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Modern muses: the Furla bag edit

Modern Muses: The Furla Bag Edit

Box bags, backpacks, bold cross-body bags… Furla’s line-up has had a modern makeover and it spells chic, contemporary and totally covetable styles. We’ve rounded up the five bags you need to know about, from the sophisticated totes to the statement makers. Time to meet your new icons…

It’s classic and perennially chic, but this little number is also at the cutting edge of cool. The pint-sized style of the pochette has been elevated with a touch of texture in the form of metallic hardware and a chunky chain shoulder strap. That old adage about great things and small packages comes to mind.

With its fresh all-over floral print, this shoulder bag is the bright, bold arm candy you’ve been waiting for. Made from Saffiano leather, it comes with a detachable shoulder strap – meaning it easily doubles as a clutch – and is finished with minimal embellishment. Cue the lingering glances and the double takes.

Consider this the evolution of the backpack. Crafted from super-soft leather, this pared-back design is anything but basic. The fold-over style also has a useful outer pocket and is finished with a branded charm. You’ll love it for its simplicity, super-functionality and timelessness. A worthy investment if ever there was one.

Fashion

The 9-5 Refresh

While we’d all admittedly rather be lying in the sun, out of office on, Aperol spritz in hand… the reality is that unfortunately summer’s finally coming to its end, and that mountain of paperwork on your desk isn’t going to sort itself.

But, heading back to work needn’t be boring. In fact, it’s the perfect time to re-visit your workwear wardrobe and give your office style a refresh. With the help of a few key pieces, the transition back to 9-5 can be effortless.

Handle it

Carry your essentials in style with a handy satchel. Practical, versatile and inherently chic, it makes light work of your commute. With plenty of compartments to stash all your office must-haves from your laptop to make-up bag, our collection of satchels gives the timeless accessory a fresh update.

Lifestyle

How to Survive The Post-Summer Blues

Oh summer, fleeting yet so glorious—why does your departure always feels like a heartache? Moving through the seasons can be tumultuous, but it can also be motivating and spark new projects or thoughts. Here’s how to make it through the transition from beach days to dark days. 1. Book a workshop or learn something new If summer is for socialising and winter is for nesting, then the shoulder seasons are for getting life in order. Leave the workout regime to spring, and spend autumn learning something new that will see you through those long, dark weekends. Got a side hobby that you want to move into a side project? Now’s the time. Looking for inspiration? Try calligraphy (it’ll come in handy for wedding season) or maybe a jewelry making class (the bonus here is that it takes a lifetime to perfect). If a quick fix is all your attention can handle, take a meditation workshop. 2. Set intentions for the coming season The most effective way of getting over the blues is to take back control. Unfortunately, manifesting the sun is probably out of your reach, but you can ask yourself (and acknowledge) why you’re feeling the way you do. Journaling in the morning or before bed is an effective way to spot patterns, and really get to know yourself. Unlike new year resolutions, setting intentions will move you through change and empower yourself to live in possibility. Do the legwork before the holiday season comes around and set a weekly practice of being patient—it’ll come in handy when you don’t want to bite your tongue at the dinner table.

3. Plan into the future Impatience and frustration are side effects of the summer blues – nobody really wants to be a martyr – and the best way to get out that funk is to plan. What’s better than having something to look forward to? It’s best to do this right off the back of sunny days, before indecision and guilt starts to seep in. Try to plan something for every month, even if it is just a cinema trip or coffee with a friend —it feels good to have something to look forward to. If you’re feeling flush, you can never regret booking an autumn getaway. 4. Rotate your wardrobe Nothing signifies the end of summer more than the sombre day your embroidered dresses and off-the-shoulder tops get vacuum packed and put back into storage for another year. If it feels kinder, try slowly merging your summer outfits with chunkier knits and coats, but come October, it’s best to go Band-Aid style and fully transition into your cold-weather wardrobe. One of the best parts of winter is the fashion, so revel in those skinny leather pants and denim while you still can.

