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Mosmann Australia Launches M-Series Collection Boxers & Briefs

August 10th, 2011

I recently came across Mosmann underwear and loved their new collection, M-Series. To be completely honest, I’d never heard of them till I found them by accident on the Internet.
So I bought myself a pair and find them being super comfortable, fit perfect and don’t restrict me from doing anything or feeling discomfort… Especially as I’m traveling so much at the moment through Europe.

I’m a briefs boy, so I spoilt myself with a pair, but there are also the mid thigh boxers available. See how the stripes define your contoured body. I really love the feel of them, and recently I have noticed a very big factor in the comfort of underwear – a thick waistband. The blue, silver, red or gold metallic waistband feels wrapped around your waist and the pouch supports my crown jewels nicely.

Get these styles pictured, as well as others online at www.mosmann.com.au or at all good underwear stockists.

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GMK Exclusive Leather Belts, Cuffs and Gloves!

July 27th, 2011

When you first look at the pieces GMK have, you straight away think of them coming from a boutique in Berlin, Amsterdam or Paris. But the great thing is they are designed and made right here in Australia!

Completely unique, you can’t help but stop and take in the appeal of GMK’s unique leather fashion accessories.

Fascinating to look at, interesting to touch, liberating to wear. Each and every piece is handmade, so no two pieces are the same. Each has it’s own characteristics, whether it be the leather belts, cuffs or even the chain leather gloves.

Already ridiculously popular is Europe, the Australian market is lapping up these unique pieces of art. GMK has clothed some of the most famous residents of Europe who wear the amazing designs, created individually for them. GMK is here in Australia to tantilise the tastebuds of the urban and edgy fashionistas.

You’ll find each handmade leather fashion accessory at GMK durable and flawless. It’s an instant talking piece when you wear it out. I know that personally, and also from friends who have GMK products – they are always a big hit!

No, GMK isn’t for everyone. It appeals to those that appreciate inspired, artistic design, and live their lives with confidence, those who’d rather lead than follow, and those that are absolutely comfortable in their own skins.

Go to the website and check out the range, I guarantee you’ll find a piece or two that you will have to have.

www.gmk-exclusive.com

Nomiki Glynatsis Couture – Romance of the Flowers

July 19th, 2011

I don’t normally approach and speak to random people when I’m walking down the street, but this one time I did.

A gorgeous petite girl, with brown ringlets, an elegant couture outfit and shiny black shoes – looking somewhat regal, with a likeness to Josephine Baker, a 1920′s style icon. But it wasn’t the outfit that caught my eye. It was her accessories sparkling at me from meters away.

I said “excuse me, I don’t mean to startle you, but you look absolutely amazing. You look so gracious and just… Just amazing”.

Her name is Nomiki Glynatsis, of Nomiki Glynatsis Couture.

Conceptually born from the extravagant style of the 1920′s, the newest jewellery collection from Nomiki Glynatsis Couture falls nothing short of ultimate decadence.

Elaborately embellished and reminiscent of an Art Deco opulence; each piece has been hand-crafted to perfection and lavishly adorned with jewels.

This collection is called “Romance of the Flowers”, which touches on the essence of romance and femininity spiced with a sence of ethereal charm and beauty. Words really can’t describe how absolutely spectacular this collection is.

Each of the hand-crafted pieces are intricate and delicate in every sense. Nomiki uses a luxurious combination of Swarovski crystals and pearls, using shades of gold, cream and bronze with undertones of silver and antique charcoal. It’s simply a range of sumptuous shades, which are rich, warm and just divine.

A really comforting feature of the collection is the use of vintage beads, sequins and laces sourced both locally in Australia and internationally in Paris.

In 2009, Nomiki took courses at ‘Ecole Lesage’ and also participated in the ‘Paris American Academy’ Couture Intensive Workshop. In 2009 her graduate collection was also featured in the nationally broadcasted NRA Fashion Awards in the Student category. So not only is there love and passion behind each piece, there is skill and experience.

Nomiki’s philosiphy is: ‘Beauty, elegance and perfection, the distinction of fine couture creations’…

The pictures really speak for themselves – I could continue to use words to describe the collection, but they simply dont do it justice.

I urge you to visit the website: www.nomikiglynatsiscouture.com.au

Bondi Designer’s Striking Debut At Social Royalty In Paddington – 2Shae

July 12th, 2011

Photo by Hayden Brotchie

It is any emerging designer’s dream to have their label discovered by an exclusive boutique and to be chosen for the runway in an elite fashion event.

For Shae Fleming, owner of the brand 2Shae, both happened within a week.

Photo by Eden Connell – Zoom in With Eden

The hard work involved in starting her own label were well worth the effort after being invited to be part of Melbourne Fashion Week as an interstate guest label days after her first collection debuted in the upmarket Paddington boutique, Social Royalty.

Photo by Peter Suchecki

Shoppers on Oxford St, including myself, were treated to a surprise on Saturday 25th June, as a team of beautiful models strutted the street towards the boutique wearing 2Shae’s Australian-designed, sourced and manufactured styles. We all know how much I love Australian products!

More than 200 people attended the in-store launch and reveled in the delightful Torbreck wines, which gave that luxurious ‘champagne shopping’ experience, with a fashion parade.

Photos by Ben Scott – Photograph Live

The 2Shae crew included 11 models, a professional hair and makeup team of 5, a video crew, 4 photographers, as well as 3 drivers. “It was a huge team effort,” said Shae. “I wanted to make a scene and make a scene we did.”

Shoppers were forced front row as models strutted the Gould Street shopping strip in Bondi Beach in a guerrilla style parade before jumping into hot cars to take on Paddington’s Oxford Street.

Photo by Peter Suchecki

After seeing first hand the success of the event, it came as no surprise to Dana Randall, manager of Social Royalty, who said:

“The designers we choose to stock are the most promising new talents around the world, and we even have labels that have graced New York and Paris Fashion Week, exclusive to Social Royalty in Australia. 2Shae is already proving a ‘must-have’ for our style savvy customers!”

www.socialroyalty.com.au :: www.2shae.com.au

Social Royalty :: 310 Oxford St, Paddington :: info@socialroyalty.com.au

Where do women go to stand out, be different and feel fabulous? Social Royalty Paddington

July 11th, 2011

Paddington went through tough times when Westfield Bondi Junction opened. Stores closed down and Paddington became a ghost town for retailers. But changes in the past few years has seen the fashion mecca of Sydney bounce back and flourish. This is thanks to fresh new blood pumping through the veins of Paddington – Social Royalty.

What makes Social Royalty so unique to Oxford Street are the brands which are exclusive to Social Royalty in Australia and amounts per style are limited. Women who shop there can be one of the very few to own a unique item.

Walking into the store, you’re greeted by the very sweet Dana, who knows the products inside out. The store feels glamourous, but with a warm feeling. The outfits are spaced out around the walls of the store, looking more like an exhibition – they are presented beautifully because they are beautiful.

Mid range to high end, including designers showing at New York and Paris Fashion Week. There are even the most gorgeous bikinis I have ever seen, definately stop here for this summers beach purchase!

The next big names in fashion and accessories can be found here, and you can be one of the first to have it! Watch out for: TRIAS, Carmelita Couture, Agua Bendita, Henry Hall Jeans and more, which are all instore for you to try on and take home!

Recently, Social Royalty was pleased to welcome home grown brand, 2Shae – a new brand by Bondi designer Shae Fleming.

All of the designers are hand-picked from around the world for their originality and talent for design.

Aussie women are cluey about fashion and in the age of The Sartorialist, most women want their own style rather than trawl through one chain store after another looking like everyone else in mass produced pieces. Boutique shopping is what it’s all about and in Paddington you can find all the best Australian designers stores as well as other fab boutiques.

Be sure to get there and walk out of there with a new outfit to slip into and turn heads.

