Gucci. A top of the game, creme de la creme of designer accessories. There’s more than just ‘something’ about Gucci that gets my heart fluttering and causes my mind to enter a state of Gucci-phoria. It’s the combustible combination of quality, elegance and edge which when slung across your shoulder can add miles and miles of oomph to your outfit. There’s no over-doing your look when you’re rocking a Gucci and personally, there’s not one thing that can steal my heart quite like Gucci bags can, especially the icon Gucci Bamboo bag.
The large shopper makes a purrrrfect Airport bag and the meduim size make’s a wonderful shopper and evening tote. Which one would you go for? I just might have to have both:)
The Gucci Bamboo Shopper comes in Black, nutmeg brown, Red,Pink, metalic soft gold and, blue and white
Large Gucci Bamboo shopper £1,390
Meduim Gucci bamboo Shopper £1,230
Perfect size for day and evening glamour
The Gucci Bamboo made its first debut in 1947 and has continued to steal hearts of many for the last 66 years. The genius artisans milked, for lack of a better term, the period of rationing materials during the war and creatively used the abundance of bamboo canes to create the handbag handle by heating the material and shaping it into a semi circle. For the main body of the original Bamboo bag, pebbled pig skin material was used.
The evolution of Gucci Bamboo has seen the pebbled pig skin material be replaced with leather / printed canvas / printed calf hair and many others.
The icon bag hasn’t failed to find itself draped across the arms of royalty, silver screen starlets and celebrities to date. From the likes of Elizabeth Taylor to Princess Diana in recent history, to Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez in present time, its undeniable beauty continues to reign in the spotlight, its rightful place.
A small detail seems to have grown in popularity and celebrities across the globe are catching onto the trend.
Check out Gwyneth Paltrow shocking pink earrings-they certainly add interest to a little black dress! ASOS have some statement tassel earrings if you want to recreate her look.
ANNE TAYLOR JEWELLERY
Tassels are nothing new, we’ve all seen the odd, small tassel on leather accessories like handbags and purses, but now we’re seeing them take centre stage- extra long, over sized, brightly coloured, or made to stand out in some way.
TOPSHOP UNIQUE TASSEL SHOES
So it’s no longer just handbags for Summer 2011, they’re on everything from shoes to dresses to belts and hat.
PAUL AND JOE OBI BELT
GUCCI OBI BELT AND BAG
Tassels are swiftly becoming one of the season’s most important fashion accents! Spotted swishing down the S/S 11 runways at Gucci, Sonia Rykiel, and Louis Vuitton.
THE FLARED/BELLBOTTOM JEANS are back in a big way for fall
LOVE IT OR HATE IT?
SPY’s STYLE TIP
All you Bohemian types seem to have an inherent affinity for flares and bell-bottoms, I have a pair of the J Brand Lovestory. It pairs beautifully with clogs and and a peasant or gypsy blouse but the flare doesn’t have to be hippie!
Try wearing yours in a more sophisticated way buy teaming them with an elegant fitted silk shirt, cognac accessories or try them in white denim for a Carolyn Bessette-on-the-Italian Riviera look.
Spy’s Top tip is to buy a pair with a little restraint- don’t choose a pair that is too belled or flared. 7 For All Mankind and Paige do some great styles.
CLAUDIA SCHIFFER AND GWYNETH PALTROW
Celebrities are adding some laid back style to their daytime looks by wearing flared jeans. They took their inspirations from Gucci and Marc Jacobs 70′s-inspired collections. Gwyneth Paltrow teamed her Marrakesh Jeans with brown boots to travel in style at Heathrow airport,while Claudia Schiffer wore her ultra slimming dark flares with a waist cinching belt…and drinking my favourite coffee-a Starbucks Frappucino!