5. Live in denial Still not convinced? Go your own way and deny the turning temperatures. You’ll likely only last until September sans jacket, but if you can only be jolted by shock tactics, this is the way to go. You can keep the flame of summer alive by eating out-of-season strawberries and insisting on keeping your morning coffee iced. Your work colleagues might have something to say when you’re blasting the ‘song of the summer’ through your headphones, but we’re sure you can get them back on side with a frozen margarita at happy hour.

Lifestyle

5 Cafes To Work From This Season

Working from home sounds like the dream, but the truth is that when you work for yourself (and with yourself), cabin fever is a very real side effect. Lounging on your sofa gets old fast, and it’s not always conducive to productivity. This summer, slip into a pretty summer dress, brush your hair and take yourself into society for a few hours. Here’s where you should go. London: Bulldog Edition, The Ace Hotel, 100 Shoreditch High Street Nestled between The Ace Hotel’s lobby, juice bar and restaurant, Bulldog Edition is a laid-back coffee shop that serves up a rotation of donuts, cakes and sandwiches, alongside a decent flat white. The main draw with working here, especially as a freelancer, is that almost everyone else is in the same boat, which makes the collective energy buzzy and motivating. The spots by the back wall are quietest with power outlets, but if you want to feed off the buzz or potentially network, we suggest migrating into the plush couches in the hotel lobby. Berlin: Westberlin, Friedrichstrasse 215 “Coffee, cake, lunch and magazines” reads the sandwich board stationed outside Westberlin, a bright, glass-front coffee shop located between Berlin’s Mitte and Kreuzberg neighbourhoods. Borrowing from its Scandi cousins, the aesthetic is clean and contemporary with a long shared desk to work from, as well as smaller tables for when you really need to get your head down. Pop there in the morning and stay all day if you want to- it’s geared up for working, so there’s no need to feel rushed or pressured to move. When your deadlines are met, be sure to check out the shop’s magazine collection—it’s one of the best in the city.

Dublin: Network Coffee, 39 Aungier Street If you’re going to make the effort to step away from the comfort of home - or if you’re treating yourself to a ‘work from home’ day (don’t forget the air quotes) - it better be worth it. Much of the payoff relies on the goods of course, but atmosphere and setting also play deep into how inspired and motivated you feel. A wonky table and bad vibes don’t promote productivity. Network Coffee is contemporary enough that just being there makes you feel part of something bigger and cooler, but not in an intimidating way. In fact, it’s one of the city’s friendliest places to work from. Paris: Café Craft, 24 Rue des Vinaigriers Café Craft describes itself as the “premier café dédié aux créatifs indépendants” which, if you don’t speak French, loosely translates as the “first cafe devoted to independent creatives”. It’s set up for working and that’s what we like about—your being there is the reason this coffee shop exists, so no need to feel bad for using the wifi and taking calls. It costs three euros an hour to share the space, but you can pay by consumption or connection, meaning a three euro coffee will see you straight for an hour’s work. Grab a spot at the long communal table and spark up a conversation with your fellow coffee-aficionados.

Barcelona: Skye Coffee Co, Carrer de Pamplona, 88 Working from home comes with serious bragging rights. There’s no run-down office building for you, no commute to work, no having to blast heavy metal from your earphones to deter your boss from another conversation—it’s just you, on your time, doing your own thing. That’s the image we like to send out at least, because the reality of chasing invoices and refreshing your email, isn’t very attractive - Skye Coffee Co is though. This large warehouse space houses Barcelona’s coolest cats alongside a refurbed CitröenHY van that sells some of the city’s finest coffee.

Lifestyle

Your Morning Work Routine: Revisited

Ah, the joy of going back to work. Summer’s officially drawing to a close and although we don’t care much to admit it, it’s (almost) time to face reality. But what if there was a way to make the transition from long days in the sun to busy commutes a little more, manageable?

Fortunately, we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves to ensure you’ve got your act together and can get out the door looking polished and professional – quickly.

Plan your outfits in advance

Stay one step ahead of the game and set aside some time on Sunday to go through the upcoming week, planning your outfits to match your diary. By getting it all out of the way before the week starts, you’ll sleep peacefully knowing you’ll never have the inevitable Monday morning nothing-to-wear dilemma and avoid last minute panic dressing before you rush off to work. Oh, how we wish we had a Cher à la Clueless outfit planner, but for now we’ll have to make do with the old fashioned way.

