my favourite looks from NYFW 2014
“On matters of style, swim with the current; on matters of principle, stand like a rock.” – Thomas Jefferson
I was lucky enough to be chosen to participate in a style challenge by incredible Australian label Wish (visit them at wish.com.au). This blogpost has the potential to win me a trip to Thailand, or a helluva lot of clothes – pretty exciting!
So you guys would all know that I’m going pretty monochrome at the moment. Shades of black and white are my best friend, and I’m struggling to stray from them. I just feel that going floral and colourful when it hits warmer months is a little too conditioned into us, and I’d rather play with shade and texture this spring and keep colour to a minimum. This is purely because I never have, and I can bet that majority of you guys haven’t either. Are you guilty of relying on bright colours every spring? I have been. Choose another path this spring! We have so many options, so many different elements that we can play with within our own style. Play around, like I have – it’s so much fun.
The Wish ’Chantilly’ dress is perfect for what I want to play with. With a soft cotton underlay, and a lovely chiffon overlay, it’s impossible not to feel feminine in this dress. The swallow/geometric pattern (which is exclusive to Wish this season) is made up of muted jewel tones, and regardless of being a statement, it doesn’t try to take away from the floaty nature of the dress. Neither do the black panels around the sleeves and bottom of the dress. I’m in love with it!
The shoes are my new favourites. I was surprised as all hell when I found them… at K-Mart. What?! I know. They’re comfy, and flattering. The clutch – which you guys have seen before, but it’s one of my favourite things I own, so nerr – is from the H&M collection with Maison Martin Margiela. It’s a remake from his 2010 SS collection – the infamous candy clutch. Rings are from Lovisa, nose ring is from ASOS, and faux leather cap is from Sportsgirl.
In terms of beauty, I was really excited to find this new shade of lipstick from Australian make-up label Australis – part of their Colour Inject Mineral lipstick range, this dark plum shade is called ‘Grunge‘. I’m also wearing their mineral highlighter – it’s a wonderfully subtle addition to any casual makeup look, but it really does make a difference, your face looks so fresh after highlighting your cheekbones. All other makeup by Rimmel (because I really DO enjoy that London look), and hair product used is Kevin Murphy Session Spray.
What do you guys think – does this outfit deserve a trip to Thailand!?
Huge shout out and thank you to Wish for including me in this challenge, and gifting me the beautiful dress. You guys are the biggest babes, thanks!
Myer Centre Level One Uncovered was such a good retail show at Adelaide Fashion Festival, showcasing the huge selection of stores that the Myer Centre houses. Adelaidians would know that there’s been a crazy amount of renovations going on in the Centre and in Rundle Mall right now – I’ve walked into the everchanging steel barriers while texting and walking more than once now. So at this event, guests were lucky enough to see a brand new Level One, and the Myer Centre’s new logo for the very first time. The premise of the show was trend-focussed for spring/summer fashion. The trends included white on white (which The Adelaide Magazine’s Kate Bowden kindly educated us on regarding layering and texturing), bold colours, textured monochromatics, and fashionable sportwear.
The show also featured a styling feature from some of SA’s top stylists. I definitely don’t consider myself top of the line or anything, but I was blessed enough to be asked by the wonderful team at The Myer Centre to be one of those stylists. It was a great honour to be asked, and styling the lovely DJ Bliss in pieces from Ally Fashion was friggin’ rad. You can see the video here on Facebook: Myer Centre Adelaide Facebook
Also, here’s some of my favourite photos of some of the sweet looks shown at Myer Centre Level One Uncovered.
Congrats to Sarah-Jane Hook of the Myer Centre, and Filip Odzak, who both coordinated this show. And thanks again for the wonderful styling oppurtunity!
The Boutique show, a retail show showcasing some of Adelaide’s best boutiques and retailers, was held at the Central Markets U-Park. A runway show in a carpark you ask? Yes, but it worked. With a large section panelled off from driving cars for the show, it did look rather good – as long as no one had too many of the delicious Swire and Noble wines and walk defiantly into traffic after (thankfully no one did to my knowledge.)
Boutique was a huge show. I think off the top of my head there was something like 40 models!? And so many retailers that I actually lost count. The names of each boutique showing did not appear anywhere I could see, so unfortunately I could not keep track of what each look I liked was from. You could however, use a QR scanner on your phone, scan the code on a large TV screen along the runway, and purchase the pieces from your smartphone as the models were walking down the runway – such a good addition to a retail show. I was a big fan of some of Glenelg boutique Zero’s pieces, especially with the addition of their new self-made label Triple Six.
Special mention to Swire and Noble wines – with an ice bucket in front of us, we had access to the delicious Sav Blanc the entire way through the show.
