Friday, 29 August 2014

OUTFIT POST: Light Leaks






 
Sweater: Nique Clothing … Chinos: Roger David
Shoes: Vans … Necklace: Topman

As the eerie grey skies open up above the bustling Sydney streets, it seems almost inevitable that my mind grows nostalgic of the warmth and sunshine of the Australian summer. This unruly sense of longing for days filled only with sun, smiles and some much needed R&R is all that is ever-present this time of year. It is in moments such as these that I am truly thankful for the occasional, one-off days which seeming defy the dreary winter weather which too often plagues Sydney.

As I have instagrammed time and time again, my yearning for the days of summers passed is all that my arching heart desires. But instead of sitting here like an absolute dork, crying pathetically over something which is irrefutable out of my control, I have settled for the next best thing: photographs – of which, I’ve decided to share with those of you who are equally as needy as I am.

So here I impart to you the gift of a gorgeous sunny day which I hope will somewhat mend your broken heart, fill that empty void and reconstitute some form of happiness as you too, long for the days of the Australian summer.

As the gentle rays of golden sunlight shone softly through the twisted branches of the tree top canopies, as the sound of laugher and chatter sweetly synthesized with the ambient noise around me, in that exact moment, all that I could comprehend was the feeling of absolute bliss.

By Marvic Casingal
Primed Men


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Monday, 25 August 2014

OUTFIT POST: Linear



Photographer: Duey Lam from XXIII Photog 

Top: ASOS ... Jeans: ONLY ... Jacket: Vintage 
Shoes: Bronx ... Bag: Badgley Mischka 

A darker colour palette and shapeless dressing makes up my daily uniform as Sydney gets increasingly moody and rainy. It's funny how stormy weather can affect our mood and the way we dress; getting out of bed becomes much harder and so are wearing tight jeans. That unpleasant feeling of wet denim stuck to your thighs made me ditch the skinny cut in favour of the boyfriend. Sometimes masculine shapes are so much more comfortable and effortless.

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Checkmate

Finders Keepers, Australian Fashion, The Fashion Bunker, Australian Labels, houndstooth, spring summer 2015, floral print

Finders Keepers, Australian Fashion, The Fashion Bunker, Australian Labels, houndstooth, spring summer 2015, floral print
Finders Keepers, Australian Fashion, The Fashion Bunker, Australian Labels, houndstooth, spring summer 2015, floral print
Finders Keepers, Australian Fashion, The Fashion Bunker, Australian Labels, houndstooth, spring summer 2015, floral print

Finders Keepers, Australian Fashion, The Fashion Bunker, Australian Labels, houndstooth, spring summer 2015, floral print

Finders Keepers, Australian Fashion, The Fashion Bunker, Australian Labels, houndstooth, spring summer 2015, floral print

Finders Keepers, Australian Fashion, The Fashion Bunker, Australian Labels, houndstooth, spring summer 2015, floral print








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

There are two things at the top of my bucket list: shoot in a maze and (learn how to) play giant chess - none of which will be fulfilled anytime soon. So I will live vicariously through Finders Keepers's latest lookbook, Checkmate. Their vision of spring dressing consist of a modern twist on the floral and houndstooth print. The former being stripped off its cutesy stereotype and designed with an edgy ombre into stark white where the latter is updated with a pop of colour.

Yes, you're free to wear houndstooth stylishly come the warmer weather. It's no longer just reserved for the David Jones logo.

