May 2011

Piece I Love – May 31st

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Handpicked by Eliza



This square wrist candy takes the expression “throwing shapes” to a whole new dimension. I love the contemporary-chic style of these stackable, geometric bangles, and I’d happily wear them daily with just about everything.

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Festival Fashion

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It’s that time of year again – when thousands of music lovers pack up their tents,wellies and waterproofs, and get ready for a long weekend of dancing, drinking and general tomfoolery. Yes, festival season is here once again, with a jam-packed calendar of music and cultural events taking place across the world this summer.

Ever since the heady days of Woodstock in 1969, there’s always been something so alluring about festivals –with their carefree atmosphere, and sense of fun. Today, the long-standing stalwarts of the festival scene – Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, Isle of Wight – are more polished, big-scale affairs with corporate sponsorship, over-priced merchandise and big-name line-ups, but the wild, hedonistic vibe – and sense that anything can and that anything can happen (including losing your wallet, camera and phone when crowd-surfing) still prevails.

But the best thing about festivals today? That there’s something for everyone. If you’re looking for a more alternative festival experience, then try the mad dress up of The Secret Garden Party or Bestival. More of a dance music fan? The hit London’s festivals like Field Day and Love Box. Abroad the festivals get even more out there – dancing in a medieval castle in Serbia at Exit, by a mountain in Japan or on a beach in Croatia at the Garden Festival. And if live music and warm pints of cinder aren’t for you, there are now hundreds of alternative, smaller scale festivals for the culturally-minded – Port Eliot literary festival, Latitude, or the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Another big reason we love festival season (predictably) is the fashion. Every year we get a case of serious wardrobe envy when the likes of Alexa Chung, Daisy Lowe and Kate Bosworth are snapped in an effortless outfit perfect for dancing in the mosh pit or chilling backstage. Emma Watson even managed to make wellies, denim cut-off and a corset look cool last year. But nailing a stylish festival look can be tricky, especially when all you have is a backpack to stuff with wet wipes ( a festival essential, trust us) and your weekend wardrobe. As seasoned festival goers, we’ve found the easiest way to style yourself at festivals is to pack basics – and then accessorize to the max for a truly unique look. So to inspire your festival fashion, we’ve picked four very different festivals – created a capsule wardrobe for each…

Sonar

This hip dance festival in Barcelona takes place in an old aircraft hangar, and cool club venues across the city. The look here is bright, bold and ready for the dance-floor – eye-catching accessories like this gold bold necklace and printed pouch (roomy enough for money, a phone and camera) are ideal. When hitting the beach during the day, wear this printed scarf to keep your head cool.

 

Glastonbury

This legendary festival in the Wiltshire countryside needs little introduction. Channel a classic hippie chic look and you’ll look cool alongside Alexa, Kate Moss and co. You can’t go wrong with wooden accessories such as this wooden brooch and beads, and a gold leaf headband is an easy way to keep unwashed hair looking pretty all weekend.

 

Bestival

This hedonistic festival on the Isle of Wight has a different fancy dress theme every year – meaning that anything goes, with out-there outfits ranging from a silver space suit to a giant toilet! At the tamer end of the scale, a lot of Bestival-goers stick to bold make-up and neon clothes when they tire of their costumes. Take this boho purple bag for stashing your essentials, and accessorize with a neon chain – as seen on Eliza Doolittle (a frequent festival performer).

 

Coachella

This uber-cool festival in the heart of the California desert sees Hollywood starlets like Kate Bosworth, Dita Von Deese, Rachel Bilson and Diane Kruger dancing to live acts and posing at pool parties in on-trend outfits. Coachella may be over for another year, but there’s no reason why you can’t take the festival fashion as your inspiration for another event. The vibe is California cool with a little bit of the Navajo trend thrown in – think feather jewelry like these earrings, and bold silver jewelry – we love this scratched cuff. Finish off the look with a cowboy inspired belt.

 

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Piece I Love – May 27th

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I love the positive vibe that one gets from amethyst stones!

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Wow Piece of the Week – May 26th

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This eye-catching, antique detachable shirt collar encrusted with colored crystals is sure to make you the cat’s meow. Sassy and classy!

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Erika Marie of Fashion Chalet styles for summer

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I’m Erika Marie, a Cuban/French/Spanish girl in love with all things fashion, photography and modeling. My favorite time of year is Christmas. Audrey Hepburn, the Olsens and Olivia Palermo are my icons. I enjoy attending Fashion Week and hope to one day live in Paris or New York, working for a Fashion magazine. I am the blogger behind Fashion Chalet.

