Louis Vuitton is set to present its much-anticipated cruise 2017 collection at Oscar Niemeyer’s Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday. Despite the possibility of contracting the Zika virus, the Hollywood and fashion set don't seem too worried, as A-listers including Alicia Vikander, Catherine Deneuve, Jaden Smith, Zendaya, Doona Bae, Rainie Yang, Alessandra Ambrosio, Isabeli Fontana and Tao Okamoto are among the guests confirmed for the front row.
This is the first time the flying-saucer-shaped museum will host a fashion show. The white modernist structure is reflected in the pool's base, designed to look "like a flower," according to late artist Niemeyer. "This setting inspired me right away," said artistic director Nicolas Ghesquiere. "With the 2017 cruise collection, we’ll be discovering the vision of Oscar Niemeyer." The museum is celebrating its 20-year anniversary and will reopen soon after the LV presentation. Four Louis Vuitton-sponsored exhibitions will be shown at the museum this year.
Guests will enjoy a jam-packed itinerary, between partying and visiting Rio de Janeiro’s top spots. Post-show, guests will enjoy dinner and entertainment at the expansive mansion Parque Lage at the foot of the historical Corcovado. The morning after, guests will brunch at a private resident in Santa Teresa, which boasts an incredible view of the city. Planned activities include a privatized site (for epic Instagram photos) near the Christ the Redeemer statue that overlooks the city, a helicopter tour of the city and paddle classes at Praia Vermelha. Guests are already #cloggingthefeed with posts under the hashtag #LVcruise in anticipation of the big show.
It takes a certain kind of confidence for a designer to stage a collection in front of one of the most striking buildings in modern architecture, overlooking the magnificent cliffs and waterfront of one of the most exciting cities in the world. ButNicolas Ghesquière has built his formidable career on taking chances and following his own internal muse. The 47 looks he sent down the runway at his Resort 2017 show at the Niterói Contemporary Art Museum in buzzing Rio de Janeiro, more than held their own against their spectacular backdrop.
Over 500 guests from the global fashion elite, and celebrities such as Alessandra Ambrosio, Jaden Smith, Catherine Deneuve and singer/actress Zendaya sat on colorful benches snaked throughout the outdoor deck of the Niterói as models paraded down a lengthly crimson ramp emerging from the museum. The colorful, sporty collection reflects Ghesquière's ongoing obsession with leather and scuba-inspired silhouettes without neglecting the Vuitton legacy of exceptional handbags. Lush multi-pocked bags worn around the waist or carried (please don't dare call them fanny sacks) in black and white, a boom box purse equipped with Bluetooth to play music, and the Pliage, a joyful, swingy little masterpiece with a foot of fringe hanging down are all in line with Ghesquière's mission to nod to the past but move fearlessly forward by creating new LV classics.
But the star of the show was incontrovertibly the clothes: body conscious without being indiscrete, colorful without being clownish, and sophisticated but never hoary. The show opened with a series of color block dresses with high-low asymmetric hems and strategic cutouts around the body in bold blues, blacks and greens with mixed textiles and leather trims. For the woman whose holiday will be spent in a cooler climate, there is an exceptional leather belted car coat, red and black track pants, and a black leather and brown suede jacket. Black cargo pants in meticulously shaved leather, crafted by the artisans at the LV facility in Asnières-sur-Seine are the kind of flattering, wearable wardrobe staple that one might find it a challenge to NOT want to wear daily, in any climate.
Indeed, the marriage of Ghesquière's passion for leather with the Vuitton house's immaculate leather know-how is a union of both love and convenience, and the designer did not hesitate to sprinkle his resort collection with classical silhouettes rendered in leather. Snap-front A-line minis, a blue suede strapless A-line dress with black trim and studded leather vests were fresh reinventions of 60s hippie chic without disseminating the slightest whiff of pachouli. Amidst the sporty and wearable separates, there were still plenty of options for girly-girls at summer weddings. In particular, his segment of dresses with ruffles on the bust and hips are perfect for dancing all night in a Rio disco or attending a garden party in the Hamptons. And a handful of dresses in black florals with puffy sleeves are just the thing for an emo moment or if your ex and your bestie happen to invite you to their summer nuptials.
