London Fashion Week: The Highlights

We’re back on home turf with London Fashion Week. Renowned for being the most creative of the four major fashion capitals, this season’s LFW, as ever, has stayed true to those eclectic, off-beat sensibilities. It’s been a bumper showing of colour, texture, volume and eccentric details so let’s jump right into the highlights…

 

The Most-Hyped Shows

Kicking off with some homegrown, emerging talent, Molly Goddard is the fashion insiders’ favourite, loved for her huge, layered tulle creations. She didn’t disappoint, serving up plenty of volume but she also featured floral prints and more wearable separates which we just know we’ll be seeing on fashion bloggers outside next season’s shows.

From a newcomer to the heritage giants: Mulberry layered up on decadence and had us swooning over sumptuous textures and super luxe bags, while Christopher Bailey crafted new dimensions and intricate armour with a British twist for Burberry. And, of course, we can’t forget House of Holland. Henry pulled off a true fashion feat for AW17; taking the cowgirl look from costume to the height of cool. Sign us up for a Stetson and a pair of cowboy boots, please.

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Celeb Spots

The front rows were packed with all of the most stylish celebrities. Katy Perry rocked her brand new platinum blonde locks at the Christopher Kane show, looking a dream in metallic textures.

Over at Burberry, the biggest stars were out in full force. We’d trade our entire wardrobe to be sat on that front row in between Naomi Campbell, Suki Waterhouse and Penelope Cruz.

 

 

 

The Trends

Forget the bag; it was all about the strap at LFW. Anya Hindmarch used paper craft as her inspiration with paper chain-style leather straps and layered hearts.  As always, House of Holland took things to the max, decking out theirs in fringing and multiple charms.

Brooches are also making a comeback but you won’t find these in your grandma’s jewellery box. It was all about straight lines and simplicity at Christopher Kane; his marbled, pearlescent creations adorning dresses, cardigans and jumpers. At Toga, things got a lot more extravagant, with clusters of abstract gems from head to toe.

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After all the eccentricity, it’s onto Milan next for collections by some of the biggest fashion houses on the scene…

New York Fashion Week: The Highlights

From  backstage Insta stories to runway live streams, we’ve been living and breathing New York Fashion Week over the past few days. The Big Apple always serves up Fashion Week with a slice of sleek understatement and urban cool, giving the city its own distinct fashion language. The editors and street stylers had to brave the snow to make it to the shows but we’ve got the full low-down right here for you.

The Most-Hyped Shows

Calvin Klein was the show on everyone’s mind – the first since ex-Dior creative director Raf Simons took the helm. Simons didn’t put a foot wrong, mixing CK’s definitive brand of minimalism with nods to Americana and plenty of denim. Colours were bold, fabrics were daring and we’re loving the new era for this iconic label.

Calvin Klein wasn’t the only show that drew attention, though. Christian Siriano made waves with his accessible glamour and body positive inclusive casting, while our favourite ex-Spice Girl Victoria Beckham got full marks once again for her unique blend of structure and slouch. We can definitely see ourselves wearing sharp blazers over fluid dresses next season.

 

Celeb Spots

NYFW is always there for a game of spot the celebrity and you don’t have to look hard. The Hadid sisters graced more runways than we can count, from the super-cool Zadig & Voltaire to the always OTT Jeremy Scott.

Off the runway, the Beckham clan were out in full force to show their support to Victoria and the Calvin Klein FROW was a who’s who of fashion insiders and style icons. Our fave rising star (and new face of the brand) Millie Bobby Brown channelled a biker vibe, while Alexa Chung gave us serious SS17 inspiration in her white crochet dress. She posed with Karlie Kloss who took her look in the exact opposite direction, looking amazing in head to toe black.

 

The Trends

We’ve had our eyes peeled for the freshest new trends this NYFW. First up, mismatched earrings are set to be big news for AW17, with Proenza Schouler, Zadig & Voltaire and 3.1 Philip Lim making up some of the labels that set the trend. Whether it’s an asymmetric set or a single statement earring, the new rule is mix, don’t match.

