Runway Looks for Less: Topshop Unique A/W 2016

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Photo Credit: ELLE.com

Topshop is the go-to name for British fashion. It's (mostly) affordable but yet manages to always be ahead of the trends. 

Launched in 2001, Topshop's in-house high-end collection, Topshop Unique, carries more runway-ready pieces, as compared to everyday essentials. 

The Topshop Unique Autumn/Winter 2016 collection is perfect for fall, with winter staples like stylish coats, velvet and New Years Eve-ready party dresses. It's almost September, so I'm starting to really get into Fall mode. I'm sad to say goodbye to Summer, but also super excited for Autumn (and Christmas!!).

Although you can actually purchase Topshop Unique items, they tend to be pretty pricey. So, here's how to get the look for less! (Because although gold pointed boots may be on trend just now, you probably won't be able to justify spending almost $400 on them.)

1. Not So Pretty in Pink

Photo Credit: ELLE


Mixing tough and girly is something Topshop Unique does very well. Pairing a pink lace dress with a gothic-esque choker and black midi boots gives this look an edge, and some delicate earrings balance out the outfit.


2. Leather Moto Jacket

Photo Credit: ELLE

Photo Credit: ELLE

Moto jackets are among my wardrobe essentials and I especially love the soft grey color of this one. Paired with a cute houndstooth skirt, a turtleneck sweater, boots and some black ankle socks and you've got a perfect cold weather outfit! I included two different jackets in this look, so you can chose depending on how cold your Winter gets. I'd definitely need the heavier one.


3. All Over Sequins

Photo Credit: ELLE

Photo Credit: ELLE

All over sequins are a party essential and this long sleeved black dress is perfect for an occasion like New Years Eve. Boots are a nice change from heels (and will keep your feet warmer!).

Add a trendy choker and a statement magenta lip and you're ready for Winter! I know, it's August, but it's always good to be prepared!


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CHANTAL'S STAR-SPANGLED SAILOR PANTS

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Rivet & Thread embroidered star jeans, $225, available at Madewell.

Rivet & Thread embroidered star jeans, $225, available at Madewell.

I've had my eye on these Rivet & Thread embroidered star jeans since Madewell released its fall lookbook in July, but they didn't pop up on the site until after the brand's daily denim promotion over the last month. But now these limited-edition cropped flares are finally available in all their patriotic glory — albeit for a higher price than my bank account would like me to pay, $225. Sigh. Darn me and my love for kitschy, cute things. 

But back to the denim at hand: I usually associate wearing the flag's colors with summer — Fourth of July and all that — but with the ongoing election fever, it feels more than apt to wear our nation's symbols as the season turns. Plus, the stars are small enough to look like any other preppy pattern. That and the very high waist, long belt loops and exterior front pockets make for one sensational pair of pants. Red, white and beautiful. 

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Top Bags to Show Your Strength: Pink is the New Black

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How good are these bags? We already know master of whimsy Charlotte Olympia can execute evening kitsch to perfection, but finding out she can do bigger bags equally well makes her my new hero. Inspired by – what else? – old Hollywood, her limited-edition collection of totes, shoulder clutches, and top-handle bags are exclusively on My Theresa, which makes them feel all the more lust-worthy. Not that they need any help.

The ultra-classic Bogart bag is timeless perfection, especially in ivory and leopard, and to make the retro-fabulous style even more special, each one comes with a pair of coordinating gloves (in black, ivory, pink, or red) to really drive the point home: this is the ultimate in ‘50s-inspired ladylike chic. Believe it or not, Charlotte executes a modern vibe with even more finesse. With its sleek, twisted clear-plastic handle, the Gable tote sports a streamlined body which smartly saves all the drama for up above. Lined in soft, gold-metallic leather, you feel like you’re unearthing a treasure each time you open your bag. Among the other styles in this 10-piece collection: the Astaire clutch, worthy of a night on the town, and the surprisingly restrained east-west Brando tote. They may be named after her favorite leading men, but Charlotte’s bags are as feminine as they come. Sunset Boulevard hasn’t felt this fresh since the good, old days of Hollywood. The Bogarticon, $3,236, Gableicon, $2,108, and Brando $2,531, totes and the Astaire clutchicon, $2,108, are available exclusively on My Theresaicon.

