Friday, 26 April 2013

GIVEAWAY: MBFWA Gypsea

To celebrate my first media/industry approval into Australian Fashion Week and the debut success of Gypsea at MBFWA, I'm collaborating with them to bring you all a GIVEAWAY!

Gypsea, swimwear, peacock print one piece, Primped and Primed, giveaway


The winner will receive this stunning Peacock One Piece (Size 10) courtesy of Gypsea (pictured above)

Rules:

1. Follow on GFC or Bloglovin (HERE)

2. Like my Facebook page (HERE) 

3. Like Gypsea's Facebook page (HERE) 

4. Comment below 
after you have done so with your name & email address.

If you're already following me/Gypsea on those networks, just comment and you'll be automatically eligible. 

Giveaway lasts for 3 weeks (26th April - 17 May) Open to international participants. Winner selected at random. Winner will be announced in a blog post on Saturday 18th May and contacted through email. 

NOW CLOSED! 

Monday, 22 April 2013

Road Tripping

DIY, floral crown, etsy, personal style, outfit, mel by melissa, Boohoo, dungarees, gum boots
nature, photography, flower

floral crown, etsy, personal style, outfit, mel by melissa, Boohoo, dungarees, gum boots, UNIF, road tripping

nature, photography, bliss
DIY floral crown, floral crown, floral garland, flowers, etsy, lana del rey, coachella
nature, photography, travel, maze
floral crown, etsy, personal style, outfit, mel by melissa, Boohoo, dungarees, gum boots, UNIF, road tripping 
Jumper: ASOS ... Dungarees: Courtesy of Boohoo (HERE) ... Outerwear: UNIF (HERE)
Gumboots: Mel by Melissa ... Crown: P&P Crowns (HERE

Just a quick travel-semi-outfit post. Road tripping in the Southern Highlands NSW, my belongings took up half the car. When headed for anywhere beautiful, I've resulted to not only packing my day to day necessities but also my shooting equipment. What resulted was a suitcase of essentials, a backpack of accessories and totally weather inappropriate clothing and a basket of floral crowns. For the time span of two days, I brought along three (four including my yoga mat) separate 'luggages'... everybody else had one.
Of course, my shooting timetable did not go to plan because ain't nobody got time for that.


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Saturday, 20 April 2013

(MBFWA) Gypsea S/S 2013/14

MBFWA, Fashion week Australia, Gypsea, Group Swim, printed swimwear

There is no doubt that printed swimwear will be all the rage next summer. Albeit,
swimwear which looks its had a photograph printed straight on popularised by Blackmilk and We Are Handsome have been around for a while. Now the debut success of Gypsea at MBFWA, a Western Australian label, which 'embodies the immense natural beauty in nature' reassures all of us that this hype is not dying down.

Gypsea showcased such a variety that would surely adapt to many facets of personal style.The most nature loving adventurer would enjoy the leafy greens or exotic birds. Girls with slightly quirkier styles can gravitate towards the funky feline piece. A standout piece would have to be that caged sleeve two piece featuring a unique Red Admiral Butterfly wing print (excuse my ignorance but I thought it was a reptile print). Such a creative vision made possible by designer Emma Jones and surf photographer Scott Bauer who I was lucky enough to have interviewed.

MBFWA, Fashion week Australia, Gypsea, Group Swim, printed swimwear













1. How did your brand Gypsea start? Was there always this passion to design swimwear?
I've worked as a surfing photographer for 15 years where I had the idea of doing something very different and challenging with my photography work. Swimwear seemed like a cool project to sink my energy into. I met Emma in Hawaii a few years previous through her husband Mikala, she told me about work as a designer and swimwear manufacturer. It wasn't till a few years later I asked her about printing image onto swimwear, she was really intrigued about the idea. We did some sampling and we were both really excited with the results, she then asked if I wanted to be business partners and the rest is history.

2. Tell us about your design aesthetic. 
Our aim is to create swimwear that flatters the female form. Effectively the human body becomes the canvas for the images so it's important the image flows well with the shape of the body. We work in reverse with design, we pick the images then we find the patterns that work well with it. One Pieces are always great to work with as they are such a great canvas. 

