Understated and unadorned - but nonetheless luxurious and covetable - the new-season bags will stand the test of time, says Natalie Hughes.
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Understated and unadorned - but nonetheless luxurious and covetable - the new-season bags will stand the test of time, says Natalie Hughes.
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Master ladylike chic with coordinating separates. The Mena dress forms an elegant foundation for the matching jacket, whatever the occasion. Finish with a sleek envelope clutch and matching heels to play to the outfit's retro sensibility.
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We're not sure whether we have Grumpy Cat's grimace, Choupette Lagerfeld's mystique, or Charlotte Olympia's Kitty flats to thank, but cats are having a major moment right now. Don't get us wrong; felines have long been ruling the homes of some of the world's chicest women for years.
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Notting Hill has long been a destination for some of London’s most stylish inhabitants, but came to international prominence thanks to a certain 1990s film of the same name. Now, the bohemian-chic district boasts a wealth of seriously cool boutiques offering some of the best ladylike designs. Here are our picks.
The fashion world fell in love with the French designer's curve-contouring designs in 2006 with the iconic Galaxy dress, and again with the origami-like folds of the Moon style a few years later. Now the celebrated designer has done it again. Make room in your wardrobe for another Mouret classic.
Maybe it's the fact spring doesn't seem to have sprung, but here in freezing London, ramen is having a moment.
If you thought a sachet of Pedigree Chum was good enough for your four-legged friend, you'd be mistaken. These days, London's most pampered pooches are more likely to be seen at a gastropub than a kennel, and the city's hottest eateries are catching on.
The coolest thing to be seen clutching in London right now? Well, apart from Charlotte Olympia's Christmas pudding clutch? A burger. Sure, the diner-menu fixture has been making appearances at tourist traps and late-night, neon-lit, ahem, establishments for a while, but we're not talking fast food, here. As MEATliquor proved, Londoners are willing to wait for their burgers — two shivering hours on a Monday evening, to be exact.