From demure blush tones to innocent garden hues to quintessential Barbie pinks to searing fuchsias and bold magentas to the perfect shade of lipstick pink: October is the best month to show off your best pinks, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.
I plan on carrying a pink bag or wearing something pink every day of the month, and I’m going to have a hard time deciding between all the rosy pieces that have suddenly popped up on my radar, like Nancy Gonzalez’s pink-hot crocodile tote, Prada’s sweet saffiano mini crossbody, Givenchy’s petal-pale Antigona bag, and Charlotte Olympia’s evening-ready satin pouch, to name just a few. But there’s no need to have 31 pink bags to successfully take October by storm, lest your bag closet look like the Mattel showroom got the best of it. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with repeating the same bag all month long. Call it the Bag Snob Pink Challenge! Tag your Instagrams and Tweets with #BagSnobPinkChallenge, and I’ll repost my favorites. Even if you prefer not to commit to an all-over pink bag, just a touch of my favorite shade on your bag or outfit will do. Look to a piece like Valentino’s Italian Pop shoulder bag to successfully show your strength, as well as support in raising awareness for a cause that affects each and every one of us.
Most importantly, don’t forget to donate to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and share the organization’s link with friends and family!
1. MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Large Color-Block Textured-Leather Toteicon (on NET-A-PORTER for $360)
2. Saint Laurent Monogramme Small Zip-Around Satchel Bagicon (at Neiman Marcus for $2,490)
3. Rebecca Minkoff Love Cross Body Bag (on Shopbop for $295)
4. Prada Saffiano Mini Crossbody Clutch (at Neiman Marcus for $1,390)
5. Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Leather Shoulder Bagicon (on NET-A-PORTER for $1,350)
6. Nancy Gonzalez Medium Crocodile Tote Bagicon (at Neiman Marcus for $3,750)
7. Gucci Bright Diamante Small Bucket Bagicon (at Neiman Marcus for $1,290)
8. Charlotte Olympia Long Festival Embellished Silk-Satin Shoulder Bagicon (on NET-A-PORTER for $795)
9. Victoria Beckham Liberty Textured-Leather Toteicon (on NET-A-PORTER for $1,650)
10. Givenchy Small Antigona Grained Leather Bag (on on Luisa via Roma for $2,280)
11. Kate Spade Cedar Street Monday Cross Body Bag (on Shopbop for $148)
12. Lauren Merkin Medium Zip-Top Raffia Clutchicon (at Neiman Marcus for $51, from $125)
13. Alexander Wang The Rocco Textured-Leather Toteicon (on NET-A-PORTER for $875)

14. CAMPOS Triple Zip Cross Body Bag (on Shopbop for $358)

Top Bags to Show Your Strength

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Your 5-Year-Old Self Would Have Really Loved This Sneaker Trend

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Light-up options, colorful laces, Spice Girl-like platforms — our childhood sneaker collection included it all. But one style our younger selves would have definitely loved to rock? Pom-pom-embellished kicks, a trend that's been popping up all over as of late, especially on our Instagram feed. There's just something so fun about that fluffy little detail, which will transform even basic, casual looks into something street style worthy. Scroll through to shop this cute — and comfy! — footwear choice. Then check out Kendall Jenner's new favorite shoe, which just might replace the Stan Smith.

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This Is Officially The Biggest Fashion Trend According To Google

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Google has the answer to most if not all our burning questions, and calling the It fashion trends is no exception. Confirming much of what we’re anticipating for fall, the search engine has released its second-ever Fashion Trends report, detailing what it expects will dominate over the next few months, with one particular item serving as the hero piece. Think you know what it is? Read on to find out the four major styles you’d better be rocking ASAP, per Google. To make it easy on you, we shopped them out for instant access. You’re welcome.Google Top Trends 1000
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  • Off-The-Shoulder Striped Cotton-Poplin Top, 
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  • Kimono Wrap Dress, 
Reformation Jumpsuit Google Top Trends 800

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  • Nora Jumpsuit,

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The Unveiling of Teenage Fashion and Lifestyle brand Ria Maria

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Last Week, I attended the event for a brand new lifestyle brand Ria Maria at Al Joud Center, Dubai.

It was a fun-filled fashion event and the audience included 100’s of teenagers from all across the UAE.

The event included Dance, Music, Stunts, Freestyle and the most vibrant and stylish collections displayed through a fashion show.

I checked out their store recently and simply loved the collection they feature. Their outfits and accessories are fresh, trendy, bold and very much in-style for the teens and youngsters of the generation….

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The new lifestyle brand, Ria Maria, is making a bold statement in the UAE by challenging antiquated traditions in women’s fashion. The Ria Maria girls are young and live active and wildly effervescent lifestyles. They easily navigate the hustle of the big city with cheeky smiles in their back pockets, ready to whip out at a moment’s notice. The core of the brand is about beauty in the simplicity of a minimalist, urban chic aesthetic. One size fits most means that clothing is meant to be easily mixed, matched and layered. The collection makes basic wardrobe staples stand out for all the right reasons.

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The founder and creative inspiration for the brand, Ria Roy, is a vivacious 16 year old brimming with passion. She is an accomplished dancer and performer whose edgy stylistic preferences shape and influence the ensembles of girls around her. Ria was born and raised as a British expatriate in Dubai, but has also gained a diverse and informed perspective through her visits worldwide and multi-ethnic background (with a father from India and mother from Lithuania).
Store2

The new Ria Maria shop in the Al Joud Centre offers a first look into the unique aesthetic of the brand. A distinctive retro feel permeates the store with textured wood panelling, low hanging lightbulbs with brightly glowing filaments, and a haphazard smattering of unique pieces of art and signage.

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Ria Maria offers an effortless solution to girls seeking to inject their wardrobes and lifestyle with a distinctive edginess. The brand isn’t for everyone, but rather for those girls who dare to be bold. It is for the girls who never complain and never explain.

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