Often overshadowed by big hitters Paris, Berlin and Rome, Lisbon is the underrated champion of the ideal weekend away. This hilly coastal city offers an all-year round good climate, a magnificent mix of old meets new, and a thriving food scene.
This is our 48h guide...
Old Town - Alfama
The best way to get a feel for the city is by foot; walk the streets of Alfama and its beautifully restored buildings - step into history with a stop at the area's castle and monastery [ Castello Alfama + Sao Vicente de Fora ]. And if the hills get a little too much, just hop on an old wooden tram - no.28 - for a easy ride to the top.
Lisbon has a booming modern art scene, and for the biggest and best collection of contemporary pieces head to the Museu Colecção Berardo. The minimalist space houses abstract, surrealist and pop art, and there’s an impressive rotation of temporary exhibitions.
You might only have 48h, but make time to head out of the city to Sintra, the fairytale town located high up on the foothills of Sintra Mountains. With it's pastel hued palace, Moorish architecture and exquisite gardens it's a photo opportunity you won't want to miss.
It would be a crime to not indulge in some of amazing seafood on offer. For something a little different try Sea Me, a Portugal meets Japan fusion restaurant serving up mouthwatering fresh fish, seafood and sushi.
For the indecisive diner, there's no better choice than the buzzing Mercado da Ribeira. Eat your way through the regional specialities (including Azeitão sheep's cheese, plates of ham from the Alentejo and retro packaged sardines), or try one of the 5 Michelin Starred restaurants serving dishes from as little as 5 euros.
No trip to Lisbon is complete without indulging in a few Pastel de nata, otherwise known as the custard tart. Visit the birthplace of the delicious treat, the 180 year old Pasteis de Belem, to experience the real deal.
Head to the top of this multi-storey car park for a rooftop bar with a difference. Amazing views across the city, a relaxed vibe and an extensive cocktail list to work your way through, this bar ticks all boxes.
This beautifully restored building on Lisbon’s grandest Boulevard is the perfect home away for home. Each of the 25 rooms in this boutique hotel have been individually styled using best of Portuguese art and design, and the heated pool and excellent brasserie restaurant make great additions.
Lisbon Photographs Courtesy of @natasiapassport + @suitcasemagazine
For an inside look at the best style, shows and stars, this is who you should be following.
The model: Frederikke Sofie
Recognised for her trademark golden curls and her oversized specs, Sofie walked in a whopping twenty-four shows for SS17. Follow the Danish model for a behind-the- scenes look at life as a rising supermodel.
Street Style Staple: Rag & Bone's Navy Ziggy Jacket
Check out her Instagram here.
The editor: Jan Michael Quammie
InStyle Germany's Jan Michael Quammie is being heraled as 2017's new street style darling, so you better keep up with her latest looks.
Fashion Week Staple: A Bright & Bold Shoe from Joshua Sanders
Follow her feed here.
The stylists: Victoria Sekrier + Alex Karl
Stylists & former models Victoria Sekrier & Alexandra Karl are known for their own style (Scandi influenced & the perfect mix of feminine and street) as much as their work. For a curated edit of their most recent projects and sneak peak of life behind the scenes, hit follow on both.
Street Style Staple: An IRO Leather Jacket
The buyer: Taylor Tomasi Hill
As own of Texan boutique Forty Five Ten, Tomasi Hill knows what you'll be lusting after next season, and her account showcases the perfect balance of covetable fashion & charming home life.
Fashion Week Staple: A Statement Camilla & Marc Blazer
The photographer: Tamu McPherson
Street style photographer and founder of All The Pretty Birds, McPherson is just as comfortable behind the camera as she is in front of it. Scroll her feed for a glimpse into her world and work, plus outfit inspiration aplenty.
Street Style Staple: MSGM's Ruffle Mesh Dress
Images courtesy of Pinterest // thefrontrowview.com // Getty Images
Petra Collins is the candy-floss haired photographer who has suffused the New York art scene with her beautiful, ethereal, haunting and provocative images. At just 24 years of age she boasts a cult following on Instagram (over 400,000) and some impressive fashion connections (as one of Alessandro Michele’s muses, Petra has appeared in campaigns and on catwalk for Gucci.
