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Deep Dark Red Autumn Winter 2014 Bags

Deep Dark Red Autumn Winter 2014 Bags
Time for some shopping?

Autumn Winter 2014, bags in a deep dark red colour are everywhere. I love this colour for a bag, whether it’s called oxblood, burgundy or dark red! It is a sophisticated, smart and versatile shade that can easily be incorporated into your working wardrobe.

How to style Burgundy, Oxblood or Dark Red?

There are different ways to work with dark red. Hopefully the following styling examples I have put together will give you some ideas.

Burgundy Styling
Styling Points:
1. Choose a pattern that includes the dark red shade in it:
2. Select matching accessories in the dark red colour:
3. Or a matching item of clothing:
4. Select another colour that contains red in it.
5. Deep dark reds go easily with navy, grey, ivory and black:

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Buying your work wardrobe for A/W 2014 – inspiration from the catwalks!


Christian Dior Couture A/W 14


Christian Dior Couture A/W 14

It’s almost time to start thinking about our Autumn wardrobes! Noooo, I hear you cry!

A sad time for our lovely light summer pieces, but I love Autumn Winter styles and fashions just as much.

If you’re looking for inspiration for new work wear purchases or new ways to use pieces you already have you might find something of use here.

5 ideas for A/W 2014 work wardrobe from the Fashion Catwalks

1. Add a bright collarless coat or jacket to an all black outfit as seen on the Dior catwalk. The black polo neck and trousers is great, sleek and easy look to create. You might just need to purchase a new colourful collarless jacket to update it.


2. Alexander Wang A/W 14


2. Alexander Wang A/W 14

Celine A/W 14

2. Celine A/W 14

2. Wear a large collared shirt underneath a long top/jumper/dress. Whether the model is wearing a very short dress or a very long top in the pictures to the left, this feels a very sharp and fresh look! You could easily style this with some slim fitting trousers. Both looks by Alexander Wang use tones of the same colour in each look i.e. dark plum top over a red-plum shirt.

If nothing else get yourself a large collared shirt to update your professional work wear wardrobe.

3. Go geometric if you want to add some interest and pattern to the daily grind.

Giorgio Armani couture A/W 14

3. Giorgio Armani couture A/W 14

This Giorgio Armani jacket is a great example of how to wear pattern in a smart and not too girly way!

4. Add a pop of colour on your feet. On the Dior catwalk Raf Simons added shoes in a nice bright orangey red or a striking indigo blue. The pairing of the indigo blue with the red trousers in the Dior looks smart and interesting. Coloured shoes with coloured trousers is an idea to consider when putting an outfit together. Alternatively you could use pops of red. Giorgio Armani uses red for shoes, gloves bags and you also get a glimpse of a red top beneath.

Giorgio Armani Couture A/W 14

4. Giorgio Armani Couture A/W 14


4. Christian Dior couture A/W 14

Christian Dior

4. Christian Dior Couture A/W 14

5. There seems to be a lot of contrasting in textures/finishes for AW 14. For example on the Versace catwalk you see a lot of blocking in satin next to matte.

Versace 2014

Versace Couture A/W 14

Versace 2014

Versace Couture A/W 2014

Versace AW 14

5. Versace A/W 14

Images from Elle. With thanks

Day One In Paris….

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Day 1 – Arrive at crazy O’Clock in the morning. Use the great locker facility at Gare du Nord and leave luggage there before check in at the flat later.
We use this time to do some shopping in Galeries Lafeyette and see the roof top view.

Galleries Lafeyette Gold view

View from Galleries

I’m wearing the amazingly warm wool cashmere coat. It’s a shame the rest of the week was so warm – I couldn’t wear it again!! I look forward to the rest of Autumn Winter 2013 when the temperature drops and I can wear my coat more!!

Galleries Lafayete
see what I did the other days:

Jo Jo gets around Paris

Beneath Paris Fashions

Day three in Paris

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Leopard in your office

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I love a leopard print and it is part this coming Autumn Winter’s fashion print trends. You might see croc or pony around but I say go with leopard: it is ever versatile and comes back season after season – well worth a purchase. You can do all over leopard but I love this Burberry Prorsum look:

Burberry Prorsum Knitwear in camel, leopard skirt catwalk

I think this is smart casual done to perfection; the mix of print and knitwear, a pencil skirt and chunky knitwear. You could exchange the knitwear for a camel/beige coloured blouse or shirt for a smarter office look. To bring it to a more casual winter level add some knee high black boots.

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Chanel F/W 2013-14 Runway Collection

Wow, a great set for 2013-14 Autumn Winter Chanel fashion show. The models are like little planes orbiting the earth. The fabrics are gorgeous and I really like the cut of some of the coats. It reflects some of the shapes I have been playing with.



Words // John W Barger III JWBarger3

Karl Lagerfeld asserted Chanel’s global empire at his latest show, complete with a rug made out to be the map of the world and a revolving globe littered with black “CC” flags, indicating the location of every Chanel boutique on the planet. The collection was dark, but not sad (unlike most we’ve seen this month). Fabrics, many of which from far away looked like simple wovens in multi-tones and lurex, were actually intricate embroideries and melanges of fibers never before combined until the Kaiser got his hands on them. Silhouettes were top heavy and boxy, layering cutaway coats and longer jackets over short pleated skirts (many of which can thankfully be zipped down for those who are a bit more modest). What looked like cuissardes, or high boots, recently seen at Chanel Haute Couture, were actually leather and tweed legwarmers worn…

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Autumn Winter first photoshoot – Piece 2 The Skirt

The Skirt comes in an extremely soft wool cashmere suiting fabric. The seams are piped with midnight blue which highlights the sections of the skirt. The skirt frames the curves of the female form at the back and narrows down to the knee, creating the illusion of an hour glass figure. This skirt is a celebration of the female form. At the knees the skirt flares out, creating a lovely movement. The hem sits just below the knees at the front which is a flattering and great length for the work environment.