Fashion

Five Office-Ready Trends

Every workweek repertoire needs key pieces, so we’ve rounded up five office-ready looks – from the classic to the contemporary – that will put a pep in your weekday step. Don’t just take our word for it, these on-trend pieces come with a celebrity stamp of approval. No need to thank us.

1. The Statement Shirt

The classic button-down shirt has been taken to new heights with sculptural sleeves, mismatched panels, ruffle tiers, lace trims…we could go on. And it will do wonders for your weekday attire.

Go for: A little bit of frill. In the form of a sleeveless silk blouse with pintucks and a ruffled placket. Alternatively try a long sleeve black piece framed with contrast piping, fluid ruffles along the yoke and lightly fluted sleeves.

Wear it with: Tailored black or navy trousers for a modern take on sharp separates.

Fashion

The Sartorial Startover

School may be out, but your preppy style can and should live on. We’ve gathered 5 must-haves that will help you graduate from basic to collegiate-cool once and for all. Breathe easy, this is one do-over you’ll rave about.

1. The Backpack

Good news, the backpack is still going strong. And the must-have version is neater and chicer than the back-breaking knapsack you used to carry your books in. Time to get (back) on the backpack bandwagon.

Why you should wear it: Something structured, in suede or textured leather will stand the test of time, get you admiring looks and hold all of your essentials. Top marks all around.

Three things we love about Disney X Coach

Disney fanatics take note – you can now wear your love for the cartoon clan on your sleeves with the exclusive Disney X Coach collection, created with Coach Creative Director, Stuart Vevers. Inspired by 70s and 80s Mickey Mouse, the collaboration features handbags, backpacks and totes – in Coach’s signature styles – as well as trainers, coasters, keychains… we could go on. But, this is not your average Disney paraphernalia; the collection takes a timeless yet tongue-in-cheek approach that we just can’t get enough of. Here are the three items at the top of our wish list…

 

1. The backpack

Because one more backpack to add to your collection can’t hurt. This bold number is guaranteed to brighten any gloomy day. Playfully printed with Mickey skating along the front, it’s spacious and perfectly sized to hold everyday essentials.

Why we love it:  Bold accessories never fail at making neutral looks pop, so we’ll be wearing ours with a simple LBD.

Style Notes

BEST DRESSED: THE OSCARS

"Nothing defines a person like the dress they wore to the Oscars" said... well no one really, but we were all thinking it. Cate Blanchett's Giorgio Armani Privé gown – as worn to the 2016 ceremony – saw a surge of icy-blue hues make their way onto the high street, and after the love it/hate it debacle of Anne Hathaway's pink satin Dior dress in 2013, rumours flew around that she'd sacked her stylist as a result. Ouch. So in honour of the star-studded event returning for its 89th year, we’re looking back at the most unforgettable gowns. Champagne at the ready…ALL THAT SPARKLES For an event as glitzy as the Oscars, it’s no surprise that metallic hues feature highly on the red carpet. Reese Witherspoon stunned red carpet revellers for all the right reasons at the 2006 Academy Awards after stepping out in a 1955 gold embellished Dior gown, fit for royalty. And who could forget Felicity Jones’s emotional portrayal of Jane in The Theory of Everything (2015). Jones didn’t go home with the gong that night but she was certainly the people’s choice owing to the stunning Alexander McQueen bodice and floor-length skirt. FRILL SEEKERSThe Oscars is much like a free pass for A-listers to bring out their inner Disney princess, which is exactly what Amy Adams did in 2013 when she stole the show in an Oscar de la Renta frilled ball gown. In 2011, Marisa Tomei stepped back in time with a vintage 1950s Charles James dress, complete with a frilled train. And no Oscars round-up would be complete without a round of applause for Bjork’s much-mentioned 2001 swan dress by Macedonian designer Marjan Pejoski. The Icelandic icon even pretended to lay eggs on the red carpet; top marks for originality, Bjork. BELLES OF THE BALLEverything about Lupita Nyong’o’s 2014 duck-egg blue Prada gown made it a clear winner on the Oscars best-dressed list; the colour, the cut and the way it hugged her figure in such an elegant, understated way. She also found the perfect accessory for it slightly later in the night: the Oscar itself! When Jennifer Lawrence took a rather unfortunate trip at the 2013 Academy Awards – the twittersphere was too in awe of her show-stopping Christian Dior gown to mind. And let’s face it, if anyone can pull off a red-carpet tumble, it’s J-Law. TUX DELUXE

