Wednesday, 29 October 2014

OUTFIT POST: Fringe Benefits

Spell & the Gypsy Collective, Steve Madden, Mollini, The Mania Mania, Real Leaf Jewellery, Lack of Color, House of Harlow, Boticca, boho, bohemian, Gypsy style, bohochic, fringe dress, festival style

Spell & the Gypsy Collective, Steve Madden, Mollini, The Mania Mania, Real Leaf Jewellery, Lack of Color, House of Harlow, Boticca, boho, bohemian, Gypsy style, bohochic, fringe dress, festival style

Spell & the Gypsy Collective, Steve Madden, Mollini, The Mania Mania, Real Leaf Jewellery, Lack of Color, House of Harlow, Boticca, boho, bohemian, Gypsy style, bohochic, fringe dress, festival style

Spell & the Gypsy Collective, Steve Madden, Mollini, The Mania Mania, Real Leaf Jewellery, Lack of Color, House of Harlow, Boticca, boho, bohemian, Gypsy style, bohochic, fringe dress, festival style












Spell & the Gypsy Collective, Steve Madden, Mollini, The Mania Mania, Real Leaf Jewellery, Lack of Color, House of Harlow, Boticca, boho, bohemian, Gypsy style, bohochic, fringe dress, festival style

Spell & the Gypsy Collective, Steve Madden, Mollini, The Mania Mania, Real Leaf Jewellery, Lack of Color, House of Harlow, Boticca, boho, bohemian, Gypsy style, bohochic, fringe dress, festival style









Dress: Spell & the Gypsy Collective … Bag: Steve Madden … Shoes: Mollini
Cuff: Eina Ahluwalia … Hat: Lack of Color 

The recent Sydney heat waves tell us one thing: that summer is well and truly approaching. And just like that, the change in wind brings a variation of style.

I find myself tucking away the structured shapes and button ups of winter instead reaching for lightweight cottons. It really isn't hard to adopt this boho form of dressing - after all the rise in mercury does require airy garments for comfort and ventilation.

Not only that, the bohemian style comes with its own attitude. The breezy nature of the draped fringe and low back cut makes me want to twirl in fields of long grass - evidence of how fashion can affect our mood and vice versa. It's no wonder that most 'boho' editorials are photographed in natural settings from beaches, to forests, from paddocks to meadows. But seeing as I'm lacking a professional team and aren't near any of the aforementioned places, I made do with the patches of greenery and natural rock formations around my home. Yes, I pretty much live in on a cliff.

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最近悉尼的热浪告诉了我们一件事:夏天真的要来了。就这样,变幻之风带来了着装风格的变化。

我发现自己摒弃了冬季严谨的塑形及调节扣的衣着转而选择了轻便的棉质。适应这种“波西米亚”穿衣风格其实并不难 - 毕竟气温的上升确实需要我们更注重衣着的舒适和透气度。

不仅如此,“波西米亚”风格源于自身的态度。流苏和低切背带来的阵阵凉爽会使我想在长草地里旋转 - 这也验证了时尚的确能够影响我们的情绪,反之亦然。这也难怪,大多数“波西米亚”的编辑取景于自然环境,从海滩到森林,从牧场到草地。但如大家所见,我缺少一个专业的团队,也不靠近任何上述地方。但我拼凑了我家周围的自然绿化和天然岩石。是的,我几乎住在悬崖上。

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Dahil sa init ng panahon dito sa Sydney, Australia: nararamdaman ko na ang summer ay talagang nandito na.

Napansin ko sa sarili ko na nag sisimula na akong magtago ng mga makakapal na damit at inilalabas na ang maninipis. Hindi mahirap pakibagayan ang mga damit na katulad nito. After all, ang init ng panahon ay nangangailangan ng mga damit na komportable, maaliwalas at magaan sa katawan.

Hindi lang dahil sa aliwalas sa katawan ang pag susuot ng mga damit na kagaya nito, ito ay nag bibigay ng magandang pakiramdam. Ang detalye ng damit ay kainga inganyo na gusto kung sumayaw ng paikot ikot sa bukid ng mga bulaklak. Dito makikita na ang fashion ay malaki ang epekto sa ating pagkatao, at kabaliktaran. Kaya ang mga pictures ng bohemian style ay ginagawa sa dagat, kagubatan at halamanan. Dahil sa wala akong propesyonal na team, ginagamit ko na lang ang mga halaman at malaking bato sa tabi ng bahay namin. Oo, Nakatira ako sa tabi ng talampas.

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

INTERVIEW: Belinda Xia Illustration






These 'feel good' drawings surely brightened my day as I couldn't help but smile at the carefree brush strokes and patches of bright colour.

Discovering illustrator Belinda Xia on Instagram reinforced how social media can be the perfect breeding ground for young talents. Scrolling through her profile, I was immediately drawn to her illustrations' youthful and humorous quirk.

Twenty four year old Sydneysider Xia draws for "her own enjoyment" where she recently reignited her love of drawing after she "grew out of it at some point during high school."

