We caught up with Designer Monika Kędziora and Brand Manager Bartek Korzeniowski to find out more about their brand Acephala. Here's what they told us.

Published in Exclusive Interviews
Saturday, 12 May 2018 10:13

The Next Best Thing

Your next best shirt

The secret to a stylish and affordable summer wardrobe, is knowing how to wear that one piece you love over and over again. And a shirt is one of those key wardrobe pieces that can take you through a hot sunny summer season.

My Top Pick

The eye catching Spot Print shirt with short rolled sleeves and cute boxy crop fit.

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It is one of those pieces that you can dress up or down and will look equally good with a pair of worn jeans or a smart work trousers.

The flattering V neckline gives the shirt a subtle sensual feel making it the right choice for a pair of Black Denim lace shorts, paired with your favourite bikini, a cute mini basket and sandals for a day of fun on the beach.

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Summer holidays are for sleeping in and only waking up in time for brunch. The loose fit and boxy crop fit make this shirt super easy to wear and great to pair with just about anything, like the khaki midi skirt and slider sandals for a simple and easy brunch look.

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The rust color makes it a perfect piece for a neutral monochrome look. Pair it with a chic pair of tapered trouser in a neutral color like the Stone trousers, brown leather handbag and crochet gold slingbacks for a easy-to-wear Monday or Friday #ootd.

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If there is anything that is going to make your life easy on a hot summer's day, whether for work or play then it is a good shirt that is easy to wear, time and time again.

Published in Lizelle Joseph
Thursday, 03 May 2018 12:59

Ujjwala Bhadu

Ujjwala Bhadu is an artist and fashion designer born and raised in Jodhpur, India. Her interest in design stems from her love for colour, textures and tactility. Her childhood was surrounded by the colorful local textiles of her hometown. Her constant muse, her mother, instilled in her a deep appreciation for the local crafts of her people. Her design principles value the craft of creating by hand and working with touch-encouraging materials. Her approach to design has also been shaped by her move to Parsons in New York City. Studying the principles of modernism and finding a connection between home and here through design has been a very enriching experience for her work.

As a recent graduate of Parsons the New School for Design, in the Fashion Design program, Ujjwala Bhadu has not only acquired the work ethos of New York City but more importantly the critical thinking skills that help her push her ideas across design disciplines. Her projects have always contained elements of her indian heritage, all of which led to her final collection that represented a balance between personal and acquired cultures. Internships at Theory, Oscar de la Renta and Bibhu Mohapatra consolidated her collaborative and teamwork skills. During her final year at Parsons, Ujjwala was nominated for multiple competitions like Hugo Boss Scholarship and CFDA Fashion Future Showcase.

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Published in Designers
Tuesday, 01 May 2018 08:56

Nasra Mamoun

Nasra Mamoun is a jewellery designer who has been creating hand-made jewellery for over twenty years. After graduating with a BSc in Geology from Yarmouk University, Jordan, she moved to the UK and her career path took her away from Geology but she has retained a link with designing and making jewellery made primarily from stirling silver and semi-precious stones. She is married to Sudanese artist and photographer Issam Abdelhafiez.

Born in the Sudan to an artistic family, her father, the late Hussein Shariffe was an artist and film director and both he and her mother, Shama Al Siddig have hugely influenced her love and appreciation of colour and design. Her fascination with gem stones began during her student years and she started stringing beads together and gradually progressed to silversmithing. Her creations are unique jewellery pieces that are a pleasure to wear “.

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Published in Designers
Thursday, 19 April 2018 11:12

What Summer Streetwear Trends to Expect

Streetwear is a massive global trend that is only getting bigger, luxury brands have started showing their plans for the summer of and a lot of new and current trends are going to be seen this summer.

Published in Trends

ModaLisboa
ModaLisboa No.50 (Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

The biggest event in Portuguese fashion, Moda Lisboa, took place from 8 - 12 March 2017 at the newly renovated Pavilhão Carlos Lopes. This year, the fashion week celebrated its 50th edition and it won't be an exaggeration to say that it was better than ever before.

