Our latest blogger dress up was quite simply brilliant. Not only did we have the gorgeous Monica from The Elgin Avenue as our stylist/model we also had the super talented Lea Salomone taking the photos.
The weather was gorgeous, the outfits were superb and the talent was obvious. Below are a couple of our quick snaps, but really you must go to The Elgin Avenue to see the real deal. Also make check sure you out Lea’s website.
Thanks ladies. It was a blast. Em x
Just some pretty pictures showing details from our amazing stock. For no other reason than they are lovely. Sometimes that is all you need.
Alexander McQueen jacket
Jil Sander dress
Jenny Packham dress
Lulu Frost necklace
Fendi Mini Spy bag
Alexander McQueen trousers
Battle of the Chain Gang.
Me? Well although I am a sucker for a bit of Chanel, in this case I’d take the Stella. I love the softness of the faux suede against the chunky chains and the double flap and quilting adds an (ironically) Chanel inspired edge.
Without further ado today’s Modern Classic is brought to you by the letters D L D and B.
Image used by permission: theglamandglitter
After Princess Diana was gifted Dior’s latest bag by Bernadette Chirac (France’s First Lady) in September 1995 it is said that she immediately fell in love with it and went on to order it in every colour and style available. At the time Princess Diana was the most photographed woman in the world and it was inevitable that the handbag would be featured in many, many photographs. First captured on film when Diana visited a children’s home in Birmingham, the princess was then seen carrying it a few weeks later while on an official visit to Argentina. Following these two major appearances the House of Dior decided to rename the bag in her honour and the Lady Dior was truly christened.
One of the original ‘It’ bags the Lady Dior has gone on to become not only Dior’s most recognisable bag but also one of fashion’s most iconic bags. Designed by Galliano, each Lady Dior bag takes seven craftspeople a minimum of eight hours to make. Each bag uses 130 pieces of leather and even the feet of the bag are intricately designed with 43 pieces of metal coming together to make them.
The distinct cannage quilting was inspired the house’s famous caned back Napoleon III chairs which featured in Christian Dior’s very first fashion show in 1947 . The DIOR charms that hang from the handle represent the superstitious nature of the house’s founder;
“The most important feature of my life…has been my good luck; and I must also acknowledge my debt to the fortune-tellers who have predicted it. I first had my fortune told when I was very young. It was in 1919, at a bazaar near my home, organized to raise funds for the soldiers. There was every kind of sideshow and we all took some part in it. I dressed myself up as a gypsy, suspended a basket round my neck by ribbons, and sold lucky charms” Christian Dior.
With its refined lines and structured shape the Lady Dior has many, many fans. The image above comes from the lovely Tamara of theglamandglitter.com and she told me “I love Lady Dior bag, because every time I take it I feel like I carry part of the Dior history with me. I am a huge fan of Christian Dior, and by that I don’t mean just the brand, but also a fan of the life and biography of this greatly talented designer, and the bag is a true piece of art.”
Led by Marc Jacobs’ graphic black and white prints at Louis Vuitton, we have all gone mad for monochrome again this season. Not that I have ever not been mad for monochrome, I am very much a fan of the impact this most classic of combinations can make. But if you think you’ll miss a little brightness, try adding just a pop of colour (POC) to your outfit.
Top left: Stella McCartney ‘Falabella’ Black Faux Suede Quilt Large Clutch Bag – on its way to becoming a modern classic. Perfect mix of classic quilting and tough chainwork.
Bottom left: Giuseppe Zanotti ‘Sharon’ Black & White Stripe Yellow Snake – POC all the way!!
Centre: Helmut Lang Black Cream Geometric Reversible Light - for the indecisive monochrome lover. Wear it black one day, white the other. Or confuse your wok mates by popping out to lunch in one option and coming back in the other. See who notices.
Top right: Alexander McQueen Resort 2010 Black Crepe Zip Dress - it is McQueen, it has zips, it is the most amazing shape. What is not to love?
Bottom right: Versace ‘Dvea’ Black Patent Double Platform Heels – seriously, why have one platform when you can have two?
New Feature Alert!!! New Feature Alert!!! New Feature Alert!!!
Attention grabbed? Excellent. Each week we’ll select a couple of super pieces from our stock list and face them off against each other. That simple. Think of it as the Celebrity Grudge Match of designer fashion.
Style Sequel Fashion Face Off. Yves Saint Laurent Muse Two – a David vs Goliath tale.
So, would you take the original Muse Two from SS08 – as carried by Kate Moss in the ad campaign and a collector’s item now (we sold one recently for an eye watering amount) or the more recent perfectly compact Mini Muse Two with its ‘oh my god, that is adorable!’ appeal (exactly what the girls in the office said when it arrived with us).