Social Royalty – 310 Oxford Street, Paddington

www.socialroyalty.com.au

Woolmark Treasure Hunt at Westfield Sydney Campaign Launch

July 8th, 2011

On Thursday afternoon, I was thrilled to be one of a select group of Sydney’s fashion bloggers, gathering at Westfield Sydney to celebrate the launch of the Find Fashion By Feelings Campaign. Myself and other fellow bloggers scoured across the shopping centre following clues Tweeted out from www.twitter.com/welovewool #woolmarktreasurehunt and gathered treasures along the way.

I get invited to many events… but boy this one was the best by far!  Running around Westfield Sydney with my partner in crime Sydney Fashion Blogger, Antoinette Marie, following clues posted on Twitter, to find hidden balls of wool in the centre was incredible, fast paced and fabulously exhausting fun! But well worth every second of it.

It’s creative events like this that make campaigns successful.  They fused the raw fibre and social media together seamlessly!

In this instance, treasures didn’t take on the form of pots of gold or buried diamonds, instead we all pieced together clues to find little knitted balls, some embellished with beads and cute little pom poms!

The Woolmark Blogger Treasure Hunt marked the launch of the Find Fashion By Feelings campaign which has been created to engage fashion lovers from around the world on an emotional level, the ‘Find Fashion By Feelings’ Campaign asks the fashion savvy to post, tag and promote their style and share their love of wool.

From the UK, USA, Europe, Australia & New Zealand, ‘Find Fashion By Feelings’ is an interactive campaign which asks fashionistas to show how their look makes them feel.

What a fantastic day I had – and I have to say now as I type this, I’m completely buggered! Who would have thought running up and down the marble floors of Westfield Sydney could be so tiring?! I’d hate to think what it was like for Sydney Fashion Blogger who was in high-heels!!

Check out the campaign on www.fashionbyfeelings.com and read all about the competition in the post below.

WE LOVE WOOL! Find Fashion By Feelings

July 7th, 2011

Today, Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) launched ”Find Fashion by Feelings” and will run from July 7th to September 30th.

Fashionistas are invited to upload a picture of themselves wearing at least one piece of wool clothing which best describes any of the following ‘feelings’ :

Happy, Seductive, Cute, Beautiful, Nostalgic, Natural, Chic, Powerful, Loved, Dark, Active and Unique.

So what will the lucky entrant win?


The Grand Prize if the Winner lives in Australia includes: A $3,000 Westfield Shopping Gift Card, 6 nights in a 5 Star Sydney Hotel, domestic airfares (if needed), a visit to a Merino Farm (The visit will filmed and the video showcased online afterwards), a $6,000 Travel Voucher, 2 pairs of EMU Australia boots, a personal styling for the Winner and a dinner for two in Westfleld Sydney. How awesome is that!

There are also 12 weekly Prizes of a EMU Australia Prize Pack consisting of apparel and footwear, valued at $400 each.

A little background on Woolmark:

We all know the Woolmark brand is one of the most recognised textile symbols in the world. A product bearing the Woolmark logo indicates that it has been independently tested as a high quality woollen product with guaranteed fibre content.

The logo on a product provides consumers with an assurance of quality. AWI invests heavily in research, development and marketing along the global supply chain for Australian wool, from Woolgrowers, through to retailers.

Australia produces the finest Merino wool in the world. 100% natural, biodegradable & sustainable.

GET INVOLVED BY JOINING: www.facebook.com/welovewool

OR BY VISITING THE WEBSITE: www.WeLoveWool.com

Westfield Sydney Launches World-First Premium Services Offer

July 5th, 2011

Last week I was shopping at Westfield Sydney and walked past the luxurious suite pictured above. I had to know more!

In a world first, Westfield Sydney announced the launch of the Westfield Sydney Concierge Services Suite powered by Quintessentially a few weeks back, offering shoppers access to services never before available from a shopping centre concierge team.

Complementing the centre’s premium fashion and food offer, the Westfield Sydney Concierge Suite powered by Quintessentially will offer a range of services including:

• Personal shopping

• Personal and group styling

• Home and office delivery

• Business services

• Car hire and booking service

• Drive and dine booking service for Westfield Sydney restaurants

• Event ticketing

• Floral services

• Function room hire

• Online airport check-in

• Travel arrangements

In addition to these great services, the in-centre Quintessentially team can provide shoppers access to exclusive services until now only available to their members through pay per usage memberships.

Westfield Sydney Concierge Services are available from the Westfield Sydney Concierge Services Suite located on Level Six, Westfield Sydney Pitt Street Mall, call 02 8236 9257 or email quintessentiallywestfieldsydney@au.westfield.com.

Oishi-m’s Funky Baby Jeans Proudly Supporting Jeans for Genes

July 1st, 2011

Throughout the month of July Oishi-m will be donating $10 from every pair of their über cool baby jeans sold on www.oishi-m.com to Jeans for Genes.

Victorian children’s label Oishi-m are proud to be supporting the worthwhile work of Jeans for Genes in raising funds and building awareness for the Children’s Medical Institute.

The super cute kiddies brand is renowned for their little jeans that fit nappy bottoms and cater for growth.

“Specialising in denim for busy nappy bottomed little people, it’s a natural fit for us to support the research for the same little people who wear our little jeans.” Says Fi McPherson the mastermind behind the ingenious designs and fabric hoarder behind this little brand.

‘As parents of young children ourselves we’re know too well the debilitating impact disease and birth defects can have on a young life and that of it’s family. We’re hoping our small contribution can help not only raise awareness but funds to Jeans for Genes and the Children’s Medical Institute.’ as expressed by Miyo Fallshaw the marketing and sales mastermind behind the fun little label fronted by a ‘doo doo pickle’.

Oishi-m’s functional range of jeans, trackpants, skirts and bottoms are indestructible and come equipt with the original ‘Tummy Toastie’ to keep bub’s tummy comfortably warm and covered. Our tops including shrugs and t’s are versatile for layering and growth spurts. Made in Victoria with love and are proud to support Jeans for Genes.

About Jeans for Genes – www.jeansforgenes.org.au
Jeans for Genes is a major fundraising event for the Children’s Medical Research Institute. It’s held every year on the first Friday of August, this year held on Friday the 5th of August. Each year more than two million Australians wear their favourite jeans and donate much needed funds to support vial genetic research to advance the prevention and treatment of disease, leading to healther generations of children. www.jeansforgenes.com.au

www.oishi-m.com

Aleona Invelito – Young and Ambitious Designer

June 29th, 2011

Aleona Invelito is a young and ambitious Melbourne based designer. I met Aleona at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week this year, and was really pleased to meet another creative Australian fashion designer.

Aleona Invelito is a womenswear label, based and designed in Melbourne using some of the best fabrics Australia, New Zealand and Europe have to offer. Their fabrics are natural too – containing 100% natural and organic fibers.

Feeling beautiful and comfortable in quality fabrics, with impeccable attention to detail is what Aleona has in mind when creating her collections. I love the fact she designs the outfits to mix and match – so it’s possible to mix elegance, with a touch of romance, all with a tailored fitting.

The girl that this label is best suited to is the one who looks forward to catching up with girlfriends on the weekend, enjoying brunch and a care-free catch-up. Or perhaps a relaxed night out at a romantic dinner and drinks with her partner. She is a fun, outgoing, relaxed girl, who oozes style and grace.

The photos speak for themselves! Check them out and check out the website: www.aleonainvelito.com

Bizarre Bazaar Returns to Sydney’s Sussex Lane

June 29th, 2011


Sydney’s shoppers can once again flock to Sussex Lane for Bizarre Bazaar, the pop-up twilight market on Thursday 30 June.
I spoke to Christopher McLaren, founder of Bizarre Bazaar, “Crowds are anticipated to arrive in masses – all clammering for first pick of a fantastic range of clothing and jewellery. We have DJ Gian Arpino set to provide our guests with some great beats and a fantastic vibe all night. With fantastic shopping and an array of bars and restaurants, guests will be entertained for four hours in the intimate setting of Sussex Lane.”
Bizarre Bazaar is a community project occuring on a monthly basis exploring Sydney’s laneways and public spaces. More information is available online at www.bizarrebazaar.info or follow Bizarre Bazaar on Twitter for regular updates.

