Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Bag Edition

“It is a known fact that a woman do carry an evening bag at dinner time.” Now this famous quote from the now iconic documentary Paris Is Burning holds more truth than people think. However, the quote should be interpreted by the fact that any outfit always feels a little more complete once you add a stunning bag to it. The perfect bag also has the ability to boost one’s confidence and mood. Allowing the wearer to express their personal style with a bag of their choosing. And for that reason, we here at Novella feel that choosing the perfect bag for that perfect someone is always a great gift giving choice for the holiday season. However, choosing the right bag can sometimes be extremely hard and with so many bags and personalities out there, having a guide on what to get is often very helpful and time-saving.

Forever 21 Faux Leather Crossbody Bag: $33.90

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As fashion grows and progresses, so does the need to use it as a form of self-expression. Unlike the conventional bags most people are used to seeing. Today’s purses are no longer about functionality and stand more as a test of creative integrity and self-expression. One big trend that really encompasses this idea is the mini bag, while it may not be the most functional bag to its size, this Forever 21 mini faux patent leather bag is all about visual appeal rather than functionality. Sure you may not be able to fit everything in there. But this bag does hold its own perfectly fine as a party bag or evening bag. And its punchy mix of fire engine red and shiny metal hardware give this bag an edgy 80s personality that’s been all the rage the past few years.

Chanel Boy Bag: $7175.00

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The Chanel Boy Bag may be the bag to end all bags. With its iconic silhouette and chain strap. The Boy bag has become synonymous with Paris upper echelon. However, with a name like Chanel on the bag, the cost is automatically going to be quite astronomical for a purse. But its the quality of materials and craftsmanship that really makes this bag an extra special gift. Rather than purchasing your special someone a regular black Chanel Boy bag. Opt for this glittery sequined version. Which mixes the perfect amount of after-dark glamour with the conventional look of an all black bag.

Zara Knotted Bucket Bag: $49.90

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Zara has a long-standing reputation for creating fashionable high-quality clothing and accessories that merge the high fashion appeal of the runway with functional everyday attire. This simple black shoulder bag is the perfect for someone who’s always on the go. It’s roomy design and thick strap are bound to last for those who can’t help but carry everything but the kitchen sink with them. What sets this bag apart from regular leather totes is its fresh design. The bag itself is very architectural. With the knotted straps creating a very angular silhouette that compliments the triangular shape of the bag.

Maison Margiela Patchwork Pouch: $2660.00

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For those who want something more interesting than the average bag, Maison Margiela created this unconventional clutch. Utilizing the brand’s love for deconstruction. The clutch is decorated with pieces of Margiela staple patterns and fabrics. Creating an entirely unique look for those daring enough to wear it. Another interesting aspect of the bag is its shape. Rather than opting for a traditional square or rectangle clutch. The brand created an exaggerated and extremely elongated rectangle clutch that breaks the boundaries of what bags and clutches should look like. While this may not be the most functional option on the list, it does stand alone as a very interesting statement piece.

Aldo Wenang Light Blue Women’s Crossbody: $70.00

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These days bags can be whatever you’d like them to be and often, the more colourful and fun they are, the better. This fairytale Aldo bag brings the punch of colour many are looking for in the new year. The pastel colour scheme and embroidery is fun and playful without being juvenile. Which is often a very important thing for the purse aficionado on your holiday gift list. What makes this bag really special is how all of the colours and hardware work perfectly together. Rather than being jarring, the bag compliments itself. Especially the blue to pink gradient that makes of the colour of the bag.

Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding Gown Guide

What is it about a royal wedding that gets everyone so riled up and antsy? It seems that every time the announcement that someone within the British royal family has been engaged, it creates a media frenzy and a deep interest in the Windsor’s once again. However, of all the fancy things, the dress seem to pique the public’s interest most. Just like with Duchess Kate Middleton’s gown, everyone seems to be going crazy over which designer the future princess may wear. Typically, English brides within the royal family are expected to wear English designers to their wedding. However, Princess Meghan may be the first to break from tradition and wear an atypical designer for her big day.

