ROMANCE WAS BORN IS THE MOST EXCITING FASHION BRAND YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF

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Models walk in the finale of Romance Was Born's Resort 2017 show. Photo: Getty ImagesModels walk in the finale of Romance Was Born's Resort 2017 show. 

When the fashion industry talks about centers for exciting new talent, it's all about the avant-garde designers of London or the young up-starts of New York City. Perhaps that's how Australian label Romance Was Born has been flying under the radar for 10 years now, quietly producing and showing some of the industry's most forward-thinking collections in Sydney, a pricey 20-plus hour flight away from any fashion capital. 

All that is about to change. After a solid few seasons selling through Moda Operandi, Romance Was Born has been approached by Saks Fifth Avenue to sell on the retailer's new contemporary floor. And thanks to local buzz, their resort 2017 presentation was the one everyone in Sydney said was a must-see. Inspired by Liberace and set in an incredible private home on the water, the high-flash of the sequin-and-feather filled collection had everyone buzzing, as did the plenty of nod-and-wink styles (like a smoking jacket with sequined cigarettes and a silk cocktail dress with a literal cocktail print).

It's been a long time coming. Designers Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales met the old fashioned way — at fashion school (Sydney Institute of Technology), where they found a shared aesthetic while collaborating on projects. They entered the ITS#Four competition, an early iteration of the International Talent Support, and were offered internships with John Galliano. Not yet ready for a move to Europe, Plunkett and Sales returned home to Australia and started Romance Was Born in 2005.

From there, the brand has always grown organically, focusing more on slow-and-steady pacing and connection building over flash-in-the-pan buzz. "We didn't have the infrastructure to grow and finance," Plunkett explains. "We're the owners of the business and we're really involved, so we don't just sit around drawing. There's running the business, and making sure everything gets done on time, so it's a bit challenging, but that's why we're hoping to grow and get more people working with us."

Ten years on, though, the timing is finally right to pursue international markets. There's the Saks deal, which will bring them stateside in the next month (New York buyers and editors, make your appointments now), and goals of showing in Paris one day. ("I think Paris is where people might understand us best," Plunkett says. "You think of America and it's really clean and minimal.")

"We have our people here, and we're really comfortable with how it works, and it's about finding those people [abroad]," Plunkett says. "We're almost starting again as well, because we've grown up with the brand, and now we're totally different and it's the next chapter. We're going to do some rebranding, because it's been 10 years. It's just a natural progression, things change and you have to move on."

Of course, that doesn't mean they'll be abandoning the Australian fashion industry, which has supported them from the start; fellow Aussie designer Toni Maticevski introduced the duo to Moda Operandi, and the newly formed Australian Fashion Chamber helped support the brand's first showrooms abroad. "It has opened the rest of the world up — it sounds fishy, but it's true," Plunkett says of the AFC. "We just didn't have the opportunity or the contacts. It's small as well, so you have to look after each other."

They've got the celebrity support in place already too, counting fashion cool girls like Daphne Guinness, Miley Cyrus and Grimes amongst their clientele. In another show of Aussie solidarity, Cate Blanchett wore a dress of theirs for an appearance at the Sydney Theatre Company. While they understand the importance of red carpet dressing ("I think that's the hugest honor, when someone you look up to gets what you do and wants to go there as well," Plunkett says), they're not interested unless it aligns with the message of the brand. 

"I think the idea of celebrities wearing our stuff is not cool unless you're into the person," Sales says. (Dream client Bjork will be in town soon, though, and Plunkett and Sales already know which dress they would put her in — a multicolored feather number from the resort runway.)

"[We're about] the idea of wonderment and beauty," Plunkett says. "We just try and create stories, create emotion. We've always said we want the customer to want it and wear it because they're emotionally connected to it, not just to be cool or be sexy, those things that magazines tell people to do."

Whatever the future holds for Romance Was Born, it's clear the brand has already made its mark at home. "From the beginning we've been collected by art institutions in Australia, and I think that's really, really exciting," Plunkett says. "That's how we've discovered things, and to think we might be the next generation of creative force — that's pretty cool."

We're betting the rest of the world will catch up soon. See Romance Was Born's full Resort 2017 collection below.

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HERMES MINI HALZA BAG

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Hermes has made the world’s most beautiful handbags like the famous Birkin and Kelly. But beautiful and functional are two different things. And when the two are combined, you get something very special – the Hermes Mini Halzan Bag.

Four bags in one – you can transform the Hermes Mini Halzan Bag in four different kinds of bag; an evening clutch, a long shopping tote, a cross body bag or a shoulder bag. So which one do you prefer today?

There is no bag as flexible as the Mini Halzan Bag and any form is fashionable and stunning. The front is made with a buckle, so adjust it to your comfort.

But what’s more importantly are the color and overall design. Single color is not only simple, but you can wear it at work, during the weekends or on holiday (in almost every occasions). Simplicity means that the bag can adjust to your outfit.

Final note.

We’ve presented the Hermes Halzan Medium Bag not long ago. The Mini version is new and we really like the smaller size of it.

READ: Hermes Halzan Medium Bag.

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THE NEW PRADA GALLERIA BAG IN CITY CALF

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Coach Clutch Wallet In Glovetanned Leather

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Truth be told, I’m fond of wallets. All wallets in fact. From card cases to compact billfolds for days when a card or two will do, to larger everything-also-can-put-aside wallets, like the WOC. Besides coming in really useful when it comes to flat lays (really, you can check out my Instagram feed to see all my wallet snapshots), wallets also fall into the category of ‘the more the merrier’ for me, because besides being able to rotate them even more regularly (and keep what you already have in better condition), you can get away with having a bag on any given day but you definitely can’t do without a wallet, right?