Using art as a creative outlet, here I talk to Xia about her surroundings when she's in her design bubble.

What she hears:
"I'm loving Asgeir - he's like an Icelandic Bon Iver, really nice and chilled. I've usually got my iTunes playing a mixture of dorky and current music."




What she sees:
"There's a big bunch of flowers sitting in a glass vase on the windowsill. I draw in a room at the front of the house where I get the best light during the day and coincidentally the best view."

What she smells:
"The flowers on my desk - ideally fragrant pink lillies."

What she has in front of her:
"Arches watercolour paper (300gsm), a small Roymac brush and all my Daler Rowney inks sitting next to my watercolors, which I'll alternate depending on what colours I need."

What distracts her:
"The passerbys out my winder especially on the weekend as there's more of them." 





All pictures belong to Belinda Xia Illustration 


By Sharon Jiang 

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Accessories Edit: Rose

Rose Gold, Jewellery, Wanderlust & Co, The Peach Box, flowers, spring, summer, Raymond Weil, flatly

Rose Gold, Jewellery, Wanderlust & Co, The Peach Box, flowers, spring, summer, Raymond Weil, flatly

Rose Gold, Jewellery, Wanderlust & Co, The Peach Box, flowers, spring, summer, Raymond Weil, flatly

Rose Gold, Jewellery, Wanderlust & Co, The Peach Box, flowers, spring, summer, Raymond Weil, flatly

Rose Gold, Jewellery, Wanderlust & Co, The Peach Box, flowers, spring, summer, Raymond Weil, flatly







Pyramid Ring: c/o The Peach Box (shop HERE) ... Watch: Raymond Weil 
Bangles & Stacking rings: Wanderlust & Co 

Spring is synonymous with incredible floral blossoms - a sign of the upcoming warmer weather. With the soft breeze replacing chilly winds and the extended Sydney sunshine (thank you daylight saving), I thought it was appropriate to try out a new metal. More subtle than yellow gold, rose gold's tinge of pink made it the perfect base for this spring edition of 'Accessories Edit'. 

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

ANGELS

White lace, ZImmermann, Lover, Cold Stone Fox, For Love & Lemons, Alice McCallWhite lace, ZImmermann, Lover, Cold Stone Fox, For Love & Lemons, Alice McCallWhite lace, ZImmermann, Lover, Cold Stone Fox, For Love & Lemons, Alice McCall

White lace, ZImmermann, Lover, Cold Stone Fox, For Love & Lemons, Alice McCall

White lace, ZImmermann, Lover, Cold Stone Fox, For Love & Lemons, Alice McCall

White lace, ZImmermann, Lover, Cold Stone Fox, For Love & Lemons, Alice McCall
White lace, ZImmermann, Lover, Cold Stone Fox, For Love & Lemons, Alice McCall
White lace, ZImmermann, Lover, Cold Stone Fox, For Love & Lemons, Alice McCall
Picture Source: http://www.boudist.com/, http://www.alicemccall.com, http://loverthelabel.com, http://www.zimmermannwear.com, http://thestonecoldfox.com, http://www.fashionising.com/

White lace forever and always ...

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Saturday, 11 October 2014

INTERVIEW: Gypsea Paradise 14/15

Gypsea Swimwear, Australian Label, Western Australia, nature, printed swimwear, Paradise Collection 2014/15, bikini, model
'Mayan': Mayan feathers from the rain-forests of Mexico & the Mayan Ruins

Gypsea Swimwear, Australian Label, Western Australia, nature, printed swimwear, Paradise Collection 2014/15, bikini, model
'Dino': The minerals 

Gypsea Swimwear, Australian Label, Western Australia, nature, printed swimwear, Paradise Collection 2014/15, bikini, model, Misha Ashton Moore
'Zeepop': double exposed zebras and poppies 

Gypsea Swimwear, Australian Label, Western Australia, nature, printed swimwear, Paradise Collection 2014/15, bikini, model
'Nicobar': Nicobar Pigeon from the Andomon Island & Malaysia 

Gypsea Swimwear, Australian Label, Western Australia, nature, printed swimwear, Paradise Collection 2014/15, bikini, model

Known for their original and vibrant prints, Gypsea Swimwear's newest 2014/15 collection 'Paradise' showcases the brand's love of nature and design. This Western Australian label has come a long way since their runway debut at 2013 Australian Fashion Week by designing swimwear that's unique in print and cut yet flattering to the female form.

Gypsea Swimwear, Australian Label, Western Australia, nature, printed swimwear, Paradise Collection 2014/15, bikini, model
Zebra & Poppies Double Exposure by Misha Ashton Moore
But even after finding success designer Emma Jones and surf photographer Scott Bauer, who run this business together, has not strayed from their design DNA. Gypsea is still that label which merges swimwear with exquisite photography shot by Bauer and other talented photographers and artists.



