Remembering the sun dappled skies of a weekend past. Is winter over yet?
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As someone who spent the better part of the weekend scouring furniture and homeware stores for side tables, lamps, kitchen knives and almost everything in between (I’m not even kidding), the launch of Salasai’s homewares range could not have been better timed. Drawing inspiration from their AW14 collection, ‘Liberte et D’amour’, the extension into homewares is far from a fleeting thought, the carefully curated range of duvets, pillow cases and cushions invoking striking elements from RTW.
I had a brief chat with one half of the Salasai design team, Kelly Watson, on the design process, the tremendous growth of the label, and where to from here.
How did you get your start in the fashion industry?
Retail… where I met Kirsha, Head Designer of Salasai. We have been pretty much been inseparable since then (apart from that time, she moved to Perth). From there, I’ve tried my hand in a lot of different aspects of fashion which is the nature of being involved in a boutique brand where a small team work really hard to make everything happen.
It’s been great following the natural progression of the Salasai label; how natural was the progression from RTW clothing to homewares?
The idea that we would one day venture into home ware was planted long ago, our decision on its beginning was about timing for us. The design process and planning is very similar to the way we work on the RTW, so in that sense the development of each range is very natural.
I love that the homewares range incorporates elements of the AW14 collection; is this a trend that we will see continuing in the future?
Absolutely. We put a lot of consideration into each season’s story and the print that represents it. To be able to use it in another form is great and we won’t be deviating from that. No way!
Can you describe the design process, and how you reached a decision on the final product?
Largely the print is the reference point for home ware. After our RTW is designed, we have the colours, textures and silhouettes to incorporate into the home ware, making sure the two talk together cohesively. Together, Kirsh and I brainstorm the basis of the range, then fight over the details until we are both happy.
Homewares are such an integral part to interior decor – describe your ideal home! One level, wide open space with high stud and great lighting. My ideal home would have unique and rare fixtures as well as all the mod-cons.
What’s next for Salasai?
Growing our International market is a focus for us right now.
Minimalism, opulence, or somewhere in-between?
What has been your biggest fashion disaster?
So many to remember! Maybe after my first child, I made a few wardrobe decisions based on my old figure and didn’t want to realise things had changed and would take time and hard work to go back. I’m talking about jeans that are two sizes too small!
If you were stranded on a desert island, and could only take five things with you, what would they be?
If I was stranded on a desert Island, I would be sooooo happy to relax with nothing but my iPod & my Petalhead lip balm. I would need my iPhone so I can be eventually saved and a razor so I’m tidy when I get saved.
What is the most common fashion mistake you see girls making?
I hate seeing a girl look uncomfortable. Whether it’s wearing something that is ill-fitting or wearing something you know is killing them.
What is the one piece every girl should have in her wardrobe?
Our ‘Trench’ from AW14 is an absolute must. Other than that, I think there is about 50 absolute musts for any girls wardrobe.
To see the rest of the collection (as well as take a peek at their Autumn/Winter RTW collection) head on over to the Salasai website – they ship internationally too!
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I feel like I’m having one of those I have nothing to wear moments. Standing in front of my closet shifting the hangers back and forth, yet failing to come up with anything even remotely appropriate. The occasion? A friend’s birthday – although what does one wear to birthday drinks these days? It’s been so long that I’ve almost forgotten, and given the cold weather, I’m almost inclined to continue spending my evening snuggled up in bed with a large cosy sweater.
But, I’m not one to throw in the towel so easily. My experience of Sydney would tell me that one of Lover’s lace dresses would be the most obvious choice; well that or a crop top and midi skirt combo, which if we’re being honest, is far too cold to even consider. So here’s hoping some (not so) dressed up denim with heels will suffice. It is winter after all.
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While we’re on the topic of pink, why stop at clothing when there are walls to splash the perfect shade of powder pink, and blush-toned pillows to add a bit of softness to a monochromatic living room. You’d be forgiven for thinking that this wouldn’t normally be my first choice, as my Pinterest and the overflowing inspiration folders on my Mac would suggest a growing (or staunch) fondness for the Scandinavian style of minimalism – everything in shades of ivory, grey and black. I may still be slightly on the sartorial fence, but I’m warming up to the idea of a touch of pink. Something tasteful, or subtle, like a pink mug, a pink coaster, or a pink cushion casually strewn amongst the others on the couch. Whether or not I can get away with that last one is the question..
I’m still having a bit of a moment with pink; a continuing love affair if you will, which is apt, all things considered. Pink shoes, pink bags, pink skirts, pink lip embroidered sweatshirts. A strange choice for someone whose predisposition towards the candy floss hue was nothing short of ambivalent, and whose preferences usually lie in more neutral territories. That aside, I’m all for injecting a bit of much needed colour to absolve the gloominess generally associated with the colder months.
