How to be On-Trend with Vegan Bags

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The four big Fashion Weeks in London, Milan, New York and, of course, Paris, gave us directions on what types of bags to wear this season. Down the runway, it was all about backpacks and all that is related to ‘travel-chic’, bags that match perfectly with your outfit, bags that have words and writing on them, messenger bags, brightly colored bags, bags with metallic chains, and handbags with added prints and graphics. They all look beautiful but, unfortunately, they are not very animal friendly. So here’s a list of environment and animal-friendly bags to replace them with while also keeping with the trend.

cruelty free fashion by my beauty bunny#1. Backpacks and ‘travel chic’. Yes, backpacks are a must this season. They’re fun, spacious, comfortable and full of young vibrations. This year saw the return of the hard case as well, so it’s all about traveling in style. Our favorite designers have added beautiful and creative backpacks to their collections, to make sure every fashionista out there stays trendy even in the rainiest of falls and coldest of winters.

But alternatives are numerous and you can find beautiful vegan backpacks everywhere. They can be made of the classic canvas, felt, PVC or even faux leather if you really want to go the extra mile and keep it in trend. Your choices are limitless and all you need is a bit of creativity. There are even tutorials out there on how to make your own backpack, using old jeans, if you prefer a denim one. Or you could also hit the streets with a classic canvas backpack, like the one I found on Serbags.

#2. Perfectly matched bags. There’s this old rule most of us tried to adhere to: matching your bag to your shoes or your scarf. Well, hold on tight, because this season, designers such as Valentino, Chanel, Victoria Beckham, Alexander Wang and Tommy Hilfiger went with creative variations on this rule. And, luckily for vegans, these variations benefit greatly. Because most of these bags, in order to match the outfit perfectly, have been made out of the same materials, such as cotton, linen, acrylic, or other non-animal materials. This is great, because it means you can wear the bags right off the runway.

#3. Bags with words. The one who started the trend this year is none other than the ever playful Moschino, with their graffiti writings on suitcases. Vivienne Westwood joined in the game quickly and added not only words, but exclamation marks to her designs, because she really felt your bag needs to make a point. The easiest way to replicate this “verbal” design is to wear nice and creative tote bags. They are fun, can be found everywhere, go with almost anything and are really cheap. So they will make for a very good addition to your closet this fall.

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#4. Messenger Bags. These ones belong to the ‘traveling trend’ which is so hot right now, along with the backpacks and the hard cases. They usually come in leather, indeed, but that’s not mandatory if you want to keep vegan. There are other options, such messenger bags made of denim, canvas, faux leather and even recycled ones, made from used coffee bean bags. If you need a bit of inspiration, the big designers sporting messenger bags on the runways this season are Misha Nonoo, Emilio Pucci, Chanel & Sass and Bide.

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#5. Brightly colored bags. The runways were filled with them this season, because the trend is all about color and having fun. We are naturally drawn to the beautiful colors, and Dolce and Gabbana, Fendi and Valentino made sure we got what we came for. Most of them were leather and some were fur, so we’ll need to find vegan-friendly replacements. Luckily, it’s not difficult. We just need to find some boldly colored, mostly orange, because that was the color of choice on the catwalks, small handbags. Matt and Nat fit the description perfectly with this bright and beautiful faux leather handbag that looks good enough to eat.

#6. Metallic chains. Another element heavily present on this season’s runways were metallic chains attached to handbags. Like I previously mentioned, it’s all about having fun this autumn and adding some metal detailing to cookie handbags is one of the best ways to go. Metal chains have always looked good against the skin and that is one of the reasons they’re still in use today. There’s also a sense of glamour and luxury about them because they remind one of precious metal jewelry. And this is exactly what houses like Dior, Balenciaga, Chanel, Calvin Klein, Elie Saab, Miu Miu, Ralph Lauren and the list could go on, have banked on. Yes, it’s a big trend and the list is actually so long it seems like everyone sported at least one bag with metallic chains on it.

Matt and Nat Cork Ohara Bag

#7. Handbags with added prints and graphics. And I’m talking crazy, crazy prints, images, logos or even handbags shaped like different ordinary objects. We need to return to funky Moschino for an example and we can pick their boom box purse, with graffiti on it. However, if you want to keep vegan and also, if you’re not keen on carrying an ’80s boom box with you around town, but you still want to keep it funky, here are some other purses you might find interesting. There’s the small cassette player bag, instead of the big boom box. This might be the perfect replacement, actually. It’s virtually the same thing, but on a smaller scale and animal friendly. We also have the pepperoni pizza slice and the turquoise telephone shaped one, both perfect for dates.

The runway was filled with fund and funky bags this year, but unfortunately (and as usual) few were vegan. But all that is needed to beat the leather and fur trend is a bit of creativity and a lot of research.

