Lusting After Lace!

Remember the Mango lace dress I have been lusting after for months!? Well its almost in stores and I honestly can’t contain my excitement at getting my hands on it. But I really hope I’m not jinxing myself and that it sells out before I can get my hands on it. So here’s a note to all my blog readers; please if you see it in stores, let me know!!

The dress is part of Mango’s stunning Fall Collection which is modeled by the gorgeous Isabeli Fontana. She replaces Scarlett Johansson as the face of the brand. Photographed by Terry Richardson, these seductive shots taken in Paris are full on glamour and by far one of the best highstreet campaigns I’ve seen yet.

To see more pictures of the collection, click here.

 

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Time on my Hands: Valentino Timeless Collection

One of the biggest indulgences in my family has to be watches. Every single person from my dad to my brother, is obsessed with watches! I lost my Cartier watch in Dubai almost 2 years ago and have never really recovered from that trauma (seriously I was in a depression for days!) and ever since I’ve been slowly coming to terms with the loss and what better way than shopping for a replacement!

I’ve made a vow to myself that I will replace that Cartier on my 30th birthday and with a few years yet to go until that happens, I refuse to go bare-wristed when it comes to the watch department, so I am always on the look out for new time pieces to add to my collection.

The Valentino Timeless Collection offers some MAJOR wrist candy! With three distinct designs I’m having a really hard time choosing a favourite.

The ‘Rosier‘ collection offers an unexpected yet stunning re-interpretation of the rose, Maison Valentino’s iconic flower, reproduced with a graphic silhouette on ajouré steel, inlaid just like lace and fretworked with sinuous lines. A subtle glamorous case with bright polished top ring in curved crystal sapphire is delicately placed wrapped among petals in its decentralized position. This refined watch shape appears to be suspended from the central lugs of the fine lizard leather strap, also available in various colours to match the dial.

I have never considered a red strap watch until now!

Lace, is one of the most important themes in fashion at the moment. Chantilly, macramé or Point d’esprit, the lace in tailored bon ton clothes and in the most chic, romantic, feminine accessories is transformed in a high-tech texture. The “Lace” collection made of rubber with a raised outline covers the steel of the bezel and the whole bracelet, decorating individual links with patterns which are different every time. The floral pattern is also printed on the dial, embellished by four diamond indexes, while the case is made of steel, either blackened with IP treatment or gold-plated. The colour palette includes white, black and nude: the colours that dominate the catwalks this season.

Lace on my wrist? Yes please!!

An authentic jewel watch, the “Eden” collection comes with various gemstones set on the top ring. The selection of precious gemstones is “Very Valentino”: white agate, pink coral, onyx, coral or turquoise stones are handcrafted, faceted, polished and assembled back to back on the bezel. All enhanced with steel Clou de Paris decorated or diamond illuminated indexes. More precious versions are set with additional diamonds on bezel and dial and stones on bracelet. The look is completed with an elegant strap in calf or crocodile leather and a more casual alternative is available with a steel bracelet.

I’ll take one of each please!!

The Valentino Timeless collection is available at all Valentino boutiques and in Paris Gallery at Dubai Mall.

For The Love of a Lace Dress

I’m a sucker for a lace dress. I went positively gaga when Issa launched their capsule collection for Net-A-Porter and am still distraught I didn’t get my hands on one even though I harassed every person I knew at the company to sort me out with one. Alas, I haven’t given up yet, but have been scouring stores worldwide for more lace dresses to add to my ever-growing collection. I currently have 4 and I can’t seem to shake my addiction to them.

My latest obsession is this red lace one from Mango. Part of the A/W 2011 collection, the dress is both exquisite in style and allure. The detailing and hue merge to give a stunning result that’s left me lusting after the piece.

If you didn’t get a chance to see the Mango A/W 2011 Fashion Show, watch it here now.

The collection features a timeless and chic wardrobe with versatile items that can be worn throughout the day and night. Elaborate detailing includes glitter, gold, Swarovski crystals and sequins, which are applied to a range of fabrics, including wool, denim and bouclé. I also cannot wait to get my hands on this gorgeous dress!

The Lace Dress Issue

International frenzy was caused yesterday morning with the Issa for Net-A-Porter collection went live. You may remember I blogged earlier in the week about its release. Well trust me to stay up until 6am watching all the season finales of my favourite American shows to miss the launch!! I woke up to so many pings from my shopaholic partner in crime, Zainab squealing that not only had the collection gone live but it was virtually sold out! Queue several irate tweets and emails to Net-A-Porter at our frustration at not being informed that the sale was actually taking place. I mean what is the point of signing up for notifications when you don’t receive them! We are now on the waiting list for the dresses, so fingers crossed we both get the dress of our dreams!

In the mean time, I’ve been looking at alternatives online today just in case I miss out on a dress from the Issa Capsule Collection. Lace is a HUGE trend this season and literally every designer and retailer is carrying some lace pieces in their collections. This means there’s so much choice from colours, styles and budget.

Whistles £250

French Connection £110

Christopher Kane at Net-A-Porter £1620

Juicy Couture £250

Topshop £48

Karen Millen £110

Milly at Net-A-Porter £390

Tibi at Net-A-Porter £450

Reiss £149

Primark £19

Miss Selfridge £30

Whistles £175

Topshop Boutique £70

French Connection £110

Warehouse £55

Happy Shopping girlies!!

Issa’s Capsule Collection

I’ve been meaning to blog about the major awesomeness that is the Issa capsule collection for Net-A-Porter for ages, but I always seem to forget. That is, until yesterday, when one of my reader’s asked me when we could expect the line to be released. I went into a little hyper-overdrive as I contacted Net-A-Porter for a date (still unconfirmed!).

This capsule collection featuring 6 lace creations in the hottest of colours for the season are exactly what every wardrobe needs. Brazilian designer Daniella Helayel has an instinctive feel for what flatters a woman’s body. The new styles combine nipped-in waists with fuller skirts and a hem length that’s sexy, but still chic.

I’m going to have difficulty choosing just one dress from the collection. Something tells me that by the end of the summer I may just have all 6!