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From supersized earrings to tiny bags. Milly, Tory Burch, Oscar de la Renta, Jason Wu and Altazurra all armed their models with miniscule bags, so be prepared to scale down your daily essentials next season…

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We’re pretty excited to see what London Fashion Week has in store for us next!

#FORREAL at London Fashion Week Festival

To celebrate the launch of #FORREAL, our new campaign celebrating jewellery made from real metals, Accessorize are hosting an exclusive stand at London Fashion Week Festival – and you’re invited to join in on the style fun.

#FORREAL: Meet The Metals

This season, we’re going back to basics. From luxe gold-plated pieces to delicate sterling silver styles, #FORREAL shines a light on the jewellery that we’ll be wearing now and forever – no matter what the fashion forecasters have in store.

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Mini Filagree Short Drop Earrings, £10 | Criss Cross Ring, £15 | Super Sparkle Eternity Hoop Necklace, £15

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Combining a modern design directive with effortlessly simple styling, this latest line-up of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings and more make up the core of any jewellery collection, thanks to their versatility and oh-so-timeless aesthetic.

Sterling Silver Rings

Sterling Silver Jet Stone Ring, £19Sterling Silver 3x Ethnic Stacking Rings, £17 | Sterling Silver Elephant Ring, £12 | Sterling Silver MOP Stone Ring, £22

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#FORREAL at London Fashion Week Festival

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Fancy a closer look at the collection? Head down to London Fashion Week Festival between 23rd-26th February at The Store Studios, 180 The Strand, to visit the exclusive #FORREAL stand, hosted by Accessorize.

We’re inviting you to:

❤ Shop the #FORREAL collection, featuring gold-plated and sterling silver jewellery

❤ Win exclusive gifts from the Jewellery Grabber Machine (valid with purchases only – no minimum spend)

❤ Enjoy complimentary bracelet personalisation, including engraving, and customised pom-poms and tassels (valid with purchases over £30 only)

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During the four-day event, you’ll also be able to enjoy:

❤ SS17 catwalk shows from some of London Fashion Week’s finest designers, including Huishan Zhang, Mother of Pearl and Teatum Jones

❤ Fashion stands from 150 British and international designer brands

❤ Industry talks from icons and rising talents

❤ Pampering sessions from Maybelline New York and TONI&GUY

❤ Limited edition tote bag designed by Vivienne Westwood, included with Silver, Gold and LUXE tickets

To book your tickets, go to http://londonfashionweekfestival.com/tickets

Win! A Pair of LUXE Tickets to #LFW Festival

Fancy winning a pair of front-row seats at London Fashion Week Festival, with goodie bags and complimentary Prosecco included? Err, yes please. For your chance to win, follow @Accessorize on Instagram to find out how to enter the exclusive competition.

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Get The Look: BAFTA Awards 2017

Check out what the stars were wearing on the red carpet with our VIP accessories round-up from the BAFTA Awards 2017.

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge

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Charlotte Occasion Earrings, £10

Kate Middleton proved her royal status on the red carpet with a pair of sparkling statement earrings that showed off her off-the-shoulder Alexander McQueen dress to perfection. Make like a VIP princess with the Charlotte occasion earrings, designed with a sleek teardrop silhouette with light-catching crystal gems for that party-perfect hit.

Emma Stone

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Heart Chain Anklet, £5

 

Anklets on the red carpet? Yep, it’s a thing – and Emma Stone showed us that it can definitely work. Sporting a bejewelled Chanel Couture dress and matching trousers, the Best Actress winner gave her stand-out look an extra unexpected twist with a bit of ankle candy that felt oh-so-glam. Get on the trend with the heart chain anklet that’ll go from day to dark with zero effort.

Laura Whitmore

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Sterling Silver Turq Choker, £10

Chokers aren’t going anywhere – and Laura Whitmore knows it. The presenter, model and all-round mega babe wore her custom-made ivory Suzanne Neville gown with two silver chokers for a cool, layered look. Start your double act with this sterling silver choker, featuring a small turquoise pendant on a minimal chain.

Naomie Harris

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Pippa Hardcase Clutch, £35

Actress Naomie Harris amped up the glam factor with a gold clutch bag that added extra wow to her pastel pairing from Gucci. Nail her red carpet look with the Pippa hard-case clutch – carry yours in hand or use the concealable chain strap to wear it over your shoulder.

