Call it a lust for all things nostalgic, but last summer’s shell jewellery and beaded bags trends are still going strong for SS19. Whilst minimalist faux croc bags and practical shapes were the one for one for AW18, the transition into the new season is all about having fun.
Basket bags and beach bags will always have a place in our summer wardrobe, however for something altogether more dressy and fancy, it has to be the beaded bag,, which has a certain childish charm to it. It’s obviously not the most practical bag, but it sure as hell is pretty and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Beaded bag trend
On the catwalk, the likes of Shrimps, Rosantica, GANNI and Simone Rocha all put a modern twist on the vintage-inspired bags, much to the delight of the front row.
Over on Instagram, Pandora Sykes and Alexa Chung pioneered the trend with the now-cult Antonia bag by British brand Shrimps, followed by the likes of Parisian blogger Leia, Camille Charriere and Lorna Luxe. The pearl bag now comes in several colours, all of which keep selling out.
How you style them is up to you. You can go mega feminine buy pairing it with a pastel floral dress (look to GANNI and Kitri for this), or you can dress it down with a denim boilersuit.
Handmade beaded bags
Then came the wonderfully colourful creations of New York-based Susan Alexandra, which are essentially happiness in a bag. Think rainbow see-through beads, and fun fruit-shaped designs, including a retro cherry bag that’s about to hit your Instagram hard. For more purse-friendly options, you must check out Etsy for some rather brilliant finds.
High street beaded bags
Obviously, the high-street has been quick off the mark, with Topshop, Mango and Zara all serving up the perfect finishing touch to a wedding guest outfit, whether you’re going down the pastel and neutral route, or a more statement and colourful one.
Do yourself a favour and shop these addictive bags below. Your wardrobe will thank you.
Following Karl Lagerfeld’s last Fendi show at Milan Fashion Week, all eyes were on Chanel today as the fashion house bid farewell to its designer. For AW19, it worked its magic yet again by transforming the Grand Palais into snowy chalet scene which summed up Karl’s creative genius (let us not forget the supermarket, space station, waterfall, beach, forest…).
Muses old and new were there to bid him farewell: Claudia, Naomi, Cara, Marion, Kristen… and needless to say the venue was packed. But the buzzing stopped just before the show as a minute’s silence was held.
Our editor-in-chief Trish Halpin says, ‘There were gentle bells and then silence, before a clip of Karl talking about how fashion had the power to transform women was played.’
On seats was a card illustrated with Karl and Coco Chanel, with the words ‘The beat goes on’. Then the show opened with Cara Delevingne, who had a very close relationship with the designer. She recently wrote, ‘He changed my life, he believed in me when so many others didn’t including myself.’
Then came Penelope Cruz, in a faux fur white skirt and holding a white rose. The collection was perhaps all the more poignant in that it was very Karl, and very Chanel. There were tweed checked suits, hats and blazers, all in the signature monochrome palette the designer chose for his own uniform.
The most poignant moment came with the finale, where models couldn’t contain their emotion.
Trish says, ‘David Bowie’s Heroes played as the models walked together, and received a standing ovation. It was both respectful and joyful’.
While there won’t be a funeral (Karl didn’t want one), it is believed there will be a memorial service for the designer in June.
With a new season around the corner, we’re starting to look at the main summer fashion trends to dictate our wardrobe for SS19. And whilst we’ve already got the main spring bag trends covered, we’re all for updating our shoe game too. After all, as Marilyn put it, ‘give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world’.
As ever, we’re looking to the catwalk for inspiration, so keep scrolling for the top shoe trends to invest in this season, as seen at Chloé, Prada and Jacquemus to name a few.
It’s official, neon is back. While hints of bright coral, hot pink and flashy orange were spotted at the shows, lime green was the colour of choice, as dictated by Matthew Adams Dolan, Jeremy Scott and Christian Siriano.
Never has a sandal been so covetable. Designers like Versace, Mary Katrantzou and Ports all sent their models down the catwalk in barely-there sandals that somehow make feed look extra sexy without deterring from the clothes. Look to The Row and Neous for great buys, and Topshop, Mango and Zara for high street equivalents.