It was a fantastic effort by all, a really good retail addition to the Adelaide Fashion Festival. Congrats the Filip Odzak and the Finesse Models! Wonderful show.
Here are some of my favourite looks. See more on the SWTC Facebook page.
The Adelaide Fashion Festival has kicked off for 2013, with another wonderful launch at Government House in Adelaide. As always, the opening was a picturesque beginning to the festival. After being addressed by the Governor of South Australia, His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce, and City of Norwood, Payneham and St. Peters Mayor Robert Bria, guests enjoyed a teaser show of SA labels that will feature their designs throughout the festival. The models sat in various locations around the stunning house just after the show, so I went and grabbed some shots of them all – so gorgeous.
After the formalities, myself and the rest of the guests moved on to the official after party at the Hotel Richmond. Many a drink was had in celebration of another year of the Adelaide Fashion Festival. I’m very excited this year. There is so many incredible events, with so many talented people involved. Watch this space over the next 9 days – AFF 2013 is going to be pretty great.
I was delighted to be invited as a VIP last week to The September Collection, a new event in Adelaide which features up and coming designers in South Australia created by Ben Conroy (of Revolution the Label) and Haley Renee (of Haley Renee Photography). I really do adore seeing what the new generation of designers have up their sleeves, so I moseyed on to the The Loft Wine Bar last Thursday night.
Please forgive me – I turned on my SLR as the first look was walking around the runway only to realise I had lost my SD card. So these are taken on my new iPhone 5S – the camera is really good, but no smartphone camera is made for runway. The runway was in a square, so I wish I’d moved a little further round to the front – the floodlight made for some difficult photo angles, so again – sorry! I did my best regardless. For more photos, SA fashion blogger Adelaide Style File has some absolutely fantastic photos!
Fraser McNally, Pride Models
Ben Conroy is the brains behind this event, but also showed his new collection for Revolution the Label. His relaxed and effortless monochromatic pieces were a delight to watch walk down the runway. The simplicity of the pieces made you focus on the way the drapery moves, which personally leaves far more of an impression that OTT design. Much to my amusement, I heard whispered confusion around me as to whether that the label is purely accessories – it seems Ben is leading the way and introducing many people in Adelaide to simplicity in design, which deserves a huge round of applause within itself. The aforementioned accessories were wonderful knotted necklaces, gloves, bracelets and armbands, which were so strangely beautiful that you can’t help but want one. The makeup and hair was absolutely incredible too, dark gothic warpaint smeared across the eyes and lips with hair away from the face and quiffed, as seen above on Pride Models Fraser McNally. Beautiful work Ben.
GretaKate was so lovely. Although my personal style probably doesn’t fit GretaKate, I could very much appreciate the beauty in the designs shown. There was some gorgeous sihouettes in the genteel collection, including bare backs, ruching, and beading both delicate and bold. One particular look was a favourite of mine and reminded me of the dress I desperately wanted for my high school formal. GretaKate’s look was a top and skirt, but it was a lovely flapperish inspiration, high neck, beading detail around the neckline, flowing down very loosely to be a drapery dream. I cannot for the life of me begin the describe what material the skirt is, but it was such a beautiful metallic maxi skirt. My next black tie event, GretaKate will be the first person I come to to purchase that outfit. So lovely.
Rachael Langham, Pride Models
Chelsea Eve is a label I’ve had interest in in Adelaide for quite a while now. Her super femme, super girly pieces have become popular with summery beach goddesses all over the state. Now you guys know I’m not the most feminine woman you’ve ever met, but Chelsea Eve has managed to find the relationship I have with femme clothing, create it, and stick it on a runway right in front of me. White leather bralettes, white leather skirts, bralette tops and shorts with almost bright, romantic patterns, beautiful flowy jumpsuits. Absolutely lovely. Illuminated faces, with bold brows, red lips and a statement braided fringe for the Chelsea Eve girls, as seen above on the ever-stunning Rachael Langham form Pride Models. Just the right amount of edge when you want to be a romantic dream babe.
Tanouk was one of the highlights of the night for me. I hadn’t had much exposure to the label before, so watching the incredible designs walk in front of me for the first time was a surprise and a delight. Amazing orange and khaki and royal blue metallic materials dominated the colour palette, with some leopard print, and a tonne of mesh. These mainly panelled designs are a real home run, they are unique, flattering, and completely stunning. I really loved the nods to 80′s fashion energy, and boxing fashion. Even the makeup and hair were refreshingly different – statement white eyebrows and white lips, and sleek plaited ponytails, also with white detail. It’s so lovely to see such innovation and character from a local label – I’m in love.
