5 Questions With: Mackage

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For the past couple of years, I’ve had the opportunity to attend Toronto Fashion Week. Each season, the show that always leaves me the most inspired is the one presented by Mackage. Designers Eran Elfassy and Elisa Dahan launched Mackage in 1999 and have since become one of the most popular outerwear brands in North America and one of my personal favorites. In preview of their upcoming FW16 show at TFW on Wednesday, I got to ask the designers a few questions about their upcoming collection and journey thus far.

1) What was your main inspiration behind the FW16 collection? If you could resume the collection in one word, what would it be?

ELISA: We can resume the collection in two words: WINTER WARRIOR!
It is important for us that you remain fashionable while staying warm. The FW16 collection is inspired by a fashion-forward urban metropolis overrun by a severe cold front.

2) What are some of the new avenues in design and craftsmanship you wanted to explore this season?

ERAN: We are always committed to excellence and improving our product season after season. We explore new techniques and design, while always staying true to our roots. This season, we are introducing a new fill power of 800. This results in even better warmth to weight ratio.

3) What you say is the biggest difference with the FW15 collection?  

ERAN: We are evolving as a brand in everything we do. In addition to developing new techniques and silhouettes this season, we are also injecting new trends into our collection. Some of the biggest statements this season are coloured fur and oversized collars. This is something that we will see throughout our FW16 collection.

4) I’ve read that you both love traveling, what are some of the most inspiring places you’ve travelled to and why?

ELISA: Italy! There is something so breathtaking about every city and the culture. It exudes history and there is something very beautifully nostalgic about it. Not only is the fashion in Italy untouchable, but also their art and décor as well. The energy there is so different and exhilarating! We always come back inspired from our trip to Italy.

5) What’s next for Mackage in 2016?

ELISA: We have a lot of surprises lined up! We are excited to reveal some exciting projects this year. There is more to come… Stay tuned! 😉

WMCFW Fall 2015 Recap

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World MasterCard Fashion Week has once again come to a close! Another week filled with inspiring runway looks and fashion discoveries. What were some of your favorite collections this season? Who was your favorite designer discovery?

Some highlights for me this season: Mackage‘s fringe jackets and beautiful cut out skirts. Helder Diego‘s cape dress and structured print jacket. Hayley Elsaesser‘s bold and fun prints, loved the colors and the snake theme, very southwestern! Narces‘ flirty flowery lace dress and lip dress. Rudsak‘s sexy dark winter looks for men. So much awesomeness on the runway!

MACKAGE

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WMCFW Fall 2015

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This week has been absolute madness for me. I just got back from NYC on Monday and headed straight into World MasterCard Fashion Week. I decided to go a little more mellow on the shows this year, having been to almost all the shows these past couple of seasons. Though Fashion Week is incredibly inspiring, fun and a great networking opportunity, it’s also incredibly tiring. So this season, I picked and chose the shows I most wanted to attend – Mackage, Hayley Elsaesser, Narces, etc. Catch my recap of some of my favorite moments of World MasterCard Fashion Week this weekend on the blog! Also coming this weekend!! Don’t miss my #5QuestionsWith Hayley Elsaesser!

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Photos by @Offner

Zara striped patchwork tube dress (get it here)

Forever 21 handbag

Zara structured grey coat

Topshop white Oxford shoes

Winter Style

With the clocks rolled back and the end of Daylight Saving Time, it can only mean one thing – winter is right around the corner! Since I have yet to runaway to California, Mexico, Florida, Portugal or anywhere warmer than Toronto, it looks like I’ll have to endure one more Canadian winter.

As of late, I’ve really tried to make the best of the season I so hate by a) traveling a lot b) practicing a multitude of winter sports and c) having fun with my winter style. Not an easy feat to look stylish but also stay toasty and warm. On the weeks that get really cold, I really couldn’t care less if I look like an Abominable Snowman, as long as I am warm and my extremities aren’t freezing. Luckily, winter doesn’t get too harsh in Toronto and we usually don’t end up having much snow downtown. It’s still feasible to go outside while looking relatively cute. Plus with so many brands now making amazing threads for winter, there’s definitely a way to stay stylish even in subzero weather.