If you’re after a futuristic heel, then this trend is for you. Balmain, Chanel and Christian Dior have all designed boots, mules and court shoes with a simple perspex heel for SS19.
The maximalists amongst you will adore this trend, which was already big last summer thanks to Jacquemus (what trend didn’t he set?). Whilst last season was all about the wooden heel, this time round we’re injecting a bit of colour and metal in delicate shapes. Also look to Rejina and Balmain for inspiration.
Prim Mary Janes
Consider this the shoe equivalent of the lady bag trend. Miu Miu, Prada and Tom Ford have all re-imagined the Mary Jane (‘I thought it was an urban shoe myth!’) for the new season, in pastel shades with jewel clasp details, and classic black croc and white leather.
The kitten heel is here to stay, and we’re backing the styles seen at Rejina Pyo, Christopher Kane and Tibi. This low heel is deceptively flattering, both on short and long legs.
Shoes with tassels
Festival season starts early with these tasseled numbers. At Longchamps they were on gladiator sandals, at Coach they adorned trainers and at Oscar de la Renta they were the finishing touch on classic heels. Who knew they were so versatile?
Scroll down to shop the best spring summer shoe trends.
Take a look at the all the red carpet photos from last year’s star-studded Academy Awards 2018
The Oscars 2018 was a show to remember, but all eyes were on the red carpet to see the arrival of Hollywood’s finest in their agenda-setting attire.
Taking place at the Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles, the 90th annual Academy Awards arrivals kicked off in fitting style, with all eyes on Jennifer Lawrence (who in true J Law fashion has become a viral meme again because she’s just so damn relatable), in a dark metallic Dior gown, featuring some barely there spaghetti straps for just the right amount of of 90s nostalgia.
The Oscar winning actress certainly kicked off the metallic trend on the red carpet, and she was in good company with Sandra Bullock (Louis Vuitton), Lupita Nyong’o (Versace) and Gal Gadot (Givenchy), all in shimmering metallics – no doubt a nod to the golden statuette – with Twitter in overdrive calling Lupita an actual IRL Oscar.
Alongside metallics, the A-list embraced lace embellishment, full skirts and white and blush tones in a nod to bridal wear: Allison Williams (Armani Privé), Mira Sorvino, Camila Alves (Vivienne Westwood) and Margot Robbie (in a knockout Chanel Haute Couture gown) all opted for silhouettes that wouldn’t look out of place walking down the aisle.
And in one epic Oscars takeover, Nicole Kidman slayed in a vivid blue sculptural Armani Privé gown with romantic oversized bow detail and proved once again, she owns the red carpet (Talking about Oscars moments, can we all please take a second to remember this gem from 2017, when Nicole Kidman taught us all how to clap…). Jennifer Garner followed suit in a vivid blue Valentino gown, while Dame Helen Mirren looked chic in navy.
Pretty in pink
There’s always room for pink on the red carpet. Actors Saoirse Ronan (Calvin Klein), Viola Davis (Michael Kors) and Danai Gurira (Gabriela Hearst) all wore varying shades of the romantic hue, from bubblegum pink to neon.
Want even more Oscars coverage? The Oscars 2019 is here, and we’ll be reporting live – so get ready!
Scroll down to see more of the best Oscars 2018 red carpet looks….
Fendi’s latest runway show, held at Milan Fashion Week, was rather a special one. It showed the last collection Karl Lagerfeld created for the house before his death earlier this week.
The atmosphere was sombre. On seats, there were cards with an intertwined F and heart, alongside Karl’s signature, on the wall behind the catwalk, a giant ‘love, karl’ in the maestro’s handwriting. After the finale, Silvia Fendi took a brief bow, to David Bowie’s Heroes – an artist who Karl loved.
A film dedicated to Karl was shown after Gigi Hadid closed the show, starting with the message ’54 years together’, a reference to ‘fashion’s longest love story’, as Silvia Fendi put it. It showed him being asked to sketch himself as he was when he first started at Fendi.
He replies playfully with one of his trademark memorable quotes, ‘Well that’s prehistoric. You know, in the Sixties, we didn’t hold back.’