Wide Legs Jeans or Bell Bottom
Wide legged or Bellbottom’s were a very popular fashion trend in the years of 60′s to 70′s. It is fitted tightly at the hips and loose from the knee downwards whilst flaring from the thigh which is perfect for hiding larger thighs. You can wear with heels to lengthen your legs for maximum effect. Suitable for all body styles and great for hiding a not-so-perfect legs.
Flare Cut Jeans
The flared cut jeans is narrow at the thigh and knee, and then widens at the calf. It is one of the most sought jeans by all celebrities maybe because it never out of style and it is common to wear at any occasions. It is perfect for balancing a curvy figure and athletic thighs, making your legs look ludicrously long and giving you an elegant outline. High heels and stilettos are other most befitting footwear.
WHICH COLOR OF THE RAINBOW ARE YOU?
Well after a season of grey and beige it’s like the designers have gone mad for dazzling brights this season. You can wear them from head to toe or clash them in fantastic combinations like purple and red, green and Pink the choice is yours. Fabrics which make this look work and give it that expensive look are rich fabrics such as taffeta,silk and duchess satin. if the whole colour story brings you out in a rash, try pairing a single bright piece with a simple t-shirt. The other great alternative to nod to the trend is by choosing or accessorizing with a bag , shoe or belt.
LOVE IN BLUE
Stella McCartney showed off her models in denim dresses. They were boxy shapes and tunics. Derek Lam and Elie Tahari also presented Spring 2011 women’s denim fashion. High-waisted denim at Elie Tahari was sooo wonderful! Want want want!
ELIE TAHARI 2011
STELLA McCARTNEY 2011
Making a pleasant entry in Spring 2011 denim fashion trend for women are denim blazers, denim medium short skirts, long skirts, denim wide leg pants, classic cut denim jeans, denim medium shorts, denim shirts, denim detailing…Denim rules 7 days a week!!
Color is so big this season that two, three, four or five bright colors were combined to create one amazing statement. Turquoise..ummmmmmm love that color as it reminds me of the Seychelles waters and romantic holidays! Well we all know turquoise looks fantastic with white, but this season it’s being paired with yellow. My favourite match made in heaven is when it’s paired with brown. We have Blumarine, Tim Van Steenbergen, Richie Rich, and Christian Siriano to thank!
Floor length dresses and maxi dresses are storming in the style stakes and it’s no wonder when you see amazing dresses like this one in Jenny Packman 2011 collection. Chiffon and sheer fabrics are this seasons choice in fabric.
LOVE IN WHITE
John Galliano, Dolce and Gabanna, Rag and Bone,
Purity and minimalism doesn’t cease to impress designers over and over again, this way fueling the reputation of the all white fashion trend. The Spring/Summer 2011 all white fashion trend mesmerizes the public with its blinding and at the same time heart-warming visual impression. It shouts out modern and sophisticated glamour in a sexily undone way. A white blazer or jacket is Spy’s top must have item for Summer 2011.
LOVE IN NUDES
Chloe, Alexander Wang, Lanvin,Alberta Ferretti
I so love this color and if you didn’t dip your toes into this trend in 2010 then you must give it ago this summer. It oozes sophistication and is a welcome break to this seasons rainbow of color. Think blush, beige, light bronze,milky coffee. pick a nude to complete your outfit as the Nude shoe is in pole position in the heel Race!
It is said by adding color into your wardrobe can play a significant role in your mood throughout the day. It is important to find different colors that are flattering on your skin tone. If you have fair skin, stick to emerald green, coral, and blues. If you have a darker complexion, try bright shades like pink, yellow or red. Mix and match different hues together. Don’t be afraid of color contrasting, instead follow the trend and watch your mood begin to change.
