Spotlight on Summer Wraps

A good quality, comfortable wrap can be just the thing to keep goose-bumps at bay during cool summer evenings. Wraps may seem like simple garments but they make great additions to holiday suitcases, are ideal cover ups at weddings and formal occasions and can add a touch of glamour or luxury to any summer ensemble. Working with some of the best independent brands around Lux-Fix has seen its fair share of stylish, comfortable and luxurious wraps; here are some of our favourites.

Founded by sisters Hannah and Sarah Nancy Mac creates beautiful, feminine clothes with a vintage twist. As well as romantic dresses the brand also produces a selection of gorgeous printed silk shrugs; think Pre-Raphaelite glamour combined with a touch of the Japonesque. In essence, like their dresses, Nancy Mac’s wraps are romantic, elegant and dreamily beautiful. This makes them the perfect choice for a wedding or formal occasion but you could also use a Nancy Mac wrap to jazz up a pair of jeans or as the finishing touch to a fantastical festival ensemble.

If you’re looking for something a little more functional and comfortable then check out new British cashmere brand Casha. Casha’s pieces are all 100% cashmere making them irresistibly soft and wonderfully luxurious. A Casha wrap would make a great gift and is ideal for year round wear; this is cashmere, one of the world’s most desirable materials, at its very best.

Equally luxurious and versatile are Hayley Menzies’ trimmed boho shawls and scarves. This London based brand uses carefully sourced fur and feathers to add to unique edge to sumptuous cashmere wraps and scarves. The result is pieces that are simultaneously opulent and bohemian making them an enticing prospect to women of all different tastes and styles. Hayley Menzies pieces can be worn in a variety of ways, as scarves, as cover ups even as fashionable accessories. This summer the brand’s bright feather trimmed Sahara shawls look ideal for both day to day wear and summer adventures.

-Hannah Balsdon

Spotlight on Summer Swimwear

Holiday season has well and truly arrived and, whether you’re going abroad or staying in the UK, headed for a white sandy beach or a glamorous resort, you’re probably searching for the perfect one piece or bikini. Fortunately Lux-Fix stocks a variety of the very best beach and swimwear brands; whether you’re after a vintage inspired one-piece, sexy youthful bikini or an elegant flattering ensemble Lux –Fix has it covered.  With that in mind here are some of the most stylish, sexy and flattering swimwear pieces on Lux-Fix at the moment.

When searching for the perfect bikini or one-piece it can sometimes be difficult to find good quality swimwear that fits well but also flatters the female form. Violet Lake founder Ursula Lake decided to solve this conundrum by starting her own swimwear brand; Violet Lake create classic, elegant but wearable swimwear that doesn’t break the bank. The brand specialises in attractive fitted bikinis but they also produce a selection of beautifully elegant one-pieces, such as this Caruso swimsuit, that are ideal for both beach and pool.

Those in search of something a little more colourful may wish to take a look at Pistol Panties quirky retro inspired designs. Pistol Panties vintage style cuts are eerily reminiscent of the swimwear of yesteryear; these are bikinis and pieces for those looking to channel a 1950s pin up rather than a modern day magazine spread. Pistol Panties designs are fun with a capital F; swimwear can often get a little pretentious in its constant pursuit of sexiness but PPs pieces are light-hearted, flirtatious and cool. We particularly like this little candy striped number; reminds us of rock.

Equally as youthful are Hipanema’s bohemian bikini’s; inspired but the bright vivid culture of Brazil this French brand make swimwear full of tropical charm. Barely there and beaded these are bikinis for young, free spirited travellers, for beachside revellers and for exotic adventures. Just don’t forget to accessorize with a cool, colourful Hipanema bracelet.

Whilst we all secretly hope that our coveted swimsuit or bikini will transform us into a beautiful beach goddess most of us know that such perfection is pretty hard to achieve. Marianna G on the other hand set out to create gorgeous, sexy swimwear that is fit for a goddess. Inspired by the myths and legends of ancient Greece designer Marianna G creates stunning and empowering pieces for confident, modern women. This is not demure swimwear for shrinking violets but bold statement pieces for women comfortable in their own skin. In short this is the sort of swimwear that every woman dreams of wearing but few women actually have self-confidence to wear.

