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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Dior Saddle Bag Returns

Hi guys,

I’m addressing the controversy surrounding the re-release of the Dior Saddle bag that  happened last week.

If you are a fashion follower on Instagram you would have seen sometime late last week all the fashion bloggers/ influencers & celebrities suddenly posted about their new Dior Saddle bag with the #diorsaddle (examples below). Now there is actually nothing wrong with this as the job of this advertising or marketing strategy was to get visibility. Also, bloggers and influencers have been getting “free stuff” in return for their posts and modelling shots since the beginning.

 

 

But what bothered me about this was the way it was done as my whole instagram was suddenly full of pics of everyone wearing this bag or unboxing it. To me it kind of cheapened the name of Dior. Dior to me is high end luxury and often doesn’t need typical advertising as the name in itself is enough. The House of Dior was established in 1946 and has led the way in tailoring with the famous Dior Bar jacket and of course the Lady Dior bag named after Princess Diana.

There is tons of history with this brand and I don’t think they in fact needed to do this as the bag itself is a re-invention of a classic style from the early 2000s. People were already interested in Maria Grazia Chiuri’s take on this when it appeared on the runaway as part of their 2018 Autumn/Winter collection and this peaked when we all were frantically searching Ebay and other bag re-sellers for vintage saddle bags. This then caused the price of these to skyrocket but for those of you that kept your saddle bags, good for you as you can now hashtag without forking out for the 2018 release. 😀

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Personally I knew I had to have this bag as soon as I saw it on the runway. Big PLUS; I appreciate what an important bag this is in Dior’s catalogue and want to be a part of its resurgence under Maria Grazia Chiuri as I personally adore what she has done with the brand!

In order to obtain this bag or attempt to get it I have sacrificed the Fendi Mon Tresor mini bucket in the Fendi Zucca print for this one. I have also put on the market two bags that are no longer getting the wear they used to. One is the Givenchy Antigona in black so if interested let me know at theexpatbali@gmail.com. The other is my Prada tote which to be honest is not in the greatest condition so who knows if it will even sell. I am in fact so smitten that I have pre-ordered for a September drop in Australia. I of course will be wanting it in the classic Oblique print and will use my lady Dior bag strap to make it cross body. Can you tell I’m excited and know exactly how to style it…haha.

I hope that you find this post helpful in unpacking the marketing blitz that happened with Dior and some of the reasons why I disliked it, as I said it has nothing to do with the freebie part and clearly know I still want this gorgeous bag!!!

If you have any thoughts on the Dior saddle bag let me know in the comments would love to hear it.

xx – the expat

 

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