As for the collection, it would be fitting to say it was the perfect homage to the genius, who oversaw every last detail before bowing out.
The show notes read, ‘The Fendi women’s autumn/winter 2019 collection is the final collection designed by Karl Lagerfeld, representing a lifetime of dedication and creation from 1965 until today. In his perpetual search for beauty and innovation, Karl’s commitment to his craft never waned.’
Karl was everywhere from the classic logo he designed for the house to the starched white collars, sharp tailoring and of course the ponytails the models wore. A stunning collection that will no doubt be worn like a badge of honour by his fans.
Missed all the New York Fashion Week coverage? Here’s what you need to know.
Longchamp brought Paris to New York
For its second season showing at New York Fashion Week, Longchamp added a touch of Parisian girl chic to the Big Apple. There were studded leather mini skirts, pussybow blouses and printed midi dresses. Kendall Jenner, the face of the brand, was sitting front row. She explained what drew her to the brand, ‘I think something that I really appreciated about them was their sense of Parisienne style but also they find a way to bring in those New York aspects, and of course the whole equestrian thing is what drew me to it, but also the timelessness of it.’
She was joined by Emma Roberts, and Kaia Gerber walked the show.
Barry Manilow started the party to Michael Kors
Over at Michael Kors, whose collection was inspired by Studio 54, Barry Manilow serenaded the crowds with a performance of his cult hit, Copacabana, and the crowd went wild. Models – clad in gold lamé, sequins and feathers – even went on stage to party with him.
Kate Spade paid tribute to its creator
There was lots of buzz around this show, as it’s the first time the brand has had a runway show at New York Fashion Week. It was also the first collection by new creative director Nicola Glass since the brand’s founder Kate Spade passed away in June of last year. The result was as uplifting as you’d expect. There were heart-shaped accessories perfect for Valentine’s Day (whether on purpose or not), and cute basket bags. The collection itself featured dreamy pastel shades and cute prints, and Kate’s spirit was very much present throughout, including on the seat cards, which read, ‘She left a little sparkle everywhere she went. In Loving Memory 1962–2018.’
Tomo Koizumi took ruffles to the next level
Tomo presented his first show at NYFW, after being discovered by stylist Katie Grand. Dreamy was the order of the day, with ruffles galore, in all the shades of the rainbow, as modelled by Gwendoline Christie, Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski. Obviously, Instagram loved it.
Paris Hilton made a proper comeback
If you’ve ever been into The Simple Life, you’ll love the fact Paris walked the runway at The Blonds, wearing a decidedly Paris outfit (silver, tassels, sequins).
Street style set the tone for fashion month
If you weren’t on board with tonal dressing, you will be soon, because the micro trend was all over the streets of New York Fashion Week, and even Duchess Meghan is getting in on it.
Head-to-toe browns, camels, khakis, whites, pastel pinks, blues… Anything goes, and it always looks chic.
Awards season is officially underway with London playing host to the EE British Academy Film Awards this evening. Here’s everything you need to know about the BAFTAs 2019 red carpet as it happens.
For the second year running, the BAFTAs will be hosted by Joanna Lumley, who took over ceremonial duties from Stephen Fry (the British institution had presented the awards no less than 12 times), meaning Lumley still holds the accolade of being the first ‘solo’ woman to present the awards since Mariella Frostrup, who hosted alongside Stephen Fry way back in 2001.
Taking place at the Royal Albert Hall, with A-List nominees and presenters already walking the red carpet, this year promises to be a memorable award ceremony, and an even more memorable red carpet in this highly politicised time.
Whilst we’re undoubtedly excited to see if the breakout film of 2018, A Star Is Born will sweep the board with it’s strong nominations, and if Olivia Coleman will pick up the Leading Actress BAFTA for The Favourite, our eyes and ears are well and truly looking to see how the #TimesUp movement campaigning against sexism and inequality will cascade down the red carpet.
See all our favourite moments from the BAFTAs 2019 red carpet.