Author bio:

When she’s not working on her fashion degree, Dana Hughes is going on long walks, taking photos of any small and beautiful detail that captures city life. She’s a complete science-fiction addict and has a Chihuahua named Red and a superbly indifferent cat called, ironically, Kiss.


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Spring 2017 Bridal Fashion Trends You Need To Know


If you have already mutually labeled each other as the be-all and end-all of your existence, then you are purportedly already married or at least are planning to do. The Mendelssohn chords are maybe to sound in a year or so and luckily you still have much time to find that ideal bridal finery to best fit your essence and complexion. Thespring 2017 bridal fashion trends, jam-packed with limitless designer solutions and eye-soothing moments, might decisively become your safe haven in that complicated task to find the perfect bridal gown. Ranging from old-school demure ball gowns to neoteric hot plunging necklines and off-the-shoulders to overt deviation from whiteness, we are firmly declaring the start of a new eclectic epoch in the bridal dress trends arena. Browse through our list of the best spring 2017 bridal dress trends that might either facilitate your bridal assemblage choice or just on the contrary, throw you into a maelstrom of ambiguity moments.

Spring 2017 Bridal Fashion Trends

1. Plunging into Plunging Necklines

If you decide on taking a plunge on your wedding day, there is nothing better than plunging yourself into plunging neckline zone especially as the spring 2017 bridal fashion trends are bursting at the seams with this sassy design. Some gowns with plunging necklines adamantly stick to keeping brides within demure limits, trying not to cut the cleavages so deeply deep or overlaying them with some illusion fragments much as the ones we see at J. Mendel, Jenny Packham, Watters Bride, Anne Barge or Ines Di Santo.

Others are playing far cry from anything discreet decisively commanding the oncoming brides to opt for scandalously deep plunging necklines without even one iota of feeling out of sorts. So whether you select Galia Lahav’s hot gowns with belly-reaching cleavages, Naeem Khan’s halter neck floral one or Reem Acra’s lace stunner, your most conservative guests out there just have to turn a blind eye.

Spring 2017 Bridal Fashion Trends: Wedding Dresses with Plunging Necklines

2. Timeless Veils and Trains

Grandiose veils and trains have been used on bridal gowns since the year dot, no way weakening their positions along the years, but on the contrary proliferating with newer and newer designs and embellishments. The spring 2017 wedding dress trends see them in abundance always able to make the plainest gown look super lofty and monumental, hence clothing the bride with powerful allure.

Whether they are in cathedral length like we see at Berta or Romona Keveza or in chapel length as per Francesca Miranda, Marchesa or Sareh Rouri, you are sure to leave some grandeur behind. But if you are after some double grandeur, look toTemperley London’s ground-sweeping veil and train coexistence or else to Reem Acra’s back train to pass through a metamorphosis to become a veil later.

Spring 2017 Bridal Fashion Trends: Wedding Dresses with Veils & Trains

3. Full Capes and Short Capelets Galore

While the main mission of veils and trains is to spread some nobility around, capes and capelets that come out as one of the grandest spring 2017 bridal dress trends, are withal breeze-protecting tools or maybe some flesh-veiling means. Starting from Reem Acra’s bejeweled fragile full cape and Alvina Valenta’s tasseled one to a shirt-style collared capelet at Lela Rose and a range of lace ones at Monique Lhuillier, we are strongly encouraging the impending brides to choose this amazing 2-in-1 bridal trend, walk down the aisle with a cape or capelet on like an idyllic girl, then take it off to show all your sultry cards.

Spring 2017 Bridal Fashion Trends: Wedding Dresses with Capes & Capelets

4. Off-The-Shoulder Appeal

Each and every lady in the world puts her shoulder to the wheel to look drop-dead gorgeous on her nuptial and it is here that off-the-shoulder bridal gowns work to a T. The forte of this hyper sensual spring 2017 bridal fashion trend is to show just the right amount of flesh thus triumphantly cementing romance with passion.

The timeless sleek-cut off-the-shoulder designs were, of course, in attendance on the runways but we were truly carried away by those fragile straps as if accidentally sliding off the shoulders spotted at Galia Lahav, Isabelle Armstrong, Oscar de la Renta or on a mind-blowing floral gown at Marchesa. But when this design is applied on bell sleeves or mingled with cascading layers all over, that’s surely the right time to make a nod to savage beauty. Need some tableau vivant? Houghton, Christian Siriano and Sachin & Babi are broadly embracing this boho-chic bridal trend.

Spring 2017 Bridal Fashion Trends: Off-the-Shoulder Wedding Dresses

5. Running High with High Collars

The next on the list of spring 2017 wedding dress trends we are so enthused to embrace is bridal gowns going higher and higher with high collars. Whether they are teamed with long sleeves and full skirts without any millimeter of flesh showing off or paired with sky-high slits to bare legs, they always make a reference to aristocracy and power.

