THE MAKING OF AN ALEXANDRA DE CURTIS HANDBAG

I’m excited to share a step-by-step guide of how my handbags are made. You’re invited to an exclusive sneak peek into what goes on behind the scenes in my Roman workshop.

Step 1: The design process

This is one of my favourite steps, as I get to put my initial ideas on paper. I’m not a big drawer though, I’m more of a 3D kind of person. So, rather than picking up a pencil, I pick up paper and scissors and I start cutting away until I get to the shape I had envisioned. By this point I usually have a good idea of what leather I will be using because certain leathers work best for some shapes, and as I quickly discovered in may early days as a designer, not so well for others.

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8 LITTLE BLACK DRESSES

Whether satin and strapless or in laser-cut leather, never underestimate the power of the little black dress. Here's my top 8 favourite little black dresses for the party season.

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YOUR HOLIDAY WISH LIST

Whether it's a gift for the party girl, the traveller, the mother-in-law, your best friend who has it all, or a luxe treat just for you – we've got the perfect holiday gift guide.

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HOW TO DRESS LIKE AN ITALIAN WOMAN

I get asked this question a lot; how do Italian women always look so stylish? What’s their secret? Now, I probably wouldn’t put myself in the category of best dressed, but there are a few simple rules even I rely on when putting together my wardrobe.

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IS NAVY THE NEW BLACK?

Until recently, navy blue had a slight image of being something your mother would have worn, but then it became really right to wear it. It's flattering for daytime or nighttime, it is more forgiving than black, less harsh and carries a subtle air of sophistication. It stripes better than any other colour, and looks both classic and sharp at the same time.

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