I’m always amazed by the talented pool Australian Fashion designers being showcased at Mercedes Benz Fashion week. I was lucky enough to attend a number of shows throughout the week by both established designers and emerging Australian designers, showcasing at … Continue reading
I can’t believe it’s already been a week since the fun & frantic, yet fabulous Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia swept me of my feet. As I mentioned in my last post, it was amazing week, starting with that jaw-dropping … Continue reading
If you love Australian Fashion but haven’t had the fortune of scoring an invite to attend the fashion shows at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, I’ll let you in on fashion’s best kept ‘secret’ – check out the Mercedez-Benz Fashion Festival Syndey … Continue reading
I LOVE Spring. The start of spring is one of my favourite times of the year, when we farewell the cold winter, and welcome the colourful flowers in bloom, marking the start of the warmer sunshiny days. Above: I love to see cherry blossoms … Continue reading
One of the benefits of the cold winter weather is it gives us the chance to layer up. You may have seen from my previous posts that this autumn-winter season we’ve been layering up with warm knits, leather jackets & shearling … Continue reading
The week at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA) last week was a whirlwind. Running around in heels from show to show and starting some days with talks with designers at 8 am, I’m only now able to sit down and go through all … Continue reading
If you’re like me, you probably feel like you still haven’t made the most of this summer and yet our stores have finished their Spring Summer Sales (SS14) and the Autumn Winter (AW15) collections are already out on display. Not … Continue reading
Happy Friday! I can’t believe we’re in February already, and what a way to start the 2015 fashion calendar. Of all the fashion weeks around the world, Paris Haute Couture week has to be one of my favourites, when the … Continue reading
Singaporean born designer Ashley Isham launched his line in 2000 after studying pattern cutting at the London College of Fashion and starting (but never finishing) a further degree at North London’s Middlesex University. His SS13 collection is a mammoth collection with multiple elements, starting with 60s … Continue reading
My fabulous friend H sent me this link to a NY times article, In Fashion are Trends passe?, that confirmed how I have always felt about my fashion mantra, to follow fashion… but not be a “lemming” (person who just follows the masses) to the “trends” of fashion.
Reading all the magazines you’d be inspired to run out to buy baroque brocade, leather leather leather, a toughened up lace number, or a statement military coat. Chances are, if any of these “latest trends” inspire you, if you have a rummage through your wardrobe or packed up boxes, you probably own some of these pieces already and can give them a quick dry-clean and second life.
Designers don’t follow trends, but its the fashion editors that identify “directions in color, shape and mood and interpreting them for the camera…placing the season’s most covetable looks in some kind of edifying context”.
There are so many fashion designers all around the world taking inspiration from so many things, it would be hard for a few of them not to be inspired by a common muse. And the fashion world being as it is, with the media making it so accessible and shareable all around the world, you can draw parallels between an Australian designer and Brazilian designer.
These common threads don’t change so much from season to season, and can be seen evolving from season to season. The oriental trend (a long time favourite of mine) for example was seen in the Japanese inspired prints in Preen’s S/S 12 and can be seen in Dries Van Noten’s A/W 12.
Designers such as Alexander Wang, Akira Isogawa, Balenciaga and Givenchy are very much defining their signature look that they’ll keep at the heart of their designs that will make me want to buy… or aspire and save up until I can afford to buy… their pieces.
I like to be able to just pick and choose an outfit based on my mood as opposed to trying to be “on trend”. Saying that, looking at magazines and media inspires me to put together an outfit, so it does become a vicious circle.