A long time friend and collaborator of publishing prodigy, Tavi Gevinson, Petra’s work follows similar themes of youth culture, girlhood and body positivity. Think a teenager’s face lit up by their mobile phone, girls in a school locker room or neon light installations. A brazen feminist, she uses her work as a platform for female empowerment. This is one creative soul and her personal style represents the very best of bohemian, laid back cool. Just like her artwork, everything she wears seems to tell a story. One of nostalgia that whispers to a lost Americana.
Here we round up 4 essentials inspired by her style and work.
The worn-in tee
With her Studio-54-esque hair, Petra can work a 70s vibe like nobody else – pairing a simple, low key tee with some high-waisted Levi jeans for ultimate old-school appeal. This slouchy black & white striped tee by Iro, is perfectly worn in – just the way she would like it.
The tea dress
Languidly posing in meadows and gardens, with sunlight deeply saturating the camera film – Petra’s portrait often takes on a dream-like quality. Channel her fantasy world with this corn blue number by new designer Rejina Pyo.
Vintage with an old-world charm. Bright colours and big frames – pick up these oily blue pair by 3.1 Phillip Lim to complete the look.
In contrast to her ethereal, flower-child aesthetic Petra’s not often seen with a pair of clodhopper boots. Big, laced-up and round toe styles or beaten up cowboy boots are the perfect balance. Alexander Wang’s Anouck boots were made for walking – whenever adventure takes you.
What kind of revelations lie buried in your search history? What does that pizza take-out, flight booking, medical paranoia, ex-stalking say about you? Quite a lot, right? Your search history is a roadmap for your life. With that in mind, we decided to shine a spotlight on the searching habits of some hip and happening creatives. The Searchlight interview series will show you their inspirations, concerns, plans and dreams. First up is Color Temperature. One of M Project’s newest recruits - with exclusive colourways in the #patatabag - this outerwear and fur brand mixes riotous style with warmth and practicality. We wanted to know the thought process behind those adorable, bright tangerine mink bags (and everything else in their collection). Here’s what we found out…
1. "Matisse colors" – This master of shapes is a constant source of inspiration. We love his vibrant and graphic use of colour.
2. "Craziest painters' geometrics" – Our ‘mood of the day’ quite often revolves around painters. Tapping this in brings up the most amazing, kaleidoscopic, graphic canvases.
3. "Pantone madness" - Pantone is pretty much a synonym for colour these days. We are totally in love with their creative video updates.
4. "Color splash"- You never know you will find doing this but aren't the unexpected things the best? As you can tell, we really like colour.
5. "Dried herb, mustard, oak buff " – No, not lunch inspo but an example of a very natural colour palette.
6. "Paris exhibitions"- We are so psyched for our PFW AW17 trip. Definitely going to Centre Pompidou.
7. "Tsunami/explosion/avalanche" - Sounds scary... but we’re not looking for accounts on disasters, rather the imagery. Think steely blue waves, dark-grey tumultuous clouds, fiery hot volcanoes. The best colour pairings come from nature.
8. "Kim K in fur" – We’re constantly looking for updates of who’s wearing our collection. Kim Kardashian is a fan and Kendall has one of our pale pink patata bags.
9. "Fairytales"- Ethereal, otherworldly, romantic…we look at fairytale imagery for dramatic ideas and unusual features.
10. "#PatataBag" - Love seeing our new client updates. Currently our trending hashtag asks them to check their furry bag into their favourite restaurant with a picture.
