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Monday, June 29, 2015

iPhone 6 24K Gold and Diamond Case

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24K Gold or Platinum Mother of Pearl? Pick your favourite and see if we read your personality well enough.
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Gold: Flamboyant, classy, sophisticated and decisive.

Platinum Mother of Pearl: Artistic, unique, very individualistic and takes pride in expressing oneself.

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Each iPhone is encrusted with diamonds on the sides and on the apple logo.


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If you are wondering what our choice is, it would be the black platinum mother of pearl diamond-encrusted iPhone case.

Don't ask, it's complicated.


Image source and luxury iPhone cases available for pre-order via Moda Operandi.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Etro Spring 2016 Menswear Runway Review

The theme for Etro's Spring 2016 menswear runway show was their classic paisley prints in exotic copper and pastel hues with plenty of golden, shimmery and metallic undertones.

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What was unique about the Etro menswear show that differentiated itself from the rest was that each male model was styled to have their own individual personality through different hairdos, colours, shades, textures and length of each piece of clothing.

Dutch supermodel Ton Heukels opened the runway show wearing sandy brown suede slip-ons with a sheer pink pastel V-neck top and Indian kurta inspired long silk coat with matching skinny pants in a sandy desert color. 


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Like a cauldron of Indian spices, colourful and flavourful at the same time, each outfit packed a punch to all six senses.

The male equivalent of a celebrity supermodel (Cara Delevingne) - Lucky Blue Smith, who has cult followings in the Philippines and beyond, demonstrates how men can look smart with a skinny, casual buckle belt.

Our favourite outfit has to be the pink collarless suede overcoat. Pastel pink never looked so good on men in stark contrast to Gucci's disastrous new menswear collection by Alessandro Michele which tries too hard to put men in drag.


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The bohemian and carefree style of Etro can be seen in a knitted sweater with deliberate messy big stitches.


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From ultra smart shiny suits to casual but still sharp blue leather biker jacket and bermuda ensemble, the Etro runway show was an ultimate win. 

Style tip: There's nothing a dressy pair of shoe won't do to spice up an outfit and raise the game.


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Indian spices wallpaper - Modernist Cuisine

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Gigi Hadid's Mirrored Sunglasses for A Perfect Summertime Look

It's Summertime and Celebrities are rocking the quintessential reflective, mirrored lens sunglasses which comes in all sorts of retro cool shapes.

We share our favourite style icons, their beloved sunnies and classic styles.

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Cara Delevingne rocks her gold mirrored round sunglasses at a concert with her family.


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Actress Dakota Fanning adds a punch of colour to her red nautical print dress with blue mirrored round frame Raybans.


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Dakota dresses up her plain winter outfit with red mirrored sunglasses with a quirky cat-eye frame.


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Model of the moment Gigi Hadid jetsets in style in skinny jeans, patent leather flat boots, embroidered bomber jacket and reflective mirrored blue Rayban aviators.


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Gigi wears a statement over-sized mirrored aviator sunglasses with classic black reflective lenses.


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Gigi wears the same pair of mirrored aviator sunglasses after hitting the gym. The stunning Sports Illustrated swimsuit model of half Palestinian and half Dutch heritage is accompanied by rumoured boyfriend Joe Jonas and a friend.


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Gigi heads out in ultra casual clothes with Taylor Swift and Victoria's Secret angel Martha Hunt in a retro-inspired, yellow, round mirrored sunglasses.


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Can you see the paparazzi photographer's reflection in Gigi Hadid's round mirrored sunglasses? Mirrored sunglasses not only offer a fashionable touch to any outfit but help cut off the glare from the summertime sun especially if the lenses are polarized.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Gucci Spring Summer Vacation Lookbook

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Whether you are sunbathing in the Capri, Italy or Santorini islands of Greece, Gucci's Spring Summer 2009 runway apparel and accessories make the perfect inspiration for the perfect tropical paradise getaway.

From the tropical palm tree and sunset prints to chunky, peep-toe leather strappy platform sandals, the collection is full of dashing menswear inspired suits in bold and bright blue and red.

Perforated patterned panama straw hats with fine grosgrain ribbons, roomy leather fringed hobo bags, exotic python skin trimmed accessories, short silk dresses, khaki green utility rompers with cargo pockets and seventies style oversized, tinted sunglasses are all the beautiful classics that Frida Giannini had brought back to style on the runway during her time with Gucci.


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Vacation style tip: Keep those hemlines short and pack on the platforms or high heels to elongate legs and elevate the glamour factor.


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Summer beauty tip: Try a lighter shade of turquoise blue eyeshadow and heap on the eyeliner and mascara for that dramatic seaside babe look.


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Perfect vacation accessory: Ever wondered where backpacks fit in in your daily fashion wear? For a jazzed-up luxurious look, pair a python and leather backpack from Gucci with your cotton explorer outfit.