LOVE IN TANGERINE
Paul and Joe, Dior, Calvin Klein,Fendi,Gucci
Fantastic zesty shades of orange give you a bright youthful flair and definitely can add juicy to your looks! Try taming the orange by using contrasting colors to calm the shade in the form of accessories. Take a tip from the fashion designers by adding a touch of turquoise with a belt or handbag. If you love being tanned, the vibrant orange is a good color choice for you. If the head-to-toe orange look is too bold for you, you still can accentuate your orange attire via orange shoes, bags, belts, or any accessories.LOVE IN NEON BRIGHTS
Christopher Kane,Paul Smith, MiuMiu,Damir Doma
When I think of neon colours it makes me think of youth, street fashion. Christopher Kane has taken inspiration from Princess Margaret- The original Royal bad girl!! He seems to capture lady like and still make it look provocative and modern. His collection was a mix of lace,silks,prints and leather all in fluorescent bright colours. He’s a genius.
LOVE IN YELLOW
MaxaMara, Osman Yousef Zada
Yellow always makes me feel good! It has this amazing power to make you feel good. It has a warm feel good factor which reminds me of the summer and is this seasons sunniest hue.
CHANEL NAIL POLISH ‘LA SUNRISE”
Fresh baked bread, the smell of the seaside. It’s often the little things-a taste, a smell, a texture that re-ignites memories. Scientist have discovered our senses are stimulated while we’re undergoing an emotional experience and sound, taste or smell is locked into the memory.
Chanel N5, L’Air Du Temps, Posion,Anais Anais,Opium, Angel, CK one, Rive Gauche, Coco, Beautiful,J’adore,Eau Dynamisante,Shalimar, Joy Blue grass,Lime Basil and Mandarin…These are the Top selling perfumes of all time and the reason behind this is because for many people they keep going back to their favourites as they hold memories.
Perfume is thousands of years old and the word Perfume comes from the Latin per fume which means ‘through smoke’. One of the oldest uses of perfume comes from the burning of incense and herbs. The Egyptians were the first to use perfume in their culture, they also invented glass and perfume bottles!!
Right that’s your History lesson over…Lets talk about what scents make you feel younger? Sexier? And what men really think about our choices!
When a group of men were polled on what they liked they answered with ‘Just out of the shower’,’ like the girl next door..natural’, ‘Something that smells expensive and sophisticated’, ‘If it’s got a kick..reminds me of a girl with attitude’
Then the negative feedback was ‘smelt powdery..like your grandmother’ ( Spy’s tip is if the bottle is on your Nan’s dressing table then it shouldn’t be on yours! Sorry Nan! ‘Too fruity and sugary which makes them think of the candy store and kitchen…not the bedroom!
We all have many different facets to our personality; this is the world of D&G,” declare Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, who launched the five-strong Fragrance Anthology.
Designed to allow the ultimate in fragrance self-expression, these scents were inspired by the game of Tarot, with each representing a different personality. Choose from provocative Le Baleteur (The seducer), irrepressible L’Imperatrice(The diva), sensual L’Amoureux( The Charmer), daring La Roue de la Fortune or hypnotising La Lune….Spy’s favourite as it’s for The dreamer!!
CREED-LOVE IN WHITE is a gorgeous bouquet of white flowers combining the first blooms of spring (Magnolia, Narcissus and White Hyacinth) with Fresh Grass on a base of White Iris from Florence, Rice Husk, and Vanilla to add depth and longevity. Creed perfumes have a wonderful selection for both men and women, check out Spring flower and Acqua Fiorentina.
ACQUA DI GIOIA This is a must try! Spy loves it. Its really perfect for day wear and is so fresh and perfect to compliment the ‘Outdoor’ girl look! Its main notes are ‘Majestic Rose and Jasmine essences’ the perfect combination.Garden Pharmacy Debenhams
CHLOE perfumes are high on Spy’s must check out list as they are so good at capturing ‘The spirit of a woman’. I adore ‘Nude’, ‘Chloe’ and their latest new one ‘Chloe Love’ is another hit which is a rainbow of floral sophistication. DebenhamsGarden Pharmacy
Tom Fordis the master of Uber sexy fashion and the same has become true for his fragrances, particularly his exclusive and very luxurious Private Blends collection. Bois Marocaincame out earlier this year and has warm, seductive aromas. At the heart of the scent is rare Moroccan wood, thuya, blended with spiced florals, and a base of cedar and Indonesian patchouli. If you like this scent then try his Black Orchid fragrance as it oozes sophistication.
