Thursday, 28 July 2011

New It bags from Mulberry and Chanel

Photo: Chanel
It's always the same: just when you find a new handbag, two more come along. Having bought a cute brown suede and cream leather shopper from Zara last week, Mulberry and Chanel have only gone and announced their latest handheld creations.

The Boy Chanel

Inspired by the cartridge bag Coco herself used to carry, Chanel's 'Boy' goes back to the label's androgynous roots.

Karl Lagerfeld told The Telegraph, "Chanel used men's underwear to make dresses; she had this boyish attitude, in fact, it is the very spirit of Chanel. She got it from Boy Capel, the great love of her life, which, incidentally, explains why the new bag is called the Boy Chanel."

The Carter

But if you can't wait for the September sale date of the Boy, Mulberry's latest offering, the Carter, is available now

Mid-size Carter camera bag in fox brown suede, £895
Similar to the Boy with its box shape and chain handle, the Carter is already following in the footsteps of its famous predecessors: Emma Watson and Kate Bosworth have recently been spotted toting around this marvellous Mulberry while Kirsten Dunst was seen carrying a Carter double handle bag at the label's AW11 show earlier this year.

It bags are firmly back in fashion!

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Designer Q&A: Hayley Trezise

So Wales may not be up there with the likes of Milan and Paris as a fashion destination but that doesn't mean the area is completely devoid of innovative and quirky designers.

Welsh designer Hayley Trezise uses recycled materials to make one-off quirky couture pieces for her label Raggedy Rags. A leading eco and ethical designer, Hayley appeared at London Alternative Fashion Week 2009/10 and Fashion Showcase Wales 2010

Chic & Cheerful met Hayley to talk inspirations and ethical fashion.

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Chic & Cheerful: How would you describe your style?
Hayley Trezise: Unique, quirky and sticks out from the crowd. It’s designed for people who like to dress differently and don’t want to be wearing the same as every one else on the street! Each item is one-off and, as a designer, I don’t follow high street fashion.

C&C: Where do you get your inspirations from?
HT: I live in Rural Wales surrounded by nature, living a low carbon life (as much as possible). I’m passionate about dressing differently: ethical fashion is the way forward and need never be conforming.
I am inspired by sculptural shapes and textures in nature and in the existing garments that I work with. The history of each garment I cut up I find fascinating: my input is another chapter in their lives. I’d like to think that when my clothes are worn to death they will be reincarnated on and on.

C&C: How did you get involved with ethical and recycled fashion?
HT: I started reconstructing my wardrobe from a teenager with basic stitches and safety pins and have always adapted clothes to my taste. With my belief and passion for ethics and the environment; for making sculpture and looking different, I decided to combine all these elements and create ethical quirky couture – a perfect match in my eyes!

C&C: How do you source the materials for the Raggedy Rags creations?
HT: My clothes are up-cycled using old and vintage clothes. I mainly source my materials from charity shops – so a percent of my work always goes to charity. Sometimes I visit antique fairs or get donated bags. When I make commissions, I get sent a few items from the client’s wardrobe and I recreate them into a reborn Raggedy item.

C&C: Why do you think recycled fashion has become so popular in the last few years?
HT: People are realising many things about high street fashion. Cheap throw away clothes are made unethically in sweat shops and then shipped miles – giving them massive carbon footprints. There are tons upon tons of clothes thrown into landfills every year. When they decompose they create nasty chemicals which are bad for our environment, not to mention ourselves. I guess people are just realising the importance of shopping locally and ethically because it quite blatantly helps all people involved.

Raggedy Rags stockists
Her Dandy Wolf, 32 Eastgate, Aberystwyth SY23 2AR. Tel.: 01970 625900
Lunacy Boutique, 4-6 High Street Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1BB. Tel.: 029 2023 1500

Friday, 8 July 2011

John Galliano to collaborate with Topshop?

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The rumours started to fly this afternoon that notorious fashion designer John Galliano was to collaborate with high street favourite Topshop.

The designer, who was recently dismissed from the helm of powerhouse Dior, was reportedly to start his comeback to the fashion world with the Arcadia project.

However, the story was quickly turned around after Sir Philip Green contacted fashion magazine Vogue to deny the story's veracity:

The updated story on
So it looks like it's not going to happen after all.

After all the controversy surrounding Galliano's dismissal, would you want to see his designs on your local high street? Would you buy them?

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Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Mulberry AW 11 campaign video released

Mulberry's living room has been transformed from a flower-filled, piglet-loving, pastel paradise to a wonderfully earthy setting for their AW 11 campaign.

Following on from their Fantastic Mr Fox inspired show at London Fashion Week, the very English label has brought fantasy to life with this new video. You can almost smell the pine trees.

The making of Elle's August issue

For anyone who is completely in love with fashion title ELLE (or really really wants to work there like me!), check out this great video on the making of August's UK edition.

For anyone who worked with me on Wonder Girl, it'll probably come as no surprise to hear how much I am in love with their flatplan system - if only we'd been able to do the same!

Henry Holland's hypnotic Precollection SS12 video lookbook

My fashion nightmare: the bingo jumpsuit
[image (c) House of Holland]

So I'm not the biggest fan of Henry Holland, his collections are just not my style (a granny inspired AW11? Really?). But if there's one thing that House of Holland knows how to do, it's make a video lookbook.

Following his addictive AW11 test video, Holland's latest release is this hypnotic film directed by fashion photographer Mariano Vivanco.

Holland's collection: like Prada for
17 year olds
The 90s-esque collection has all the hallmarks of Holland's retro style. The bright neon stripes contrasted with black and blue panels remind me more than just a little bit of this season's Prada - but with a touch of Holland magic woven in.

Overall, even though you probably won't catch me wearing it, I have to say I do quite like the pre-collection. However, as much as I applaud Holland for this stripy spectacular, I am getting kind of tired of his raver's retro collections. Something new next season perhaps Henry?

Monday, 4 July 2011

Top 10 under £50: maxi dresses

It's my favourite time of year: the summer sales! So I've compiled a collection of the one garment that will be a firm feature of your summer wardrobe for a good few years to come : the maxi dress (and all are on sale at the moment!).
1. Impressionist print maxi, GAP, £29.99; 2. Old navy dress, GAP, $35 (£4 flat rate p&p); 3. Label Lab cotton shift dress, House of Fraser, £25; 4. Yellow 70s maxi, River Island, £29.99; 5. Peacock maxi, Dorothy Perkins, £30; 6. Tiered dress, Mango, £30; 7. Grey dress, Dorothy Perkins, £25; 8. Multi Arabian print maxi, Dorothy Perkins, £20; 9. Blue tribal print dress, People Tree, £22; 10. Therapy bold stripe maxi dress, House of Fraser, £25.
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