From his earliest days at Balenciaga, where he reinvented a storied brand and made it relevant to a new generation, and throughout his two year tenure at Luis Vuitton, Ghesquière has always spoken about his passion for exploring dualities. He describes the Resort 2017 collection as a "pictorial explosion" of the duality between nature and urbanism, modernism and tropicality. He cites the influence of Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica's "clothes of light," in his use of parachute fabric and bright colors. Ghesquière also pays homage to Aldemir Martins, and uses imagery from his famous Pele painting in several pieces including a handbag and a dress. Overall, he describes his greatest inspiration as the Brazilian notion of gambiarra, "the transformation of the available into the essential." But regardless of the sources of his mishmash of his influences, it is undeniable that 45-year-old Ghesquière is one of the most brilliant creative directors working in fashion today, and has just presented one of the most iconic, wearable and memorable collections of his career. As they say in Rio, muito bem.
Louis Vuitton didn't release detail shots from its Cruise 2017 show, so we've been eagerly awaiting the first close-up images of the collections bags, and now we're excited to have a few to share. The brand released its latest ad campaign this week, helmed by actress Alicia Vikander, and she's carrying new versions of some of LV's recent favorites.
So far, the campaign includes new iterations of the Capucines Bag and Twist Bag, as well as a new python fabrication of the brand's recently introduced a la carte straps. Check out the first images of the bags below, as well as the campaign so far. We don't have prices quite yet, but when we do, we'll make sure to add them.
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Louis Vuitton Capucines Bag
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Africa, as the home of modern civilisation, is the inspiration for Louis Vuitton’s Spring-Summer 2017 collection. It is also a metaphor - of a return to roots, to heritage, to formative influences, to the blueprint. Asserting your identity.
These themes are explored literally and figuratively. Africa is constantly present, a heartbeat under the collection, combined with the rebellion of London Punk and the emblematic savoir-faire of the Maison. By its very nature, the journey between these different destinations and influences evokes the spirit of travel, which is the very essence - the blueprint - of Louis Vuitton.
Africa is evoked through rich, intricate textile treatments, exotic skins, a menagerie of animal prints. In a continuation of his first Louis Vuitton show about his childhood in Kenya and Bostwana, Kim Jones, Men’s Artistic Director revisits Africa today, expressing notions of the safari and the gentleman traveller. The palette is dominated by Savannah-bleached shades; jackets have Saharienne detailing.
“There’s always something a little London hidden somewhere, though. This time it is the influence of Punk - albeit via Africa, where Frank Marshall’s “Renegades” portrait series of Botswana biker gangs in heavy leather depicts the fusion of two disparate aesthetics. Add a third, the French elegance of Louis Vuitton.“ says Kim Jones.
Punk brings edge, transparent rubber, mohair, zips and straps, all infused with African pattern and finished with the Maison’s unique techniques. Louis Vuitton’s second commission with Jake and Dinos Chapman surrenders four prints depicting twisted animals; their veldt is the Vuitton Monogram. Mohair is knitted to imitate animal markings, and zebra patterns are colored in a petroleum blue. Footwear especially draws on Punk themes, parachute straps forming sandal designs and crepe soles added to laced brogues.
There are unexpected connections between these elements. The utilitarian details of Punk tie the movement to Vuitton’s heritage as a trunk-maker, a practical streak; tartan walks hand-in-hand with Maasai checks; the hand crafts of Africa link to French savoir-faire. Textiles are intricately realised: multi-coloured, paper-thin leather is woven like baskets; while a mesh is hand-wrapped with strips of Monogram in a quartet of colours, four Vuitton patterns creating a fifth, the Karakoram design. Exotic skins are vital - connecting Africa to Paris, while the biker jacket evokes Punk. Zips are added to Punk pants; crocodile and ostrich are used for coats and jackets, as well as key Vuitton accessories. They are polymorphs, crossing boundaries and evoking the trio of inspirational starting-points.
