Saturday, May 28, 2011

Coco Nouveau

Coco Chanel was famous for her sleek, elegant, and sometimes even boyish designs...

So there is no questioning whether Karl Lagerfeld has kept the Chanel legacy in mind when he designed these gorgeous bags. Inspired by a hunter's cartridge bag carried by the lady herself, these stylish 'Boy Bags' are the newest release from the legendary design house.

Not actually intended for men, the new bags are titled 'boy' because of the love of Coco's life; Boy Capel, who is said to have inspired her and the very spirit of Chanel, which is perfectly encapsulated in these sure to be coveted bags.

Available in a range of sophisticated colours; flat red, deep black, intense grey, lead green and brilliant ivory, they will be hitting stores this September. 

I'll take one of each please!

xox Alyce

Monday, May 23, 2011

Live below the line

Today I began my first day of the 'Live below the line' challenge. This inspiring campaign was created to raise awareness and much needed funds for people living in extreme poverty.

With a budget of merely $10 for food and drink to last me the whole 5 days, (that's just $2 a day!!), it's definitely going to be a hard and at times draining challenge, and I know that for this week I will be hungry for a lot of each day.

But I am fortunate because at the end of the week, I can go back to normal.  Not everyone is this lucky. For 1.4 BILLION people (that's over 60 times the population of Australia), this is how they live all day, every day.
And for these people the $2 has to cover more than just food; it has to spread between health, housing, transport, food, education…
It's pretty hard to imagine living like this.

Money raised from this event will go straight to the Oaktree Foundation, which is helping to build schools, train teachers, and provide learning materials to the 'Yangi' communities who live 'Below the line' everyday in the mountains of Papua New Guinea. This education will hopefully help break the cycle of extreme poverty, and allow the people to strive for a better future.

So if you want to support me in this challenge, and at the same time make an important contribution to a very worthy cause, click on the link below. Whether it's $1 or $100, it doesn't matter, because as I'm learning this week, EVERY cent counts.

xox Alyce

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Iris Van Herpen

The bigger, the bolder, the better?

As it states on her website, for Iris Van Herpen.. 'Normal rules don't apply'.

The other day I stumbled upon these creations by the innovative Dutch designer, and was amazed by the structures, shapes and complete individuality shown in the outfits she creates.
I love how she experiments with textures and shapes one would never normally associate with clothing, and because of this I see her designs as pieces of art rather than fashion.

My favourite is definitely the stunning outfit which I call 'The Water Splash', - not the most creative name but to me this is exactly what I see when I look at the silvery creation.

Absolutely breathtaking, Iris Van Herpen has managed to freeze frame and capture incredible moments in her completely original couture.

xox Alyce

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