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In a faraway land, there is a magical place called Sophie’s Closet. In this land, accessories roam free and there is plenty for everyone. Its founder Sophie is an ambassador for all sparkly things that women all over the world dream of...

Monday, April 26, 2010

ROCK CHIC... from runways to Sophie's Closet

On the runway...

Balmain, Prada, Balenciaga

For what was once street style, rock chic seems to get reinterpreted every year in high end fashion. Most recently, Christophe Decarnin of Balmain has transformed the look into a "new rock meets Parisian sophistication," spawning many celebrity fans, most notably Rihanna and Victoria Beckham.

Dolce & Gabbana, Balmain, Chanel

Although the trend has been going on for awhile, it was once reserved for a full-on look that only rock stars could pull off. The new, updated look mixes feminine fashions with rock hard street edge. Chains, studs, spikes and leather details are becoming everyday accessories. Even the ultimate feminine house of Chanel is introducing some studs and chains and mixing them with very delicate garments made of silk and lace.

Balmain, Roberto Cavalli, Alexander Wang

Christian Louboutin, Sonia Rykiel, Vionnet

As Chanel knows, accessories are the best way to bring out one’s hard edge. This season, many shoe and bag trends focus on metal detailing like studs, chains and zippers. Balmain mixed soft pinks, gold chain mesh and metal studs to their summer sandals while Christian Louboutin introduced large metal spikes to his soft pleated suede bags.

In Sophie’s Closet...

Sophie’s Closet has it all: chains, studs, spikes, and black leather!


Vita Fede 'Vero' Black Snakeskin Zipper Bracelet (AED 800)

Vita Fede "Fasino" Triple White Bracelet, 24 carat gold plated (AED 495)

Vita Fede "Fasino" Triple Natural Snakeskin Bracelet (AED 495)

Rachel Leigh Suede Chain Cuff (AED 590, available in silver/black)

Chain detailing can be both feminine and classic and tough and edgy. Vita Fede’s ‘Vero’ chain and zipper bracelet is very rock cool while ‘Fasino’ is a little more on the feminine side, especially with its use of white and snakeskin leather. Rachel Leigh’s suede and multi-chain cuff is a great “meet in the middle” alternative.


Vita Fede 'DO' Ring (AED 760)

Joomi Lim Single Spike Bangle (AED 420) & Double Spike Bangle (AED 470)

Joomi Lim 'Love Hurts' Bracelet (AED 930)

CC Skye Black 'Rosary' Bracelet with Stud (AED 250)

Of course nothing says rock ‘n roll and punk like studs and spikes. Whether minimalist and classic or mixed with pearls for a touch of femininity, this look is a staple of rock chic. Vita Fede’s ‘DO’ stud ring and Joomi Lim’s spike bangle are classic and clean-cut ways to add a little ‘punk’ to your wardrobe. Sometimes elegance can be found in the simplicity of design. For Joomi Lim’s ‘Love Hurts’ bracelet and CC Skye’s ‘Rosary,’ spikes are mixed with pearls for a more lady-like take


CC Skye Leather Heart and Spike Necklace (AED 550)

CC Skye Screw Bracelet (AED 420)

CC Skye Single Wrap Bracelet, 18K Gold Plated (AED 870)

Rock n’ roll and leather go way back. So it’s no wonder that CC Skye has capitalized on the edgy girl’s love of leather with beautiful compositions of black leather and gold. The leather heart necklace makes for a sweet take on the edgy look, but not too sweet because a true rock n’ roll girl never gets too girly. CC Skye’s black leather bracelets are made luxurious with the mix of gold studs and chains: classic ‘rock chic’ accessories that can be worn with almost anything.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

SUMMER BRIGHTS... from runways to Sophie’s Closet

There is no better time to add bright colours to one's wardrobe than in heat of summer. While colour, is, of course, always 'in', it should be taken to the next level during the summer months: the brighter, the better! The hottest colours for spring and summer 2010 are greens, hot pink, and the quintessential summer must-have, turquoise.


On the runway...

Nicole Farhi, Zac Posen, Louis Vuitton

This season many designers embraced green in many shades, from deep green to bright lime green, like the accessories from Louis Vuitton. Green is making a big statement this summer.

In Sophie's Closet...

Rachel Leigh 'Audrey' Enamel Bracelets in Citron, Kelly, and Cabana (AED 320 each)

Rachel Leigh's 'Audrey' bracelets are a perfect way to add a little pop of colour to one's wardrobe. This cheerful little bow bracelet is just the perfect companion to a breezy summer dress.

Bounkit Huge Opulent Green Agate Earrings (AED 1670)

Bounkit's green drop earrings are a perfect way to add a bit of old Hollywood glamour. They would compliment a gorgeous cocktail dress or an evening gown flawlessly.

Bounkit Necklace with a Four Petal Green Aventurine Flower (AED 5900)

Also from Bounkit is this stunning emerald green statement necklace. Statement necklaces can add that special something to any ensemble, whether it's a simple v-neck sweater, a blouse or a gorgeous dress. This one is a sure show-stopper. It comes with another great perk: the flower is a removable brooch.


On the runway...

DKNY, Christian Dior, Nicholas Kirkwood

Both Donna Karan and John Galliano embraced head-to-toe hot pink looks for their spring collections. This colour is popping up everywhere from make-up, accessories, bags, and shoes.

In Sophie's Closet...

CC Skye Neon Pink Cuff (AED 290)

Head-to-toe hot pink can be a little daunting, so accessorizing in this bright shade is a safer alternative to embrace this look. CC Skye's cuff is an elegant but punchy hot pink option.

Jacques Fath 'Ches MAXIM Rose' Long Earrings (AED 1500)

Jacques Fath 'Chez MAXIM Rose' Necklace (AED 2500)

Jacques Fath's 'Chez MAXIM' earrings and necklace are a sure way to be noticed. Made in Paris, it is unmistakably Parisian chic. A lot of drama and a little bit of boudoir, these pieces are sophisticated but with a flirty and a sexy edge. Très chic.


On the runway:

Versace, Derek Lam, Burberry

The truth is: turquoise is the quintessential summer colour. No summer season goes without it and 2010 is bursting with it. From summer dresses to glamorously amazonian Versace gowns - it's the colour to be seen in. Designers like Marc Jacobs, Balenciaga, and Burberry all focused on bright turquoise handbags for their spring collections.

In Sophie's Closet...

Jacques Fath "Croisette" Earring (AED 760)

Bounkit Turquoise 24K Gold Plated Earrings (AED 1490)

Often only a little hint of turquoise is all that is needed to radiate summer glamour. Both Jacques Fath and Bounkit's earrings are just sheer turquoise perfection.

Siman Tu Aqua Glass Necklace (AED 2995)

Another statement necklace is Simon Tu's aqua glass necklace in a turquoise-like shade. It would look absolutely exquisite with an amazing maxi-dress for that highly coveted boho chic, or with a little black dress for a polished evening look.