The accessories mark a literal return to roots - the origins of the Monogram itself. Two new iterations, the Monogram Savane Ink and Monogram Savane Dune, are based on the blueprints of the toile, trademarked in 1896. The iconic Louis Vuitton Steamer bag, the first soft travel bag, is reinterpreted as a backpack, whilst heritage styles are drawn from the archives like the Randonnée bag, as well as from the leather goods. Original, yet new: all are updated, reinvented, using textiles from the collection to highlight the synergy between clothes and accessories. A series of trunks underscore the themes of the collection, in animal hides and prints or laser-etched with Chapman imagery, like a preparatory drawing for collection’s prints.
Even the Punk’s archetypal dog collar - here the “Baxter” - is a style originating in the Vuitton archives. Its fresh context transforms its perception. That is a summary of the approach of this collection. Travelling back to the blueprint, the essence, using the old to create something new.
About the Chapman brothers
Dinos was born in London in 1962 and Jake Chapman was born in Cheltenham in 1966. They both graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1990 and worked as assistants to Gilbert and George before collaborating in 1992. The Chapmans weave a vast range of associations into their work, using material from all areas of the cultural landscape including philosophical theory, art history and consumer culture. They engage with inflammatory subjects and use subversive strategies to produce works that defiantly refute straightforward interpretation. Celebrated all over the world, the Chapman Brothers were nominated for the Turner Prize in 2003.
The Petite Malle Bag, Dora Bag, City Steamer, Twist Bag, Lockit Bag, Camera Box Bag, The Palm Springs Backpack and prints like the Reversed Monogram, Jungle Dots or the Monogram Chain Flower – we have seen a lot of pretty things since Nicolas Ghesquiere took over.
And so we do have a high expectation for the Spring Summer 2017 Collection and certainly we are not disappointed at all. Let’s cover some important points here…
Most probably inspired by the iconic Trunk, just like the Petite Malle Bag. The first time we saw this beauty, we thought it might be a clutch bag. Small, designed with the classic luggage tag and printed with the Monogram in shiny-effect, this looks like a promising investment.
But by looking further, this is actually a Phone Holder. And what’s even more brilliant is that the luggage tag is used to cover your earphones.
The Phone Holders are available in different designs like the vintage Luggage Trunk looks with black edges, golden hardware and monogram canvas. But they’re available in different colors. So ladies, select your FAVO!
Although its influence today is global, Louis Vuitton remains, above all else, a French house — a fact that we were all reminded of during the label’s Spring/Summer ‘17 show in Paris this week. Held at the future home of the brand’s Place Vendôme flagship, the show looked out onto the storied intersection of that square and Rue Saint-Honoré below, providing the perfect backdrop for what was undoubtedly Nicolas Ghesquière’s most Parisian collection to date. While his Resort ‘17 collection saw him exploring the sporty, seaside culture of Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro, this season saw a more sophisticated, polished lineup from the designer, who focused more on the cuts and tailoring of his pieces rather than exuberant colors and prints (though there were plenty of those too). To wit, there were grey business-like pantsuits featuring slit skirts, cut-outs along the shoulders and open, capelet backs, as well as several tuxedo jackets with smooth, rounded shoulders. In a continuation of Resort’s daring cut-outs, Ghesquière also sliced a number of his looks, revealing an exposed neckline on a sparkly, sheer blouse, or the bare hipbone on one of his slinky, draped dresses. When not doling out glammed-up pieces for the bourgeois, Ghesquière nodded to the droves of fashionable young girls who have recently found their way into his customer base. For them, Ghesquière provided sweatshirts, graphic logo tees, slit leather skirts and skinny lace pants worn under matching mini skirts. In true Parisian style, theses were pieces that didn’t look like they were trying too hard.
Meanwhile, handbags continue to be a strong point for the French house — a tradition that harkens back to its founding in the 1800s. In homage to those early days, Ghesquière once again called on the label’s iconic Petite Malle, this time reimagining it as a slim phone case that fit neatly into his models’s hands. For those looking for a little more storage space, there were also plenty of other more spacious styles to choose from including the monogram top-handle totes that featured corset-like leather detailing and funky zippered pouches rendered in a checkerboard pattern not unlike the ones that dominated Marc Jacob’s Spring/Summer ‘12 show for the house.
