Black and Classy is Bershka’s Evening 2015 Collection

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‘Keeping it black and classy’ seems to be one of this holiday season’s most featured themes, and Bershka also decided to give its fans a tres chic evening 2015 collection that could be absolutely perfect for the upcoming Christmas events. Filled with sequins and sheer fabrics, the Bershka Christmas 2015 line-up features its own versions of theseason’s hottest trends, which also include mannish cuts, plunging necklines and skinny scarves. In comparison with the MangoZara and Free People holidaycollections, Bershka’s line-up explores Sixties geometrical designs and Seventies boho chic cuts and patterns, such as long bell sleeves, retro skirts matched with chunky sandals and ankle boots.

Bershka Evening 2015 Collection

The collection also features interesting pieces of jewelry, available both in gold and silver, which include some studded and dangling geometric earrings, open bracelets and statement rings with clear lines that make the line-up look even more sophisticated and festive. It is also interesting to notice that Bershka only gave its models just a piece (or maximum 2) of jewelry to wear for this advertisement campaign, basically stating that the forthcoming Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties will be blessed under the sign of ‘less is more’. Moreover, most of the earrings and open bracelets are perfectly in tune with the collection’s tops and blouses, the strategic cut-outs and geometric necklines of which unconventionally enhance the silhouettes.

High-waist trousers and A-line mini dresses give the collection an appealing dynamicity, the purpose of which is to make everyone feel comfortable in their own skin. For this holiday season Bershka’s clothing line explores also feminine and richly saturated shades, creating both conventionally ultra-feminine clothes and more mannish pieces. Those delicate skinny scarves are definitely one of the collection’s most stylish must-haves, being super versatile pieces to be paired either with the flirty mini dresses in order to create an intriguing contrast, or with the masculine suits.

Bershka Evening 2015 Collection

Bershka Evening 2015 Collection

As for the fabrics, Bershka follows the latest faux fur trend, keeping it luxury and eco-friendly. The Spanish label charms us with the dark red fur coat that’s a perfect piece to wear both with jeans on a daily basis and with elegant little black dresses on special occasions. If you like to play with contrasts, you could combine it with one of the collection’s sequined mini dresses. For a sultrier look, you could also pair the mock-neck long-sleeved tops with the high-waist skinny pants, which will also make your figure look even more slender and balanced.

On the other hand, if you would rather keep it simple and stylish, check out the collection’s oversized t-shirts: their asymmetrical cuts and round necks could glamorously emphasize any minimalist look, making you the star of the party.

Bershka Evening 2015 Collection

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SAVE THE DATE: H&M’S PARISIAN MUSEUM INSPIRED CONSCIOUS COLLECTION WILL HIT STORES ON THE 7TH OF APRIL

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High street label H&M’s latest collaboration is a pretty unusual one. The much loved clothingcompany has joined hands with Paris’s Musée des Arts Décoratifs to create their latest Conscious Collection that is inspired by the archives of the museum. French art director and model Julia Restoin Roitfeld will be the face of the campaign for this collection.


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H&M’s design team explored the museum’s archival fashions and the work of artists like Gustave Moreau to create a collection that is glamorous and modern while maintaining some artistic flair for the red carpet. Expect interesting prints, delicate fabrics and intricate details.

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“I am honored to be the ambassador of such a unique project. I think that the idea of creating a collection inspired by the history of art and fashion is fantastic, especially since it is made with innovative and sustainable materials which are the future of fashion,” says Julia who fits the aesthetic of the collection thanks to her effortless, modern style.

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The much anticipated collection will be launched on Thursday April 7th and will coincide with the opening of the exhibition, Fashion forward – Three centuries of fashion. The exhibition will feature selected styles from the H&M archives, including a look from the first ever H&M designercollaboration with Karl Lagerfeld in 2004 as well as one silhouette from the new Conscious Exclusive collection.

The H&M Conscious Exclusive 2016 be available in 180 stores worldwide and online starting Thursday April 7th 2016.

