If you were wondering which designer handbags to invest in next season, then you’ll be pleased to hear the New York Fashion Week runway has given plenty of inspiration.
So, which bag trends can we expect to see for spring/summer 2019? Well, if, like me, you’re a big fan of cute bags, you’ll be pleased to hear the trend isn’t going anywhere, in fact, it’s gaining momentum.
At Oscar de la Renta, models carried micro bags aplenty, from tasseled orbs to adorable mini birdcages, while you’ll be lucky to fit in an iPhone XS in the tiny box bags at Brandon Maxwell or Zimmermann, though of course that’s not the point.
But if you’re not fan of the micro bag, then the oversized is for you. Proenza Schouler had bags big enough to fit your entire life and then some.
Cushnie, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Coach all carried on championing the Western trend with fringes and tassels to go with those faux snake print boots you’ll be investing in this winter.
For something a little more feminine, look to Marc Jacobs, Mansur Gavriel and Kate Spade for ladylike bags with serious 50s pastel vibes.
‘Women should be wearing lingerie for their damn selves.’
Does Rihanna ever take a break? We literally can’t keep up with everything she’s doing to break the internet and she’s done it again as her recent Savage x Fenty fashion show is gaining press for all the right reasons. Riri unveiled her new Autumn/Winter collection for 2018 at New York Fashion Week (as you do) and it was a gorgeous sensory experience, which championed body and racial diversity in an unforgettable showcase.
Set in a faux oasis, it was a far cry from the traditional model stomp seen elsewhere throughout the season. Women of all shapes and sizes were dressed in her new sensual collection and the entire show felt more like a performance, as they danced to a bass-thumping soundtrack filled with moments of spoken word and laughter.
While we naturally had the Hadid sisters strutting around in lace, tulle and glittery bodychains, we also saw plus-sized models busting a move on the grassy catwalk.
One particularly powerful moment was when pregnant model Slick Woods stepped out in nothing but a cut out strappy bodysuit and nipple pasties which showed off her bump in its full glory. Another pregnant model also joined her on the runway in a plunging nude one piece, swaying to the music.
After the models all lined up at the end side-by-side, holding one another’s hands in a moment of solidarity, RiRi obviously made a dramatic entrance. As she walked out with a sheer brown scarf tied around her head, she unveiled it to reveal her snatched visage and a pair of narrow 90s sunglasses (a style which featured prominently throughout the show) as she made the rounds in a Savage-approved sheer dress.
The show was live-streamed on YouTube and of course, it blew up. In fact, it’s still featured as one of the top ten trending videos in the UK and you can see the fifteen minute show below.
As for the line itself? Well, you’ll actually be able to snag it at Harvey Nichols as it’s just dropped online. Designed to be size and colour-inclusive, there’s a nude for everybody as well as pops of bright colours, leopard-print and different textures including lace, VPL-friendy microfibre, fishnets and mesh. Sizes online range from XS to XL for bodysuits, bralettes and pants while bras cover everybody in need of anything from 32A to 38D.
Rihanna said of the line, ‘Women should be wearing lingerie for their damn selves…I want women to own their beauty.’
Amen to that. Want to grab your own Savage x Fenty original? Here’s some of our favourites from the line below…
Meet Lyndsey Scott, who has Bachelor’s Degree in computer science and theatre, is a lead software engineer and can code in five languages, having also done video tutorials for kids alongside Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg on Code.org.
The model was forced to step in after trolls commented on a post titled: ‘This Victoria’s Secret model can program code in Python, C++, Java, MIPS, and Objective-C’.
A few commenters decided that it’s simply impossible to be both beautiful and smart, assuming she wasn’t a ‘real coder’, could only do basic coding or worse, thought it was a waste for someone so pretty to ‘waste’ her career on coding.
After being tagged and reading the hurtful comments, Lyndsey decided it was time to shut down those trolls.