As for the footwear, Ghesquière’s bright, multi-color alligator and python skin boots proved utterly desirable (they’re high vamps and pointy toes made them both classic and sporty), as did the heeled pumps with their black bondage-style lacing. Like the rest of Ghesquière’s collection, they were the perfect balance of classic and modern intrigue.
Instantly in love when we spotted this fresh shoulder bag. We love the details – so complex yet heavenly! The bag is crafted with a checkered design, the handles are gorgeous and the center is made stunningly with the Classic LV lock. Wow, so what is your wish next year?
We love simplicity and this fits perfectly in that category. You see, this bag is fabulous for numerous of reasons. Some ladies don’t like Monogram Canvas and other busy prints, some like simple design yet timeless.
Simple, but the leather looks smooth and nice. It features long handles and zipper on the front side. Perhaps there is a front pocket or it can be used to expand the bag. But for those that like the Neverfull, but want a minimalistic bag, here it is.
Oh yes, the luggage tags are the finishing touch.
Introducing the Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2017 Runway Bag Collection. Nicolas Ghesquière presented his edgy and sexy collection at the Place Vendôme, instead of the usual Fondation Louis Vuitton during the final day of Paris Fashion Week. The most coveted accessory in the runway was the iPhone case version of the popular Petite Malle bag. The phone cover includes a key ring and was presented in different materials like Monogram Canvas, Monogram Reverse and Crocodile leather. Louis Vuitton introduces a new color for the Damier pattern, which now comes in all Black and Tan. A variety of bags were seen in the runway with rope like handles. The top handle and flap bags with a lock closure has a striking resemblance to the Luna Bag. Tote bags in different shapes, as well as rectangular clutch bags were also featured in the collection.
Today’s Louis Vuitton show took place in the future home of the brand’s Place Vendôme flagship. Scheduled to open in 2017, the new store will combine two buildings, spanning the famous square and the Rue Saint-Honoré. Sitting on the boutique-to-be’s second floor this morning with those monumental views out the windows, there was no escaping the metaphor: As global as its reach is, Louis Vuitton is Paris.
So it was fitting that creative directorNicolas Ghesquière brought his collection home metaphorically, as well. His Cruise offering, presented in Rio de Janeiro last May, was a tribute to that city’s sportif seaside culture—colorful, loaded with print, and beachily body-baring. The orientation of his bold new Louis Vuitton collection is different. While it retained some of the tropes of the previous season—the daring cut-outs in particular—the results were more glam. Call it hot bourgeois. “I realize that I didn’t explore that much yet the sophistication and the more dressed-up part of Louis Vuitton,” he said afterward.
The sophistication he was speaking of comes down to the type of clothing he zeroed in on: tailoring, first and foremost. Ghesquière’s are not suits for office drones; with slices removed from the shoulders and capeleted open backs, they negotiated the territory between practicality and experimentation. As he settles in at Louis Vuitton (today’s venue seemed conceived at least in part to quash the ongoing rumors that he’s on his way out the door), Ghesquière is leaning more toward experimentation, if not the outright high-concept fashion of his earlier days. See the asymmetric draped jersey numbers with the hip and midriff cut-outs, some with 1980s-ish sprinkles of crystals and glitter; see also the series of long, sheer-yet-discreet dresses at the end.
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A great thing about fashion is how much fun a returning trend can be. One of the fun returning footwear trends for the fall 2016 season is the return of the Mary Jane shoe. Mary Jane shoes are well known and easily identifiable as having a rounded, broad toe box, low heel and a strap that fastens across the top of the foot with either a button or a buckle. Many of us have had at least one pair of Mary Janes as we were growing up. It is an old fashioned shoe that has shown up for a lot of years and now Mary Jane shoes are making a comeback. Here are 15 pairs of fun fall 2016 Mary Jane shoes for any budget, from designer shoes to more affordable options.
1. GUCCI Embellished Mary Jane Pumps
Gucci’s embellished, brightly colored leather Mary Jane pumps feature an outside buckle closure and strategically placed faux pearls, one over the toes and the others around the 1-inch block heel. The scalloped edges add another touch to the overall interesting aesthetic. Both the rear facing pearl on the heel and the center resting pearl over the toes are also adorned with the signature Gucci GG logo. Purchase yours here at Net-A-Porter!
