Mark your diary ! for an exhibition on powerful women and the power of fashion at the Design Museum, London


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The Design Museum, London will present the exhibition

Women Fashion Power:  Not a Multiple Choice

which explores the premise of the visual impact of

clothing as a status determinant and authority enforcer.

The show examines how 25 prominent career women,

from a variety of professional backgrounds,

use fashion to assert ability, strength and accomplishment.

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Clothing serves as a potent visual tool.  Without a word uttered or action taken

the attire worn is the ‘opening act’ which one presents.  Words later spoken

and action later initiated are in the scenes that follow.




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quote from the Nobel Prize winning author, Isaac Bashevis Singer


Some of the women highlighted in the exhibition are


Joan Burstein, Founder of Browns

Dame Zaha Hadid, Founder and Director of Zaha Hadid Architects

Dame Zandra Rhodes,

Designer and Founder of the Fashion and Textile Museum


Naomi Campbell, Model

Wei Sun Christianson, Co-CEO Morgan Stanley, Asia Pacific

Skin,  Musician and Lead Vocalist of Skunk Anansie

Roksanda Ilincic, Designer

Natalie Massenet MBE, Founder / Executive Chair of NET-A-PORTER

and Chair of British Fashion Council


Dame Vivienne Westwood, Designer

and others.

On display will be outfits from the wardrobes of each woman.

The pieces are accompanied by photographs, films and interviews.

In addition, visitors can engage with a timeline which

chronicles the last 150 years of women’s fashion.



The exhibition is co-curated by fashion expert / commentator Colin McDowell

and Donna Loveday, Head of Curatorial at the Design Museum.

Women Fashion Power:  Not a Multiple Choice

The Design Museum, London

29 October 2014 – 26 April 2015

For further information on the exhibition and connected talks/seminars visit:

designer, Jeremy Scott presents ‘life in a Barbie world’ for MFW, 2015


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Moschino,  s/s  2015 by Jeremy Scott


View the runway show:


Fashion fun – time from MFW, s/s 2015


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Memo:  It doesn’t hurt to add some fun (or lots of it) into fashion design.

Certainly four designer labels got the memo and took it precisely as intended,

injecting a dose or two (or more by some measure)

into their spring / summer collections for Milan Fashion Week 2015.



Divertiti con la moda

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by designers Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi

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urban inspiration:

taking it it to,

I mean ‘from’ the streets

Dsquared 2

by Dean and Dan Caten

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colour me bright in fab fabrication

Max Mara

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ease of flora print galore


by Jeremy Scott

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fashion – fun time

living in a ‘Barbie’ world

Suit up for Fall ’14 … Take 1!


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With the happy hysteria of the international fashion week season in full gear,

and its emphasis on fashion choices of next year s/s 2015 collections,

let’s take a moment to consider a style focus for the present:

trouser suiting for Fall  ’14.


I am a total trouser suiting enthusiast.

What’s not to love about about a sleek pulled together look,

which can be styled to ‘suit’ any intended dress aim:

constructed with matching jacket and trousers

deconstructed with coordinated pieces

ready for business in pumps or brogues or

a bit of fun in sneaker fashion.

Whatever the occasion or style fancy,

trouser suiting offers max versatility.

Glam it up or take it causal down.

The options are delightfully staggering!


Autumn suit sightings, Take 1!

From the runway

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to zoot suit

Alexis Mabille

a/w 2014

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House of Holland

a/w  2014.

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a/w  2014

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Elizabeth and James

a/w  2014

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CUT25 by Yigal Azrouel

a/w  2014

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with skirt for added dimension

Veronique Branquinho

a/w  2014


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patterned fabrication

Mary Katrantzou

a/w  2014

A complete style package!

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turquiose tux

pink/black cheetah print coat (and shoulder-perched!)

box bag

silver pointed toe pumps


Out and About

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dreamy in cream and white

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all in lavender blue

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check it out!

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in blue hues with sienna orange colour pop


Stay tuned for suit sightings:  Take 2 !

MFW, s/s 2015: the Fausto Puglisi collection


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I am a fan of Italian designer, Fausto Puglisi.

His ‘bells and whistles’ approach may be OTT for some,

but I do admire the extreme exuberance he brings to

his creations.

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designer, Fausto Puglisi

His work was showcased at the recent exhibition,

The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 – 2014

held at the Victoria and Albert Museum (London).

Sr. Puglisi is one to watch of the

next generation of Italian fashion talent.

He continues to grow and to explore:

fine tuning conflicting perspectives of creating

bling things with urban edge, which holds appeal

for a select audience with

the reality of designing for a wider demographics

in order to sustain a business.

Putting the practicalities aside,

Sr. Puglisi is a design showman and I for one want a front row seat.

For the s/s 2015 collection presented opening day at MFW,

there was no shortage of ideas, running the gamut:

from ’60s mod to contemporary urban sass,

from gold high shine to graphic prints

and some others in between.

I am love stuck on the shoes.  Sr. Puglisi brought the ‘bling thing’ factor

to slides and gladiator sandals.

(images from fashionising):

Fausto Puglisi

MFW,  s/s  2015

The Collection


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Ciao Tutti ! It’s the start of Milan Fashion Week (MFW) and designer Stella Jean starts things off ‘in living colour’


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The first day of Milan Fashion Week,

sees the runway show of designer, Stella Jean

whose s/s  2015 collection is sheer visual pleasure.

Vibrant prints, which translate the images of her Haitian roots.

Colour combo clash that absolutely delights.

Prints and pattern interweave, which should contradict but instead compliment.

