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Sportscraft Collaborates With Naomi Watts For Spring

Sportscraft have continued their collaboration with actress Naomi Watts for Spring 2015. The changing seasons are reflected in the summery campaign which features lightweight and colourful fabrics, ideal for the warmer weather and reinforces Sportscraft’s commitment to the quintessential Australian lifestyle.

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“It’s so great to be back with Sportscraft for the Spring/Summer season. I’ll never forget growing up in Australian by the beach. Shooting this campaign brought up treasured memories and feelings of nostalgia,” said Watts.

Sportscraft Collaborates With Naomi Watts For Spring

The campaign was very much a family affair with Naomi’s photographer brother Ben Watts shooting the stunning images featuring must-haves from the new collection.

Sportscraft have continued their collaboration with actress Naomi Watts for Spring 2015. The changing seasons are reflected in the summery campaign

What can you expect from the new collection? With a focus on impeccable tailoring and sophistication, the garments are all about textures and uplifting colour to signify the start of spring.

Visit sportscraft.com.au for more info.

August 9, 2015

RACHELALEX Spring Racing Must-Haves

Who else is looking for items to add to their summer wardrobe? Australian fashion brand RACHELALEX has just released their new lookbook and we’re already lusting over the pieces (and how to wear them for the upcoming summer).

Created by sisters Rachel and Alex, the collection has a strong focus on occasion wear and is perfect for Spring Racing and summer cocktail events, which are luckily just around the corner!

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Stuck on what to wear? We have picked some of our favourite pieces from the new collection, which is set to hit stores over the next few months.

Strapless dress

Make this special piece your spring racing outfit which is the perfect way to welcome the warmer weather. Wear with slicked-back locks or a classic updo with minimalist jewellery.

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Shirt dress

Every girl needs a shirt dress in their wardrobe and this one by RACHELALEX provides a fresh twist to an old classic. The three-quarter sleeves are perfect lengths for all occasions and are so flattering!

RachelAlex Spring Racing Must-Haves

Crop top

A crop top is a summer essential since it’s so easy to style with almost anything. This vibrant blue colour in a navy pleated print makes for a stunning statement piece.

RachelAlex Spring Racing Must-Haves

Spaghetti-strap dress

Don’t be alarmed, we have just found the perfect dress for spring racing season! This stunning dress is flattering for all skin tones and falls beautifully around the hips and waist.

RachelAlex Spring Racing Must-Haves

Sleeveless dress

Finish off your spring/summer wardrobe with this stunning sleeveless dress. The colour is on-trend for the warmer weather and would look amazing with heels, flats, or anything in between.

RachelAlex Spring Racing Must-Haves

August 5, 2015

Designer Watch: Karen Wohlsen Of indyK

Up and coming fashion designer Karen Wohlsen launched her namesake label, indyK, in February, 2015. indyK is a brand dedicated to the effortlessly chic woman and is made from light fabrics that are quick and easy to wear.

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Her bright leather bags and cuffs are a great addition to any outfit, from a summer festival to your everyday dressing. Karen gives us her top tips on living a well-rounded life and showing personality through your wardrobe.

How did you start indyK? 

I started by making clothes for myself and as I started making them, friends liked what I was wearing, then I made some for them. It all happened very organically and effortlessly, which is the ethos by which I run indyK also.

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What’s the best way for women to showcase their personality through style in the corporate world? 

The best way in a corporate world is to make sure you dress for the job and while corporate dressing can sometimes be bland, it is important to have an element – whether the shoes, the accessories, the suit, or the shirt – to reflect an aspect of yourself.  If you love colour, the easiest way to add a splash is through your accessories or your makeup. If you’re ever unsure, don’t be afraid to ask your HR department if the colour ways you’re incorporating work within their uniform policy.

Which women inspire you and why? 

I love strong, fiercely independent women with great style. Rosa Parks, Emmeline Pankhurst, Emma Stone, Diana Vreeland, Coco Chanel, Mary Quant, Angelina Jolie… These women have all empowered their femininity and other women through their various endeavours and risk-taking, and should all be admired.

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One handbag for always, or multiple handbags for different occasions? 

Multiple handbags for different occasions and looks!  The bags and shoes make an outfit.

How do you support other women? 

I celebrate their successes and I am there to help them when they stumble. I’m also the first to pop the champagne on a Friday and debrief about my week with girlfriends.

