Does Athleisure have a place in luxury fashion?

Hi all…I’m back with another post on a topic that many that write and speak about fashion have very strong opinions about.

Athleisure which to me is the idea of fashion that goes from the gym to the street. The clothing can often appear to be gym wear but a closer look at fabrics and style suggest you can go out and about with these items. Take P.E Nation for example there clothes seem often too good for the gym and not really practical for those that actually like to sweat when working out.

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I have to be completely honest with you all, I’m writing this in a cafe sitting in my most comfy Lululemon leggings. These ones I don’t wear to the gym at all they are just worn for care free days.

With that background it seems that the luxury fashion brands of Gucci & Fendi etc… are jumping on board this trend and adapting it into their collections. Some brands are going one step further by having collaborations with brands that are only in the realm of streetwear or sportswear. A prime example is Louis Vuitton x Supreme. Supreme being a very popular skateboarding company that has expanded into streetwear. There is also the Fendi and Fila collaboration which I like and seems to be more readily available to when they dropped the LV x Supreme collection.

So this trend is clearly here but many in the fashion industry are of the view that it cheapens the brand and does not feel inline with luxury that these houses exude. In some ways I can understand this as these brands have a large history that have been ingrained in tradition; from the way they produce haute couture, the existence of their factories to the many that don’t have e-commerce websites.

But change is often slow and as the new generation of luxury buyers coming up can afford not only accessories but ready-to-wear so brands need to cater for what they are wanting in the market. These buyers don’t just want classic flap bags in black or tweed jackets but a brighter colour range as well as innovation that keeps inline with the brands aesthetic but puts a twist on it. So far I think Gucci is doing the best job with this as they often look to their archives but add something very modern to it as well.  I’m really digging their take on the tracksuit.

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Brands like Off-White are doing great things for the streetwear fashion industry but many are questioning whether they can be considered high fashion. We all know Virgil Abloh is the head of Louis Vuitton menswear and has made waves in that space but Off-White who knows?!?! I personally think the likes of Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton and Prada are in a league of their own and so Off-White would never compete with their bags or clothing. I mean who could say a Lady Dior and an Off-White binder clip bag are on the same level.

For me I have nothing against high-end luxury brands going forward and making collaborations with other labels and putting out collections that are more streetwear looking. This is a sign of change and in fashion nothing stays the same, yes the Chanel classic flap and Lady Dior will always be there and most people will still be drawn to the likes of these. But why not cater for the next generation with something in the look and feel of the brand with the same quality that challenges the status quo.

To those that hate athleisure in the luxury market just don’t buy it is my view.

What are all of your thoughts? Comment below.

xx – the expat

FYI – Black Friday sales are on so get onto it quick as things will go!

 

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Summer Trends 2018

Hello fellow fashion followers,

I’m coming at you today with a post on summer trends for 2018. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere you might be feeling a little jelly from all the great summer inspo pics on Instagram and on blogs. I certainly am!! But aside from that I take it as an opportunity to build my wardrobe based on what has come out and taking into consideration trends and what we are seeing filter into the high street. It’s kind of the only benefit being the opposite season to the North.

I am currently seeing major flashbacks to the 70s and 90s in general but also a bigger focus on vintage. Effortless cool is what I see in some great street style images. Anyways onwards to the trends…

Vintage Anything & Everything

I see people that wouldn’t normally consider vintage, start discussing plans to go thrift shopping and searching EBay endlessly for vintage Dior Saddle bags and Fendi Zucca prints. I say go for it, the more the merrier that head into this world means that we see the value of recycling clothes when as we know fashion can be a bit wasteful. Also, you can pick up great finds including some designer stuff and best of all it can be quite affordable if you are willing to go through racks and racks of clothes. Love it!!!

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Personally I’m on the hunt for a Dior Saddle bag or another Gucci piece. I have two already and looking to add to my collection particularly something around the 90s. The other thing I’m desperately seeking is the perfect pair of vintage Levi cut-offs as I want a looser 90s fit. When online shopping for clothing like this it’s hard to know whether you will like it so I best save this when I’m back in Melbourne and can go thrift shopping. To be honest this is the best way to do vintage so you can see, feel and try on some wacky combinations. 😄

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Logo MANIA

Logos are back and I’m not talking subtle I’m talking head-to-toe branding from the likes of Fendi to Coach to everything in between.

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I would say wearing head-to-toe Fendi is not very practical but there are some great ways to insert this trend into your wardrobe. Start with accessories, maybe look at the Balenciaga cap in either the black or white. If you want to do bags vintage is the way to go here. It makes it feel like you were on the Gucci or Vuitton bandwagon long before this season and adds a little bit more credibility to the outfit. Plus you can get these pieces in good condition at reasonable prices. I’m talking $500 and under for Gucci, Louis Vuitton & Dior for example. Score!!! Clothing wise I suggest deliving into hoodies from the likes of more sporting brands e.g. Champion or Fila. I would go for these over Nike as they feel more unique and are a retro throwback as well. Obviously if you are going to do this trend I would do it with a nice heel or over the knee boots.