Here are some of the things I’m coveting for my winter wardrobe this year:

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Isabel Marant Étoile Gabrie Check Wool-Blend Coat

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H&M Fake Fur Mittens

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The Kooples Sport Flecked Fleece Boxer Jogger

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Zara High-Neck Straight Dress

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Ella Moss Maja Cardigan

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TOPSHOP Faux Fox Fur Trapper

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Anine Bing Turtleneck Sweater In Charcoal

 

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Mackage Carrita-F4 Black Leather Mini Crossbody Bag

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Scotch & Soda Oversized Knit Cardigan

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Zara Leather Ankle Boot With Interior Wedge

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The Kooples Coat With Faux Fur Hood

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ASOS Oversized Knit Scarf

What are you excited to wear this winter? 🙂

WMCFW SS15 Day 3 Recap

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Wednesday was probably my busiest day of the week at WMCFW. I attended 5 shows, all of which were super interesting. Here’s what stood out from each runway presentation.

RUDYBOIS

Those who’ve been following my blog, know how much I love RUDYBOIS. I’ve had the chance to wear some of his beautiful dresses at the GALA ADISQ, the JUNO AWARDS & the GEMINI AWARDS. I couldn’t be more proud of him. Yesterday was his first ever show at WMCFW and he KILLED IT! Rudy presented a super classy, simple yet sophisticated collection in three colors – red, black and white. The thing I love about Rudy’s designs is that he creates them with a woman’s body in mind. He knows how the body moves and what is the most flattering. I think that this will be key to his ever-growing success. Couldn’t be more proud of his runway debut. So much more success to come!

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Pictures by: David Kirouac

HILARY MACMILLAN

Hilary MacMillan’s first piece down the runway last night came with an awesome twist – an incredibly cool painted back piece on the jacket. Each piece that was sent down the runway was interesting not only from the front by also from the back. I loved all the extra details and attention she placed all around her creations. Great prints and colors on the runway. I think I found my perfect white summer dress!

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Pictures by: David Kirouac

CHRISTOPHER BATES

I always love seeing menswear shows because I find them so refreshing. Christopher Bates presented last night, a collection that could not only suit every type of man but that also had one clear and concise editorial line. I love his re-imagination of the camo print, his mix of casual shirts with dressier pants and his all-black semi-rock semi-classic look.

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Pictures by: World MasterCard Fashion Week

KLAXON HOWL

To me, Klaxon Howl is the perfect menswear designer. He always combines classy, effortlessly cool and edgy pieces together to create unique and strong looks. He also incorporates elements from the past in his designs but gives them a modern twist. There were many things that I liked about last night’s presentation including the incorporation of a few women’s looks, some graphic shorts and pants, comfy sweaters and his classic vests and dress shirts.

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Pictures by: World MasterCard Fashion Week

MACKAGE 

Always my favorite show to watch each season. This season it was about three main color palettes – black, white and blue / yellow and white / military green and black. They also added a few pops of neon pink here and there but kept the color combinations bold, which is very suiting for the clothes they presented. This season, I loved the addition of new handbag styles, the fringe, long sheer shirts as well as perforated leather and lot’s of layering. Whether it’s menswear or womenswear, the talented duo have got both down to a tee. I would once again wear everything that went down the runway last night… Remarkable!

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Pictures by: David Kirouac

 Tomorrow! It’s my recap of Day 4 at WMCFW. Stay tuned!

WMCFW FW14 Day 3 Recap

A rainy but warmer night at the tents last night! Another 5 back to back shows to check out. Here’s my recap:

KLAXON HOWL

I first saw Klaxon Howl last fall in the studio room. An interesting structure greeted the show guests last night. The men strolled around the structure with as per usual much swagger. What I love about Klaxon Howl is that the collections and models are always so effortlessly cool. All types of hats, shades, wool blazers and suits, pants, overalls, suede jackets and jackets with leather detailing, could be seen during the presentation. A lot of the pieces had a very 30s prohibition era feel to them. Overall, a collection very representative of the hip urban men in Toronto. My favorite suit of the night is the first look below!

