On Thursday I had the pleasure of joining the Handpicked Media team at Charlotte Street Hotel in London to browse the AW12 collections from Modalu London, Nica and Fiorelli. Before I carry on, I'd like to apologise for the rubbish quality of my photos. My camera had a malfunction on the night which has only spurred me on to invest in a DSLR.
Above is a selection of bags from Modalu London's AW12 collection. I'd not heard much of the brand before but they had a lovely range of bags ranging from your classic tans, blacks and whites to the less traditional shades of teal and hot pink. Whilst I'm move of a toned down person when it comes to bags, my favourite from the collection was the Pippa (pictured far left) for the fact that it comes in a range of colours. If I had the money, it would be a bag that I would stock up on in as many shades as possible, as I'm a firm believer in that you can never have too many bags!
Their AW12 collection encompasses "the London society and the celebration of quintessential British style."
"The London society's signature style is accessorising with a wearable classic. Sumptuous fabrics combined with quality leather and luxurious suede's ignite the desire for timeless fashion."
They describe their customer as one who "aspires to the London society lifestyle."
Nica was also a brand I hadn't heard too much about. Their AW12 collection combines "our love of fun and fashion, fused with inspiration of the classics." Nica describe the collection as "playful, quirky charm; gorgeous detailing and an overall vintage elegance."
"Nica London prides itself on creating glamorous and chic looks with strong colour palettes, while using key shapes and finishes with gorgeous detailing."
The brand is sold in 25 countries including Nica's home country of Korea. They describe the typical Nica customer as "trend aware but also wants to stand out from the crowd and express her individuality."
My favourite bag from their collection has to be this tapestry style bag (pictured bottom). Named the 'Cannes Frame Tote Tapestry', I love the mixture of patterns and textures and the detailing with the bow handle and clasp sealing, which make the bag much more elegant.
Fiorelli is a brand I'm aware of and am a fan of. Their AW12 collection was my favourite of the night, which I'm probably a little biased towards, having owned a Fiorelli before. Their AW12 collection is a mix of "the beauty of nature's palette as a foundation to the rejuvenation of skins and textures" and a focus on textures and layering in the Winter collection. Whereas the Autumn line encompasses "earthy hues and rich mid tones" and "colour pops of citrus, tangerine and aquamarine", the Winter collection showcases "darker hues of heavy blacks and gunmetal greys" whilst injections of "emerald greens, dusky pinks and sapphire blues are used as subtle highlights."
The bottom image is a glimpse of Fiorelli's sports luxe collection - "a street style of powerful colour and 90's inspired sportswear plays with an eccentric mix of texture and acid brights."
My favourite bags - yes that's plural, I couldn't narrow it down to just one, were the tan barrel bag named Cecilia and the lace inspired bag named Valentine - both of which are classic colours and designs, which are timeless.