Leave your jewels at home

Bedazzle with darling crystals encrusted in your gown…

Exuding effortless sophistication and delicate attention-to-detail, designers added crystals and beading directly to their pieces for Spring / Summer 2012.

Crystal embellishments added texture and shine to the runways and replaced the need for dangling earrings or statement necklaces. At Chanel, iridescent pearls were sewn exquisitely into gowns, while at Christopher Kane crystal flowers encased the body with dainty feminine beauty. At Sass and Bide embellishment took a walk on the wild side, with beaded tribal patterns peaking visual interest.

Perfect for a modern take on day-time glamour, embellishment around the neckline is fresh, fun and simply… sparkling!

Will you frame your face with crystal embellishment? xx

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Fashion Trends – Fall 2011

Hats On For Fall…

Keep your head toasty warm in ultra chic style for Fall 2011

As the Designers’ accessory of choice for Fall, hats instantly add that extra pizzazz to any outfit…

So far, the Fall 2011 collections have offered an exquisite range of Hats in every shape, texture, colour and style. Whether you desire the neon brights at Sass & Bide; furry animals at Anna Sui; statement-making velvet at Malandrino or a sophisticated Cloche at Ralph Lauren – there is a hat to suit every head for Fall!

Will you make a statement with a darling hat this Fall? xx

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Your Daily Fashion Scoop

A Fashion Business Espresso Shot Of News…

Sass & Bide will sell the majority stake in their dynamic label to iconic Australian Department store Myer.

Myer will acquire a 65% of Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton’s label for $42.25 million (AU Dollars).

The deal will become official in April and will see Sass & Bide launch across 300 Myer stores over the next 18momths. The acquisition will mean Myer have exclusive department store rights to distribute the brand as well as benefit from the expansion of the label within Australia and internationally. Sarah-Jane Clarke has said of the deal, “This partnership will help Heidi and I realise the dream we had for sass & bide 12 years ago when we were selling our jeans at Portobello Market in London”.

About Sass & Bide

Sass & Bide is the brainchild of Sarah-Jane Clarke (aka Sass) and Heidi Middleton (aka Bide).

Launching in 1999 at London’s Portobello Road, Sass & Bide became renowned for their edgy denim and youthful free spirited pieces. With fans including the likes of Cate Blanchett and Nicole Richie, the stylish label quickly became a highly coveted favourite -perfect for those seeking the duo’s ‘not too pretty’ aesthetic.

Sass & Bide made their debut at London Fashion Week in 2002, before moving to New York Fashion Week and then back to London once again. Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton have also launched two subsidiary lines—S&B and Sass & Bide Denim.

About Sass & Bide
Spring / Summer 2011

Titled ‘Papa Sucre’ (French for ‘sugar daddy’), the Sass & Bide Spring / Summer 2011 collection was a feast of gorgeous pieces perfectly befitting a Caribbean Queen.

Of the collection, Heidi Middleton said: “Sarah-Jane’s been meditating, we’ve all gone Zen”. And the clothes reflected this – excluding serene, natural energy and a restraint. Pieces were draped and knotted in a beautiful natural, soft colour palette. Digital prints were mixed and matched and also took organic shapes (some even resembling bamboo).

With hints of tribalism, the collection was soft, feminine and enchanting. Embellishment in the form of killer accessories – especially the central raffia motif appeared right across the collection in the form of collars, jackets, and skirts. Sweet silk jumpsuits; fluid harem pants; and sexy micro-dresses combined for a truly dynamic collection….

Are you loving or loathing the Sass & Bide Spring / Summer 2011 collection? xx

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