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Pictures by George Pimentel / Getty Images

G-SUS

It was my first time being able to catch G-SUS on the runway. The first so far this season to include a live music act. Though the performance wasn’t flawless, it added a cool vibe to the show. I can’t say that I absolutely loved every single piece on tonight’s runway but the things that stood out the most were definitely the men’s knit sweaters, the printed leggings, bold prints as well as that standout pink bomber jacket. I also loved the models’ looks with the dark black smokey eye and plum lipstick. Very grunge!

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Picture by George Pimentel / Getty Images

PINK TARTAN

Always love seeing the sophisticated designs from Pink Tartan‘s creator Kimberley Newport-Mimran. I especially loved last night’s collection because it had a darker twist to it. Some notable pieces – red houndstooth pants, all of the fur coats, plaid coats, the oversized furry gloves and clutches, the shimmery black blazers and coats and the long dresses. I like that she used a more rock n’ roll palette this time, opting for black, white and red, for most of her pieces, which is a little tougher than usual. The standout item – furry pants! See the last picture below. Honestly, a brilliant collection!

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Pictures by George Pimentel / Getty Images

JOE FRESH

I was beyond thrilled to have been selected by Joe Fresh as one of their #VirtualFrontRow bloggers for the show last night. As part of this experience, I was able to share some exclusive content on my social media networks pre and post-show about Joe Fresh’s #JoeFreshFW14 collection. Make sure you go check my Twitter & Instagram pages @melsays to check it out! In Sochi, Canada’s slogan was #WeAreWinter, I therefore only found it fitting for Joe Mimran‘s FW14 collection to represent the great (& cold!) Canadian outdoors. Many collections often present clothes that are beautiful but not as practical for winter but Mimran’s latest offering presented practical, affordable & beautiful winter pieces. For the occasion, we were offered a rad black Joe Fresh toque along with information on the collection. On the runway last night we saw lot’s of chunky knits, oversized jackets, parkas, furry toques, graphic sweaters, side lace waxed jeans and lot’s of fur pieces. The color palette went from earthy tones to Joe’s signature orange. Some of my favorite pieces of the show were: the green biker jacket, the furry oversized camel coat and those green tartan trousers. After the show, everyone was also talking about the models’ side braids, they were definitely a hit! As per usual, the models walked down the runway to a super fun and energetic soundtrack. I think that what I love most about attending a Joe Fresh runway show is that everyone is always in the best of moods, dancing around, the models seem to be having fun and also Joe Mimran always seems so happy! Props to Joe Mimran and his team for another fun presentation! You guys hit it out of the ballpark again!

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MACKAGE

Ah yes!! The perfect way to end my week at WMCFW. Leather, fur & so many dreamy pieces. Over the past couple of seasons, I’ve definitely become a HUGE Mackage fan. I was thrilled to be greeted by a seat with my own name on it, way to make a girl feel special! I loved their runway set up with colorful leaves representing the fall. The show started with some beautiful fuchsia coats with black leather detailing for both ben and women. I loved that the models were sporting some Frends headphones. We then feasted our eyes on quilted bomber jackets and skirts, fur hats, fuzzy camo bomber jackets, fur shorts and skirts, leather pants for men & women as well as tartan from head to toe. Then, all of a sudden, two men dressed in leather onesies came to the runway to sweep away the leaves and make room for the “snow” for their winter portion of the presentation, clever! They presented a handful of warmer coats with fur detailing and a bunch of rad jackets. I also loved their variety of handbags, clutches and backpacks for men and women. Honestly, too many dreamy looks to choose from. I absolutely loved it all without exception! You can witness the beauty of the show below!

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Thank you to all the designers and organizers for an amazing and incredibly inspiring week of fashion! Can’t wait to see what next season has in store!!