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The Silk Dress

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I’ve been receiving requests for some dressier maternity outfits (for casual ones, you can refer to this post – I’m pretty much in one of these dresses on most days). Luckily for my comfort, I haven’t had too many very formal reasons to dress up, though friends keep egging me on to be more social (I suspect at least partially motivated by my designated driver status). I’ve had some dinner events in the past month though, so snapped some pictures to share with you all.

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Yes, I still wear heels…I always grip the handrail though and really only wear teetering ones like these when it’s a strict “car seat straight to dinner seat” type of situation. Otherwise, I’m always in flat sandals or moderate wedge espadrilles.

The bag is my black sellier Kelly – I’ve been meaning to share it on the blog because I wanted to do a comparison between retourne and sellier styles, but have fallen behind. I’ll try to do a review soon. But in the meantime, I’ll say that Grace Kelly had it right – it does a great job of hiding a baby bump!

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The heels are Nicholas Kirkwood (closest versions are this pearl pair and these Hexagon pumps, both really cool). The dress I’m wearing is actually one that I had made for me awhile back, after searching fruitlessly for the perfect silk resort dress and not finding one that wasn’t monstrously priced. Silk + beach weather + salt water + sand doesn’t always mix well, so I don’t like to pack pricey clothes on resort holidays. I love the cut and embroidery and was really happy with how it turned out. I’ve packed it in the past as a nicer outfit to wear while on beach holidays, but the light silk and looser cut has made it perfect for spring evenings as well…and it’s forgiving even with my six month baby belly.

Actually I’ve realized that this dress has been so accommodating, that I’m creating it in a different color and a slightly smaller cut for after pregnancy, to give me something to look forward to. A few readers have given the same advice, to pick up a few items to have as a treat for after giving birth. Hoorah!

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35 Pre-Black Friday 2015 Deals Not to Miss

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If on Fridays we are in love, let’s try to measure our feelings during this forthcoming Black Friday: immeasurable. And you’ll fall even more in love with fashion, if possible, while browsing through these 35 pre-Black Friday 2015 deals, which you should definitely be sure not to miss. For those who don’t live in the U.S.A, Black Fridays are now a worldwide business thanks to some of the most famous fashion retailers that overwhelm us with huge sales and promotions letting us pile our wardrobes with the latest trends, while also shopping Christmas gifts for our friends and family.

35 Pre-Black Friday 2015 Deals Not to Miss

From free shipping to up to 70% off on select items, this Black Friday preparatory week will definitely grab anyone’s attention who is on the hunt for stylish pieces at relatively affordable prices. Get ready for an extra dose of exciting online shopping, and also check out these Black Friday shopping tips to get the best deals!

1. Let’s start off with the online retailer par excellence – ASOS. Here you’ll find up to 70% off on various items, including some of the highest priced ones, so if you already have some items on your wishlist, it’s about time to check out if they got a good discount or not!

2. Anthropologie also offers 25% off sales; just remember to use the code HURRAH to get your favorite clothing items at a discount.

3. New York-based Ann Taylor offers up to extra 50% off all the items available, which include women’s suits and bridesmaid dresses (just in case some of your friends decided to tie the knot during wintertime).

4. From career-oriented women’s outfits to contemporary luxury treats, Net-a-Porter offers up to 50% off its luxury designer pieces.

5. Looking for some luxury shopping at reasonable prices? Check out Avenue32designer items, the original price tags of which are now more affordable thanks to the 80% discount (does anything sound better than ‘80% off’?).

6. From one luxury retailer to another: using the suggestive code EXTRATHIRTY, you’ll get extra 30% off bargains at Club Monaco too.

7. On its behalf, Bloomingdale’s is also giving us more reasons to love this extraordinary weeklong Black Friday. The online retailer is in fact offering $25 off for every $200 spent.

8. Revolve Clothing‘s essentials get a 75% off 10,000+ items. It is impossible not to fall in love with a website that offers a multitude of designer pieces and much more affordable fashions that stand out with their uniqueness and gorgeous style.

9. Banana Republic also goes all the way down offering 40% off entire purchases: just remember to use the code BRFRIENDS to get the discount.

10. Marc Jacobs offers up to 40% off selected styles, to the delight of those who can’t get enough of this eclectic fashion designer’s fashions.

11. Online retailer Madewell is mainly renowned for its great variety of accessories and bags. Get a 20% discount on select picks using code EARLYBIRD.

