Photo courtesy of DM Jewelry Designs
It's not a secret that women love jewellery. Receiving it makes them feel and look special. ELENA Earrings by DM Jewellery Designs will make an unforgettable gift for someone who appreciates high quality, artisan products and timeless chic. Made with imported Black Onyx which beautifully accents the sterling silver filigree beads and finished with sterling silver earring findings, this beautiful piece of jewellery is an accessory staple in every woman's wardrobe like the LBD. "The best part of gifting jewellery is that whatever it costs, once gifted it becomes a piece on which you simply can’t put a price tag. It works like a photograph, the memory associated with the gift will carry through with the person for life," says Urban Cocktail and we couldn't agree more.
Based out of New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, DM Jewellery Designs was established as a result of a life-long enchantment of manifesting visions of radiant jewellery including custom bridal designs. Their mission is to create exquisite pieces of jewellery that celebrates every aspect of a woman. Debora Ann Malouf, owner and creative designer of DM Jewellery Designs, explains, “I will design and re-design a piece until it perfectly captures not only my vision, but also the vision of the client who is involved in the entire custom design process. I refuse to finalize a piece until each one of us experiences what I term as the “WOW” factor.” She continues to state, “Nothing excites me more than manifesting the visions of designs that capture the essence of a woman.”
Photo courtesy of Claycult Cambodia
Bring back those holiday memories and a carefree beach mood with a limited edition of Rudraksha Seed and Ceramic necklace. This stunning long, slightly chunky style necklace, uses three silver capped Nepali seed beads in combination with the specialty ceramic beads. This unique item of jewellery, featuring a beautiful palette of earthy colours, makes a memorable gift which will be treasured for years.
Claycult Cambodia brings the culture of the Khmer people and the colours of Cambodia into their designs. The brand offers a range of exquisite necklaces, bracelets and earrings in addition to ceramic beads. All items are handcrafted at their studio / workshop in Siem Reap, home to Angkor Wat and the great Angkor temples.
They employ mostly women and adapt the workplace to their lives as much as possible, outsourcing to those who are unable to come to the workshop because of family commitments. Claycult Cambodia encourages education and their staff is paid a fair wage, many of them being the sole supporter of an extended family.
Photo courtesy of LaBante London
Red is officially l y the hot test colour for Fall /Winter 2017. This gorgeous handbag by LaBante London, a Peta-Approved Vegan Brand, will brighten up gloomy winter days and add a touch of glamour to even the most simple outfit.
This elegant and compact bag is perfect for a day (wear it with a casual jacket or coat) or evening out (as a striking addition to an all-black ensemble). Finished with a bow detail to give an extra twist of femininity, it comes with two handy inner compartments to help you stay organised. The shoulder strap can be detached so that the bag can be used as a hand held clutch. Two in one, how smart!
Established in 2009, LaBante London designs and produces accessories with an ethos of 'Fashion With Respect.' What do they mean by that? Their bags and jewellery are not only covetable but also vegan, environmentally friendly, and ethically produced. The brands want to give consumers the experience of luxury, of the finest craftsmanship, of a timeless aesthetic, while respecting the world we live in.
Happy holidays! :)
Eva Fydrych wearing Bôhten sunglasses (Cefalu, Italy)
Sunglasses, an essential summer accessory, are an important element of a trendy outfit. This season, the bigger and brighter, the better!
Founded in 2012, Bôhten manufactures and designs eco luxury glasses made from reclaimed material sourced from West Africa. All frames are super light and go well with various outfits. Perfect for travelling!
Bohten sunglasses (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)
Be it skinny, boyfriend, flared or cropped, ripped jeans is one denim trend that is still going strong.
Whether you pair it with a floaty blouse and sneakers for a daytime look, or a silky camisole and killer heels for a night out in town, ripped jeans add a definite edge to your outfit.
For more styling ideas, click here
Photos courtesy of Pinterest, Vogue, and Pull & Bear
This is arguably one of the most versatile piece of clothing you can bring. A slip dress can be worn various ways. Throw it on and pair with comfy sandals for a day of sightseeing, with a sweater for a lovely dinner, or even over your swimsuit for some cover up for an evening stroll on the beach.
Photos courtesy of Pinterest and French Connection
While the floral print trend has been in full bloom for as long as we can remember, it is still one of the best ways to freshen up your wardrobe and get ready for the summer season. Fabulous florals combined with simple, minimalist accessories, will never go out of style.
