Alexa Chung, Brit It Girl

She has been a shining light on British style for a few years now. She seemed to have always been around, for a while I saw her everywhere, but had no idea who she was. Now, I know better.

She is a editor and correspondent for British Vogue (you can see her videos on British Vogue youtube channel), but before that she was a model and then a TV presenter.

Now she is a fashion icon, and dating Alexander Skarsgård (hot!).

20 Years of Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo was born in Penang, Malaysia in 1961. Father was a cobbler, and learnt how to create shoes from him, he made is first pair of shoes at the age of 11.

In the early 1980’s he moved to England to study at the Cordwainers technical college in Hackney, where is graduated with honors in 1983.

He opened his first store in 1986, in Hackney in an old hospital building, 2 years after opening he was featured in an eight-page spread in Vogue. Soon after that Choo became the IT shoe of the fashion world.

Today the brand has become a global name, connected to luxury with stores all over the world.

 

In 2001 Choo sold his half of the company to Robert Bensoussan of Equinox Luxury Holdings for $30 million.

Today, Jimmy Choo has returned to his roots at a small shop he opened in London, which serves as the headquarters for the exclusive Jimmy Choo Couture line. It’s here that Choo crafts a small number of pairs of shoes each week and trains a select group of students on how to make high-end footwear.

For Choo, a devout Buddhist, education has become a central part of his life. In recent years he has become an Ambassador for Footwear Education at the London College of Fashion and spokesperson for the British Council in its efforts to reach out to foreign students. Choo is also a recipient of the O.B.E. (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire).

(http://www.biography.com/people/jimmy-choo-20692491)

 

CVC Stones My New Lust Have

You most likely haven’t heard of CVC Stones, I’ve personally never have seen a celebrity walking around with one around their neck, never seen an advertisement on them.

Clicking away on my computer, browsing through the list of designers on Net-A-Porter and I came across these beautiful stones.

Charles de Viel Castel founded CVC Stones after inheriting a loose diamond from his late grandmother – he wanted to find a unique purpose for it. His one-of-a-kind necklaces are strung with pebbles that have been hand-picked from beaches around the world and skillfully inlaid with diamonds. How beautiful.

 

(https://www.net-a-porter.com/Shop/Designers/CVC_Stones?pn=1&npp=60&image_view=product&dScroll=0)

 

Cate Blanchett

I love Cate Blanchett. She is graceful, talented and so beautiful, also a fellow Aussie (so proud). I’ve always loved what she is wearing, maybe once or twice I’ve questioned it, but you know, most of the time LOVE.

One of my favourites is when she went to the Oscars in 2011 in a Givenchy, drool.

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Cate Blanchett Givenchy Couture Oscars 2011

Don’t you wish you could be just like her, if only I had events to wear couture.

Top Model: Daria Werbowy

Standing at 5’11 and being voted one of the Top Models of the 2000’s by Paris Vogue, Daria was everywhere in the early to mid 2000’s. She holds the record for the most opening and closings in one season. She was hot property, everyone wanted a piece of her, her clients included: Lancome, Prada, Yves Saint Laurent, Pepe Jeans, Roberto Cavalli, Gucci, Hermes, Valentino, David Yurman, Missoni, Versace, Louis Vuitton, Oroton and Chanel.

Forbes ranked her #6 on “The Worlds Top-Ranking Earning Models” earning approximately $4.5 million from May 2010-2011.

Some people are just blessed with looks and get lucky in life. Daria never thought about modeling until at the age of 14 a school friends mother saw her and put her into a competition to win an international modeling contract, which she won.

She doesn’t do much modeling today. She seemed to go under the radar from 2011.

Iris Apfel

She is such an inspiration when it comes to style. She doesn’t care what people think, she believes that fashion should be fun and you shouldn’t take yourself to seriously when it comes to your clothing.

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Born in 1921 in New York City she has always loved fashion and beautiful things. She doesn’t always shop designer. She mix and matches her style. She loves her necklaces and bracelets (if you can’t tell by the above picture), she doesn’t listen to the line “less is more” she believes in “more is more”.

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She has influences museum creations at the Met and a clothing label for a major department store in The United States. She also has her own documentary film ‘IRIS’ which was released in 2015.

If you haven’t made the time to get to know Iris Apfel please do. You will fall in love with her as much as I do.

 

The Puffa Jacket

If you hadn’t noticed, the puffa jacket has been making its way slowing into our wardrobe. If you don’t have one, I think you will soon.

It has been making appearances throughout Paris fashion week (it also showed up in London, New York and Milan). But if you don’t have the funds for a Chanel or a Acne Studio puffa jacket, don’t worry, there are plenty to find in the normal shops for us normal people can afford.

Witchery and Uniqlo have a good selection of jackets and at a good price. What I love about the Uniqlo jackets, you can roll them into a little pouch and carry it around with you in your bag for when you need it.

Why We Love Chanel

Overnight the latest Chanel collection was shown in Paris. Founded in 1909 by Coco Chanel it is one of the oldest fashion houses in the world and one of the most prestigious, sort after labels of today.

Today’s collection was no different. Karl Lagerfeld knows what young and the not-so-young people want. I like how he keeps the old eg. the Chanel suit and reinvents it for today’s world. He doesn’t step away from what made Chanel so great.

Fall 2016 Picks

Fashion has always been one of my passions. I’ve always been told that I have great style. I try to keep in the loop when it comes to trends and I always have my finger on the pulse when it comes to runways, in either, London, New York, Milan, Paris and here in Australia.

Its technically Autumn here in Australia, even though it doesn’t feel like it, and time to look for good jumpers, jackets, pants and shirts.

I’ve been wanting a good leather biker jacket, I’ve noticed that the Fall ready-to-wear 2016 runways have been showcasing some good jackets that give me an idea on what to look for.

I love Elie Saab’s jacket (on the right), and the way she styled it with the dress, bring the masculine and feminine together. Acne Studio jacket (on the left), I have had dreams about saving up to get it. Maybe one day soon.