High street favourite Monsoon has come to be a brand with an easily recognisable identity, and by this, we mean that Far Eastern feel that oozes from its garments and accessories. Monsoon believes that this feel was initially captured back when Monsoon began sourcing its fabrics from India, Afghanistan and the Far East, and it’s a theme that still defines the brand despite its team of designers now gathering inspiration from around the world.
For its 40th anniversary, Monsoon celebrated with a competition at the Royal College of Art Fashion and Textiles. They challenged first-year students to design a range of prints and garments that remained true to the Monsoon signature to create a special anniversary collection. Just launching in stores, the winning designers from the college were Jessica Edwards and Kyle Spires, who derived inspiration from archive textiles and silhouettes with a nod towards Indian block printing.
Check out Monsoon’s limited-edition Heritage collection online here, and yes, that is Amber Le Bon you see modelling the collection. Such a great prize for a first-year student to receive!
Eastern prints reign supreme on the Deepa jacket, £89, and Deepa kaftan, £79, whilst intricate floral woodblock printing techniques have been utilised to create the dainty Woodblock paneled skirt, £65.
You either love jeans or hate them, but either way, there’s no denying that a good pair of our denim friends is always a very handy addition to our wardrobes. If, however, you really do detest the nation’s favourite staple, we suggest that you check out ASOS’ latest range — they’ve completely relaunched their jeans collection just in time for spring.
ASOS has created so many different variations of denim that there’s a pair to fit every personality and look, including six key cuts in a million different washes. The new cuts are available in Ridley (ultra skinny), Elgin (skinny), Brady (slim boyfriend), Saxby (loose boyfriend), Lennox (kick flare) and Marney (straight leg).
If you’re still feeling uninspired and rather unconvinced that there’s a pair of jeans waiting with your name written all over them, ASOS challenged five of the most sought-after fashion bloggers to style up their fav new pairs and show you exactly what you’re missing out on.
You can check out exactly what Marion of Fringe and Frange, Jasmin of Friend in Fashion, Jade Elise of These Days, Aude of The Little World of Fashion, and Lucy of Lovely By Lucy came up with over at asos.com. For now, here are our five favourite looks from the girls above.
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Kristen Stewart beat out Emma Watson, Kate Middleton, Emma Stone, Taylor Swift and every other woman in the world for the top spot on Glamour UK's Best Dressed Women of 2013 list. Now, despite the fact that the actress topped the British publication's 2012 list as well, people's heads are exploding Internet-wide.
Here are some of the reactions on Twitter:
Let's set aside the actress' past indiscretions and talk about the issue at hand. Even if you love Stewart (as I do) and hate seeing people come down so hard on her for winning something (it's not like she nominated herself), you'll have to agree on at least one point: she was a surprising choice. Next to runner-up Emma Watson, who's never stepped out in public looking anything less than picture-ready, it's practically Stewart's hobby to show up on red carpets with unwashed hair, weird printed pants and a glower. Despite her close relationship with former Balenciaga designer Nicolas Ghesquiere, she seems to resent the red carpet and the fashion community more than most starlets — and that makes her awesome, but it's not clear that makes her best dressed.
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Well that was fast. Just yesterday we got wind of Amanda Seyfried's new contract with Givenchy, and today, the first image appeared on Vogue Mexico's website. There it is, appearing at the top of this post. Photographed by Glen Luchford, who typically does beautiful work, and styled by Givenchy's creative director himself, Riccardo Tisci, and starring one of Hollywood's loveliest and most talented young actresses… I'm just going to be negative again: this campaign, I can resist it. It's possible that I fall outside the targeted demographic; the floral, romantic pink packaging, the sheer lacy top and wide-brim hat all read older, or at least traditional. I can sort of imagine my grandmother looking at this ad and swooning a little. Still, I can accept the fact that not all products in the world were created to please me, but I don't understand why Givenchy would pull an It starlet like Seyfried and then hide half her face in fedora shadows.
Iconic British label Mulberry, known for its luxurious "you've made it in life" handbags, recently announced its intention to branch into the snowy North with a new store in Yorkdale Shopping Centre.
As you're probably aware, Yorkdale's humongous $331 million expansion is adding all manner of new and exciting stores to our shopping lists, like a White House Black Market, a Zara Home, and the crème de la crème of it all, a suited and booted Nordstrom. Now Mulberry is joining the ranks of retail expats, opening its store in Fall 2013, however, it seems Yorkdale is only the beginning.
According to Retail Insider, Mulberry is also planning a second location on Toronto's Bloor Street. Replacing the current Lacoste unit at 131 Bloor Street, the new Mulberry site will carry the full line of accessories, as well as women's ready-to-wear clothing and shoes. Of course, Mulberry bags are currently available at Holt Renfrew, but interestingly enough, this second store opening will make Toronto only the second North American city to have more than one Mulberry store, and only the fourth North American city to have free-standing Mulberry shops. Pretty neat huh?
In honour of the glorious rain of Mulberry that's currently showering our nation, I thought I'd showcase some of their latest Spring/Summer creations…
1: Long Peacoat, $4305; 2: Mint Flower Lock Bracelet, $234; 3: Pistachio Glossy Goat Bag, $1088; 4: Biscuit Flower Sandal, $931; 5: Apricot Envelope Wallet, $461
Bassike is the OG of luxe minimalism and crisp, masculine tailoring, and Spring 2013 is loaded with both.
This latest offering loads up on neutrals for its base, as is standard practice for the brand, then pimps that out with quality materials and inventive detailing. A good T-shirt is something you can always rely on Bassike for, as is a perfectly tailored pair of pants.
The first comes in silhouettes ranging from relaxed to sharp, cropped and darted. The second is sweatpants, in either soft cotton or elasticated leather (we’re calling a trend). It’s a smart move from a brand with its roots in wardrobe staples: Just try choosing between unrivaled comfort and subtle edginess. If the pants fit, buy them in every fabric.
Also, can we talk about the rebirth of Birkenstocks? Here, the two-strap version adds a little Japanese simplicity to the beachy Australian foundations, and they look surprisingly excellent with sweatpants.