 

J R BERNSTEIN

A Few Of My Favorite Things

I remember being a child and making a Christmas present list every year for Santa Claus and then as I got older for my parents. Though I don’t make lists anymore (because let’s be honest, I have more than I could ever need – I’m healthy, I’m surrounded by amazing friends and family, I have a roof over my head, I get to eat 3 meals a day and I get to do things I love!), I thought it’d be fun to make a fake fashion holiday wish list this year. There are just so many beautiful garments that exist in the world, a girl can dream can’t she? Here are a few of my favorite things…

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MLLE Mademoiselle Rumi Leopard Biker Jacket

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Springsioux Bison Cross Pendant

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Rag & Bone Hudson Skirt

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Styligion White Skater Dress

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Urban Outfitters BDG Crushed Velvet Leggings

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Pamela Love High Tide Pendant Necklace

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Modern Vice The Dove Booties

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Mackage Jori Medium Tan Cross Body Bag

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The 2 Bandits Franklin’s Tower Cuff / Antique Brass 

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Hudson Jeans Stark Moto Super Skinny in Crimson Wax

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Vanessa Mooney’s The Celeste Ring

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Modern Vice Holiday Handler (the perfect black boot if you ask me!)

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Vanessa Mooney Wherever You Wander Bracelet

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Anine Bing Burgundy Double Zipper Leather Pants

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Styligion Shades of Red Lace Dress

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Pamela Love Aeternum Pendant

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Anine Bing Bohemian Black Hat

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Pamela Love Occulus Arrow Ring

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Anine Bing Leather Skinny Pant

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Pamela Love High Tide Cuff

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Springsioux Leather Gloves

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Sincerely Jules Watercolor Donut Tee

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What would be on your fashion holiday wish list? Let me know!

Mel xo

WMCFW SS14 Day 3 Recap

A busy night at the tents for me last night! I’m really happy I was able to catch almost all the runway shows.

My night started off with a refreshing show by Klaxon Howl. It was nice to see a lot of music folks in the crowd for the show. I loved their “mise en scène” for the presentation of their collection. The park bench, lamppost and bicycle were all nice details. I rarely get to see a mens only line, so it was a nice change. The models were either clean shaven or had big beards (so trendy right now!) and a variety of hairstyles. I really appreciated all of Matt Robinson’s dress shirts: the colors he chose, the prints and the fabrics. I think he has a very modern take on workwear. I was happy to hear that all of his lines are made locally and by hand, which is something that I really respect. All in all, his designs represent to me the quintessential urban guy, the one who wants to dress with an edge but also be fashionable.

 

My night continued with a showing from Maison Matthew Gallagher. I loved his opening show projection – a dreamy beach! Right away I was transported into the warmth of summer. The show started off with beautiful white dresses with sheer and light fabrics. I really liked that he incorporated light prints underneath the white on certain designs. My favorite pieces came a little later on in the show, I loved the colored crop tops and fitted long skirts. I credit him for using an interesting mix of fabrics. All of the designs he presented were very feminin and suit the models really well. I liked that they didn’t overpower his designs too much with lot’s of jewelry and accessories. Promising for someone in his late 20s!

All Maison Matthew Gallagher photos taken from: Michael Ho Photography

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I had really been awaiting the third runway show last night: Mackage! As I’ve mentioned before, their FW13 show last season had been my favorite. Right from the beginning of their 15-minute presentation, I was in full lust mode! I particularly liked their choice of earthy colors that were so well coordinated with either shorts or skirts, simple black pumps and their stellar line of bags. I really liked their idea of adding metallic belts and neck pieces as accessories (um hello gold runway!!). Their jackets are as stunning as ever and seemed very lightweight. I loved this season’s combination trenches and also all the effortlessly cool pieces they had created for men (who said ready-to-wear and comfortable pieces couldn’t be hot!). Their crop tops and sheer tops were awesome. Props to Mackage for making bold coral orange jackets, skirts and bags. My hat goes off to these two designers again… What a sexy line! I would wear every piece in the collection! Now I better start saving up, SS14 is right around the corner!