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Style tip: Gold accessories just like the sparkle of warm, bright sunshine are a summer staple to pair with tropical and floral prints - be it bikinis or shirt dresses.


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Style tip: Pair python jackets and bags with chino pants and dresses for that laidback-luxe look. Most importantly, never leave for your holiday without a good sun hat.


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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

London Menswear Spring Summer 2016 Hairstyles

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Christopher Raeburn's Spring Summer 2016 London menswear collection runway pieces were filled with military camouflage prints, utility jackets, body-warmers and mostly masculine, monochrome pieces. 

In contrast to the manly look, each male model sported either long tousled beachy hairdo of messy salt-sprayed curls in sun bleached tones or straight-cut platinum blond boy-band meets surfer dude style.

Style tip: Men, don't be afraid to try longer hair length. It need not be shoulder length and it could be curly or wavy for that natural, sporty look.


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Katie Eary's London menswear collection for Spring Summer 2016 consisted of lovely retro themed suede and leather bomber jackets in jewel hues of purple and blue as yummy khaki green leather.

The models had a almost retro fifties teddy-boy bad-ass hairstyle with extra long fringes combed back with just one or two sections of hair standing out for that unpolished, cool look.

Style tip: Nothing too neat for the young and restless.


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We dig the manic mix of vibrant colours in rich and cool tones. Kawaii pony prints are for those who  know that you don't need to take things seriously all the time.


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(Pictured right: Brilliant upcoming fashion designer Katier Eary)

London fashion week's best men's hairdo has got to be this one - the perfect balance between long and short hair - a bit David Bowie in the seventies which is Bold and Daring.


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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Mulberry Profits Plunge, £1.4m Loss

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Throwback to Happier Days for Mulberry when Lindsey Wixon starred in their 2012 campaign themed "Where the Wild Things Are".

At present day, Mulberry seems lost in the woods. Today, the retailer reports that group sales have plunged 9% for the year ended March 2015. The company registered an after-tax loss of £1.4m during that period.

This comes after Georgia May Jagger was recruited as the latest face of the ailing British luxury fashion brand that was once famous for its Bayswater bag.

Although sales have improved slightly than compared to last year, this was largely due to Mulberry lowering the price of their handbags to make it more affordable to the masses.

The brand that is 42% owned by Singaporean fashion billionaire Christina Ong and her business magnate husband Ong Beng Seng has to compete with the likes of contemporary brands Coach, Micheal Kors and Polo Ralph Lauren.

Failure to innovate and adapt to the times are just some of the many reasons why Mulberry is going downhill.

Cheaper prices would mean cutting costs for the raw material, manufacturing process, service and operations. As a result, the quality of Mulberry's leather goods would never be the same as it was again.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Gucci Resort 2016 Runway Review

Best and Worst: Resort 2016 Part I


1) Chloe Resort 2016

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Chloe continues it's feminine ruffles, pleats and Grecian style silk dresses in delicious brown scorched earth tones.


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Androgynous glam for that laid-back off-day Parisian chic look comes in the form of a tiger motif embroidery on a khaki green quilted bomber jacket.


2) Chanel Resort 2016

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Besides propping wigs of a traditional Korean hairstyle and school-girl shoes, these voluminous patchwork dresses and jacket seem to overpower the wearer and make an unflattering costume.


3) Just Cavalli Resort 2016

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Fringes and the wild wild west style looks like it's here to stay for another season in the form of retro revival mod-look gold and patent leather boots, fringed high waist skirts, denim and suede cowboy jackets and chain shoulder bags.


4) Gucci Resort 2016

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Gucci's new designer Alessandro Michele second attempt as Gucci's creative director fell short once again for the Italian luxury brand's Resort 2016 runway collection in New York.

The designer is unsurprisingly criticized as ripping off from various other Italian designers and unable to formulate a new and strong identity for the ailing company.

For instance, the tiger embroidery top has been used by Kenzo and Just Cavalli in previous runway shows.


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A frilly French maid looking dress with babydoll collar resembling Saint Laurent's recent sweet and girly, punk rock inspired collections.

The pearl embellished ribbon shoes look like Valentinos.


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A floral maxi dress resembles the prints of Giambattista Valli's last Resort 2015 collection.


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Quirky and kitsch is what miu miu does best. Pom-pom tassek lace-up ballerinas and a western-style shirt dress looks like Miuccia made it herself.


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Alessandro Michele attempts to recreate the iconic tri-colour Gucci logo on a suede leather jacket instead of the usual bag strap. It looks like this one came from a thrift store.


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Lace and floral embroidery is quintessential Dolce and Gabbana. Adding a snake and a bird only cheapens the looks of what looks like a ratty  yellow lace curtain transformed into a one-piece clown suit.

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Future of Luxury Leather Goods Industry

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Marco Campomaggi prefers natural vegetable tanning over chemical leather processing because it respects the characteristics of leather unlike chrome tanning.