Marc Jacob’slatest scent is a flirty perfume in a totally on-trend bottle that was designed by the catwalk king himself. Who could forget his wonderful Daisy fragrance contained in the perfect girly daisy bottle The new curvy violet number is topped off with a flower fashioned in rubber which reflects the floral bouquet of the scent. There are fruity top notes and seductive Pear D’Anjou with juicy red grapefruit in there too. The lingering heart is ultra-feminine and includes fuschia, peony with rose and geranium. Lola by Marc Jacobs, £45
Diesel Fuel for Life, is energetic, vibrant, and fruity, with notes of black currant, jasmine, and patchouli. It’s the one to spritz on when you need something light, young and fresh…perfect too as a pick yourself up scent. 50ml Eau de Parfum Garden Pharmacy
Bond No. 9 Central Park, Chelsea Flowers, and the Scent of Peace, are all different but have a similarly calm appeal. You’ll find green and clean (Central Park), chic floral shop (Chelsea Flowers), and optimistic freshness (the Scent of Peace). Bonus: These sleek, small atomizers are perfect for your handbag or travel.
BOND NO9 Perfume comes in the most amazing bottles!No 9 representing the address of it’s HQ 9 Bond Street , in NoHo. The city it celebrates is none other than the city that never sleeps..New York. Each fragrance represents a specific downtown, midtown, or uptown location. Wonderful perfumes so you must go take a sniff, Spy loves it!
Fans of Issey Miyake’s original fragrance have been waiting a whole ten years for this master of the clean fresh scent to make another. And finally it’s here! Simply called ‘A Scent’, Miyake’s new perfume is a green, woody floral fragrance with subtle notes of fresh flowers such as jasmine, hyacinth and verbena Debenhams.
A Scent by Issey Miyake, £29.50 for 30ml Eau de Toilette Garden Pharmacy
Valentino Rock n’ Rose Couture, is not for wallflowers. This scent combines succulent black currant with rose, gardenia, and musk for a slightly naughty feel. The bottle is just Devinne and very bang on trend with its lace themed bottle. You know you want it even if it’s just to sit perfectly on your dressing table!
What’s right for special occasions: Calvin Klein Euphoria Crystalline Edition, combines juicy pomegranate with black orchid, amber, black violet, and mahogany wood. A modernist head turner.Debenhams Garden Pharmacy
RALPH LAUREN-ROMANCE I adore his clothes and this little fragrance is always listed in top favourite perfumes. Every girl loves romance…Clever isn’t he? Suited better for evening wear.Debenhams Garden Pharmacy
HERMES -EAU DES MERVEILLES This fragrances notes are commonly found in men’s cologne! It is unique in that it is feminine but with a strong woodsy (I think it is oak or cedar) tone to it. It isn’t heavy though, in fact it is very light, very clean, subtly floral, subtly spicy and oaky. All in all, a modern and unique fragrance. It’s one of Spy’s favourites!
Benefit‘s cute Crescent Rowis a trio of fragrances each named after a character who embodies that scent. They are very girly, and adorable cute bottles will make a youthful addition to your dressing table. All in all, a modern and unique fragrances with a similar idea to D&G’s Anthology. Which woman will you want to be? There’s seductive Gina, flirty Sofia and playful Lee Lee.
Crescent Row by Benefit, £29.50 each for 30ml
Michael Kors captures the opulence of old Hollywood in his glittering new fragrance, Very Hollywood. The glitz and glamour starts with the bottle which wouldn’t look out of place on the dressing table of a 1930s silver screen siren and finishes with the perfume which comprises mandarin, ylang ylang, gardenia topped with Italian orris and vetiver.