From all-black looks at Aleksandar Protic to futuristic plastic details at David Ferreira and Imauve, Autumn/Winter 2018-19 season will be highly inspiring, bold, and creative. Let's have a look at some of the most memorable fashion trends presented at the event!

1. New Romantic

1. New Romantic

Duarte, David Ferreira, Filipe Faísca © ModaLisboa | Photo: Ugo Camera

Pastels (often combined with darker colours), soft lines, white blouses, slip dresses, plush velvet, satin, lace up, puff sleeves, ruffles, and moody florals – that's New Romantics trend in a nutshell.

According to Fashion Snoops, "the New Romantic woman believes in leveraging the past to bring us closer to the future". Key accessories include pearl earrings, fishnet stockings, statement ring set, embellished mini bag, optical cat eye, and updated Mary Janes.

This fashion trend (shown mainly through clothes, not accessories) was present in many collections for Autumn/Winter 2018-19 including Duarte, Filipe Faísca, Carolina Machado, and Ricardo Preto.

2. Plastic Dreams

2. Plastic Dreams

David Ferreira (L,R), Imauve © ModaLisboa | Photo: Ugo Camera

"The most out-there trend of 2018 is transparency, or plastic to be particular", says The Guardian and we couldn't agree more.

From transparent boots at Imauve to ultra-bold tops at Luís Carvalho and see-through coats at David Ferreira, this futuristic trend seemed to be quite popular with Portuguese designers.

3. Statement (faux) Fur

3. Statement faux fur

David Ferreira (L,R), Imauve © ModaLisboa | Photo: Ugo Camera)

From fur trims, sleeves, collars, tippets, scarves and stoles, to statement jackets and coats – all (faux) fur lovers will be able to choose something for themselves next season.

Our favourite looks included elegant black fur details at David Ferreira, stylish white stoles at Imauve, and feminine coats at Luís Carvalho.

4. Black Is The New Black

4. Black is the new Black

Ricardo Preto, Dino Alves (R) © ModaLisboa | Photo: Ugo Camera

Classic black was seen in many Autumn/Winter 2018-19 collections including Aleksandar Protic who presented all-black looks, Federico Cina (black mixed with bright red), Isidro Paiva (black combined with white or brown), Carolina Machado (thigh high boots and black accessories), and David Ferreira (black fishnets and voluminous sleeves).

Eye-catching colour combinations such as black with golden beige and apricot orange could be seen at Dino Alves show. The versatile Autumn/Winter collection featured a lot of hats and colourful sunglasses as well.

5. Kaleidoscope Of Colours

5. Kaleidoscope of Colours

Gonçalo Peixoto, Awaytomars, Imauve © ModaLisboa | Photo: Ugo Camera

Some designers went in a totally opposite direction and presented bold colourful looks featuring colours traditionally associated with spring such as pink, bright red or yellow.

While in many of those collections colour was taking centre stage, some of them were also enriched with the use of unique prints and patterns (Awaytomars, Kolovrat).

If you are not sure how to wear this trend, there is only one rule that applies: use your imagination and mix various colours and patterns together. The brighter, the better!

Published in Eva Fydrych
Thursday, 05 April 2018 19:41

What is Old May Never Fade

Classically Inspired Fashion to Incorporate this 2018.

Published in Trends
Wednesday, 14 March 2018 10:56

5 Pool Party Outfits to Make a Splash In

5 Pool Party Outfits to Make a Splash In

The sun, the heat, the cocktail in your hand as you lounge by the pool, tanning your smooth, glowing body. There's nothing like a poolside party to remind you that life can be really easy and wonderful sometimes. With the warmer weather coming our way you're bound to get invited to a bunch of events, so how do you make the most out of them?