It’s a great initiative, a great concept and a great evening out… So get a group together for after work drinks and a shop all in one!

Urban Boulder – The Latest In Creative Jewelry Design

June 24th, 2011

I’d like to introduce you to an amazing new foray in the jewelry landscape. Sourced from Australia and based out of New York.

Urban Boulder create contemporary jewelry inspired by the urban environment and crafted with natural precious elements. They draw upon every day, but often overlooked, details from the environment around us and reinterpret the shapes with boulder opal and silver into beautiful pieces of jewelry.

Classified in the same category as diamonds, boulder opal – which makes up only a tiny fraction of the opal mined – contains every color of the rainbow. No two stones are ever the same, so all of the pieces are one of a kind and absolutely glorious.

Lisa Simpson and Remo Carbone, Urban Boulder designers are based in New York City, where they live, and where their urban landscape inspires them in all of their designs. They buy our opal directly from independent miners in outback Queensland (Australia), which makes the jewelry a precious product of an exciting journey.

Below is a behind the scenes creation video, which captures the essence of this clever and beautiful brand.

Check them out at www.UrbanBoulder.com or www.facebook.com/urbanboulder and also www.twitter.com/urbanboulder

Organic Baby Gifts, Good For Baby And Good For The Environment

June 20th, 2011

In keeping with emerging “organic” popularity, Babycupcakes, an award-winning Australian internet based baby gift service has recently expanded its range of baby gifts to include bouquets of certified organic clothing. This works so perfectly for me – as I have a couple of friend’s having babies while I am traveling through Europe this year and I can simply order online!

“Mothers are increasingly dressing their babies in organic clothing. The garments are safer for baby because they are free from pesticides and chemicals, and gentler on their skin. The added bonus is that organic clothing is also good for the environment! Our new range of organic baby gifts appeal to environmentally conscious gift buyers” states Marianne Camper, co-owner and co-founder of Babycupcakes.

An Organic Double Delight Baby Bouquet is made from 100% certified organic cotton baby clothing, and contains four bodysuits, four baby hats and four pairs of baby socks. Packaged in a flurry of wrap and labelled with ingredients, this baby gift bouquet will amaze the recipient!

The bouquets cost $147.00 (including Australia-wide delivery) and are available in Pink, Blue or Natural.

www.babycupcakes.com

Yarn Bombing Martin Place!

June 14th, 2011

The mission was to create a bit of a scene and build awareness around World Wide Knit In Public Day – and by yarn bombing Martin Place, they did just that!

From 7am on Friday the 10th of June, a creative team of yarn bombing enthusiasts set upon Martin Place to brighten up everyone’s morning. The response was fantastic, with lots of passers by getting involved. From the corporate man to some school children and everyone in between, the yarn bombing was well received by all – and of course great fun too!

I’m sure you are wondering what all this yarn bombing was in aid of… well in an ongoing event, starting on Saturday 11th June, Australian Country Spinners will host a public ‘knit in’ at the same location. The objective of the event is to get people to teach more people to knit and knit squares for the Save the Children Foundation. The squares will then be stitched into blankets which will be distributed by the Foundation.

www.wool.com

Bizarre Bazaar Brings Sydney’s Sussex Laneway Alive For One Night Only

May 19th, 2011

After interviewing Christopher McLaren on the radio show I do at Bondi 88 FM with Corby-Sue, I fell in love with his idea, his concept and his drive. It’s come to life and it’s now time for you to discover Sydney’s hottest young designers at Bizarre Bazaar, the pop-up twilight market this Thursday (tonight!!) between 5 and 9pm at Sussex Lane, Sydney.

“Bizarre Bazaar is a landmark event in Sydney’s fashion calendar, where the public are invited to experience cutting-edge fashion and explore the zenith of our emerging laneway culture,” said Christopher McLaren, Event Coordinator, A Series Of Fortunate Events.

“Snuggled in between the walls of Sussex Lane, fashion and music will blend to create an intimate shopping experience for all guests.  For four hours only, Bizarre Bazaar gives you the opportunity to purchase collections from 30 local fashion designers – unique, modern, ready-to-wear garments handmade by talented professionals.”

“It’s an opportunity that simply can’t be missed for both designers and Sydney’s fashion-savvy.”

Matt Young of Nine to Five Online spoke about Bizarre Bazaar – “Pop-up markets have really become a staple in the Sydney fashion scene, but it’s so refreshing to see one incorporating all elements of its surrounds; bars, eateries, fashion, shopping, it’s all here.  Bizarre Bazaar has taken the basic elements of a pop-up market and transformed it into a shopper’s paradise.”

Wander between any of the four participating laneway bars, enjoying the fantastic food and beverages designed specially for the event. Soak up the beats of Small Bar’s resident DJ who will be mixing decks for guests high atop the terrace balcony.

A phenomenal opportunity to get up close and personal with Sydney’s most talented young designers.  Show your support by spreading the word – this is a one-off event that can’t be missed!

It’s time a little more Melbourne came to Sydney!

Learn more at www.bizarrebazaar.info and I will see you there on the night – I can’t wait!!!

Rosemount Australian Fashion Week 2011 – Michael Lo Sordo

May 13th, 2011

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There’s always one show during Fashion Week that completely blows your mind.

After Bowie’s show on the Friday, I sat at the Rosemount Botanics bar with friends and discussed the week. What show stood out most. For me, it was undoubtedly Michael Lo Sordo.

After the success of his outstanding SS10/11 collection last year, my anticipation was high.

For SS11/12, the Michael Lo Sordo collection was inspired by the silhouettes of the seventies, but this collection took the Michael Lo Sordo girl into a time of her own. It is accurately described as rays of crisp white dispersing dark clouds and morphing into a rainbow of pastels. Gelato blues, pinks and yellows penetrate through the garments.

The hazing smokey design which wafted through a portion of the collection was just perfection, and you can’t help but notice the delicate pleating which carried your eyes from first to last sight of each model.

Yes the collection is simply exquisite. But it wasn’t just the garments that created the show. Michael knows how to get deep inside the mind and emotions of people – creating an ambience inside the room, where every single person felt completely taken away. Relaxed. Cleansed. Instead of a mash-up of many club songs or old favourites, it was the simple, low key yet dramatic 9 minute tune by Mychael Danna (used in my video above) which totally changed the whole ideal for a fashion week catwalk – and it’s a credit to Michael.

Michael Lo Sordo is taking ‘timeless’ into the future, marking the Michael Lo Sordo girl as the new unforgettable essence of style.

Photography by Michael Greves

Rosemount Australian Fashion Week 2011 – Fernando Frisoni

May 13th, 2011


Fernando Frisoni showed his Summer 2011 womenswear collection entitled ʻZoraʻ offsite at the point of the Sydney Opera House during Rosemount Australian Fashion Week. The clouds disappeared and the sun shined over the beautiful harbour. Everyone has the opportunity to sit front row, with the maze-like catwalk running up and down the length of the marquee.

The Brazilian born designerʼs fourth womenswear collection sees Frisoni go back to his roots and truly realize his brand DNA. Inspired by the 1920ʼs, a decade of a modern era in fashion, a decade in which women first liberated themselves from constricting fashions and began to wear more relaxed shapes and embrace androgyny. Also drawn in by the minimalism of 1960′s op art sees Frisoniʼs summer collection take on a palate of mainly black and white.

