Category Archives: A/W 2012
Choosing a gift for a fashion-conscious woman is a challenge that can strike fear into the heart of even the bravest shopper. When a woman’s style is classic but edgy, when you know that every piece in her wardrobe and her home has been chosen with meticulous care (although it looks effortless), when you want to give a gift she’ll treasure for years but use every season – that’s generally when you abandon the search and resort to a gift voucher. But there are some gifts that will be loved by even the most exacting of women: a beautiful edition of a classic novel, a bottle of her favourite scent, a perfect, simple piece of jewellery. And, of course, luxury leather fashion pieces.
Perhaps more than any other fabric, leather is rich with symbolism and contrasts. It protects the wearer, but at the same time it renders her dangerously attractive. It covers her, but it evokes the idea of soft, bare skin. It keeps her warm, but it’s cool to the touch. It’s luxurious yet durable; practical but indulgent – a gift that says as much about the giver as it does about the lucky recipient. That’s why we we think it makes a perfect Christmas gift.
Far more than a leather purse or handbag, a leather jacket allows the wearer to express her individual style, making it a classic, timeless choice as a gift. For women of any age, with any signature style, there is a perfect leather jacket.
|If she’s a bit of a rock chick, an on-trend tomboy who feels just as much at home at a Kasabian gig as sipping champagne in a luxury hotel, then a leather biker jacket will suit her edgy aesthetic.||If her look is all about pared-down elegance and sleek silhouettes, choose a chic leather blazer.
|If she loves the outdoors and her look is casually elegant, a shearling jacket or gilet will keep the weather at bay and chime with her style.||If you’re still unsure about exactly what she’d prefer then there’s always a Muubaa Gift Voucher.
Yesterday we hooked up with our good friends and fellow East London brand Miista to co-host a Miista X Muubaa bloggers styling event with four internationally acclaimed fashion bloggers and local film crew in an old converted textile factory only five minutes from our offices.
The concept was simple: Show how a basic outfit can go from ordinary to extraordinary with the addition of a killer leather jacket and some next level kicks. Step by step we had the bloggers break down the outfit creation.
Step 1: Throw on your favorite basics. That t-shirt you love like a best friend, the jeans that do magical things from behind, the jewelry that’s always on your body…they’re all invited!
Step 2: Select your Muubaa! We all know that a gorgeous leather jacket can take a look over the top — and with the diversity of designs offered in our A/W 2012 collection, it’ll be a piece of cake!
Step 3: Get some Miistas on your feet! Their Electric Witches collection offers a huge range from cool and edgy to sleek and sophisticated — and we know there’s a pair for each and every girl!
To help us out we had Shini Park from Park & Cube, Camille Kaasby Wang from Clamour 4 Glamour, Alice Zielasko from Alicepoint and Chantal van der Meijden from Cocorosa. Each bringing their own special twist and sense of style to the day.
Below area few photos of the day to give you a flavour of what went on. Keep an eye on our and their blogs for the video coming soon..
Camille, Clamour4Glamour, in her Silver Minsk
Chantal (Cocorosa) in Muubaa ombre biker and gold Miistas
Shini (ParknCube) just looking.
Can a girl ever get enough shoes?
Shopping: LEATHER For a raw, tough and masculine look you can dress in leather from top to toe. Wrap with a soft knit and bold accessories.
Featured: Muubaa Braila Flare Leather Trousers, Muubaa Jena Long Leather Mac, Muubaa Alexis Drape Suede Jacket, Muubaa Minsk Quilted Leather Biker
Luxe leather jackets, handbags and shoes have been part of the style-conscious woman’s wardrobe for decades. But now leather is beginning to appear more and more in other garments too – whether as a touch of trim or making up the entire piece. Leather dresses started to appear on the catwalks of London, Paris, Milan and New York for Spring/Summer 2012 in bright, fresh colours. (See Bangstyle.com Trend Alert).
Now, for Autumn/Winter, the look is bigger than ever, and leather dresses have reverted their natural home – the shades of black and grey that are a key part of this season’s Dark Romance trend.
Cara McLeay in Muubaa leather skirt Fashion Love Affair Vancouver , Elisabeth Olsen in leather skirt “Liberal Arts” photocall London,
Cindy Van Der Heyden in Muubaa leather dress COTTDS Amsterdam, Ashley Madekwe in leather dress 2012 Emmy Awards Los Angeles.
Whether it’s the influence of the Twilight films, the edgy eroticism of 50 Shades of Grey or the Scandi-Goth aesthetic of David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo remake, there’s something of the night about this season’s hottest looks. Black and grey are the colours of the season, accented with rich jewel hues and stinging brights. Asymmetry and draping give garments unexpected new lines that are both edgy and flattering, while the 1980s influence is still clear in oversized silhouettes and the liberal application of glittery embellishment. These elements work together to create a look that’s tough but romantic, sombre but sparkling.