If you are looking for a more edgy look, try mixing florals with other prints and adding bold accessories such as statement jewellery or oversized sunglasses.
Duro Olowu Spring/Summer 2017 (Photo courtesy of the designer)
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Tommy Hilfiger x Gigi Hadid Collaboration
Launching on 9th September at the Tommy Hilfiger shop on 5th Avenue in New York City and on tommy.com, the new capsule collection features nautical inspired designs with a sexy twist.
Have a look at my favourite pieces from TommyXGigi collection below:
Photos courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger
London Fashion Film Festival 2016 (LFFF)
After my trip to Mexico City and attending the inaugural Mexico Fashion Film Festival earlier this year, I can’t wait to see the latest fashion films in London.
“Each year the London Fashion Film Festival host a variety of screenings centred on the subject of fashion and film, giving Londoners, film and fashion enthusiasts the chance to watch a number of iconic movies in the heart of the capital. As well as the main Festival, there will be a number of warm up events leading up to the Festival and the opportunity to take part in master classes and discussions with some of the industry’s most well-known names and faces."
- LFFF LFFF takes place on 14 September and you can see the official program here: lfff.co.uk/programme-and-tickets
Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine
New (and Old) Fashion Trends Leopard print is making its mark on the runways (again!) “Leopard print is a symbol of sensuality, confidence, and a liberated state of mind.” says Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci in the latest issue of Vogue magazine. “When a woman puts on a leopard-print coat, she is unapologetic in all that she stands for.”
Other trends to look forward to: plush velvet suits, pleated skirts, oversized coats & jackets, punk-inspired details, high-end streetwear, eclectic mishmash, colourful tights, bold embellishments, hats, and pretty in-pink vibe.
Gucci Ready-To-Wear Autumn/Winter 2016 (Photos by Yannis Vlamos / Indigital.tv)
A Wearable Fitness Tracker Public School’s collaboration with Fitbit, the Silicon Valley brand, may be one of the coolest partnerships this season.
Launching in October, the Type III Paracord bracelet (inspired by military parachutes) allows users to customise the Fitbit Alta and track their fitness progress: calories burnt, activity levels, and even hours slept each night. The device also offers call and text alerts and promises to keep you motivated during (and in between) your workout routine. Unlike many tech gadgets on the market, this smart accessory has a genuine style and it may become super popular with both fashion and fitness crowd.
Have a fabulous Autumn! :)
Downtown Los Angeles (Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)
Los Angeles, the second-largest city in the United States after New York City, doesn’t really need an introduction. Famous centre of the American film and television industry, L.A. is a popular tourist destination all year round.
“The sun and palm trees in L.A. are so great for lifting the mood. It’s always nice coming over the hills and seeing the ocean.” - says celebrity stylist Kemal Harris.
This summer, discover the stylish side of Los Angeles and explore downtown’s Fashion District, vibrant art scene, and unique architecture.
Shopping in L.A. / Broadway Street (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)
LA Fashion District features hundreds of wholesale showrooms, textile stores, and retail boutiques.
“The LA Fashion District’s designer showrooms are located at the intersection of 9th and Los Angeles Streets. Our designer showrooms host five market weeks yearly, where buyers and retailers come to shop the latest in contemporary apparel and accessories. There are over 1,200 showrooms representing over 4,500 fashion lines.” - fashiondistrict.org
Santee Alley, located between Santee Street and Maple Avenue, is best known for its vibrant atmosphere and amazing bargains.
Tulips by Jeff Koons, The Broad (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)
“Los Angeles is often billed as the "Creative Capital of the World", because one in every six of its residents works in a creative industry and there are more artists, writers, filmmakers, actors, dancers and musicians living and working in Los Angeles than any other city at any time in history.” - Wikipedia
Recommended Museums: The Broad (221 S Grand Ave), MOCA / Museum of Contemporary Art (250 S Grand Ave), and LACMA / Los Angeles County Museum of Art (5905 Wilshire Blvd) - currently holding an interesting menswear exhibition: www.lacma.org
Broadway Street / LA Fashion District (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)
Downtown Los Angeles has lots of interesting buildings and trendy restaurants, stores, and hotels to explore. Many places feature unique interiors and combine traditional style with bold, modern influences. One of the best examples of the stunning downtown architecture is Walt Disney Concert Hall designed by a Canadian-born American architect Frank
Gehry (see it on Instagram: www.instagram.com).