Wallets can cost anything from a couple of hundreds to a few thousands, but today’s post focuses on one that’s so affordable it’s literally a steal. Made completely of glovetanned leather, the new Coach Clutch Wallet is exactly as the name suggests, the almost 18.5 cm across by 10 cm also features tonal topstitching, a snap-button closure and a wrist strap which allows you to wear it as a wristlet. There’s also a tiny hangtag that’s adorably cute.

On the inside you’ll find one main compartment, one zip compartment and a pair of patch pockets with one coming with two additional card slots, a bonus for those obsessed about organisation. Available in 10 different colours (yes, 10!) from girly pinks/reds/yellows to the more masculine colours like Fog, Smoke and Tabac, it’s an everyday wallet that I feel both women and men can pull off quite easily.

Best thing? If you ask really nicely Coach will even monogram the wallet for you, and the way I see it, the best place is probably under the flap with up to 3 initials. All you really need to do is to decide on the actual letters and what colours to monogram the wallet in because there are also lots to choose from. How much you ask? The monogramming? Free. The wallet? Just SGD360.

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Alexander McQueen Pre-Spring/Summer 2016 Men’s Lookbook

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Alexander McQueen has just revealed his Menswear Pre-Spring/Summer 2016 Lookbook. The collection is about a classic elegance mixed with cool contemporary accent, superb yet excellent gentlemen’s pieces with cozy, warm and relaxed touch.

Alexander McQueen Pre-Spring/Summer 2016 Menswear Lookbook Collection

A selection of men’s elegant tailored suits, from refined double-breasted jackets or tuxedo, long coats, waistcoats, bikers, bombers and sweaters in luxe wool, silk or knitted fabrics to match the ankle-length trousers or Bermuda shorts to wear everyday, the British luxury fashion designer unmistakably suggests a fresh, distinctive and even sporty touch to update his warm season’s formal and casual wear wardrobe. The excellent apparels are also accompanied by spacious travel bags, backpacks and other designer accessories while the oversized sneakers, monk boots and oxford shoes emphasize an effortless classic silhouette. For colors, Alexander McQueenfocuses in soft, modern and neutral tones including black, shades of grey, beige, navy, light pink, burgundy, red and brown and we can see also on the latest Pre-Spring/Summer 2016 Menwear Lookbook of the brand fabulous prints such as floral and retro-inspired check while the porcelain tree and embroideries give a more adorable look to complete men’s outfits collection for the upcoming hot seasons.

Alexander McQueen Pre-SS 2016 Menswear Lookbook: tailored check suits, monk boots

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Alexander McQueen Pre-Spring/Summer 2016 Menswear Lookbook: excellent tuxedo jacket, evening trousers, printed skull tie

Alexander McQueen Pre SS 2016 Men’s Collection: contrast sleeve jacket, 3/4 trousers

Alexander McQueen Pre-SS 2016 Menswear Lookbook: classic elegant suit jacket, pants, leather backpack

Alexander McQueen Pre-Spring/Summer 2016 Men’s Collection: camouflage parka, bag, leather oxford shoes

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Shine Bright This Season: Our Sparkly and Metallic Bag Picks

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With the holidays kicking off, we can’t help but search for a touch of bling that helps reflect our inner cheer. Luckily this year, the search won’t be too hard because “bling and shine” seem to be majorly in. It’s all about the sparkle right now – from metallics to glittery textures to full on crystal covered creations. PurseBop is here to help you shine bright this season! Explore sparkly and metallic bags from over 10 great designers in the eye candy below:

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen Knuckle Long Box Crystal Clutch – $2,495 via Bergdorf Goodman

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Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin Loubiposh Studded Clutch – $1,195 via Barneys

Christian Louboutin Swarovski Crystal Embellished Suede Clutch – $2,995 via Saks Fifth Avenue

Christian Louboutin Sweet Charity Metallic Laser Cut Crossbody – $1,595 via Saks Fifth Avenue

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Dolce & Gabbana Small Framed Sequined Clutch with Chain – $2,195 via Saks Fifth Avenue

Dolce & Gabbana Studded Laser-Cut Top-Handle Bag – $3,495 via Saks Fifth Avenue

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Edie Parker

Edie Parker Jean Love Acrylic Clutch – $1,295 via Saks Fifth Avenue

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Fendi

Fendi Peekaboo Mini Beaded Dégradé Leather Satchel – $4,350 via Saks Fifth Avenue

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Givenchy

Givenchy Embellished Bow Velvet Miniaudiere – $4,350 via Saks Fifth Avenue

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Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo Ruby Glittered Shoulder Bag – $765 via Bergdorf Goodman

Jimmy Choo Sweetie Glittery Clutch – $750 via Bergdorf Goodman

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Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Couture Soap Dish Confetti Crystal Clutch – $3,695 via Neiman Marcus

Judith Leier Couture Coffered Rectangle Box Clutch – $3,195 via Neiman Marcus

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Moschino

Moschino Star Leather Crossbody – $925 via Self Ridges

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Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney Tiny Metallic Beaded Fold-Over Crossbody – $1,325 via Bergdorf Goodman

Stella McCartney Jeweled Minaudiere – $1,659 via Barneys

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CLOSE UP – From bags to bling!

Tom Ford

Tom Ford Glittered Plexiglass Lipstick Box Clutch – $3,950 via Berdgorf Goodman

Alix Python Zip & Padlock Crossbody – $2,790 via Bergdorf Goodman

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Go and light up the whole room!

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