It’s 2016: A woman can wear what she wants to her wedding. Don’t care for the Disney princess look? No problem—there’s a wealth of understated options on the market right now. More of a pants person? You’re in luck: Bridal jumpsuits couldn’t be cooler these days—and who’s going to stop you if you want to wear jeans? (I mean, your mom might try…)
One of the most persistent myths that’s due to be quashed, however, is that to look your best, you need to be teetering around in heels for the entire night. Even if most people will barely glimpse them under a floor-length gown, the accepted wisdom is that high heels make you stand straighter, look slimmer, and feel more confident—and while those things may ring true for some women, they’re by no means universal truths. When you think about it, wedding flats make total sense—and for many brides, they’ve ended up being the perfect choice for their big day. Read on for their reasons why:
Pragmatism may get short shrift in a culture of Pinterest-planned fantasy weddings, but there is so much to be said for mitigating the likelihood that you’ll end up in pain by the time the reception rolls around. “I knew that I would be on my feet all day, and I wanted to be comfortable all the way from photos to the ceremony through dancing at the end of the night,” says Janet Caputo Karp, an advertising executive in New York. Plus, she adds, “I ended up with J.Crew ballet flats in pale slate blue with a silver cap toe, so they also served as my ‘something blue.'”
For some brides, a stiletto heel may be too risky of a choice for a particularly perilous train—and don’t forget that not all aisles are created equal. “I had to walk down some very steep crazy stairs as a part of my walk down the aisle, so I couldn’t imagine having done that in heels,” explains Ann Brady Gorran, an editor in New York, who chose a pair of glittering gold Aquazzura lace-up flats to match her gown on her wedding day.
While no one is saying the bride can’t be taller than the groom, couples that are on a relatively even playing field, height-wise, may take this into consideration. Flatter shoes can ensure no one has to crouch down during the whole “you-may-now-kiss-the-bride” thing, and if you tend to wear flats in everyday life, the height differential in photos may be closer to the one you’re used to seeing.
Brady Gorran, for one, says she met her husband on Tinder and didn’t know how tall he was until she arrived at the first date, in heels, and found she towered over him. “We’re the exact same height—like, exactly back-to-back the exact same height,” she says. “We just fit together when I’m in flats.”
3. Feeling like you
Of all the occasions to feel really and truly like yourself, your wedding day is right up there. If you already wear heels on the regular, by all means—wear them down the aisle. But if they’re just going to make you feel like you’re wearing a costume picked out by some bridal-salon stylist, there’s no need to feel pressured into going with the four-inch option.
“I wear flats constantly, and I wanted to feel like myself on my wedding day,” explains Caputo Karp. “I didn’t really consider other options.” Plus, of course, the modern definition of a bride is no longer as narrow as it once was—there are LGBT brides, gender-non-conforming brides, differently abled brides—and if Cinderella did teach us one useful thing, it’s that shoes are never one-size-fits-all.
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The two biggest trends in fashion now—arguably—are rethinking vintage silhouettes and being socially conscious. Frame is hitting both of those with its new Le Mix style, which was created using "upcycled" Frame fabric, taken from returned items and leftover stock. "We are continually looking for ways to innovate and when possible find interesting sustainable solutions, all in the process of creating covetable pieces," co-founder Erik Torstensson explains. The style has a deconstructed patchwork vibe in a slightly slouchy fit based on the brand's Le Original jean—with a high waist and an asymmetric hemline. The cool kid denim go-to only produced 400 pairs, thanks in part to a low return rate on its denim—which means this limited edition is, well, limited.
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We’ve all been in a bag rut before. When you end up using the same few bags over and over again, no matter the outfit or occasion. Your bag has become nothing but an afterthought – and where’s the fun in that? Here are five ways to tell it’s time for an update:
1. The bottom of your bag is stuffed with useless, crumpled receipts and gum wrappers. You obviously don’t love your bag anymore. Not even enough to clean it. And the most horrific sign that you don’t give a poo about your bag anymore: Putting it on the floor of a public restroom! When I see people do this, I literally let out an audible gasp.
2. You’ve stacked all your jeans on top of your bags in the closet. Remember those days when you had proud, prized bags that stood front and center? When those purchases start to shift to the losing end of your closet, it’s time to invest in a new treasure.