Part II of the Series on Chrome Leather Tanning Investigation. If you missed our earlier story, read it here: Poor Quality Designer Bags to Avoid

We interview Mr Marco Campomaggi, founder and owner of the Campomaggi and Caterina Lucchi S.P.A. group on the natural leather tanning process and where the fate lies for the leather goods industry. 

Marco is a veteran leather goods maker and has amassed 30-years of industry experience. He started his company in the eighties and since then has his line of bags sold all over the world.


The Story of Marco Campomaggi, Inspiration behind The Brand

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When Marco was a child, he was greatly influenced by his father who was a sculptor. During his high school years, his creativity and entrepreneurship shone through when he started stitching together his first bag from old saddle leather embellished with metal studs. He would then sell his creation to classmates or students on the side-walk after school. Unsurprisingly, the talented young man's designs sold very well. Shortly after, he realised his company.

This leather artisan who takes pride in authentic Italian leather making process and craftsmanship draws inspiration from his surroundings. For instance, his design of special studs were inspired by the work of a blacksmith on metal.

The Interview

It is disturbing to see that some luxury Italian brands are resorting to chrome tanning process to achieve sales volume and cut costs resulting in poor quality products.

How does it make you feel and what are your views on this?

Since the beginning of my career, I have chosen to treat leather with vegetable tanning. This choice derives both from a deep respect for the material’s value and for the environment. Our bags are manufactured with full-grain 100% Italian leathers coming from the most valuable tanneries in Tuscany. Vegetable tannings combine with leather, and make it soft and resistant, waterproof and breathable at the same time. Vegetable tanning is a long and delicate process, the closest to nature , the most environmentally-friendly and the most suitable in joining appearance, versatility and uniqueness.

Many commercially mass-produced bags and accessories are made in Eastern Europe or China. Even selected luxury designer brands outsource their materials and manufacturing as well.


What is the reason why you still believe in making bags in Italy?

Producing in Italy is not only an entrepreneurial choice, but it also represents the strong connection that we have with our territory (the homeland and Italy), a bond that has always inspired and guided the company. Our bags and accessories are produced in Cesena, in the heart of the Romagna region, according to the highest standards of craftsmanship, taking care of each detail from the choice of leather to the creation of each model. Each production line expresses and safeguards the essence of the brand, maintaining the high standards of 100% Made in Italy quality and attention to detail.


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Have luxury designer bags lost their handmade appeal?

I believe that the choice of relying on craftsmanship to create one’s products depends on the brand’s DNA and designer philosophy, so it is not strictly linked to luxury. 

Editor note: Some luxury and designer artisan brands such as Hermès and Campomaggi still follow traditional methods of leather bag making which are deeply rooted in Italian culture.


Do you think hand-crafted handbags are easy to find nowadays? Why is that so?

Handmade bags are not easy to find but, in Italy, traditional leather making is still present. Therefore, it is easier to find hand-crafted creations with a great aesthetic value and a deep respect of the raw material in Italy.


How many years have you worked on leather?

I have been working in this field for 30 years and I have chosen cowhide leather since the very beginning: it is at the centre of all of my collections. In all these years I have learned to choose the best leather and to pay homage to materials through manufacturing methods that made me achieve a distinctive style.


Why do you choose leather as the key material of choice?

I choose leather because it is a live and reactive material, that requires respect. Leather has an autonomy and personality that must be taken into account when working with it and this is something I admire. You have to be good at using leather, to consider the way it responds to each single treatment and external element. It is a relation between equals.


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A designer's philosophy on life.


How long will a chrome tanned bag last and how long will a vegetable tanned one last?

The lifetime of a bag depends mainly on the usage. The difference between chrome and vegetable tanning lays in the way bags age. Vegetable-tanned leather absorbs time, it adapts to time going by, so it becomes more beautiful. My philosophy is ‘Time doesn’t take away, it enhances’, for everything in life. And this is true also for the leather that I use: time passing makes my bags more beautiful, because they absorb time, thereby absorbing more beauty and charm. Bags remain contemporary, in harmony with the times they are in. 

Advantages of Vegetable Leather Tanning


  • Bags last longer 
  • Environmental- friendly way to tan leather, sans use of chemicals
  • Eco-friendly - vegetable tanned bags can be recycled unlike their chrome tanned counterparts
  • Vegetable tanning is traditional method of producing and dyeing leather. This requires a certain skill set and craftsmanship unlike mass-produced chemical tanned leather hence the quality of the leather is better. 
  • Bags look better gradually with use over time, the leather becomes smoother and the colour of the bag turns warmer


The next time you think about purchasing a good quality leather handbag, think again. Would you support a designer brand that is unethical and without business integrity or would you rather purchase a piece of hand-made fine Art from brands build on heritage, tradition and culture?

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Everything is handmade and closely inspected at the Campomaggi leather crafting headquarters in Cesena, Italy, a two hours drive away from Florence.


All pictures courtesy of Campomaggi, taken by photographer Marco Onofri.