Caroline Castigliano

Photo: Caroline Castigliano

Like the rest of us, designer Caroline Castigliano is eager to see what the future princess will wear on her wedding day. And what better way to predict Meghan’s gown then to design it oneself? Having just released her sketch of Meghan’s dress, Caroline has become the first designer to releases a sketch for a gown designed specifically for the future princess. Like all of Caroline’s designs, Meghan’s dress has contemporary simplicity. It perfectly showcases everything a modern princess would want in her royal wedding dress. The delicate lace back provides the coverage a princess is expected to wear on her wedding day, without looking dated or matronly. While the elegance of a beautiful full silk skirt completes the look, adding the perfect balance of modern stylish flare to the more traditional sleeve. It seems to be exactly who Meghan is style wise, classically elegant with a fresh and modern twist.

Suzanne Neville

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Suzanne Neville is renowned as one of England’s best dressmakers when it comes designing bridal gowns. So it wouldn’t come as a surprise if the future princess decided to wear a gown made by the designer on her wedding day. Since the gowns are handmade in the traditional styles found in major European couture houses, it would be lovely to see Meghan in something a far more ornate than just a traditional lace gown. This stunning embroidered ball gown encompasses exactly what royalty should look like — regal, ornate, and luxurious.

Temperley Bridal

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Temperley London has become a quintessentially British brand that encompasses the elegance, refinement, and grace that goes hand in hand with a British lady. Temperley’s designs fit in the with the Anglican expectation of modesty. Many of the gowns presented during Temperley’s latest Bridal Fashion Week presentation showcased classic gowns wrapped in lace, offering the coverage and modesty expected within the walls of Westminster Abbey.

Needle & Thread

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Needle & Thread has become synonymous with modern fairytale glamour. Their affordable demi-couture gowns are created with the utmost intricacy and care, allowing any bride to experience what it’s like to have a gown handmade for their wedding day. However, Needle & Thread’s designs are often far more revealing than expected of a royal princess. But Meghan Markle doesn’t seem like she’ll be the spitting image of royal tradition. Rather, she may usher the royal family into a new era, where the image of what many feel a British princess should look is completely reworked.

Dear Lena Dunham

 

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Dear Lena Dunham,

I’m not surprised. I’m not surprised at all. It’s almost laughable to think people still wholeheartedly support and like this woman when she is the reigning queen of white feminism. She’s played a pivotal role in the popularization and general acceptance of the idea that white feminist women can never be in the wrong, regardless how problematic or how obviously they’re in the wrong. Her latest attempt at failing the same women she’s sworn herself to protect is just another in a list of complete and utter feminist failures that she can now put on her award shelf. Failures that she consciously backs up and finds excuses to justify.

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Look at this way, how could a woman who’s spent a large part of her career saying she’s an ally and a defender of abused women so easily discredit the claims of a woman who accused a man of rape. Is there now some special Lena Dunham pass on sexual assault? Does criminal activity not apply to Lena and her friends? Apparently not. Lena has barricaded herself so comfortably behind the shield of white feminism that her fans and Lena herself is convinced that the things she and her friends do are beyond the realm of the law. And as a branch of her own belief that she is free from guilt, those who follow her career as fans have been conditioned to believe that she is free from guilt as well.

Look back at her earlier controversy where she confesses to “exploring her sister’s genitals, bribing her sister with candy in exchange for kisses, and masturbating whilst lying next to her younger sister when she was a child.” Fortunately for Lena, many of her peers, fans, and even child psychologists came to her side claiming what she did was not sexual abuse. Any moral person can understand that the constant exploration of a family member’s genitals as well as masturbating beside a child that has no idea what she’s witnessing, and bribing her with candy for kisses is blatant sexual abuse. However, Lena’s shield of feminism allows her to describe her abuse as mere childhood sexual explorations. And the worst part is she’s excused and celebrated by those around her. Celebrated for being outspoken on taboo issues while being a direct contributor to those taboo subjects. To see this woman gain praise for acting out of line with her sister then blatantly come to the rescue of her friend after he’d been accused of raping a woman is vile. You simply cannot support a woman who thinks that just because she’s known someone for years doesn’t mean they’re incapable of carrying out a sexual assault. Or does it simply come down to the fact that having rape allegations made against one of her own simply doesn’t fit her progressive brand, and this is her way of nipping a problem in the bud? In the end, rape is rape. And if you chose to dismiss the allegations made against your buddies and continue to excuse and deny your own, then you are the problem in today’s society. And that’s just the tea sis.

