Friday, 27 December 2013

Skye & Staghorn x Lottie Hall

Skye & Staghorn, Lottie Hall, Collab collection, swimwear, sports luxe

Skye & Staghorn, Lottie Hall, Collab collection, swimwear, sports luxe

Skye & Staghorn, Lottie Hall, Collab collection, swimwear, sports luxeSkye & Staghorn, Lottie Hall, Collab collection, swimwear, sports luxe

Skye & Staghorn, Lottie Hall, Collab collection, swimwear, sports luxe

Skye & Staghorn, Lottie Hall, Collab collection, swimwear, sports luxe

Skye & Staghorn, Lottie Hall, Collab collection, swimwear, sports luxe

Skye & Staghorn, Lottie Hall, Collab collection, swimwear, sports luxe

Skye & Staghorn, Lottie Hall, Collab collection, swimwear, sports luxe
Skye & Staghorn, Lottie Hall, Collab collection, swimwear, sports luxe


Skye & Staghorn, Lottie Hall, Collab collection, swimwear, sports luxe

Skye & Staghorn, Lottie Hall, Collab collection, swimwear, sports luxe



Picture Source: http://www.skyeandstaghorn.com

Two designers with their separate aesthetic and vision come together to form the coolest collab in Australian swimwear.

Dakota Gilbert from Skye and Staghorn + Lottie Hall from her eponymous label Lottie HALL. The former hails from Western Australia. She creates athletic yet fashion forward swimwear, in my opinion redefining the meaning of 'sports luxe'. The latter has a knack for funky and unique prints inspired by 'Art, Water, Colour, Surf & Moods.'

This collaboration combines the strengths of both designers - infusing sporty shapes and oceanic prints which result in a killer original collection. Not just your average bikinis, the cuts and details of these pieces are phenomenal. Mesh panelling, neoprene lining, metallic zippers - nothing is overlooked. Ones to look out for are Electric Foam Full Piece and Lumeria Crop.

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Saturday, 21 December 2013

OUTFIT POST: Lolita

Casper & Pearl, Nasty Gal, Windsor Smith, flatform, Lolita, outfit post, Personal style

Casper & Pearl, Nasty Gal, Windsor Smith, flatform, Lolita, outfit post, Personal style
Casper & Pearl, Nasty Gal, Windsor Smith, flatform, Lolita, outfit post, Personal style


Casper & Pearl, Nasty Gal, Windsor Smith, flatform, Lolita, outfit post, Personal style
Casper & Pearl, Nasty Gal, Windsor Smith, flatform, Lolita, outfit post, Personal style

Casper & Pearl, Nasty Gal, Windsor Smith, flatform, Lolita, outfit post, Personal style

Casper & Pearl, Nasty Gal, Windsor Smith, flatform, Lolita, outfit post, Personal style

Casper & Pearl, Nasty Gal, Windsor Smith, flatform, Lolita, outfit post, Personal style

Casper & Pearl, Nasty Gal, Windsor Smith, flatform, Lolita, outfit post, Personal style









Top: Casper&Pearl ... Shorts: NastyGal ... Shoes: Windsor Smith 

Vladimir Nabokov probably didn't have an outfit in mind for the young Dolores Hayes when he wrote Lolita in 1955. But after reading the novel and watching the 1997 movie adaptation, this is the style that I associate with the playful and dangerously flirtatious Lolita.

It seems to me that Aussie brand Casper&Pearl's summer collection is heavily influenced by the young character's girlie but deadly charm. An array of original pieces that captures Lolita's 'nymphet' qualities. She's innocent at first glance but a habit of provocation lurks underneath. Such is the style of Lolita interpreted by C&P - pastel floral prints and schoolgirl-like collars vs unexpected cut-outs and genius cropping.

My apologies for my long absence. Sometimes holidays get in the way but at least I got to shoot in one of the most awesome places in the world, Hawaii.

Happy holidays!

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Saturday, 7 December 2013

OUTFIT POST: Vintage America

Rag & Bone, One Teaspoon, Nine West, Vintage America, white shirt, denim cut-offs, tribal, aztec

Rag & Bone, One Teaspoon, Nine West, Vintage America, white shirt, denim cut-offs, tribal, aztec
Rag & Bone, One Teaspoon, Nine West, Vintage America, white shirt, denim cut-offs, tribal, aztec, heels
Rag & Bone, One Teaspoon, Nine West, Vintage America, white shirt, denim cut-offs, tribal, aztec
Rag & Bone, One Teaspoon, Nine West, Vintage America, white shirt, denim cut-offs, tribal, aztec

Rag & Bone, One Teaspoon, Nine West, Vintage America, white shirt, denim cut-offs, tribal, aztec

Top: Rag & Bone ... Shorts: One Teaspoon ... Shoes: Nine West ... Belt: Gathering Eye 

Carrying on my sartorial investments from the last outfit post (HERE), I've been obsessing over shirts. Specifically those leaning on the masculine side - cotton or cotton/linen blend - simple button up - and stark blindingly white.

To me, a white collared shirt is one of those versatile and timeless pieces that I would not hesitate to own several. Lets be honest, white stains very easily and as of late I've taken a liking to beetroot. You can imagine how awkward that explanation would be...

Most importantly, white becomes an awesome basis for a daily uniform. I tend to style white shirts with light wash denim and a rustic colour palette of browns, deep reds and forest greens. Thus the vintage American vibe in his look from the tribal details on both the belt and heels.

