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LOUIS VUITTON AND THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS BAG

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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

CANDY RAE DOES RED CARPET: BAFTAs 2013

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The weather at yesterday’s BAFTA’s was…well and truly British. Yep you guessed it, those dreaded drops of water that fall from the sky made an appearance. Rain on the red carpet isn’t the most ideal award ceremony situation, but did that stop the likes of Jessica Chastain and SJP from putting on a show? Of course not.

Jessica Chastain
Ms.Chastain set pulses racing in an electrifying blue Roland Mouret number.

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Amy Adams
Two’s a charm with Amy. She showcased a swoon-worthy Marchesa gown at the Golden Globes, and in stole the show again with this lace Elie Saab wonder.

Amy Adams arrives at the 2013 BAFTA Awards, held at the Royal Opera House in London

Anne Hathaway
Ms.Hathaway looked superb in a studded Burberry gown. She sported a super pixie crop with a super chic gown. Perfection.

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Sarah Jessica Parker
Fashion-forward SJP made a good call with an Elie Saab jumpsuit. She stood out from the crowd and was evidently warmer too. Her super sleek hair was styled with one of my dressing table favourites: Charles Worthington Finishing Touch Polish. This is my favourite awards hairstyle of the season *reaches for straighteners*.

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Marion Cotillard
Nothing brightens up a grey day like a splash of canary yellow. Madame Cotillard channelled SS13 chic in Christian Dior with a chic red lip to match.

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Thandie Newton
Ms.Newton spiced things up in a Louis Vuitton halterneck gown worthy of a sophisticated Spanish señorita.

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Helen Mirren
The dame caused quite a stir as she debuted a layered crop with a daring yet youthful pastel pink pixie crop by Jessie Knight (Senior Colourist at John Frieda). Can Madame Mirren put a foot wrong? Oh, and her dress is by the amazing Nicholas Oakwell.

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Soaked hems never looked so good.

Love, Ms.Rae xo