Who has £5000 to spare for a Chanel Bouclé Tweed bag? Or £3000 for the iconic, quilted Boy leather bag? Not everyone and certainly not me! High street giant Zara to the rescue….
Zara’s tweed messenger bag from the current SS 2015 collection is a dead ringer for the classic Chanel tweed bag, made out of Coco Chanel’s signature fabric Bouclb. Coming in at £39.99, this is a real bargain. The multi coloured tweed material and the heavy silver chain strap have a high-quality, solid feel.
I’m all for sustainable fashion, i.e. having less things in my wardrobe but of higher quality. But some things, like a Chanel bag, are just unattainable. A ghastly, Chinese-made replica is out of the question for me, but a quality high street version is a great alternative to the real deal.
My second Chanel-esque arm candy is a steal from TK Maxx. A quilted, dusty pink cross body bag by Italian designer LCredi. There are loads of imitations of the quilted “Boy” bag out there, but only few look so well crafted that they could be mistaken for the original.
What’s your take on high-street copies of iconic designer bags? A perfectly wearable substitute? Or do you prefer to save up your hard earned and splurge on the designer label?
- Black empire line coat by Max & Co
- Tweed messenger bag by Zara
- dusty pink quilted bag by Lcredi
- pink oxford lace-ups by AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni
- Tortoise sunglasses by Prada
How do these French girls do it? They manage to retain their girly looks way past their 30th birthday, looking effortlessly fresh faced with minimal make-up and undone hair. Virginie Ledoyen, 35, Leonardo di Caprio’s partner in the movie “The Beach” and former L’oreal spokesperson, is another example. She personifies girl-next-door glamour à la française with simple but chic fashion and girly charme.
In an interview Virginie told of her love for fashion basics, natural make-up and what she doesn’t like:
Denim: She loves all styles and colours. Above: Virginie looks typically effortlessly chic française, donning a shirt marinière with a long necklace, jeans and blazer. Simple but stunning.
Her favourite item is a vintage Chanel Bouclé Jacket. She’s a big fan of Chanel’s timeless fashion.
Above: Rebel wearing a shirt mariniere with long pearl necklace and I’m wearing a Chanelesque Boucle jacket.
Make-up: Virginie counts herself lucky to have great skin and rarely wears make-up during the day. For the evening, she applies pink blusher, a touch of mascara and lipgloss, c’est tout!
She doesn’t like: Too much bling, Louis Vuitton monogram handbags, Jimmy Choo nailvarnish – Vulgaire!
What is elegance for her: An attitude, the way someone walks and speaks, basic and classic items and clothes made with high-quality materials.
Below: Virginie loves basics, particularly denim and blazer jackets in classic black or white.
There are some clothing items that are timeless and at the same time trendy, like the pencil skirt or the stripy shirt à la Marinière. The Chanel inspired Bouclé Tweed jacket is one of them. No season at Chanel without the classic, and Karl Lagerfeld manages to reinvent the classic item each year. These days you get many copies, for example at Zara. Mine is from TK Maxx in the classic colours navy and white with crème coloured frill border. My favourite look is to combine the jacket casually with jeans, but the jacket also rocks combined with a skirt or dress!
Es gibt einige Kleidungsstuecke, die sind zeitlos und auch trendy, wie z.b. der Pencil skirt oder das Streifenshirt à la Marinière. Auch die Chanel inspirierte Bouclé Tweed Jacke gehoert dazu! Keine Saison bei Karl Lagerfeld ohne den Klassiker und Karl schafft es jedes Jahr, die Jacke neu zu inszenieren. Heutzutage gibt es viele Kopien, z.b. bei Zara. Meine ist von TK Maxx in den klassischen Farben dunkelblau weiss mit crème farbener Rüschenborte. Lässig kombiniert mit Jeans gefällt sie mir am besten, aber auch zum Kleid oder skirt rockt diese Jacke!
Below: Audrey Tautou plays Coco in the movie “Coco Chanel” wearing her signature jacket.
Beyonce mixes it up with wide-leg beige trousers