Clothes I Love: Carven Resort 2014


I know that I am a little slow to the party but I have fallen head-over-heels for Parisian brand Carven, especially the label’s Resort 2014 collection, filled with monochrome tropical prints, zigzag jacquards, and a summery colour palette of banana yellow, papaya orange and hibiscus pink – seriously dreamy.

I took these pictures of the collection a few weeks back, you may recognise the lovely models from a previous post on Raquel Allegra’s incredible line, and I just love that they are wearing my two favourite items from the Carven Resort 2014 collection.

The inspiration for the Resort 2014 collection is all about what Carven’s designer Guillaume Henry imagined singer Nina Simone wearing in the early seventies and the black and white snaps taken by Malin photographer Malick Sidibé.

The result – gorgeous tailored separates and shifts, vibrant prints, pops of colour, and exquisite accessories – the round orange bag is definitely a favourite.

Are you a fan of Carven?

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Label Lust: British Designer Sophie Hulme


Sophie Hulme, might be relative new to the fashion scene, but this is an emerging designer with a big future that has been catching a lot of attention and is one of my current label lusts – I seem to have a long list of her collection in my wishlist!!!

Everything from her quirky charms, I still have my gold dinosaur from a few seasons back, to her structured bags adorned with her signature gold plates and rivets around the handles, to her ready-to-wear collection that has a pared back androgynous aesthetic with a sense of humour – this is a designer who has a distinctive style while still offering something timeless.

What I love about Sophie Hulme, other than the humorous elements that she adds into her collections like the monster charm above, has to be the fact that her designs are minimal and logo free and that they are recognisable on her signature style alone – the gorgeous luxurious gold armour-inspired hardware, which for such a young designer is a bold, but clever move.

For me, it is all about her boxy tote, it is more than just an ‘It’ bag, it is more like a classic-in-the-making, I really do believe that her signature minimalistic style is timeless and will see this bag in years to come sitting along the Hermes Birkin, the Chanel 2.55, the Lady Dior, and Mulberry’s Bayswater. I think I would want this beauty in a black or navy blue, a classic dark colour, but I love that for her Resort 14 collection she has added it in a vibrant coral hue.

As well as loving all of her bags, did you spy the pink clutch below – it is a thing of beauty, I love her quirky charms from the dinosaur to the whistle, I want them all, but most of all from my visit around the Polly & King showroom I was totally blown away by how her ready-to-wear line, which uses the handbag details of the rivets, chains, and gold plates to add a modern touch to classic pieces such as a white tee and a trench coat.

I know I am gushing but I just can’t help but love her timeless designs – I am seriously saving up my pennies to treat myself to one of her structured totes!!!

Are you a fan of Sophie Hulme? 

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Shopping: Rebecca Minkoff Hits The Outnet

Rebecca Minkoff – Resort 2013

I have long gushed about New York-based designer Rebecca Minkoff, but can you blame me her bags are insane, and her clothing collections get strong each season. This week, Rebecca Minkoff released images of her Resort 2013 collection, see above, mixed full of her trademark vibrant colours and prints, rock n roll influences, studs, zips, killer heels and of course some adorable bags.

These beauties aren’t out just yet, but I have good news as Rebecca Minkoff has finally hit The Outnet, did I hear screams of joy???

There is something for everyone from sunglasses cases to her iconic Morning After Bag, which I still feel is one of my favourite bags in my collection, as well as her pop-bright dresses. To help you decide what to buy I have put together my five bags that are must-haves as well as the three dresses that I am so lusting over!!!

The five gorgeous bags I want!!!

1. Fairy Tale raffia and patent-leather clutch – was £160 NOW £88

2. Striped leather and canvas tote – was £160 NOW £88

3. M.A.B. Mini leather shoulder bag – was £405 NOW £202.50

4. Neon straw tote – was £160 NOW £80

5. Printed leather sunglasses case – was £65 NOW £39


Don’t forget to check out Rebecca Minkoff’s amazing dresses

1. Maricarla metallic tweed dress – was £295 NOW £147.50

2. Freja pleated printed silk-crepe dress – was £425 NOW £191.25

3. Long Dehlia draped slub-jersey dress – was £340 NOW £153

Will you be buying any of the Rebecca Minkoff collection at The Outnet?

[Pics: Rebecca Minkoff/The Outnet]

Resort 2013: Freida, Leighton & Hilary Dazzle At Salvatore Ferragamo

Last week fashion label Salvatore Ferragamo became the first Italian fashion house to stage a runway presentation at the Louvre museum, and they had a star-studded front row for the occasion with Freida Pinto, Leighton Meester and Hilary Swank.

Fresh from wearing Salvatore Ferragamo in Cannes, Freida Pinto continues to surprise me, I absolutely love her look for the presentation. Wearing an all-black ensemble from the label’s autumn/winter 2012 collection, I love the sheer sleeves on this embroidered dress as well as the added drama in its velvet neckline. This is a chic look that works perfectly with just a pop of colour to her lips and nails.

Gossip Girls actress Leighton Meester looked stunning in a rich red off-the-shoulder peasant blouse, teamed with an embellished pencil skirt, all from the Salvatore Ferragamo autumn/winter 2012 collection. One thing I am not too sure about with this look has to be whether Leighton can pull off such a rich hue – what do you think?

I am not sure why buy Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank isn’t really on my radar red carpet wise and I have to be honest after seeing her in this black chiffon dress with gold lace detailing, also from the designer’s autumn/winter 2012 collection, I am seriously questioning why as she looks divine!!!

This rivals Freida for top spot for me, who would have thought I would put Leighton in last spot, but on this occasion she was out-done. Hilary’s look was glamorous, chic and completely flawless I adore the simple ponytail, and most of all those black strappy Ferragamo heels are insane, love them!!!

The Resort 2013 collection itself, out of the 43 looks there was only one black ensemble the rest were either white, tan, or various shades of nude. It had an ethereal vibe to it with the colour palette, where as the clothing weren’t flowing and sheer – they were more glitzy and embellished, with some dresses constructed from panels laced together with leather cords or in crocheted pieces finished with fringe.

One thing that definitely came across with this collection was the craftsmanship of the Italian label, every piece looked exquisite and detailed, and I can see a number of celebrities working these dresses in the near future.

[Pics: via Salvatore Ferragamo]