Thursday, 18 August 2011

The Quilted Leather Look - Jackets and Handbags

We think that Pippa Middleton looks fabulous in her quilted leather jacket (Whistles) and striped dress (BCBGMAXAZRIA ) which she wore on her way to work the other day. We’ve also seen her rock the look with a quilted leather jacket over a print tea dress, too. Indeed, quilted leather has never been more popular than it is right now and it's easy to see why; quilting adds under-stated elegance without being flamboyant. It introduces pattern to an otherwise plain surface. A quilted leather handbag, for instance, can totally lift a plain, block-colour suit, giving it a chic, stylish twist.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Vintage Fashion and Leather Handbags

Some clothes and accessories have that delightful vintage appeal which is currently so popular amongst the fashion pundits. Vintage isn’t a new idea; it’s been around for a while. Originally the term vintage applied to new fashion products which reflected a stylish era in the past but has since been adopted by the designers and morphed into meaning new products which have been purposefully aged to show antiquity.

All SaintsVintage Dress £75, Forte Forte My Shirt Blouse £125, 7 For All Mankind Gwenevere Faded Jeans £104, Tie-Dye Print Dress & Distressed Jacket Milk & Honey, Alice Shabby-Chic Leather Shoulder Bag Catwalk Collection £59.95

Examples of this include ripped shorts or jeans as seen first on the catwalks of fashion houses Balmain, Burberry and Roberto Cavalli, followed closely by the majority of the high street brands including Firetrap, Warehouse, River Island and Mango. Whether you prefer skinny or kick flare, bootcut or straight-leg, boyfriend or roll-ups, vintage can be successfully applied to most of the current fashion styles in leg ware. For those who want to create the vintage look, switch your mind-set to flea-markets and car boot sales. The fashion trends this season include plenty of new dip-dye prints and tea dresses which will work perfectly with distressed or faded jackets.

Catwalk Collection Leather Cross-Body Bag - Dispatch - £44.95

Handbags, bags and accessories should be chosen to blend in naturally with this popular trend for the much loved, lived-in look. Leather products in particular lend themselves beautifully to the aging process; it’s one of those fantastic materials that can look better with a little age. Sure, brand new leather products do look nice but sometimes the old beat-up look or worn leather effect is just plain cooler. If you covet the look of old, comfortably worn-in leather and you don't want to have to wait the years it takes for the look to develop naturally, you can now buy a modern fashion bag which has been especially distressed in order that it takes on that much coveted fashionable vintage effect much more quickly

 Catwalk Collection Laptop Bag - Antique Leather - Helena £79.95

Mulberry was one of the first handbag designers to adopt distressed leather which was used on their iconic Roxanne Bag as well as a whole host of other designs. Catwalk Collection Handbags continues to produce a good selection of vintage and antique leathers and has further developed new adorable leather which they call ‘shabby chic’ for their Alice Shoulder Bag. When selecting a handbag, look for antique brass or silver fittings as anything shiny and new will look out of place and spoil the effect.

 Catwalk Collection Shoulder Bag - Washed Leather - Zara £59.95

Visconti has led the way for vintage fashion bags for men with their Hunter leather; distressed oiled leather which contains wrinkles, scars and scratches that are inherent characteristics and natural beauty of the hide. This is dark and sultry leather with plenty of attitude.

 Visconti Distressed Hunter Leather Messenger Bag VT3 £79.95

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