With a hue which sways to the saccharine currently in favour, why stop at just a touch? I’m not one to do things in halves, that’s for sure. Pink on pink on pink never felt so right – or so far from subtle – especially after throwing in a bit of Benah for Karen Walker, and those embroidered lips into the mix. As someone with a real sweet tooth, I don’t think there’ll be any stopping me now.
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I have a confession to make. I have a serial problem with carting around with me more than I could possibly need. Three notebooks, four lip balms, two pens, a scarf ‘just-in-case’, a packet of painkillers, snacks in case of emergency – well, you get my drift. Sometimes that box of plasters comes in handy, like when you’re breaking in a new pair of shoes, but most of the time, I’m pretty sure I’m probably carrying around dead weight. And all that dead weight on my shoulder can’t be doing good things for my back.
But I’m all for a change of pace, and I mean, it’s probably psychological, that need to carry around your entire life plus a change of socks. Sorting through the masses of my handbag to pull out the few things I can’t live without – a lip balm, keys, my iPhone, cards and some change, is a liberating feeling of sorts; one that I could definitely find myself getting used to. Happy Saturday!
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It’s been business as usual this week. Get up, go to work, squeeze in a quick gym session, before heading back home to catch up on old episodes of Seinfeld before crawling into bed at a seemingly respectable hour. Routine is a funny thing, and as a creature of habit, I’m not one to stray far beyond the lines of the day, or week ahead of me.
Getting dressed in the morning is the same. Always monochrome, and always in separates, it’s an easy call to the start of the day. But even creatures of habit have their moments, and when Monsieur Saint Laurent is involved, boy you know it’s gonna be good. Particularly more so when it calls for a sneaky spot of pre-cinema Messina.
PS. Have you had a chance to check out the sales? My personal favourites, Matches Fashion, Net-a-Porter and Shopbop have provided more than a little bit of post-exam theatre – narrowing it down is the hard part!
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My exam is fiiiiinally over, which is cause enough to celebrate. Two weeks of dedicated study taking up all of my free time and then some proved a bit too much for me, so I’m looking forward to some much needed downtime. Oh, and the chance to actually reply to my emails and text messages which have been sitting in my inbox for far too long.
On tonight’s agenda? slipping into my cosiest sweater (yes that one) and winding down with a large glass of wine, crusty bread, and a generous helping of the creamiest of cheeses. Can’t think of a better way to cap off the start of the week!
With most of the day spent curled up on the couch with a textbook in hand, and tomorrow looking much the same, I’ve been all about comfort. Studying for me has usually involved copious amounts of tea, a bar of chocolate for ‘sustenance’, and an internal struggle to stay in my pyjamas as long as I can possibly manage that day. The second time around is no different, swapping pyjamas only for super soft leather and a cosy knit sweater.
I’ve been totally sold on the slouchy roll neck sweater, with this Camilla and Marc version stealing the spot as my currently favourite. Completely eliminating the need for a scarf – the less to carry the better – and with that all-too-easy hair tuck the epitome of effortlessness, it’s not hard to see why. Having had a total aversion to the “turtle-neck” for some years now, I think this has proven to be the ultimate remedy, and it helps that it seems to be somewhat adept at blocking all means of winter chill. It’s the little things; especially when you’re in for a night of buckling down, with a marketing theory text book to keep you company.
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It’s cold outside, the days are shorter, and those early starts feel just a little too difficult. It’s winter alright, which for me usually means crawling under the covers until the last possible minute, and typically spending 1 minute throwing on an outfit as opposed to 10. On those mornings (which occur more often than not), I tend to focus more on accessories before that morning shot of coffee. While there’s no question every girl already has these items in her wardrobe, there’s nothing like a bright red lip, a sturdy heeled boot, a polished handbag and a snuggly scarf to get me out the door.
The red lip is a statement in itself, and as far as I’m concerned, is the remedy to an all black outfit on a gloomy day. While I love a matte lip, the colder months are drying enough as it is so I always opt for a creamier formula. My lipstick of choice? Clinique’s long last lipstick in ‘Party Red’.
As far as I’m concerned, the woollen scarf is an absolute necessity come winter. I tend to prefer something large enough to wrap around my neck a couple of times, but will always settle for one that’s super soft and cosy. The few scarves I own are in muted neutrals, think a soft grey or a midnight navy, although one in a mid-camel or burgundy tone wouldn’t go amiss.
Ballet flats might seem the obvious choice for running to and from the office, but the black heeled boot is usually my go-to shoe once the mercury drops. There’s a general aloofness to my winter dressing – slouchy sweaters win out most days – so a heeled boot tends to balance it out.
The classic bag is a bit of a no brainer – and after three years my PS11 is still going strong, alternating on the odd occasion with a tan leather tote bag (which is license enough to throw everything and anything you could possibly need for the day in it).
Simple accessories aren’t exactly groundbreaking – but then neither are florals for Spring, and I’m all for sticking to the tried and true. Besides, if it ain’t broke…
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