Japan offers a heady mixture of style inspiration from the sleek and minimal to the downright batty. And recently, fashion has been honing in on the kaleidoscopic, more-is-more epicentre of Tokyo…
Follow the way of the Harajuku girl
Harajuku is a district in Tokyo which has become famous for its incredible street style. The girls here take an almost theatrical approach to dressing. Think towering platforms, multicoloured tights, pastel wigs, puffy doll-like dresses and all manner of kitsch, plastic and faux fur accessories. It’s mad, it’s eclectic and it’s incredibly fun. Grimes often takes her cue from the Harajuku girls in both her music videos and ordinary life by mashing up textures, fabrics and clashing pieces. How to work the look? Think outside your comfort zone. The mini mink patata bag by Colour Temperature gives serious Japanese sass when paired with the Kamushki wishbone ear cuff, socks and Joshua Sanders sandals.
Stickers, patches and the customise aesthetic
The haberdashery, DIY, thrift store vibe has taken the catwalks by storm with people rushing to monogram everything from bomber jackets to phone covers. This almost school-girl sensibility of piling on crazily colourful stickers and wacky patches, is so reminiscent of Tokyo. It mirrors the profusion of photobooths in the city where people are encouraged to layer hearts, teddies and anything cute over their snaps. To get in on this trend, grab yourself something denim like the open-backed frayed top by Marques Almeida. Then unleash your inner teen, and stick on any buttons, pins or badges that grab your eye. Putting your own stamp on something has never been cooler.
A new way to blush
Forget everything you know about applying blusher. Dabbing it on the cheekbones? So passé. Japanese girls sweep it just under the eyeline to emulate the cartoon heroines of the much-lauded anime films. Kenzo has adopted a version of the look for Spring/Summer 17 that falls somewhere between 70s disco queen and Japanese belle.
Celebrity Chef, Anna Barnett on food, fashion and throwing the ultimate dinner party
Starting out in the world of fashion and events, Anna found success working for the likes of MTV and House of Holland. However, her lifelong passion for cooking (as well as her skills in the kitchen), were too much to ignore, and she made the leap to focus full-time on all things food. Her Independent column and blog, The Reluctant Vegetarian, gained her a loyal fan base and in 2015 she released her first book Eat The Week. Now, she juggles many plates, whether it's writing for top publications, event catering, or hosting pop-up supper clubs, no day is the same for Anna.
We caught up with foodie extraordinaire to chat careers, personal style and her all-time favourite haunts. Plus, she shares with us her top entertaining tips.
What projects are you working on at the moment?
It’s a pretty hectic time of the year for me, I’ve just finished a series of events for. I’m now researching and writing everything for a month’s worth of Grazia pages (I provide a recipe and edit their food news pages each week) and I’m planning my next shoot for Vogue (I supply bimonthly recipes). I’m also working on putting a podcast together and currently in negotiations about my next book which I’m hoping will be ‘The Reluctant Vegetarian’.
What does an average working day look like for you?
Every day is so different, sometimes it’s cooking, styling and shooting recipes all day, others it’s endless cooking and preparations for events or catering jobs. Sometimes it’s just writing. Other days it’s meetings and running around. There’s pretty much always a dog walk in there too.
You previously worked in fashion, what prompted you to switch careers?
I had always been surrounded by friends who’d taken a punt and started something they were passionate about, so I drew inspiration from them. I wanted to start my own thing. I was always cooking a lot, putting on supper clubs but also working and travelling a lot in fashion. When it got too much to balance, and there was just not enough hours in the day to do it all, I decided to really focus all my attention on everything food.
How has your personal style changed now you work in food, not fashion?
I probably get dressed up less but love it when I do. That said I’ve bought a lot of good shoes of late so I’m definitely still passionate about clothes, and shoes in particular.
What would be your go-to outfit when hosting?
Probably skinny jeans with plenty of stretch, a comfortable top, and some mid height boots - comfortable but semi dressy. No baggy sleeves as you don’t want them dipping in sauces or getting the way!
Where do you like to shop for ingredients?
I love Broadway Market near my house in East London. They have a great farmer's market every Saturday and there’s also several amazing fruit and veg stores, with endless great produce. There’s a huge variety of everything, and I’ll always head there over going to a supermarket.
What is your all-time favourite restaurant?