3. One very important feature of your swimwear are the gorgeous prints. Are they photographed by yourself?
In the latest collection I have photographed some of the prints, we also have some amazing photographers we are collaborating with, Alex Hyde and Alex Kearns. I do all the graphic work with the label, Emma works on all the pattern design and manufacturing.

4. Describe fashion week in 3 words. 
Exciting, prestigious, inspiring

5. What is one piece of advice you would give to any budding designer trying to break into the industry?
Always follow your dreams and be prepared for a lot of hard work

6. I've noticed you're from WA Australia, where is one place you would recommend for anyone wanting to travel there? 
I live in Dunsborough in the South West, I recommend the Dunsborough, Margaret River region. There's so much to see and do, from surfing, hiking, climbing or just taking it easy eating good food and visiting amazing wineries, its basically got it all.

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Monday, 15 April 2013

TRENDING (MBFWA): Sheer

MBFWA, Trends, Sheer, Alice McCall, Natalie & Sarah, New gen, SS 2013/14

MBFWA, Trends, Sheer, Karla Spectic, Sheer Panelling, Staple the Label, SS 2013/14

MBFWA, Trends, Sheer, Michael Lo Sordo, Bec & Bridge, SS 2013/14




Now that Australian Fashion Week has officially come to an end, it's safe to say that the next 2013/14 summer trends are pretty much set. The sheer look was seen repeatedly in many collections which took its form from sheer panelling to drapery to languid and organic blouses. See: Alice McCall, Michael Lo Sordo, Karla Spectic, Staple the Label, Bec & Bridge etc
I'm not exactly sure what makes see-through pee-a-boo materials and shapes so alluring; maybe it's the fact that you're subtly showing skin without being vulgar or maybe it's because sheer fabrics are so incredibly light and full of movement. I have basically one rule of thumb ... if something moulds to your every move, it's a no-brainer-must-buy piece.

Will you be wearing this trend for the upcoming S/S 2013/14?

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Friday, 12 April 2013

(MBFWA) New Generation

Take note because these are the new kids on the block! The New Generation runway in Day 5 of Fashion Week Australia showcased a mixture of young emerging designers. Most of them are recent graduates from Whitehouse, TAFE or other fashion colleges and I was just stunned by their vision and talent. There were a few techniques and silhouettes seen repeatedly so in order to avoid a massive post, I will break down their collections by trends.

Tailoring 
MBFWA, New Generation, Day 5, Jaime Ashkar, SS 2013/14, runway, tailoring, suits

MBFWA, New Generation, Zhivago, Tristan Melle, SS 2013/14, runway, tailoring, suits


A major trend seen not only in this show but in fashion week altogether. Sharp suits were seen paired with provocative bralettes and there was an emphasis on strong shoulders. More masculine and boxy shapes has also made a return to the runway which should see itself translated into many summer 2013/14 wardrobes. This was mainly focused in Jamie Ashkar whose collection featured clean geometry and textures and also Zhivago who encompassed a robust and tailored aesthetic.


Colour & Prints
MBFWA, New Generation, Desert Designs, SS 2013/14, runway, Aboriginal Art, prints

MBFWA, New Generation, Natalie & Sarah, SS 2013/14, runway, colourful, prints


Keeping with Desert Designs aesthetic inspired by Indigenous art, their prints were symbolic on one hand but on the other; contemporary and very funky due to the bright colours. This is a label that is much needed in the fashion industry since it reflects the rich culture of Australia before white settlement.
Young graduates Natalie Foran and Sarah Lim from Natalie & Sarah presented a youthful collection which saw a toughened perspective on the 'mod' era. Neon hues of acid yellow combined with sheer materials and sharp silhouettes made this a stand out collection that would really appeal to the young and stylish.


