Cartier C de Cartier Collection

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cartier_c-de-cartier-collection1After that iconic red box, the adorable baby panther (that only seems to appear once a year over Christmas), precious jewellery and luxurious watches, Cartier is going for gold as far as fine leather goods are concerned, more specifically with the new C de Cartier collection that’s now available in Singapore. Having already previewed it over on Instagram (an illustrated montage by Jae Suk Kim and a mood shot by yours truly), here’s the post proper for everything C de Cartier.

cartier_c-de-cartier-collection2Decidedly feminine on the outside with its soft rounded edges that’s almost rubenesque, the inside is made for the modern woman on the go, made up of 3 different compartments that even the most OCD of you will find useful. Giving nothing away when it’s not in use, it opens up the moment you pop your hand in, be it into the roomy front or back compartments (one of which comes with a patch pocket that will fit the biggest of smartphones), or the middle compartment that’s anchored with a zipper where you’ll place important bits like your wallet or car keys.

With 2 additional smaller patch pockets in the middle compartment (good for name cards, discount/VIP cards and the like), even the smaller C de Cartier (yes, it comes in two sizes) will hold an iPad Mini with ease.

Measuring 34 cm by 24 cm and 41 cm by 26.5 cm for sizes Small and Mediumrespectively, there are subtle differences regarding the make for both sizes. The one in Small comes with a shoulder sling and shorter top handles, while the largerMedium has no sling but a longer drop which should allow you to wear the bag over the shoulder. Which also means the size you’ll get will be mostly dictated by what you intend to do with it, be it for work or for play.

cartier_fw15-c-de-cartier-collection3Now for the best part. Available in a beautiful variety of colours inspired by fine stones (an obvious link given its heritage as a fine jeweller), they are priced betweenSGD2850 and SGD3150, a reasonable amount given how expensive designer leather bags have become recently. In other words, the next time you’re at Cartier checking out the LOVE bracelet or the Tank watch, don’t forget to give these leather beauties a once-over as well.

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Your Questions, Answered: Join Our Live Q&A with Megs and Amanda Now!

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As you all know by now, our third annual National Handbag Day is this Saturday, October 10, and we’re celebrating all week with fun stuff like handbag histories, our favoritePurseForum threads and closer looks at what our bag choices say about us. Today, though, we’re turning over the floor to you.

If you want advice on which bag to pick for fall, feel curious about the state of the market or just want to chit chat in general, Megs and I will be in the comments until 2 p.m., answering everything we can, live! If you miss that window, leave your question anyway–we’ll get to as many as we can.

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H&M Launches a Capsule Collection by Ximon Lee In October

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Ximon Lee has been awarded the H&M design award for his androgynous apparel and his prospect as a designer. Ximon was the first menswear designer to receive this award in 2015, and this marks his second consecutive H&M design award recognition. If you like his quirky designs, you’ll be happy to get a piece from the Ximon Lee for H&M 2015 capsule collection that’s to get launched later in October.

Ximon Lee for H&M 2015 Lookbook

Ximon offers a fresh, new perspective as a designer, since he so recently graduated from Parson’s in 2014. In his time with H&M, the designer has shown his eye for unique silhouettes. As a proclaimed menswear designer, Ximon Lee has already shown that he can create a new bridge between men’s and women’s fashion. Since androgyny is already huge on the 2016 runway, there is no surprise H&M would create a line to celebrate it. In doing so, Ximon was given the perfect outlet to showcase his creative talent, while also playing to his strengths in menswear.

There’s no doubt the choice of this designer as the recipient of H&M’s reward was thought out and well-established. He has proved that his voice is strong enough to be heard in the fashion industry, and we know we’ll soon be seeing his looks on the streets, on men and women alike.

October 22nd marks the release date for the young designer’s eight-piece unisex collection. While many “androgynous” clothing lines tend to lean to one gender or the other (either showing masculine pieces with feminine aspects, or vice versa), Ximon has achieved a level of balance many designers haven’t quite been able to reach yet.

That is how the H&M award was given so precisely. With the goal of choosing a lesser-known designer who displays clear direction in his or her own fashion aesthetic, the brand’s choice was clear. Ximon is a young, new designer who has a head full of ideas and the technique to bring them to life.

In the past, he has demonstrated his talent when working with exaggerated shapes. He uses a variety of techniques to achieve these unique shapes, such as manipulating the volume or layering oversized garments on top of one another, and all while making sure not to lose the form of the garments. Working with oversized clothing can prove challenging, because as the garments become larger and larger than the model’s frame, it is difficult to maintain a coherent shape.

Ximon Lee for H&M 2015 Lookbook

But Ximon Lee has clearly pulled it off in his past work, and H&M has recognized him for his accomplishments. It takes a cool-headed designer to create something so structured yet laidback for a person of any gender, so Ximon has earned his prestige.

There is a clear market in the fashion industry today for his abstract way of thinking. It’s uncommon to see a designer who identifies as a menswear designer to delve into androgyny on such a balanced level, because it is a trend most often seen in the middle of a feminine-dominated runway show.

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LOUIS VUITTON TWIST CHAIN WALLET

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Louis Vuitton Twist Chain Crocodile Leather Wallet
Size: 7.5′ x 3.9’ inches
Price: $9,650 USD

Louis Vuitton is a brand we all love, just because they have a lot of amazing designs to offer. We’re going to emphasize the luxury house’s fashion status even more with their line of Twist Chain Wallets. This piece in particular is one of the new designs commissioned as creative director Nicolas Ghesquière took over. They’re truly bringing in their ‘A’-game, and we can’t wait to see what they’ve got in store for all of us! Let’s all take a look.

