Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Alexander Wang x H&M


Alexander Wang x H&M, Alexander Wang, Alexander Wang SS 2014, T By Alexander Wang, Vogue, January 2009
Circle November 6th 2014 in a bright red marker because that’s the day Alexander Wang x H&M’s collection will drop into stores. Designer collaborations are usually welcomed by a hyperventilating pack of fashion ‘freaks’ just like the throng of screaming girls for One Direction. Such is the niche market of Wang’s eponymous label and Balenciaga – in which he was appointed Creative Director in 2012 – that this partnership will expose his creative talent to a broader audience.

Alexander Wang said the collaboration “will be a great way for a wider audience to experience elements of the Alexander Wang brand and lifestyle.”

Since Fall 2007, Alexander Wang has reinvented and deconstructed the modern urban uniform, designing clothing that captures the energy of theCity. Using black as the predominant colour in his designs Wang is also known for his great tailoring skills in creating crisp shirts as seen in the latest Alexander Wang S/S 2014 collection. His cuts and shapes exude an effortless vibe fuelling the model off-duty look captured in street style shots around the world. The youthful goal Wang wants to deliver is “clothes that girls want to wear.” His diffusion line T by Alexander Wang introduced in 2009 and Men’s T by Alexander Wang in 2010 both reflect such a mission.

For people like me who only dream about owning a garment from his main line, this upcoming collaboration is a great opportunity to own a piece of this iconic American fashion designer. The collection will include men and women’s clothing as well as an array of his most popular accessories. 

Alexander Wang x H&M is the perfect blend of high street prices and designer creativity. 

Alexander Wang x H&M, Alexander Wang, Alexander Wang SS 2014, T By Alexander Wang, Vogue, January 2009
Alexander Wang x H&M, Alexander Wang, Alexander Wang SS 2014, T By Alexander Wang, Vogue, January 2009





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Saturday, 21 June 2014

OUTFIT POST: Bjorn to Run

Ellery, white peplum, mint jeans, personal style, sydney street style, Insight Jeans, Mnologie, ASOS, mint, white, Boticca

Ellery, white peplum, mint jeans, personal style, sydney street style, Insight Jeans, Mnologie, ASOS, mint, white, Boticca

Ellery, white peplum, mint jeans, personal style, sydney street style, Insight Jeans, Mnologie, ASOS, mint, white, Boticca

Ellery, white peplum, mint jeans, personal style, sydney street style, Insight Jeans, Mnologie, ASOS, mint, white, Boticca

Ellery, white peplum, mint jeans, personal style, sydney street style, Insight Jeans, Mnologie, ASOS, mint, white, Boticca

Ellery, white peplum, mint jeans, personal style, sydney street style, Insight Jeans, Mnologie, ASOS, mint, white, Boticca









Top: Ellery ... Jeans: Insight ... Shoes: Peeptoe ... Belt: ASOS
Clutch: c/o Mnologie (shop HERE) ... Cuffs: c/o Boticca (shop HERE & HERE)

While in the process of a sartorial detox, my aim is a curated wardrobe. Fashionising.com believes "the new luxury is a small wardrobe" and to me curation means tough love. It involves decluttering the mess of clothes hung, folded, flat-layed and/or stacked before you. In a Sex and the City scene, Carrie and her girlfriends practice curation as they pick and choose what garments are a 'toss' or a 'take' while dancing to the best of the 80s.

"Curation is refinement. Refinement is a skill ... we must cull from our wardrobes removing from it all that looks average." In this sense, a curated wardrobe doesn't necessarily have to be filled with lavish garments from the world's top fashion houses but it's up to you to decide worth and value. Personally, I'm moving on from my twelvie polyester flammables because I've realised we don't need a million tank tops or booty shorts.

So if curation means a systematic filtering of our wardrobes, then it also involves a change in attitude towards what we consume. Speaking of value, this is my personal stance.
If someone gave me $200 two years ago, I would come home with five chain store pieces at the awesome price of $40 each. But I've realised those bargain pieces, mediocre in fit, cut and quality would not be getting its cost per wear. Reality check: It'll end up collecting dust since I didn't even love them in the first place.
Give me $200 now, I would invest in one quality garment. This is where online and in-store research comes in as well as knowing when the good designer sales are on. Take this Ellery peplum as an example; I cannot afford the full price but splurging during their sample sale was worth it to me. Investing in classic quality pieces most likely means you'll take better care of it, wear it more often and is the "hallmark of the modern fashioniser." 
Because as my good friend Marvic Casingal said: "That s*** is not gonna die on you!"

Read the Fashionising.com article The New Luxury: The Curated Wardrobe HERE

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Thursday, 19 June 2014

Spotlight: Aaron Favaloro

Aaron Favaloro, Moschino, McDonalds, Fast Food, Christine Centenera, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Lucky You Cleanse, Fashion illustrator, Australian, Fashion illustration


Aaron Favaloro, Moschino, McDonalds, Fast Food, Christine Centenera, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Lucky You Cleanse, Fashion illustrator, Australian, Fashion illustration
Social media platforms not only provide a daily dose of inspiration but also introduce me to a plethora of talented people in fashion, fitness and/or beauty. This is the case for Aaron Favaloro, an Instagram famous fashion illustrator with 23K followers (and growing). One glance at his Insta feed and it becomes obvious why he gained such a large audience; his drawings are different from the rest.  

Creative, light-hearted and each with its individual quirk, Favaloro has illustrated many prominent names in fashion. His portfolio boasts famous bloggers, fashion icons, celebrities, models and runway exits from ready-to-wear and Haute Couture shows. It is his keen eye for details, intricacy and individuality that has earned Favaloro the admiration of many in the industry. 