2. Marni Mary Jane Pumps
The signature pointed almond toe that Mary Janes are known to have is here, as well as the center strap (with a twist) work well with the 3.1-inch-high block heel. These white Mary Jane shoes for fall 2016 by Marni offer a slightly updated take on the classic Mary Jane for an adult. You can get yours at Moda Operandi.
3. Rebecca Minkoff Brooke Mary Jane Pumps
These nude colored Mary Jane pumps by Rebecca Minkoff are updated Mary Jane shoes that still have all the classic features of the original shoe. These shoes are patent leather with buckle closures, an almond toe and a covered block heel that is 2.25 inches high. You can buy yours at Shopbop.
4. Miu Miu Crystal-Strap Mary Jane Pumps
Miu Miu typically has a gift for embellishment, and this triple strapped, jewel-embellished set of patent leather Mary Janes has all the expected features of this signature shoe. From the almond shaped toe box to the patent leather covered heel, this shoe is a sparkling take on a classic. These fall 2016 Mary Jane shoes come in black and nude patent leather and are available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
5. Lanvin Patent Leather Mary Jane Shoes
These Italian made powder pink colored patent leather pumps are a great Mary Jane shoe with a wide ankle strap and double buckle closure. The rounded block heel is 1.5 inches high. You can get your Lanvin patent leather Mary Janes at FWRD.com.
6. Double-Strap Mary Jane Shoes
These fall 2016 Mary Jane shoes feature faux patent leather and a set of mini ankle straps with tiny buckles. The block heel is considered to be mid height and the rounded toe is comfortable. You can get yours at ASOS.
7. Christian Louboutin Dolly Birdy 30 Mary Jane Pumps
Louboutins are well known for an iconic classy touch and these Mary Janes are updated without losing their classic looks. The low block heel shows off a leopard print and the iconic Louboutin red sole. The shiny polished burgundy patent leather body of the shoe also has the rounded toe and ankle strap with a circle buckle on the side. Buy yours at Net-A-Porter!
8. MIU MIU Crystal-Embellished Mary Jane Shoes
High shine patent leather and crystal-embellished block-shaped heels give these Mary Janes by Miu Miu a standout appearance. The crystals are different sizes and shapes to reflect the light differently from all angles for a more interesting look. The strap that is typically found across the ankle is in this case right behind the toes and very slim. Get your ruby Miu Miu Mary Janes at Net-A-Porter!
9. Marc Jacobs Lexi Glittered Mary Jane Pumps
These Marc Jacobs Lexi Mary Janes are a light catching wonder with a glittery patent leather that also has a high polished shine. These fall 2016 Mary Janes are a shimmering silver and gold and feature the traditional almond shaped toe box, block heel and ankle strap. The heel measures in at 1.5 inches high and is also wrapped in the silver and gold glitter color known as Diamond. You can purchase your Diamond Lexi Mary Janes at Net-A-Porter.
10. New Look Patent Mary Jane Heeled Shoes
The wide fit is more accommodating for certain feet, and the block heel on these Mary Janes is mid height. The patent leather appearance is soft pink with a round toe and an ankle strap fastening that ends in a pin buckle closure. These Mary Janes can be found atASOS.
11. Classic Beige Mary Jane Heeled Shoes
These beige and black patent leather Mary Jane heels are a bit different than other shoes on this list. Rather than having the ankle strap, these have a heel strap and open back. These slip-in shoes have a 2.5-inch-tall block heel and cut outs midway along the foot. Get yours at Zalando!
12. Prada Suede Mary Jane Block-Heel Shoes
Prada’s suede Mary Janes come in black or burgundy with a soft feel thanks the suede that covers the entire shoe including the 2.16-inch block heel. The almond-toe box and strap that make up the classic Mary Jane shoe are here. You can get yours at Saks Fifth Avenue.
13. Gianvito Rossi Suede Mary Janes
These suede pumps feature the great silhouette of a Mary Jane, but rather than the cross ankle strap, there is an almost ballet-shoe-like ankle tie. The suede is elegant, covering the entire shoe and the 2-inch block heel. These suede Gianvito Rossi Mary Jane shoes come in red and black and are available at Net-A-Porter.
