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Raquel Allegra X Matches

Raquel Allegra

You all know how much I love a brand with a backstory and making your first collection from recycled prison shirts is certainly a good one. Sounds a bit urban fashion legend I know but that’s precisely how A-List favourite, Raquel Allegra got started. Growing up with artisan parents inspired the Californian designer to approach fashion with an experimental attitude. In lieu of learning traditional tailoring techniques Raquel developed her own unique style of fabric manufacture involving mix n’ match textiles, shredding and webbing. But this innovative approach wasn’t all part of Raquel’s plan to be a designer. In fact, I was surprised to learn that she never actually had any intention to work in fashion. Raquel Allegra actually moved to Los Angeles in 2000 with dreams of becoming a singer and, like many aspiring songstresses, found herself taking a job at a boutique in order to pay the rent and making her own clothes out of necessity. But what started out as a personal project using unwanted shirts from the Los Angeles Country Prison System soon captured the LA fashion pack’s attention and mere months later Raquel Allegra designs were being spotted on everyone from Heidi Klum to the Olsen twins. Nowadays her collections stock (and sell out) everywhere from New York to Taiwan and Raquel’s trademark thrifted fabrics sit alongside the luxe likes of deerskin, linene, cashmere and French lace.

Raquel Allegra

I was very pleased to hear the news that this season one of my absolute FAVE shopping destinations, Matches, had enlisted Raquel to design an exclusive capsule collection for them. Admittedly “laid back luxe” and “deconstructed” aren’t usually words synonymous with my personal style but, as you might remember, one of this year’s fasholutions was to take fashion risks and go “less Alexa more Carine”… A little bit of Raquel Allegra for Matches would certainly be a chic way to do it. How hot would the spotted chiffon boxy tee look with a slick leather pencil skirt, bare leg, big sunglassed and skyscraping ankle boots? I feel Ms Roitfeld would approve.

raquel allegra

The collection will launch at the end of January but if you can’t wait, click here to shop Raquel Allegra at Matches now.

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Weekly Wish List: 18/01/2013

wish list

1) Markus Lupfer Sequin Lips Sweater, £283, click here to buy
2) Paige Denim Pipeline Skinny Jeans, £220, click here to buy
3) Miu Miu Crystal Embellished Grosgrain Slippers, £430, click here to buy
4) Proenza Schouler Envelope Clutch, £665, click here to buy
5) Giles Dopio Crepe Coat was £1248, now £624, click here to buy
6) Alexander Wang Prisma Croc Effect Leather iPad Case, £352, click here to buy
7) Anya Hindmarch Soft Ebury, £995, click here to buy
8) Jimmy Choo Abel Patent Leather Pumps, £335, click here to buy
9) McQ Alexander McQueen Military Angled Pocket Pencil Skirt, £260, click here to buy
10) Equipment Classic Silk Shirt, £225, click here to buy

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LPA Loves: Trans-seasonal Leather

Is it just me or is leather THE ultimate trans-seasonal fabric? Even in London it’s occasionally to sweaty to wear it in Summer and during the cold Winter months leather isn’t as insulating as one might think because it’s exceedingly difficult to layer. Despite my penchant for all things preppy and floral-related, I’m extremely partial to a bit of leather and the fact that it’s been a perma-trend for about six seasons now makes me very happy indeed. So far I’m the proud owner of a leather skirt, shorts, one leather collared top, a leather jacket and about a zillion leather handbags and pairs of boots. This season I’m hoping to branch out into tees, dresses and trousers, ideally in unusual colours! Here are a few of the pieces I’m eyeing up at the moment…

leather

1) Whistles Navy Peplum Top, £250, click here to buy
2) Cedric Charlier Pink Skirt, £190, click here to buy
3) Miu Miu Cut-Out Collar Red Dress, £1740, click here to buy
4) Theory Green Biker Jacket, £770, click here to buy
5) L’Agence French Trousers, £855, click here to buy

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Weekly Wish List: 11/01/2013

wish list

1) Boutique by Jaeger Daisy striped sweater, £99, click here to buy
2) MiH Paris mid rise skinny jeans, £133, click here to buy
3) Penelope Chilvers woven red Dandy slippers, £290, click here to buy
4) Chloé  Aurore bowler bag, £1162, click here to buy
5) Cutler and Gross acetate sunglasses, £240, click here to buy
6) Rag & Bone Cambridge floral print and leather bomber jacket, £670, click here to buy
7) Mulberry glossy goat Lily bag, £695, click here to buy
8) Anya Hindmarch new season Joss wallet, £295, click here to buy
9) McQ Alexander McQueen studded leather pumps, £265, click here to buy
10) Whistles Mathilde fluoro tweed dress, £195, click here to buy.

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LPA Loves: Lucy Choi London

Like a lot of girls, I’m a sucker for a good pair of stilettos. My footwear policy tends to be “no pain, no gain” although this particular brand actually prides itself on making comfortable heels. And yes, such a thing does exist. I know because I’ve tried on a fair few pairs of Lucy Choi London stillies and as soon as payday (or student loan day) comes around I’ll be taking several home. Despite only having been going a couple of seasons, Lucy Choi London has already bagged itself two of THE most coveted stockists around – Matches and My Wardrobe – and been featured numerous times in Vogue, Grazia and Tatler to name but a few. Then again, given that Lucy Choi is in fact the niece of high heel legend Jimmy Choo it’s no great surprise that she’s a dab hand at creating seriously lust worthy shoes.

Lucy Choi London

1) Snake Print Aster Shoes, £195, click here to buy
2) Glitter Rose Pumps, £195, click here to buy
3) Colour Block Wysteria Sandals, £235, click here to buy
4) Black Arkose Peep-Toe Boots, £270, click here to buy

Snakeprint and glitter and bows, OH MY! Admittedly if you’re a trainer wearing kinda gal Lucy Choi London probably wont be your cup of tea but I’m not so looking at her collection is like high heel heaven for me. I adore the elegance of Lucy’s delicate designs with their ladylike pointed toes and slender heels. And the fact they’re not stupidly expensive is just the icing on the cake!

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