Upon seeing his work on Instagram in 2013, I was fascinated by his talent. A year on Aaron Favaloro has become one of those in the fashion industry I respect the most. Both humble and humorous, he talks to me about his job as a fashion illustrator and not taking life too seriously. 

Aaron Favaloro, Moschino, McDonalds, Fast Food, Christine Centenera, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Lucky You Cleanse, Fashion illustrator, Australian, Fashion illustration

His job wasn't something planned. 

"I did an illustration for my brother on the engagement card I made for them, and as I was running late I did them with no faces. I was stunned that upon me putting that illustration on Instagram I had a job request. I thought there might be something in this, so I ran with it and haven’t stopped illustrating to date."

His artist style includes faceless figures which all bare a striking resemblance to his subject whether it be the eyebrows or signature accessories. 

"The style did stem from me being unpunctual. But I did study fashion design and have always loved style and fashion. I thought wouldn’t it be cool if you could tell someone by their style and characteristics rather than identifying them by their facial features. I still am blown away how everyone can identify who I illustrate. It's a real testament to the individuals self-expression and authenticity."
Aaron Favaloro, Moschino, McDonalds, Fast Food, Christine Centenera, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Lucky You Cleanse, Fashion illustrator, Australian, Fashion illustration
He takes inspiration from not only fashion. 

It comes from ... "I don’t know insomnia ahah! Mostly it comes from fashion yet music is a big inspiration. And also surfing, nothing beats the ocean for creative inspiration."

He branches out from the tradition tools of fashion illustration. 

"Anything and everything that creates marks on paper. I do mainly use Copic Markers yet eye shadows, watercolour and pastels all show their faces. I don’t think I could only choose one, there is so much fun to have with them all."

Aaron Favaloro, Moschino, McDonalds, Fast Food, Christine Centenera, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Lucky You Cleanse, Fashion illustrator, Australian, Fashion illustration
His best experience is something to be proud (and envious) of. 

"I have had so many little moments to be thankful for. Sitting front row for fashion week was exciting, I was so out of my comfort zone. Yet my highlight would have to be receiving a picture of Oprah holding my illustration in her hands, I think I let out a little YEW." 

He's got grand plans for the future but refuses to be caught up in the fame. 

"There are some amazing things in the works, working with some big brands and companies! I definitely want to keep illustrating what inspires me, and having fun with it, if you can’t have a laugh then what’s the point."

Aaron Favaloro's work can be found HERE and HERE
All images belong to Aaron Favaloro. 

Aaron Favaloro, Moschino, McDonalds, Fast Food, Christine Centenera, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Lucky You Cleanse, Fashion illustrator, Australian, Fashion illustration

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Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Triangl Swimwear - Dakota Superfly

Triangl Swimwear, Triangl Underwear, Dakota Superfly, Australian label, beach, swimwear, bikini, Triangl, neoprene

Triangl Swimwear, Triangl Underwear, Dakota Superfly, Australian label, beach, swimwear, bikini, Triangl, neoprene


Triangl Swimwear, Triangl Underwear, Dakota Superfly, Australian label, beach, swimwear, bikini, Triangl, neoprene

Triangl Swimwear, Triangl Underwear, Dakota Superfly, Australian label, beach, swimwear, bikini, Triangl, neoprene

Triangl Swimwear, Triangl Underwear, Dakota Superfly, Australian label, beach, swimwear, bikini, Triangl, neoprene

Triangl Swimwear, Triangl Underwear, Dakota Superfly, Australian label, beach, swimwear, bikini, Triangl, neoprene

Triangl Swimwear, Triangl Underwear, Dakota Superfly, Australian label, beach, swimwear, bikini, Triangl, neoprene

Triangl Swimwear, Triangl Underwear, Dakota Superfly, Australian label, beach, swimwear, bikini, Triangl, neoprene

Triangl Swimwear, Triangl Underwear, Dakota Superfly, Australian label, beach, swimwear, bikini, Triangl, neoprene

Triangl Swimwear, Triangl Underwear, Dakota Superfly, Australian label, beach, swimwear, bikini, Triangl, neoprene

Triangl Swimwear, Triangl Underwear, Dakota Superfly, Australian label, beach, swimwear, bikini, Triangl, neoprene

Triangl Swimwear, Triangl Underwear, Dakota Superfly, Australian label, beach, swimwear, bikini, Triangl, neoprene












Swimwear: Dakota Superfly c/o Triangl Swimwear (shop HERE

Despite the smiles and laughter, it was 16 degrees this morning and my pool is not heated. Deciding between the possibility of a cold or getting the perfect shots, I chose the latter because anything for the blog. Anything for you guys. 

I've been meaning to shoot Triangl Swimwear since my first introductory post into this local label. Here we are, a year later and they have released several collections including a range of mishmash mesh bandeaus (say that five times fast) and some animal printed goodness. Such is Triangl's global popularity that they started a sister brand Triangl Underwear which embodies the sports luxe shapes of their bikinis. 

Although winter isn't the best time to be hanging around half naked, the neoprene material makes Triangl pieces ideal to exercise in. Ok, my idea of working out is quite different to the rest of society. Gyms are scary places! The machines look like modern torture devices and the massive guys freak the life out of me. As a trained dancer, I was surprised there's such a thing called a stretching machine. Yes, this gigantic metal contraption designed to help you stretch. Has nobody heard of the floor and a mat?

What I do requires relatively little clothing; ask any aerial dancer and they'll agree we rely a lot on our skin to keep us from dying. So I'm not encouraging you to hit the gym in swimwear. Instead I urge everyone to learn a new skill where you can rock up in the above and not be greeted with condescending glances. 

Hello pole dance, lyra or aerial silks. But if you're a beginner, better stay away from the silks. 

They are a bitch. 

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