The Stranger

 

This haunting black and white video titled ‘The Stranger’ was produced for Dazed Korea to accompany a fashion shoot of the same name. Featuring Serbian model Mina Cvetkovic and styled by Sung Hee Kim, the short film showcases pieces from the spring/summer collections.

Still loving those Calvin Klein body chains…..

See the images from the fashion shoot here

 

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Battle of the Bags

Puzzle bag

Loewe’s Puzzle Bag

Since the launch of the Fendi Baguette back in 1997, heralding the concept of the ‘It’ bag, luxury brands have been on a constant quest to capture our attention and secure must-have status for their own designs. Consequently, the marketplace has become ever more crowded, many styles have suffered from over exposure, and, in my humble opinion, creativity has often suffered too.

In the absence of any real desire, or need, over the past few years, I’ve been more than happy to stick with my well-loved favourites, which tick personal boxes in terms of style and practicality. However, this may be about to change thanks to Loewe, or to be more precise, one Jonathan Anderson.

The Northern Irish designer was appointed by the luxury brand, renowned for its leather goods, back in 2013, and his first handbag for the house was the Puzzle. Structured yet slouchy in appearance, thanks to the patchwork of soft leather panels that make up the design, this unassuming bag has quietly wooed the fashion world, and can now also count me as a fan.

This talented designer seems to have tapped into my sense of style of late – I’ve recently blogged about my first J.W.Anderson purchase – and the Pre-fall collection Pierce bag, conceived for his eponymous label, is also on my radar.

Pierce bag

J.W.Anderson’s Pierce Bag

This rather ladylike design is an unusual pick for me, but I love the contrast with the modern cut outs and sleek, circular hardware.

Here’s Jonathan Anderson himself introducing the Pierce bag to matchesfashion.com’s Jane McFarland…

Given that at present, the Pierce comes with gold-toned hardware only, and  silver is my metal of choice, the Puzzle is currently winning the battle of the bags.  But who knows what new features may be introduced in future seasons?  If I can wait that long.  Watch this space…

Image Credits: tamikerndepotvente.com / matchesfashion.com

Winter Sun

sunglasses

With summer firmly in our sights, advertisements for eyewear are now filling the pages of glossy magazines and our internet feeds, typically featuring beach-ready models in sun-drenched locations or snapped under the glare of studio lights. However, one Australian brand has taken a rather different approach to showcase its current collection.

Valley Eyewear chose the snow-covered hills surrounding a former Communist Party building in Bulgaria to capture their latest campaign, and with quite dramatic results…

sunglasses

sunglasses

sunglasses

See more images from the shoot here, where you can also watch the accompanying campaign video ‘The Happening’.  Brrr…

Image Credits: valleyeyewear.com

Finally Mine

Silver signet rings

Since being inspired by this Instagram snap back in February (here), I finally have two Tom Wood rings to call my own.  And it was worth the wait…

Silver signet rings

Despite being stunningly simple designs, the different styles of top plate (I opted for Oval and Cushion) and alternative silver finishes, polished and satin, provide enough of a point of difference for a minimalist like me.  But if you prefer something a little more bold, there’s the option of a dramatic black Ruthenium finish or a top plate furnished with a coloured stone.  And for traditionalists, each ring  is also available in 9k gold.

I haven’t worn a signet ring for years, and these new additions to my jewellery box are certainly a step up style-wise from the high street version I wore constantly in my primary school days!

See more from Tom Wood here

Main Image Credit: @damoyantwerp

 

 

 

Belle De Jour

Belle De jour | MODE+MAISON

Monochrome looks, modelled here by Adrienne Jüliger, are a recurring theme for magazine shoots, reflecting our love of simple black and white style.  But in this ‘Belle De Jour’ story for Vogue Paris’s April 2016 issue, fashion editor Véronique Didry takes a fresh approach to a familiar favourite.

Belle De Jour | MODE+MAISON

Shot by photographer Claudia Knoepfel, Adrienne, who you may recognise as the new face of DKNY, sports several two-tone looks, but it’s those images that have been styled in a sort of game of fashion role reversal that particularly caught my eye.

In this picture below, it’s perhaps surprising to see sheer black stockings and shiny black patent shoes paired with crisp white trousers…

Belle De Jour | MODE+MAISON

And here, a white Céline Box Bag and leather ‘v-neck’ shoes have been used to accessorise an all black outfit…

Belle De Jour | MODE+MAISON

Simple styling ideas for rethinking our own black and white wardrobes.

See more images from the shoot here

For more black and white style inspiration visit my dedicated Pinterest board here

 

Image Credits: We Are So Droee

Double Time

Double Time | MODE+MAISON

We’ve had the winter watch, but with spring beckoning it’s time for a seasonal update – what a great way of getting wear out of multiple timepieces!

Time to get those arms warm weather ready…

Image Credit: theyallhateus.com

Zaha Hadid x Georg Jensen

Zaha Hadid x Georg Jensen | MODE+MAISON

When I put this blog post together earlier this week, I could never have imagined that I would be sharing it in such awfully sad circumstances.  Zaha was a pioneering figure in the fields of architecture and design, as well as an inspirational role model for women the world over.  She will be greatly missed. 


At last month’s Baselworld watch and jewellery show, held annually in Switzerland, Georg Jensen, the Danish design house, unveiled a stunning capsule collection in collaboration with Zaha Hadid.

The Iraqi-British architect, who was made a Dame in the 2012 New Year’s Honours List, was also the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, considered the Nobel Prize of architecture, and I first became fascinated with her work when I was researching the impact of architecture on fashion design for a London College of Fashion project.

Her buildings, such as the London Aquatic Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games, are instantly recognisable by their beautiful sculptural shapes and sweeping curves…

Zaha Hadid x Georg Jensen | MODE+MAISON

and you can clearly see her design signatures in these pieces from the Georg Jensen collection…

Zaha Hadid x Georg Jensen | MODE+MAISON

Lamellae Twisted Cuff Zaha Hadid x Georg Jensen | MODE+MAISON

Double-Finger Ring

Three cuffs and five rings make up the eight-piece collection, which will be available, from September, in sterling silver and black rhodium-plated silver with black diamonds.

Read more about Zaha Hadid here

 

Image Credits: Dezeen.com / Zaha-Hadid.com