How do you show off some incredible style skills, feel comfortable, and still manage to swim a few laps and enjoy the cool water? Well, ladies, we've got you covered. Read on for some tips and outfit ideas!

1. Prep Your Face And Body First

Prep your face and body first

No outfit is going to look good if you're feeling insecure, so in order to avoid that, you first need to prep your face and body. A short workout right before the party will make your muscles look more defined and taut, and doing a full body scrub before rubbing in a lotion with sunscreen will give you that lovely, irresistible glow.

Your face is also important, and since makeup is a bit of a hassle at the poolside, we recommend good skincare because there's nothing like that natural summery radiance that can make you look pretty. Cleanse and tone your face, then use a serum to work as a beauty elixir and smooth the skin while also providing nourishing moisture. After this, apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and you're done! If you really love makeup and can't imagine yourself going out without your face paint, we recommend a combo of BB cream, waterproof mascara, and a peachy lip gloss.

2. Boudoir Bombshell

Boudoir bombshell

Nothing screams bombshell like a high-waisted bathing suit, but to bring out the sex appeal even more, you want to pair that with a sheer dress. A nice wrap dress made of a see-through material that shows the outline of your sexy swimming suit is going to look hot, hot, hot! Flip flops don't really go with this look, so we recommend a pair of delicate-looking slippers to grace your feet, and some hoop earrings to dangle as the breeze blows. You can style your hair into a small bun and then use a colourful hair scarf for some added stylishness!

3. Boho Chic

Boho chic

A bikini paired with a long, flowy maxi dress and a giant straw hat is your perfect little hippie outfit. Pick a big bag to match the hat and wear some string sandals that you can twist around your legs. A row of plastic bangles is a great way to accessorize, and if you plan to wear sunglasses we recommend a nice pair of Lennon glasses.

4. Easy Stylishness With A Crop Top

Easy stylishness with a crop top

Pick a two-piece swimsuit with the upper part that looks like a cute crop top and you'll never have to worry about your outfit. Crop tops are simply way too fun and sweet on their own to need much work, so simply pair this with a patterned pair of shorts, some flip flops, and you're done! A long necklace could be a fun little detail to add, and if you need more of a cover-up, simply pull on a baggy, see-through blouse over it.

5. Turkish Vibes

Turkish vibes

What to do if you want to wear pants to the party but the idea of slipping into your jeans on 100-degree weather is already making you sweat? Well, go for a Turkish vibe and pick salwar pants made of a breezy material! It's the perfect summer garment because it's loose, it's comfy, and yet it looks great on anyone. Whether you wear it over your one-piece or a bikini it doesn't matter, and if you want, you can pair it with a gipsy-style off-the-shoulder kind of blouse.

6. From Poolside To A Night Out

From poolside to a night out

Coming to your pool party after a brunch with your parents? No problem! A t-shirt one-piece bathing suit can be your go-to (it's one of the most demure pieces you can find if you prefer to be covered up). Simply pull it on, wear a flouncy, silk A-line skirt over it, and pull on some sandals. A headscarf and simple bracelet are a great way to style it, and you can wear a brighter lipstick to top it off.

Even a pool party is a good opportunity to engage in some fun fashion! Pick a look that suits your style and make sure to rock it with a smile and a great dose of confidence!

Written by Sophia Smith

Published in FF Loves
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 19:32

The Top 3 Great Spring Legging Styles

With this increased acceptance came a reinvention of this essential wardrobe staple. Leggings are no longer just something you throw on as you go to and from the gym. Now, it's more common to pair up the much trendier leggings with duster jackets, chunky sweaters, ankle boots, and everything in between.

But, as with all things fashion, the style tide has already started to shift. There are some key looks that will be just as big - if not bigger - than 2017's most staple looks. This is even more important as we roll into spring, when the weather starts becoming warmer and much more pleasant. It also helps that restocking your wardrobe is now much cheaper if you shop at www.shoplularoe.net.