14. Isabel Marant Étoile Louanne Mary Jane Pumps
Smooth cream-colored leather works beautifully with a wood-effect-covered block heel. The buckle gleams polished gold on the over ankle strap. The Mary Jane silhouette is easily recognizable and the shoe a comfort to wear and a chic sight to see. These fall 2016 Mary Jane shoes are available at Net-A-Porter.
15. Mary Jane Flats
The Mary-Jayne flat is an everyday Mary Jane that comes in sparkling gold leather or soft, rich blue suede. They are the classic shape and silhouette of a Mary Jane along with an adjustable strap for just the right fit. These are great shoes that are available at Free People.
Even though it seems like handbags get more and more expensive every season, there's at least a bit of evidence that prices are leveling out at some levels of the market. Rare Hermès Birkins may be selling for ever-higher prices, but the most expensive bags from brands like Fendi, Givenchy and The Row seem to have cooled down.
We track a variety of ultra-luxury categories in stock at online retailers every season, including exotic and heavily embellished bags, and not only have prices in those categories leveled off, but fewer bags in those categories are finding their ways onto the websites of large online retailers. That may indicate a stagnation in consumer interest in the US, a desire by brands to keep those rare bags from seeming too common or both.
Whatever the reason, you can check out this season's most expensive pieces below.
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Most Expensive Embellished Bag
Dolce & Gabbana Enchanted Clock Box Bag
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The Row Alligator Two for One 12 Bag
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The Row Sling 15 Ostrich Bag
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Back to school shopping isn’t just for kids – plenty of adults are still finishing up degrees and some want to take their kids to school in style. In the spirit of being prepared, here are 10 must-have back to school essentials for fall 2016. I play favorites in these lists and I have a few of them here, actually the first and second item listed.
These are our favorite top 10 fall 2016 back to school fashion staples for adults that are meant for those of us who have finished up with the majority of our schooling and need to be reminded what it was all for. Fashion lets you do what you want – show off how Back to School works for the adults too. Give the kids something fashionable to aspire to!
1. Gucci GG Marmont Canvas Trimmed Leather Backpack
It’s beautiful right? No point in denying that every detail of this leather backpack is trimmed in perfection, showing off some of the most detailed and beautiful embellishments of the Gucci brand. From the chain straps to the bold gold signature GG on the front, you cannot go wrong with this beautiful bag. I adore the canvas inside, the convenient inner pocket and the well-known Gucci stripe down the center of the flap top, I love the shape and the dangling heart detail. You can get yours at Saks Fifth Avenue.
2. Adidas Originals Off-White Suede Gazelle Sneakers
Adidas is a classic comfy and stylish shoe. Although the risk of stains on the all-white shoe is daunting a toothbrush, some focus and elbow grease will keep them looking fresh and clean (you can also check out YouTube for the best ways to harmlessly clean your white Adidas). They go with nearly anything. Versatility and comfort are always necessary when back to school shopping, and these are a great back to school staple for adults. Buy yours at ASOS!
3. Flower Patchwork Bomber Jacket
Cropped jackets are in, bomber jackets are in and flower embellishments are in. This jacket combines all the three trends and even adds an enhanced sleeve that has zippered pockets. It is interesting to look at and functional. On the back is the French word for The Blind “L Aveugle”. It comes in multiple colors and is sure to keep you comfortable during the fall and catching eyes as you go. Get yours at Storets!
4. See by Chloe Denim Shirtdress
This See by Chloe mid-thigh length denim shirtdress is all at once southwestern and chic with a two-toned denim enhanced design. This shirtdress is the visual definition of just enough. It is just enough denim not to have gone overboard, just blue enough to be complementary on so many skin tones and just enough to be chic and fun at the same time. The indigo and dark blue denim complement each other very well. Get yours atShopbop.