Bridal Week Wedding Inspo: How to the plan perfect weeding, high fashion style

Weddings are sometimes the hardest events to have to plan. It takes a detailed and well-organized plan to really have a wonderful wedding come to life. Recently, at Bridal Fashion Week, many of the world’s great bridalwear designers once again blew away their audiences with utterly stunning and completely forward-thinking designs for spring. With that said, just a simple article reviewing the gowns wouldn’t be enough to demonstrate how different the bridal world is becoming. Instead, this article aims to feel more like a how-to guide on how to plan an artistic wedding steeped in fashion that will blow any guest away.

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The Luxury Couture Bride

Photos: Vogue Runway

The Dress

Vera Wang can essentially be seen as the reigning goddess of the bridal world and for very good reason. This season, Vera Wang brought her already stunning gowns to a new level. Rather than following bridal trends, Wang created new trends by infusing more personal couture elements to this season’s gowns. Draped in stunning lace and luxurious volume, Wang created a new silhouette and new expectations for what a wedding gown should be. Pictured above, The Aurore wedding gown creates a stunning regal silhouette that mirrors the luxury and excess of European fashion, which perfectly reflects the grandiosity of a true couture wedding.

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The Venue 

Casa Loma, Toronto’s historic castle has been the go-to destination for old-world opulence in the bustling city. Set within stunning manicured gardens, Casa Loma offers a stunning take on the traditional wedding. Rather than pushing for your run of the mill hotel wedding or golf course wedding, splurging on a one of a kind venue like Casa Loma and you will definitely have your guests gasping for air. Another brilliant aspect of the castle is its many rooms: You can have your dream wedding in either an outdoor or an indoor space, and take in the beauty of any season on your special day.

The Décor

The best way to blow your guests out of the water at a dream couture wedding has to be with excess! Pull out all the stops to effectively create a couture wedding. Chandeliers, strong neutral colours, like black, white, and grey, and beautiful blooms are all perfect ways to create the luxury fairytale you’ve always wanted. For the perfect day, pick a venue that either has outdoor space or allows a lot of light to come in. This is especially important if you’re having a summer wedding because nothing is more beautiful than the late evening summer sun setting and bathing your venue in warm sunshine as your guests dance and enjoy the evening.

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The Bohemian Bride

Photo: Vogue Runway

The Dress

Now, most boho brides are often inclined to buy lacey, hippie-inspired dresses that are more like Coachella than wedding day glamour. But don’t just give in and put that flower crown on your head. Carolina Herrera has answered every boho girl’s prayers with a dress that is equal parts elegance and flower child. This fall 2018 confection fuses timeless elegance with a sweet and pure floral print that perfectly encompasses the floral fantasy every bohemian bride dreams of. Rather than rely on lacy overload, this dress uses its sheer volume and embroidery to create the gentle elven fantasy that signals an outdoor boho wedding.

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The Venue

The Toronto Botanical Gardens is the perfect backdrop for the bohemian bride. Filled with stunning flora and beautiful open-air spaces, Toronto’s botanical gardens offer the beautiful nature filled backdrop a bride craves when planning an outdoor wedding. However, the wedding itself doesn’t have to be entirely outdoors — the gardens offer various indoor venues that accommodate different sized groups that all open up to beautiful gardens and terraces, giving guests the option to enjoy the outdoors or the party inside.

The Décor

The beauty of boho décor is that it doesn’t have to be pristine. Often, the more organic and natural your decor looks, the more on theme it will look. Boho décor is about embracing the raw aspects of nature and allowing things to look more relaxed and natural. Avoid any kind of mirrored or jewelled accents as it may throw the earthy décor completely off. Another good way of creating a simple bohemian theme is to simply have your event outside. Let the natural spring of summer landscape engulf your guests and creating a whole new world within the city.

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The Classic Vintage Bride

Photo: Vogue Runway

The Dress

The classic bride loves the idea of timeless simplicity and Viktor & Rolf are the kings of understated and timeless excess. This season, V&R once again created a collection based heavily on vintage tropes from the ’50s and ’60s, creating a time capsule filled with old world glamour and elegance. Mirroring the gowns of old world royalty like Princess Grace, Duchess Kate, and Princess Margaret, this Viktor & Rolf embodies what it means to be a queen on your wedding day. It’s reserved yet extravagant, just like the royals of the world.

