Saturday, 30 March 2013

Supporting Aussie Labels

One random Tuesday, I was contacted for an interview by a uni student for her article on the 'future of Australian fashion in the midst of a technological and cultural revolution'. I never really mentioned this before but one of my crowns (THE ROSETTA) was featured in LMFF Etsy Interactive Exhibition.Therefore, she wanted to ask me some questions about my Etsy store and its future among Australian fashion.

All irrelevance aside, one of her questions was 'In the world of fast disposable fashion, why do you think it's important for consumers to support local independent designers rather than the mass chain stores?'

That really got me thinking because I suppose it's something that never crosses many peoples' minds.

This was my answer: I feel like Australian fashion is so diverse and doesn't just consist of all the chain stores that bombards our faces everyday. Fashion is evolving at a crazy speed where everyone wants to be on trend or even ahead of the trend and that's exactly what chain stores serve us. I've noticed that in each store, there's similar aesthetics, the same garments each season and for a lot of average consumers who observe and absorb everything given to them, that's the extent of fashion they know. 
But if you delve deeper, there are so many local designers with incredible talent and a completely unique taste. They are the ones who have rejected the norm, done something not necessarily provoking but just ... different. I once heard a quote that goes like this 'fashion says me too, but style says only me.' So if people really want something that's as individual as they are and not just being a slave to trends, supporting local designers is the way to go. That way, it conflicts the notion of disposable fashion where pieces are simply bought from chain stores for the fleeting period of trends and then dumped at the back of ones closet collecting dust. I'm not saying my floral crowns are for everyone but there are people who share the same style as me. And if never heard of geniune style go 'out of style'. 

On that note, I just want to share with you some Aussie labels that I love ... and maybe you will too.

1. Finders Keepers - Quirky prints & lots of colour

2. Cameo - unexpected silhouettes, prints & fabrics



3. Miss Unkon - dreamy, story-telling, whimsical








4. Fairground - Prints, prints and more prints


5. Evil Twin - edgy & grungy




6. Paint It Red - youthful vibe, unique prints


7. The Hiding Tree - Outstanding feminine frocks









Shop Aussie





'In the world of fast disposable fashion, why do you think it's important for consumers to support local independent designers rather than the mass chain stores?' 
I would love to know your opinions so don't be afraid to speak your mind in the comments :)


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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

OUTFIT POST: Layers

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Top: Paint It Red ... Blazer: Socialight ... Crown: P&P (Shop HERE)
Shorts: Ladakh ... Shoes: TUK (shop HERE)  

How is it that you look 100x more stylish the moment you chuck a structured blazer into the mix? BAM from average girl next door to fashion week worthy (wow what a pipe dream that is). There really is just something special about a blazer and the way in which it can make any outfit look like you've actually put some thought into it. 

This ensemble is quite straight forward. Called 'layers' because that's essentially what it consists of; a cascade of layers from the front and back. Not the generic 'I'm wearing a hundred jumpers' sort of layering but more understated ... transition piece in progress. I started with a floral-cross-pleather peplum top as a base. Then this muted lilac beauty of a blazer featuring strategically placed frills and subtle cut-outs served as the cherry on top. Add into the equation some pleather shorts to accompany the material of the peplum and you've got yourself one heck of an illusion. 

Of course don't forget the creepers and floral crown which I can't really justify aesthetically. Creepers... because they're cool and I can stand on my toes in them. Crown ... because I make them? Also, if you're REALLY observant you would've realised that my owl necklace seems to disappear after the first shot. To be honest, it was a case of too many cooks spoil the broth. 

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Thursday, 21 March 2013

Sportsgirls like HOUSE OF HOLLAND

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Sportsgirl, House of Holland, Henry Holland, collaboration, collection, Australian,

Sportsgirl, House of Holland, Henry Holland, collaboration, collection, Australian,
Sportsgirl, House of Holland, Henry Holland, collaboration, collection, Australian,
Sportsgirl, House of Holland, Henry Holland, collaboration, collection, Australian,
Sportsgirl, House of Holland, Henry Holland, collaboration, collection, Australian,

Sportsgirl, House of Holland, Henry Holland, collaboration, collection, Australian,

Sportsgirl, House of Holland, Henry Holland, collaboration, collection, Australian,


Sportsgirl, House of Holland, Henry Holland, collaboration, collection, Australian,
Sportsgirl, House of Holland, Henry Holland, collaboration, collection, Australian,









Henry Holland and Sportsgirl ... definitely a collaboration to get excited about. So when a little birdie told me that this iconic English designer was making a live appearance in Sportsgirl for a 'chat', I just knew this was an unmissable opportunity. The final toss up was 'Should I study for my economics test?' or 'Should I go see the amazing Mr Holland who I probably will never see again?' ... you know the answer.

Indeed, on Thursday afternoon, he was there in the flesh talking about the newest collaboration. In his words (not mine), it was inspired by 'old grannies'. With colourful 'patchwork quilt' prints, flattering peplums and colour blocked shirts, it certainly was not the drab kind. Of course, there had to be a slogan tee in the collection somewhere since his label House of Holland gained so much attention with his bold catchphrase T-shirts. This particular one was printed with 'Sew into you' ... pun intended.
His favourite piece? The Jersey maxi dress (shop HERE). My favourite? The Print Pullover.

Irrelevant to the collection, here are some things you probably didn't know about Henry Holland. He was childhood friends with Agyness Deyn and now often works with her. He shared an apartment for one day with Alexa Chung but she then decided the apartment was too small.