3. You show up to a family dinner and your 90-year-old grandma has the same bag as you. Perhaps it’s time to update.
4. You catch yourself with a pink bag and an orange top, and they don’t clash in a cool way. You’ve stopped caring about trying to coordinate.
5. You’ve lost focus on work and everything else because you’re daydreaming about the latest Chanel, Celine, Valentino, Chloé, or Fendi. Don’t waste any more of your precious time. Just give in.
Elena Ghisellini Angel Sensua Medium Satchel Bag: It’s versatile enough to go with whatever you want to wear, but the details, like the woven-chain handle and fringe-like tassels, make it special. At Neiman Marcus for $1,490.
Delvaux Tempête GM Satchel: Graphic black and white delivered by Delvaux is totally neutral with none of the snooze factor. At Barneys New York for $8,650.
Proenza Schouler Small Lunch Bag: With embellished canvas, this Proenza is just trendy enough. But we all know the Lunch Bag style is here to stay. At Barneys New York for $995.
Mark Cross Manray Tote: Vintage-inspired and made to last, this top-handled basket is a seasonal special to save for summer’s hottest days. At Barneys New York for $1,995.
Fendi Mini Floral Embellished Leather Backpack: This is one of those bags that will revive your whole wardrobe. Not to mention get a whole lot of attention every time you take it outside. On Luisa via Roma for $2,650.
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In bewildering, horrifying but true news, we recently learnt that Donald Trump will be the Republican candidate in the US Presidential elections this November. While his third wife Melania has been accompanying her husband to key caucus events and will undoubtedly be a gloriously shoulder-robed presence on the campaign trail, it’s said that “the Donald’s” first wife Ivana - who describes herself as “the ultimate symbol of strength, glamour and worldliness” - is providing calculated behind-the-scenes support for her ex-husband’s White House bid.
It’s not just in political spheres that Ivana has been wielding influence of late. At a recent trend presentation, Net-a-Porter’s Vice President of Global Buying, Sarah Rutson, cited the first Mrs Trump as a key fashion inspiration for this year.
Singling out Hedi Slimane’s farewell Saint Laurent show, Rutson pointed to Trump in her 80s excess heyday as the template for a new uber-glamorous mood in fashion. From Slimane’s super-short cocktail dresses with elaborate bows to Isabel Marant's one-shouldered ruched tops and fishnet tights and Balmain’s hard-edged, power shoulder jackets, the va-va-voom which Ivana - who told a New York Times journalist "You don't have to put down the second name…Ivana is what the people call me" - once brought to the upper echelons of American society is well and truly back on the radar.
After meeting when one-time champion skier Ivana was working as a model - what else? - in New York, Donald and his Czechoslovakia-born first bride were married in 1977. A mutual quest for world-domination ensued and the couple became the poster man and woman for the boom-fueled opulence of the 1980s.
With her bouffant of blonde hair, Ivana probably consumed 99% of the world’s supply of Elnett hair spray- a feat she continues to achieve to this day. The beehive sported by Joanna Lumley's Patsy character inAbsolutely Fabulous is said to have been inspired by her.
Her wardrobe, meanwhile, made Dynasty’s Alexis Carrington look like a nun. Think elaborate taffeta creations with the look of a life-sized Quality Street wrapper, unashamedly oversized fur coats and the most bling-tastic cocktail dresses imaginable.
“When she had first come to New York, she wore elaborate helmet hairdos and bouffant satin dresses, very Hollywood; her image of rich American women probably came from the movies she had seen as a child," was how Vanity Fair described Ivana's style in an analysis of the Trumps' eventual divorce in 1990. "Ivana had now spent years passing through the fine rooms of New York, but she had never seemed to learn the real way of the truly rich, the art of understatement.”
But it is this very failure to achieve a minimalist, whisperingly-rather than screamingly- expensive style which makes Ivana our new fashion muse. After years of desiring only Celine cream tunics, The Row's perfect black trousers and anonymous crisp mannish shirts, the fashion world has been crying out for Drama! Excess! Fun! Ivana, if you'll pardon the pun, comes up trumps.
"It may not be the decade we remember with the utmost fondness, but the hard edged glamour of the eighties certainly made an impact this season" confirms Lisa Aiken, Net-a-Porter's retail fashion director. Luckily she has advice for how to wear it now. "To keep the look modern, be selective and don’t try to replicate the era top to toe. At Net-a-Porter, we’ve bought into wide belts to bring that 80s cinched-waist silhouette to mini dresses and blazers. Balmain, Maison Margiela and of course Saint Laurent showed strong ones for AW16. In terms of accessories look for sharp stilettos, oversized statement earrings and chain handle bags, but wear them one at a time."
