By Asma and Reem

Paula Mendoza: Colombian Treasures

Describing Paula Mendoza's jewellery only with a few words? Fierce, bold, and conceptual. So it's no wonder that Beyonce stacked up on Mendoza's signature flexible strand of gold-plated beads for her "XO" music video. The Colombian designer based her brand in New York, initially studying journalism in her hometown of Bogota before venturing into the world of jewellery. Mendoza learned the craft of working with materials in Peru after quitting her journalism job, eventually going back to Colombia to master the art of jewellery-making. 

We ourselves were fascinated by her F/W 2014 collection "Oro". The fact that she uses raw and organic materials is as fresh as it sounds, also maintaining the shape and colour. The coiled bracelets, necklaces and rings are one of Mendoza's most successful pieces, all picked up by top online retailers such as Net-a-Porter and Moda Operandi. The rich Colombian gold is crafted in her Bogota atelier, while also sourcing all the gems from her native country. Her inspirations include El Dorado and the different styles she sees in New York(where she is currently based), claiming in an interview that she is "hugely influenced by(my) Colombian roots". Another one of the many things we loved about Mendoza was the fact that she began a program of working with single mothers in her atelier, helping them in one way or another. Now there you have it - a jeweller who is utterly devoted to her passion while working for a cause.

Urbanear X Marc by Marc Jacobs Team Up!

We love collaborations. I mean, we really, really love collaborations... And when you put music and fashion together, well, you should definitely expect a "blast". So it's to no surprise that the Urbanear and Marc by Marc Jacobs collaboration, which was released on October 28th, is literally music to our ears.

For this collaboration, Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier of Marc by Marc Jacobs were inspired by the 90s British pop vibes, as well as elements of nature (oil, ocean, and berries). Interestingly enough, each element of nature stands for not only a color, but also a certain vibe. The Oil colorway is inspired by oil's silky and flowing nature, and stands for the color black. The Ocean colorway has a calming vibe to it, and stands for the color blue. Finally, the Berries colorway comes from the famous berries of Scandinavia where Urbanears is headquartered, and stands for the color red.  

This collaboration is perfect especially now that we know that sportswear is in trend and is adored by many. We applaud Marc by Marc Jacobs for taking such a smart move. Urbanears, too, allowed Marc by Marc Jacobs to transform its musical accessory into a fashion accessory. We reckon that some people won't mind wearing those headphones simply for the sake of fashion. I mean, look at how good looking they are! And yes, we just called headphones good looking. 

So which one would you go for? Maybe a different color for every mood? We don't mind grabbing them all though!

 

 

 

Nike x Liberty London 10th Collaboration

We love collaborations. We certainly do. You see when two brands come together, fashion becomes much better, and customers get more excited. There have been some collaborations we have been obsessing over lately (definitely Alexander Wang for H&M is one of them). But this collaboration excited us a little bit more. Well, not only Nike and Liberty London are celebrating their 10th collection this year, but both are doing things quite differently. For this "Holiday" collaboration, Nike played around with Liberty London's Belmont Ivy print. The result? Contemporary geometric design and polka dot design laid over a classic floral Liberty Art Fabric. The colour palette consists of black and burgundy, certainly our top two colours for fall!

Sportswear is something we have been obsessing over, and so when this collection came out, we couldn't wait to get our hands on one (or two...) of the sneakers.

This collection can be found exclusively at Liberty London and at selected Nike Sportswear retailers.  

RED Valentino F/W 2014 Campaign

RED Valentino seems to initiate cause for us to speak. In a nod to pop culture, youth and whatnot, Valentino's playful sister-line decided to have Lottie Moss(yes, Kate's sister) as the face of the newest campaign. In a fun and quirky setting, Lottie blends perfectly well within the cartoon-themed mood of the campaign. The 16-year old was shot by legendary photographer Tim Walker, who also photographed older sister Kate on many occasions. This also marks Lottie's second modelling job, previously starring in a Calvin Klein campaign. What we loved most about this campaign was the combination of both a young model and a brand that stands for the latter; emphasising on pop-culture fusion. 

Images via thedailymail.co.uk