-Hannah Balsdon

Spotlight on Cecily’s Latest Collection

Childhood friends Louise and Sarah founded Cecily to better explore and celebrate their favourite garment, the dress. Their aim is to create stylish dresses that need only to be paired with shoes and accessories to become perfect day ensemble.  Cecily’s dresses celebrate femininity and are designed to flatter the female form; these are dresses that can be worn with ease and yet make you feel like a woman. These are dresses suitable for women of all ages and almost all environments; a Cecily dress could become a work wardrobe staple but could also even be dressed up for special occasions. In essence these are simple, chic yet smart dresses for the busy modern woman; Cecily’s dresses are fuss free and perfectly in tune with the contemporary lifestyle.

Cecily is a brand that eschews body con in favour of tailored perfection and  steers clear of the overwrought and the overdone in favour of unfussy, simple design. The brand’s new collection continues in the theme of modern, feminine simplicity; sticking to a classic colour palette and reserved hemlines this is a collection that will take you from autumn into winter and beyond. Cecily also uses subtle detailing to add a unique femininity to their designs; these are garments that combine up to date design with classic, unpretentious style. Cecily’s designs are elegance personified making their dresses both desirable and durable; this is not fast fashion rather these are stylish, well thought out dresses created to last for years to come.

Cecily’s creations are ideal for women who do not want to compromise on style and femininity whilst in a formal environment such as an office. These are perfectly proportioned, self- assured and, most importantly, attractive dresses for confident, hardworking women. Cecily’s founders Louise and Sarah manage the impossible by combining an elegant womanly style with practical, modern and functional design pretty and it is this unlikely combination that makes the brand’s pieces ideal for today’s confident but style conscious working woman.

-Hannah Balsdon 

Spotlight on Millie Manu

Camilla Ridley, known as Millie to her friends, founded her eponymous label with one aim; to capture the quality and quintessentially British style of the clothes of her childhood and give it a contemporary twist for women and children today. Her capsule collections of women’s and children’s clothing are all designed and made in the UK using the finest natural fabrics. Fuss free and delightfully pretty Millie Manu creates clothes for relaxation rather than work; for adventures in the great outdoors and lazy summer holidays. These are good quality, simple but attractive clothes designed to be worn with ease.

Millie Manu use Liberty print silks to give their pieces a distinctly British feel; this is clothing that takes the best of British design and gives it a modern wearable twist. The brand sticks to breezy flattering cuts and designs meaning that even the most intricate print does not overwhelm the wearer. This is clothing that can be simple thrown on and paired with jeans, leggings or trainers; Millie Manu’s clothing is not hard to wear rather it fits snugly into a laid back, relaxed wardrobe. These are clothes that any woman can wear with ease and yet they are still very attractive; comfortable clothing is notorious for being unstylish but Millie Manu’s pieces are charmingly feminine and pretty.  These are comfortable but stylish pieces that are versatile enough for everyday wear.

Millie Manu’s founder set out to create clothes that reminded her of her childhood and there is certainly something very nostalgic about the brand’s pieces. The brand’s uncomplicated fuss free style easily recalls the simple, pretty dresses of one’s childhood. Yet for all the brand’s nostalgic, childlike charm their designs are also contemporary and up to date. Millie Manu’s clothes may remind you of the past but they will also last well into the future.

-Hannah Balsdon

Spotlight on Vassilisa

Named after a Russian folk heroine Vassilisa is a London based brand that creates beautiful, luxurious silk scarves. Inspired by their beautiful mythical namesake Vassilisa have made it their mission to bring fairytale-like beauty to women all over the world. Founded in 2008 by Russian designer Nadja Solovieva the brand’s opulent and attractive designs have already featured in Vogue, Elle and Tatler and have been seen of celebrities such as Kate Moss, Chalize Theron and Cate Blanchett. Despite taking inspiration from myths and folklore Vassilisa’s designs are modern and fashionable without being too trendy making the scarves ideal for style conscious contemporary women  For the Vassilisa woman a scarf is not merely a luxurious piece of cloth but a beautiful, multifunctional travelling companion. In short a Vassilisa scarf is the ultimate accessory for women who appreciate beauty, luxury and modernity.

