The rise and rise of the new status handbag…

As it were, a few years ago when two sisters launched a new concept in handbag materials and shapes, they could not have, in their most ambitious career dreams have foreseen just how the launch of Mansur Gavriel would disrupt the fiercely disputed world of handbags. With the combination of a small production line and the enormous quite unexpected attention the Instagram world (still in its infancy then) brought to the label, it was no surprise to see the labelRead more…

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Fashion and the beautiful people…

Brazil is a country synonymous with beauty, beautiful nature & beautiful people, so it has always baffled me that its incredible fashion industry has never really flourished outside of its own cocoon. Of course part of the reason is that in terms of leading trends, the hubs of high fashion are all located in the Northern hemisphere – it is where all new fashions are traditionally first seen. The southern hemisphere’s hot fashion hubs of Brazil, Australia and South AfricaRead more…

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Cracked heels not invited…

Well, yes it feels like a time to celebrate… For quite a few seasons now, I have felt left out of the “shoe porn” party on instagram as well as in real life. Let me explain, as I grow into a more mature phase of my fashion life, I have been finding it more and more difficult to fall in love with shoes. I have in my mind been blaming designers who no longer design for the women with realRead more…

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The sales as we knew it….

I have been one of the very early days adopters of online shopping. In fact I suspect, I must have been one of the very first few customers to join net-a-porter’s mailing list all those 17 years ago. I had a good reason back then, it was a case or adapt or die, ok maybe not die, but let an intense passion die. I was living in South Africa back then, a country that after years of isolation from theRead more…

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The once a season treat your wardrobe deserves….

At this time of the year, when Christmas is fast approaching, it is only natural to start thinking about those investments that at any other time of the year would seem far too indulgent and quite frankly, frivolous. And because frivolity has never equated to elegance, it is the classic handbags category that comes to mind. In the handbag department of my perfectly defined and somewhat rigorous style’s dos and don’ts, I have some style finickinesses that I am not ready toRead more…

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Head to toe embroidery…will you please?

Much against what I imagined my 50-year-old self to be one day – that super sleek classic dresser who takes dressing her own age very seriously… now fast forward to September 2017 and I find myself convinced that in fact, a good eye for prints (and print clashing for that matter), is an essential key to a grown up woman’s style evolution. Feeling rather enlighted by this change of heart, I am totally smitten with the luxe Bohemia taking hold of myRead more…

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All hail the one piece…

As a Brazilian-born, it has always been tricky to get my head around the concept of a full piece swimming costume. I mean, growing up watching women of all shapes and sizes wearing bikinis of all shapes and sizes while worshipping the sun on the white, sexy sands of Rio, does not leave space in one’s head for understanding the concept of a one piece that leaves one with all sorts of weird and wonderful tan marks. In addition, IRead more…

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The essential guide to the summer sales…

With traditional sale times turned on its head, sales shopping has become a little more complicated. Firstly, because we no longer know when to expect the price of that gorgeous designer blazer to drop, secondly because it may be discounted by anything from 20% to 50% off, depending on the stockist. While it is quite exciting to shop the summer sales in May, when technically summer has not even started yet, it does make it harder work to trawl our favoriteRead more…

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The shape of things to come: A fashion insider’s peek into sartorial choices for next season..

“Oh, fashion….Always running ahead of itself.” Picture this, it is Paris Fashion Week, March 2017, the calendar end to the long European winter, but in real effect, still very much winter in a rainy, cold Paris. That boring time of the year, sartorially speaking, when none of your clothes feels exciting anymore. You have a wardrobe full of “new season” purchases, but it may be another few months before you can actually wear them, meantime you are stuck wearing yourRead more…

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The five style commandments for the summer of 2017…

March, the promise of warmer days ahead…ahead, but not quite here yet. If I were a month, when it comes to fashion I would probably be March. Spring like on paper, but unpredictable and non-conformist in reality. For those of you familiar with my fashion views, you will know I don’t play by the generally accepted Instagram etiquette of “be nice or be quiet”. If I feel strongly enough about say, bloggers who don’t disclose their posts as sponsored whenRead more…

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