She wrote, ‘I have 27481 points on Stack Overflow; I’m on the iOS tutorial team for RayWendelich.com; I’m the Lead iOS software engineer for Rallybound, the 841st fastest growing company in the US according to Inc. Magazine. I have a Bachelor’s degree from Amherst where I double majored in computer science and theater, and I’m able to live my life doing everything I love. Looking at these comments I wonder why 41 per cent of women in technical careers drop out because of a hostile work environment #gofigure.’
In another post, she added, ‘I normally try to ignore negatively, but decided to jump into the comment section of this one. Not trying to brag lol, just stating facts in the hope I’ll convince at least one negative commenter that programmers can come in all shapes, sizes, genders, races, etc. so they’ll think twice before doubting other women and girls they encounter in tech.’
Sadly, she isn’t the only woman to face sexism in the tech industry, as others started sharing their experiences following her post.
In case you hadn’t noticed, Blake Lively has been rocking a strong suit look while promoting her new film, A Simple Favour, with Anna Kendrick these past few weeks.
Rather than opting for the traditional red carpet dress, she has instead gone for checked and colourful tailoring from the likes of Versace, Zimmermann and Roland Mouret.
This prompted a lot of people to speculate it had something to do with her new role (she did delete her whole Instagram because of it after all), and she has addressed those rumours.
Explaining her tuxedo to E! News at the Ralph Lauren 50th Anniversary show, she said, ‘This outfit is inspired by [A Simple Favour director Paul Feig] without even meaning to.’
In case you were wondering, she was wearing a black tux with waistcoat, complete with a top hat and cane.
She added, ‘In a A Simple Favour, the movie we have coming out on 14 September —shameless self-promotion here — I modelled my entire character’s look after him,’ she revealed. ‘So tonight, we were coming at dates and didn’t realise we’re wearing the same outfit—it’s so embarrassing.’
So there you have it, it is sort of to do with the film, just not with her character.
We all know Instagram is one of the worst social media apps for mental health, with recent studies showing that almost 90% (!) of millennials tend to compare their lifestyle or wealth to others on the app.
And as well as impacting your mood, you probably won’t be surprised to hear that it’s impacting your bank account too. The problem is that to keep up with the Joneses, we are parting with more cash than we’ve intended, made all the more easy by IG’s shopping feature.
I’ll be honest, I’ve definitely increased my spending, mainly because I follow so many fashion influencers and often can’t resist a bag or pair of shoes they’ve so handily linked to. Whilst I don’t have a figure to show you, I would say it has probably doubled. Easily.
Except a click here and a click there all adds up, and not can’t my finances keep up, but my wardrobe – as my husband so kindly keeps pointing out – is bursting to the seems.
The Victoria’s Secret fashion show is one of the biggest and glitziest events in the celebrity calendar. Every year, models from across the globe audition to be part of the prestigious line-up, and previous years have seen the likes of Cara Delevingne, Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid donning their angel wings alongside VS veterans like Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio (though she’s sadly hung up her wings after 12 years).
Where is the Victoria’s Secret show 2018?
Last year’s show was held in Shanghai this year, and previous locations have included Paris and New York, so this year it could literally be anywhere. We’ll keep you posted.
When is the Victoria’s Secret show 2018?
The date has yet to be confirmed, but the show usually happens towards the end of November (last year was Tuesday 28th November), so stay tuned.
Who is walking the Victoria’s Secret 2018 runway?
The show usually consists of seasoned Victoria’s Secret angels as well as fresh faces, and this year, 15 angels have gained their wings. These include Winnie Harlow, Kelsey Merritt, Fenty Beauty model Duckie Thot, Sadie Newman, Sabah and Maia Cotton.
Confirmed returning Angels include Cindy Bruna, Shanina Shaik and Devon Windor, and we can expect to see the usual suspects too: Adriana Lima, Behati Prinsloo, Lily Aldridge. Other big names include Kendall Jenner, Gigi and Bella Hadid those these haven’t confirmed yet.
Who will be wearing the Victoria’s Secret Fantasy bra?