From Amy Adams to Maya Jama and Laura Whitmore to Lucy Boynton, see all the action from the BAFTAs 2019 red carpet…
As Meghan Markle put it when she spoke at the British Fashion Awards, 2019 is the year where ‘it’s cool to be kind’, and ethical ethical fashion has never been higher on the agenda. From luxury brands to the high street – shout out to Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney for pioneering the movement – everyone is turning to green as it’s becoming more and more apparent that fast fashion is damaging the planet.
Stella put it beautifully by saying her goal is ‘to portray who we want to be and how we carry ourselves; our attitude and collective path. Our man-made constructed environments are disconnected and unaware of other life and the planet which is why there is waste.’
In short, it’s designing, sourcing and manufacturing clothes in a way that benefits people and communities while minimising impact on the environment, to be precise.
How ethical is ethical?
There are different ways to produce ethical fashion, and according to the Ethical Fashion Forum, they fall into three categories, social, environmental and commercial, specifically tackling these issues:
Countering fast, cheap fashion and damaging patterns of fashion consumption
Defending fair wages, working conditions and workers’ rights, and supporting sustainable livelihoods
Addressing toxic pesticide and chemical use, using and/or developing eco- friendly fabrics and components
Minimising water use
Recycling and addressing energy efficiency and waste
Developing or promoting sustainability standards for fashion
Providing resources, training and/or awareness raising initiatives
Protecting animal rights
The best ethical fashion brands
Now if you’re worried going ethical means a wardrobe full lumpy, itchy, hempy pieces, think again. Every brand and designer listed below is on this list because of its eco and fashion credentials – you’ll actually want to wear those pieces.
Scroll on to get to know the best brands that are winning when it comes to sustainability, employee rights, fair trade and great style…
Net-A-Porter’s The Colombian Collective
This exclusive capsule is a curation of brands celebrating the creativity and craftsmanship of the talent in the South American country, including Lazy Poet, offering playful floral printed pyjamas made from premium organic and sustainable materials.
Operating from their London Atelier, BITE make and produce everything on-site in their east London factory space, using only natural, certified organic fabrics with a record of social and environmental responsibility. The collection consists of a maximum of 20 fixed and updated styles each season, an evolutionary archive which is now stocked at over 10 global retailers.
The Swedish fashion brand works hard on being innovative and sustainable in all aspects of the business. This includes the launch of its Re:Design collection, made of up cycled garments from pas seasons, which means using fewer resources and extending the products’ lifeline. In 2017, it also launched WE Women by Lindex, to take action for gender equality in the supply chain, and work to create more equal opportunities.
The ‘Loop’ shoe which launched in Autumn 18 totally and reflects the brands commitment to sustainability and a circular economy. Rather than using typical shoe making methods, the ‘Loop’ uses technically designed hooks and special stitching that replaces conventional gluing methods to hold the shoe together, off record I personally call it the Lego technique which makes it a little easier to visualise! At the end of the loop’s life span, some of the components are recyclable. The shoe took over 18 months to design, making sure only the tiniest bit of animal friendly, water based glue was used to hold one part of the shoe together because we found that traditional shoe glues are solvent-based and they have an adverse effect on the ecosystem and human health, plus they are not easily biodegradable.
This East London handbag brand, founded by Nika Diamond-Krendel, supports the area’s declining leather goods industry. The collections hand-crafted in East London, uses thick, vegetable-tanned leather, chosen to allow the bags to retain their shape and improve with age, while the gold fittings are a focal point, conveying the stories and ideas behind each collection. The trademark designs draw inspiration from and celebrate different aspects of society, psychology, culture and the arts.
Founder Victoria Bakir says, ‘Beading, basket and sarongs weaving have been part of traditional craft in Indonesia for long time, and like many other local crafts managed to survive so far despite the fact that so many industries moving to industrialised way of production. I work with small family run workshops and visit my teams regularly. I make sure the craftsmen are paid fairly and work in good conditions.’
Christina founded Dagny for women who, like her, want to dress responsibly, but without compromising their unique style, love of colour, and high standards for tailored fit and luxury fabric. Dagny, which means ‘new day’ in Scandinavian, haspartnered with an ethical, women-owned and operated factory in Romania to produce all of their garments.