If you’ve never owned a leather skirt before, you’ll wonder how you coped without one. Leather skirts are so practical for winter: they’re warm, versatile and will take you from work to weekend to evening without breaking stride.
Muubaa’s drape leather skirt has a stretch waistband and a twisted, ruched shape that makes it both flattering and comfortable to wear, and is available in classic black leather or velvety suede with a hint of sparkle. Channel the spirit of the 2002 film Secretary and team your leather skirt with a dainty pussy-bow blouse, go for a tough take on the look with a Varsity-style blouson jacket, or dress it down with one of this season’s slouchy sweaters. Team it with a denim shirt for a dash of cowgirl chic, or with the cute Scandi-inspired knits that are bringing out our inner Sara Lund.
Leather dresses are far easier to wear than you might think. In black leather or metallic grey suede, Muubaa’s Sedona drape dress (below) has an asymmetric cut and cowl neckline that make it effortlessly flattering. Team it with python heels for a lethal evening look, or dress it down with flat knee boots for daytime.
The Muubaa Shelby is a suede T-shirt dress that will take you from the last glow of the Indian summer to the deepest days of winter. Wear it now with strappy heels, and layer it later with skinny jeans and a long-sleeved T (See Fashion Love Affair).
The Sofia (left) is the most fitted of Muubaa’s leather dresses, but its structure makes it surprisingly forgiving to wear. Accessorise it with this season’s accent brights to offset the gothic glamour of the look – orange is the It colour for bags this season, or try cobalt blue, violet or emerald green. A slick of red lipstick is the only other finishing touch you’ll need.
Playing with the parameters of what is possible is a passion of ours here at Muubaa. We all know what leather garments can do: keep you warm and dry, work with an infinite number of outfits, provide a wardrobe staple that will last for years. But then we thought: what about the things leather can’t do? And we set out to make them possible. The result is Muubaa leather tops.
Ultra soft and relaxed in fit, the Sinatra Drape Suede top is perfect for wearing over leggings or skinny jeans, with ballet flats and a statement necklace to top off a low-key daytime outfit. Or team it with Muubaa leather shorts for a look that’s demure yet sexy.
The Beauvais Suede Shirt brings a new dimension to a classic garment: relaxed and roomy, this soft button-through shirt works brilliantly with denim or corduroy, or wear it open over a flirty lace camisole. And Muubaa’s range of knitted suede pullovers and cardigans are a truly unique way to wear this soft and luxurious fabric, making the most of its plush texture and subtle sheen.
Muubaa leather tops are the garment of choice for women who love to explore potential, to break the boundaries and bend the rules. They’re timeless, classic pieces that nonetheless express your daring, subversive side. We’ve found out how far leather can go – now where will you let it take you?
Leather biker jackets are, as you may have noticed, a favourite of ours. What we love about this style is the way it has been reinvented by the women who wear it. Once was the time when only rock chicks and rebels would dare to wear a leather biker. Anyone with a more feminine sensibility would shy away from the obvious masculine overtones for fear of appearing too “hard”. Thankfully that has all changed and in the last few years we’ve seen the biker finally come of age and step out from its rebellious past.
Much of the styling of the jackets themselves has moved on to incorporate details like embroidery and laser cutting that contrast with the masculinity of the cut. The silhouette is often altered to be more flattering with cinched waists and exaggerated shoulders and biker jackets are now offered in an array of colours from vivid summer tones to muted autumn shades. Black is no longer your only choice.
We asked some of our favourite blogger friends to show us how they wear their Muubaa biker jackets.
Here are just a few of the many ways you can style today’s leather bikers to achieve looks that are still wild at heart but with a refined edge.
Blogs featured – clockwise from top left (click the names to read these great blogs): A Fashion Love Affair, Superficial Obsessionz, A Fashion Love Affair, Al Modente, COTTDS, A Fashion Love Affair, 5 Inch And Up
Muubaa A/W 2012 campaign video shot at our A/W 2012 photo shoot on a freezing day in January at The Wapping Project, London. With Leather Biker Jackets, Shearling Coats, Suede Dresses and Suede Jackets from the Muubaa A/W 2012 Collection available Mid July 2012
Featuring model Jira. Campaign Credits: Photographer – Barnaby Wilchier, Styling – Mary-Anna Kearney, Art Director – Raya Ghattas-Eddé/Plum Brands, Producer – Alison Landy, Hair & Make-Up – Kolbrun Ran. Filmed & Edited by – Simon Jones/Muubaa