It used to be Topogigio on Brewer Street (London). My grandparents used to take us and knew the family that ran this incredible hidden Italian restaurant, but it sadly closed a couple of years ago. Now, my ultimate restaurant recommendation is Da Adolfo just off the coast of Positano, Italy. It’s not fancy at all but serves up the most incredible food and overlooks the ocean.
Where would you like to travel next for food inspiration?
I’m planning to spend some more time in Asia, I cook a lot of vegetarian dishes (for my vegetarian husband) and there’s so much inspiration to be drawn from the Asian cuisine.
What do you have in the pipeline for 2017?
Hopefully my next book. I’m keen to do more pop-up supper clubs, cook more, eat a little less and travel.
Anna’s entertaining tips
- Get organised. Plan, plan and plan some more! You can never be too organised when it comes to these things.
- Preparation. Get as much prepared ahead of the event as possible. Lay the table and get as much food ready as possible.
- Always give yourself a dish, which can be pretty much made up ahead of serving so you’ve got time to get on and prepare the next course or so you can easily sit down and enjoy the meal with minimum fuss or rushing around.
- Make sure there’s plenty of booze.
- Always cook more than less. It’s great when you have enough to go round and can offer seconds, everyone loves that.
- No bright lights. Make sure you’ve got plenty of candles and cosy lighting.
Anna's Top 5 M Project Picks
We've shared our pick of the must-see European exhibitions this year, now it's time to go worldwide...
Tatsuo Miyajima at Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney
For a totally immersive and unique experience, be sure to head to Tatsuo Miyajima’s Sydney show. The renowned contemporary Japanese artist has taken over the museum’s galleries with his impressive room-scale works that incorporate dazzling LED light installations and other-worldly sound performances.
Until March 5th 2017
Robert Rauschenberg at MOMA, New York
Don’t miss this landmark show celebrating the sixty-year career of one of the most prolific artists of the twentieth century, Robert Rauschenberg. Never one to define his practice by the traditional boundaries of art, the exhibit showcases Rauschenberg's work in all its varied guises as it journeys between painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, installation and performance. Recognising Rauschenberg’s highly collaborative nature, the show will incorporate pieces that he worked on with other big name artists such as Jasper Johns, Cy Twombly and Merce Cunningham.
May 21–September 17, 2017
It’s the new year! And while January seems typically to be characterised by gruelling detoxes, diets and self-punishment, we refuse to believe the very first month of 2017 needs to be all bad. Turn the idea of ‘having the blues’ on its head by following our list of fun, inspiring and enriching blue experiences. Take that pessimists!
- Listen to some Muddy Waters – one of the most influential artists of all time, he is widely regarded as the father of modern Chicago blues.
- Watch The Blue Lagoon. Brooke Shields still inspires serious eyebrow-envy. And slightly unkempt, thick, full brows have never been more in fashion.
- Touch the sumptuous blue velvet on Chanael K's divine choker. This is a piece that can easily get you back in the party spirit. Pair with some easy denim and trainers for instant laidback cool.
- Smell Bleu de Chanel, the musky masculine scent with notes of frankincense, ginger, sandalwood and pink pepper.
- Eat blueberries in a protein-packed, superfood-laden smoothie and start the year full of energy.
Diaries at the ready, these are the European art exhibitions to get excited about in the coming year.
Basquiat: Boom for Real at the Barbican, London
Next autumn sees the first ever major retrospective of one of ‘80s most influential artists, Jean Michel Basquiat. A post-punk poet and painter, Basquiat was a key figure of the New York underground scene who was catapulted to fame for his neo-expressionist style and politically and socially charged work. Don’t miss this exhibition of 100 plus pieces that will explore his short but varied career covering painting, drawing, film and photography.
21 September 2017 – 28 January 2018
David Hockney at Pompidou Center, Paris
Following Hockney’s 80th birthday celebrations at the Tate in London, the party continues in Paris with another chance to see the British artist’s work over six decades. From Los Angeles swimming pools to Yorkshire landscapes, see how Hockney’s work has evolved from painting, drawing and print through to photography and video.