Nicole Kidman

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Sterling Silver Geo Lariat, £15

The perfect accessory to show off a plunging neckline? A lariat necklace, of course. We love how actress Nicole Kidman chose a long-line piece that mirrored the sparkling embellishments on her swoon-worthy black Armani gown. Follow her style cue with the sterling silver geo lariat necklace and add a little extra dazzle with a statement cuff – we reckon this mega-bling stretch bracelet will do the trick.

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The February Diary

Laters, January. Here’s our round-up of what to do and see in February, from the hottest fashion events to the latest releases.

Be a style insider at the London Fashion Week Festival

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Catwalk shows, new trends and serious street style inspo; this month, it’s all about London Fashion Week. Keep up with all the AW17 action on the Accessorize blog and our social channels, or make like an industry insider at its brand new follow-up event; the London Fashion Week Festival. Held at the The Store Studios in London, the four-day festival lets you shop the swishest designer and high-street collections at exclusive prices, catch catwalk shows and be inspired with talks from industry experts on how to make it to the top. Get on the front row between 23rd-26th February.

 

Get those feel-good vibes with Fearne Cotton

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From school and work to social media, life can sometimes leave us feeling a bit frazzled. Designed to offer practical ways of finding joy each and every day, Fearne Cotton’s new book Happy draws on her own experiences, as well as including expert advice. There’s workbook elements to help you start and end the day well, creative and written exercises plus simple ideas and visualisations to unlock that inner happiness. Get your copy from 9th February.

 

Make a date with Fifty Shades Darker

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Yep, Christian Grey is back – and he’s just in time for Valentine’s Day. Based on the best-selling book series by EL James, the newest instalment from the Fifty Shades trilogy sees the brooding and enigmatic millionaire Grey (Jamie Dornan) and his college grad girlfriend Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) reunite for more, erm, steamy moments and all sorts of major dramz. Make a date with your girl friends from 10th February.

 

Be inspired with the Edinburgh Student Arts Festival

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Showcasing emerging creative talent across the city’s higher and further education institutions, Edinburgh Student Arts Festival (ESAF) is a must-see this month. From painting and photography, to animation and performance installations, this exciting exhibition is Scotland’s first-ever youth-led arts festival, and is guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing. Runs from 9th February-3rd March. Tickets available now.

 

Hang out with your favourite Girls

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Following the story of four twenty-something friends navigating their way around New York, Girls first appeared on our screens back in 2012 – and we were instantly hooked. And this month, the smart, sassy and LOL-worthy comedy-drama makes its comeback with its sixth and last ever series (sob) on Sky Atlantic, giving us one final chance to hang out with Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Zosia. Catch up with the gang on 13th February.

 

Get thrifty at the Vintage Kilo Fair, Manchester

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Fancy filling up your wardrobe without breaking the bank? Head down to Manchester’s iconic Old Granada Studios for the Vintage Kilo Fair, packed with tonnes of pre-loved garms for both girls and guys. On entry, you’ll be given a big bag to fill up with your fave pre-loved garms – and the best part is, you’ll only have to pay £15 per kilo. Shop ‘til you drop on 18th February.

 

Celebrate this year’s chart-toppers at the BRIT Awards

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Now in its 37th year, the BRIT Awards 2017 is back – and this year, it’s set to be bigger than ever before. Co-hosted by Emma Willis and Dermot O’Leary, the star-studded night is set to feature a whole host of music awards plus show-stopping performances from the likes of Robbie Williams, Little Mix and The 1975. Buy tickets now or sing along from your sofa on 22nd February.

Get The Look: Golden Globes 2017

Get an up-close look at the best-dressed stars on the red carpet at the 2017 Golden Globes – and find out how you can copy their style with our VIP fashion edit.

Michelle Williams

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Faux Suede Wrap Choker, £8

Tie-up chokers are everywhere this season, and Michelle Williams proved their staying power by styling hers with an off-the-shoulder lace Louis Vuitton gown. Get on the trend with our faux suede wrap choker, decorated with shimmering gold charms.