Very Hollywood by Michael Kors, £34, 30ml Eau de Parfum spray.Garden Pharmacy
L’Eau Ambree by Prada, £46.48 for 50ml Garden Pharmacy
Prada perfumes are one of my favourites as I like to think of them as the ‘Thinking girls fragrances’. Prada Infusion d’Iris,blends orange blossom, wet-smelling iris, mandarin, vetiver, and incense for a charming, light, bright scent. Spy looove’s it!
What’s right for work: Missoni Acqua, is a buoyant yet stylish scent, with notes of bergamot, melon, peony, and what perfumers call “sole,” which is meant to evoke the sun hitting the water. Don’t save this for a holiday, go treat yourself today! Garden Pharmacy
Just in case you are inquisitive like moi…The most expensive perfume in the World is by Clive Christian ‘Imperial Majesty’ . Priced at $215,000 for 16.90z, the bottle is as lavishly adorned . The bottles come with a brilliant cut white diamond of five carat and an 18-carat gold collar! I’ll just take the diamond pleeeease! 5 Carat Emmerald cut I’m hoping?
The Military jacket seems to come back to life season after season! We see it on the backs of our Rock and Pop legends all the time. Think Cold Play, Micheal Jackson, Duran Duran, Adam and the ants!! Remember him?! Yeaks I am showing my young age!
I think the jacket looks fantastic in all forms of styles and if you wear them dressed down they really do make for a great look. Do you remember Cat Deeley in the grey Monsoon version? As soon as she was papped in it the shops sold out completely!
Khaki is back on the fashion Radar so ispyfashions top tip is what ever military or combat style you choose, as long as it is Khaki, it’s bang on trend. Try teaming it with something super feminine though- such as a floral dress. A head to to toe military look should just be worn by the British army!
How about making your own if you are strapped for extra cash. Add military inspired patches, black/silver or gold(very now) .Then swap the buttons for gunmetal/pewter ones. You could really take the look to the max by adding a antique medal or military pins sorced from antique shops or try asking your grandad!
I am a huge fan of Christopher Decarnin’s designs for Balmain. This Devinne collection which I seriously would consider selling my house for is all about shimmering golds, Military jackets, camouflage prints and studded accents. The ultimate tough girl’s fashion statement.
This man is responsible for the current sexy and bold signature looks that this brand are famous for. His 2010 collections included flowy gowns, pleated skirts and other elegant pieces of simplicity. I go week at the knees when I see any of his beautifully tailored jackets and blazers. The man is a genius! Shoulders and sequins don’t seem to be going anywhere soon. Mr B’s collections has a big army look along with a slight disco bling feel going on from the last two season. The look is copied all over the high street.
Balmain seems to target shoppers who are affluent aristocrats and young girls from important and influential families. He also has a celebrity followers such as Beyonce and Rihanna.
The brand wants to represent old-school luxury. Unlike its competitors like LV and Gucci who don’t mind any one popping in their shop even if it’s only for a pair of sunglasses they can afford. Balmain has a very different outlook on its clientele. Have you ever entered one of their exquisite boutiques? Well trust me it can be very intimidating!
Well well well! Who would have thought Krystle Carrington and Joan Collins cocktail wear would be back in the shops! Fashion has really well and truly returned to the 80′s. Are you a disco diva or a Dynasty babe?
Versace, Gucci, Dolce and Gabbana to name a few have revived the eighties era with lashings of glitter, sequins and full blown glamour. How can we forget the decade of indulgence and excess? I certainly have too many unforgiving photos to hide, so for me this style trend is one I might want to skip!
I have to give caution to all my lovely iSpy Fashion followers: If you wore it the first time round then our advice would be to take small influences from the catwalk and leave the retro looks to the younger ones who didn’t explore the decade the first time around!
It really was a season of disco fever and party till dawn. Donatella Versace really rocked the runway in revealing satin and sequined slips. Her girls always look ready for a party so a revival to the eighties with lots of lame, lycra and puffs looked fanstastic! Go get em girls!!