The luxury silk-blend mesh and textured linens in modern blends took to the stage, impressing the audience. Silhouettes are loose and to be worn with ease and confidence. A boyish pair of board shorts made in the finest luxury silk crepe, crisp white cotton shirting complete with capes and tails, and beautiful textured silk low crutch pants. The silk fringes transport the 1920ʼs into a todayʼs ultramodern shapes.

The collection reflects two sides; the black and the white; the naughty (the flapper) and the well behaved (the aristocrat). Androgynous, sexy, timeless and chic. ʻZoraʼ is the perfect balance of the 60ʼs and 20ʼs, showcasing shapes which reflect a futurist existence, the Fernando Frisoni woman is sophisticated but simple, sheʼs modern, original and powerful.

His Summer 11 collection brings with it personality, attitude and glamour where nothing is compulsory and individuality is everything ʻZoraʼ. A simple collection. A divine location. A fabulous affair. Well done Fernando.

Rosemount Australian Fashion Week 2011 – Raffles

May 13th, 2011

Raffles show a great success” tweeted Glynis Traill-Nash, one of Australia’s most prominent fashion editors, from her front row seat. Raffles College of Design and Commerce made a triumphant debut on the Rosemount Australian Fashion Week runway.  Showcasing a selection of talented past students from Raffles colleges both here and abroad, Raffles came to the fore as a prominent leader in fashion education.

The Raffles RAFW International Showcase featured three Sydney Bachelor of Design (Fashion Design) graduates who were recently awarded the opportunity to showcase their work to fashion’s most respected and renowned critics from both Australia and abroad, by a panel of industry experts who included:  Dan Single (Ksubi), Nicola Finetti and Akira Isogawa.  Joining the home grown talent were two international graduates from the Raffles Shanghai and Singapore campus’.

The Raffles RAFW International Showcase featured:

• Byron McGilvray (Byron Bay, Australia);

• Peggy Hartanto (Sydney, Australia);

• Winson Tan (Sydney, Australia);

• Crystal Tsoi (Sydney, Australia);

• Erin Loh (Singapore);

• Zhigang ‘Del’ Chen (Shanghai, China).

With designs that demonstrated innovative thinking, commercial appeal and the exploration of trends, the showcase certainly impressed me, with positive feedback flowing in from all directions post show.

“Participating in RAFW will forever be a shimmering moment in my career,” explains Australian designer Peggy Hartanto of her RAFW experience. “The show went really well, even beyond my expectation.  To be involved in RAFW was really meaningful to me especially as a new, young designer. It is a big stepping stone into the industry for me.”

“Having designers from Shanghai and Singapore as part of the mix of our spring summer 2011 collection really defines the meaning of an Australia-Pacific fashion week,” explains Robert de Giovanni, Raffles Program Director, Fashion Design & Fashion Marketing.  “As the only private education provider participating in RAFW, Raffles fashion program is the only program of its kind in Australia that can really lay claim to be interacting with global markets to which our students now have direct access. Our course feeds directly into both established and emerging markets throughout the region in a way which is unique.”

A clean cut, smooth running and entertaining show… I thoroughly enjoyed myself. These guys really know how to put on a stylish show.

Rosemount Australian Fashion Week 2011 – Bowie

May 12th, 2011

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The room was packed full of celebrities, editors, fashion critics and people who knew the Bowie show was going to be a grand finale to Fashion Week 2011.

Bowie Wong has etched his name into the fashion industry, creating a name for himself as a leading Australian couturier.

The was dark, then lit up with a central smoke display pouring down from the roof onto an oval shaped display of sea salt on the floor. As the show began, you could tell this was going to be special.

The collection named Paper Crane automatically tells you what it is going to be about – complexity, precision and delicacy. Going back to his Japanese heritage, the delicate art of origami was used, along with intricate beading, tulle, sequins and fabrics oozing character. Black, red, white and silver, along with gorgeous oriental prints floated along the oval shaped catwalk.

Each of these garments had the audience captured.

One of my standout collections of fashion week – absolutely breathtaking.

Photography by Robert Rosen

Rosemount Australian Fashion Week 2011 – Rachel Gilbert

May 11th, 2011

As you may know, I absolute adore Rachel Gilbert. Gracious style, edgy and modern design, with intricate detailing. This woman know exactly what the fashionable women of today want and need.

Rachel Gilbert launched her Cruise Collection 11/12 “Binding measures” to a crowded room of industry elite, fashionistas and celebrities including Kate Waterhouse, Erika Heynatz, Marvin Priest, Singer Prinnie, Laura Csortan, Emma Freedman and April Rose Pengilly to name but a few.

The vibe was powerful and confident as Rachel Gilbert presented a collection revealing her signature style and also the brand new and highly anticipated Ready to Wear collection, all inspired by the female body form.

Staying true to the brand, luxurious fabrics and embellished hand beaded red carpet designs, Rachel Gilbert recreated the infamous evening gowns and transformed them into a dramatic and feminine form fitting elegance. Dripping in over a million dollars worth of Jan logan diamonds, each gown celebrated a fresh sorbet palette of crisp whites, citrus limes and apricot accents, balanced with neutral nude undertones.

The collection reinvents a new style for sexy with hemlines lengthening and necklines rising. The combination of structured paneling, sequins and silks juxtaposed against each other to create a unique feminine silhouette. While the Ready To Wear shows a strength through defined trimmings and structure combined with hardware, spikes and open zip detailing.

We were all taken on an urban and whimsical dream with the collaboration of Violinist Jane Cho and DJ Simon Pongrass, inventing a unique fusion between classical and hip-hop music. The soundtrack highlighted the distinct contrast between the bold and feminine designs.

Rachel Gilbert demonstrated why her garments are so highly sought after with lavish and embellished designs that have the ability to take you from black tie to brunch chic. Setting a prominent tone for the season, “Binding Measures” focuses on powerful and confident women

…and that’s why we all love her.

Rosemount Australian Fashion Week 2011 – Kirrily Johnston

May 9th, 2011

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The Kirrily Johnston SS 2011/12 show was held at one of Sydney’s most loved venues – Icebergs at Bondi Beach. The venue alone said many things – this collection is not going to be wasting our time.

Seating positioned around the every wall of Icebergs was sure to have everyone front row – and of course our gift bags waiting too!

Around 250 people squeezed into the space which was completely repainted to suit the colours from the neutral earthy toned collection, by main sponsor Dulux.

Many different textures, with inserts of various fabrics including leather and suede. In terms of colour and “Wow” factor, the show was very safe, but the delicious caramels, taupes and cinnamons delighted all.

But why don’t you be a judge and have a look for yourself. Check out the footage I took at the show.

www.kirrilyjohnston.com

Rosemount Australian Fashion Week 2011 – Alex Perry

May 9th, 2011

Alex Perry was the first show to kick off Fashion Week for me. I had pretty high expectations, as most do when it comes to Alex Perry. Thankfully I can say, my expectations were met.

It was Cuban Princess collection that dropped many jaws, with a fresh and fabulous array of tantalising colours, textures and materials. This collection made me feel… On holidays. It’s time to turn up the music and party!

Alex Perry’s latest collection is inspired by festival fun, sultry nightlife, and the crisp upper class – a simmering melting pot know as Havana, Cuba… a fusion that is the essence of this politically charged paradise.

Let the heady Latina beats lead your feet as white hot tailoring cuts through the heat. Stay cool in cigar shirt-dresses that reflect a classic note. Precisely fitted and cinched jackets with sharp double-stitched collars reference a Spanish pedigree.

Out came the party dresses in Tamale red silk trimmed with Curacao blue that were ready to Rumba. Dangerously tight dresses in colour-blocked mojitos of Pomegranate, Blood Orange and Pepper shook up the catwalk. Cut away necklines and cheeky hems in spiced shades delivered an intoxicating medley.

Pools of Caribbean aqua refresh the palette with voluminous patio gowns made of silk georgette and necklines that glimmer like a crystal ocean… perfection for languishing on the wide veranda. Long billowing evening skirts slashed high to reveal a flash of tanned thigh, teamed with floral prints that made a sensational splash.