The fantasy bra, usually covered in diamonds and other precious stones and worth millions of dollars, is needless to say, a big deal. And whoever is chosen to wear it also tends to be a big deal too.
Who will perform at the Victoria’s Secret 2018 show?
No performers have been confirmed yet, but previous years saw the likes of Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Kanye West and Ariana Grande perform, so you can expect someone of that calibre.
So there you have it – you can expect to see all these beauties strutting their stuff down the Victoria’s Secret runway this year.
Right down to her umbrellas. You’ll have noticed her Majesty is a fan of colour, there is literally no shade she doesn’t wear, from bright orange to purple, yellow, blue and red, pink, yellow… you get the drift.
In fact, it’s said she exclusively wears bright colours, so she can stand out from the crowd on public outings.
Now the Queen is all about co-ordinating, and she often wears matching accessories, such as a hat in the same shade as her coat.
And the people over at Bored Panda noticed that she even made sure her umbrella blended in with her outfit.
If you look back at pictures of HRH on a rainy day, you’ll noticed that she always carried a clear umbrella, presumably so she can see and be seen, and that it features a colourful rim to match whatever she’s wearing that day.
Sometimes, it’s black to match her handbag, others it’s turquoise to match her coat. It certainly seems like she has a whole wardrobe of them so that it never clashes.
Is there nothing she doesn’t think of? No would be the answer.
But according to a survey by the British Fashion Council, LFW is the first of the major fashion weeks to go completely fur free, as none of the designers showing has fur in their SS19 collections.
BFC chief executive Caroline Rush told The Guardian, this ‘highlights a trend we have seen over the past few years, with more and more brands deciding to use alternative materials to fur’.
The statement continued, ‘The BFC survey results reflect a cultural change based on ideals and choices made by designer businesses, international brands as well as consumer sentiment but also encouraged by the stance of multi-brand stores who are moving away from selling fur.’
This is part of the BFC’s Positive Fashion initiative, which supports sustainability, equality and diversity in the industry.
The move was supported by organisations against animal cruelty, with Wendy Higgins, of the Humane Society International UK, saying, ‘It sends out a clarion call of compassion to the other fashion weeks in New York, Paris and Milan to similarly take a bold ethical stance, and it challenges too those designers still using fur to re-examine their morals. Fur cruelty is no longer welcome on the catwalk at London Fashion Week.’
She chose them to wear during her first official public outing post-wedding, a day out with the Queen.
The earrings were actually a gift from her Majesty, to commemorate their first outing just the two of them. It’s thought she selected them from her personal collection especially for Meghan, which is super touching.
The Duchess has since worn them a few times, including to the polo with Prince Harry.
The earrings are also thought to be a subtle nod to Princess Diana, who had a very similar pair.
Harvey Nichols as you know it is no more. Well, for the month of September at least. The luxury department store has rebranded as Holly Nichols to celebrate women.
This is to launch its newly refurbished First Floor and its ‘Let’s hear it for the Girls’ campaign.
As well as featuring a new illuminated ‘Holly Nichols’ sign on the front of the Knightsbridge store, everything from shopping bags to social media channels have been rebranded.
The campaign is drawing on Harvey Nichols’s history of supporting women in the workplace. Did you know that after the founder of Harvey Nichols, Benjamin Harvey died in 1850, it was his wife who took over? She is credited for the partnership with James Nichols to form Harvey Nichols & Co.
Fast forward to 2018 and seven out of nine of the company’s board members are women.
Throughout September, there will be loads more activities including trunk shows, new launches, brand parties as well as inspirational talks from women who have influenced our culture and challenged our attitudes.
‘We are incredibly excited to unveil our Holly Nichols campaign – a month of events celebrating women, those who have inspired us in the past, and those that continue to do so today. Our newly refurbished First Floor is shopping heaven with collections from the world’s best-loved designers, selected for their quality of design and make. We’ve created a shopping experience for our female customers like no other,’ says Deb Bee, Group Marketing & Creative Director Harvey Nichols.