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Bao Bao Issey Miyake presents new Prism Metallic range

ISSEY Miyake’s futuristic accessories range Bao Bao Issey Miyake launches its new Autumn Winter 2016 colour selection. The Prism Metallic bags have gained their popularity for their innovative design and seasonal shades. The metallic tones are created with the use of an iridescent pearl paint which gives them their unique multi-dimensional effect which results in an intricate play of hues of each of the triangles that make up the bags, which change their perceived colour depending on the angle and the lighting.

Issey Miyake Bao Bao bagBao Bao Issey Miyake Prism Metallic AW16


Issey Miyake Bao Bao bagBao Bao Issey Miyake Prism Metallic AW16

The latest series premiere a selection of new, glossy shades introduced to Bao Bao Issey Miyake bags for the first time.


Issey Miyake Bao Bao bagBao Bao Issey Miyake Prism Metallic AW16

The launch is accompanied by a campaign video which is directed by Yugo Nakamura from tha ltd. The short picture explores of fluctuating, accidental shapes that have become signature for the range.

by Magda Pirowska

Luxury Accessories Brand Sevda London Unveils New Designs

LONDON-based luxury accessories brand Sevda London has unveiled the newest additions to their striking collection of handbags and scarves.

SEVDA Pre AW16-8Sevda London pre-AW16 collection

Designed in London and handmade in Italy, Sevda London designs are a unique blend of classic elegance and style. Created to withstand the test of time they strive to bridge the gap between generations and their needs and desires rather than follow trends and are meant to become those unique pieces of wardrobe heirlooms that define a woman’s approach to fashion.

Sevda LondonAudrey Tote Blue by Sevda London

 Sevda LondonVictoria Tote Off White, Sevda London

The latest bags and scarves perfectly embody Sevda London’s signature subtle sophistication and all-round functionality.

SEVDA Pre AW16-7Sevda London pre-AW16 collection

SevdaLondon £750.00Yellow handbag by Sevda London

by Magda Pirowska

To view the full collection and more go here

Fluff and Furry As Romy LDN Goes Monochrome

DRESS up in style with a sleek new look from Romy LDN and join in the fluffy frenzy this season. Now in ever stylish monochrome, Romy’s pyramid bags add a touch of glamorous fun to every outfit. As a sporty alternative to the pom-pom, the  bags come with an interchangeable fun-fur cuff which allows you to mix and match from daytime to party looks.


White Monochrome Pyramid Bag by Romy LDN. Photograph: Romy LDN


Romy LDN, a luxury British brand, described by its founder Alice MacFarlane Hickox as “youthful, fresh, and accessible” has been producing faux-fur accessories since 2014. The brand offers a diverse range of luxury accessories which include oversize grab bags, clutches and even furry soda-can sleeves. The brand owes its success to the ability to combine unique styling with attractive and long-lasting materials. These include durable leathers, neoprene and a superior faux-fur that remains soft and glossy – even after repeated use.


600x400 BLACK POM POMBlack Monochrome Pyramid Bag by Romy LDN. Photograph: Romy LDN

Modern and minimalist, the Romy pyramid bag offers a ultra-light design which is elegant, practical and irresistibly fluffy.

by Miranda Charalambous

Accessories by Romy LDN can be found here. The Pyramid Bag retail at £355

Front page image: White Monochrome Pyramid Bag by Romy LDN. Photograph: Romy LDN



Versace Dreams the Vibes of Chicago – Film by Bruce Weber

VERSACE launch their FW16 collection with Chicago Is My beat, a grainy black-and-white film shot by Bruce Weber starring supermodels, Gigi Hadid and Karlie Kloss. The collaboration rekindles a time-honoured relationship between the flamboyant fashion brand and Weber, a fashion photographer renowned for his unrivaled productions both for Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren.

Chicago Is My BeatVersace FW16 – Chicago Is My Beat. Film © Bruce Weber

The short film places fashion at the heart of the community, uniting empowered glamour with the spirited pulse of the metropolis where energetic routines embrace Versace’s vison with ease. Rock-chic and freestyle dancing give way to svelte gowns and languid looks as the hubbub proceeds into the night. Keith Milkie’s arresting operatic soundtrack drifts to the tune of Chicago’s past while Versace re-imagines the future.

Bruce Weber says, “The actor Robert Mitchum once told me, ‘When you first get to a new town, always make friends with a Blonde’. Well, when I got to Chicago, I found my blonde in you, Donatella. I wanted us to visit this city together because of its rich history and the spirit of love and harmony you feel in its music.

“Chicago is going through a tough time at the moment and could use a little encouragement – just like we all need every once in a while. Because the kindness of its people helped me to make these photographs, I feel like I can now call Chicago ‘my beat’.”

