The Rena bag… with a touch of French

Location: Chelsea Harbour

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Model: Emilie R

Bag: The Rena bag in Taupe

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Coat: Sandro, Paris

Lipstick: ‘Bad blood’ by Urban Decay

Photograhy: Brian Minkoff

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All but given up on our British summer? well we certainly have at NM HQ. So, here’s a quick masterclass in how, if you are French and experiencing a London summer, you transforms our cool Rena bag into something very chic and pretty hot in just 3 easy steps:

1)Remove the detachable strap- you now have a soft, oversized clutch bag with contrast detailing around the Zips

2) Add red coat

3) Apply red lipstick

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When the British sun comes out, catch a snap of it!

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California Dreaming

As far as ‘Busman’s holidays’ go, my recent sojourn to LA served up a pretty balanced combination of work and pleasure.

For those who know me and in true ‘Nadia style’ I made sure that I maximised every minute of my 10 days, as well as every opportunity I had to enjoy the blue skies.

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Having spent the first part in Downtown LA showing our Nadia Minkoff London collection at the California Market Centre I spent the latter part visiting vineyards, driving along the coast, exploring desolate beaches, collecting moonstones ( for real) and finally back to LA for some much needed retail therapy.

My chosen ‘companion’ on this journey? The Richmond midi tote in yellow and I am happy to say it didn’t disappoint.

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Going to let the photos do the talking as they are SO good. A big thank you to Director of Photography Dennis Madden for these beautiful captures.

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My travel lowdown:

I flew out from London Gatwick  to LAX  with Norwegian Air on the brand new Dreamliner, can’t recommend enough! Return trip with luggage and x 2 meals from as little as £500

Stayed at the  Millenium Biltmore Hotel, in downtown LA. This hotel has seen more glamorous days the lobby is grand but alas the rooms are in need updating, still the location is great. Rooms start at  £150 per night.

Don’t leave downtown LA without trying Pitchoun Bakery, the raspberry croissants are as tasty as they are beautiful! You will be spoilt for choice

For some of the best handmade noodles you will ever try and an impressive selection of beers to boot visit Peking Tavern

Mexican with a twist at B.S.Taqueria, so bloody good, take me back today!

The Landsby boutique Hotel in Solvang, Scaandi interiors to die for, wanted to move in. Double rooms start at US$350 per night

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Fireside Inn on Moonstone Beach, if you are after spectacular ocean views, moonstone collecting and sea lion viewing, this is the perfect location… complete with your very own in room  fire place , Doubles start at US$ 200 per night

Rock n Fish restaurant, Manhattan Beach LA, for some regional food and super fresh fish dishes, beautifully served in this gorgeous seaside corner of LA

The Griffith Observatory, immerse yourself in La La Land, watch the stars, the Hollywood Hills, the view of LA, have a dance if you want!

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The beating heart of creativity

Unrestrained design is the beating heart of creativity, the rest is about ensuring that all the connections running in an out of it function properly.

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It’s a hard act running a successful commercial design enterprise with all the disciplines it requires: commercial edge, on trend, well executed, timely, fashionable, desirable, accessible, aesthetically pleasing, easy to merchandise, functional, well priced

Whilst at the other end of the spectrum, right at the core of the business and the seed that got it going in the first place lies a creative with a desire and innate need to let go of commercial constraints and purely enjoy creating.

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Over the years (and to my surprise) I discovered that transforming my creative ‘cottage industry’ into a commercial enterprise in itself is a very creative process requiring vision, understanding, awareness, a whole new set of skills, patience and a lot of stamina.

Still, the desire to keep those creative juices flowing, to make something outstanding, bespoke, ‘one off’, not to be repeated, in no way commercial but purely a statement piece is always there.

I know now and can say for a fact that the best way for my company to be at the forefront of commercial design is to regularly create individual pieces with no restraints. I have made it an absolute prerogative of the business to ensure that every few weeks we immerse ourselves in the joy of creating be it for photoshoots, for stylists, for Red Carpet events, for individuals or just for us to enjoy, recharge and to have at our atelier.

 

 

Get the look

 

How thrilled were we to see Diipa Khosla, the biggest Indian Fashion Blogger globally and big time Fashion Influencer fully adorned in Nadia Minkoff jewellery and looking absolutely stunning!

So the deal is… Wolf & Badger short listed 15 brands to be part of their ‘Crystals from Swarovski’ event and Nadia Minkoff London is one of the lucky 15.

