After witnessing Christopher Esber present his line at LMFF earlier this year (and go on to take out the National Designer Award), it was plainly obvious that 2012 would be all about Esber. Evidently, his S/S 2012 presentation at MBFWA exceeded the expectations of critics, with Tim Blanks even drawing comparisons to the conceptual precision of newly appointed Dior designer Raf Simons.
28 May 2012
Last month I caught up with designer Ainsley Hansen at the August Street Surry Hills studio to chat about her design sensibility, direction for A/W and all things Navajo. The Autumn campaign encapsulates 70's vibes and Sioux tribes, all of which is detailed in my write up in Issue 8 of PITCH zine.
24 May 2012
Hannah, Christie and Sean (DJ, Magazine director, Model)
Fabliha, Sammi and Tasfia (Local bloggers)
Designer Kristy Barber interned in Australia and New York under the tutelage of Lover, Arnsdorf and Phillip Lim 3.1, before returning home to launch clothing and footwear label Kuwaii. For the AW 2012 range, the label released a fashion film with Tim White, encapsulating elements of harshness and femininity in a surrealist environment.
23 May 2012
Warm cider punch, cheese fondue and hundreds of vintage fabrics made for a happy visit to the Ra Ra Superstar Winter Soiree last night. The Paddington-based vintage boutique toasted to the new season alongside exhibiting artist Marielle Davis and jazz pop musician Erin Harrington aka Miss Elm.
22 May 2012
21 May 2012
Last week I helped to style the new Chase Dakota look book 'Running through Thorns' on location at Bellingham Maze, Sunshine Coast. Our team (Sammi, Mo and Jess) quite literally failed the maze after a fruitless search for the centre, however I think the final shots made up for it. I'll be posting the final images soon, as well as a discount code for our readers to purchase Sammi's incredible jewels.
19 May 2012
18 May 2012
|Images by Benoit Peverelli via Vogue UK.|
As the French presidency saw a changing of the guard this week (with the inauguration of 24th French president Francois Hollande), Chanels head of state paid tribute to Baroque history with the Chanel Croisiere 2013 presentation at the Chateau de Versailles.
17 May 2012
Sunday saw Gold Coast boutique Cubic Collective launch their VIP Black Card with a sweet afternoon of cider, banoffee pies and discounts all round. The store stocks an interesting mix of basic, grungy labels (Cheap Monday, Ksubi) and intricate, feminine designers (Alice McCall, Shakuhachi). With both a bricks and mortar and online store, active facebook page and instagram feed, the online presence of the boutique matches the laidback, stop-for-a-chat attitude of the staff. They're rad.
16 May 2012
Miss Unkon at MBFWA: femininity reigned supreme in the form of ruffle sleeves, sheer fabrics and pleat skirts - hardened by metal arm cuffs and spiky top knots. Creative director Courtney Meyer delivered a strong and wearable SS12/13 collection anchored by citrine brights, baby blues and mountain range prints.
15 May 2012
Any self-respecting fashion student will be familiar with online oracle WGSN - the trend-forecasting resource that makes Allison DuBois look like a hack. The WGSN tumblr is a nice little companion to the main program, so you can imagine my suprise when I spotted my mug on the front page along with Susie Bubble. I also spied Bridie (in the orange sweater), who I met briefly at the Georg Jensen x Vogue party in Sydney. She's a stylist, Whitehouse student and the creator of an incredible blog that I predict you will be adding to your bookmarks: Wolf Cub Chronicles.
14 May 2012
|Doing squats on location. Photo by Jess.|
Location shoots always remind me of boot camp: spending the day running around in a muddy field or mountain path, ending up with bruises, grass stains and mild heat exhaustion. Evidently, I fell into a deep sleep as soon as we drove onto the highway after our shoot on Friday afternoon (perhaps lulled into a trance by Sammi's Lana Del Rey car soundtrack). I'll share my behind the scenes shots as soon as the new Chase Dakota look book is released, but FYI: the styling took direction from crisp white on white, with a rather spectacular pair of Christopher Kane kicks to trudge through the labyrinth.
10 May 2012
This morning I'm road tripping with jewellery designer Sammi of Chase Dakota, to shoot her new collection at the Sunshine Coast. Her sense of style is always impeccable, so I'm looking forward to seeing the new pieces and helping to capture her vision. I'll also be taking some behind the scenes shots, of course.
Kahlo can do no wrong, it's a fact. For SS12/13, the design duo forayed into a new set of silhouettes, while still in keeping with signature buttery leather pieces. Mid-show, I found myself inflicted with excitement-induced shaky hands, hence my runway shots failed to capture the brilliant fine details: perforated leather, clean cuts and capes. Photography whiz/blogger Jamie took some beautifully detailed pictures as usual, take a look at the Kahlo summer here.
09 May 2012
08 May 2012
Ollie Henderson was one of the cheeriest models of MBFWA, despite walking in an insanely packed show schedule. Additionally, the 21 year old fronted Emma Mulholland's SS 13 look book, 'As Bad As I Guana Be' (she's wearing the Emma Mulholland gecko baller shirt in the polaroid I took backstage). I also noted that Ollie was shot in the Shakuhachi summer campaign 'The Young Ones', a monochromatic look book released a few days ago. Ollie keeps looking cool and brands keep booking her, it's only logical.
07 May 2012
I've got a pile of MBFWA polaroids to scan in, but I wanted to start with Chloe Sargeant (and direct you to the extensive fashion week coverage over on her blog Swim with the Current). Currently residing in the sweet city of Adelaide, Chloe is a stylist/writer/model/individualist with a distinct personal style that's gothic and playful all at the same time. Aside from her FW reports, my favourite SWTC post is a shoot produced with photographer Ryan Kenny, proving that low-key spontaneity is always best. Take a look here.