I started blogging because of my initial passion to share. I enjoy connecting with my readers on similar topics of interests in fashion, music, food, movies and television. Blogging is an outlet for me to be able to express in more depth why I love Fashion so much. Clothing isn’t something you just wear, it’s a lifestyle and expression of who you are. My inspirations run deep… and I am inspired every single day by something new. Fashion holds a positive light and safe haven for me.

Fashion isn’t just a hobby, it’s an extension of who I am. :)

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Piece I Love – May 25th

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These hand-painted, eye-catching earrings are called Joy, which is exactly how I feel looking at their vibrant colors. I’d wear these intricate beauties with a long summery dress.

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Designer talent in Singapore

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Last week, I travelled to Singapore to speak at the Asia Fashion Summit. It was my first time in Singapore, and it was a wonderful experience. I was charmed by the kindness of Singaporeans and astounded by the amount of talented, creative and enthusiastic designers I met. I became even more excited (if that is at all possible!) about the prospect of being able to help young designers in Singapore and Asia present their work to a global audience on Boticca and get the international recognition they deserve.

The lovely Angelia from WGSN, who I met at the summit, kindly took me under her wing and guided me through the Blueprint tradeshow. There I met extraordinary designers who we can’t wait to officially introduce to you on Boticca! In the meantime, I have shared pictures of some of them below, and as you will see, they deserve to be discovered right away!

A snapshot of the view from my hotel room and Singapore's skyline...

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Designer Interview – Rosena Sammi

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Rosena Sammi has brought the passion and spirit of her international influences, mainly coming from Sri Lanka, New Zealand and New York, to her global-chic eponymous jewelry line. Her collection is loved for blending glamorous traditional Indian design elements with a bold modern aesthetic.

We sat down with the talented New York-based designer to hear more about how her life has informed her designs and her journey to becoming a full-time designer with a global customer base. (more…)

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Flower Power

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Florals are a recurring summer trend. It seems that every season designers turn to an English country garden, horticultural drawings or tropical blooms and bring out a collection blossoming with flora and fauna. But this season the floral trend is stronger than ever. The Erdem, Jil Sander, D&G and Chanel collections were in full bloom with their flower-adorned designs (we’re particular fans of Sander’s pop art prints). But floral accessories also came to the forefront of many collections, with a flower power attitude to accessorizing not seen since the summer of love. Marc Jacobs and Halston decorated their seventies, disco-inspired designs with a garden of silk flowers blossoming from the model’s hair.

The English have a history of creating beautiful clothes inspired by their own garden – from iconic Liberty prints, to whimsical sixties designs by Celia Birtwell, and the popularity of Laura Ashley’s twee floral dresses and skirts in the 1970s. Now floral dresses, plimsolls and even trousers and jumpsuits can be seen on every cool girl in London, and the trend is (if you’ll excuse the pun) only growing.

With Chelsea Flower show fast approaching, there’s no better time to be inspired by a garden in bloom. But even if you’re a shrinking violet, there’s no reason why the floral trend won’t work for you. Accessories with a floral influence can add a subtle spring in your style – like the Blossom collection by Alexandra Simpson, Hailing from Richmond (by London’s glorious Kew Gardens, and the idyllic Richmond park), it’s no wonder this designer takes flowers as an inspiration – although the ones she has chosen for her latest collection (Japanese blossoms) are decidedly more exotic.

Another Japanese inspired piece is this clutch by Uroco, made from a vintage printed kimono. Chinoiserie and oriental style was another key look on the SS11 catwalks, meaning this elegant clutch combines two trends in one.

If you’re no wallflower, we suggest this statement necklace by Krista R, a unique take on the floral trend. Blooming with crystals, vintage found objects and embroidered fabric, it will look chic teamed with a plain white t-shirt, and long colourful skirt a la Jil Sander.

If the weather’s not as summery as you hoped, then you can still work the floral trend. This wool scarf is inspired by a wild Scottish garden, printed with insects, birds and wreaths of Ivy. Perfect for wrapping around your neck on chilly evenings.

 

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Piece I Love – May 23rd

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I love the brilliance of this colorful Navajo-inspired beaded cuff by Anabel Campbell. Aside from being completely on trend with color-blocking in tangerine, fuchsia and gold, it looks like the quintessential summer accessory. I’d pair it with an equally vibrant maxi dress or let it stand out against a chic white ensemble.

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