Rebecca Vallance.

Despite being on the fashion scene since 2011, it’s taken me up until last weekend to discover Rebecca Vallance. The Australian born designer started as a fashion publicist before turning to creating her own brand that has grown from a small local clothing line to an international presence, being stocked in stores like Harvey Nichols and Intermix, as well as on luxury online stores like net-a-porter.

Of her clothing you can expect structured feminine pieces, that while ladylike are not ultra-dainty, but movable stylish garments that cater to the modern woman. You can also expect lots of flamenco-style ruffles and pleats for added texture and character.

    

Though the designs are undeniably great, their price point is also something to look to as it’s not excessively expensive – at least not compared to some other designers.

See more of Rebecca here and here.

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Allude.

I’m not sure how long this brand has been on net-a-porter, but it recently caught my eye (thanks to its luxe and extensive knitwear collection that had me wanting to buy everything), and I’ve loved adding their pieces to my wish list.

                  

Founded in 1999 by Andrea Karg, Allude, is a Munich based luxury knitwear design house that focuses on creating comfortable but oh so chic pieces, primarily from cashmere, that though basics are nothing basic. These classic items, including sweaters, coats, trousers and more, are the perfect foundation for any luxury wardrobe.

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Since its inception, the brand has only gone from strength to strength with loyal customers coming from all over the world.

      

Allude is definitely a brand that I’ll continue to look out for on net-a-porter as well as in other places, and that I hope to be shopping from very soon. For more information on Allude, you can check out their site here.

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Totally Totême.

The other day I found myself browsing through net-a-porter, seeing what new things they had in store, and adding my favourites to my wish list. It wasn’t until later when I was reviewing my updated wish list that I noticed something interesting: most of the new additions were from Swedish brand, Totême. Started in 2014 by couple Elin Kling and Karl Lindman, Totême, has gone from strength to strength being featured in publications such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and WSJ (Wall Street Journal’s magazine). Looking at their clothes, one of the main things I love about the brand is the easiness and simplicity of every piece, as well as the casualness and effortless chicness about the pieces (you guys know how I love my clothes simple and casual). I also love how everything could just as easily be paired with jeans and sneakers, or with a mini skirt and heels. Here are a few of my favourites from net-a-porter.

                  

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See what other cool pieces Totême have here.

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Adam Lippes.

One of the signs of really loving a designer, is coming across various pieces from their collection without being aware they are from the same designer, until one day it clicks that your net-a-porter wishlist is pretty much made up of one designer. For me, this was definitely the case with Adam Lippes.

Even though Mr Lippes has been around for over ten years (starting his fashion career at Polo Ralph Lauren and Oscar de la Renta), it’s only been in the last few months that I’ve taken notice of his perfect and sleek designs.

      

Looking at the pieces, you really get that cool American vibe – kind of laidback, put together, yet not too fussy – with every piece being something to be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

      

For me, it’s the simplicity of it all, and a sense of calm that I get from looking at oversized ponchos, cotton tops and chic outlines that has made me a big fan of Adam Lippes.

      

Check out his collection on net-a-porter.com and on his site.

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The Aquazurra X Olivia Palermo Collection.

So we’re all more than aware of my obsession love for Olivia’s sleek, sophisticated yet cool and easy way of dressing, so you can imagine my reaction to her coming out with her own collection in partnership with one of my favourite luxury shoe brands, Aquazurra (I was ecstatic, just in case you were wondering).

Word: 'I think it is no secret that I love a good shoe,' said the 28-year-old global style icon (pictured). 'So I very much enjoyed creating a "survival pack" for every occasion and women of all ages'

Devotee: Ms Palmero (pictured wearing one of her designs) has long been a fan of the Florence-based label's footwear, and was once described by its co-founder Edgardo Osorio as being an 'unofficial ambassador'

These are just a few pictures that I’ve taken from The Daily Mail, so I can’t wait for the collection to hit net-a-porter on August 25th.