I was a big fan of the glossy slick of deep noir sequins, which intensified the mood to scorching and the serious glitterati come out to play.

An awesome collection… This was most certainly one that stayed up high on my list of favourite shows during fashion week.

www.alexperry.com.au

GIDEON SHOES – Ethical, Unique, Fashionable and Australian

April 20th, 2011

GIDEON SHOES launched in 2010 with a range of, unique, fashionable and well made Australian shoes.

But it’s the story behind GIDEON SHOES which made me really take notice of this brand…

In 2007 Matt and Naomi Noffs started The Street University – a retreat for marginalised kids in Western Sydney. Two years later Matt and his brother Rupert came up with the idea of a shoe company whose profits would sustain it, and GIDEON SHOES was born.

Their first step was to head to Asia in early 2010 to find a manufacturer, but this research trip led them down a dark, unwelcoming path.

After visiting factories filled with both adults and children working in unacceptable conditions it soon became obvious that having GIDEON SHOES manufactured overseas simply wasn’t an option. We’re in an age where supporting sweat-shops and outsourced fashion is unforgiveable.

Today, production takes place in Australia under ethical, safe and monitored conditons – a feat for any shoe manufacturer. Even better, the shoes are handmade almost entirely from Australian materials, including cane toad hide and kangaroo leather.

GIDEON SHOES are hand-crafted and anti-sweatshop, meaning you can wear them with pride, and with your beliefs on your feet.

This is what I love about GIDEON SHOES. The shoes are ethical, they look great and they last. The unusual materials make them really unique and the large range of colours and styles really make this an obvious choice if you’re after a casual shoe.

Go on, take the first step to make a difference and having choices: www.gideon.com.au

Mademoiselle Butterfly by Ilse Couture

April 11th, 2011

I recently met a stunning woman who captured me in every possible way. Not only do we share the exact same birthday, she is also a European bombshell, she is friendly, creative and a fashion designer. Her name is Ilze Skestere.

Ilse Couture is her new high-end fashion label. The Spring/Summer 2011 collection called Mademoiselle Butterfly is inspired by her own travel adventures, french vogue and fascination with butterflies.

The collection consists of sensual silk dresses with dynamic prints, rich colours, modern voluptuous silhouettes, draped forms and occasional sparkle of Swarovski crystals. Couture finishes and unique silks emphasize the luxurious nature of the range.

The collection also features some exquisite one-off pieces. Ilse Couture is sure to make any woman feel ultra-feminine, sophisticated, sensual, daring and individual.

Check out her website and get yourself one of her amazing creations.

www.ilsecouture.com

Antonia Paris Fashion Influenced By European Style

April 8th, 2011

ANTONIA PARIS is a Sydney-based fashion designer who, since graduating from the Fashion Business Intelligence Private College and attending ESMOD (Ecole Supérieure des Arts et Techniques de la Mode) in Sydney, has developed a growing label that continues to revamp itself.

ANTONIA PARIS has a love of great design and has always designed for the confident, nonchalant woman. The inspiration from this ANTONIA PARIS woman led to her first collection, which was shown in Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2008, Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival 2008, Rosemount Australian Fashion Week 2008 and Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2009.

This year ANTONIA PARIS returns to the Rosemount Australian Fashion Week with vigor, showcasing her 2011/2012 Spring Summer collection.

Her passion for design and her love of travelling enabled her to expand her fashion vision. She has travelled through China, South Africa, Dubai, New-York, Los Angeles, Italy and France just to name a few.

Her first collection was influenced by European style, which was again a key theme for her follow up collection focusing on timeless Parisian style. Her eye for quality fabric and upcoming trends from the international runway has helped her develop the ANTONIA PARIS label into what it is today.

Previously the collections were available only on a made-to-order basis. However, ANTONIA PARIS is expanding her brand with the upcoming collection to be stocked in stores and available through her online store, accessible at www.antoniaparis.com.

Fashionable Clothing For Real Women – Sacred Collections

March 31st, 2011

Now we all know fashions aren’t just for size 6 women. So this is why I love what Sacred Collections has brought to the table for real women with real bodies, who are fashion conscious and love to look beautiful.

Sacred Collections launch their A/W Collection tomorrow (1st April) which provides sizing for the everyday woman – from 10 – 22 – meaning every woman can add a touch of chic this Winter in beautiful apparel.

They are an ambitious and emerging Australian label, with plenty of experience behind them, providing fashionable and quality clothing for all women.

Check out their website www.SacredCollections.com.au or their facebook page here.

The Fragrances Which Are Taking The US By Storm! Eau de Nous.

March 29th, 2011

I love when I have been given great opportunities tell all of my readers about great products that are accessible to us here in Australia, which are doing big things overseas – particularly in the US.

Taking the US by storm and available online Internationally for the world to smell is Eau De Nous, the brainchild of 2 gorgeous and talented sisters Daya and Vally Fernandez which founded the label in 2010.

Eau de Nous was created from a simple, undaunted concept—bringing loved ones together through simple yet sophisticated fragrances. As the brainchild behind two relentlessly determined sisters, Eau de Nous stems from the notion that affordability does not compromise quality – as well as choice with 2 sizes, 10ml and 100ml sizes.

This quality should not be altered but rather transcend generational gaps and social status. Motivated to create a product which appeals to all and yet retains its creativity, these two sisters set out to make a series of fragrances which reminded them of their childhood.

From this innocuous concept, Eau de Nous was born to bring together the subtle yet sublime scents of nature (citrus, gardenias, lilies, roses, jasmine, etc…) in a versatile line of cologne for everyday occasions — to accompany any given mood at any given time.

Unrestrained by convention, Daya and Vally are determined to stay true to the philosophy behind their creation — “inspired by nature, designed by passion.”

There is a massive list of celebrities who own Eau de Nous and are avid supporters of the Los Angeles based beauties. Even US Harper’s Bazaar recently named Eau De Nous as the MUST HAVE BEAUTY ITEM this season – so it’s making an impact in it’s infancy in the fashion world and the celebrity circles. Just some of these fabulous names include: Demi Moore – who has all of them, Odette Yustman, Jennifer Morrison – she also has all of them, Paris Hilton, Nicky Hilton, Racheal Leigh Cook, Jaime Presley, Natasha Alam, Ali Later, Hayden Panettiere, Mila Kunis and Britany Snow.

Visit www.eaudenous.com for more information and to purchase the scents online. They also have a Facebook page: Eau De Nous and also Twitter: @EaudeNous

FILM REVIEW: Yves Saint Laurent: Pierre Bergé, L’Amour Fou

March 27th, 2011

One of the most glorious movies I’ve seen in quite a while. Yves Saint Laurent: Pierre Bergé, L’Amour Fou. A beautiful film about the lives of these two men who spent a lifetime working, living and loving together.

I watched it in a private screening last week at the Chauvel Cinema in Paddington as part of the French Film Festival in Sydney, but it is traveling around the country until the 10th of April, last day in Sydney is Sunday the 27th of March.

Anyway, back to the movie. It’s absolutely beautiful. I felt quite emotional throughout much of the film. It really was an emotional rollercoaster for me – some points I was happy, then I’d be sad, then happy, then really sad, a little sad, then happy.

What got me was the raw and honest love between Yves and Pierre, that two people could love eachother so much through the life they both led, and stuck it out through thick and thin, all the way to Yves death on the 1st of June 2008.

The documentary takes you on a journey through the highs and lows (but mainly highs) of the fashion empire which Yves created with Pierre, showcasing some of the most fabulous designs, not to mention the homes, artworks and sculptures the couple bought throughout their successful careers – all the way back to when Yves was Christian Dior’s assistant.

It’s the instrumental that begins the film, and sets the mood. This carries on throughout the film, adding to the desperation behind the kind, yet shy eyes of YSL. In interviews throughout the film, you see he finds it hard to make eye contact with people, and with the camera. He is almost permanently nervous.