Vassilisa’s pieces fuse influences from the past with an edgy, almost rock and roll, sensibility making for a distinctly eclectic aesthetic. Peace symbols, animal prints and even disembodied mink, lemur and fox tails all appear in the brand’s dizzyingly beautiful designs.  The result is scarves that are modern and eminently desirable yet slightly whimsical and even surreal in places. These are scarves quite unlike the bland accessories found on the high street; Vassilisa scarves may be fashionable but their unique look certainly makes them stand out from the crowd. In addition the brand uses only the most luxurious yarns such as silk and cashmere giving their scarves an opulence and sumptuousness that few accessories share.

In essence this is a brand that creates truly beautiful and versatile accessories; a Vassilisa scarf is luxurious enough to make you feel special but also stylish enough to wear almost every day. All of this makes Vassilisa’s gorgeous designs just the thing for bringing a little luxury to a fashionable wardrobe.

-Hannah Balsdon

Spotlight on Wilby

Founded in 2012 Wilby is a handbag brand dedicated to vegan, ethical and environmentally friendly principles. Their products are 100% cruelty free and they regularly opt for eco friendly materials. Yet for all their vegan credentials Wilby’s creations are also fashionable, stylish and eminently desirable; these are ethical handbags designed to please the most discerning of fashionistas. All Wilby’s products are carefully crafted in the UK and the brand has a youthful, fresh, distinctly British aesthetic.  In essence this is an accessories brand that combines vegan principles with on trend design making Wilby bags must haves for both the fashion conscious and ethically aware.

Wilby design a wide selection of chic practical handbags but the label specialises in the ever popular clutch. Wilby’s clutches range from simple but functional pouches to stylish day bags with detachable straps. Whilst clutches may be the brand’s speciality their other handbags are equally as stylish and include large totes and trendy backpacks. Wilby sticks to a fashionable but practical design style; Wilby handbags are definitely chic but they eschew surface decoration instead opting for a more functional aesthetic. That is not to say that the brand’s designs are super minimalist rather they manage to be attractive and feminine without an abundance of hardware or flashy details. In addition Wilby’s pieces come in bold, often bright colours which ensure that they catch the eye but also makes them ideal for summer dressing. These bags for both the beach and the city; for nights out at rooftop bars or days spent exploring the countryside.

Looking at Wilby’s chic designs one would never believe that these bags are not only ethical but also vegan. These are handbags designed to combine ethical principles with up to date fashionable design and they certainly succeed in their aim. Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, an eco warrior or an unconcerned fashion lover I guarantee that you will find Wilby’s bags pretty hard to resist.

-Hannah Balsdon

Spotlight on Sunita Mukhi

Accessories designer Sunita Mukhi believes that handbags are the important item in a woman’s wardrobe. For her a handbag can express one’s personal style through its outward appearance whilst inside it can hold some of our most precious possessions. Inspired by her love of handbags Sunita launched her first accessories collection in 2011; her designs combine a reverence for classic, ladylike styles with a love of colour and embellishment. The result is bags that are wearable and functional yet also glamorous and luxurious. In essence these are products for women who love a good handbag and are not afraid of making a powerful sartorial statement.

Sunita Mukhi’s design signature is her heavily embellished ‘evil eye’ motif; this striking take on a traditional symbol makes her bags utterly unmistakable. This eye-popping pattern doesn’t just adorn evening clutches; it also makes an appearance on totes and other day bags as well giving each of Sunita’s designs a vibrancy all of their own. These are bags that, through their prominent but restrained embellishment, certainly stand out from the crowd and yet they still function perfectly well as handbags; these are not show pieces to be carried but not used rather they are handbags made for day to day living. Despite their bright evil eye decorations Sunita’s handbags could, quite easily, slot into a contemporary wardrobe; these are bags from modern women who love to experiment with bright colours and novel designs.

Each Sunita Mukhi handbag provides the carrier with a stylish but fuss free way to make a conspicuous statement. These are not bags that have to work hard to steal the spotlight; with their vibrant, attractive decoration these are bags designed to catch people’s attention. Yet strip away their impressive embellishments and what you are left with is a range of functional, simple and ultimately stylish handbags.

