Tuesday, 30 September 2014

MBFFS: Fashion Bloggers on Style

MBFFS, 2014, Fashion Bloggers on Style, Spring Edits, Margaret Zhang, Shine by Three, Sara Donaldson, Harper & Harley, Zanita, Amanda Shadforth, Oracle Fox, Kate Waterhouse, Camilla and Marc, Michael Lo Sordo, Karla Spetic, Alice McCall, Runway

MBFFS, 2014, Fashion Bloggers on Style, Spring Edits, Margaret Zhang, Shine by Three, Sara Donaldson, Harper & Harley, Zanita, Amanda Shadforth, Oracle Fox, Kate Waterhouse, Camilla and Marc, Michael Lo Sordo, Karla Spetic, Alice McCall, Runway

MBFFS, 2014, Fashion Bloggers on Style, Spring Edits, Margaret Zhang, Shine by Three, Sara Donaldson, Harper & Harley, Zanita, Amanda Shadforth, Oracle Fox, Kate Waterhouse, Camilla and Marc, Michael Lo Sordo, Karla Spetic, Alice McCall, Runway

MBFFS, 2014, Fashion Bloggers on Style, Spring Edits, Margaret Zhang, Shine by Three, Sara Donaldson, Harper & Harley, Zanita, Amanda Shadforth, Oracle Fox, Kate Waterhouse, Camilla and Marc, Michael Lo Sordo, Karla Spetic, Alice McCall, Runway

MBFFS, 2014, Fashion Bloggers on Style, Spring Edits, Margaret Zhang, Shine by Three, Sara Donaldson, Harper & Harley, Zanita, Amanda Shadforth, Oracle Fox, Kate Waterhouse, Camilla and Marc, Michael Lo Sordo, Karla Spetic, Alice McCall, Runway

MBFFS, 2014, Fashion Bloggers on Style, Spring Edits, Margaret Zhang, Shine by Three, Sara Donaldson, Harper & Harley, Zanita, Amanda Shadforth, Oracle Fox, Kate Waterhouse, Camilla and Marc, Michael Lo Sordo, Karla Spetic, Alice McCall, Runway
MBFFS, 2014, Fashion Bloggers on Style, Spring Edits, Margaret Zhang, Shine by Three, Sara Donaldson, Harper & Harley, Zanita, Amanda Shadforth, Oracle Fox, Kate Waterhouse, Camilla and Marc, Michael Lo Sordo, Karla Spetic, Alice McCall, Runway

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Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival Sydney included big successful names into their runway shows making more room for independent bloggers in the fashion industry. Not only does this give us something to look up to but also reinforces how bloggers are now taken more seriously (remember THIS article that caused a massive stir in the blogosphere?). That's gotta be good news for the rest of us small scale 'citizen journalists'.

Last year saw five local bloggers making their runway debut as part of Market HQ's spectacle 'Salute the Sun.' This year they upped the ante; an entire show revolved around five of Australia's most recognizable blogger names. They were Margaret Zhang from Shine By Three, Kate Waterhouse from KateWaterhouse.com, Amanda Shadforth from Oracle Fox, Sara Donaldson from Harper & Harley and Zanita Whittington from Zanita. Not to mention they have a reality TV show on The Style Channel called Fashion Bloggers. *cue the envy*

Marvic and I attended MBFFS with a stylish little lanyard hooked around our necks. Although a media pass is not a glittering and exciting piece of plastic that it was two years ago, I still appreciate taking a seat once again in the media riser. While the guests were sitting on comfy chairs, we were fighting for the best spots on the oh-so-coveted stairs. Working as media also gave us incredible insight to the blood and sweat that goes into producing a fifteen minute runway show. A behind-the-scenes post will be uploaded later during the week.

From Camilla and Marc, to Alice McCall and Michel Lo Sordo, the clothes were a beautiful reminder of the Australian design talent as well as the styling flair of the said bloggers. Although these pieces have already been unveiled at Australian Fashion Week earlier in the year, this was the perfect opportunity for the layperson, like you and I, to cast your sights upon exquisite fashion items. These are some of our favourite picks of the night.