It begins at the funeral of YSL in June 2008, and ends with the Christie’s auction which saw most of the couples art, furniture and sculptures sold for ten of millions of dollars each, including works from Mondrian, Matisse and Picasso. It was the most valuable private collection in history, raising $477 million dollars which partially went to the Yves Saint Laurent Foundation, which provides scientific research in fighting AIDS.

This is a MUST SEE film for any fashion lover, which is told from the heart and through the mouth of Pierre Bergé himself. A true French film, with passion and raw emotion which is captured in a way, that only French films can.

I left that cinema thinking about the film. That night I thought about it. The next day, thinking about it… and the day after that.

www.frenchfilmfestival.org

2011 Prix de marie claire Awards supported by Magnum Temptation

March 25th, 2011

Last night’s Prix de marie claire Awards were celebrated with the who’s who of fashion, beauty and entertainment at a glamorous evening ceremony at Fox Studios hosted by Jackie Frank, Publisher/Editor of marie claire.

A star-studded line up of guests graced the red carpet including Megan Gale, Sophie Monk, Lara Bingle, Erika Heynatz, Erin McNaught and Rachael Finch joined by Australia’s most accomplished designers Akira, Alex Perry, Collette Dinnigan, Dion Lee, Camilla Freeman-Topper & Marc Freeman, Carla Zampatti, Aurelio Costarella, Terry Biviano, Kym Ellery, Jacob Luppino & Anthony Pittorini, Lisa Ho, Jayson Brunsdon, Yeojin Bae, Josh Goot, Kit Willow, Nicky & Simone Zimmerman, Therese Rawsthorne, Anna Plunkett & Luke Sales, Sarah-Jane Clarke & Heidi Middleton, for the exclusive black tie gala during which marie claire honoured and acknowledged Australia’s best fashion designers, brands and products through a hand-selected group of international and local marie claire judges.

In true marie claire style, the event was one to remember for the 250 guests. Upon arrival, guests mingled while enjoying a glass of Moet & Chandon, before being ushered beyond the eight metre walls of a mysterious structure in the centre of the room.

Guests discovered a lavish Parisian courtyard where they were seated at mirrored tables, reflecting the candlelight and chandeliers around them. Following a sumptuous three course meal by renowned caterers JOHNANDPETER, the room darkened and the Piazza walls suddenly disappeared to reveal the dramatic entrance of forty models dressed in gowns designed by the celebrated fashion finalists.

The 2011 Fashion winners included WILLOW, who took out the prestigious Best Australian Designer Award; Alex Perry for Best Australian Designer (Readers Choice): Ellery won the Best new up and coming Designer; sass & bide won Best Australian Fashion Brand; Cue, who won Best Australian Fashion Brand (Reader’s Choice) and Carla Zampatti who won the Special Achievement Award.

The 2011 Beauty Award winners included Best Fragrance, Calvin Klein EDP; Best Skincare Product (Splurge), Dermalogica Ultra Calming Serum Concentrate; Best Skincare Product (Steal) Dr. LeWinn’s  Facial Moisturising Lotion SPF 30+; Best Make-Up Product (Splurge), Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Colour; and Best Make-Up Product (Steal),  Rimmel London Volume Flash X10 Mascara.

ROCK TO YOUR OWN BEAT This AW2011 – With CHRISSY L Accessories ‘GLAMROCK” Collection

March 16th, 2011


The sun is always shining no matter what the season and with this year’s Chrissy L Accessories AW2011 Collection; fittingly called ‘GLAMROCK’. You’ll feel like a Rockstar in arguably one of designer’s Chrissy Leighton’s most fashion forward collections to date.

Gorgeous Chrissy L chats about the new collection in the quick video below:

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The ‘GLAMROCK’ AW2011 Campaign was shot on home soil in Sydney, Australia at a palatial Rose Bay harbor mansion and exudes a new direction for the label; one which combines the glitz & glamour in every piece that has become a staple but also one which now adds a BOHO Princess vibe and really pushes the label into new territory.

Styled by one of Australia’s Premier fashionista identities; Cosmopolitan Australia Magazines Chief Fashion Editor Nicole Adolphe, the overall theme really sees a strong , decadent and lush vibe present for the AW2011 Collection.

“The color palettes across the pieces play with the staple colors fans have come to love – including vibrant turquoise, coral, white, browns, creams and Black mixed with the customary Chrissy L Bling & a dash of BOHO.

“Spending so much time abroad this year as our label grows stateside has greatly influenced this new collection”, says Designer Chrissy Leighton.

“From Vintage Shopping in New York, The Glam life in Los Angeles and the hectic pace of Hong Kong – each place really influenced parts of this collection – the pieces are almost diary entries in my travels abroad this year”.

Appearances on some of the world’s most recognisable women also show that the label is making leaps and bounds in the industry from red carpet turns with Tina Fey, Mila Kunis, Minka Kelly, Shontelle, Melanie Brown, Amber Lancaster, Rihanna and seen on downtime moments gracing the likes of Britney Spears and Eva Longoria. With the label finding its place in the celebrity world, each collection really moves to really wow both celebrity but more importantly the everyday woman.

Visit www.chrissyl.com.au to view entire collection.

Adrian Erdedi Celebrates Two Birthdays!

March 15th, 2011

One year ago, this website was launched – which also happened to be my own birthday as well.

I’d like to thank every single one of my fabulously loyal readers, contributors with special mention to Brett Willis and Stewart Noble and my wonderful advertisers.

Without all of you, the website would not be the success it is today, and success shows in figures with 138,887 unique visitors in 169 countries.

Thankyou once again – you have all in someway contributed in writing about all of the things I love, and being able to tell you honestly about all of the things I’m passionate about with class and taste.

Please feel free to add and follow me on FACEBOOK or TWITTER, or even email me: adrian@adrianerdedi.com for news, information regarding advertising, press releases, product reviews or interviews.

Love Adrian Erdedi xx

www.AdrianErdedi.com

Get Prepared For a Season Of Leopard

March 11th, 2011

On Monday the 7th of March, I celebrated Maria Venuti’s birthday which was a momentous occasion. But who other then Maria Venuti can be the biggest advocate for leopard print clothing? It has to be Estilo Emporio.

It’s all about prints, and to celebrate Maria’s birthday, I’ve chosen just a few of the leopard print accesories you can purchase from the very sexy Autumn/Winter 2011 collection.

Bag: $485, Shoes: $399 and Belt: $99.

Visit www.estiloemporio.com.au or the store – 168A Lilyfield Rd, Leichhardt.

My Favourite Gown At The Oscars – Cate Blanchett’s Givenchy

March 1st, 2011

There really isn’t any other person I could think of that could pull off this timeless Givenchy Haute Couture gown at the 2011 Oscars.

Cate Blanchett is truly the epitome of timeless and classic elegance, with an eerie yet warm ghostly presence. The perfect gown, suited to the perfect woman.

Her stunning lavender gown, with lavender and yellow beading, the gorgeous framing around the upper torso and the perfectly aligned shoulders exude both structure and poise – both of which Cate oozes.

Lightly accesorised with subtle jewels by Van Cleef & Arpels.

This was by far my favourite gown… Absolutely spectacular.

Bulgari Rose Gold And Ceramic B.Zero Rings!

February 23rd, 2011

They have been out for a little while, but still worth a mention. Bulgari, one of my favourite jewelry and accessory brands now has an updated version of the B.Zero ring. Now available in black or white ceramic, with 18 carat rose gold, you can dress up a nice warm Autumn outfit, with a fabulous pair of gold framed and tortoise shell glasses (stay tuned for my pick of glasses!).

Now this isn’t just for girls… This is also for guys too! But guys, go for the black one. It’s tough, it’s beautiful and it’s a revised classic.