By Sharon Jiang 

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Sunday, 17 August 2014

Accessories Edit: Sunburst

House of Harlow 1960, Nicole Richie, The Dark Horse Jewellery, Gold Necklaces, Coco Liberace, Gypsea Swimwear

House of Harlow 1960, Nicole Richie, The Dark Horse Jewellery, Gold Necklaces, Coco Liberace, Gypsea Swimwear

House of Harlow 1960, Nicole Richie, The Dark Horse Jewellery, Gold Necklaces, Coco Liberace, Gypsea Swimwear

House of Harlow 1960, Nicole Richie, The Dark Horse Jewellery, Gold Necklaces, Coco Liberace, Gypsea Swimwear
House of Harlow 1960, Nicole Richie, The Dark Horse Jewellery, Gold Necklaces, Coco Liberace, Gypsea SwimwearHouse of Harlow 1960, Nicole Richie, The Dark Horse Jewellery, Gold Necklaces, Coco Liberace, Gypsea Swimwear












Necklaces: House of Harlow 1960 c/o The Dark Horse (shop HERE & HERE
Earrings: Coco Liberace (shop HERE)
Swimwear: Gypsea (shop HERE

With a couple of weeks left of Sydney's winter, today we're celebrating sunshine and vitality. Heaps of natural lighting, what is left of my summer 2013 tan and the gold necklaces handpicked by yours truly captured my longing for warmer weather. In contrast to the last 'Accessories Edit' post which focused on winter knits with boho jewellery, I'm braving the cold and styling these three neckpieces with swimwear. Perhaps I chose the easy way out when face to face with the dilemma of what to wear; in this case, not much at all. I mean we'll let the jewellery details speak for themselves.

Throughout my high school years the extent of my accessorising consisted of a lonely silver pendant - the only appropriate option considering five days a week in school uniform. But here I'm reigniting my love for layering necklaces courtesy of The Dark Horse who kindly lent me some of Nicole Richie's creations for House of Harlow. I'm featuring one of her most iconic and best selling pieces - Sunburst - and tied the look together with the motif of triangles and geometric shapes.

I'll let you in on a little secret - I was wearing pajama pants and pink fluffy slippers while shooting this. My neighbours must think I'm the weirdest person.

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Thursday, 14 August 2014

OUTFIT POST: Ash

 




Shirt: French Connection ... Pants: ASOS 
Shoes: Birkenstock ... Necklace: Market Vendor 

P&P goes to Darwin! One half of the newly developed, fun-loving duo at Primped and Primed has headed to the Territory’s Top End to escape Sydney’s winter chills.

To introduce myself, my name is Marvic Casingal. I am 18 years old and – despite being older than my other half/partner in crime – see myself as the younger ‘brother’ to the sophisticated Sharon.  I am also the official head of all things menswear and will be covering sartorial trends in male fashion, runway coverage and personal style.

So we’ve all heard of that expression “dress of the occasion”; whether you’re off to the beach, the races or a cute night out with a special someone, this good old saying rings true in almost all instances of planning your outfit. As much as we’d all love to wear our favourite pair of jeans and sneakers to our best friends wedding, the truth of the matter is you just can’t. To avoid looking like Miley Cyrus at the VMAs and sticking out like a sore thumb, it is essential to dress according to the event, the weather and your personal style.

This get-up is a great example of dressing accordingly – considering the 33 degree heat, the at-home dinner party etiquette and my go-to looks. What would typically call for jeans, a button-up shirt and some nice oxfords, in Darwin, calls for a clever mixture of comfort, class and effortless cool. The all-important 3 C’s.

My love for a monochrome colour palette and cropped trousers is paramount – so of course I had to dress according to my signature look. But to spice things up and opt for the added points in comfort, I swapped out the oxfords and button-ups for a good old pair of black Birkenstocks with a perforated tee.

As a look which a culmination of planning, thought and fashion know-how, this outfit is a display of my personal style, dressing for the occasion and navigating through the many problems we fashionistas/fashionistos face. #thefabulousfashionlife. So good luck all you beautiful individuals – think comfort, think classy and dress to kill. 