12. Barney Warehouse, one of fashionistas’ most used online retailers, offers 50% off sitewide, menswear and childrenswear included. If you are looking for Christmas presents, check out Barney Warehouse!

13. With the 30% off sitewide with the promotion code KNIT30, Missguidedus is a good alternative for choosing your upcoming Christmas presents.

14. With over 25 years in luxury fashion, MatchesFashion features some of the best luxury brands’ pieces at (kind of) reasonable prices, as well as a delicate layout that makes surfing its website really enjoyable. It also offers 24/7 advice via MyStylist, its dedicated fashion-concierge team. Imagine the euphoria to find out there is up to 70% off select designer items.

15. Multi brand fashion retailer Intermix features the most exciting fashion trends and some of the most appealing emerging designers, who love to share their works.
Founded in 1993 and acquired by GAP in 2012, Intermix.com is a fun website to surf and so are its sales: you get 10% off one item, 20% off two and 30% off three items this Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

16. Gap is always a great place to do some cool shopping, especially during winter thanks to its 100% wool and cashmere sweaters. Get the chance to get up to 40% or 50% off (only for cardholders), with code BFRIDAY.

17. With its 300 independent boutiques around the world, Farfetch stocks some of the best pieces available. Now you have the chance to spare up to 70% off selected items!

18. From boyfriend jeans to vintage fashions, Current/Elliott in another good place to shop. For Black Friday 2015 it offers up to 40% off on selected items.

19. Founded in 1907, Neiman Marcus is an all American luxury specialty department that often features some of the most requested designers accessories and bags. Get up to 40% off select womanswear items this Black Friday.

20. If you fell in love with J. Crew’s latest fashions, take advantage of the 30%-40% off with code SHOPNOW.

21. Nasty Gal has multiple times proved us to still rule this winter thanks to its holiday pieces and vintage looks. Do not miss the chance to purchase its fall items with a 70% discount.

22. With its dynamic layout and contemporary looks, Milly offers 25% off select styles. Just use code SNEAKPEEK and start surfing!

23. JoeFresh offers stylish yet affordable clothing for women, men, children and even toddlers. Besides its usual free shipping on orders over $50, for this special week JoeFresh offers some interesting daily deals and 30% off select sleepwear. Keep this online retailer in mind if you are looking for classic Christmas presents!

24. Constantly filled with A-Z designer items and new arrivals, Otte has the ultimate New York style look that manages to appeal to anyone. It offers 70% off select items.

25. When it comes to contemporary and unconventional pieces of clothing, Maje must always be mentioned. If you have never heard of it, we recommend taking a look at the website at least for its stylish layout. Its pre-Black Friday sales for 2015 are up to 50% on select items.

26. If you fell in love with Topshop’s new season collection or with Kendall and Kylie x Topshop collaboration, you’ll be happy to hear that the British retailer is offering 70% off select items!

27. Do you need an extra touch of Japanese style to your wardrobe? Uniqlo will overwhelm you with new online daily deals until Cyber Monday (the first Monday after Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, a.k.a. the only worth-waking-up Monday of the year).

28. 20% off with code EDIT and 40% off outerwear – that’s what luxury online retailerTheRealReal offers for this Black Friday week. If you are looking for a Chanel item at a reasonable price, make sure to check it out!

29. Black Friday deals for 2015 get gracefully complicated with Saks Fifth Avenue, whose 10% off easy-to-forget code is SAKS86ZNVDUM.

30. On the other hand, it gets way easier with Vestiaire Collective, whose code FREESHIPNOV guarantees free shipping on orders over $300.

31. Let’s get back to 70% sales with Whistles, whose latest winter lookbook is a great source of inspiration for anyone.

32. Parisian e-store Sandro is always the right choice if you are looking for a contemporary and sophisticated outfit. Take advantage of its 50% off on its collections!

33. Based on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, Bergdorf Goodman is always filled with haute couture pieces of jewelry and clothing. For the pre-Black Friday 2015 sales, the online retailer decided to make us all happy offering 50% off sitewide.