Ryan Gosling doesn't have to do much to please crowds with his appearance these days, in fact, quite frankly he could turn up in a bin bag and trend spotters would be hailing it as the signature look of the year. But when he presented the award for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2016 event, it wasn't the winning film that got crowds applauding with such vehemence. It was his perfectly tailored Gucci suit, complete with matching white shirt and bow tie. Whilst David Oyelowo proved at the 2015 Oscars that bold colours aren't just for women. His red wine coloured Dolce & Gabbana tux was a daring choice, but one that totally paid off.

Travel & Lifestyle

EUROPE’S MOST ROMANTIC HOTSPOTS

Whether it be Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck gallivanting around the Italian capital on a Vespa, or Mathieu Kassovitz gazing into Audrey Tautou's enormous almond eyes at the Gare Du Nord, Europe easily bags the prize for the most romantic continent. With al fresco dining, winding lanes and il vino to be served with every course – your next romantic retreat is just a hop, skip and a quick mosey round the duty-free aisle away.   GO BEYOND GAUDI   Known for its impressive architecture, winding market streets and glorious climes, Barcelona isn’t a hard sell. But beyond the tourist trails of Las Ramblas, the sightseeing buses and the (admittedly stunning) Gaudi buildings, is a cosmopolitan metropolis just waiting to be explored. City strolling doesn’t get more romantic than at the Parc de Montjuïc; comprising of several museums to explore and the glorious Jardins de Laribal tree-laden walkway. Spaniards are night owls by nature, so be sure to save some energy to explore some of the exciting new eateries that the city has on offer. The Michelin-starred Alkimia, just outside the Gothic Quarter, combines industrial interiors with an elegant yet innovative Catalonian menu. Don’t leave the city without sampling their signature salt cod. Barcelona’s hotel collection is an impressive one, meaning that you never have to face a bad night’s sleep after all that exploring. Hotel Omm offers the ultimate in city-centre serenity; ideally located to maximise your time in Barcelona.   BEAUTY IN BAVARIA It’s often claimed that Munich is Germany’s prettiest city, and with its Alpine mountain backdrop, striking Bavarian architecture and village-esque feel, it’s easy to see why. If you’ve ever found Berlin to be too much of a head spin, then Munich could well be the antidote you’re looking for. The stunning Marienplatz Square, located in the centre of the city, boasts a wealth of art galleries – or sample the simple but excellent dishes at Zum Dürnbräu, a traditional Bavarian tavern, whose dishes include the city’s staple Nürnberger sausages with sauerkraut and dumplings. For a room with a view, book into the Grand Hotel Bayerischer Hof, where you can enjoy stunning scenery of the city from its rooftop bar, Blue Spa Terrace. And finally, a trip to the nearby Ingolstadt Village makes for holiday shopping bliss, just in case lederhosen isn’t your thing. LONDON CALLING Leave the London Eye to the first-timers and enjoy the views of the city from the dizzy heights of Vista Bar, overlooking Trafalgar Square and beyond. No admission fees means more money to spend on Cosmopolitans, anyway. Shopping is big business in London so leave enough space in the suitcase for those must-have buys. Head to nearby Bicester Village where you’ll find all the world-famous names you could ask for in one place. Markets are also a must-visit when you’re in the capital, and Columbia Road Flower Market is about as pretty as they get. After all that exploring, a night at the Como Metropolitan Hotel will have you feeling rested and refreshed in no time, not to mention being ideally located to South Kensington’s array of museums and the sumptuous restaurants of Mayfair. We’re sold. LA VILLE DE L’AMOUR Paris isn’t called the city of love for nothing; the accent, the culture, the picture-perfect backdrops around every corner of the city; we can’t seem to get enough of the place! It was Audrey Hepburn who famously stated, “Paris is always a good idea”, and she sure had a point. It pays dividends to get organised before taking off. Most attractions, including the Eiffel Tower and The Louvre, allow you to pre-book online, meaning you’re less likely to spend the entire trip in queues. If you’ve visited before and are looking to travel further afield, a day’s shopping trip at La Vallée Village, just east of the city, will have you feeling (and dressing) like a Parisian! Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg Hotel offers excellence in comfort and is within easy walking distance from Champs-Élysées, the River Seine and the many other delights of Paris. Plus, to make your stay extra special, La Vallée Village have teamed up with Sofitel, Mgallery by Sofitel and Pullman to bring you an exclusive luxury travel package (click here for more details) – perfect for a romantic trip away. Bon voyage!