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Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Designer Profile: We Are Kindred

We Are Kindred, spring, summer 2013, High Summer, floral, feminine
We Are Kindred, spring, summer 2013, High Summer, floral, feminine

We Are Kindred, spring, summer 2013, High Summer, floral, feminine
We Are Kindred, spring, summer 2013, High Summer, floral, feminine


If you're wanting beautiful and floaty pieces, local brand We Are Kindred is a new label to look out for. Their High Summer 2013 debut features an amazing collection of delicate garments licked with floral prints and soft pastel tones.
The design duo Georgie and Lizzie Renkert - both sisters and best friends - have 30 years experience in the fashion industry combined. What results is a label that's conscious of the demands of stylish Australians yet remains loyal to its feminine roots.
Here are some insights into the wheels and cogs of We Are Kindred and designer Georgie Renkert.


What was your initial reason for starting We Are Kindred? 
We have been talking (and dreaming) about teaming up and doing this for years. It was when Madison magazine closed, and I resigned from 10 years buying and developing product for predominately Sportsgirl, that we thought it was our time. 

Where do you find inspiration when designing your next collection?
We find inspiration from everywhere. In my years going on buying trips, I collected an extensive vintage fashion collection, and this gives me endless print and silhouette references which I draw from. 
Our summer collection was born mainly from the print design, and then flowed on from there. 

Describe the aesthetic of We Are Kindred. 
Feminine, fresh, floral! 

What is a piece of advice you would give to anyone wanting to enter the fashion/design industry? 
It is a really tough time in the fashion industry and we have not gone into this with our eyes closed. Our advice would be to go into launching a label fully prepared with extensive experience in design, manufacturing, supply chain, advertising, PR contacts etc. 
The fashion industry is a great place to work – start working for a reputable company and soak up every bit of information you can! 

Name 3 garments you cannot live without. 
Floral maxi skirts, bustiers, a well structured jacket. 

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Saturday, 30 November 2013

Grand National

Cameo, Australian label, Grand National, floral print, Native Australian floraCameo, Australian label, Grand National, floral print, Native Australian flora

Cameo, Australian label, Grand National, floral print, Native Australian floraCameo, Australian label, Grand National, floral print, Native Australian flora

Cameo, Australian label, Grand National, floral print, Native Australian flora

Cameo, Australian label, Grand National, floral print, Native Australian flora
Cameo, Australian label, Grand National, floral print, Native Australian flora 
Cameo, Australian label, Grand National, floral print, Native Australian flora

Cameo, Australian label, Grand National, floral print, Native Australian flora
 Picture source: http://cameothelabel.com.au 

Floral prints burst on every street corner come the warmer seasons but not quite like this. Instead of the innocent and romantic 'walking on a dream' vibe usually associated with flowers, I get a peculiar sense of eeriness from this Cameo editorial.

It's as if I've stumbled across a forlorn museum on a cloudy day only to discover a room filled with frozen girls, each with a floral bouquet exploding from her body. Her alabaster skin made of porcelain.

All strange vibes aside, I find this editorial quite patriotic. Nobody is waving an Australian flag, such is the subtlety that Cameo is so good at. But if you look closely, the florals featured are all native Australian shrubs. After some researching and digging at my own knowledge, I spotted the kangaroo paw (picture 4), banksia (picture 3), protea (picture 5) and native wisteria. A truly unique collection of garments that I would be proud to wear.

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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

OUTFIT POST SERIES: Equipment 1



Equipment, silk shirt, blouse, Paint It Red, Steven Madden, Wittner shoes
Equipment, silk shirt, blouse, Paint It Red, Steven Madden, Wittner shoes

Equipment, silk shirt, blouse, Paint It Red, Steven Madden, Wittner shoes   
Top: Equipment (shop HERE) ... Skirt: c/o Paint It Red (shop HERE
Bag: Steve Madden ... Shoes: Wittner 

Most people invest in houses, shares, assets and all that economic jazz.
But I consider silk shirts to be the most satisfying form of investment. Take good care of it and it can become your sartorial best friend from winter through to summer, for the rest of your life. 

This is the first installment of my outfit series styling the signature Equipment silk shirt (mine is in Klein Blue). To me they are the classic case of hating what you don't understand. I couldn't justify that price for just a button up collared blouse. However upon draping the lustrous silk over my shoulders, I succumbed to the hype. 

This look is styled with a dressier aesthetic in mind. Paired with a printed skirt, which reminds me of the design on fine porcelain, and black pumps, this outfit is definitely work appropriate. Swap the heels for some tan brogues and it becomes a look suited for a lunch date with friends. 

Stay tuned for part 2 of this OOTD series ... 

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Saturday, 23 November 2013

Listings

floral crown, floral garland, spring, summer, style, Etsy, P&P Crown, DIY floral crown, flower crown, rose crown
floral crown, floral garland, spring, summer, style, Etsy, P&P Crown, DIY floral crown, flower crown, rose crown
floral crown, floral garland, spring, summer, style, Etsy, P&P Crown, DIY floral crown, flower crown, rose crown

floral crown, floral garland, spring, summer, style, Etsy, P&P Crown, DIY floral crown, flower crown, rose crown
floral crown, floral garland, spring, summer, style, Etsy, P&P Crown, DIY floral crown, flower crown, rose crown

floral crown, floral garland, spring, summer, style, Etsy, P&P Crown, DIY floral crown, flower crown, rose crown

floral crown, floral garland, spring, summer, style, Etsy, P&P Crown, DIY floral crown, flower crown, rose crown


floral crown, floral garland, spring, summer, style, Etsy, P&P Crown, DIY floral crown, flower crown, rose crown

Shop THE GATHERERS crown HERE
Shop THE ANGELIC crown HERE 

Back in the Etsy business with some fresh floral crown listings and of course the photos to match.
My apologies for neglecting my blog for at least a fortnight but sometimes life gets in the way.
That being said, there are some killer posts lined up including interviews and some fun collabs. 

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