Hailey Baldwin

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Sparkle Leaf Earrings, £12

Hailey Baldwin went for all-out glam with a pair of statement earrings which mirrored the sparkles on her dreamy Ellie Saab dress. Get your glitter on with our leaf earrings and show them off with slicked-back hair.

Kendall Jenner

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Eleanor Cut Out Necklace, £17

Kendall Jenner also jumped on the choker hype with a layered look which showed off her bright-coloured, strapless Paule Ka gown to perfection. Copy her glam girl vibes with a luxe cut-out collar necklace and pile on the style with simple chain chokers for extra fashion points.

Hilary Duff

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Melissa Metal Bar Clutch, £17

Metallics are a fashion fixture for awards season, and Hilary Duff gave a nod to the trend with a glitzy gold clutch that added extra stand-out appeal to her emerald-green gown. Make like a true VIP with our Melissa woven clutch bag, matching your jewels to its shimmering gold hues.

Sienna Miller

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Pearl Rope Necklace, £8

Pearls are a red carpet mainstay, and we love how Sienna Miller gave hers a modern makeover by wearing them with a white cut-out Michael Kors gown. Follow her lead with our long pearl necklace and matchy-matchy earrings – keep both in the spotlight with a simple up-do.

 

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The January Diary

Shake off the post-Christmas blues and get your year off to a cracking start with our round-up of the best things to do in January.

Discover vintage finds at the Hackney Flea Market

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Broke after Christmas? Bag a few bargains at the Hackney Flea Market on 7th-8th January. Located in the heart of Stoke Newington’s Church Street, this pop-up event is packed with an eclectic mix of one-of-a-kind, second-hand and homemade treasures from a whole host of vintage and independent sellers.

 

Eat up with Deliciously Ella

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In the follow-up to her best-selling debut cookbook, our fave food writer Ella Mills is back with yet another offering: Deliciously Ella with Friends. From lazy brunches to fancy suppers, Ella shows us how to create simple and healthy dishes for family and friends, using the best natural ingredients. Released on 26th January.

 

Get style-savvy with Fashion on the Ration

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Get your vintage style fix with Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style at the Imperial War Museum North. From siren suits to jewellery made from aeroplane parts, this exhibition explores how men and women found new ways to dress as clothes rationing took hold in wartime Britain. Catch it until 1st May.

 

Find your rhythm with The xx’s new album

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Four years after the release of their last album Coexist, The xx are back with their anticipated third album, due to be released on 13th January. Titled I See You, the latest installment features ten new tracks from the London trio, described by one the band’s producers as having “a completely new concept” to the last two albums. We can’t wait!

 

Have a LOL at Stand Up & Slam!

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Brighten up the bluest month of the year with Stand Up & Slam! at Komedia Brighton on 18th January. This LOL-worthy show sees six acts go head-to-head with a mish-mash of stand-up comedy and performance poetry – with unexpected and hilarious results.

 

Fall in love with La La Land

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Released in UK cinemas on 13th January, La La Land sees our on-screen faves Ryan Gosling and Emma Stones reunite for an all-singing, all-dancing musical drama. The film tells the story of Sebastian (Gosling), a would-be jazz pianist, who falls in love with Mia (Stone), an aspiring actress who serves coffees in between auditions. But as their success mounts, the couple are faced with difficult decisions – bring on the popcorn and tissues, we’re so ready.

 

The December Diary

Shopping, parties, catch-ups with your mates: December is busy but there’s still time to fit in this season’s festive happenings too. From fairy-lit Christmas markets to bake-offs, here’s our round-up of what to do and see during the most wonderful time of the year.

1. Get festive at Winter Wonderland

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Twinkling Christmas markets, ice bars (more mulled wine, please) and roller coaster rides under the stars – there’s no better way to kick off December than at Winter Wonderland in London’s Hyde Park. Currently celebrating its tenth year, this annual tribute to festive fun is sure to put everyone in the Christmas spirit. It’s on from now until 2nd January 2017, and entry is completely free.