If you want to get Diipa’s look, here are the all-important links

The Necklace: Rectangular triple stone necklace in Ombre, Swarovski crystal with  18ct gold plated chain and setting, Nadia Minkoff London £50 from Wolf & Badger

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The earrings: Rectangular drop stone earrings in gold, Swarovski crystal and 18ct gold plating. Nadia Minkoff London £43 from Wolf & Badger

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The Rings: Crystal patina H ring in Gold  and Crystal patina H ring in gunmetal , £20 each from Wolf & Badger

Clothing by Leka NYC 

Photography by Melanie Galea @thestreetmuse

 

 

And the winner is….

During our last show (Sept 2014) we previewed a new clutch for Summer 2015. We called it ‘The Hoxton’ simply because the inspiration came from Hoxton, a district in London’s East End , considered by many to be the trendiest district of London. A place where bankers and city workers meet artists and skinny jeans trendies.

Seems our Hoxton, with its smaller proportions and versatile use, was set to become our new winner. So, we’ve continued with it for our Winter 2015 collection and it will be available in what we think is going to be the biggest colour for winter 2015- Cognac.

It makes a perfectly proportioned clutch

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A perfect hand held mini shopper

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And for those on the go, it also comes hands-free, yes it has its own detachable strap-cross body or shoulder bag is entirely up to you

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So good it even made it to our show invite

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Oh, and I just thought I should say that as of Winter 2015 it now has a sister, The Shoreditch

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wonder which one of these two will come out tops???

 

Is red the new black?

All things red

Funny how black seems to be the benchmark for successful sales. Seems that for a new colour to be considered a seasonal hit, its sales need match up like to like sales of a current or of previous best seller in black.

And whilst we are definitely trying to move away from black being so predominant, no matter how good a colour is, it never quite achieves the same figures as a good black item does.

So now we look at growth patterns, seriously- it’s amazing just how much of a science range reviews have become. Even at the design end of the spectrum I’m constantly having to look at track records of colours and styles before I can ‘put my money’ on what I think will be the ‘next best thing’.

We introduced red into our range just over a year ago, our token statement bag was bright red and the press pounced on it within an hour of previewing it at Scoop International. Yes, a photoshoot that was going live at the show for American publication ‘Cliché Magazine’  homed on to our red Aldwych clutch. Two months later with the publication out and circulating we were starting to feel the love for this colour from both press and bloggers, a clear indication that we were onto something good.

 

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As featured in Hanna Wintour’s blog

 

10 months later and our winter 2014 collection has a big  red ‘thing’ going on and not just with press and bloggers but with the buying public. And as for the clothing retailers? Well there is a lot of red around- red dresses, coats, shoes. And the best marketing tool for red? Well, it looks just perfect with, yes you guessed it… BLACK.

 

 

For all things red visit  NM loves article and our webshop

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The lettuce you had for lunch is showing, can you put some Spanx on

12 days to go till we show our new Spring Summer  2015 collection at Scoop International, so I am keeping a daily countdown diary to launch- welcome to my world! Problems, solutions, uncertainties, yet more problems and the unexpected in store!

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Today was photoshoot day, the idea being that with a quick turnaround I will be able to use one of the photos for our Scoop International pre-show invite ( being sent to my buyers this coming Monday) and the rest will be used for our website Lookbook and sent out to press.

Now I know that Models sizes, diets and lifestyle habits are of interest to just about all women and for a pretty good reason too… were they born that way or do they just not eat?

As I made my way to the studio, already 2 hours late and still stuck in London traffic I had time to ponder about that very subject… wonder what the model will eat?

I’ve had a model who ate 10 grapes throughout a whole days shoot, a model who tried to abstain then ate a biscuit and eventually put the tin on her lap and ate it all!  During a recent shoot, the model who was very tall, extremly thin, without  as much as an ounce of fat had a small tub of salad for lunch. Lunch breaks at shoots are a quick 20 minutes affair, no sooner had she eaten her salad leaves she was getting ready for the next shot. The photographer who eyed her through his camera lens seemed very disgruntled: “ your lunch is showing, can you put some Spanx on” . For those of you who may not know, Spanx are corrective underwear- a modern day corset, skin tight and extremely difficult to put on they flatten your stomach, or thighs or Buttocks, or all three. I really thought he was teasing her as the few lettuce leaves she consumed made no difference to her thin frame, but to my surprise he wasn’t and as for the model- she never doubted his comment for a minute,pulled her Spanx out of her handbag, put them on and it was back to work!!

Happy to say that my model and I both chose the same option for lunch today- made me feel great- seems I have ‘model’ eating habits. We both chose a Greek salad, it arrived in a small take-away tub with no salad dressing. It took me all of 5 minutes to eat mine, the model took 20 minutes to eat half of hers, minus the feta cheese!

So here we go… pre lunch

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and post lunch…

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Looks pretty perfect to me 🙂

x Nadia