By Sharon Jiang & Marvic Casingal


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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

OUTFIT POST: Introductions

French Connection, Rose Bay, Cotton On, Birkenstock, Sydney, Personal Style, Marvic Casingal, Primed Men

French Connection, Rose Bay, Cotton On, Birkenstock, Sydney, Personal Style, Marvic Casingal, Primed Men

French Connection, Rose Bay, Cotton On, Birkenstock, Sydney, Personal Style, Marvic Casingal, Primed Men

French Connection, Rose Bay, Cotton On, Birkenstock, Sydney, Personal Style, Marvic Casingal, Primed Men

French Connection, Rose Bay, Cotton On, Birkenstock, Sydney, Personal Style, Marvic Casingal, Primed Men

Shirt: French Connection
Jeans: Cotton On
Shoes: Birkenstock

I look aimlessly out towards the ocean taking in the beautiful sights which linger outside. As gentle rays of sunlight cast its golden rays into my shrouded room, it feels almost mandatory to take this perfectly peaceful moment to pen my thoughts.

But when I sat down to write this, to which I was hoping to share something that might appear profound in nature, I thought to myself: do these people even know who I am? Like the quiet, shy and too often awkward plus one at a party, I myself, in this situation, am the unfamiliar, unorthodox face in the crowd.

With that, you are probably wondering “who this hooligan?” So, to shed some much-needed light on such questions, here I am – in all my nerdy glory.

I’ve never been good with introductions; I tend to ramble and stutter through the most awkward of small talk. But to overcome this insecurity, for your sake and mine, lets just say that we have already met and that this isn’t uncomfortable. *nervous laughter*

So ... my name is Marvic – as you might already know. I have black hair, skinny legs, caterpillars for eyebrows and a weirdly dorky/sassy personality. I am basically an older version of Sharon but without the element of cool. I’m 19 years old – as of about a week ago – and reside in the beautiful Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. So yeah, you get the picture.

As for the photos, I don’t feel it is all that relevant to this convoluted babble. But I hope it does let you glimpse into my shockingly weird, self-proclaimed nerdy and odd personality.

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Thursday, 18 September 2014

White for Spring






Picture Source: http://www.style.com

It seems like every season white doesn't go out of style. White in winter, white in summer; designers will find any excuse to incorporate this shade into their collection. Having white as a trend is almost mandatory. Lets be honest, we can all see it coming.

On par with florals (always 'in') and nautical stripes (just doesn't quit), it was unsurprising to see white on the Spring Summer 2015 runways. What is interesting is how each individual label interprets it, bringing something fresh to the table through texture, shape, cut and styling.

Above are my top picks from NYFW S/S 2015.

By Sharon Jiang 

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Sunday, 14 September 2014

OUTFIT POST: Crop Problems

Lack of Color, American Apparel, Denim Shirt, Paint It Red, Alice McCall, Floral print, Spring Summer, Jennifer Chou, Solestruck, Krystle Knight jewellery, raw crystal, white tennis skirt

Lack of Color, American Apparel, Denim Shirt, Paint It Red, Alice McCall, Floral print, Spring Summer, Jennifer Chou, Solestruck, Krystle Knight jewellery, raw crystal, white tennis skirt

Lack of Color, American Apparel, Denim Shirt, Paint It Red, Alice McCall, Floral print, Spring Summer, Jennifer Chou, Solestruck, Krystle Knight jewellery, raw crystal

Lack of Color, American Apparel, Denim Shirt, Paint It Red, Alice McCall, Floral print, Spring Summer, Jennifer Chou, Solestruck, Krystle Knight jewellery, raw crystal, White Tennis Skirt



















Lack of Color, American Apparel, Denim Shirt, Paint It Red, Alice McCall, White Tennis Skirt, Floral print, Spring Summer, Jennifer Chou, Solestruck

Skirt: Alice McCall
Top: c/o Paint It Red 
Shirt: American Apparel
Necklace: Krystle Knight
Shoes: Jennifer Chou 
Hat: Lack of Color
Bag: Chicwish

I have one problem with floral bustiers.