All Mackage photos taken from: Michael Ho Photography

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To finish off the night, I headed to the most crowded show of the week: Joe Fresh. It’s always nice seeing so many people show up for his presentation. Elisha Cuthbert, Jake Gold, Kreesha Turner, Jian Gomeshi, were amongst the many local “celebrities” in attendance for the show last night. Props to  Joe Mimran and his team for continually picking a killer soundtrack. Last night’s show tunes included Grimes, You Say Party and Britney‘s new track “Work B**ch”. I kept bobbing my head throughout the entire show! I was delighted to see a lot of navy blue and white pieces come down the runway (I need to start wearing more navy, I know it goes really well with red hair ;)), followed by some bright orange and red pieces (a reoccurring color for the ss14!), blue snakeskin, blue camo and a few black and white looks. My favorite look was the red faux leather pants and shimmery v-neck tee. The animal print clutches also caught my eye. It’s hard not to feel excited about a Joe Fresh line because it’s accessible, affordable and always contains some really fun pieces.

All Joe Fresh photos taken from: Michael Ho Photography

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All in all, a memorable night at the tents! What were your highlights from last night’s shows? Who are you excited to see tonight and the rest of the week? I sadly won’t be able to go to more WMCFW shows this season due to work commitments but I spent two very inspiring nights at the David Peacaut Square again this season!

 

WMCFW SS14 Day 3 #DailyOutfit

Last night I had the pleasure of surprising one of my best friends – Jacquie in Hamilton for her birthday. Not only is she a truly wonderful human being and friend, she’s also an incredibly talented artist and inspiration. Her band The Balconies are taking over the world. They’re the whole package. Not only can they write killer catchy songs, their live set is tight and explosive, they have the right attitude and are some of the nicest people in the biz. Mark my words, with their upcoming release Fast Motions, this band will be big! The band will be doing an album release show THIS Friday October 25th live in Toronto. If you are like me and can’t make it out, you’ll be able to stream their entire set online via BRBR at 10pm EST right here. Don’t miss it! Happy Birthday again Jacquie!!

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Today is day 3 of World MasterCard Fashion Week. A bunch of shows are on the menu for this evening including Klaxon Howl, Maison Matthew Gallagher, Mackage and Joe Fresh. Who are you looking forward to seeing? Last season, Mackage had been my favorite show so I can’t wait to see their SS14 collection tonight. Check back here tomorrow for a full review of my evening!

My love for all things leopard print will be on display this evening. I adore my stunning new Zara TRF furry leopard coat. So happy I added it to my closet, it’s the perfect coat for the season. I’m also wearing my favorite hat from Topshop and my Anine Bing boots. Ready for yet another inspiring night of fashion! See you tonight?!

PS. Can’t help but hear this song play in my head while I’m walking around with this outfit today… LOL

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Zara TRF Leopard Furry Coat (get it here)

Topshop clean edge fedora hat (similar one here)

Topshop snake print tunic dress (get it here)

Vanessa Mooney gold brass necklace

Bing Bang Wanderlust cuff (get it here)

Helloberry mini smoothie bracelet (get them here)

Karl Lagerfeld ’7′ Beveled Bezel Bracelet Watch (get it here)

Biko Jewellery Tall Slice Ring (get it here)

Biko Jewellery Solo Grid Ring (get it here)

Vanessa Mooney Little Ways Gold Bracelet (get it here)

Vanessa Mooney With A Tiny Tender Kiss Charm Bracelet White(get it here)

Lionette Gilmore bracelet (to order please go here)

Biko black chainmaille bracelet (get it here)

Anine Bing boots with silver studs (get them here)

Crystals #DailyOutfit

Can’t believe World MasterCard Fashion Week is only a few days away!! What shows are you excited to check out? Due to my hectic schedule, I will only be able to see a handful of shows again this year. Really excited to see the Joe Fresh and Mackage shows again this season!
For today’s Daily Outfit, I’m wearing a super fun new necklace from Biko Jewellery called the Kyma Necklace, which is made from rainbow quartz. I know a lot of designers have been making necklaces with crystals lately but I really like Corrine’s take on it – the way it’s wrapped, the chain she used and even just the type of crystal she opted for!
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Biko Jewellery Kyma Neckkace (get it here)
Zara TRF knit lace long sleeve shirt
Forever 21 Houndstooth print skirt (similar one here)
Biko Jewellery Tall Slice Ring (get it here)
Biko Jewellery Solo Grid Ring (get it here)
Zara laced ankle boots with block heel (get them here)
Karl Lagerfeld ’7′ Beveled Bezel Bracelet Watch (get it here)