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WEARING IT: REISS SS13 FOR YOU

In Accessories, British Fashion, Design, Fashion, Fashion photography, Shopping, Street fashion, Trend on January 13, 2013 at 2:11 am

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Flames!  My stay in London did not just have the sole purpose to attend the London Collections:Men – there was something else that I already had impatiently been waiting to show you. I was granted the great honour to model the Spring/Summer 13 collection by iconic and modern British fashion house REISS for my blog!

In my last preview of the SS 13 lookbook I made no secret of how fond I am of the collection- which is dominated by candy hues and pastel colours like baby pink, coral and sky blue with contrasting khaki and tomatoe tones, that add depth and a certain grown-up-ness – exactly the shades of my dreams.  Stylish, wearable, directional, with a subtle sexiness, is what REISS wear always meant to me since I discovered the label in 2006. It was interesting to hear, that the company, which launched in 1971 started producing women’s clothing only in 2000!

Experiencing the quality and softness of the fabrics, which were floaty and silky  and felt luxurious yet comfortable against the skin (mainly tencel -very light viscose – and silk were used for the dresses, blouses and shirts) made this a valuable experience. The down side of this experience is that I am left way more indecisive about what I would love to get for myself and this summer (thinking that obviously I won’t be able to have it all….;) ) When it comes to tayloring, I’d always rely on Reiss designs and it seems that the design team behind it all exactly knows what a young women living in a buzzing world metropole wanst: sophisticated – chic – effortless. Don’t you just love it when you throw on a dress and instantly look like the well dressed , self confident woman you are?

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All photographs thanks to: Philipp Ueberfellner

Eye catching details of the accessories are large flower applications on bags and clutches, adorable square stud details and the mix of materials like raffia and suede. I also immediately noticed the soft as butter quality of the grosgrain leather used for jackets and handbags, that had me craving for both badly.

Part of the SS13 collection already is available in stores and online. For all of you savvy and budget concious shoppers (like myself mostly ) I also wanted to give you the hint that sale is coming to an end – which really is the best time to shop, because it means that prices drop down to the lowest. Reiss is now offering up to 70% off the Autum/Winter collection and free shipping when more than 150 Euro spent or 300 USD (free standard shipping in the UK on all orders). To give you a hand, I have a pre-selection of the best pieces of the sale for you, those that would really make sense to have in a well assorted wardrobe:

Hadden Jacket  Was £225 Now £90

Joyce Refined Track Pants  Was £89 Now £26

Bella Skirt  Was £135 Now £40

Felicity Coat  Was £295 Now £88

Greneta Shoes  Was £149 Now £44

Since we have been talking men’s fashion a lot lately, I thought I’d  let you know that the choice of men’s wear is on sale is eclectic offering suits and jacket from classic, clean- cut tayloring to a more fashionable approach in colour and fabric. (Who knows, you may have an ultra stylish hubby or boyfriend). Here you can  Shop the Men’s Sale at Reiss.com. I am also working on my next giveaway for all of you, gorgeous readers, in cooperation with Reiss, so make sure to check back for that!

Now I am just left wondering which one of those outfits did you find the most striking?

xox, the Flamboyante

Reiss UK

MY DAVID GANDY MOMENT

In British Fashion, Celebrity, Fashion photography, Men's fashion, Trend on January 12, 2013 at 9:42 am

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photo credit: Leroy Dawkins

He was the most photographed man during London Collections: Men and in case if you’ve ever wondered where you saw this pair of steel blue eyes before, here is a little hint – he was the face of the Dolce and Gabbana light blue fragrance commercials.

I am talking about male super star model David Gandy, who hosted a press event at the Hospital Club, the main venue of the London Collections: Men. It was a rather exclusive event and the location rather small and intimate. After the event the charismatic heart-throb had been so kind to stay around for a while to take  pictures with those, who didn’t get a chance in the first run – including myself.

It was only thanks to the lovely Leroy Dawkins of Diary of a clothes horse, that I got a picture with David Gandy. I think I would never have asked, I imagine it to be difficult to say something meaningful, when transfixed by such steel-blue eyes. Leroy took this amazing photo for me to remember this wonderful moment forever and he also did a fantastic write-up on meeting Mr.Gandy, that I enjoyed reading so much.

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Flames, now I’m impatiently awaiting your comments! :D

xox, the Flamboyante

MR. PORTER AT LONDON COLLECTIONS

In British Fashion, Design, Fashion Week, Men's fashion, Shopping, Trend on January 11, 2013 at 10:56 pm

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One of the reasons I eventually decided to attend the London Collections and widen my horizons in regards to men’s fashion was, that I received and invitation to the MR.PORTER presentation. MR.PORTER is the male ‘counterpart’ of  NET-A-PORTER, of whom I’m admittedly an addict, and who are the number one source for me, when on the look out for the extravagant certain something.

What looks like a casual gathering of handsome male models here is the presentation of four of the most coveted British men’s wear designers: Katie Eary, Matthew Miller, Richard Nicoll and Sibling. The simple installations spoke for themselves and without a doubt a host like Mr.Porter wouldn’t leave his guests neither hungry nor thirsty – tea and crumpets by Good & Propper tea were served outside of the venue. Enjoy a preview of what is going to set the tone in men’s fashion  this Spring/Summer –  not just in the UK but world-wide.

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I hope you are delighted as I am about this boost that men’s fashion seems to be experiencing at the moment. Which designs did you like?

xox, the Flamboyante

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