Since the divorce from Trump (in which she managed to receive a $20 million settlement despite his impending bankruptcy), Ivana has married twice again. Both were short-lived marriages. So renowned had she become for encapsulating 80s glamour, that she spent most of the 90s capitalizing on it with her own fashion line- Ivana Haute Couture- which offered copies of her own designer wardrobe and jewellery. It seems she had even come around to her ex-husband’s thrifty way of thinking, declaring: "For me, the real jewels are not that important now. I wear my costume jewels from my collection."
Ivana also famously made a cameo appearance in the 1996 film The First Wives Club in which she advised: “Don’t get mad, get everything”. It’s a phrase which could take on new meaning in today’s era of Donald Trump domination. Rumours swirled about the power struggles in the Trump marriage and Ivana has made allegations about her ex-husband's violence towards her. So perhaps all the gilted jewellery, piles of brassy blonde hair and opulent wardrobe weren’t just an expression of an 80s anything-goes culture, but the sartorial solution to dealing with “the Donald.” So pile on the tackiest, sorry, blingiest costume jewellery you can find, pull on a sequinned cocktail dress with sleeves the size of Donald's ego and face the prospect of a Trump presidency in defiant Ivana-style.
Five very Ivana things to buy now:
Pearl drop earrings, £140, Rosantica at Net-a-Porter
Jewel buckle belt, £785, Alexander McQueen at Net-a-Porter
Gold strap sandals, £595, Gianvito Rossi at Brownsfashion.com
Bandage dress, £110, Topshop
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The Hadid sisters are back in the news. Why? Because in the same week,Gigi, 21, revealed she keeps milk in her fridge and Bella, 19, stunned in a sheer skirt at Cannes. To be fair, these models are never out of the news. At our last Google, they threw up 46m searches each. Not heard of them? How embarrassing.
In a nutshell, who are they? Sisters, models, easy on the eye, big on natural collagen. Gigi, 21, and Bella, 19, are daughters of Real Housewives of Beverly Hillsstar and former model Yolanda Foster and property developer Mohamed Hadid. They appeared on the show as teenagers, mostly leaving the house to go riding, became It girls and have since been signed to IMG Models and are, well, everywhere.
Where exactly? This week? Cannes, New York and the Daily Mail sidebar 17 times between them. Previously? Victoria’s Secret, Tommy Hilfiger, Chanel and Balmain catwalks.
I need more evidence. Where to start ... The Vogue covers (Gigi had 11 in one year, a triumph when you think Kate Moss has 60 in total. Bella has one), the campaigns (both have appeared in Topshop campaigns, the acme of celebrity modelling), and the boyfriends (Gigi has Zayn Malik, Bella has The Weeknd).
So, standard model behaviour? Not exactly. Both have shtick that sets them apart from their counterparts. Bella is a nationally ranked equestrian player who was forced to pull out of the Olympics because of Lyme disease. Gigi has appeared in Vogue with Zayn (a meta concept previously modelled by Kate Moss and Jamie Hince) and is one of the world’s highest-earning models despite the fact that she’s “fat”.
Excuse me? By “modelling standards” and, indeed, the cruel eye of social media – she was publicly, brutally fat-shamed last year on Instagram. Her response? “If I didn’t have the body I do ... I wouldn’t have the career I do.”
Anything else? They’re importantly, famously, post-Basic.
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If you’ve been following BRAGMYBAG so far, you already know that Dior has just released the Dior Cannage Stitched Backpack. If you haven’t, then check it out here: Dior Cannage Stitched Backpack Details.
Though not much information has been published on the web yet, we still want to show you two more variation of this backpack.
The first one is the Dior Cannage Stitched Sequin Backpack in bi-color. This backpack is partly adorned with the iconic Cannage Stitching in black. But the flaps are embellished with beautiful multicolor sequins. Then for the refinement, the handle and the buckle straps are painted in baby blue. So now you have three colors in one. What do you think?
Let’s move to the next one. Here’s something that you have to love. Again, the bag is partly made in Cannage Stitching, but the flap is adorned with multicolor little flowers and it’s perfect for the summer. The handle and the bucket straps are both painted in red. This bag will certainly attract some attention.
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