Rêve En Vert is a luxury yet sustainable fashion platforms that stocks over 30 brands who all adhere to the motto: organic, remade, local and fair. Everything from the clothing to the packaging is ethically sourced, and even the office environment is a ‘green’ office.
ASOS now has a whole section of its website dedicated to ethical and fair trade clothing. This includes the ASOS Design recycled underwear range, made from old plastic bottles and fishing nets. Plus, it’s in the past committed to producing 100% sustainable cotton by 2025.
What: H&M’s Conscious Exclusive collection is a lesson in high street sustainable fashion. With the latest collection featuring clothes made out of organic silk and cotton, this is a sure fire way to look fashionable and support sustainability.
Based in Hackney, East London, this denim brand’s ethos is to surpass seasonal trends by creating denim garments that withstand the test of time (think ‘buy less buy better’). I AND ME collaborates with mills from all over the world, most commonly from Japan, on limited runs of unique denim casts and colours.
Primark has announced the launch of its first sustainable cotton products – women’s pyjamas – using cotton purchased directly from female farmers participating in its Sustainable Cotton Programme (so far 6,0000 farmers have received training). The long-term goal is that all the cotton used across its supply chain is sustainably sourced.
Committed to ethical trading, Monsoon’s ethical compliance team regularly checks that their factories are abiding by its Code of Conduct which sets out minimum requirements on working conditions, pay and employment rights.
Sourcing the highest quality materials and repurposing materials including: organic cotton and silk; natural dyes; and Masaai beading, Tales of Thread works with collectives and factories that guarantee above market wages, in safe working conditions and are committed to social impact. Supporting female owned/managed businesses by going beyond financial impact to offer communication and leadership training.
See every look and who wore what on the Golden Globes red carpet 2019
Red carpet season has officially started folks. Yes, get ready to see everyone bring their A-game for truly show stopping display of fashion finery. The 2019 Golden Globes red carpet has certainly kicked things off in a suitably stylish manner.
Celebrities descended on the Beverly Hilton in LA for this years star-studded awards ceremony which was presented by Killing Eve’s Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg. Last year, attendees wore black outfits in honor of the #TimesUp movement which protested gender inequality and sexual harassment in Hollywood.
All our favourite 2019 Golden Globes red carpet moments
See every look and who wore what on the Golden Globes 2018 red carpet
The Golden Globes 2018 red carpet was, as always, an stellar display of show-stopping looks. Last year, the women of Hollywood came together to protest sexual harassment and gender inequality in the wake of a slew of sexual scandals and wore black on the red carpet.
Seth Meyers hosted the 75th Golden Globe Awards, taking over from Jimmy Fallon who presented the 2017 awards.
Golden Globes 2018 Red Carpet Style
But what about the action on the Golden Globes 2018 red carpet? Several celebrities opted for pops of colour on the red carpet. Alison Williams wore a sequin embellished gown with a splash of orange. And Mandy Moore’s red waisted gown mirrored her tomato red lips. Metallic accents were spotted on the red carpet too, with Samira Wiley, Jessica Chastain and Saoirse Ronan all opting for a bit of the sparkle. And, how could you speak about metallics without mentioning Margot Robbie’s embellished Gucci gown – it’s gorgeous. Alexis Bledel kept things classic in a monochrome ensemble. As for trousers on the red carpet? Christina Hendricks and Debra Messing went for structured pieces while Claire Foy channelled Le Smoking vibes in a tailored tux.
With the slew of black dresses on show, celebrities went all out with their accessories. Can we just talk about Zoe Kravitz’s earrings? The starlet, who’s recent crop has us reaching for the scissors, sported a dazzling pair of emerald beauties, which neatly matched a fabulous ring. And, let’s take cue from Maggie Gyllenhaal, when it comes to earrings, the longer the better.
Eva Longoria debuted her baby bump on the red carpet and showed us how to pull off pregnancy style with aplomb, in a plunging neckline gown.
Not to be outdone, the gents were sharply dressed too with Ansel Elgort, Kitt Harrington, Matt Smith and the Franco brothers leading the pack.
Click through the gallery below to see all the best looks on the Golden Globes 2018 red carpet.