Karla Spetic Spring/Summer 2015
Set in an aquatic centre, the location for Karla Spetic’s Summer 2014 show alluded heavily as to what was to follow. Referencing the pearls of the ocean and life in the deep dark depths of the sea, were translucent panels, organza box pleated trims, and the less subtle emblem of a pearl nestled within a seashell.
Karla’s prominent use of satin silk in her namesake collection Satin silks featured prominently, which has proven to be a fabric of choice for the designer in past collections. The strong aesthetic of her brand came through in the boxy cut silhouettes, silk organza spliced dresses, and playful touches of colour. White reigned supreme, as woven lurex threading mimicked the sun’s glisten on the waves – once again proving the designer’s attention to detail is second to none. Carefully calculated, and well executed, I’m already dreaming about silky jellyfish tails and pearlescent embellishments.
Photos by Prue Ibbotson
James Perse shirt dress, Karen Walker blazer, Schutz heels, Proenza Schouler PS11, Karen Walker heart & bow rings, MBMJ katie bracelet
It isn’t Fashion Week without a bit of bad weather, and it didn’t just rain this year, it poured. Always one to buck against common sense (at least where shoes are involved), sandals of course seemed like the most appropriate option when dashing out of the house in the morning. But, umbrellas and puddles aren’t want to stop the fashion pack. I haven’t been able to get to as many shows as I would have liked this year, although the couple I have seen, have been nothing short of sensational. And in those little pockets of time, while waiting for a show to start (or a little loitering once its ended), it’s been great to be able to catch up with friends that I haven’t seen in a while.
PS. I’ll be posting some outtakes from the shows on my Tumblr, starting with some from KAHLO. Check them out here.
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KAHLO Spring/Summer 2014/15, ‘Systematic’
The girls at KAHLO sure have a way with leather, and for Spring, it’s all coming up mint and metallics. Branching out from their usual palette of whites, greys and blacks, designers Rachelle Sinclair and Fay Ogunbadejo incorporated cool minty hues, silver and bronzed metallics, a welcome move and one which is decidedly fresh. Slinky slip dresses, bare midriffs and not yet broken in Doc Martens seemingly drew from references to the 90s, a modern take on the grunge movement. Playing to their simple yet androgynous aesthetic, it was a collection that was crisp and clean, building on their strengths of creating an effortlessly wearable collection. Barely cropped bermuda shorts with side zipper closures, midi length dresses with carefully positioned slits, and artfully cut leather added layers of depth to an otherwise minimal collection. If this is the direction KAHLO are moving in, it’s safe to say that I cannot wait to see what the girls have in store for us next.
Photos by Prue Ibbotson
Kate Sylvester, ‘The Last Sitting’, MBFWA 2013
It’s two hours before midnight, Fashion Week is looming, and I am completely and utterly unprepared. Facing the prospect of completing a marketing test at 10pm this evening, my lack of concern seems somewhat warranted, as my entire focus today has revolved around reading and re-reading my many elaborate notes. Unlike last year, I’ll be working straight through the week, popping down to the Carriageworks for the few shows I’m adamant I can’t miss. While I doubt I can take too many liberties with what I’m wearing throughout the week – a relief considering the first thought was, what do I even wear? – at least I can get a little creative in the one area that counts, accessories. Which by accessories I really just mean shoes. Watch this space…
image source: afterDRK
One of the first things I sacrificed when tackling the ambitious task of fitting my entire wardrobe into two (!!) suitcases, were a number of my cumbersome, woollen winter knits. The soft cosy kinds which envelope you in warmth on the crispest of winter days. My justification? The lack of a ‘real’ winter in Sydney (or so I’m told), and the need to allocate that precious suitcase space to what else other than shoes. In hindsight, I suppose I was a little too thorough, as at last count, I had a meagre choice of two options, a charcoal black or a nutty oatmeal – notwithstanding the few lighter jerseys tucked away in my wardrobe. So much for being prepared…
With that in mind, as we face a miserably wet weekend, I’m looking for something to meet me in the middle. A pale grey or a warm blush loosely fitted turtleneck would see me right, worn just so with a patent midi skirt or some skinny leather trousers. And while we’re on the subject of sweaters, preferably in the softest of cashmeres. Wishful thinking perhaps?