“Bruce Weber is the true master of our times. His photography is deeply personal and rich, a reflection of the world as he sees it. It has been my pleasure to enter once again into that world for this Versace campaign. With this new campaign, Bruce gave me my history back,” adds Donatella Versace.


by Miranda Charalambous

Versace FW2016 – Chicago Is My Beat. Film © Bruce Weber

Jane Carr Collaborates with Piplotti Rist and Hauser & Wirth

BRITISH designer Jane Carr announces a new launch, a collaboration with award-winning Swiss artist Piplotti Rist and Hauser & Wirth gallery. The launch features two limited edition men’s and women’s scarves that feature specially commissioned artworks and a poem by Rist.

The women’s scarf embodies the whimsical and limitless spirit of Rist’s artwork. One can expect to see a vibrant print of apple blossom branches in psychedelic colours, crafted on a luxurious silk, twill square.

Jane Carr x Pipilotti Rist _ Hauser & Wirth - The Apple Blossom Scarf (women's) - silk twill - Flat(1)Women’s Scarf Jane Carr x Piplotti Rist

The men’s scarf, on the other hand, takes a darker turn and portrays an enigmatic and abstract underworld in shades of navy and royal blue, placed on a wool flannel stole. Both designs are adorned with phrases from Rist’s poem.

Jane Carr x Pipilotti Rist _ Hauser & Wirth - The Apple Blossom Scarf (men's) - wool - Folded 1Men’s Scarf Jane Carr x Piplotti Rist ©


by Rebecca Acres

The scarves are available for purchase here

Future Feast – Winchester ‘16 Fashion and Textile Graduates

THE Vinyl Factory Soho, London was awash with a kaleidoscope of bold seasonal colour and stylish looks at Future Feast a show of graduate talent from the Fashion Marketing and Fashion & Textile Design programmes at the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. Guest representatives from the fashion industry including Victoria Beckham, Harvey Nichols and Topman attended the show and waited in anticipation of the Fashion Direction and Fashion Textile Awards which were presented by womenswear designer, Michael van der Ham after the catwalk presentations.


Winchester SS1Looks from Future Feast, 2016. Photograph © Winchester School of Art

Winchester SS2Future Feast, 2016. Photograph © Winchester School of Art

Jasmine Broughton, memorable for her fabulous faux-fur outerwear with exquisitely beaded motifs won the Fashion Textile Award and front-line menswear designer, Christine Xu was the winner of the award for Fashion Direction. After the ceremony, guests were invited to peruse a dazzling assortment of preliminary sketches and ideas from the students’ portfolios.

Christine Xu’s collection which won the award for Fashion Direction. Photograph by Geoff Pugh

Fashion Textiles Awards Winning Collection SMALL2A look from the Fashion Textiles award-winning collection by Jasmine Broughton.
Photograph © Winchester School of Art

Fashion Textiles Awards Winning Collection SMALL4Another look from the Fashion Textiles award-winning collection by Jasmine Broughton
Photograph © Winchester School of Art

The innovative event combined outstanding graduate work from the institution’s Fashion Marketing and Textile programmes. These two courses focus on developing students’ creative ability, while aiming to enrich them with the necessary marketing and practical skills required for successful careers in fashion.

by Miranda Charalambous

Samuji Finnish Fashion Brand Present AW16 collection

FOUNDED in 2009, Finnish brand Samuji carries both fashion and homeware ranges. Its unique visual identity is authored by Samuji’s Creative Director Samu-Jussi Koski. His first womenswear collection unveiled in 2011 have proven Samuji’s and designer’s commitment to the values that guide them on their creative journey – devotion to things beautiful in their simplicity, distinct functionality and kindness.

Samuji green coatA look from Samuji AW16 collection

Samuji does not consciously bow to the must-have flippant trends, preferring to focus on timeless and enduring design, yet each one of their collections prove their unique ability to marry current with ageless. Building on those sentiments, and driven by his fascination by art and architecture which he uses for inspiration, Koski has created a distinctively captivating collection.

Using bold prints, velvet, navy and brown wool and cream corduroy he offers carefully crafted selection of skirts, dresses and overcoats, as well as staple knitwear. Bold colours and proportions guarantee the wearer to stand out of the crowd while flattering the figure – tapered trousers, cropped tops, oversized collars and hugging rollnecks excite and evoke allure.

Samuji polka dot dressA look from the Samuji AW16 collection

The brand caters to a pioneering, self assured woman who assuredly affirms her strength and bold sense of style while remaining comfortable with her own sensitivity. In their own words, “You can take the Samuji woman out of artistic, romantic surroundings but you cannot take the romance out of her. It’s there, and no matter how modern she looks, she seems to have an instinctive preference for seasoned items. Things that gain value over time, things that have a story to tell.”

Samuji window shotA look from the Samuji AW16 collection

The AW16 collection offers that woman a wide variety of choices – there are easy daytime pieces, such as wide-legged trousers, A-line dresses in all lengths and fitted shirts, as well as daring lame tunic and trousers. Even the simplest looks can be accessorised with voluminous wool hats, mesh hopper bags, statement patent leather ballerinas and ankle boots, all designed to compliment the garments. Samuji also brought back their previous AW hit – an oversized beanie hat – in a range of lush colours.