Femininity 
MBFWA, New Generation, Tristan Melle, Faddoul, The Letter Q, florals, pastel, tulle, gown, SS 2013/14, runway, silk organza, feathers


A soft approach to femininity was prevalent overall. Tristan Melle presented a mixture of feathers and silk organza ruffles along with a subdued colour palette of lemon and camel.Whereas Faddoul experimented with another aspect of softness by designing a romantic collection of pastels and florals. The Letter Q unveiled a soft gothic angle taking inspiration from gothic architecture and structure. I loved the final black gown with the layers upon layers of tulle.

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Thursday, 11 April 2013

Princess Polly Launch

Princess Polly, Sydney, Pitt St, store opening, launch,
Princess Polly, Sydney, Pitt St, store opening, launch,

Princess Polly, Sydney, Pitt St, store opening, launch,
Princess Polly, Sydney, Pitt St, store opening, launch,
Princess Polly, Sydney, Pitt St, store opening, launch, Princess Polly, Sydney, Pitt St, store opening, launch,

Princess Polly, Sydney, Pitt St, store opening, launch, Howtwolive,
With Stef and Jess from Howtwolive

Princess Polly, Sydney, Pitt St, store opening, launch,
Princess Polly, Sydney, Pitt St, store opening, launch,
Polly girls Jayde & Sian 
Ever since Princess Polly Boutique propped up its adorable little pop up store in Sydney Westfield, I've been a loyal fan and follower. Now I'm probably just as excited as the gorgeous girls who work there to announce that they've opened up a legit store!

Luckily, I was already in the city for MBFWA and feeling like a professional photographer (which I am not) I popped down into the store and took some snaps. Call it a sad life, but I'm in that store so often that the girls kind of know me now. Although I must admit, it's always nice to be greeted warmly.

For those who don't know, Princess Polly stocks a whole concoction of Aussie and international labels including Mink Pink, Finders Keepers, Cameo, Fairground, Wildfox and a heap more! If you're planning to visit, do keep an eye out for the awesome jelly sandals and Lime Crime lipsticks.

Pitt St store address: 
Shop 1017 Westfield Shopping Centre, 
Centre Point, 188 Pitt St
Sydney NSW, 2000 

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

(MBFWA) Skye & Staghorn


MBFWA, Australian Fashion Week, S/S 2013/14, Group Swim, Day 1, Skye and Staghorn, Scuba, neoprene, sports-luxe
MBFWA, Australian Fashion Week, S/S 2013/14, Group Swim, Day 1, Skye and Staghorn, Scuba, neoprene, sports-luxe, swimwear,


MBFWA, Australian Fashion Week, S/S 2013/14, Group Swim, Day 1, Skye and Staghorn, Scuba, neoprene, sports-luxe, swimwear,

MBFWA, Australian Fashion Week, S/S 2013/14, Group Swim, Day 1, Skye and Staghorn, Scuba, neoprene, sports-luxe, swimwear,
MBFWA, Australian Fashion Week, S/S 2013/14, Group Swim, Day 1, Skye and Staghorn, Scuba, neoprene, sports-luxe, swimwear, MBFWA, Australian Fashion Week, S/S 2013/14, Group Swim, Day 1, Skye and Staghorn, Scuba, neoprene, sports-luxe, swimwear,

Australian Fashion Week has officially kicked off! 

I’ve attended the day 1 Group Swim show consisting of Maidenlove, Gypsea, Surface Too Deep and Skye and Staghorn. Amongst the four designers, there was one label with their scuba-neoprene-luxe vibe that definitely stood out; Skye and Staghorn

Fortunately, I was lucky enough to get in contact with Dakota Gilbert and Jess Baxter: former childhood friends and now the creative brains behind Skye & Staghorn. Just today, I went for a private viewing of their newest S/S 2013/14 collection 'Calypso' and got some insider information. Their design aesthetic can be summed up in one simple word; amphibious. Versatile and sporty, the pieces are likened to an amphibian which is capable at translating from ‘ocean to land’ wear. In other words, the fine detail of mesh and metallic trims along with the flattering scuba shapes allows for sophistication on the beach but also can be worn out and about for that sports-luxe look.

