Kzeniya – A new style star is born

One of the loveliest things I have ever received as a fashion blogger came through my door earlier this month. On the very day I was celebrating my second blog birthday I received the most gorgeous clutch bag I had ever seen courtesy of Selfridges. This beautiful item come with a letter explaining that this was a piece from the new collection from Kzeniya – and I was truly intrigued. Who was Kzeniya, and what other designs had she produced.

Kzeniya Oudenot, a graduate of London’s St Martin’s College of Art and Design. formed her company in 2010 after a career that had seen her organising events and designing sets and costumes for operas and ballets. She had also worked for Alexander McQueen, Royal Opera House and Scottish Ballet, developing the skills and eye for the dramatic that is so apparent in her stunning bag designs. Now her bags are a celebrity fave, with stars such as Fergie, Jennifer Lopez, Rashida Jones and Ginnifer Goodwin amongst her fans.

The collection is gorgeous, with the clutches taking centre stage. Made in metallic leather and with chains, studs and leopard print adornments, these are accessories that will make you stand out in a crowd. My bag is the totally wonderful Wild Chain Clutch in silver, an envelope style clutch with thick chains handing around the edge. Beautifully dramatic, this has a small pocket inside that is perfect for credit cards or taxi numbers, whilst the bag itself is compact, I got my key, money, phone and lippie inside.

Carrying my Kzeniya clutch bag

KZENIYA Wild chain clutch £240 click to visit Selfridges

All bags come in a wonderful dustbag that helps to get your bag preserved in good condition (particularly if, like me, you store your bags under the bed…). I adore my bag, and am now making a lust list of all the other Kzeniya bags I need to add to my collection. And with celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Fergie and Ginnifer Goodwin also joining the Kzeniya fan club, you will be in good company if you succomb to the allure of these beautiful bags.

Here are a few of my other favourites for you to drool over…

KZENIYA Wild chain clutch £240.00 click to visit Selfridges

KZENIYA Asymmetric pony clutch £275 click to visit Selfridges

KZENIYA Wild clutch £185.00 click to visit Selfridges

To view the complete range of Kzeniya bags at Selfridges, click here.

Ginnifer Goodwin – ‘Think Pink’

For me, there was only one choice for best dressed at the People’s Choice awards. Standing out in a sea of sparkles and spangles was Ginnifer Goodwin wearing a glorious hot pink dress by Roksanda Ilincic.

This dress stood out for all the right reasons. It was elegant rather than revealing. It was unusual in that it actually had sleeves and was of a demure length. And, of course, it stood out for the colour, that most bubblegum of pinks!

Pink is a much maligned colour that could be about to embark on a bit of a comeback tour. Traditionally associated with the most girlie of girls, like Elle Woods from legally blonde, and, god forbid, Paris Hilton, pink always seems to have too many little girl connotations to it. Sophisticated women hadn’t worn pink since Kay Thompson exhorted it’s value’s in the film Funny Face in 1957.

But now, thanks to stars like Jennifer Lawrence, who wore pink to the Golden Globes last year, and now Ginnifer, pink may well be back on the fashion horizon. Which is great news, because, it actually suits a lot of skin tones and hair shades. Let’s hail the return of the frothiest of colours, and ‘Think Pink’ this spring.

Pick of the pinks

Pink platform sandals Price: £40.00 

Pink bow front dress Price: £32.00 

Pink Printed Shirt Price: £37.00 

Amelie Nylon Shopper 

LANCOME Rosarie des Delices Collection La French Touch lipstick £23.50 click to visit Selfridges

ALDO RISE Mark Fast Cregger cut–out courts £125.00