June 21 until October 23 2017
Rodin - Genius at Work The Grolinger Museum, Netherlands
To mark the centenary of his death, French sculptor Rodin is being celebrated with a large-scale exhibition in the Netherlands. A rare opportunity to see some of Rodin’s most famous works (including The Thinker and Balzac), as well as never-before-exhibited marble figures, ceramics, and photographs that illustrate his creative genius across multiple fields.
19th November to 30th April 2017
Jeanne Mammen at the Berlinishce Galerie Museum of Modern Art, Berlin
Be transported to the glittering 1920s via the beautiful work of Jeanne Mammen. The German artist specialised in chronicling urban life and the contrasting social classes in Berlin during the Nazi years, and this exhibition shows 120 of her finest. Reflecting her famously irreverent style that flitted from expressionism to cubism, the varied selection of watercolours and drawings will inspire and amaze.
6th October 2017 to 15th January 2018
Well, 2016 certainly has been quite a year. One of lows, lowers and face palms. If ever there was a time for escapism, this is it. Luckily the television gods have not disappointed us. They've been serving up some of the most addictive, gripping, zeitgeisty entertainment ever. In an era of Netflix and streaming, it’s unusual to have so many people watching the same stuff at the same time. Only the most outstanding programmes provoke shockwaves of excitement that resonate through social feeds and reverberate in daily office chats. This is TV that rivals film in terms of sheer scale and impact. And, with TV this good, cosying up on the couch is so much more than reality-defying hibernation. It’s culture. And designers seem to agree. There were cult fashion moments on and off screen as characters’ style was paralleled on the catwalks. Here we take a look at four television faves from the past year and the fashion they inspired.
Game of Thrones
Winter is coming. And this epic, sweeping fantasy drama of warring families and actual dragons makes for perfect cold weather sustenance. Fur and animal skins are the order of the day in Westeros. Unleash your dark side with a Cersei inspired Martin Margeila trench and Kamuski diamond encrusted Bone Bangle.
It’s futuristic…but it’s a western…but… there are robots. This incredible masterpiece from director Jonathan Nolan features a slew of big-names (Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton, James Marsden and Evan Rachel Wood) in a cowboy-themed park full of robotic ‘hosts’ to entertain wealthy guests. Yee-haw clothing made a comeback this year too with spar-spangled Americana, gingham, prairie dresses and cowboy boots seen everywhere. Play the part in Tibi's midi shirt dress or Rag & Bone's tie front chambray skirt.
One of the most captivating odes to the 80s we’ve seen in a long time, this sci-fi drama is like The Goonies, ET, The Thing and Stand By Me all rolled into one. Cue retro synth and comic-style graphics! There was an explosion of 80s styles on the fashion scene from pie-crust blouses and puffa jackets to corduroy everything. Channel everyones favourite character, Barb, with an MSGM ruffle bomber jacket and Tibi pom-pom knitted sweater.
This lavish Netflix drama charts the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s through to modern times. Romance, intrigue and political rivalries are made all the more interesting because they are rooted in fact. Fancy ascending the throne? Slip on a pair of deumure, yet sparkling block heeled Bionda Castana pumps and MSGM's pretty pastel tulle dress and your subjects will be bowing and scraping in no time.
In a world where others so often define our actions and choices, young Romanian photographer Alina Negoita pays tribute to the strength of human spirit, capturing the strength and beauty of individuals and communities within their daily lives.
Like many others, we're captivated by the way her images seamlessly blend and merge the realms of fashion photography and documentary photography. Her powerful, often black & white, portraits demonstrate why she's been commissioned by top publications such as AnOther, ELLE + i:D.
It's the energy & emotion which exude from her raw shots that completely draw us in. Academically trained as a fashion photographer, Negoita explores far more within her imagery, as she delves into themes surrounding race, culture & religion, with beautifully portrayed results.
We've put together a selection of our favourite shots below...