Lastly, he's yet to find a word that rhymes with 'Holland', so if you have any answers, please leave it in the comments!

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Sunday, 17 March 2013

TRENDING: Holographic

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After reading the section in the latest April Vogue Aus edition called 'Vogue Gets Digital', I've definitely noticed a shift in focus towards everything futuristic and digitally remastered.
An epiphany struck at one such quote: 'In the information age, where rapid communication, technological advancements and social  networking have presented us with a new global community, it seems close to anything is possible'. I really cannot debate that. In the 21st century, exclusivity is rare, fashion is immediate, and undoubtedly more fast-paced than ever before. Case in point: runways shows are LIVE-streamed to any dreaming couch potato such as myself and backstage photos can be found (maybe too) conveniently online.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. I mean where else would I get my information from? I'm not front row or even industry. It's just this rapid technology has the capability to reach thousands of consumers in such a short span of time. Everyone and their grandma can become a critique. Therefore, designers are constantly caught up in the need to create something so new and fresh, it's borderline thrilling (see Alexander Wang S/S 2013). Shock-value ... I think that's what I'll call it.

Yes... I've realised I'm not talking much about this holographic trend instead going on a rant about something I haven't quite come to terms with myself. The key is not to quote me, but take what I've said and notice it yourself. Personally, I think that we all just want to keep up with the times by dressing like an oil-slicked space martian (go for it!).

My Picks 









4. Proenza Schouler: PS11 Mini Classic holographic 
6. Cheap Monday: Hologram Swing Bag 
7. Chrissie Morris: Sunburst sandals 

Picture Source: http://www.vogue.co.uk/


Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Secret Garden A/W 2013

Casper and Pearl, Australian label, Secret Garden A/W 2013, florals

Casper and Pearl, Australian label, Secret Garden A/W 2013, florals

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Casper and Pearl, Australian label, Secret Garden A/W 2013, florals

Casper and Pearl, Australian label, Secret Garden A/W 2013, florals

Casper and Pearl, Australian label, Secret Garden A/W 2013, florals
Casper and Pearl, Australian label, Secret Garden A/W 2013, florals

How many people can say they started a label at 18 years? Most girls at that age are probably on their gap year, applying for uni or working at Maccas.
I want to introduce an emerging Australian label to you called Casper and Pearl. It was created by 'an eighteen year old self-taught designer with nothing but big dreams'. Yes, you read correctly ... she's so young, self-taught and very successful. Her label has already exploded; being on big publications such as Teenvogue.com and also seen on many popular fashion bloggers. 

Personally, it's Casper & Pearl's vintage and innocent aesthetic that caught my eye. Knowing my love for the feminine and romantic, I can safely say that her design vision is quite on par with my style. The newest collection 'Secret Garden' showcases such a whimsical perspective of winter; florals here, floral there, it's as if every picture came straight out of a hazy daydream. 

View Casper and Pearl website HERE


Thursday, 7 March 2013

OUTFIT POST: Dungarees Dressing

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dungarees, personal style, plaid, overalls, street style, fashion blogger, OASAP, Boohoo, Zara, Sportgirl, Samantha Wills
Top: Zara ... Overalls: Courtesy Boohoo (shop HERE) ... Bag: Courtesy OASAP (shop HERE)
 Boots: Sportsgirl ... Cuff: OASAP ... Ring: Samantha Wills 

Beginning of autumn ... what I refer to as that awkward period; cold early morning, hot at midday before my hair gets tossed by the wind in the afternoon. Mother Nature’s PMS at its best! So let’s talk transition pieces.

With the hormonal temperatures, layering becomes your best friend. I don’t just mean coats over jumpers over thermals. Even a shirt under dungarees can be categorised as layering. In this case, I've styled my overalls (courtesy of Boohoo) with a studded plaid shirt where the red tone serves as the perfect background for the acid wash denim. Plaid is one of the most obsessive trends seen again and again on the recent autumn/winter 2013/14 runways (I’m looking at you Celine, Givenchy and especially Moschino).  Toned down by black buckle boots inspired by those iconic Balenciaga pairs and also a simple fold-over clutch (thank you OASAP), this outfit was on so many levels ... workman cool.

I’ve realised in summer, my style is all la-de-da floral crown romanticism but come winter... it’s utilitarian, militaristic and all sorts of masculinity.

I'd like your opinions. Will you be wearing plaid or dungarees ... or both?

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Monday, 4 March 2013

Dungarees Dressing

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Dungarees, overall, denim, trend, street styleIf you've never heard of the term 'dungarees', you probably know them as overalls. Still don't know what I'm talking about, then the best description I can give you is an all-in-one-over-the-shoulder-bib-with-legs-holes (use your imagination!) Originally used as protective clothing for farmers and mechanics, it WAS considered quite a standard blue collar garment.

However, not in my book and apparently not in many high profile designers'. Personally, I've taken a liking to the dungarees after remember my childhood running around in denim mickey mouse ones (yes, so stylish). Internationally, the overall was heavily featured in the Spring/Summer 2012 collections and is still making it's comeback for spring 2013. 3.1 Phillip Lim steered away from typical denim and reinvented this 'peasant' piece with hot pink suede or black leather. Speaking of reinvention, Moschino for S/S 2013, toyed with playful cuts outs and added an explosion of floral  Other designers include Ralph Lauren, Isabel Marant as well as high street stores such as Guess, American Apparel and Free People.

Stay tuned for my next post, since I'll be styling an outfit around a pair of dungarees.

My Picks 


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