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Made in Transylvania 

Earlier this week it was unveiled that Louis Vuitton “Made in Italy” branded shoes are in fact, the products of a little town in the region of Transylvania in Romania – Famed for vampire mythology, it’s not quite the setting for luxury craftsmanship we had in our minds. For a wealthy, fashion enthusiast, the picture of a highly skilled, Venetian shoe-maker expending hours of work on fine detailing in an Italian atelier would merit a premium price tag for a pair of designer shoes. It’s not rare to see LV footwear selling anywhere between £500 and £1,200, depending on the style and type. Yet instead, literally more than one thousand miles away from where their labels would suggest, Louis Vuitton heels, boots, sandals and sneakers are being mass produced in a low wage, third world country before only the soles are fitted in Italy. Perhaps selfishly, the news feels disappointing. As an aspiring owner, my initial thoughts sprung to that of deception. Italians are known for leather, and China and the Middle East, beautifully embroidered silks. …

This season’s must have travel accessories

It’s holiday season. Travel in style with these classic, little, leather goods. Mulberry coin purse (macaroon pink, round, small classic grain) Dolce & Gabbana iPad case Smythson luggage tag (black, Panama collection) Louis Vuitton jewellery pouch (foldable, damier azul canvas) Saint Laurent passport cover (black, grain de poudre, textured leather) Aspinal passport cover (misty blue cavier, silver suede)

On my wish list: Swimsuit edition

Put down the donuts…or maybe, wear them? Each year as the summer rolls around, as does the endemic, seasonal body panic. Gruelling summer diets and detoxes are planned, daily spinning classes booked, 10K runs, boot camps, you name it, all in a manic effort to slim down and get beach body ready, whatever that means. But this time, I’m defying that and so are brands, ASOS, H&M and New Look with donut-printed swimsuits and ice-cream bikinis that both proudly and playfully say ‘I don’t care’. It’s time Baywatch met cake. On my wish list for my upcoming, Grecian poolside retreat are swimwear and treats. (*Gif courtesy of stylemode.com)

Resort wear: Battle of the brands

For many years, February and September have held the most anticipated bi-annual events on the fashion calendar – Fashion Week. The occasions give hundreds of esteemed designers a platform to showcase two collections a year, spring/summer and autumn/winter, in fashion capitals, New York, London, Paris or Milan. But recent trends show a growing focus on a month in between, May, when a subset of megabrands push the boat out even more to present their inter-seasonal resort wear line, also known as a cruise collection. Resort wear is designed with elite holidaymakers in mind, luxuriating on a cruise somewhere sunny. And the shows are becoming increasingly extravagant. Fashion powerhouses like Chanel, Dior and Vuitton contend for the most engaging and unique audience experience. The location from which their productions are staged carry huge importance and are considered as crucial as celebrity presence and the garments themselves to command the attention of the press and generate social media buzz. DIOR Dior’s cruise show was held in Santa Monica in the desert mountains on the outskirts of LA. …