Jumper: Jay Jays, Skirt: Orbin the Label, Shoes: K-Mart
All in all, I was really impressed with the September Collection. Thank you for inviting me Ben, and everyone involved with the event! Also, you’re very welcome that I didn’t steal one of the gorgeous Guide Dog puppies.
Also, I will include this minor PSA as a response to some negative vibes that have been floating around Adelaide lately (do not read if you just want the fashion stuff): Not all bloggers say nice things because they’re trying to get something from it. Some do, but bloggers with integrity don’t. Some people are just positive about the fashion industry in the town that we live in. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with commenting on what you liked, and shining a well-deserved bright light on the successes of our up and comers. There’s also nothing wrong with focussing on the good things, as a blogger, but in life in general. I can guarantee every relationship you make, whether its personal or business, will be far more fruitful if you focus on the positives of what you do. Nobody likes a negative Nancy.
I was very excited to learn that I would be able to attend the Manning Cartell show this year at MBFWA. I’ve always been a huge huge fan of the Manning sisters’ clean lines, structuring, and interesting silhouettes.
This year was absolutely no exception. Glittering mesh outlined basic designs to make them even more flattering and fabulous, incredible geometric prints, a honeycomb print with cut out panels, pearlescent overtones and and emphasis on boxy shapes all came together to create a beautiful, clean collection. The colour palette was a wonderful contrast to the almost medical cleanliness and strict sculptured nature to the pieces: the colour were all very romantic and delicate, featuring nudes and beiges, creams, peaches and greys. Another amazing element was one of the featured shoes: thick strapped booties, with an ankle strap – an underwhelming description, but they were flawless in both black and white.
Hair and make up were both absolutely perfect. The hair, by Alan White for GHD, complemented the looks wonderfully; smooth poker straight slicked back locks with a braid down the middle – gorgeous. Makeup, by Max May for MAC, featured really clean, lovely faces with a beautiful glow, a focus of thick dark eyebrows and lustrous dark eyes, with a feature lip colour of a light orange. It really looked amazing. So very impressed once again Manning Cartell! x
Aurelio Costarella at MBFWA was really really beautiful; a gorgeous celebration of Aurelio’s 30th anniversary of being in the Australian fashion industry. Titled ‘Retrospect’, this collection seemed to be a summary of all the designs and inspirations that Aurelio has come across and loved over his 30 years. It was also a mix between ready-to-wear and couture, which worked surprisingly well – I couldn’t stop staring at the gorgeous couture to wear in some kind of regal faerie-land daydream, and was ogling the RTW pieces imagining myself in those pieces in my everyday life.
The show was in the box, and so was an installation rather than a ‘show’. Set in a triangle, 20 models stood around the three corners. The art of Waldemar Kolbusz covered the walls of the triangle behind the models, which, according to Aurelio, was ‘a constant source of inspiration’ to him. Another beautiful addition was the acoustic set played by Grace Woodroofe, and headpieces from Reny Kestel, which were incredibly beautiful. My favourite was a black headpiece that covered the models entire face, which made the outfit look almost gothic, in a very wonderful, exquisite way.
Beautiful beautiful collection. Congratulations to Aurelio Costarella on 30 divine years! x
Tonight I packed my bag for MBFWA. This year, it’s especially hard to pack, as I will be staying in Sydney for a further five weeks for training for a new job. So, that’s a lot of clothes. I haven’t packed luggage for a six week stint in many years – it turns out I’m still no good at it! But anyway, this is one of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe at the moment. It is technically a light jacket, but I’m currently obsessed with wearing it like this, as a dress. If I use a thin black belt, its barely noticeable, and all that is focussed on is the excellent drapery, especially around the décolletage area. So beautiful. The shoes are a 90′s slingback mule, beautiful soft leather.
Both are beautiful gifts from a friend of mine who I recently worked on a shoot with, Emily from Red House Vintage. Understatement of the millenium: Emily has an incredible talent for vintage goods. The pieces she manages to find (god knows how!) are just incredible, and more unique, on-trend, and flattering than most vintage stores. Red House Vintage is regularly at Gilles St Markets in Adelaide – if you get a chance, I’d highly recommend going and browsing through. By far one of my favourite vintage stores in Adelaide! See her Facebook here to like away so you can find where RHV will be next: facebook.com/redhousevintage
Im in love with this entire outfit. I avoided this type of drapery and black essentialism for such a long time. I cannot for the life of me remember why. Now, there is no looking back. I’ve started a love affair.
The shoot Emily and I worked on together is a very special something coming up – a collaboration between both of our creative crazy brain cells. I would love to share with you all right now. But I can’t; not just yet anyway. Soon, I promise. Keep your eyes peeled!
See you at MBFWA beauties; I must sleep now, so I don’t miss my flight tomorrow.