Sky-high: 'We wanted to create a capsule collection of the styles every woman needs in her closet,' claims Aquazzura    Sky-high: 'We wanted to create a capsule collection of the styles every woman needs in her closet,' claims Aquazzura    Coming soon: Saks Fifth Avenue will stock the fall collection from September, as will Lane Crawford, Tsum and Holt Renfrew; while Net-A-Porter will be the only online retailer to sell them, starting August 25

Coming soon: Saks Fifth Avenue will stock the fall collection from September, as will Lane Crawford, Tsum and Holt Renfrew; while Net-A-Porter will be the only online retailer to sell them, starting August 25    Lace-up gladiators: The collection has been summarized as having an 'Aquazzura aesthetic' but 'seen through the eyes' of Ms Palmero    Lace-up gladiators: The collection has been summarized as having an 'Aquazzura aesthetic' but 'seen through the eyes' of Ms Palmero

All that glitters: These jewel-encrusted stilettos, available in black (left) and pale pink (right) were inspired by a vintage Victorian necklace belonging to Ms Palermo                All that glitters: These jewel-encrusted stilettos, available in black (left) and pale pink (right) were inspired by a vintage Victorian necklace belonging to Ms Palermo

Who cares that I won’t actually be able to afford any of these beautiful creations; it’s the thought of them that’s got me going. If you’re excited, raise your hands!

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Atlantique Ascoli.

There’s a new designer on net-a-porter and I have fallen in love. Started in 2013, the eponymous Parisian brand was created using Victorian tailoring and contemporary architecture for inspiration.

Even though designing may run in Atlantique Ascoli’s blood (both her parents were designers), she started careers as a singer, a songwriter and an art director before her search for the perfect blouse pushed her towards designing.

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I love that you can really see Ascoli’s influences throughout the collection. I also love the boxy and oversized, yet girly and classic nature of the pieces – they’re delicate, sophisticated and powerful all in one.

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Everything about this label is so perfect and I wish I could own every single piece. I think to say I’m obsessed would be something of an understatement. Check Atlantique Ascoli out on net-a-porter.

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Vera Wang SS15.

She told WWD that she hoped this collection would show how her dresses can be worn for any occasion, despite being white, and I have to say that I think Ms Wang may have proved it, especially if these pictures are anything to go by.

Modern interpretation: A particularly standout look from the presentation was a white strapless bustier top worn with a layered tulle skirt

Here comes the bride: A more traditional look is this simple ensemble with a lace embellishment on one shoulder

Sensual experience: Of using video to debut her collection, the designer said: 'In this instance, bridal becomes the artistic vehicle to advance my love of fashion in general'

Not your average wedding dress: A model poses on a marble staircase wearing a long-sleeved gown with an intricate lace detail and edgy open back

Setting the tone: The designer told WWD that 'lightness of being, delicate and discipline, sensual and seductive' were her inspiration

Looking at these gowns, they are anything but bridal. They have a wild edge and dangerous vibe to them, but at the same time still have that romanticism and whimsical allure that all wedding dresses seem to have.

Fairytale: Instead of a catwalk presentation, an edgy and somewhat eerie video was posted on her website last Monday, starring ghostly-looking models wandering around a dark wood in their gowns

Out of the ordinary: Ms Wang said in a release that the wedding dresses are meant to be 'dreamy and edgy, because girls today are edgy. I don't think of bridal anymore as a niche'

Ladylike: A classic silhouette from the collection was a plunging floor-length halter gown in flowing silk

Is grunge bride a new wedding trend? Vera Wang debuted an edgy new bridal collection last week featuring delicate gowns in satin, lace and tulle

Feeding more into the idea of being the collection of anti-wedding dresses, Vera Wang decided on a short film, directed by Gordon von Steiner, as opposed to a fashion show or presentation, to debut her latest collection. Check it out below.

What do you think? They’re pretty cool aren’t they?

alice

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