Get it at Bulgari stores around the country from $1,150.

Amazing Rihanna Palindrome For New Perfume – Reb’l Fleur by Rihanna

February 18th, 2011

Absolutely stunning.

Actually, stunning is an understatement. This incredibly extraordinary advertisement for Rihanna’s brand new perfume Rebe’l Fleur is impeccably styled, the soundtrack instigates emotion and I can guarantee you will watch it more then once.

‘Bad Feels So Good’ and ‘Good Feels So Bad’… These are the two messages which are portrayed in this palindrome. So clever, so smart and immaculately produced and directed.

It is simply stunning.

Check out the clip below or visit the website: www.rihannareblfleur.com

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Celebrities Lining Up For Jet Peel At Paramedical Skin Clinic

February 10th, 2011

If you know me well, you’ll know I love Melbourne. If you know me even better, you’ll know I love to look after my face and my skin – going to some pretty radical lengths to maintain my youthful appearance.

An amazing opportunity has come up for me to fly to Melbourne and try a brand new and amazing treatment which celebrities are lining up for. They are turning away from the knife, or painful injections and opting for non-surgical, less invasive procedures, to fight the signs of aging and maintain their youthful glow.

Celebrity Skin Guru, Ilesha Haywood of Paramedical Skin Clinic, whose clientele includes Dannii Minogue, Livinia Nixon, Sonia Kruger, Suzie Wilks, and Kimberley Davies, says that a new range of revolutionary skin treatments are helping celebrities maintain their enviable looks. So what the hell – I’m sold!

“Many celebrities today are turning their backs on botox, collagen, and invasive facelifts because they realize that they no longer need to subject themselves to these types of treatments. There are a host of new treatments that are non-invasive and leave clients literally looking years younger,” says Ilesha Haywood.

Yes I’m sold – but what is it? It’s one of Paramedical Skin Clinic’s new treatments, the Jet Peel. It’s favoured by celebrities for its natural, virtually painless skin treatment procedure that dramatically improves the appearance and texture of the skin.

The great news is that the same treatments celebrities use to maintain their skin are available to us – everyday men and women.

“Anyone can have the skin of a celebrity. Even if you have acne, pigmentation, or fine lines, this new era of skin treatments can turn back the clock, radically change the skin’s appearance, and leave anyone with great skin” Ilesha went on to say when we spoke over the phone.

It works by removing layers of dead skin cells, hydrating the skin with a moisturizing jet stream, and infuses oxygen into the deep dermis to recharge cells and help them to produce new collagen. It makes use of pressurized oxygen to create an exfoliative effect on the skin, leading to skin resurfacing. Sounds pretty exciting to me – and doesn’t involve injections!

“Following a course of Jet Peel treatments, it’s not unusual for our clients to say that they feel as if their skin looks 5-10 years younger!” says Ilesha.

Find out more and book yourself in: www.paramedicalskinclinic.com.au

While you’re at it – make it a weekend and stay at The Cullen on Commerical Road in Prahran – just voted second Trendiest Hotel in the World!! Read the review HERE!

The Most Beautiful Watch On Earth – Breitling Transocean Chronograph Limited

January 25th, 2011

This absolutely stunning timepiece originated way back in 1958. But this is now 2011 and the hot new updated version of it has hit our shores and makes me absolutely salivate.

This Breitling Transoncean Chronograph Limited watch is state of the art and a timeless classic. It is almost perfection.

My favourite is the one pictured, which is all steel casing with the amazing soft mesh bracelet. But you can also get it in rose gold with leather crocodile straps.

Once I can get my hands on one, I’m getting it – no doubt about it!

Available at Hardy Brothers Jewellers – $5,999

ManStyle At The National Gallery Of Victoria

January 13th, 2011

This March, the National Gallery of Victoria will showcase the first exhibition in Australia to focus on men’s fashion from the 18th century to the present day. For me, this is one very exciting event that I will be traveling to Melbourne to see.

Drawn largely from the NGV Collection, ManStyle will feature over 80 works including outfits and a selection of paintings exploring influential ideas in menswear over the past three centuries.

Charting a course between flamboyant display and absolute restraint, the exhibition begins in the 18th century with the evolution of the modern suit and concludes with contemporary outfits from today’s menswear designers.

ManStyle will explore the elegantly honed lines and details of the dandy in the 19th century, a period which heralded the rise of tailoring.

This exhibition will include recent works by contemporary designers such as Hedi Slimane for Dior Homme, who have drawn upon this legacy of exacting tailoring for a new generation of young men. Roger Leong, Curator, International Fashion and Textiles, NGV said: “Men’s fashion is often seen as bound by tradition when in fact it has undergone a number of profound changes that reflect the shifting attitudes to class, sexuality, work and leisure over the past three centuries.”

Katie Somerville, Curator, Australian Fashion and Textiles, NGV said the House of Merivale was Australia’s answer to this new, colourful trend. “Embodying the Carnaby Street look and style of bands like The Beatles, design houses such as Biba and the House of Merivale dressed men in flamboyant, body-hugging suits with wide flared trousers and shirts of contrasting patterns.

“During this period men ‘dressed up’, preened and flaunted their bodies in a new display of ostentatious masculine style. By the late 1970s, men’s style had fractured into a heady mix of alternatives. ManStyle features works by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren, who defined the punk era with their ripped and distressed clothes plastered with offensive and anarchic slogans and symbols.

This exhibition also captures the intense mood of the 1980s; which witnessed an outpouring of creativity across the spectrum of art, music and fashion, unleashing ideas from underground club cultures that reconfigured ideas about men’s sexuality.”

Gerard Vaughan, NGV Director said: “By defining these periods in men’s fashion, visitors will be able to discover the contrasting identities men have experimented with over the past three centuries. “Visitors will be mesmerised and surprised by the richness of works in this Australia-first exhibition, showcasing the NGV’s magnificent Collection of this otherwise under-documented genre.”

This exhibition will feature works by Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier, Morrissey & Edmiston, Leigh Bowery, Walter Van Beirendonck, Romance Was Born, Bernhard Willhelm, Rick Owens, Pierre Cardin, Biba and many more.

ManStyle will be on display at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square and NGV International, St Kilda Road from 11 March to 27 November. Admission is free.

Luscious, Long And Lavish Amore Lashes

January 12th, 2011

My friend Maria is constantly telling me about how amazing her fake eyelashes are. She always wears them out, loving how long and luxurious they are, and how they make her feel.

So I asked her about them, because I know absolutely nothing about them! She said to me “Babes, it’s all about Amore Lashes“. As if I know what that means!!

So I did my research and found them! I got them for my sister and a couple of friends, and they all loved them! If my sister and her friends love them, then they have to be good!

Eva Ou, the owner of Amore Lashes told me a little about her brand…

“Amore Lashes came about from my love of make up and luxurious long lashes. My vision is to make all Amore customers feel sexy, glamorous and beautiful, without the price tag. I have two ranges, Amore Black Label at $10 a pair and Amore FAKEit only at $3 a pair.

Amore Black Label lashes are premium eyelashes made with the best synthetic fibre. The lashes are soft and light, just like your natural eyelashes. The eyelash bands are extremely soft, flexible and comfortable to wear. My Black Label range is premium quality, where all lashes are reusable with care. Any moments with Amore Black Label lashes are special and memorable. There are 8 styles in total”.

Eva doesn’t just stock one range of them, she also has the FAKEit range, which she also described…

“Amore FAKEit lashes are great quality lashes at a very affordable price. Our FAKEit range is for lash lovers where everyday is special moment. These lashes have soft and flexible bands for comfortable all day wear. It makes you feel like they are your natural lashes. These lashes are also reusable with care. There are 6 styles in total”.

So ladies (and I’m sure the odd man!), where do you buy these lovely luscious lashes? By clicking HERE of course!