Have a fabulous summer in L.A.!
Hudson’s Bay, Toronto (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)
Winter doesn't have to be boring! Below you can find a selection of 5 fabulous coats that not only look very stylish, but will also keep you warm. Trendy patterns and bold colours will brighten up long winter days and won't allow you to disappear in the crowd.
USEFUL TIP: If you are wearing a statement coat, remember to keep the rest of your outfit simple. Choose your accessories carefully and opt for classic black or calm, neutral shades. Recommended colours for Fall/Winter 2015: red, pastel pink, camel, yellow, black combined with other colours. “Reinvent new combinations of what you already own. Improvise. Become more creative. Not because you have to, but because you want to. Evolution is the secret for the next step.” ― Karl Lagerfeld
1. Reversible colour-block wool coat by Narciso Rodriguez
2. AWAKE Faux Fur Coat - designed by Natalia Alaverdian
3. COACH teddy bear coat - warm and cozy!
4. GIAMBATTISTA VALLI Panelled shearling coat
5. MIU MIU Python-trimmed bouclé-tweed coat
For more winter inspiration, have a look at the bright colours of MOSCHINO AW 2015 collection.
New York City
The Lexington NYC (Photo by Eva Fydrych/ Fashion Studio Magazine)
With New York Fashion Week just around the corner, it is high time to think about the hotel accommodation for September. While there are many luxury hotels in the city, only some of them offer a truly memorable experience and combine both comfort and style.
One of my favourite properties, ultra-modern YOTEL, has already been featured in the “Fashion Diary - New York”. You can read more about this funky hotel here.
Below you can find three more options that I would recommend for a stylish stay in New York City.
ELEMENT BY WESTIN
Photos by Eva Fydrych and courtesy of Element Times Square
During my recent trip to New York, I had a chance to stay at a very interesting hotel - Element New York Times Square West. Inspired by nature and created to be an oasis of natural light, this eco-friendly hotel is a perfect place to unwind and relax(especially during busy events such as the Fashion Week).
Unique design elements of the hotel include flooring and furniture made from recycled fabrics, wall art mounted on a base made from recycled tires, low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint to improve air quality, energy efficient light bulbs,and low-flow faucets.
Each room features a flowing, functional layout with multi-use furniture which allows you to adjust the space to your own needs and make the most out of your stay. Nature-inspired colour palette encourages relaxation. According to some design experts, such as Barbara Huelat, "exposure to natural materials and images have the benefit of reminding humans of their evolution and connections to nature".
Bringing earth tones into the hotel interior provides a soothing, calming environment that promotes the sense of well-being.
View from the rooftop patio (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)
One of the hotel's main attractions is a rooftop patio overlooking the bustlingMidtown Manhattan and a fully equipped gym, where you can maintain your healthy lifestyle when away from home. Element Times Square also offers complimentary Bike Lending Program, available on first-come, first-served basis.
There is also a really innovative service which is becoming more and more popular with the hotel guests. "We offer a special stationary bike in our fitness centre that has a pedal-powered generator. This lets our guests charge their tablet or smart phone as they exercise." - explains Lynn Woods, Assistant General Manager.
THE LEXINGTON NYC
Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine
As a member of the exclusive Marriott Autograph Collection, The Lexington NYC won’t disappoint you. This trendy hotel has not only excellent location, but also veryinspiring interior design. You will experience personal service and world-class amenities that exceed your expectations.
“The Lexington New York City itself is a work of art, melding high-end architectural design with chic, historic accents to maximize style and comfort.
Rows of winged lions decorate the building’s façade and terracotta figures flank the Lexington Avenue entrance, reminiscent of those adorning Notre Dame.
The spacious marble-floored living room features sky-scraping pillars and plush décor echoing the glamour and sophisticated style of the 1920s, while the hotel’s hallways present Soho-style black and white prints of the city’s most notable landmarks.
The artists featured in the Lexington New York City’s collection are both local and internationally renowned and work within a wide range of mediums – murals, photography, three-dimensional installations and more. Through curating this magnificent collection, Powell has commissioned works that reflect the property’s commitment to preserve its uniquely New York jazz age past while also providing fresh new perspectives on classic works.” - lexingtonhotelnyc.com
Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine
If you are looking for something a little different for your next stay in Manhattan, the Library Hotel may be just what you need. This luxury 4 star property is conveniently located on Madison Avenue, just a few blocks away from Grand Central Terminal, Bryant Park, and unlimited shopping on Fifth Avenue.
