The Gladiator – how I’m wearing it

4 April, 2015

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The Gladiator sandal is certainly having a moment.  I love how it grounds a feminine outfit.  I think the knee high styles are fabulous but decided to invest in a lower pair that I think will have longevity beyond the current season.

Drawing inspiration from fashion icon Jane Birkin’s bohemian style and Chloe’s spring summer 15 free spirited muse, I’m wearing mine with a mini white cotton lace embroidered dress, paired back with a vintage necklace and silver bracelet from an old Mania Mania collection.

In keeping with the relaxed aesthetic I’d suggest throwing on a leather biker jacket to give this look a bit more mileage as it starts to cool down.

I’d love to hear how you are styling yours.

Photos by Kate Leddick.

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Australia’s new and emerging fashion designers at VAMFF 2015

31 March, 2015

You may be aware that Melbourne recently hosted the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF), which concluded last weekend.  I was able to get along to the Independence Runway, presented by Oyster, showcasing the innovative designs of some of Australia’s best independent fashion labels, rather aptly to the theme of Freedom.

The runway was opened by Strateas.Carlucci featuring slick gothic-inspired looks, (those leather jackets) paired with sky-high stiletto ankle boots.  PAGEANT, one of my favourite Australian fashion labels, was the last to show on the runway. The show was punctuated by a very energetic and uplifting performance by vocalist Chela with backing dancers and the show finale couldn’t have been better, with models strutting down the runway together, holding hands to George Michael’s Freedom.  There was definitely some wiggling on seats by that stage.

My picks from the show were Dress up, with RMIT Graduate Stephanie Downey presenting her collection titled Bien S’Habiller – French for “to dress well”.  The looks perfectly depicted Parisian elegance, paired with quirky, angled black berets, chunky lace-up brogues and knitted socks.  I also loved Emma Mullholland’s vivid, heavily embellished Australiana-inspired looks with the unexpected addition of pearl necklaces.

Check out some of the highlights here.

But more on PAGEANT, definitely my favourite of the night.

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Image by Hannah Hawkins for Spook Magazine

pageant1 by lucas dawson for stylehunter.com

Image by Lucas Dawson for Stylehunter.com

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Image by Hannah Hawkins for Spook Magazine

Pageant-2 by lucas dawson for stylehunter.com

Image by Lucas Dawson for Stylehunter.com

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Image by Sebastian Petrovski for Broadsheet

PAGEANT was founded in 2010 by Amanda Cumming and Kate Reynolds.  The label is going from strength to strength, having  recently won Tiffany & Co. National Designer Awards, one of Australia’s most prestigious awards for emerging fashion design talent.  It has a modern, sporty aesthetic and draws its influences from youth subculture and other artistic disciplines.  Best of all the label is locally designed and manufactured using high- tech Japanese fabrics.

The AW 15 collection channels Japanese “bosozoku girls” and the looks are certainly powerful with feminine undertones.  Motorcycle gear is made chic and feminine with a distinctive dominatrix flavour, with their characteristic use of interesting textiles and textures.  The latex-look skivvy paired with the printed paper bag waisted wide-leg pant was a standout look for me and that black skivvy with white racing stripe is high on my wish list.

See the full PAGEANT Autumn Winter 15 collection here.  Shop some of the pieces here.

Covetable street style looks from fashion month

30 March, 2015

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Images in order are from The Sartorialist, third and fourth images from Garance Dore and A Love is Blind respectively, all other images by Tommy Ton for style.com

I loved the looks on the street during Fall 15 fashion month.   Love it or loathe it, fur made a big appearance on and off the runways from furry boots at A Detacher to fur sashes at Creatures of the Wind and fur stoles worn belted at Michael Kors.  I love how this lady wears hers to add texture to a neutral outfit and the belt somehow pulls the look together and makes it modern.   What do you think of fur be it real or faux? Would you wear it?

And how amazing is the knitted ensemble in tones of beige?  The trench is always elegant, and I love the crossover detail.  The skivvy continues to reign supreme as a key layering piece and the sequinned version is amazeballs.

Head over to my Pinterest for more outfit inspiration from the streets and the Fall 15 fashion shows.  I’d love to hear the looks that you’re crushing on.

Having a moment – the neck warmer

March 5, 2015

neck-warmers Tome fall 15

Images by Style.com

Are you keeping up with the Fall 2015 Ready-To-Wear shows?  I’ve been a frequent visitor of style.com in the last  few weeks.  Head over to my Pinterest page for some of my favourite looks.  Meanwhile, the unexpected knitted neck warmers at Tome Fall 2015 were so good.  Their pairing with the elegant evening looks was a match a made in heaven.  The neck warmer will give your pieces traditionally reserved for after-dark the right injection of insouciant cool.  Add a military-inspired coat or jacket and you may just find that the look is versatile enough to wear during the day. Genius!  Now, where can I get one or how can I make one?  Suggestions are welcome.