34. With its 40% discount, Theory offers one of the greatest deals this Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

35. Last but not least, we could not forger to mention Macy’s sales for Black Friday 2015. The all-American retailer offers a great deal of discounts, which range from 50% to 70% depending on the items.

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Harry Styles In Diverse Looks Wearing Gucci for 2015 American Music Awards

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Harry Styles wore different outfits from the Gucci men’s SS 2016 collection. The young English singer and songwriter was in bizarre and adorable looks wearing the iconic pieces of the luxury Italian fashion house to the 2015 American Music Awards and forOne Direction’s performance on Good Morning America.

Harry Styles Wore Gucci SS 2016 at 2015 American Music Awards and for One Direction’s performance on Good Morning America

Elegant yet relaxed vibe with a touch of seventies silhouette. On the red carpet for the 2015 American Music Awards, Harry Styles in a Spring / Summer 2016 tailored herbarium printed cotton crêpe suit jacket and flared trousers with a black shirt and floral brooch from the newest Gucci Menswear Collection.

Here to see the stunning retro-inspired looks in Gucci Menswear Cruise 2016 Lookbook.

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Harry Styles in a fabulous yet elegant black shirt with yellow flower and black neck bow from the latest Gucci Spring / Summer 2016 collecting awards at the 2015 American Music Awards.

Find out also the breathtaking Chic Ladylike Guides for Holiday from Gucci Women’s Cruise 2016 Collection.

Harry Styles in a fabulous shirt while collecting awards at One Direction's performance

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H&M + Balmain #BALMAINATION Collection Lookbook: Womens

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Left: Embellished mulberry silk blazer, SGD699, embroidered blouse, SGD159, cable leather belt, SGD199. Right: Sheepskin leather jacket, SGD549, mulberry silk blouse, SGD159, suede calfskin clutch, SGD299. 

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Left: Embroidered cotton dress, SGD399, gold necklace, SGD159, cable leather belt, SGD199, gold bracelets, SGD139 each. Right: Pink embellished dress*, SGD599, high-heeled stilettos, SGD299. 

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Left: Gold embellished dress*, SGD799, earrings, SGD59.90. Right: Green velvet dress, SGD249, mulberry silk blouse, SGD159, faux fur jacket, SGD249, cable leather belt, SGD159, suede calfskin bag, SGD399.

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Left: Faux fur crop jacket, SGD199, embroidered blouse, SGD159, velvet dress, SGD249, flared trousers, SGD199. Right: Blue embroidered blouse, SGD249, red mulberry silk skirt, SGD159. 

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Left: Sequinned dress*, SGD899. Right: Gold sweater, SGD199, pleated mulberry silk pants, SGD159, calf leather belt, SGD99.90, embroidered top, SGD199.

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Left: Double-breasted wool jacket, SGD199, lambskin leather clutch, SGD249, shawl lapel cotton blazer, SGD249. Right: Turtleneck top, SGD99.90, skirt, SGD99.90, double-breasted long wool blazer, SGD249, long-sleeved striped silk shirt, SGD119, striped jeans, SGD159, tube top, SGD59.90.

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Left: Red bodycon dress, SGD119, mulberry silk dress, SGD299. Right: Gold embroidered blouse*, SGD599, flared mulberry silk trousers, SGD199.

After the official ad campaign, and the mens lookbook which you’ve already seen, here’s the third post that many have been waiting for. Yes, here are the official looks from the H&M + Balmain #BALMAINATION just for the ladies and I’ve included their prices in SGD as best I can. And while the mens collection has both statement and everyday pieces, the womens collection is decidedly all statement, and I’ll be honest, I have trouble seeing our local lasses decked out in this collaboration collection and walking down Orchard Road on any given day.

These pieces, will, however come in handy with the slew of year-end parties coming up, also applicable for your company’s D&D or maybe some clubbing night-out with the girls.

Something to note though, some pieces in this collection are more limited than the rest, because of the amount of craftsmanship (beading, embroidery, you name it, they’ve got it) that goes into it. From what I’ve heard, these pieces may be limited to just 1 piece per size in Singapore, and while also more expensive than the norm, they are in a sense true collector’s items as well. For those pieces I’ll include an * after the description, and if I missed out on anything, or if you have any more questions, please leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

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