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How exotic can a Twist Chain get? This crocodile leather baby is everything! It is adorned with gold hardware and chain, which contrasts the exterior beautifully. With six credit card slots, one flat zipped coin pocket and a large compartment inside, you’ll never ever doubt this classic stunner again.

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Louis Vuitton Twist Chain Python Leather Wallet
Size: 7.5′ x 3.9’ inches
Price: $1,910 USD

Crocodile coming off too strong for you? Let this white python stunner be your signature piece! It still boasts of the same functionalities as the croc piece above.

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Louis Vuitton Twist Chain Epi Denim Leather Wallet
Size: 7.5′ x 3.9’ inches
Price: $1,620 USD, €1,100 EUR

Epi Denim is a bombshell, don’t you think? This blue wonder is made with cowhide leather, with grained calf leather lining. Palladium hardware gives this bag an added shine, on top of its no-nonsense functionality.

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Louis Vuitton Twist Chain Epi Azteque Leather Wallet
Size: 7.5′ x 3.9’ inches
Price: $1,840 USD, €1,250 EUR

Inspired by Fall/Winter 2015-2016 collection, this Epi Azteque beauty is as practical as it can get! It also shares the same functionality with the Crocodile Leather variation (plus one inside flat pocket), but instead of gold, it has a long, silver metallic chain. How cool is that?

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Louis Vuitton Twist Chain Graphic Print Leather Wallet
Size: 7.5′ x 3.9’ inches
Price: $1,910 USD, €1,300 EUR

Get this – the chain and hardware on this thing is mat black! Well, the Graphic Print variation is something that’s edgy and classy at the same time. Like the other two, it is also super functional and stylish!

All of these pieces bear the signature Twist turn-lock, an architectural, eye-catching design element you should watch out for. Get your very own Twist Chain Wallet now via Louis Vuitton online boutique.

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Hermès Ghillies Kelly Long Wallet

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hermes_ghillies-kelly-long-walletTrust Hermès to come up with something so adorable that only they can get away with. From the world of Hermès comes Kawaiiii!, the French luxury house’s take on the cutest of animated characters to promote (and I’m guessing) their latest additions which include bags and SLGs in new colour combinations.

Most naturally, the first thing to catch my eye is this: the Hermès Ghillies Kelly Long Wallet which has to be prettiest thing I’ve seen in a long while, especially when presented in the softest of pinks that’s simply irresistible. Priced in the SGD4000 toSGD5000 range (I honestly can’t keep up anymore with all the annual price increments), while it’s not the easiest wallet to get into (and use), it is by far one of the most gorgeous yet.

And before I go on non-stop about how much I need such a wallet in my life, check out the cute animation for yourself (it also features the Constance, the Plume and other bits and bobs) online via this link. Kawaii!

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Zadig & Voltaire Spring/Summer 2016 Collection – Paris Fashion Week

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Skulls, angel wings, wolves, butterflies and goodness knows what else Zadig & Voltaire’s creative director Cecilia Bonstrom would contrive to add to their rock ’n’ roll inspired cutting edge garments that could so masterfully synthesize casualness and luxury to bring about a brand new “casual luxury” style that was soon to become the best-loved pieces of many young ladies. The creative director of the French fashion house has recently presented the Zadig & Voltaire spring/summer 2016 collection that again feels pretty feminine and masculine at the same time, the exact pieces to slip into as you get out of bed and head to run your everyday errands.

Zadig & Voltaire Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Several seasons in a row Cecilia Bonstrom has been zealously playing with vivid colors, trying to marry the brand’s signature black, white and brown colors with racy shades of yellow, blue and pink. Frankly speaking, we were quite contended to see our favorite brand being showered by a colorful rain. However, to all appearances the gothic colors proved to be uncompromising and the new Zadig & Voltaire spring 2016 collection features only one particular saturated color – a brink pink pantsuit with tiny star-like motifs on it. The rest of the separates are purely and in toto Zadig & Voltaire.

Over and over again we are in anticipation to feel those natural and cushy cashmere, leather, cotton and washed silk on our bodies. White cotton shirts with puffed sleeves and the same material baby doll dresses look ideal when paired with the brand’s signature fringed brown leather jackets or brown casual blazers. One of the white shirts paired with leopard leggings could have caught many leopard-python-fancier girls’ attention if not Cecilia’s fresh new offering to cast aside those slinky leggings and pay attention to those scandalous brown-white leather panty-style shorts with shoulder straps and crisscross laces that are being twins with the same texture ankle boots.

These new style boots with tiny square heels are really effective complements to the brand’s whole bunch of biker boots. Some military vibes are wondering through Zadig & Voltaire’s rock ’n’ roll style getting in shape through a camo print boxer jacket or an olive green one tied nonchalantly at the model’s waist over a brown handkerchief dress. Denim pieces are in full swing with tattered hems and unique embroideries on them.

Zadig & Voltaire Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Zadig & Voltaire Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

The brown leather dungarees and the lovely ice-cream patches used on the denim pieces forcefully bring back childish memories featuring one of the most typical samples of urban life, and if there is the sun burning, your head is sure to be protected and styled with those fedora, derby hats and Gavroche caps that our favorite Zadig & Voltaire is proposing to us. Round-shaped clutches with multiple fringes cascading down, especially the vermillion one could become a part of this season’s must-haves despite being too micro to lodge anything essential. Last but not least, for spring Zadig & Voltaire has a fruitful message to you – keep peace, love and let your angel wings grow freely!

Zadig & Voltaire Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Zadig & Voltaire Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

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