-Hannah Balsdon

Spotlight on Sargossa

Shoe designer Nanna Liv set out to solve a conundrum that has frustrated women for years; simply put why is it not possible to find a pair of stilettos that are both stylish and comfortable. Nanna founded Sargossa to bridge this gap between comfort and style providing women with gorgeous but wearable heels. Made with care each Sargossa shoe features a specially designed in-sole that provides the foot with much needed support meaning that the brand’s designs can be worn all day long. Sargossa’s shoes are designed with today’s demanding modern lifestyle in mind; these are heels for women with busy schedules but a love of fashionable footwear.

Looking at Sargossa’s range of feminine, fashionable and downright gorgeous shoes it is hard to believe that these heels are as comfortable as they are chic. These are certainly not ‘sensible’ orthopaedic shoes rather they are stylish heels that are more comfortable than their counterparts. The brand’s aesthetic is fashionable but not over the top; Sargossa’s heels may be high but they are not sky high and they veer away from overwhelming detailing and instead favour paired down style designed to last beyond this season. These are shoes that certainly have their figure on the pulse of today’s fashion trends and yet exercise a certain level of restraint. The result is shoes that fashion and style conscious women of almost all ages could wear with ease and confidence.

In the world of women’s footwear there are few brands that combine comfort with style; women often have choose between ugly but practical shoes and attractive but unworkable heels. Sargossa is on the few brands that does produce stylish, elegant and comfy shoes. With their irresistible combination of innovative design and contemporary style these are heels for the modern, fashion and comfort conscious footwear lover.

-Hannah Balsdon

Spotlight on In One Clothing

In One Clothing founder Sylvie grew up fascinated by multifunctional products, from reversible duvet covers to watches with interchangeable straps. Yet it was the compliments she received whilst wearing a multiway dress that spurred her on to create her own collection of multi-use clothing. Today In One create a range of dresses that can each be styled in up to fourteen ways giving them an almost unmatched versatility. These are wardrobe heroes, dresses that can be styled for the office one day then converted to evening wear the next. Whether you are looking for a flexible bridesmaid option or a lightweight multifunctional piece for your suitcase In One’s versatile dresses could be just what you are looking for.

To maximise on the versatility of their pieces In One keep their dresses simple opting for bold but classic block colours; think black, navy blue and dark purple. For In One the beauty of their dresses is not in surface decoration or detailing but in the myriad of ways they can be styled; these are, in essence, blank canvases that allow the wearer to show off their individual style with ease. Made from fabric sourced in the UK and manufactured in Great Britain these are dresses that really showcase the ingenuity of British design. Each dress gives the wearer the opportunity to indulge their personal tastes and style but in a fuss free and easy way. With an In One dress you do not have to spend time searching through your wardrobe for the perfect piece, instead you can just throw on the dress and style it as you please.

In One’s dresses manage to combine simple easy to wear functionality with versatility giving the customer both a practical piece of clothing and the opportunity to wear it as they please. In short In One show how, with a little clever design, one simple dress can become a versatile wardrobe staple.

-Hannah Balsdon

Spotlight on Folie a Deux

Taking its name from the French term for a ‘shared delusion’ Folie a Deux is a vintage inspired brand with a love of dressing up. The label’s sultry designs are full of old school vintage glamour but also have a dark side; these are dresses for parties, adventures and the mean city streets rather than the office or a formal occasion. This is clothing that stays just the right side of gothic and draws inspiration from fashion movements as diverse as rockabilly and grunge. This is, in essence, dark but playful clothing for women with their own individual fashion sense and a love of dressing up.

Folie a Deux’s designs vary in style but what links them is their attention to detail and distinctive nods to the fashions of yesteryear. This is a brand that produces figure hugging 1930s inspired evening dresses and bright, light hearted 50s inspired flared dresses. Whatever vintage period or style you look to for fashion inspiration Folie a Deux have a dress for you. Yet for all the brand’s reverence for the fashions of the past Folie a Deux have their feet firmly planted in the 21st century. Despite taking their cues from the past the label’s dresses also appear fresh and current with hemlines and fabrics reflecting modern tastes. This is, in places, vintage dressing for those who do not like vintage.

Folie a Deux is no mere vintage reproduction brand rather it reworks old fashioned style into something to appeal to the modern consumer. Though vintage inspired these are dresses that could easily fit into a youthful contemporary wardrobe; that could be style with modern pieces. This is clothing for those who like to dress up, top experiment with their personal style and make a statement. In short this is clothing for play not for work.

-Hannah Balsdon