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Iconic British Accessories

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Today we want talk about iconic British accessories.  When it comes to accessorizing, there’s a certain aesthetic that the British fashion industry has always achieved.  A blend of honest, classic and at times eccentric, British accessories and British made brands have put this country on the map for very specific styles.

Iconic designers like Vivienne Westwood, Ted Baker, Alexander McQueen, Burberry, and countless other renowned brands have made Britain one of the fashion hotspots of the world.  To celebrate this uniquely British heritage, we’ve decided to spotlight some gorgeous British made gifts for Her, and how you can up your aesthetic as summer gets into full, fashionable swing.

The Satchel

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Iconic in its own right, the leather satchel grew from humble beginnings as the go-to accessory for British students into a must-have accessory that speaks volumes. And when you think of a leather satchel you think of Cambridge, right? With it’s gothic spires and deliciously academic vibes, Cambridge is where the leather satchel is most famous, and where it rightly draws our minds when we think of it.

But now the satchel is equally at home in the pages of Vogue, or on the glitzy catwalks of the most iconic fashion shows around the world. It’s no longer just a bag to carry notebooks and rulers, it’s a statement. A representation of elegance, history and classic style for everyday wear.

Bow Ties

But wait, aren’t bow ties for men? You ask. Traditionally, you might be right. But it’s just as acceptable for all genders to don this iconic statement piece.  While the bow tie might make you think of sharp suits, black tie events and champagne (for which you’d be 100% right, because what a look), the bow tie has transcended the typically elegant realm of formal dress into street style and catwalk fashion.

From the traditionally small and sharp bow to a droopy affair on the front of a blouse, the bow tie, once symbolic of landed gentry, has become an iconic accessory with a fresh look while harking back to an era of decadence and luxury.

The Silk Scarf

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Loved by women all around the country, the silk scarf looks just as home walking through the wild and windy British countryside as it does adorning professional women in the heart of London. From classic and subdued to retro, and wild patterns, there really is a silk scarf for everyone.

Crafted by household name designers like Liberty, Burberry and Alexander McQueen, the silk scarf has become totally at home on the catwalk, in glossy magazines and on the streets of British cities. The silk scarf is even the Queen’s favorite accessory, and if it’s good enough for Liz …

If you’re looking for a way to wear a silk scarf in a slightly more modern way try looking up how to wear it as a halter, or simply style as a head scarf.

Brogues

Another typically British accessory, is the brogue. While we see the beginnings of this particular type of footwear in Irish and Scottish culture, where it wasn’t actually deemed suitable for formal or social occasions, the brogue has ascended the rungs of the cultural ladder and finds itself, now, one of the most iconic styles of footwear in Britain.

From the typical full brogue (also known as the wing-tip in America) to the longwing, brogues are about as quintessentially British as jam and cream scones. Plus, you’re just as likely to find women wearing these shoes as men, with their flattering shape and desirable quality.

The brogue is synonymous with that similar academic aesthetic as the satchel, but has gone even further and is worn by business women, street stylers, go-getters and vintage lovers everywhere. Think British? Think brogues.

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Trench Coats

We couldn’t very well shine a light on iconic British accessories without mentioning the trench coat now, could we? And while it is technically a coat, anything that has the power to elevate an outfit is an accessory in our opinion.

With its roots firmly planted in British military history, the trench coat was invented by two British manufacturers, Burberry and Aquascutum in the 1800’s. It became an optional item of dress within the British Army, to a select few ranking officials. And the rest, as they say, is history.

And now the trench coat has retained its status as one of the most iconic British fashion items all these years later.

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Goth Fashion: Fleeting Frenzy or Haunting Influence?

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The first rule of fashion is that it is all about making a statement; in that sense, the fashion industry has much more in common with the goth movement than we might think at first glance. Add to the mix that fashion designers are regularly inspired by contemporary events and themes, especially of great social interest, and there you have it: Halloween is upon us, and it is only natural that we once again see fashion with goth and romantic influences. But is it just seasonal or is it here to stay?

In Fashion and Beyond, Goth Is Very Much Alive

goth and fashionWe know that punk is not dead, but goth is definitely undead – the two movements even share some origins in the music and the image of the UK’s Siouxsie and the Banshees and Joy Division from the late 1970s. Inspired by a somewhat nihilistic and withdrawn approach to life, goth style is mainly expressed through black tones in clothing and pale tones in (the usually heavy) makeup, paired with daring accessories like bondage leather belts, chains or even romantic style sexy corsets. Within gothic style, there are many subsets of styles to choose from, including romantic/ethereal and steampunk, so even if you are relatively new to goth fashion there is surely something that will fit into your personal fashion approach.