While they're youthful, effortless and sun appropriate, I risk looking like a festival hopping teenager stuck in the mindset that 'less is more'. Or to put it bluntly ... a twelvie.

As such a more urban-cross-streetstyle aesthetic was adopted here in the efforts of smartening up the generic bustier. I've noticed many young Sydneysiders like to wear crop tops with Vans or Converse. But switching the sneakers for some chunky platform sandals instantly elevates the outfit. The ones I own just happen to have epic laces, cut outs and a mock croc texture. Now that's what I call real shoes.

Chuck in a fedora because it's a tried and tested method to add more sophistication. And finally any skirt that's white and pleated has a tick in my book; it screams 'I belong on the tennis court even though I can't serve for s***'. BOOM, the result is a little more masculine, a little more sporty and a lot less juvenile.

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Saturday, 6 September 2014

NYFW Backstage

















Picture Source: Shoko Takayasu for Vogue Italia 

An intriguing look into the backstage antics at the New York Fashion Week Chromat, Peter Som & Rodebjer S/S 2015 shows.  I've heard it's absolute chaos behind-the-scenes.

By Sharon Jiang 

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Thursday, 4 September 2014

TRENDING: Wide Brimmed Hats

Hats, Fedora, Lack of Color, Fallen Broken Street, felt hats

Hats, Fedora, Lack of Color, Fallen Broken Street, felt hats

Hats, Fedora, Lack of Color, Fallen Broken Street, felt hats

Hats, Fedora, Lack of Color, Fallen Broken Street, felt hats

Hats, Fedora, Lack of Color, Fallen Broken Street, felt hats, Burberry, Menswear

From Pharrell’s Canadian Mountie inspired Vivienne Westwood headpiece at the Grammy’s to the sartorial creations of Christopher Bailey, wide brimmed hats – and hats alike – have been creeping their way into the fashion spotlight.  Felt or suede, over-sized, floppy or structured, headwear of the calibre is just what the Australian summer calls for.

Whether you’re lounging on the beach basking in the warm summer rays, exploring the vast expanses of the Australian landscape or simply walking the high streets, brimmed hats are the go-to accessory for practicality and effortless cool. So with that in mind, it seems almost a sin not to jump on the band wagon.

Of course not everyone can afford the technicolour creations at Burberry. Or the luxurious pieces crafted at Lanvin. So I’ve found solace in the beautifully constructed pieces at Fallen Broken Street and Lack of Color. If anyone knows the who-is-who in wide brimmed hats, these two are truly a head above the rest (pardon the pun).


Hats, Fedora, Lack of Color, Fallen Broken Street, felt hats

Hats, Fedora, Lack of Color, Fallen Broken Street, felt hats

Hats, Fedora, Lack of Color, Fallen Broken Street, felt hats



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From the streets of Byron Bay, Fallen Broken Street is the go-to for you stylish world travellers and crazy cool kids. Their hats have sat atop of some of the world biggest celebrities such as Cara Delevingne.  Their cutting edge pieces are made from excellent craftsmanship and some of the finest material money can buy. They also stock beanies, caps and gloves and now too, mini version of some of their best-selling pieces for children alike. I’m personally eyeing the Dingo in Wine or the Cove in Black - definitely a summer essential.


Channelling a more sophisticated approach to the humble headwear is Lack of Color - clean, minimal and exuding an understated class. These pieces are incredibly versatile for all you ladies out there – take it to the beach, wear it out with friends or even as the ultimate accessory to dress up an outfit on a night out. Made from the finest wool, they are perfectly trimmed with genuine leather or metallic gross-grain ribbon. 

I personally know that Sharon loves Montana Silver Haze. For a trans-seasonal piece with an understated sophistication, the creations at Lack of Color are seemingly impossible to pass by. 

By Marvic Casingal

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