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’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…

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Word on the Street

street style Diletta Bonaiuti

As the owner of a predominantly black and white, pattern-free wardrobe, it was surprising to say the least when, scrolling through my Pinterest feed, this image caught my eye. Especially as it was Diletta Bonaiuti’s striking floral knit that had captured my attention. And I couldn’t quite get it out of my head.

So when I saw it for a second time, courtesy of Instagram, worn by the editor of ES Magazine Laura Weir, I knew it had to be mine.  But who made it and where was it from?  I had no idea.

JW Anderson Resort 2016 | Laura Weir

Having exhausted Google – I searched every combination of ‘floral’ ‘white cross’ and ‘knit’ you could possibly think of, and everything in between – I resigned myself to trawling the online stores in the hope of striking it lucky.  And lucky I was.  The piece in question was from J.W. Anderson’s Resort 2016 collection, and a few clicks later it was being couriered from Browns in London to deepest Kent, via Farfetch.

Once the search was over, and the beloved knit was finally mine, I then backtracked, curious to see how the designer had styled it for his Resort presentation. And it struck me that had I seen the piece on Vogue Runway first, rather than in Tommy Ton’s street style snap, I don’t think it would have had such an impact.  In fact, I’m certain the knit wouldn’t now be proudly hanging in my closet.

JW Anderson Resort 2016 | Floral Knit


Compare the relative ease of scrolling through your Instagram or Pinterest feed to see how an item has been styled for ‘real life’ by a favourite blogger, to endeavouring to translate a designer’s runway looks or an editor’s glossy magazine shoot into something more every day.

Julie Hurst – In Praise of Personal Style

The success of street style photography, and personal social media feeds, is in the way they complement the more traditional fashion images, such as catwalk looks and editorial shoots, by showcasing designer pieces in everyday situations – both Diletta and Laura had styled J.W. Anderson’s knit in a way that I, and my style, could readily relate to, compared with the clashingly-colourful and quite eclectic runway-ready look.  They are also another great source of inspiration, bringing to our attention brands that we would perhaps not typically turn to for a fashion fix – this is my first J.W. Anderson purchase.

And it’s not just designer brands that are benefitting from this digital phenomenon – I spent most of the winter in a pair of black leather boots, cut perfectly close to the ankle, that I had tracked down to Topshop after spotting them on the feet of a Swedish blogger.

While there is increasing talk, much of it justified, about how much ‘real life’ these candid shots now actually portray, their ability to create desire for an item, and subsequent impact upon how we dress, cannot be denied.

Image Credits: @tommyton / @laura_weir /


Over & Out

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The underwear as outerwear trend certainly isn’t new, and I for one love to show a sliver of black lace peeking from beneath a crisp white shirt.  I’ve even blogged about it (here).  However, stylist Anya Ziourova, snapped at the Paris shows, adopts a rather more demure approach to lingerie dressing.

Granted, her look, including the skirt, was lifted straight from JW Anderson’s spring/summer runway, but regardless of whether she was its original creator or not, with her petite frame she certainly carries it off.

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A less revealing, but no less stylish take on the trend?  What do you think?

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