At Caroline Hayden, Christian Siriano, J. Mendel or Naeem Khan we come across both classic fold-over turtlenecks and mock necks at times intricately embroidered or bejeweled; at Oscar de la Renta neck is all covered with 3-D floral beds, while atVera Wang and Delphine Manivet Shakespeare-style ruff collars pop up to channel more powerful aristocracy vibes.

Spring 2017 Bridal Fashion Trends: Wedding Dresses with High Collars

6. Bridal Pantsuits and Jumpsuits Are On!

Bridal pantsuits and jumpsuits are happening now as one of the biggest spring 2017 bridal fashion trends. Seeing a bride decked out into anything other than a gown happens once in a blue moon. And that might mean two things: the bride has sworn allegiance to pants and refuses parting ways with them even on her wedding day or else she pursues standing out in the crowd of standard brides. So no matter which category you fall under, you really have a wide choice of bridal pantsuits and jumpsuits for the spring to come.

Start from Monique Lhuillier’s Chantilly lace strapless jumpsuit with a tulle overskirt undulating around, then move to Carolina Herrera to tackle the classic front-pleated pants + collared shirt bridal outfit and end with Naeem Khan’s honeycomb-embroidered long-sleeved jumpsuit or an intricate lace tunic + leggings combo. But on your way to unearth the best spring 2017 bridal pants for your white day, don’t forget to drop in on Christian Siriano, Elie Saab, Lela Rose or Lakum, where you would incidentally also find a pair of out-and-out summer-worthy Mikado Rompers.

Spring 2017 Bridal Fashion Trends: Pantsuits & Jumpsuits

7. For Your Bridal Blossom

If your wedding date already set coincides with springtime nature awakening by some fluke, opt for a gown with florets all over and pass off as a blossoming part of nature. Floral wedding gowns shape another amazing spring 2017 bridal trend whether with 3D flowers or iridescent embroidered ones scattered here and there.

Starting from Marchesa’s full skirts or tube dresses with 3D realistic flowers as if blossoming right there on stunning brides to Naeem Khan’s hand- or ribbon-embroidered blush, lavender and blue flowers to those colorful roses lodging on the bottom part of a gown at Romantique by Claire Pettibone, becoming the flower of the flock on your nuptial is something absolutely possible.

Spring 2017 Bridal Fashion Trends: Floral Wedding Dresses

8. Bridal Gowns with Tiered and Ruffled Skirts

Tiers and ruffles on any bridal dress always work like a charm when it comes to creating some dimension and volume and when they appear on ball gowns, the volume just becomes twofold. The spring 2017 bridal dress trends are teeming with either frothy Spanish flamenco ruffled tiers or more widely cascading ones.

While at Naeem Khan pleated ankle-length skirts are exposing two layers, at Reem Acra, Rivini by Rita Vinieris and Hayley Paige they are becoming more and more in number. The asymmetrical tiers at Houghton are freely showering down in some boho-chic fashion, while at Ines di Santo, Lazaro or Oscar de la Renta the full skirts jam-packed with ruched layers create some foamy ethereal illusion all over to be ruffled up by soft spring breeze.

Spring 2017 Bridal Fashion Trends: Wedding Dresses with Ruffles & Tiers

9. Wedding Dresses with Featherweight Feathers

Want to land on your wedding aisle as if from the heaven? Have a yen for wrapping yourself with some serenity and peace? Featherweight feathers borrowed from pretty birds are to work perfectly in here. This awesome spring 2017 bridal trend is for those brides who want to cement extravagance with sophistication, the terrestrial reality with celestial idealism.

Some designers have brought them on bridal gowns in spades much as we see on a full swooshy skirt at Kelly Faetanini or on some mini and maxi bridals at Christian Siriano for Kleinfeld, while at others, like Mira Zwillinger or Oscar de la Renta some wisps of feathers are scattered here and there – on the hems or on the shoulders. But if you slightly deviate from white and opt for that Naeem Khan ‘Paradise’ pale blue strapless dress running over with ostrich feathers and paillettes, wow screams will go on endlessly.

Spring 2017 Bridal Fashion Trends: Feathered Wedding Dresses

10. Scandalous Sheerness and Cutouts

The bridal designers are strongly encouraging the brides to chase all fears for spring 2017 and dare to bare. Well, not fully, of course, but a body part or two or even more. Such body exposing techniques as sheer inserts or cutouts have been widely used by many a designer albeit without any tips on how to carry them from church to wedding dinner under the steadfast gaze of many conservative guests out there.

