ORLA KIELY FOR CLARKS

A while ago, I talked about the recent partnership between two Spanish manufacturers. Let’s head up north this time for a peek at another collaboration.

For Spring/Summer 2014, British brand Clarks turned to the Queen of Prints and acclaimed Irish designer, Orla Kiely to create a set of limited edition pumps, wedge heels and ballerinas. Presented during the London Fashion Week in September 2013, the collection consists of five styles in combinations of red, navy blue, mustard yellow, and cream.

Orla Kiely for Clarks

Orla Kiely for Clarks Orla Kiely for Clarks Orla Kiely for Clarks

The one that got my attention is the Orla Milly, a trendy summer ballerina with a cutaway heel. It has the “signature” floral print from Orla Kiely on the leather exterior, a buckle strap and a subtle 2 cm high heel.

Orla Kiely for Clarks

As I mentioned in one of my older posts, searching for the perfect ballerinas for my odd sized feet is like finding a needle in a haystack. Since I always order the bigger size, I need to wear shoes with either laces or straps so that one shoe doesn’t slip off. Yet for some reason, ballerinas with straps are just hard to find! I owned one many years ago but I outgrew them and haven’t been able to replace them ever since. The Orla Milly would have been the answer to my prayers, if only it did not have an open heel (as it would make the size difference more pronounced). So yes, close but no cigar.

What about you, which of the five styles do you like best?

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DESIGN MATTERS: SEAT Mii BY MANGO

H&M may be known for collaborating with premier designers such as Jimmy Choo, Lanvin and only two months ago, Isabel Marant. But Spain’s very own Mango just raised the bar with a tie-up for, literally, its biggest piece on the market yet.

A car.

Yes, folks. Mango joined forces with Spanish car manufacturer SEAT to create a stylish urban car with a unique feminine touch. The SEAT Mii by MANGO is a city car with a special focus on design: fashionable on the inside and stylish on the outside. It is the ideal combination of fashion and efficiency in one compact city slicker.

SEAT Mii by Mango

SEAT Mii by Mango SEAT Mii by Mango

I also received news by e-mail just this morning that a contest has been launched to mark the collaboration.

Artists, illustrators, fashion designers and creators from all over the world are invited to submit accessory designs based on the theme “An urban car for a city girl.” They must use the template provided to design a make-up bag and shoe bag.

Apart from the privilege of having his or her design go into production, the winner will also receive a brand new Mii by MANGO car! The judges will likewise choose five other designers who will each receive a MANGO wardrobe worth €500. Entries will be accepted until March 4. Visit Mango’s Facebook page to participate.

LUCKY RED

Red will bring in good luck this 2014, at least according to feng shui experts.

I’ve always felt that red isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s such a bold color that calls attention to itself wherever it is. But New Year is all about change. Since I’ve been wanting to wear red shoes for quite some time, maybe (just maybe!) I’ll take the plunge this 2014. It’s a real test of bravery. And hey, maybe they will indeed turn out to be lucky!
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red shoes

If they don’t, then at least I can pretend to be Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. I can always find my way home just by closing my eyes and tapping my heels three times :)

My second option: a red lipstick that goes well with a comfy, casual outfit. (But *gulp* it’s still too daring for me. The red lips, that is.)

red lipsOr I can invest in a red shoulder bag which, as Mandy Moore demonstrates, is gorgeous when paired with a gray jumper. Now that’s something that a novice like me can handle.

Mandy Moore red Proenza Schouler bag

Finally, taking it from Famke Janssen aka Jean Grey, I can consider wearing a red scarf that breaks the monotony of a black-and-white ensemble. This is definitely the least scary of all four.

Famke Janssen red scarf

Lucky or not, red is a lovely color that instantly adds a special touch to any look. A friend of mine also believes that wearing something red makes a woman feel (more) beautiful and confident. (Trust me, she always looks both!) Let’s see if I can conquer my fear of red in 2014.

