the expressive smoky eyes came to complete her whole punk princess magnetism.
6. Amal Clooney’s Greek Goddess Side
Amal Clooney unleashed the Greek goddess in her at the Money Monsterpremiere hitting the red carpet in an ethereal canary yellow Atelier Versace gown with one shoulder exposed, yet gently covered with her glamorous side-swept locks. The dress might not have been the comfiest one to walk in, but it definitely brought out the best in Mrs. Clooney, who opted for her signature red lips to finish off the princess-worthy red-carpet look.
7. Araya A. Hargate in Zuhair Murad
Thai model and actress Araya Hargate assuredly showed far the most Cinderella-inspired look while attending the BFG premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival. She had all and sundry staring at her powdery pink Zuhair Murad gown decorated with powdery blue floral prints becoming all the more massive with a half-overskirt. To infuse the princess-worthy look with more elegance she opted for a slick side-parted updo and subtle smoky eyes.
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Writer：fashion Date：2016-5-17 14:19 Tuesday
London-based designer Jonathan Saunders closed his namesake label in December 2015 after 12 years. Since then, speculation has mounted about what he might do next but now it has been announced that he is taking his colourful aesthetic over to Diane von Furstenberg, where he will become chief creative officer.
Saunders will begin his role at the New York-based label immediately, and will oversee the creative direction of the entire brand, working with chief executive Paolo Riva. Judging by the picture of the New York skyline on his Instagram account, the Scottish fashion designer has already made the move Stateside.
“Jonathan's extraordinary passion for colours and prints, his effortless designs, and his desire to make women feel beautiful make him the perfect creative force to lead DVF into the future,” the label's founder Diane von Furstenberg said in a statement. “I could not have found a cooler, more intelligent designer and I cannot wait to watch him shine as our chief creative officer.”
"The spirit with which this brand was founded is incredibly relevant today. I am thrilled to be part of its next chapter,” Saunders said in the company's statement. “Diane has a unique ability to deeply connect with women and I am excited to be working with Paolo on the future of the brand."
Saunders launched his eponymous label in 2003 after graduating from Central Saint Martins, and was part of a generation of London designers including Christopher Kane, Erdem and Roksanda Ilincic who redefined the city's fashion reputation with accomplished, grown-up collections. Saunders' shows were eagerly awaited for their beautiful use of print and colour. However, he closed the label in December of 2015 for "personal reasons." At the time of the announcement, Saunders said: "It is not a decision that I take lightly and I am eternally grateful to my team for all their hard work and dedication."
There is no news as to how this will change Diane von Furstenberg's role at the label. She launched her namesake brand in 1972 and last year hired Paolo Riva as the company's new CEO to oversee the brand's operations, who she has referred to in interviews as her "heir." It was rumoured earlier this year that Saunders would replace Raf Simons at the helm of Christian Dior but his move to DVF is one appointment which has managed to escape the often feverish fashion rumour mill.
We can expect pattern and colour galore
But as the news broke this afternoon, the match made immediate sense; "I think it's very positive for him and for DVF," The Telegraph's fashion director Lisa Armstrong said this afternoon of what we can expect from this move. "He's ready for a change and when I bumped into him recently looked very happy to be relieved of the stress of running a business. He'll modernise DVF, which has a great tradition of pattern and colour but could do with some clarity and focus."
Saunders can continue DVF's woman-friendly approach
Saunders' uplifting, optimistic and woman-friendly approach (which made him a favourite for high-profile women including the Duchess of Cambridge and Samantha Cameron) also chimes with von Furstenberg's reputation for giving generations of women joyous yet ultra-useful designs. “One day I just made this dress and suddenly I'd sold a million” she told an audience of fashion press at a talk in London earlier this month, referring to her simple yet elegant wrap dress design which offered a wardrobe solution for women around the world when it was launched in the 1970s
British talent will be at the helm of a big international brand
"It's encouraging to see British talent still very much in in demand at big international brands and I think this one is a particularly good match," Armstong adds. "DVF is a wearable, affordable house that has, over the years been a staple for millions of women. However many of them may have strayed over to other labels in recent years. I think he could be the one to change that. He's one of those rare designers who knows what women feel comfortable wearing, but never plays it too safe in what he designs for them."
We could see some great DVF tailoring
It's not just Saunders' use of colour that we're excited to see in his work at DVF - he's also likely to bring slicker lines to the label known for its day-to-party wrap dresses. "He also incorporated some very good tailoring at his own label and it would be good to see that know-how transported to DVF," Lisa Armstrong notes. "Essentially I think we're all hoping for some of that Saunders' slick, contemporary femininity at DVF prices."
We'll have to wait until September when Saunders will present his first collection for Diane von Furstenberg during New York Fashion Week to find out exactly what the next DVF chapter will look like. But one thing's for sure... it's going to be colourful.
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Writer：fashion Date：2016-5-17 14:10 Tuesday
At BRAGMYBAG we love to talk about the latest handbags. You know what? Let’s talk about the latest handbag.
Have you been itching for a brand-new Chanel Mini Quilted Shoulder Bag? But can’t find the one you love? Or maybe the Wallet On Chain Bags are too small and the Extra Mini Classic Flap Bags are… uhh, too mini?
You need a bag that’s practical and it needs to be made from Chanel. You need a small travel bag?
Well then, we have some good news – meet the Chanel Mini Quilted Shoulder Bag.
These bags you purchase once, then it’s forever. We honestly think that this Mini Bag is ideal for travelling. Imagine an extra bag to store your passports, credit cards and other important documents. Because this bag is on your shoulder all the time, the chances of losing your stuff are minimized.
And unlike the Wallet on Chain Bag or the Extra Mini Classic Flap Bag, this Mini Bag is embellished with strong leather strap and also a boyish large chain. So pulling this bag from your shoulder is not a clever move.
The front is made with an extra zip pocket; it’s designed for your instant essentials.
This bag is practical and beautiful.
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