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How can women become confident and sure in themselves and about their life path? 

One of the hardest parts of being a human can be having confidence in your life choices, especially when we’re (luckily) surrounded by so many options. I find a glass of wine and a notebook and pen writing out your life goals and dreams is a nice way to start, and then breaking down those goals and how you can reach them makes them more manageable. Ultimately, if you have any doubt or are feeling negative about something you’re doing or portraying, it’s worth taking a step back and looking at why that is and then making changes until you feel happy again.

What is your one tip for wellness? 

Touch everything you do with love. Always come from a place of love and if something feels bad, surround it with love and release it.  This goes for family, food, exercise, relationships and work.

August 2, 2015

Shanina Shaik Is The New Face of Alice McCall

One of Australia’s most-loved fashion brands, Alice McCall has a new campaign featuring Victoria’s Secret model Shanina Shaik. The Spring 2015 collection titled And She Was, The She Goes, is filled with flrty lace pieces for every event under the sun.

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The collection is packed with playful rompers, white lace dresses, crop tops, high-waisted shorts, and lightweight trousers which are perfect for layering.

Shanina Shaik The New Face of Alice McCall

Shanina Shaik served as muse for Spring 2015, and brings a level of playfulness and sophistication to the clothing, which embodies the quintessential Alice McCall girl. Some of our must-haves include those sexy black-lace pieces which are perfect for the Australian summer.

Shanina Shaik The New Face of Alice McCall

What are some of your favourite pieces from the collection?

Shop now from alicemccall.com

July 27, 2015

Casper And Pearl Summer Lookbook Picks

Australian fashion brand, Casper and Pearl have just launched its colour-filled summer lookbook which is packed with options designed for the warmer weather. Given the great reception it received at MBFWA, the up-and-coming label is thrilled to announce a pre-order on their spring-summer collection called, Cyber.

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Before you go out and buy the entire collection, we have picked some of our favourite silhouettes for a fashionable summer.

Maxi dress

Every girl needs a maxi dress in summer and this is the perfect one. The asymmetric style keeps your legs cool and can be worn for both day and night. Throw on a pair of lace-up gladiator sandals or heeled wedges to transition this look for any event.

Casper and Pearl Summer Lookbook Picks

Crop top

An off-the-shoulder crop top is the perfect way to show some skin this summer. This flattering style can be purchased with the matching skirt or worn with other pieces from your wardrobe.

Casper and Pearl Summer Lookbook Picks

Vest

Mix up your summer wardrobe with a cute nautical vest, which you can throw over the top of any outfit. The asymmetric hem keeps it looking modern and the lightweight material won’t feel too harsh during the hot summer.

Casper and Pearl Summer Lookbook Picks

Mini dress

A classic LBD is the perfect item for any wardrobe since it’s so elegant! Our favourite is the off-the-shoulder style which has proved to be so popular in summer. Wear it with slicked back hair and a bit of red lipstick for an 80s revival.

Casper and Pearl Summer Lookbook Picks

Playsuit

We’re finishing off with this stunning summer playsuit which is so easy to style and doesn’t require much accessorising!

Casper and Pearl Summer Lookbook Picks

What is your must-have piece from the collection?

July 9, 2015

Emerging Swimwear Label Makes Fashion Festival Debut

Two Queensland sisters set to make their fashion show debut at this year’s historic, 10th anniversary Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane are taking on the big boys in swimwear fashion and design – and winning.

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Simone Wilkins, 23, and Carly Wilkins, 30, (pictured) who split their time between their native Gold Coast and Bali, have been busily growing successful swimwear label Eau Paix Vie (EPV) since 2011.

And success has been swift; their quirky, colourful, fun and fresh swimwear label, which sells exclusively online via their website, has already caught the eye of countless A-list celebrities. Models-of-the-moment, TV personality Kendall Jenner, fellow swimwear designer Sahara Ray, new face of Seafolly Gigi Hadid and Victoria’s Secret hotbod Maud Welzen have already proudly donned EPV Swimwear designs.

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Eau Paix Vie, which means “water, peace and life” in French, was thus named by the sisters because the words perfectly encapsulate what their label is all about: a fun approach to swimwear and life. And the Wilkins sisters’ signature, cheeky-cut and two-tone bottoms (pictured) have set them apart from the competitors, scoring them legions of young fashion fans and social media followers – not to mention the patronage of the aforementioned supermodels – in the process.