Style Notes

SPRING STYLE: TED BAKER

Step into the season on the right foot with Ted Baker’s gorgeous collection. Here’s everything we’re coveting for the months ahead… For the ladies

It’s all about prints this season, ranging from the big and the bold right through to pared-back pastels. Make a subtle statement in artistic A-line dresses, mixed up with bold reds and pinks, perfect for the warmer evenings ahead. Geometric stripes give a futuristic feel to the range, pairing monochrome base colours with mint, coral and yellow hues. Sorbet shades are also set to be big this season and Ted Baker has it covered; expect floaty, loose-fitting dresses in soft vanilla, creams and powdery blues. Perfection. For the gents Gents; keep it casual with Ted Baker’s stylish yet minimalist tailoring. The floral herringbone shirts give an understated formal feel, perfectly paired with a deconstructed blazer. For a more casual feel, officewear meets sportswear with the collection’s tapered chinos in navy tones. Complete the look with a bright coloured jumper and soft grey suede bomber jacket.

Style Notes

TREND REPORT: SPRING/SUMMER 2017

When it comes to the sartorial start over, there’s no one we trust more for the low down than Fashion Editor Harriet Quick. Get ready for trend overload.THINK PINKPink has emerged as the colour of modern femininity. It displays as many qualities as women themselves, whether in soft blush tones, provocative, flirtatious fuchsia or wistful old-rose hues. Designers are embracing pink with a passion, from Chloé’s signature blush and Balenciaga’s bubblegum brights to Prada’s knowingly kitsch candy shades. The newest way to wear it is uncompromisingly in head-to-toe tonal layers. Seek out pink tailoring to replace monotones; baby-doll dresses with matching shoes; pussy bow blouses and cropped trousers, and even WAG-style tracksuits. Pink speaks volumes about optimism and that’s what we need right now. 80s GLAMThe era that delivered power shoulders, Working Girl miniskirts, slinky body-con dressing and a whole lot of lamé is back. A generation of designers who were toddlers at the time are pillaging the stylistic memes of the sex, power and glamour decade and reprising that exuberance for now. What this trend requires is guts and daring. Mini skirts will feel naked after seasons of flowing lines, just as bold shoulders will seem alien. Yet the confidence-boosting benefits are manifold. Look back to the icons of the era for inspiration from the supermodels in Alaïa to Nan Kempner’s taste for boxy tailoring and Paloma Picasso’s flamboyant big earrings and taste for Saint Laurent. STATEMENT SLEEVESOne of the best hacks for spring style is adopting big, voluminous sleeves. There’s a whole lexicon of shapes to consider from trumpet sleeves that burst out from the elbow like tulip flowers to theatrical leg-o-mutton lines that billow out from the shoulder and tighten in on the lower arm, and sweet, peasant-style drawstring blouses. If you prefer more tailored lines, search for men’s shirts with French cuffs that can be worn open and down to the knucklebone. RAVE DELUXEThose brilliantly hedonistic days of rave and ‘Madchester’ are filtering through to fashion, with creative talents as diverse as Miuccia Prada at Miu Miu and Fashion Award Emerging Talent winner Molly Goddard seizing upon the baggy style, the neon brights and, above all, the DIY spirit that defined the dance revolution. Tune into the pieces including floor-grazing baggy trousers and tracksuit tops; tie-dye and mesh T-shirts; satin trainers; neon sports bras and bomber jackets, and pile it on in layers. Add a cotton hat, a rucksack and find a dance party to lift your spirits up and away. ACCESSORIES TO COVETWhen it comes to those desirable ‘extras’, it is all about mixing not matching. Start with earrings and consider wearing mismatched pieces (whether in silver or crystal, they should look like cousins not strangers). For feet, follow the lead of Céline and Hillier Bartley and wear different colours on your left and right foot. This requires buying two pairs of the same style but oh there’s fun to be had in this eccentric style spin. Glammed-up Crocs, pool slides and flatform trekking sandals will boost your holiday wardrobe; while for the everyday, kitten heels are back. This bonsai-sized heel adds a little extra kick to tailoring and looks so cute after seasons of chunky shapes. Whatever way you adorn yourself, let individuality rule.