Featuring a trendy rooftop terrace, an impressive collection of books, and lots of complimentary amenities (including super-fast Wi-Fi internet access), the Library Hotel is a perfect destination for both business and leisure traveler.
The concept behind the Library Hotel is unique and inspiring. The hotel follows the Dewey Decimal System - there are 10 floors dedicated to one of the 10 majorcategories of the system: Social Sciences, Literature, Languages, History, Math & Science, General Knowledge, Technology, Philosophy, The Arts, and Religion.
Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine
Every room is decorated with carefully selected books and art pieces exploring a topic within the category it belongs to. The Library Hotel’s collection consists of over 6,000 books. You can experience a different room theme every time you stay at the hotel... How exciting!
Located on fashionable Madison Avenue, just steps away from the famous Fifth Avenue, the hotel is in the middle of all the action. There are several shopping and dining options waiting just around the corner.
You are within walking distance to major NYC attractions and close to several subway lines. It simply can't get any better than this.
Eva Fydrych in New York City, September 2014
See you in New York! :)
South Africa Menswear Week, February 2015 (Photos by SDR Photo)
South Africa is one of the most diverse and captivating countries in the world. Last month, I had a chance to spend three fabulous weeks travelling around the country and getting to know its vibrant and cosmopolitan cities.
Cape Town is the second-most populous city in South Africa and Africa's most popular tourist destination. It is a city of contrasts, where old colonial buildings stand side by side with architecture from the 1960s and contemporary designs. It is easy to get around on foot as most of
the major attractions are concentrated within the walking distance.
"Cape Town is the quintessential melting pot: it is a city alive with creativity, colour, sounds and tastes. While walking through the city's streets and meeting its people, you will fall in love with its natural beauty, creative freedom and incredible spirit. Cape Town is a city where
the unexpected is always just around the corner." (Source: Cape Town's tourism website)
The Table Bay Hotel (Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)
SA MENSWEAR WEEK
In February 2015, Cape Town hosted inaugural South Africa Menswear Week (SAMW) featuring the collections of over 25 leading and most sought after menswear designers.
The line-up for the fashion showcase in February 2015 hosted an impressive list of South African and African fashion designers, ranging from emerging talent, Rich Mnisi, Jenevieve Lyons, to the up-andcoming,Lukhanyo Mdingi and the more established designers, Craig Port, CSquared, and Shaldon Kopman's Naked Ape.
This initiative was the first men's focused fashion platform in Africa,showcasing three days of menswear on the runway.
SA Menswear Week, February 2015 (Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)
SHOPPING IN STYLE
Long Street is lined with fashionable shops, street cafés, dance clubs, and some of the best wine bars in the city. The area is constantly buzzing with activities and it's one of Cape Town's best spots for browsing during the day or for a big night out with friends. Try Mama Africa for tasty food and live music performed nightly by young local
Cape Town boasts many upmarket malls and shopping centres where shoppers are truly spoilt for choice. Adderley Street is not only the city's most historic main road, but also one of the busiest shopping areas. The Adderley Street Flower Market adds a splash of colour to the historical city centre. For the last 100 years, the flower market has sold an inexpensive selection of fresh blossoms to the people of Cape Town and has become a must-see attraction for visitors to the city.
Local jewellery label PICHULIK (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)
Shopping at O.R. Tambo Airport, Johannesburg (Photos by Eva Fydrych)
A nearby St Georges Mall, with a combination of street stalls, traders, art galleries and African souvenir shops, is an interesting shopping destination. Once a busy city street, it is now a comfortable pedestrian area with a wide range of live entertainment, stylish restaurants and
Maya Prass is a young label offering bright colourful clothing and accessories. Their pumps are hand made locally and are available in a wide selection of prints and colours. Each shoe is made with a tan resin
sole, low heel, and functional ties. They are 100% cotton, comfortable, and what's really important, animal friendly. Maya Prass designs are available at upmarket retailers across the city.
The Bromwell Boutique Mall, Albert Road, Woodstock (Photos by Eva Fydrych)
Unique and captivating, The Bromwell Boutique Mall offers a great selection of limited edition and one-off pieces of art, jewellery and highend fashion and accessories from South Africa and abroad. Located in the up-and-coming Woodstock district - one of Cape Town's oldest suburbs - this fashionable place should be a must-see destination for every fashionista visiting the city.