Alexander Wang tank, Karla Spetic skirt, Opening Ceremony heels, Celine trio
Why mess with a winning combination. Black on black is almost always in favour with me; it’s essentially a blank canvas you make your own with layers, cut-outs and texture – all of which are going to be in abundance as the weather continues to cool. And when all else fails? Pair with your highest of high heels and daintiest bag and you’ll be good to go.
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image source: by Stephanie Lyn, tomorrow started, tumblr
With Luke reluctantly placing creative control of our home decor in my hands, I’ve been gathering inspiration for ideas on how to decorate our apartment. But, like anything, I can’t help but be fickle about my final decisions. Rug or no rug? Chevron or sheepskin? Gold-trimmed or mirrored? It’s the little details, the ones that only you will notice, yet that attribute to the process of turning a ‘house’ into a home.
While I may be fast to fritter away money on a questionable pair of shoes or one silk blouse too many, when it comes to the home each purchase is slow and calculated; the way I suppose you would approach a ‘forever’ piece for your wardrobe. My current obsession has been trawling through the homewares section on Anthropologie (not to mention their furniture – a shame they don’t ship to Australia!), and stealing a few quick moments in West Elm, if not to obsess further over their mongolian fur pillows.
Witchery blouse, Lover cheetah silk shorts (similar), Karen Walker sunglasses, Proenza Schouler PS11
As a girl there’s often the general assumption that your favourite colour will be pink. Cotton candy Barbie pink, a real cliche if you ask me. I’m hesitant to pick a favourite, rather focusing on the colours I don’t like so much (green) as opposed to the ones I do. Yet here I am, in the sweetest, girliest bubblegum pink top I could find – a sign that the times are changing, and perhaps I really am trying to embrace a bit of colour in my wardrobe. But even then, it came with huge reluctance, as I glossed over the black cotton tanks and white linen tees to come to this decision, earlier today. But, on the topic of pink, while I’m not rushing out to try and find a pale pink coat, amongst the racks filled with black, grey, and camel, petal pink accents in blouse, shoe, or accessory form have far more appeal, and seem like they might just last the distance. Right?
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Alexander Wang ‘Manuel’ mary-jane heels
There isn’t much logic behind it, but I can’t help but want for a pair of Alexander Wang’s pastel toned platform mary-janes, regardless of the fact that I don’t quite have anywhere to wear them. And it appears I’m not the only one, considering how few options (and sizes for that matter) are still available on the world wide web. Platform heels monopolized much of my shoe shelf space in 2011-2012, and looking back, it wasn’t necessarily a good thing – especially considering how often I almost rolled my ankles. But if it’s only one pair…?
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When I was younger, there was nothing that I loved more than rifling through my mother’s jewellery box and parading around with one of her many handbags. My favourite? A white metal mesh purse with a thin strap, that I would fill with bobbles, mum’s lipsticks, and multiple outfit changes for my Barbie.
Twenty years later, and these bags are set to make a revival, following the relaunch of heritage brand Glomesh in 2013; with shoulder bags, clutches and wallets reminiscent of coveted styles during the 60s and 70s. My personal favourite? The vintage clasp style purses that bears a striking resemblance to the one I used to play with when I was younger – a no brainer if you ask me. Available exclusively in-store at David Jones (and online!), the current range embodies one of the trends for the upcoming winter – metallics. Stirring up feelings of nostalgia, the metal mesh bags retain much of their original aesthetic albeit with a modern twist; and a little like reliving those memories of your youth, everything gets better with age.