“I want my work to challenge our views of conventional beauty, exploration, understanding and acceptance”
- Alina Negoita
We caught up with Monica Sordo, the lady behind the eponymous label, who is one of the most recent additions to the site. We find out a little bit more about the woman that creates luxury costume jewellery, with a covetable rebellious edge. Prepare to meet your new accessory obsession...
Where are you + the brand based? Do you feel this influences your designs?
I’m based in Brooklyn, NY and our HQ is in LES.
The city is a big influence for me – the architecture and specifically the Art Deco masterpieces. I can’t get tired of them!
It’s a vibrant energy and the dynamism and eclecticism makes me feel as though I am constantly travelling, just by taking the subway from one neighbourhood to another. There is something romantic and inspiring in that underworld – I love drawing on the subway.
What would you say is your biggest influence when you design each collection - do you follow different themes with each season?
Architecture and Decorative arts.
At the moment I am obsessed with mosaics from the 1950s and it’s use in architecture [Carlo Scarpa is a great example] as well as Baroque tile work. I just visited Napoli [Naples] for the first time and it was unbelievable!
How would you describe yourself and your style?
I’m a very feminine tomboy…if that even makes sense?!
How would you describe the Monica Sordo woman? Do you design with a particular woman in mind?
The Monica Sordo woman is confident and stylish. She loves to travel and own pieces with timeless yet playful and cool quality.
What designers + trends are you most excited about at the moment?
I am obsessed with Marco de Vincenzo’s Resort knitwear in multicolour stripes – fringed dress, cropped bell bottoms and coats – all of it!
Also…I can’t go anywhere without a pyjama set of silk robe these days! Natasha Zinko boxier shapes…Michael Le Sordo kimono style…Sleepy Jones classic cut – there’s so many options!
What is your favourite city & why? What’s your favourite holiday destination?
I love to travel and spend a lot of time between Caracas and Lima besides NYC – so picking my favourite is hard!
But I just came back from Italy, where I visited Naples for the first time. I really wasn’t expecting the city to be such a masterpiece – it’s so rich in architecture from so many eras – colourful and messy but with an unexpected elegance. So it’s probably a brand new addition to my favourite cities around the world! Italy in general is my favourite holiday destination – I love the food, the culure “il dolce far niente” – every little find, every little corner of the country is very inspiring.
Name something you can’t live without?
My face cream.
What do you love about The M Project?
I love the two sisters behind it. When I first met them I thought they are so stylish and cool! They are two young and smart entrepreneurs, doing an amazing curation of brands online. We are so excited to be a part of it.
P.S. keep checking the site as new season amazingness is about to go live!
New York Fashion Week is signals the start of the most fashion forward month of the year! As the opener of fashion month the editors, bloggers, industry insiders and celebrities bring their style A-Game.
We've put together an MGirl low down of some of our favourite street style trends from the past week, which we'll definitely be channeling for the new season. As well as checking out the latest offerings from some of our favourite #MProject brands...
Pink is back! & this time it's not just for the girly girl. Sickly sweet candy coloured tones were all over the cool streets of NYC. We're obsessed with head-to-toe tones of blush, but if that's a little too much, throwing on a leather jacket or a pair of distressed jeans adds a little edge.
Our Top Picks:
Go Girly in Razan Alazzouni's Baroque Skirt
Keep it subtle in Maryam Massie Zedeh's Wedge Heel
Stand out from the crowd in MGSM's Hot Pink Mini
Logos & Slogans are definitely big news for AW16. Old school band tees provide the perfect layering essential, under or over. Wear underneath a slip dress or on top of a contrasting tee for a nod to the nineties.
Our Top Picks:
Go Graphic in Bella Freud's Generation X Tee
Stay Monochrome in Etre Cecile's Slogan T Shirt
Add Some Colour in MO&Co's Visionary Tee
After season after season of androgynous shapes, the waist is finally making a comeback & NYFW has only proved this further. Corsets, belts & bustiers are your new best friend, M Girls!