If you're on the hunt for some new inspiration, here are the top 3 biggest legging styles that you can expect this spring:

1. Embrace The Print

One of the most popular leggings styles for the upcoming season are printed leggings. Whether you go for a floral pattern, an Aztec print, or something much simpler, it's really fun to play around with printed leggings.
They are also quite versatile. This spring, you can dress them up with a funky top to wear for school or work, or use them as sweats when at home. Printed leggings are definitely a statement piece and will make your outfit stand out more. So make sure to accessorize them with neutral colours and understated jewellery.

2. Layer It Up

This season, oversized is the name of the game. This could explain why one of the most popular looks will be leggings paired with a large, chunky sweater. Since knit is back in style, you might want to try adding an oversized cable-knit sweater to complete your outfit.

And on the flip side of this trend? Dusters! Yes, you heard that right. Long dusters are back in style, and we're living for it. But instead of the dreary style of the 90's, go for a colourful, structured, or sheer duster to jazz up your look.

And if you can't get behind dusters, you can layer it up with a denim jacket, a leather moto jacket, or a bomber jacket instead. Top off this look with leggings, a white cropped tee, and heels. Alternatively, you could go with a snazzy pair of sneakers for a more casual look.

3. Keep it Elegant

Despite a less than stellar past, it's exciting to see the fashion world embrace leggings as a symbol of style. You can take your look from frumpy to dazzling by simply opting to wear a pair of cropped leggings. Bonus points if you include a zipper detail to add a trendy metallic element. Or, you could go for leather leggings and dress them up for a day or night look. Just add a flowy top or white tee, an oversized bag, and a luxe bag to complete your elegant look.

 

Published in Trends
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 13:06

Mellow Yellow

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Brighten up your dull days and start dreaming of sunnier days, with a dash of sunshine with the new year's mostunexpected colour, yellow. The brightest colour in the colour spectrum, yellow means happiness and optimism; the colour of sunshine and creativity. Just the right colour to get our minds and wardrobes ready for sunny days ahead.

The weather might not be all bright and sunny just yet, but an easy way to add a dose of brightness to any day is a skirt, and the yellow frilly wrap skirt will do just that.

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Top Pick: This gorgeous yellow Autograph coat, from M&S, in a thick, heavy silk, that would prove a striking cover-up for the office or any special occasion.

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Autograph jacket, Autograph dress, Earrings, Bag and Shoes

Keep things mellow and care-free in the chic boho, mustard, black and white embroidered blouse with its tassel detail, from New Look.

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Mustard blouse, mini basket cross body bag at New Look

Top Pick: Feel luxurious in this yellow masterpiece from Nine by Savannah Miller. The wrap dress is a must in sunshine yellow and sky blue cloud print. Add a touch of modern vintage with the Victoriana lace blouse and a pair of white trainers for a stylish and relaxed look.

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Nine by Savannah Miller Yellow wrap Dress, Lace Blouse and Faith Trainers at Debenhams

Cinched at the waists with its elasticated waist and tie belt, and side slip pockets, these ultra-flattering yellow wide leg yellow trousers from River Island. Will bring some sunny happiness to your "at work" look. Pair it with high-rise heels to elongate your silhouette.

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Plus yellow tapered leg trousers, Blue crop top, Trench coat and Yellow tassel Statement earrings at River Island

This yellow crop jacket, from Primark, is just right amount of cheerful happiness to spruce up a casual daytime look.

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Jacket, T-shirt , Jeans and Shoes at Primark

Accessories that packs a happy punch; Happy feet, in the Mustard sling back heels with its cute bow detail, from M&S and Ring handle bag from New Look and a pair of glitzy statement earnings from River island.

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Mustard bow detail Heels at M&S

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Ring Handle Yellow Bag at New Look

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Yellow Statement Earrings at River Island.

Yellow is defiantly the colour for a confident and stylish start to the new year and these picks offers a lot be optimistic about. Happy Fashion New Year!!

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