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Friday Find: Fashion's greatest hits of 2015

fashion's greatest hits

When Elle released their 'Fashion Fifty' list earlier this week, no one expected a loafer to top the charts as the most popular item of 2015, but like most unexpected cult items, the world of online fast fashion continues to surprise us with the occasional sartorial curve ball.

Reigning in a new era and design aesthetic under the creative direction of Alessandro Michele, the Gucci fur loafer was a symbol of the brand's new direction, shedding its skin as a high fashion oligarch and stepping into the unknown. The first piece to charter new ground, the horse-bit kangaroo hair loafer had international buyers and editors in a race against the clock, desperately trying to secure as many pairs as possible before they went on general sale – and almost broke the internet.

With hoards of fashion influencers whipped up in a frenzy, the newest addition to Gucci's new line had the rest of us a little bemused. Sure, we love Gucci's weird and wonderful take on totally inappropriate winter footwear, but could we (or would we) actually wear them? As expected, the  savvy dresser waited for the fashion peacocks to take them for a test run before we decided to give them a try. Now proudly adorned as a stylish and ageless ode to this season's stand out trends, elevate your look to contemporary casual with these laid back leather loafers.

Worn with a preppy chic edge, these Gucci fur loafers are just part of a wider aesthetic that embraces a off-duty model allure. Worn with some of this season's hottest style staples, these eye catching and fiercely fashionable slip on shoes look the part teamed with these oh-so subtle Rosetta Getty Navy Wool Plaid Loose Cropped Trousers. Fabulously functional for life in the urban big chill, these casual, loose-fit front darted trousers are offset beautifully by this rich green silk shirt from VAUGHAN. Part of the core collection, this rich green shirt exudes a seasonal chic that pairs seamlessly when tucked into these low rise wool pants.

Staying true to the 'best of 15' theme, we couldn't create an outfit without the iconic Bordeaux trench coat. The Pantone colour of the season, everyone from A-listers to front row fodder got a little love drunk on this boozy number. An elegant long line coar, this Jaeger Crepe Trench with classic dual gun flaps was proudly showcased at fashion shows from London to LA. Whether you wear it cinched in at the waist or left open to flap in the wind, layer over tailored separates and blend with rich cashmere for an irreverent take on a grand classic.

With accessories ruling supreme this season, forever bags have become a hotly debated topic, with fashionistas throwing their favourites into the ring for a chance of one handbag being crowned best in show. There can be no denying that the most heavily exposed bag of the year has to be the Chloe Leather Goldie Satchel. Coveted by high profile glitterati, the equestrian influenced saddle bag connects the micro-trend dots that tie in these Gucci horse-bit loafers with this rich all-leather bag.

A who's who and what's what of our most loved designers, styles and trends that have captivated our imaginations this year, pay homage to the fashion powers that be with this clever combination of catwalk's finest moments of 2015.

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