Samuji wool hatA look from the Samuji AW16 collection


by Magda Pirowska

The collection will be available on Samuji’s website as well as their store in Helsinki and selected stockists in Europe, Asia and America.

British Fashion Council Announces Designer Showrooms Schedule for LFW AW16

The British Fashion Council has announced the designers showcasing in the Designer Showrooms – including ready-to-wear, footwear, jewellery, bags and multi-label showrooms – and the features that will be available at the Brewer Street venue.

ROKH by Rok Hwang for AW16

Visitors to the showrooms will be able to familiarise themselves with collections from 45 designers showing for the first time. Imaginative design, the blending of various techniques and exceptional craftsmanship will be presented by the knitwear designers such as Caitlin Charles-Jones (on of  Vogue Talent’s Ones to Watch and a participant in Boden’s Future British scheme in partnership with the BFC), Yakshi Malhotra, Laura Theiss and Sabinna.

TeijaA look by Teija AW16

Further brands such as Teija, ROKH (by Rok Hwang) and designer Samuel Dougal will be showcasing their sharp, detailed tailoring while  NATALIEBCOLEMAN, Tommy Zhong and Leanne Claxton will show pieces that apply that quality with the use of their unique, tailor-made fabrics. No.288 and Ellis White will be presenting their new footwear collections.

Claire BarrowA look by Claire Barrow AW16

Displays at the Showroom will also include an installation by BFC’s talent identification scheme NEWGEN sponsored by Topshop and a pop-up showroom for this season’s NEWGEN designers: Ashley Williams, Claire Barrow, Danielle Romeril, Faustine Steinmetz, Marta Jakubowski, Molly Goddard, Ryan Lo and Sadie Williams as well as this season’s One-To-Watch Roberta Einer.

Roberta EinerLooks from Roberta Einer’s AW16 collection

BFC’s fine jewellery and millinery initiatives will be presenting the finest of accessories design from Emma Yeo, Harvy Santos, Keely Hunter and Sophie Beale – Headonism in a space co-curated by Stephen Jones OBE – Ana De Costa, Beth Gilmour, COMPLETEDWORKS, Jacqueline Cullen, Lily Kamper, Ornella Iannuzzi, Rachel Boston, Ruifier, Shimell and Madden and Yunus & Eliza – Rock Vault in a space co-curated by Stephen Webster MBE.


Camilla Elphick

Shoes by Camilla Elphick AW16

Established brands returning to the showrooms this season include Camilla Elphick as well as Eudon Choi, Fleet Ilya, Fyodor Golan, Georgia Hardinge, Holly Fulton, Loxley England, Phoebe Coleman, Stephen Jones Millinery, William Chambers Millinery and Zoë Jordan.

Harvy Santos
Harvy Santos

Elsewhere Scoop London will be as usual presenting their womenswear trade show at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea.


More pop-ups will be located at Brewer Street Car Park. Accredited guests will be able to visit Sunglass Hut and personalize their House of Holland LFW tote and get a customised sunglass case. The work and lounge spaces available to the visitors include: Press and Buyers Lounge by American Express x The Store, pop – up HIX Café by renowned chef Mark Hix, Maybelline New York Lounge and salon by TONI&GUY with label.m offering instant style refreshers.

by Magda Pirowska

London Fashion Week runs from February 19-23.
Concierge Amex Insiders and Swatch Timeline will be helping the visitors to navigate the space and stay up to date with all shows and schedules.
For the full pop-up schedule visit LFW website

The Postman Dreams: New Film Series from Prada

 The Postman Dreams, Prada, The Postman Dreams, the Prada Galleria bag  The Postman Dreams

RENOWNED for its collaborations with pioneering artists, Italian fashion brand Prada has released a series of five short films, The Postman Dreams, directed by American director and photographer Autumn de Wilde, who is well-known for her portraiture of musicians. Each film – The Postman, The Makeout, The Battlefield, The Tree and The Laundromat – features the Prada Galleria bag in a range of scenarios in the day in the life of a hapless postman, who is intended by de Wilde to be a metaphor for personal communication, in which fantasy and reality blur, becoming unstuck and distorted.

The Make Out, he Postman Dreams, Prada, The Postman Dreams, the Prada Galleria bag  The Make Out

The films can be watched in any order and have a soundtrack by The Blasting Company, a Los Angeles nouveau gypsy band, which is central to the narrative of each short.

The Postman Dreams film series, The Battlefield, the Prada Galleria bag  The Battlefield

The Prada Galleria is available in Saffiano lux leather, crocodile and ostrich in unexpected as well as classic shades, including tailor-made variations on crocodile and ostrich through a special made-to-order service.

by Caroline Simpson