Fashion accessories which always work

Creating a unique and impeccable outfit is a big challenge especially with regard to accessories. The reason for that is simple: Some accessories just do not fit the personal style and one has to change them with every outfit. Yet, there are also some fashion items which always work as accessories because they do not simply look gorgeous and timeless, but also fulfill a function beyond embellishing their wearer.

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It is always worth looking at what key designers and celebrities have created and worn at the latest fashion shows in order to find the perfect functional accessory for oneself. Two women who have roused attention this year are Kate Bosworth and Victoria Beckham. In Kate’s collection, bags play an important role. Indeed, you cannot go wrong with these trustworthy companions no matter what you are wearing. They keep the purse, the mobile phone and the makeup safe inside and individualize the personal look through either classic leather cuts and twists or colorful prints. Another accessory which needs no excuse at all is a wristwatch. There are classic designer pieces like luxurious Omega watches which embellish the wrist and are always ready to tell their wearer the time at one glance. The jewels, the silver and golden watch cases, the leather straps and the classic designs of these timepieces also have a further advantage: They are often not immediately perceived as accessories, but add an air of seriousness to the wearer.

Functional fashion

As accessories can be functional, fashion can be functional too. In the approaching winter seasonal scarves, gloves and hats in bi-colored patterns will be keeping many people’s necks, hands and heads warm. Since these can be exchanged and combined in various ways, these fashion items can be viewed as perfect accessories as well.


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Rigby and Peller combine glamour, luxury and seduction

Rigby and Peller have a name that is just synonymous with luxury and glamour. Now in its 73rd year, the premium lingerie retailer, which has held its royal warrant for more than 50 years, offers the luxurious, the glamorous and the beautiful when it comes to lingerie. And the upcoming collection offers a darkly Gothic glamour that speaks of vampish beauties in 1940s B- movies, all violet and purple, silk and lace.

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This is a rich and opulent collection, with the dark hues and heavier silken fabrics and micro-fibre. There are unusual cut-out details that keep the collection modern and up-to-date, whilst the thicker width of bra straps and the use of lace insets suggest a collection that Dita Von Teese would be proud of.

Rigby and Peller Lunette Made to measure basque and bikini brief click to visit Rigby and Peller

I adore the sheer decadence of the Lunette basque and brief set. Lunette is the perfect name for a collection that seems to be inspired by moonlit nights. Rigby & Peller’s Creative Director, Nicky Clayton, says of her inspiration for the collection: “This season focuses on glamour and luxury combined with an edge of power and seduction. My inspirations were drawn from the catwalk where outerwear trends were dominated by rich colours, embellishment and sculpted shapes. I wanted to create a collection suitable for the modern woman’s wardrobe and consisting of luxurious fabrics in shades reflective of this season’s colour palette”.

For modern elegance that draws on the glamour of days gone by, you’ll be hard pressed to find anything that challenges the beauty and sensuality of Rigby and Peller lingerie.

The Rigby and Peller Autumn/Winter 2012 collection will premiere at the end of October. Click here to visit Rigby and Peller.

Debenhams gives you your own capsule Duchess Kate wardrobe this season

The Duchess of Cambridge has become one of the world’s leading style icons in the year since her wedding to Prince William. She rarely puts a foot wrong stylewise, and whilst some have accused her of being a little boring in her style choices, the truth is that she just chooses pieces that have a classic look that she can revisit and revamp again and again. Her look is sophisticated, flawless and elegant. No wonder everything that she wears proves to be an instant sell out, and that the world’s leading designers are now flocking to dress her. For her recent tour, that has included Alexander McQueen, Prabal Gurung, Mulberry, Jonathan Saunders, Jenny Packham and Erdem amongst others, almost a role call for the recent British and New York fashion weeks.

Debenhams seems to have recognised that this Kate effect is something hypnotic to so many women, and have taken inspiration in their latest ranges. There are elements of Kate’s evening looks, daytime looks and outdoor wear, and in Jenny Packham they have one of Kate’s key designers on board producing Duchess worthy looks for her No1 collection.

Here is some Kate-inspiration from Debenhams

Alexon Was £90.00 Now £72.00 You save £18.00 Red Long Sleeve Grecian Maxi Dress click to visit Debenhams


No. 1 Jenny Packham Was £110.00 Now £88.00 Bright blue asymmetric one shoulder maxi dress click to visit Debenhams

Collection Was £50.00 Now £40.00Black bonded lace dress click to visit Debenhams

Planet Was £99.00 Now £79.20 Animal Print Jersey Dress click to visit Debenhams



Planet £129.00 Contrast Waist Ruched Dress click to visit Debenhams

Alexon £200.00 Red Funnel Coat click to visit Debenhams

Collection £45.00 Also available in petite sizes Red textured double collar jacket click to visit Debenhams