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Trends come and go, but there are some brands who will almost certainly stand the test of time. In the ever-changing yet equally cyclical world of fashion the only way to stay relevant is to continually adapt, reinvent and inspire whilst staying on-brand. One pioneering brand who has done so since the very early days of luxury fashion is none other than Louis Vuitton.

Louis Vuitton is the second oldest luxury fashion house (Hermès being the first). The brainchild of Mr. Louis Vuitton himself, the brand started on its way in 1854. Vuitton was a trunk maker and packer by trade who started his own workshop, solely serving the French elite. He crafted his game-changing trunks with canvas in the iconic monogram and damier prints.

Clearly passing down an unmatched eye for detail, Vuitton’s son Georges went on to introduce the first Louis Vuitton weekend bag, the Keepall; which was large enough for an overnight stay yet compact enough for light travel.

The bag offering later expanded with the release of one of my personal favourites, the iconic Speedy. Originally introduced by Georges in 1930, the Speedy climbed the style ranks in 1965 when Audrey Hepburn wore the 25cm version (a size she personally asked Vuitton to create). The Speedy range later expanded; featuring the 25cm, 30cm, 35cm, and 40cm versions.

The famed Alma, Noé, Neverfull handbags followed, with the introduction of the next generation – the Capucines, Twist, Petite Malle and many more in recent years.

Without forgetting decades of timeless clothing, footwear, jewellery/timepieces, fragrances, small leather goods, and travel lines, it goes without saying that Louis Vuitton is most famed for its revolutionary handbags. From the most affordable Pochette Accessoires (RRP £310) all the way through to the splash the cash Limited Edition City Steamer (RRP £41,444), there’s something for everyone.

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Let’s face it, what’s a handbag collection without Louis Vuitton?

Love, Ms.Raé xo



Introducing Lipault’s new collection for Autumn/Winter 2017: Draw the Fall. The aptly-named collection welcomes the addition of an autumnal wine/navy/forest green/bright orange/black chevron print (also called Draw the Fall or Dessin d’Automne in French) featured in a range of quintessential ladies handbags, accessories and luggage.

With the holiday season in full swing, Lipault has all bag bases positively covered. The oh-so cosmopolitan Draw the Fall collection consists of a Bucket Bag, Toilet Kit Bag, Tote Bag, Bowling Bag, Weekend Bag, and 4-wheel Cabin Spinner Suitcase.

Available online from September 2017 with prices ranging from £59-£185 per piece.

Up, up and away!
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Love, Ms.Raé xo



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Love is most certainly in the fashionsphere, and it’s all down to Ted Baker’s latest jewellery offering for womenswear Spring/Summer 2017.

Slotting into the brand’s very retro yet very now Keeping up with the Bakers’ Spring/Summer 2017 theme (featuring a very believable Mr and Mrs Baker who live life in the stylish lane), the jewellery collection stays true to ‘the renowned Baker elegance’ whilst demanding attention with an emphasis on statement necklaces in timeless colours, matching necklace, bracelet and earring sets, and Swarovski crystal pieces with delicate embellishments.

Geometric shapes remain at the forefront of Ted Baker’s offering, with the addition of striking Art Deco bows, on-trend rope and confetti textures with a distinctive finish. Soft enamel detailing showcase spring-worthy hues whilst bright cord bracelets make way for summer.

Here we see unabashed romanticism as offbeat, chalky tones make their way through the collection in cloudy petrol, dusky pink, silver grey, cream, and pretty pink; accented with bright blue, daring red, shocking pink, canary yellow and cobalt blue.

Statement necklaces such as the Galini Necklace (£79) ooze elegance and confidence. Adorned in a cluster of precious pearls featured in gold metal/cream pearl, rose gold metal/pink pearl, rose gold metal/grey pearl, and silver metal/grey pearl combinations – there’s something for everyone.

The new season collection is available at Ted Baker Stores and, House of Fraser, Harrods, and ASOS. Prices range from £25-79.

As we all know, elegance never goes out of fashion.

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ted baker jewellery 2017

ted baker jewellery 2017

Love, Ms.Raé xo

PORTS 1961 PRE-FALL 2017

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Ports 1961 paints an off-duty, relaxed scene in their Pre-Fall 2017 collection, drawing on everyday life including domestic objects as inspiration.

The wearable collection marries the comfort of familiarity through carefree Arcadian elements coupled with the modernity of the brand’s signature cross-functional pieces.

Felted winter blankets are reworked as outerwear coats whilst their well-loved polka dot oil cloths are reinterpreted on oversized nylon bags. Commonplace still life photographs of seasonal flowers in vases brought in from home, pop up unexpectedly on crisp poplin shirts.

Ports 1961 nod to a fresh perspective on their recurring stripes theme with the addition of checks as they make their way through the collection.

Warming homespun knitwear featured in soft textures of brushed wool, and double-faced cashmere combine in a warm colour story featuring key currant, caramel, and turmeric hues to evoke a sense of gentle luxury.

Oh so chic.

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Love, Ms.Raé xo


Dearest Fashion Bunnies,

I have been daydreaming about the Lipault Paris Winter 2016-2017 luggage collection over the past few days – it is just darling.