“We wanted to combine three simple words that represented our label, and added the French twist to capture an element of the love and inspiration we gain from travel,” says Carly, who spoke to me from the US, just prior to her getting on a plane to come home to Australia.

“Our travels inspire us a lot; we love keeping busy and exploring new places around the world and their respective people, cultures and environments. We like to keep the designs fun to reflect the carefree, happy vibe that we endeavour to represent.”

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With some of the world’s hottest models proudly wearing their designs, you’d think the sisters would be fashion show veterans, but not so – they’ll be making their label debut at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane NEXT Hotel Next Gen Group Show on Wednesday, August 26 at 8.30pm.

“Seeing celebrities wear our swimwear is great, but we really take a lot from and appreciate everyday girls tagging us on their holiday pictures and the kind emails that we receive – it’s the small successes like that each day that contribute to great success,” Carly says.

“We are very excited to be taking part in MBFF as it’s our first fashion show and it’s close to our Australian base, as well as being the 10th anniversary of the event. We are thrilled to be a part of such a fun show and for people to see what we have been working on and just to experience the event.”

And given hot swimwear is a huge draw-card at the fashion festival, EPV is sure to attract plenty of attention, says Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane director Lindsay Bennett.

“It is always exciting to see next gen designers on the runway each year, as they bring fresh ideas and aesthetics,” Lindsay says. “The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane is all about supporting local fashion talent and nurturing up-and-coming designers and we are proud to give them a platform to showcase their collections. Swimwear is certainly something Queensland is renowned for so we are looking forward to seeing Eau Paix Vie Swimwear’s bright and colourful collection!

“From what we have seen so far, Eau Paix Vie offers a great range of swimwear cuts, prints and unique colour combinations – it all evokes days at the beach and amazing Queensland summers and we look forward to seeing more from them on the runway. We can see many fashion lovers snapping up their swimwear this summer.”

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Prior to launching EPV, Carly had two degrees under her belt and was studying a Masters in Criminal Analysis, while Simone was working in fashion retail. And despite their lack of formal fashion training, both young women put everything on the line to launch their dream job. While EPV’s designing is done primarily in Australia, it’s made using the highest quality Italian fabrics, with the manufacturing process completed in Indonesia.

“Simone had recently returned to Australia from travelling in Europe and I had returned from living in Asia. We decided we should just take the risk and do it!” Carly says. “It did take a lot of time to refine everything – an ever-evolving and continuing process – we just started at bottom and continued to work to create the label we have today.”

And while the sisters have different roles in their business – Carly is the business brain, while Simone is the design and creative end – the sisters share a clear vision for a successful swimwear label with an office in their beloved New York City. But like any emerging business brand, they’ve suffered some highs and lows along their path to success.

“As sisters, it can sometimes be trying [working together],” Carly says. “But we get to do something we love and we can work from anywhere in the world! We are passionate about what we do and I think that shows a lot on our brand. The worst part is probably the unpredictability of it all – which designs will be popular and which may not be – translating to what sells and what doesn’t.

“We signed on with a big PR company out of the US which just didn’t work out for us the way we had anticipated. I wouldn’t say that was a big mistake, as you learn and grow from everything, and it’s all an experience.”

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The sisters’ favourite fashion brands include Free People, Planet Blue, Nike and fellow Aussie label One Teaspoon. And at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane – staged at the John Reid Pavilion at the Brisbane Showgrounds from August 23-28 –they’ll have the pleasure of showing alongside other rising stars including Peony Swimwear, Kabel Apparel, Roux May and more.

And in news just in, Myer is bringing The Face of Myer, Jennifer Hawkins, to walk the runway alongside Myer Ambassador, Kris Smith, in celebration of the event’s milestone 10th anniversary. For the full program, details and bookings, visit www.mbff.com.au.

July 7, 2015

Ryder And Urban Outfitters Excite With New Collaboration

Up-and-coming Australian fashion label, Ryder has just collaborated with Urban Outfitters on a capsule collection which is only available online. The collection was created for the free spirited traveller – clothes that can be thrown into a weekend bag and taken anywhere.