2. Fangirl over McFly’s greatest hits

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If, like us, you spent most of your younger years fangirling over McFly then treat your ears to the ‘Anthology Tour: The Hits Live’. Released on 2nd December, this shiny new album showcases live recordings of the band’s hit tracks, and is perfect for dancing around the living room with your flatmates.

3. Get your skates on at the Royal Pavilion

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Whether you’re having a Christmas meet-up with the squad or a planning a date with bae, ice skating is the ultimate festive activity. There are plenty of places to show off your blades of glory this December but one of the most Instagram-worthy locations has to be the Royal Pavilion in Brighton. The ice rink is set against the impressive backdrop of King George IV’s former party palace, and is open to the public until January 15th 2017.

4. Be whisked away with the GBBO Christmas Special

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Before the fab four go their separate ways (sob!), there’s one last chance to catch Mel, Sue, Mary and Paul in action with the Great British Bake-Off Christmas Special, airing on BBC1 on Christmas Day followed by the second part on Boxing Day. Four former bakers will be back in the tent for three festive challenges, and everyone (yes, even Mary) will be wearing Christmas jumpers. What more could you ask for?

5. Shine bright at the Street of Light

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The festive season wouldn’t be complete without a few Christmas lights and this year, Edinburgh’s Street of Light has pulled out all the stops. Located on the west end of George Street, this dazzling display is made up of 60,000 bulbs that twinkle to synchronised music from local choirs and bands, including the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and the Scotland’s very own bhangra group Tigerstyle. Prepare to be wowed until 24th December.

6. Catch up with the ultimate Gilmore Girl

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Can’t get enough of the Gilmore Girls revival on Netflix? Get the inside scoop with the LOL-worthy personal essays of Lauren Graham – otherwise known as Lorelai Gilmore – in  ‘Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between’, released on 6th December.

7. Get the giggles at The Comedy Store

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If you’re over the whole panto thing but still up for having a few LOLs over the festive season, head down to The Comedy Store in Manchester. They’ll be hosting stand-up comedy nights throughout the month of December, followed by after-show Christmas parties on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Prices start from £4.

Accessorize: SS17 Press Day

Beach holidays, festivals, rooftop parties – summer, we miss you like crazy. So how’s this for timing? Set against a dreamy backdrop of palm trees, parrots and all the cacti, the Accessorize SS17 Press Day has given us a serious dose of sunshine, and we’re spreading the summer love with exclusive snaps of the hottest new pieces from the latest collection.

Take Me To Paradise

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It might have been cold outside but we’ve had our eye firmly on the must-packs for our next getaway. From wave-to-rave tropical sun dresses and crochet bikinis to neon floral bags and cactus-print everything, our latest line-up of beachwear is a total heat-seeker’s paradise.

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Oh Hey, Whinnie!          

DJ queen and all-round cool girl Whinnie Williams was on the decks for the day, spinning out the freshest tunes that had us dreaming of long, hot summers with our BFFs.

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Free Your Spirit

Yoga bunny or lounge lover? No matter your vibe, Spirit, our all-new leisurewear range, has got your name on it – look out for blurred graphic florals, grey marl jerseys and pops of neon.
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Mad About The Bags

Clashing animal prints, high-shine shimmers and pow-pow florals – when it comes to bags, more is definitely more for SS17. Structured shapes and across-body styles proved their staying power for rising temperatures, while backpacks favoured soft, clean lines with embroidered patches and stand-out prints.mad-about-the-bags-2

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Pup Star

Franklin Furter – the furry face of our petwear range – also popped in for a quick hello, all wrapped up in his favourite cosy knit. Too cute!

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Personalisation Station

Press girls and blogger babes were treated to personalised bracelets with bespoke embossing and mix-and-match tassels with serious summer feels.

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Costume Drama

Party accessories took on a theatrical turn, with dramatic heirloom necklaces and 3D embellished clutch taking centre stage. From sun-soaked weddings to glittering parties and prom nights, these are the pieces that you’ll be wearing to next summer’s VIP invites.

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Z for Accessorize

Exclusively designed by Zara Simon, our sought-after Z for Accessorize collection reigns supreme for SS17, featuring new boho-luxe jewellery lines made from gold-plated and rose gold-plated metals. Can we have it all please?

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