Primed men 
By Marvic Casingal 

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Monday, 11 August 2014

OUTFIT POST: Thrift

Marcs, ZU Shoes, Neuw Denim, modern vintage, personal style, UNIF, Lucid Sydney, Ambition Fashion, Topshop, collar chain, Cheap Monday jeans, Novo,

Marcs, ZU Shoes, Neuw Denim, modern vintage, personal style, UNIF, Lucid Sydney, Ambition Fashion, Topshop, collar chain, Cheap Monday jeans, Novo, Seafolly

Marcs, ZU Shoes, Neuw Denim, modern vintage, personal style, UNIF, Lucid Sydney, Ambition Fashion, Topshop, collar chain, Cheap Monday jeans, Novo,

Marcs, ZU Shoes, Neuw Denim, modern vintage, personal style, UNIF, Lucid Sydney, Ambition Fashion, Topshop, collar chain, Cheap Monday jeans, Novo,

Marcs, ZU Shoes, Neuw Denim, modern vintage, personal style, UNIF, Lucid Sydney, Ambition Fashion, Topshop, collar chain, Cheap Monday jeans, Novo,

Marcs, ZU Shoes, Neuw Denim, modern vintage, personal style, UNIF, Lucid Sydney, Ambition Fashion, Topshop, collar chain, Cheap Monday jeans, Novo,

Marcs, ZU Shoes, Neuw Denim, modern vintage, personal style, UNIF, Lucid Sydney, Ambition Fashion, Topshop, collar chain, Cheap Monday jeans, Novo,







HER 
Top: Lucid @ Ambition Fashion (shop HERE)
Jeans: Cheap Monday
Jacket: UNIF
Shoes: Novo 
Collar Tips: Topshop
Sunglasses: Seafolly 

HIM 
Top: Neuw Denim (shop HERE)
Pants: Roger David
Jacket: Marcs
Shoes: Topman
Belt: Connor

Since winter is coming to an end, Marvic and I wanted to take advantage of the last few weeks of heavy outerwear and long pants. We came up with a 'modern vintage' aesthetic while thinking of a theme for this joint outfit post. It's a little bit thrifted but with a clean and minimal edge that's both wearable and street style appropriate. So we didn't dig out the decade old furs which reek of moth balls nor ill fitting neon shorts from the 80s. Instead we chose newly curated and purchased pieces that embody a retro vibe through the subdued colour palette and boxy shapes. 

We styled our outfits around neutral shades of tan, nude, black and blue. In an attempt to prevent the twinsie effect - that cringe worthy clash where you've both worn blue jeans, beige shirt and black coat -  Marvic and I coordinated this colour block the night before. To keep it modern, we also played around with similar patterns, shapes and textures opting for faux fur details and collared button up shirts.

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Monday, 4 August 2014

OUTFIT POST: Night Owl

Aje, Alice McCall, gold lame, black crop, ZU Shoes, MNO.logie

Aje, Alice McCall, gold lame, black crop, ZU Shoes, MNO.logie

Aje, Alice McCall, gold lame, black crop, ZU Shoes, MNO.logie

Aje, Alice McCall, gold lame, black crop, ZU Shoes, MNO.logie
Aje, Alice McCall, gold lame, black crop, ZU Shoes, MNO.logie
Photographer: Duey Lam from XXIII Photog 

Top: Aje (shop HERE) ... Skirt: Alice McCall (shop HERE)
Shoes: ZU Shoes ... Clutch: MNO.logie (shop HERE

Shooting with a photographer almost always guarantees amazing images. There is a certain level of creativity in the lighting, angles and lines that I can't evoke in my day to day outfit pictures. Prior to the shoot, my photographer Duey Lam went location scouting around Sydney and picked out this little nook in Circular Quay with three distinct images in mind; the reflection, the lamps and the copper warehouse door.

Here I've styled my very first night outfit to compliment Lam's night vision. Dressed head to toe in Aussie labels, this outfit is a celebration of the craftsmanship and individuality of some of my favourite local designers, Alice McCall and Adrian Norris and Edwina Robinson from Aje. Both have their distinct design aesthetics; the former with a girlish folk charm and the latter defining itself with 'effortless glamour'. Aje is my go to label for embellished dresses and separates where this black crop is no exception to their rule of quality and luxurious fabrications. Paired with this metallic gold fluted skirt from Alice McCall, these two pieces tied in perfectly for the glam look I was going for.

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