Art meets fashion in Maasmechelen Village. From 25 October until 25 November 2016, guests have the chance to discover 23 unique necklaces, designed by Daniel Von Weinberger. In the windows of 23 boutiques, a little black dress is been decorated with an exclusive piece of art.

Art meets fashion

Art meets fashion – Daniel Von Weinberger, necklace exhibitionArt meets fashion in Maasmechelen Village. From 25 October until 25 November 2016, guests have the chance to discover 26 unique necklaces, designed by Daniel Von Weinberger. In the windows of 26 boutiques, a little black dress is been decorated with an exclusive piece of art. Enjoy a distinctive shopping experience alongside the ‘art boulevard’ in the Village.

Who is Daniel Von Weinberger?Daniel Von Weinberger (b. Antwerp, 1950) has a varied and wide education in the art of goldsmithing, fashion, theatrical design and enameling. His intricate, unusual and bespoke designs have been exhibited all over the world to the delight of the world press. His jewelry are extravagant and composed of an assortment materials including plastic toys; beads; glass shards and ribbon. He draws inspiration from the intangible, bringing his ideas to life in his designs.“Art is when you are touched. Something has to happen. I’m sorry, but when I look at the art world now, I hardly feel anything there. It’s completely commercial and there’s no emotion anymore. What I do is for people to wear and enjoy.”(Von Weinberger, 2014)

Why the Little Black Dress (LBD)?The Little Black Dress or ‘LBD’ has been a permanent fixture in fashion for the last Century.Known in many forms, whether short, long, casual or formal - the LBD is an enduring piece in many glamourous women’s wardrobes. The black dress is a catwalk staple, whether it be through sumptuous eveningwear or paired down day wear, it is a piece that can be dressed up or down whatever the feeling...Walk alongside the ‘art boulevard’ in Maasmechelen Village.

Renowned for its rich heritage and innovative designs, Coach celebrates its 75th anniversary this year…

Coach celebrates 75 years as America’s original house of leather

Seamlessly balancing strong durability with an edgy and elegant aesthetic, Coach has been crafting the finest leather goods since 1941 – and although the brand’s identity may have evolved over the years, the dedication to quality and focus on refined expression has remained the same.

The brand’s humble beginnings trace back to 1941, with a small, family-run workshop in the heart of New York City. Inspired by the precise design of a baseball glove, company founder Miles Kahn and his team of six artisans created a collection of 12 handbags using the same meticulous stitch work – and so the Coach brand was born.

The classic pieces struck a chord with the fashion crowd and gradually the label began to expand. In 1962, American sportswear pioneer Bonnie Cashin designed the famous duffle bag, firmly securing Coach a coveted spot on the luxury landscape – but it was the appointment of new CEO and future Chairman, Lew Frankfort, that really enabled Coach to find its niche. Frankfort recognised consumers’ desire for affordable luxury and by bridging the high street and high-end gap, Coach rapidly grew into the iconic fashion brand that it is today.

Recognised across the globe for its distinctive representation of American style, Coach beautifully captures the vibrant energy of New York through its carefully crafted pieces. Resonating with fashion-forward men and women of all ages, the label has been worn by high-profile icons such as Madonna and Prince – and, today, has caught the attention of a younger celebrity crowd, thanks to British visionary Stuart Vevers.

 

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