The well-loved Parisian brand dares to inject colour and imagination into luggage, bags, and the world of luggage. Every season, Lipault Paris’ design team introduces three new colours inspired by the trends seen at Paris Fashion Week. This season, we see warmth added to the cold winter months with inspiration garnered from exotic escapes.

The chic collection features travel-friendly 55cm, 65cm and 72cm suitcases, weekend bags, handbags, and toiletry bags available in a choice of fresh Aztec-themed colours. Deep amaranth red, luminous saffron yellow, and stylish steel blue comprise the brand’s current palette for the winter season – three highly complementary colours that can be matched or mismatched (colour clash lovers unite) but most importantly, suited to your personal style. The bold amaranth and saffron yellow hues have been juxtaposed with the softness of nylon. Whilst the steel blue hue has been matched with the mirror finish and gloss of vinyl.

Mixing vibrancy with luxury, the practical yet elegant collection offers a variety of shapes and sizes in top quality leatherette, nylon, polycarbonate, and vinyl. Prices range from £69-£209 per piece.

From foldables to four wheelers, these ultra-lightweight, spacious, and stylish pieces tick every travel box on the list. With a well-rounded selection of bold colours and prints, matching sets are seemingly hard to resist.

Combination TSA locks, easy to manoeuvre handles, and durable materials ensure safe travel for both long and short haul trips. The winter collection is available at Selfridges, Lipault Paris online, flagship La Maison Lipault boutiques in Paris, and various La Maison Lipault boutiques worldwide.

As the quintessential Parisian luggage and bag brand believe, ‘your suitcase should reflect you’. I’m inclined to agree.




Love, Ms.Raé xo


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The highly anticipated Belstaff and Liv Tyler AW16 capsule collection has landed in stores and online.

Liv Tyler teamed up with the British brand as both Creative Contributor and Ambassador; presenting 13 key womenswear pieces for Autumn/Winter 2016. Working closely with Belstaff’s Collection Creative Director Delphine Ninous, Liv Tyler was involved in seamlessly merging the brand’s spirit and archives in the capsule collection, which is based on classic silhouettes in luxurious natural fibres that emphasise a strong and modern femininity.

“I’d always wanted to create a few timeless classics. Things I have in my closet but wished I designed myself,” says Liv Tyler. “I sought to express strength through the outerwear and leather pieces alongside a more feminine sensual side through the softer materials like silk, and via the more fitted silhouettes of my styles. It’s a celebration of the feminine and masculine rolled into one.”

In this collection we see a black, ink blue, blush, and military green colour story where a fine leather jacket takes centre stage with a removable collar and a quilted interior, contrasted with elegant pussybow blouses, androgynous slim fit trousers, military heeled ankle boots, fitted flat knee high riding boots, an a quintessential cross-body bag.

An updated, more fitted take on the Milford coat (the famous coat Belstaff originally created for Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock) has been introduced in three fabrications, and two nylon parkas come with removable shearling gilets.

Belstaff also showcases a new range of technical fabrications including a protective coated treatment and water-repellent cotton and lightweight nylon garbadine. Toscana skin has also been used to add warmth, textural depth and contrast to the technical detailing; which is perfect for the colder, and wetter months.

The mantra behind the capsule collection focuses on practicality, and functionality without scrimping on elegance and luxury.

“I have a preference for clothes that are practical and functional but also very luxurious and elegant. I like being able to throw a look together quickly and feel and look my best. I know what works for me and my body, and I try to stick to that” adds Tyler.

The exclusive pieces range from £295-£1595.

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Practical perfection.

Love, Ms.Raé xo


Manhattan Portage

We all have those days when we only need to carry the bare necessities in our bags. Our quintessential shoulder bags or man bags won’t do, and neither will our trusty totes. Days like these call for something casual and small, but large enough to hold a purse, keys, powder, lipstick, and maybe even a mini brush. Or wallet, keys, and perhaps some shades for the gents.

Enter the City Lights bag by Manhattan Portage. Part of the Central Collection, this bag has been designed to ‘serve all walks and runs of urban and city life.’

The new energetic Central Collection is derived from the essential DNA of Manhattan Portage’s Heritage Red Label Collection but at a more accessible price point to serve a wider Manhattan Portage community.

Retailing at £27-£42, the mini cross-body City Lights bag features a shoulder strap (with the option of fixing it to a belt loop), a large main compartment, and a small zippered compartment for keys, and cards. The unisex bag comes in Camo (my favourite), Purple, Silver, Blue, Yellow, Green, Burgundy, Brown, Tan, Orange, Leopard print, Plaid, and key heritage colours – Red, Navy, Grey, Black and Olive; with a lightweight yet long-lasting fabric choice of water-resistant CORDURA® (known for its exceptional durability), water-resistant Waxed canvas, and water-resistant Tarpaulin vinyl.

With clever craftmanship and a variety of colours and fabrics, Manhattan Portage’s ‘New York Tough’ philosophy ensures that your ‘bare necessity bag’ will withstand the test of time…and daily life.

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Grab and go.

Love, Ms.Raé xo