It's obvious that the two designers stay true to their personality since they ‘design what they love’. They have already built such a strong foundation where the passion to stick to the Skye & Staghorn DNA really shows in each collection. I'm sure that the 'sports-luxe' trend will not be fading away any time soon so look to Skye & Staghorn if you're ever needing swimwear that's not your average triangle bikini! 

Skye & Staghorn, MBFWA, Group Swim, Day 1, Swimwear, baxter one piece, mason shorts, rooftop photoshoot


Skye & Staghorn, MBFWA, Group Swim, Day 1, Swimwear, baxter one piece, mason shorts, rooftop photoshoot






Skye & Staghorn, MBFWA, Group Swim, Day 1, Swimwear, baxter one piece, mason shorts, rooftop photoshoot
Skye & Staghorn, MBFWA, Group Swim, Day 1, Swimwear, baxter one piece, mason shorts, rooftop photoshoot, Jess Baxter, Dakota Gilbert
Wearing: Baxter Full Piece + White & Avocado Mason Shorts 

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Sunday, 7 April 2013

OUTFIT POST: Poppy (MBFWA)

street style, personal style, Me-Dusa, clutch, MBFWA, outfit, Topshop, American Apparel, Printed skirt

street style, personal style, Me-Dusa, clutch, MBFWA, outfit, Topshop, American Apparel, Printed skirt

street style, personal style, Me-Dusa, clutch, MBFWA, outfit, Topshop, American Apparel, Printed skirt

street style, personal style, Me-Dusa, clutch, MBFWA, outfit, Topshop, American Apparel, Printed skirt

street style, personal style, Me-Dusa, clutch, MBFWA, outfit, Topshop, American Apparel, Printed skirt

street style, personal style, Me-Dusa, clutch, MBFWA, outfit, Topshop, American Apparel, Printed skirt
Shirt: American Apparel ... Skirt: Topshop ... Gilet: mum's wardrobe 
Bag: Me-Dusa (shop HERE) ... Shoes: Wittner 

When it's Fashion Week, you know you have to up the ante. Do something unexpected, be a little more daring but also being careful not to cross the line.

With that in mind, this is what I'll be wearing to Day 1 of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia. Since the first show is at night, I gravitated towards a darker palette of poppy reds and denim/midnight blues. With the filigree details, faux fur gilet and the dusky poppy print, this outfit has more of a vintage vibe than I planned. Although, you can never go wrong with a simple denim shirt in contemporising (is that a word?) any look. Better yet, take a step further ... just roll up the cuffs. 

The piece I really want to focus on today is the clutch by Me-dusa (HERE). Launched in 2009 and based in Tel Aviv, Israel, their creations definitely reach their goal of creating something 'new and different from what can usually be found in the market'. The thing I find most interested is they work with such a common material ... plastic, but it's designed into something so unique and modern. 

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Friday, 5 April 2013

NYLON + Facebook Page

Nylon Magazine, Nylon shop, Floral Crown, P&P Crowns

QUICK UPDATE: 

I'm very excited to tell you all that my P&P Crowns 'label' where I make custom-made floral crowns is now stocked in the Nylon Magazine Shop (HERE). The contract has been signed for quite some time but has taken a while for it to officially be part of the #NYLONshop family. Thank you so much all you followers for supporting my progress and thanks Nylon Magazine for this amazing opportunity. 

Also, I've made a Facebook (HERE) account for my blog. If you're interested in keeping updated, please 'like' the page. I'll be posting about the upcoming Fashion Week Australia and other blog & Etsy news. 


Thursday, 4 April 2013

Cameo Stadium + Apartment

Cameo the Label, Australian label,


Cameo the Label, Australian label,
Cameo the Label, Australian label, Cameo the Label, Australian label,

Cameo the Label, Australian label,
Cameo the Label, Australian label,
Cameo the Label, Australian label,

 Picture Source: http://cameothelabel.com.au/

After you guys commented on the last post (HERE) about how much you loved Cameo, here are some shots from their latest editorials 'STADIUM' and 'THE APARTMENT'.

Also, Fashion Week Australia is starting next week. Keep updated on my MBFWA activities through the BLOG, TWITTER & INSTAGRAM