Our Top Picks:
Expand Your Denim Collection in Marques Almeida's Corset
Go Pretty & Delicate in Razan Allazouni's Embroidered Bodice
Keep It Simple in Nicholas' Curve Hem Bralet
SS17 for one of our all time faves, Alexander Wang, was all about deconstructed basics and playing with the classics. Waists were highlighted with wrap-around fabric & ever popular sportswear reappeared, with their collaboration with Adidas.
Purveyors of cool, Rag & Bone, brought us Motorcross inspired biker jackets and androgynous separates, as well as injecting some femininity with everyone's current favourite; the slip dress. It looks like nineties inspired style is here to stay for 2017!
Now, with LFW almost over, we're excited to see what Paris & Milan will bring! Share your favourite street style with us & let us know which brands you're coveting for the new season!
Fall is just around the corner and the summer sale is about to begin (credit cards at the ready!). So, this means it's definitely time we paid a little attention to next season's wardrobe. But, don't fear, there's no need to forget those summer staples just yet. We've put together our top tips for transitional dressing, meaning you needn't leave your beloved florals & pretty dresses at the back of the wardrobe. And what better excuse for nabbing a summer sale bargain?!
1. Dress Over Jeans
As the cooler weather comes along there's no need to wave goodbye to your cherished maxis, midis & minis. Just pull on a pair of jeans and you're ready to brave the brisk autumn.
2. Slip & Roll
The slip dress is one of 2016's hero pieces and there's no need for it to get forgotten just yet. To bring your cami straps from summer to fall just layer over a roll neck; the AW season's wardrobe essential.
3. Get Shirty
This year's been all about the shoulders and just because the weather is cooling off doesn't mean you need to forget about them. Layer a bustier over a loose fit shirt for an instant new season fix.
4. Pretty Tough
Romantic fabrics are made for summer with feminine florals and sheer fibres. Just add some tough textures in the form of outerwear to any delicate summer dress to get fall ready. Leather & denim are your go to.
Stay tuned for Summer Sale details, coming your way soon...
Everyone seems to be going Olympics crazy and we didn't want to miss out on all the action! If your gonna cheer on your nation & channel some team spirit you may as well do it in style. We looked to Rio for a little outfit inspiration to ensure we're scoring high in the style stakes this August...
- Track Star -
Track pants: This season's must have? Yep! Go faster stripes & luxe fabrics set the pace. Disclaimer: Don't worry, no exercise required!
Get The Look: MSGM Stripe Side Pants
- Go For Gold -
Set the bar high and show your scoring style with medal metallics. Bronze, Silver or Gold are all winners.
Get The Look: Rupert Sanderson Gold Stiletto
- Carnival Colours -
Who can mention Brazil & not think of Carnival? Not us! Flamboyant shapes & intense hues are the go to to make sure you're #RioReady.
Get The Look: MSGM Woven Midi Dress
Image Credits: The M Project // Pinteres
To celebrate summer we're launching a little competition for you and your best #MGirl!
Up for grabs is a Summer Survival Kit featuring all the essentials including some must have sunnies, a travel journal, a beach-ready bag, easy-to-wear tee & a cute swimsuit for both you and your bestie!
Just head over to Instagram, post a pic of your ideal getaway or favourite holiday snap, tag us [ @mprojectstore ] & your best girl & end with the hashtag #MGirlsTravel for your chance to win.
In honour of our competition we've picked out three of our fave European destinations and are sharing our golden style rules for when we pay a little visit...
#1. St Tropez, France
- Keep It Classic -
Something timeless, well cut & classic can never go wrong
- Stripes Are A Girl's Best Friend -
A Breton Stripe is a French stereotype for a reason - it looks effortlessly cool!
- Give A Nod To Menswear -
A good fit & excellent tailored pieces always look great and always flatter
- Our Top 3 Picks -
#2. The Almafi Coast, Italy
- Relaxed Tailoring Is Key -
Lose fits and easy tailoring keep you looking sophisticated on the cobbled streets.