Silhouette variety in a single look.

The fashion verdict?

A joyful collection.

As to be expected from the incomparable Stella Jean.


Stella Jean

MFW,  s/s  2015

The Collection



(images from fashionising):



one look

a cornucopia of shape, colour, pattern




grunge – wear

with a lady-like, tropical vibe


incorporating a message-wear tee into the mix


two tone slip – on brogues in cream and mustard yellow

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a story to tell:

images of island life

An English country garden: Mulberry s/s 2015


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This week I visited the Mulberry showroom in London

to view their current collection, spring / summer 2015.

Following the 2013 departure of former creative director, Emma Hill

the new collection is a collaborative effort of the Mulberry design team.

It is quite cohesive, as if created by one sure and steady hand.

The clothing was displayed in fluid flow, ordered by colour,

amongst large vases bursting with the floral influences,

from which the collection was inspired.

Majestic blues of delphinium spikes and tiny cornflower (bachelor’s button)

in addition to the delicate whites of cow parsley (Queen’s Anne lace)

were the floral emphases.

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blue delphinium spikes

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blue compact cornflower buds

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creamy – white,  intricate patterned cow parsley bunches



The vibrancy of the blue flower colour story,

was expressed in prints on lush jacquard.

These pieces were invitingly sensuous:

beautiful to look at, beautiful to touch.


The delicacy and patterning effect of the cow parsley was evident

in the white lace pieces:  a flowy, sheer exposed back maxi dress and

short sleeved, shirt with exposed flap front pockets.


A variety of fabrication added depth and dimension to the collection.

Particularly that of the black leather, laser cut -out pieces:

a beguilingly light-weight dress,

a button-less , 3/4 length jacket and

crew – neck, side slit top.

In addition, sturdy khaki was presented in a top and a mini shift dress,

which hinted at an element of strength amongst the dainty.

The collection is extremely wearable with the option to interchange pieces

and create different style combinations.

(photos by meappropriatestyle):


cow parsley delicate whites


delphinium blue-inspired print jacquard



My ‘Gotta have it!’ piece of the collection

collar – less dress with round neck, cinch waist

with an ingeniously paneled skirt,

which created a boning effect.

Thus, allowing the skirt to maintain a slight

crinoline silhouette




burst of cornflower blue

jacket, skirt, dress

made from a lush fabric reminiscent of soft , French terry cloth


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and a little bit of attitude!

laser cut – out, black leather pieces

Favlook – Lookfav Focus: leather box bags for autumn 2014


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This autumn, consider constructing your look with a leather box bag

a design, which has stood the test of fashion decades.

American leather goods company, Mark Cross,

designed the case used by the actress Grace Kelly

in the film Rear View (1954).

A compact shape,  spacious interior and abundantly stylish -

the Grace Box Bag become a fashion success,

and has achieved iconic status.

(image from lookonline):

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the actress Grace Kelly and the box bag by Mark Cross

both appearing in the movie, Rear Window



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the iconic Grace Box Bag from Mark Cross

The original Mark Cross box bag has fueled fashion inspiration

of varying design interpretations.  Emphasis is on a neat framework with

abundant interior space.  A case of a ‘great thing in a little package’.

The fashion word

Out:   slouchy, formless, sag-bags

In:   structured, geometric box bags

(photos by meappropriatestyle)


leather box bags in treacle brown


design inspiration:  a doctor’s medical bag


square with soft, rounded edges

box bag by Ralph Lauren



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leather trunk by Aspinal of London

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texture and colour options

box bags from Mark Cross

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a bit of rock & roll

studded Grace Box Bag from Mark Cross

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On the runway

Marc by Marc Jacobs,  a/w 2013

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soft shade of blue

box bag clutch from Mark Cross

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in ivory:  humming bird and floral details

(photo by YoungJun Koo)

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raspberry pink/black with hardware

Rucksacking it: the new Luxac collection


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As I write this,

it’s the close of London Fashion Week

the bi-annual event which marks presentation of the best of British design

to an anticipatory international fashion community.

Established designers and emerging talents

showcase their artistry with that special brand

of Brit inventiveness and whimsy.

Yet, all isn’t simply stomping the catwalk and watching runway shows.

It’s about the quality and craftsmanship of original pieces.

Always on the look out for a bag of function and style,

this season, the new Luxac rucksack bag

caught my full handbag accessory-obsessive attention.

Made of Italian leather, handmade in England, the Luxac

is a ‘gotta have it!’ piece.

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designed and crafted in England


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stylish and compact from all angles

For women on the go,  juggling work and leisure

an on-trend, hands-free carrier is a desirable,

and the new Luxac rucksack bag is a target of accessory affection.

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for work


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for play

in size and colour choices

The Luxac is available in three size options:

max (neat, yet roomy enough for a laptop), midi, mini

and soir (the smallest bag for special occasions/evening-wear).

This on-fashion-point carrier is designed in a variety of

coloured leather finishes, detailed decorative linings and strap alternatives.

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for evening-wear


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with adjustable leather straps or chain detail


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in fashion fun interior linings

For more details on the new Luxac collection visit:

From floaty florals to sport – lux game and the unexpected in between: LFW s/s 2015 has it all covered


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The fashion extravaganza continues.

More LFW favourites from the spring / summer  2015 collections.

(images from fashionising):


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wrapped pretty with bow on top

House of Holland

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 colour impact florals


Watch the runway show

House of Holland,   s/s  2015


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the stuff of fairy-tale dreams






in cameo colours:  power statement of classical references


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score! :  taking the sports-lux vibe to new heights


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