Are you afraid of wearing red, too?

Images:

1. via Pinterest, 2. justjared.com, 3. vanessajackman.blogspot.com, 4. wheretoget.it , 5. internationalstreetstyle.com, 6. justjared.com, 7. posh24.com

ESPRIT WINTER: BLUE, WHITE AND PINK

With Christmas already over, I’m sure that everyone’s eyes are now on the next big occasion: New Year. The coming year not only signifies the end of an old calendar but for most, it also marks the beginning of a new chapter in their lives: getting a different haircut for a new look or starting a new business venture or making a fresh set of resolutions, which I hope are not just this year’s resolutions unresolved :D

If you’re aiming for more style this 2014 but not at the expense of comfort, then Esprit’s trend guide is what you need.

First stop, blue jeans and winter white for that elegant, casual or sporty look.

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But don’t limit yourself to blue jeans. Blue’s many shades give you a whole gamut of wchoices – from tops to dresses, trousers to accessories. Go ahead, experiment!

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esprit blue 2Finally, break the black habit! Bring soft hues of pink into your winter wardrobe. It’s sugar, spice and everything nice.

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Do you like blue and pink in the winter too?

P.S. This post is not sponsored in any way by Esprit. I just happen to be a big fan of the brand :) Click on “Esprit” on the tag cloud to read some of its previous campaigns and trend guides.

WINTER BASICS: MASSIMO DUTTI WOMEN LOOKBOOK

Did you know that Massimo Dutti is Zara’s sister company? They both belong to Inditex which also owns retail chains Bershka, Oysho, Stradivarius, Zara Home, Zara Kids, Pull and Bear, and Uterqüe. And don’t let the Italian name mislead you; Massimo Dutti is a Spanish company. The Italian name is purely fictional and not the name of a real person.

Here are some images from Massimo Dutti’s latest lookbook for women and from its winter campaign.

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CYCLE CHIC

Bicycle and backpack. They go together like cookies and milk. Or salt and pepper. Or bow and arrow. Or Batman and Robin. Or Mario and Luigi. Or… Well, you get the point :)

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| 1- Esprit | 2- Zara | 3- Takuro | 4- Electra | 5- Cheap Monday via Asos | 6- Esprit |Bike and backpack 01

| 1- Zara | 2- Zara | 3- Royal Republiq | 4- Vans | 5- Electra |

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| 1- Electra | 2- Calvin Klein | 3- Kipling | 4- Vagabond | 5- Levi’s | 6- Esprit |

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RANDOM STYLE IDEAS

It was somewhat cold and dreary early this week, which made me believe that autumn has finally arrived in Barcelona. I was wrong. This morning, I was greeted by warmth and lots of sunshine; I guess the coats and jumpers will be spending more time in storage!

pop of colour

sneakers

comfy

masculineImages:

(1) collagevintage.com, (2) modedamour.com, (3) stylelovely.com/mydailystyle, (4) selected.com

PRODUCING FOR THE PRODUCERS

Can you buy stylish accessories and directly help the underprivileged? Sounds difficult?

Not with the products of Takuro Apparel. Takuro, a social enterprise fashion label, was founded to work with widows in Nepal who have suffered discrimination for many years. Together with a non-governmental organization, it trains these women to sew so that they become not only beneficiaries but also partners in the production process. Are you familiar with Kickstarter? It’s an innovative platform where new projects, big or small, are financed by ordinary people. Takuro will launch its first products – the Manaslu backpack and the cashmere pashmina – via Kickstarter on October 30.

As a huge lover of waterproof backpacks, I thought that the Manaslu bags are gorgeous: they’re functional yet trendy; casual yet versatile. But knowing that behind every stitch is the story of a woman who is able to turn her life around makes them more beautiful, don’t you think?

(Update 04/11/2013: Takuro’s limited edition backpacks and cashmere shawls are now available for purchase via Indiegogo.)

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