Such is the importance of original photography that Gypsea has an artist program to support local and international talent. The idea is to accept artists to 'collaborate with Gypsea ... creating a unique piece of wearable art'. This collection features the work of Misha Ashton Moore, Darrell Gulin and Stan and Kaisa Breeden.

Previously I had the pleasure to interview Bauer after the label's debut. This time I catch up with him to talk about the new collection.
These are his thoughts:

On inspiration: "I'm very much an outdoors person, so nature is a big inspiration. This particular collection is very much inspired by my upbringing, from North Western Australia with the Karijini and Ningalo prints." 

On the prints: "The minerals, I've always been amazed by at a young age, the textures and colours are so unique. The feather prints are inspired by amazing Rainforests; Paradise Lost is from the Amazon, Bird of Paradise is from Papua New Guinea, Nicobar is from around the Andamon Islands and Malaysia and Mayan is from the rainforests of Mexico where the Mayan Ruins are." (see photo captions for print information)
Gypsea Swimwear, Australian Label, Western Australia, nature, printed swimwear, Paradise Collection 2014/15, bikini, model
Mayan feather by Darrell Gulin 

On designing new cuts: "We're constantly evolving and the ultimate goal is to produce new, contemporary swimwear that is very flattering but also have those staples that we are known for." 

On challenges: "I think sometimes the biggest challenge is to narrow the range down enough so the collections aren't so big. We get so excited it's easy to get out of hand." 

On partnership: "Emma and I work so well now and the design process we have so much fun with." 

Gypsea Swimwear, Australian Label, Western Australia, nature, printed swimwear, Paradise Collection 2014/15, bikini, model
'Mayan': Mayan feathers from rain forests of Mexico and the Mayan Ruins 


Gypsea Swimwear, Australian Label, Western Australia, nature, printed swimwear, Paradise Collection 2014/15, bikini, model
'Paradise Lost': Macaw Feathers from the Amazon  

Gypsea Swimwear, Australian Label, Western Australia, nature, printed swimwear, Paradise Collection 2014/15, bikini, model
'Nicobar': Nicobar Pigeon from the Andomon Islands & Malaysia 









Picture Source: http://www.gypsea.com.au

By Sharon Jiang 

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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

MBFFS Behind-The-Scenes

MBFFS, Fashion Blogger on Style: Spring Edit, Margaret Zhang, Shine By Three, Fashion Festival Sydney, backstage, behind-the-scenes, Mirodoor, Mirohouse

The intermission where staff are head down bum up and pacing around in nothing less than flat shoes is such a contrast to the highly staged runway shows. Shouts from the front of house manager to the sound of a hundred footsteps and the rustling of paper, this is the human and not so glamorous side of MBFFS.

But this underrated part of a fashion show rarely covered in magazines or shown in media is one that's left a memorable imprint. I whispered to Marvic: "Is it weird that I find this changeover period more mesmerising than the actual show?" 

Because to these workers - the student volunteers, the sound, lighting and setting crew, the photographers eagerly waiting in the pit - a fashion show isn't all fun and games, it's their job. Seeing them execute it with speed, efficiency and a no-nonsense attitude was very refreshing. These pictures were snapped during the interval between the Fashion Bloggers on Style show and the Camilla and Marc resort show.

So here's a shoutout to all those hard at work behind-the-scenes. They deserve a pat on the back.

MBFFS, Fashion Blogger on Style: Spring Edit, Margaret Zhang, Shine By Three, Fashion Festival Sydney, backstage, behind-the-scenes, Mirodoor, Mirohouse
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Monday, 6 October 2014

OUTFIT POST: The Advisor




Shirt: Stray for Roger David ... Singlet: ASOS Australia ... Chinos: Country Road
Hat: Fallen Broken Street ... Sunglasses: Quay Eyewear Australia 
Socks: Country Road ... Shoes: Shubar for Hype DC

Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival has now come to an end and I am pleased to say that my very first experience at an actual fashion shows didn’t disappoint. The pieces were amazing, the atmosphere addictive and the fashion, left, right and centre, all too inspiring. But the moment engrained into my psyche was not that of the silhouettes or nuanced details of the clothing, but the eye-opening advice given by a man bunked beside me in the shrouded media high-riser.

Unfortunately I have totally forgotten the name of this masked man (I know, what an idiot) but his American accent and extensive knowledge of the fashion industry is that which should be admired. From our passionate exchange, the thing that stuck me the most was education – education of who and what each designer is, means and stands for; and to how their collections and pieces have come to fruition.

So with that said and done, this outfit was my attempt at dressing myself in labels and pieces that I have conceptually learnt about – trying to educate myself on where a piece or design has come from, what it means and the inspiration behind it.

Fashion is about knowledge and understanding. It is not simply just ‘what looks good’ or ‘what looks bad’ – but the emotion, knowledge and heritage weaved within its threads.

With that said, from top to toe, the labels I am wearing are: Fallen Broken Street, Quay Eyewear Australia, Stray for Roger David, ASOS Australia, Country Road and Shubar for Hype DC.


Primed Men
By Marvic Casingal

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