5. I’m Bananas For You Tee
These tees are fun and mildly adorable with a fruit embellishment on the upper left hand side where a pocket could be. Each has a cute saying like ‘Chili out’ beneath a set of peppers, ‘Kiwi go again’ beneath a kiwi, ‘You’re my other half’ above an open avocado, ‘I’m bananas for you’ over a partially peeled banana and ‘Your one in a melon’ in a banner over a slice of watermelon. They are fun and cute white tee shirts that will comfortably accent your 2016 back to school wardrobe while still making you look fashionably adult. Get yours at Urban Outfitters.
6. Mansur Gavriel Mini Leather Backpack
At one point or another we all loved a mini backpack and they are coming back with the vengeance of a chic fashionable wardrobe hero. This little leather backpack has a drawstring closure beneath a textured flap and a zippered inner pocket. The design is simple and clean and a great reminder of an old favorite. Get yours at Net-A-Porter.
7. River Island Ripped Mom Jean
These jeans are comfortable and ready to go, easy to style and practical, all the staples of a mom jean. Though this is a surprising trend as it has long been the bane of many existences, the mom jean is taking off, with a bit of styling it can go nearly anywhere and the ripped denim is definitely on trend this school year for kids and adults alike. Busy people show the wear in their clothes, fashionable of course and this is how. Order yours at ASOS.
8. Truly Madly Deeply Fresh Ringer Tee
This tee is an online exclusive that is another fun addition. The contrast colored crew neck creates a classic style while the slightly shrunken fit is flattering. The Golden tee has a pineapple, yellow crew neck and the word Golden embellished on it, while the Fresh color has a bright red strawberry over the word fresh and a matching red crew neck. The all cotton T-shirt is soft white and the look is flattering and fun. You can get yours at Urban Outfitters.
9. Off-the-Shoulder Gingham Shirt
This is an off-the-shoulder gingham top that is cute and checkered. The off-the-shoulder design is accented with a ruffled, flared, voluminous cuffed sleeve that creates a sweet and balanced look. The off-the-shoulder design is sweet and the large check of the gingham is definitely an interesting sight. This fun top also comes in black and white as well. You can purchase one at Shopbop.
10. Origami Wrap Mini Skirt
Mini skirts are back and this wrap design is very on trend as well. The use of scuba fabric means that the swap design is evident while the material is crimp free. The look is casual, chic and easy to dress up or down as needed. You can purchase yours at MissGuided.
Sometimes it takes a trend a couple tries to get off the ground. Several years ago, velvet was all over fall runways, but it seemed like buyers for retail stores weren't, well, buying it--the velvet pieces went largely unproduced and, in turn, shoppers focused on other things. Now, though, brands are giving velvet another shot, and for Fall 2016, it feels like the time is right for accessories in this plush fabric.
We're seeing a lot of velvet in both bags and shoes, but today, we're here to focus on bags. (More on the shoes next week!) When it comes to luxury goods, velvet has a few obvious advantages: First, it's incredibly luxe-looking and pleasant to touch, which makes it a much more fitting leather alternative for high-end pieces than most other fabrics. Second, velvet bags are usually a bit less expensive than their leather counterparts, which is great when you're going for a seasonal look.
Fall and winter dressing are all about layering rich textures and colors, and velvet is an ideal way to spruce up your average jeans-and-sweater combo. Below, check out our favorite velvet bags from the season so far.
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Bottega Veneta Olimpia Velvet and Watersnake Clutch
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Dries van Noten Velvet Shoulder Bag
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Edie Parker Melissa Velvet Crossbody Bag
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Fendi Velvet Peekaboo Bag
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Givenchy Velvet Backpack
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Gucci Marmont Velvet Shoulder Bag
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Jimmy Choo Lockett Petite Velvet Bag
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Lanvin Sugar Velvet Shoulder Bag
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Loewe T Large Velvet Pouch
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Miu Miu Velutto Top Handle Bag
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Moschino Velvet Convertible Shoulder Bag
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Prada Pionnière Velvet Saddle Bag
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Ralph Lauren Tiffin Velvet Bag
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Saint Laurent Monogram Medium Velvet Shoulder Bag
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Salvatore Ferragamo Vara Beaded Shoulder Bag
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See by Chloé Vicki Evening Bucket Bag
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Stella McCartney Velvet Falabella Bag
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Zilla Barrel Clutch