Me? Well being just above five feet tall myself I am a big believer that the best things coming in small packages. So I’ll stick my flag in the Muse Two Mini camp. For me it wins this round.
Do you agree? Also do you like my photoshopping?
A trend this season, last season, every bloomin season; fashion’s brush with the wild side NEVER goes out of fashion. Shop our animalistic edit below. As with all our stunning finds we have only one of each. You can’t get much more edited than can you?
Top left: Dolce & Gabbana Inside ‘n’ Out Leopard Print Pumps – two lots of leopard for the price of one
Bottom left: Rupert Sanderson SS13 ‘Elba’ Silver Leopard Heels – red carpet favourite. Oh, and current season. Oh, and unworn with box
Centre: Nanette Lepore ‘Cheek To Cheek’ Leopard Velvet Coat – it looks like leopard, it feels like leopard. It is not leopard (phew!)
Top right: Miu Miu Pink & Grey Python Platform Heels – pink gets a tough snakeskin make over
Bottom right: Dolce & Gabbana ‘Sicily’ Grey Leopard Leather Bag - another Dolce piece. Well what did you expect from a feature on animal print? NEW NEW NEW
We are all very familiar with the Chanel 2.55 Classic Flap bag right? It is one of fashion’s most recognisable images and consistently tops lists of the most wanted handbags (along with the Hermes Kelly and Birkin) and is undoubtedly a Modern Classic. But did you know that there is a more modern Modern Classic? One spawned from an older Chanel classic; the Chanel 2.55 Reissue bag – in many ways the original Chanel ‘It bag’.
This is a story of handbag time travel. First a bit of history (not a Roman or a Tudor in sight though, I promise).
The seeds of this most iconic of accessories were sewn in the 1920s when Coco Chanel wanted to free up her hands. Remember that prior to this women’s bags tended to be hand held or in a clutch style – very much not hands free. So Coco added straps to a bag allowing it to be worn over the shoulder; when it was released onto the market in 1929 it was a huge success. Whilst this first Chanel bag was not the 2.55 bag that we know and love today, it was very much a ‘working prototype’. Following the Second World War Chanel updated her handbag to the 2.55 – named after its release date of February 1955 (February being the second month of the year, so when written in shorthand you get 2/55 or 2.55).
Still with me? Good. Back to more recent times, in February 2005 the Chanel 2.55 Reissue was created. Part of Karl Lagerfeld’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Coco’s original Chanel 2.55 bag, it was not in fact named the Reissue at the time. But it quickly became known as such. Now if you are being pedantic the term Reissue should only be used for those bags that were made to commemorate the original ie those from 2005, but as is often the case with fashion democracy the buying public’s will took over and the name Reissue name stuck. It is now used to describe all bags that resemble the original 2.55 Reissues. And yes, this whole ‘original copy of an original via a 1980s update’ thing is a bit confusing. For most of us the 2.55 Reissue version’s most obvious difference from the more common Classic Flap version is the clasp. The Reissue has the original Coco Chanel designed twist clasp (called the Mademoiselle Lock – a reference to Chanel never marrying) and the Classic Flap has Karl’s CC clasp (introduced in the 1980s and soon becoming synonymous with the Chanel flap front bags).
There are of course many stories as to where Chanel gleaned her fashion influences. A lot of them hark back to her childhood days growing up around nuns in an orphanage and her iconic quilted bags are no excepting (even the quilting is supposed to be based on the mullions of the orphanage windows). One such story claims that the double chain shoulder strap on the 2.55 was inspired by the chains that the nuns of the orphanage would dangle their keys from. There are also claims that the brownish red colour of the inside of the original 2.55 represents the colour of the uniforms she and the other children wore. Of course it is impossible to verify these stories 100% but it is likely that at least some of them have some basis.
Over the years there have been many variations to the 2.55. Both the 2.55 Reissue and the 2.55 Classic Flap bag, with its interlocking CC closure and leather interwoven chain, have been produced in a whole range of leathers, exotic skins and textiles and in a whole range of sizes - mini, jumbo, maxi etc – as well as with single flaps and double flaps.
When it comes to a choice between the Reissue and the Classic Flap, it seems that Chanel fans are happy to embrace both, but those ladies looking for a taste of the real Coco love the Reissue most. Which do you prefer?
I am cooler than you…la la la. You know it is true. I am sooooo cool it hurts. I am not even trying, it just comes naturally.
Stop looking at me…..you don’t deserve to.