Photos: Caesars Centre

The Venue

With simplicity comes elegance. Caesar’s Center in Bolton, Ontario, fuses the chic minimalist appeal of a boutique hotel in Europe with the care, comfort, and attention to detail that comes with old world dining and event hosting spaces. The space is perfectly geared toward a bride who craves something very different from the traditional banquet centre scene. Something new and fresh, yet effortlessly classic. With soaring windows and ceilings, the space is always bathed in natural light, with a view of blue skies and white clouds peeking through from the uppermost windows. What stands out the most about this venue is the openness of its minimalist design, giving the classic bride (and any bride) a blank canvas on which make their dream a reality.


The Décor

When it comes to modern elegance, the best way to go is with simple and luxurious minimalism. Pristine white linens and crisp deep blacks pair beautifully with simple glass vases filled with subtle florals. Orchids in white, Cala lilies and monochrome exotic flowers in bright colours are all wonderful choices that add a strikingly simple and subtle elegance to your event. Remember, think classic elegance, vintage Calvin, crisp lines, clean design, and contemporary minimalism. This is one wedding where less is definitely more, avoid over-the-top extravagance at all costs!

Accessories Trend Report Spring 2018: Next Season’s Most Coveted Items!

Next season’s accessories came with a fun surprise! Colours, patterns, and textures dominated the accessories game on the runway. Differing from the norm, accessories told their own story this season. You could almost say that this season’s group of bags, jewels, hats, and shoe could easily be stand-alone collections in and of themselves. Able to carry out a cohesive and impressive story all on their own.

The Printed Pop Bag

Printed bags had the biggest impact on the runway for Spring. Prints, florals, and plaids all came crashing onto many of the worlds biggest brand’s accessories. Transforming the functional bag into an outstanding showpiece that could pump up any outfit in your closet. Milan seemed to take the trend to the most extreme by putting jarring patterns on simplistic bags. Giving a graphic edge to standard silhouettes. At Prada, bags were strewn with graphic comic strip style prints that took gave each bag its own unique story. Adding a special element to each purse that walked the runway. Over at Marni, adorable square bags were splashed with bright plaids. Creating an interesting, almost vintage take on the modern box bag. Paris seemed to prefer a more subtle take on the printed bag. Opting for more elegantly and less graphic prints than Milan did. At Valentino, models walked the runway in the brand’s staple rockstud bags. However, the bag seemed to be painted with gorgeous floral motifs. Giving the bag a double identity, soft vs hard, elegant, yet edgy.

The Peek-a-boo See-through Shoe

This season’s footwear took a surprisingly fun turn for spring. Last season’s love for the chunky heel continued as expected, however, this season’s chunky heel came with an unexpected translucent friend. For Spring, Parisian fashion houses Chanel and Balmain both put their models in interesting and super clear cap toes PVC boots. The boots themselves have an air rain time high fashion chic about them, but they’re grounded with the strong pops of neutral black and white. Giving the boots a more elegant, rather than childish look. Over in New York, Prabal Gurung sported an interesting pair of mules that used a sheer mesh and clear heel combo, rather than using PVC. Giving the shoe a more reasonable and breathable appeal for the summer.

The Epic Chandelier Earring

Chandelier earrings may have become passe in the last decade. However, the glimmering throwbacks are back in a big way! In Paris and Milan, oversized earrings packed a very big punch. At Saint Laurent, giant jewelled chandeliers took on a mod feel with big rectangular sparklers, making the earing look more like bedazzled frames ready to frame a royal masterpiece. Over in Milan, both Dolce & Gabanna and Gucci used pearls, gold, and gems to create a modern take on Renaissance royalty, giving Elizabeth the 1st a run for her money.

The Theatrical Straw Hat

This season’s straw summer hat get an exciting upgrade. What started with Gucci’s huge sunhat and Jacquemus Provencal hats has grown into one of the biggest and most interesting accessory trends of the season. At Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood, the straw hat took a more vagabond like look aesthetic. Resembling something more cartoonish, which fits in perfectly with the outlandish and forward thinking appeal that’s been associated with Westwood for years. At Jacquemus, the straw sunhat took on its most extreme form yet. With proportions resembling something straight out of a French romance movie. The romantic movement of the hat perfectly mirrored the sensual feel of the collection. Over in Milano, Missoni caught wind of the trend and added its 0wn interesting flair. Creating a more windswept and cutting-edge sunhat that screams Missoni.