Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Aussies at LFW S/S 2013

London Fashion Week ended several days ago and instead of conforming to the norm and posting a rap-up of my favourite shows (which many bloggers seem to do), I thought I should do things a little differently. Maybe it's about time to subtly wave the Aussie flag (metaphorically of course) and showcase the Australian designers who presented in London. After all, I am very proud of our homegrown visionaries who have certainly made a name for themselves and is able to place local Australian fashion onto an international scale.

Dion Lee
With simple and sleek silhouettes, Dion Lee took graphical detailing to a whole new level ... making them literally 3 dimensional.


Sass & Bide

If Spring/Summer 2013 is going to go by Sass & Bide's vision, there's going to be a lot of crossing between feminine and masculine ... light and dark ... and unexpected touches of embellishments. I loved how the designing duo Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton reworked the men's tuxedo adding details here and there, making it flattering to the female form. Also, that last feathered frock with the military-style ornament just left me speechless. I will say one thing though... personally Sass & Bide never disappoints.


Willow

What struck me in this collection was the mixture of bright separates with sheer languid dresses. Such an unlikely combination to be put into the same show but designer Kit Willow-Podgornik make it work. I think the success is in the carefree and wispy silhouettes projecting this sense of movement as if blown by the wind. A certain edgyness was still apparent with the use of exposed bras and bustiers; harking back to the trend of lingerie as outerwear.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

OUTFIT POST SPRING SERIES: Game of Thorns








Playsuit: Motel Rocks (shop here) ... Floral Crown: DIY (shop here) ... Hand Armour: Sportsgirl
Necklace: Sportsgirl ... Stockings: Sportsgirl ... Shoes: Siren
'Designed in the UK, Motel is known for body-conscious pieces that span the wardrobe needs of every woman from the celebrity to the girl next door' - Motel
I recently discovered Motel and their youthful but also vintage aesthetic immediately caught my eye where many of their pieces are climbing up my wishlist faster than creepy vines. Caving into my temptations, I purchased the Janet Playsuit which I have styled today. I wanted to create something that was a combination of old and new; marrying the modern 'goal uniform' print with a hand armour and necklace reminiscent of an outdated and archaic era. Even the red roses on my floral crown seems to be in its menopausal stage; blossomed though its prime ... slightly wilting but not quite dead. Something about all these elements mixed together projects a sense of half-hearted life, unsure of which period it belongs to.
Back to the point of creepy vines, is it just me or are there some climbing up my legs?

Note to self: As a blogger, I signed up to Motel's Street Team where you can earn store credit. This is however NOT a sponsored post as I bought the playsuit before I applied for this affiliate. If you are also a blogger, click here to enter Motel's Street Team.




Thursday, 20 September 2012

SPRING SERIES: DIY Floral Crown

As a part of my Spring Series, I promised you all that I would post a DIY on how to make a floral crown. If you're like me and sick of the same generic flowery headbands in all the chain stores, then this DIY is for you (oh god... that sounded like an infomercial). I was initially inspired by Lana Del Rey's style ... that sort of vintage, ethereal look complete with the gorgeous floral garlands.

What you'll need

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1. A selection of artificial flowers (i used white orchids - Lincraft)
2. Florist tape (Lincraft)
3. Floral wire (Lincraft)
4. Pliers
5. Measuring tape
6. Normal scissors

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1. Measure your head circumference with the measuring tape. Create a halo-like circle by twisting the floral wires together (I used 3 wires).

2. Take your first individual/bunch of flowers. Using the florist tape, wrap the flower around the wire halo. Just a tip: florist tape is like magic, it's not sticky like scotch tape but it just automatically adheres. Feels a bit like moulding clay when you press on it too. Anyways...

3. Repeat step 2, working your way around the crown until you've got your desired result. You can choose to complete the crown or leave the back naked.

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All pictures above taken by myself. Which floral crown do you fancy?
I recently opened up an Etsy store selling these head pieces. To SHOP P&P click here

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

SPRING GIVEAWAY WINNER

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Two weeks have gone in such a flash and I can't believe it's already time to announce the giveaway winner. Thank you to everyone who entered.

Congratulations Surprise!!
Your entry (no. 16) on 4th September has been randomly chosen and you have won my Spring Giveaway!

You will be contacted shortly through email in regards to shipping.

Just a reminder of what you'll be receiving:

 
* Colette Neon Piping Panel Lock Wallet
* Maybelline Baby Lips Pink Glow
 

Friday, 14 September 2012

NYFW Spring/Summer 2013 Highlights

New York Fashion Week just came to an end and something was itching inside of me to post a highlight rap up. I'm still in the midst of my Spring Series (2012) and this whole Southern Hemisphere seasons being behind their Northern counterparts is starting to annoy me. My last post was a review on the S/S 2012 trends because that would be useful for my Aussie readers. However without posting about the 2013 shows would mean I'm not staying up to date with current events (uhh first world problems). Don't get me wrong, sifting through all the collections was just so inspiring and definitely an amazing way to pass the time.
 
