Monthly Archives: June 2013

Very Tricky Trend Alert- Turbans!

If its all the catwalk, its in fashion! Prada

If its all the catwalk, its in fashion! Prada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Its not everyday that you see a fashion turban on your travels. And I’m guessing for most people, there’s not ever been A day ever where they thought, ‘you know what will look good with this outfit? A  fashion turban’.

Turbans were once big news in the world of fashion. In the ‘olden’ days of Hollywood, many an actress would wear them as a signifier of sophistication, glamour and luxury. Think silks and satins topped off with plumes of feathers and jewels. And it seems that nowadays, turbans are being used by some of our stars to make an outfit that little bit more eccentric and stand-out.

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Take Kourtney Kardashian for example. My favourite Kardashian by FAR in terms of style, she’s worn a dozen different turbans out over the last couple of years and they really complement her brave, experimental and sometimes kooky sense of style. A fan of big patterns and statement pieces, a turban completes a vintage look for Kourtney.

Kourtney Kardashian loves the turban trend

Kourtney Kardashian loves the turban trend

Kourtney Kardashian wears vintage outfit complete with turban

Kourtney Kardashian wears vintage outfit complete with turban

Kourtney adds emerald green to monochrome

Kourtney adds emerald green to monochrome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whatever Beyonce wears quickly turns to gold in the fashion world. This photo from her Tumblr  shows her in a natural, relaxed setting, wearing a street-wise outfit consisting of a cropped t shirt, high-waisted denim shorts and a modern-day turban made from a bandana. Of course she looks banging!

Beyonce tumblr shot in modern-day turban

Beyonce tumblr shot in modern-day turban

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Olivia Palermo, Nicole Scherzinger and Cara Delevingne to the list of turban-wearers may also convince you of the wonders of this headwear! Not to mention the several design houses including John Paul Gaultier and Prada who used them in collections.

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Personally speaking, I’m not sure I have the confidence to pull off wearing a full-blown turban. I think I would look like a combination of having just got out the shower/ left the hairdressers/ going to a fancy dress party. But if I was to wear a turban-style piece of headwear out, I would probably follow in the footsteps of the Olsen sisters and Eva Mendes by rocking a turban headband. I think they look great in lots of different occasions, whether you want to keep your hair up and out of the way on the beach, or stepping out for drinks in the city with friends.

The Olsen sisters in more understated turban headwear

The Olsen sisters in more understated turban headwear

Eva Mendes evening glamour turban headband

Eva Mendes evening glamour turban headband

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So we can confirm that a turban is a tricky trend to master, but when done properly, they really do look rather fabulous, and very different! Are you brave enough?

Model Jessica Stam in fashion turban

Model Jessica Stam in fashion turban

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Why Designer Handbags Really Are A Girl’s Best Friend

Summer with Mulberry!

Summer with a Mulberry handbag!

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I was very little and went on one of my first holidays to Italy, I remember religiously carrying around a little plastic handbag as if it were surgically attached to me. My most prized possessions had the honour of being carried round in it! Then as I got older I graduated up from toy handbag to actual handbag. My teenage years saw me have a GAP handbag in every colour, and now I go to Zara and Topshop for my ‘grown-up’ versions. I have been lucky enough to inherit some amazing vintage handbags from my mother and grandmother (yay for my little red mulberry!), but my ultimate handbag goal has yet to be achieved- to own my very own designer handbag!

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With the news this week that creative director of Mulberry, and creator of the Alexa and Del Ray designer handbag, Emma Hill will be leaving the brand, I took to thinking about how much of an impact a lil old handbag can make. Yes, it may sound stupid, and i’m pretty sure no boy will ever comprehend their importance to us girls, but designer handbags really are our best friends!

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Emma Hill is widely regarded as being the magic ingredient to Mulberry’s success since 2007. Having previously worked for Burberry, GAP and Marc Jacobs, her CV was already looking preeeety impressive. She heavily used celebrity endorsement to sell her bags (f-row at the Mulberry shows were always celebrity crazy),and perhaps this is a factor as to why we are all so desperate to own a designer bag these days. We want anything that celebrities have. And the celebrities have a planet’s worth of designer handbags between them!

For the Kardashians, it’s the Celine bag. Victoria Beckham had quite the love affair with Hermes handbags. Miranda Kerr loves the classic Vuitton. And Alexa and Lana were more than happy to carry round their bag versions whenever possible. Everyone has their specific dream bag and most girls have a plan in place to acquire one!

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So why the need to own a designer handbag? Yes, we want what the celebs have, but why not just settle for a high-street copy? I think its because owning a designer handbag is an aspirational thing which goes further than having the bag itself. Yes, designer handbags are beautifully crafted, amazing quality and tend to last a lifetime. They make you look sophisticated and rather upmarket. But it’s how you got to owning it. I hear stories all the time about girls using their first proper wage slip to buy a designer handbag. It’s a mark of success. A symbol that you’ve made it! Whether you’ve earnt the money to buy one for yourself or are given one as a gift from a loved one, it will mean something important to you.

Models with Mulberry!

 

 

 

 

 

So deep stuff about symbols and aspirations aside, the designer handbag looks set to continue its steady relationship with us girls. Let’s hope that wherever Emma Hill goes, she continues to create some amazing bags for us to lust over and eventually own! I’ll take the one below please! 🙂

Dream Mulberry Bag 2013!