Some of the sheer bodices cover the breasts by some embroidery or bejeweled fragments as per Alon Livne, Francesca Miranda or J. Mendel, with others sensually showing off hips like at Tony Ward for Kleinfeld, Vera Wang or Berta. However, a range of designers is going for all marbles to present head-to-toe scandalous sheerness starting from Mira Zwillinger’s floral-printed crop top + mini skirt sheer outfit to Theia’s crystal and sequin embroidered tube dresses. On the other hand, it is Ines di Santo to present a mermaid dress with super deep plunging neckline and sensual cutouts at both waistlines.

Spring 2017 Bridal Fashion Trends: Wedding Dresses with Transparency & Cut-Outs

11. Crop Top Two Piece Bridal Gowns

Two piece bridal gowns consisting of crop tops and skirts of all the possible lengths are sneaking to us as the next idiosyncratic spring 2017 bridal trend to rivet the attention of the most extravagant individuals out there. While at Caroline Hayden, Christian Siriano, Mira Zwillinger or Ivy & Aster crop tops bare just a very thin strip of belly, at Willowby by Watters a lace crop top paired with a gypsy-style skirt is going more and more cropped. This is just another spring 2017 bridal trend to throw you into audacious and smart-alecky zone.

Spring 2017 Bridal Fashion Trends: Crop Top & Skirt Two Pieces

12. Bridal Dresses with Statement Bows

Walking down the aisle donning a bow-detailed gown, chances are to become a real gift for your fiancé. Whether you are keeping that notion in your mind or just considering bows to be crème de la crème romantic accents on a bridal gown, the spring 2017 bridal dress trends are sprouting out them in droves.

At Elisabeth Fillmore, Oleg Cassini, Peter Langner and Sachin & Babi satin sashes are wrapped around the waists to shape romantic bows in the center or sideways, but it is at Carolina Herrera and Lela Rose that bows appear on the back in gargantuan shapes and in statement-making mannerism. Bows even appear on upper arms at Sachin & Babi to serve as pretty arm bandeaus.

Spring 2017 Bridal Fashion Trends: Wedding Dresses with Bows

13. Bridal Jackets and Boleros

Though bridal jackets and boleros did not appear so frequently as cape and capelets did, we are firmly sending them to the storage of the best spring 2017 wedding dress trends. Whether you need to protect yourself against some chilly breeze while outside or just want to look unique while walking down the church and performing your wedding dance, bridal jackets and boleros lend a helping hand here.

At Theia and Oscar de la Renta we bump into some intricate bomber jackets; at Jenny Packham a sheer bolero with poetic sleeves comes into view; Ivy & Aster has included a blazer-style lace jacket in its bridal collection, while at Delphine Manivet more cozy cardigan jackets come to protect fragile brides.

Spring 2017 Bridal Fashion Trends: Boleros & Jackets

14. Leaving Behind White Brides

It was Queen Victoria to bring into fashion all-white bridal outfits. Before that brides were free to wear gowns of any shade. That tendency seems to be coming back in a soft and powdery pastel manner and not only thanks to the spring 2017 bridal fashion trends. The shades of pink are leading the pack ranging from blush pink gowns at Houghton, Ines di Santo and Naeem Khan to a pink stunner at Peter Langner and an ombre warm pink ball gown with frothy texture at Christian Siriano.

Powdery blue bridal dresses also peep out here and there from Hayley Paige, Ivy & Aster to Jenny Packham and Monique Lhuillier. Don’t miss out on feasting eyes on a couple of silver dresses at Theia, a pistachio green floral one at Jenny Packham or a grandiose strapless ball gown in soft apricot shade at Romona Keveza.

Spring 2017 Bridal Fashion Trends: Pink & Blue Wedding Dresses

Spring 2017 Bridal Fashion Trends: Pink & Blue Wedding Dresses

15. Intricate Chokers

Recently neck-hugging chokers are happening at every turn from ready-to-wear collections to haute couture runways to romantic bridal lines. While the chokers preferred by Christian Siriano and Rivini by Rita Vinieris are white and fabric, Houghton, Naeem Khan and Oscar de la Renta have embarked on jailing their models’ necks with bejeweled, intricate chokers. So, if your bridal dress is conventional and embellishment-free, chalk it to your chokers to work wonders and flatter your whole complexion.

Spring 2017 Bridal Fashion Trends: Chokers

16. Bejeweled Headbands

Contrary to our expectations, the spring 2017 bridal fashion trends have brought in more bejeweled headbands than tiaras. While tiaras are best fitted to work out any princess-worthy assemblage, the mission of headbands is to spread bohemian-chic vibes around. That is why we see them paired with tousled hair so frequently throughout spring 2017 bridal collections and are really impatient to try on this amazing bridal trend when that long-anticipated day comes around. We really have a broad choice in this sphere ranging from Anne Barge’s forehead bejeweled headbands to Elie Saab’s bohemian ones to Galia Lahav’s gilded stunners.

Spring 2017 Bridal Fashion Trends: Bejeweled Headbands

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