- Femininity Rules -
Romantic fits and delicate ruffles provide the perfect day to night outfits.
- Embrace Your Surroundings -
Look to the architecture & natural beauty to inspire colour palettes
- Our Top 3 Picks -
#3. Ibiza, Spain
- Make A Statement -
Colour, print, pattern, texture. Go all out.
- Swimsuits Are Your Saviour -
You'll be wearing them morning, noon & night so invest in a fun, colourful selection!
- The Brighter The Better -
Crayola brights & neon hues are your daily uniform.
- Our Top 3 Picks -
We'd love to see your #TMP buys so make sure you share all your holiday snaps with us!
Image Credits: ELLE UK // Marie Claire UK // @Naseebs // wethepeoplestyle.com // Pinterest //The M Project
The festivities of Eid call for elevated looks that leave a lasting impression. We've curated an edit of our #MGirl top picks to help you celebrate over the holiday season.
We've put the spotlight on 6 of our M Project brands, choosing our top pieces that will ensure you celebrate in style.
Stack up a selection of mesmerising gems from Delfina Delettrez for an extra hit of glamour.
Go all out in Paper London's show-stopping scarlet jumpsuit.
Take your florals in an unexpected direction with Marques Almeida's delicate tulle dress.
We're taking our style mega Americana this 4th of July. A classic colour palette of red, white & blue never disappoints & stripes are an undeniable summer staple year after year. We've put together a mini edit of Stateside inspired favourites that would be perfect for that NYC city break you've got planned...
You can never go wrong with a breton stripe. Fact. Keep it casual in Etre Cecile's Breton Stripe T Shirt Dress.
From a chilled white sneaker to a beautifully embellished heel to a bohemian tasselled boot, we all have our go-to footwear choice.
With summer being the perfect time to experiment with your look and to free your style alter ego, we look to a few street style stars to provide us with plenty of inspiration and a little extra incentive to try something slightly out of our comfort zone. Who will you be channelling this summer?
1. Wistful Bohemia
If you can't express your inner bohemian traveller in the heat of high summer when can you? By avoiding the clichés channelling your inner free-spirit can still look elegant and put together. Actress Kate Bosworth nails the 2016-Grown-Up-Boho vibe by pairing wistful pieces with something more polished. To channel Miss Bosworth's look to tan tones and textures when it comes to footwear and pair with a fitted jacket. Bionda Castana's suede booties provide the perfect hint of hippy style with their fringing and Brother Vellies' bold use of textures and furry fabrics does the same.
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2. Street Sport
Not many nail the 'Off Duty Model' look better than Kendall Jenner. Do you feel like it might be time to trial the sports inspired leisurewear trend that's taken over the streets and the catwalk in recent years? Let Kendall be your guide. Her street style is more often than not finished off with a pair of box fresh sneakers. Make a statement by finishing off a sleek refined outfit with a pair of fresh white lace ups (Iro have a perfect pair!) to add a cool edge to your look. Or embrace full on casualwear with baseball caps andjersey tees a'la Californian Kendall.
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3. Ladylike Simplicity
No one works a flat shoe quite like Alexa Chung. Fact. Never seen with out a heel? She might have you converting! A sleek, pointed flat can have all the elegance of a stiletto heel, but without the pain! Look to Alexa for evening wear inspiration; a flowing gown can look polished with slick, detailed flats. Bionda Castana's laster cut metallic versions are the perfect pair if you want to turn heads.
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4. Aerial Accents
If you belong to the style tribe that's fully dedicated to keeping their feet firmly on the ground, maybe it's time to embrace a little height in a statement heel. Leandra Medine of Man Repeller knows how work a statement fashion piece, and when it comes to a daring heel she tends to keep the rest of her outfit pared back and easy. If you like to keep it casj like Leandra, a bold heel can still work. Pair your statement shoe with a pair of grungy ripped jeans, like Iro's light wash pair, and a simple shirt or an throw-on oversizedshirtdress for envy inducing cool girl nonchalance.
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