Jason Wu


'With anything powerful you need to send a restrain...while there's exuberance, the textures, the restrained colour palette, really made for a very sophisticated vision of a woman.' - Jason Wu. I definitely agree with Mr Jason Wu that although the overall collection was sophisticated and graceful, there was a subtle implication of a something more dark and edgy. I loved his mixture of leather with sheer fabrics or lace and the interwoven theme of provocation and elegance was apparent in the final gowns. First impressions portrayed a luxurious sumptuousness however with a closer look, the leather harnesses took me back to the days of the fetish trend in Autumn/Winter 2011/12.


Monique Lhuillier

It was aquatic but not loudly so ... more of an understated and refined kind of aquatic. To me, the collection screamed 'glamourous resort wear' with little hints here and there of the oceanic motifs. Gorgeous seafoam blues and teals, a mirrored digital print referencing feathers and water, a fresh flower tucked behind the model's ear; Ms Lhuillier completely sold me with the mermaid scaled frock.
 
 
Rodarte
 
Such a powerful yet detailed collection, in fact so intricate were the embroidery and the textures that it was borderline obsessive. Rodarte this Spring Summer 2013 gave me an impression of a medieval warrior but not just any kind, a headstrong female warrior. The garments filled with leather fringing and chains, had a distinct structure which celebrated the robust side to a woman.  Yes there were dresses and gowns but each seemed to imply a layer of toughness as if to say 'Why should men have all the fun with their metal armour and swords?' I can just hear Beyonce's mantra ... 'Who run the world? GIRLS'  
 
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Thursday, 13 September 2012

SPRING SERIES: 2012 Spring/Summer Trends PART 1

Pastels

There really is no denying that pastels are going to be HUGE this spring/summer. Even if you despise those sickening, sugary tones ... there's nothing you can do because seen all over the international runways at the Spring/Summer 2012 collections, this trend has trickled down to a large proportion of boutiques, high street and chain stores. Yes I know, since Australia's warmer seasons are a bit behind compared to the Northern Hemisphere, all you international readers are probably rolling your eyes and thinking 'oh god... not again with the pastels'. Seen at Mulberry, Louis Vuitton, Preen, Phillip Lim 3.1, House of Holland ...

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My Picks

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2. Pour La Victoire Neala Suede Sandals
3. CO. by Cotton On Lace Collar Blouse
4. Nasty Gal Sugar High Blouse

Neon
 
If you've spoilt your appetite indulging on sugary pastels, why not taste test the other extremity ... vivid and acidic neon! Completely contrary to the sorbet tones, these saturated explosions of colour are ... well not pleasing to everyone's tastebuds however you can always experiment with pops of neon. Try maybe painting your nails a bright tangerine or liven up a black outfit with a pair of strappy neon yellow sandals. Seen at Jason Wu, Peter Som, Nanette Lepore, Salvatore Ferragamo ...

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My Picks
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1. Jeffrey Campbell Foxy Shoes Neon pink/yellow
3.  J Brand Neon Blue
6. Blackheart Jealous Type   
7. The Cambridge Satchel Company Upwardly Mobile Satchel in Neon Orange 15"

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Tuesday, 4 September 2012

SPRING GIVEAWAY!!

To celebrate the arrival of spring and to thank my 400 followers on GFC and 100 on Bloglovin, I'm hosting my very first giveaway. One winner will be selected at random out of the comments in this post. This person will receive:
 
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1. Colette Neon Piping Panel Lock Wallet
2. Maybelline Baby Lips Pink Glow.

Rules

To be eligible for this giveaway, follow on 1 or more out of the social networks below. Of course, I would love it if you follow on all three, but if you don't have an account on a social network ... not to worry, just follow on which is most convenient.

1. Follow on GFC (which is just my blog)

2. Follow on Bloglovin (HERE)

3. Follow on Twitter (HERE)

4. Comment below
after you have done so with a contact detail (if you have a blog, leave a link... if not, please leave an email)
 
Note: If you are already following me on all 3 networks prior to this giveaway, just comment below and you'll be automatically eligible.

This giveaway will last for 2 weeks (4th Sep - 18th Sep). Open to international participants. Winner will be announced through a blog post on Wednesday 19th September and contacted through email. GOOD LUCK!

GIVEAWAY CLOSED!!

Sunday, 2 September 2012

MBFFS: Backstage

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At Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Sydney, I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to go backstage ... twice. Since I applied for media, I had no idea what my seating was beforehand, so you can probably imagine my excitement when they told me I was 'Front row and Fabulous' for a day.
As you can probably see from the photos, backstage is pretty hectic. Everywhere you look there's artists, helpers, hair stylists, models, clothing, makeup, hairspray ...