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Net & Rattan style bags

I’ve seen this bag trend continue to grow and I believe it will definitely be a summer staple down under. To me this trend is the easiest to do as it is affordable. In many ways this is the anti-designer bag and who wants to worry about your designer bag when heading for your summer vacay. To me the way you style it is the most important thing. It needs to be dressed with a cool vibe so no designer ready to wear here. I style these bags with a simple linen shirt and cut-offs or a playsuit in a bold pattern. Here in Bali this sort of style is all over the island so for me it reminds me of the beach, and throwing all your necessities in something that will not get ruined by sand or being in the heat for a long time. Also, getting them here means these bags are made by the Balinese and not manufactured in a factory somewhere. Bigger bonus it will be cheaper with a more one off and unique feel.

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This trend is also readily available at places like Topshop, Zara and Mango. I will be doing a video on what you can pick up in some of these shops and talk through the trend in a little more detail. I’m also travelling so might do a look book for this trend so keep any eye out for that!

Tiny Sunglasses

Now this trend is slightly controversial as many people hate this and think it looks ridiculous. Yes, I tend to agree with this but I do think the same can be said for when the super oversized sunglasses came in. I’m pretty sure people said that was just a trend and wouldn’t last but I think it has and is more accepted than most other shapes. I have no idea where this trend came from but I do distinctly remember Kourtney Kardashian wearing them so far down the bridge of her nose that I was like what the….?!?!?

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In any case I was not keen to try it but then I found a pair that actually suited me, a more cat eye version that was actually a pair of sunglasses. Some appear to be just for decorative purposes only. Anyways safe to say I’m on board this trend and have actually bought a few cheap pairs to see how I can style them.

 

Layered Jewellery 

I love layering jewellery as it looks fantastic especially all in gold. For me I do a choker and then a shorter and a longer necklace. Missoma are also my choice of jewellery brands these days and I tend to stick to one so everything seems cohesive. I don’t know why but mismatched jewellery is not my thing except for rings. It’s weird, I know…

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You don’t have to stop at layering necklaces but you can stack rings as well. I especially like the look of stacking dainty rings as there is something unique especially if you mix ones with stones, simple gold bands; and ones with some intricate details (my fave is the evil eye).

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So that is it my summer trends of 2018!! Do you have any others you have seen or can predict? Let me know. 😎

5 Best Luxury Items of 2018 (so far…)

Hi,

In today’s post I’m going to look at the 5 best luxury items of 2018 so far… I must say this year is proving to be fantastic for some unique and chic pieces that you can get your hands on!

Valentino Rockstud Spike Bag 

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I hated this bag to start with for some reason… I don’t know there was something that irked me about it. I think it had to do with the leather top handle. Anyways, once again like the Chanel Gabrielle I fell in love with it over time. I think seeing it styled by other bloggers and seeing how chic it did look won me over. I was never going to really entertain getting it but then I saw it in velvet! Velvet is such a chic material and alternative to leather. The design houses have jumped onto this and at one point everything was in velvet e.g. Gucci Marmont bag. But for some reason anything in velvet is expensive. I have no idea why it’s not leather so I’ve let it go.

Then….I saw the Free Rockstud Spike in Green with the white studs. Many people have hated this line but I was in love as soon as I saw the colours. I thought it really popped with the bold colours and the white studs. The contrast had me and the green one is on sale now which has me seriously considering taking the plunge.

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Prada Cahier Bag

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This bag is to die for. I think the fact that there are many reincarnations of the Cahier from this one to the top handle version; and the one in yummy velvet which suggest to me that Prada think this bag is a winner. I am completely sold and kicking myself when I saw the green and black one in the Prada boutique in Chadstone and I let it go. 😟 What a mistake as you can’t get that colour combination anywhere. Can you tell I love green…lol

Gucci Ophidia Line

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Everything from the Gucci Ophidia line. It is such as throwback to their 80s and 90s collections and I can’t get enough of it. I’m so in love with this that I’ve been searching for vintage pieces on eBay. I managed to get my hands on two that I think are basically the same as this. Out of all the things I mentioned here in this post I would say this Ophidia bag is the one I would recommend everyone get. I think this style bag is going to be or already is huge. If you can try and get it on the second hand market grab it as the prices for these vintage pieces are already skyrocketing.

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Saint Laurent Lou Lou Bag

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The Saint Laurent Lou Lou bag is absolutely stunning in real life. Like their College bag it has the oversized YSL logo but the Lou Lou has an over the shoulder strap for extra comfort rather than a top handle and crossbody strap. The picture does not do it justice so you must see it in real life as the bag is padded and squishy when you touch it. I might just want it more than the College bag which I had in my handbag wishlist 2018.

Simon Miller Bonsai bag

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This minimalist bag has taken on a life of its own and has many bloggers and celebs fawning all over it. It comes in a variety of sizes and I own two; one mini and one medium sized one. The one in the picture looks like the biggest one available but you won’t go wrong with any size. I think it makes any outfit look chic and has the designer feel without a massive price tag attached to it. Also, worth checking out all the major online retailers as this bag is currently on sale and you can get it for a significantly cheaper price. Who wouldn’t want that! I would also check out the lunch bag which is a cute take on the paper lunch bag that literally used to carry my lunch when at school. I love it so much for its cheeky take on a very practical item. Added bonus this blue one is on sale for $409.

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So that is it for another post. I will see you next time.

the expat xxx