A Beautiful New Scent By Byredo – M/Mink Eau de Parfum

December 15th, 2010

Something I don’t often write about, but am so passionate about is scent.

How you smell is so important, and finding your signature scent can take years and years. Scents trigger memories, triggers the memories of others, and sets a mood and presence where ever you go. Both men and women.

Now this isn’t my signature scent, but most certainly one I absolutely love. Soon to hit Australian shores at Mecca Cosmetica, Byredo M/Mink Eau de Parfum is truly something special. (I was lucky enough to get a bottle from overseas!)

The scent was inspired by “Asian ink, a photo of a Japanese calligrapher and a utopian concept drawn on traditional Korean paper, by Mathias Augustyniak”.

Developed by perfumer Jerome Epinette; M/Mink’s notes include adoxal, incense, patchouli, honey and amber.

Also check out the rest of the Byredo range at: www.meccacosmetica.com.au

Rope Sandals – Something Fun And Fresh This Summer!

December 10th, 2010

Call them what you will – cute or ugly, but one thing I know is these Summer Rope Sandals are super comfortable! The shoes are handcrafted from soft polypropylene rope.

I wouldn’t say they are ugly – definately nothing like those vile Crocs. I think they are very chic, with the ability to make them look a little Euro with the right outfit. I’m thinking a yacht club style outfit (the black and white pair). Ultimately, they are a surf/beach culture sandal, with a very relaxed and laid back feeling to them.  I’ve got the pair pictured above and am really happy with them.

They are fun, saltwater and chlorine resistant, durable and washable. They come in 5 styles and a range of colours.

Check out the website for more details: www.RopeSandals.com.au

aucklandstockholm With The Beautiful And Simple Bracelets – This Summer’s Must Have!

November 16th, 2010

Designed by Eastern Suburbs socialite Dylan Porter, owner and designer of aucklandstockholm these bracelets are creating a cult following – very quickly becoming the MUST HAVE this Summer!

Made from very simple but elegant flat pieces of silver on silk thread, they are the ultimate accesory to be rocking while sipping on cocktails at Icebergs. It can be tied or burned on at his brand new boutique at Bondi Beach.

Be sure to visit the very welcoming Dylan at his store, aucklandstockholm – 78 Curlewis Street, Bondi Beach.

Macho Underwear Drop Their Prices To Get Ready For Summer! Stock Up!

November 10th, 2010

Sexy underwear brand Macho have dropped their prices by $10 for all online purchases! Make sure you check out the website and stock up for summer… Because I’m telling all you Sydney-siders out there… You will be seeing me parading around in this sexy brand this Summer – as long as it stops raining! Beware!

www.machounderwear.com.au

The New 10 Year Anniversary Georg Jensen Fusion Pavé

November 2nd, 2010

When I was looking for my signature piece of jewellery, I looked a few brands and rounded it to 3 – Bulgari, Louis Vuitton and Cartier. There was a ring I liked at each of them and couldn’t decide. I looked at so many other brands, including Georg Jensen, Mont Blanc and Canturi. I wasn’t a fan of any of them. So I settled for the Bulgari.

Back then, the Georg Jensen ring I looked at was the jigsaw styled ring called Fusion. It didn’t do it for me… Till the fresh and new 10 year anniversary Fusion Pavé recently launched. I really love this new diamond pavé. It’s very attractive, has an air of class and a touch of sophistication now that it is splattered with 261 brilliant cut diamonds (if you get the 3-bands. 87 per band).

You can make your ring as large or as small as you like by adding and subtracting bands – just depends on how much you can afford! Prices start from $6,250 up to $18,750.

London Fashion Week – The Designers – Holly Fulton

October 25th, 2010

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OTT texture, glamour and graphic prints is what Holly Fulton is bringing to SS11. Cracked desert prints mixed amongst a very mod and tribal feel made this show a stand out for me.

As Holly says RELAX she shows us that matchy matchy is the way with identical print shorts and oversized clutch pieces making a serious statement this summer. But keep it carefree as we see lots of eyelets and perforated patterns coming through an otherwise well put together range.

Fulton, in her quirky accessories also plays with the silhouette of Fran Fine’s (The Nanny) make up suitcase as she adapts then into everyday handbags.

My fave look of the show was the black wide leg silk trousers, taupe strapless silk jersey top, neckpiece and sunglasses – I will totally be rocking this in summer!

London Fashion Week – The Designers – David Koma

October 19th, 2010

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Set to a remixed classical overture the David Koma SS11 show rocked out with some amazing ‘amour cut out’ detail dress, filled in with chiffon paneling.

With the beginning of the show featuring light fabrics in whimsical shapes, the introduction of leather into the range was rather ‘hot housewife’ in its apron like use.

Continuing in it’s evolution the range, 50’s influenced dresses and body conscious silhouettes combined with strips of leather appliqué and metal embellishments which imitated python scales.

As a general synopsis the range featured graphic prints and wicked wedges in a mostly monochromatic colour palette with an infusion of power tallow and pink, metallic gold and pearlescent snake leather embellishments.

I loved the ‘cop this’ metal cuffs – I think we’ve got some seriously hard core accessories coming out next season! I’m excited!

Oh and hello Jess Hart! We all know here as the Australian sweet heart and face of Seafolly and Myer, and also from here appearances in the reality TV show The City – she was stunning on the runway although I thought it was a shame that no one seemed to know who she was… don’t worry, I educated them!

London Fashion Week – The Designers – Jasper Conran

October 8th, 2010

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Holidays on the Amalfi coast were the inspiration for Jasper Conran’s SS11 collection.  Blonde, clean, fresh and playful was the range in sailcloth whites and navy blues.

The range was summer chic and featured covered shoulders and bare legs, box pleats skimmed knees while classic checks and stripes where the key prints and were always seen in either silk of hand appliqué.

The summer playground vibe was accentuated by a palette of grenadine, anise, mint and violet in beautiful, light taffetas and silk chiffon.

London Fashion Week – The Designers – John Rocha

October 6th, 2010

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The palette was beautiful and essentially monochrome in black, nude, rose and ivory, with shades revealed in fabric and texture at the John Rocha SS11 show.  Thigh high boots layered beneath, long, dramatic tulle dresses presented a novel way to bring the winter boot trend into spring. Again we saw the oversized blazer dress appear, with so many designers pulling this one out of their bag of tricks what out for this one in the upcoming summer.

Smudging the lines between fragile and strong, wild and refined, Rocha creates a somewhat curious intrigue around his pieces.

Some of the looks in this range were very deshellved ballerina, but stunningly beautiful.

London Fashion Week – The Designers – Osman

October 5th, 2010

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Black and block was where it was at for the Osman Spring Summer 10/11 show, with black mixed in with striking black colours dominating most looks. The show illustrated a gradual, tran-seasonal story which began with silk lined wool coats formed with ‘pop out’ panels and smooth line tailoring and came full circle with some beautiful flowing summer frocks in vibrant splashes of colour; candy pink, yellow and lime.

The SS 11 collection embodies a breezy simplicity created with woven and soft patent leathers, which contrast with lightweight gossamer silks layered to create a fine balance of textures and shapes.  Asymmetric dresses developed in organic denim are key to the range, additionally meticulously cut navy flared trousers feature through the collection.  Key tailored items for spring seem to be the way forward while new silhouettes in rainwear reference to 90s minimalist style.

Spotted on the runway… Australian supermodel Jess Hart.

London Fashion Week – The Designers – Betty Jackson

October 1st, 2010

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Tribal Granny chic was the term Betty Jackson used to describe the runway styling of her Spring/Summer 10/11 collection. Featuring textured knitwear and clashing prints amongst taupe staples.

For this collection Betty Jackson teamed up with renowned American jewellery designer Alexis Bittar on a selection of dramatic costume jewellery that mixes bold and colorful Lucite and ostrich feathers.

Again the skinny leather belt has made an appearance, definitely a trend to start implementing into your wardrobe right now!