Fashion is not the only industry where the goth and romantic culture has seen a comeback – pop culture seems to have grown very fond of gothic influences over the past few years. The Twilight movie series, based on the books by Stephenie Meyer was an instant hit, especially with a younger demographic who was particularly infatuated by the love story between a vampire and Bella, the series’ protagonist. But even before Edward and Bella, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas spawned an incredibly successful merchandise empire in 1993, with a particular focus on clothing and fashion accessories. Goth influences inform and become transformed by pop culture, from online games like Betway Casino’s Immortal Romance online slot game, which features goth elements along a dark theme of cursed romance with spooky graphics and haunting music, to extremely popular bands like The Cure and Marilyn Manson, or even some of Lady Gaga’s videos and looks.

male goth and fashionYet when it comes to fashion, goth does not have to be spooky – it is a great source of inspiration for its provocative and subverting tone, that plays really well with the fashion industry’s constant strive for something out of the ordinary, as well as for its romantic undercurrent that taps into its Victorian influences. This is probably why gothica is all the rage in fashion right now: it featured very prominently in the latest 2018 Spring-Summer Runway Collections that just wrapped up in Paris in early October – and it did so with a bang!

The Best of the SS2018 Catwalks and Beyond

Take Alexander McQueen for example, and his incredible work with black lace: a perfect balance between eerie goth references – exemplified also in the heavy neck jewels in silver and black tones and excessive black eyeliner that lets the smoky eyes stand out – and a more romantic undertone that runs through the black see-through lace that embraces the legs.

givenchy fashionGivenchy also played with dark colors a lot to represent goth fashion, as well as with black-white contrasting tones, with his Look 67 which features black lace in a delicate manner, which still rises up above the shoulders in a style reminiscent of bat wings, being a spooky inspiration that plays well into Halloween. The black leather boots were a signature move by Givenchy in this collection and give a lighter romantic tone to the dress.

For his Fall Winter 2017, Rick Owens relied immensely on a more austere look, in black and beige tones, that taps into a sterner side of gothica influence: you can see it in the way his male models in particular are placed. Tight black jackets with slightly too long sleeves are paired perfectly with three-quarter old-school black slacks and heavy footwear that reminds us of a lighter version of the signature goth black boot – with bonus points for the goth reference in the bondage-style laces that go around the ankles. A slightly androgynous look that is the perfect inspiration for women’s look, too.

Goth Fashion is serious business – and the industry seems to be constantly turning to it as a challenge and a way to tap into its creativity. Mysterious, slightly morbid, and very powerful in terms of imagery, goth seems more than a Halloween frenzy – although it can certainly provide ample inspiration for festive costumes, as well.

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Winter Makeup Trends

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One thing I absolutely love about the winter time, besides the endless cups of hot cocoa I can consume (mini marshmallows included), is the luxury of being able to wear makeup without fear of it melting off—which tends to happen in the warmer, sunny months. With this luxury also comes some of my favorite makeup trends of the year that I, and you, can take complete advantage of right now. Whether it’s a super smoky eye for a sultry look or the darkest lip out there, it’s time to head out into the cold with a makeup look so hot, it could melt even the Ice Queen to her feet.

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  1. Smokey Eye

The smoky eye has been a favorite in the beauty world and has become a certified, go-to look for a night out on the town. This season, the smoky eye was seen on fashion runways like Burberry Prorsum and Pascal Millet. From blended shades of gray and black to the newest additions of emerald green and plum, the classic smoky eye has been kicked up a notch in surprising and sexy ways we love.

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©Imaxtree

  1. Deep, Dark Lip

Berry, crimson, and near-black shades may have us thinking of Halloween, but once you swatch them onto your lips, you’ll be hooked just like that. There is something entirely satisfying about being able to wear a dark lip in the winter—so, why not take it a step further and go darker? As seen at Luisa Beccaria or Marc Jacobs runways, a dark lip is really all you need before stepping out the door.

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©Rochas/Indigitalimages.com

  1. Graphic Liner

We all know black liner isn’t going anywhere any time soon, but now it’s taking a whole new, artistic direction—literally. Rochas featured liner in sharp, thick lines on both the top and bottom lids, while Christian Dior went to the dramatic side with bold lines that swooped into a cat eye motion all over the top lid. Talk about making an eye-catching statement. Instead of the usual cat wing, try something different with your liner; from simple lines to graphic designs, it really is all about stepping outside of the box.

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  1. Dewy Skin

The last thing you want is for your skin to appear dry and dull, which can often happen with the frigid cold. Make it look healthy and glowing with a dewy look that includes flushed cheeks, highlighted parts of your face (wherever the light hits directly), and eyes covered in soft peach or bronze shadows.

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©ImaxTree

  1. Glitter Details

Take all those glittery eyeshadows that you have leftover from New Year’s Eve and put them to good use all throughout winter. There really is no such thing as too much or little when it comes to glitter, so go as minimal or as bold as you want. Adding little gems under the eyes or at the corners has become one of my favorite looks.

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©Matteo Scarpellini/Imaxtree

  1. Orange Hues

During runway shows for Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen, hues of orange gilded not only the eyes of models, but their cheeks, hair, eyebrows—you name it! Orange typically isn’t a color that many of us are “oohing and aahhing” over, but in rich, mesmerizing shades like toffee, caramel, and mocha, it will quickly become one of your favorites.

What winter trends are you ready to try? Share them with us via our Twitter beauty account, @ClicheMagBeauty!

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Winter Makeup Trends “Snow Queen” originally appeared in Cliché Magazine’s Feb/March 2016 issue