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Customers should expect coastal colours – soft sunsets red and sky blues – in soft washed-back fabrics, tropical palm prints and signature Ryder checks. It really does capture the laid back vintage charm that has become synonymous with the brand.

Ryder And Urban Outfitters Excite With New Collaboration

The collection was shot in the hills of Los Angeles with photographer Jack Belli  and the beautiful Australian Helena Vestgaard. Since the first collection was an instant sell-out, you best get your pieces now before they’re all gone!

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June 16, 2015

Assembly Label Summer 2015 Must-Haves 

This winter, we’re planning ahead and making sure we tick all the boxes for an ultimate summer wardrobe. Assembly Label have just released their Summer 2015 collection, Seaside Modern, which is all about weekends at the sailing club, long drives to nowhere and simplified seaside living.

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SHESAID has picked some essentials for the warmer season, which are perfect for the beach, bar and anything in between to ensure you have a stylish summer.

Slouchy pants

While pants are the last thing we all think about during the scorching hot summer, they are the perfect piece for the in-between weather. Pair with a cropped t-shirt and gladiator sandals for the perfect summer look.

Assembly Label Summer 2015 Lookbook Must-Haves 

T-shirt

A lightweight summer t-shirt is one of the most versatile pieces of any summer wardrobe. It can be used as a cover-up on the beach, layered under a lightweight jacket, or paired with denim shorts.

Assembly Label Summer 2015 Lookbook Must-Haves 

Dungarees

Overalls, or dungarees, might be a major throwback to your childhood, but this doesn’t mean that they’re a fashion faux pas. This stunning number is perfect with sneakers or sandals during the summer.

Assembly Label Summer 2015 Lookbook Must-Haves 

Oversized dress

Finish off your look with an oversized dress, which can be worn with a belt, on its own, or simply as a cover-up on the beach. The lightweight fabric is perfect for those breezy summer nights by the sea.

Assembly Label Summer 2015 Lookbook Must-Haves 

What are some of your summer essentials?

June 15, 2015

Abrand Denim Winter Outfit Ideas

Just because the winter weather is coming around, doesn’t mean you should be living in tights and tracksuits! Abrand presents a fresh, new way to stylishly wear your denim all year round. So, if you’re looking for a way to re-vamp your winter wardrobe, then this label could be just what you need.

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Launched in 2013 by Melbourne based denim house Three by One, Abrand blends design with impeccable fits and superior quality to create a collection where originality meets timely style. The new winter collection titled Repent is all about the darkness which exists inside all of us – “the best sinners are those who repent. We celebrate that darkness, we are inspired by those who are truly black – the rebels, the fighters, the poets, the painters who use their darkness to create something great.”

Abrand Denim Winter 2015 Campaign

As an independent brand, the label draws inspiration from these people and these values in their denim; traditionally the warp – which is the lengthwise top layer of vertical yarn –  is dyed indigo, whilst the weft – the horizontal yarn – is dyed white. Abrand’s Repent range sinfully goes against tradition by dying the weft black, resulting in truer, darker colours.

Featuring a strong collection of classic denim pieces, you’re bound to find something which fits seamlessly into your wardrobe. So, here is a couple of our favourite picks:

Blue jeans

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This is the perfect pair of jeans since it sucks everything in, and can be worn from morning to night. A cosy turtleneck jumper and sneakers is best for the day, while something a little more sophisticated such as a blazer and heels works best for the evening.

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Black coated jeans

Blade Runner, $129.95

For more of a serious look, why not try the coated style? It features a high rise skinny leg with a black wax finish and zippers on the ankles, meaning you can easily alter the length to suit your choice of footwear.

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What are some of your favourite styles this winter?

June 2, 2015

Alice McCall Spring 2015 Lookbook

Alice McCall’s Spring 2015 collection is here and it delivers a fresh and flirty selection of dresses, skirts, tops and pants for the warmer season to come. The new line – And She Was, There She Goes – continues to mix bohemian roots with modern refinement for yet another beautiful collection.

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Some key pieces which are sure to catch your eye include subtle 1970’s inspired mid-rise flares, Halstonesque maxi’s and wide-leg jumpsuits with a modern twist.

Alice McCall Spring 2015 Lookbook

As for swimwear, it’s all about the high-neckline which is super-flattering for all body types. The dropped back one piece is also a stunning piece from the entire collection.

And She Was, There She Goes encapsulates the modern bohemian woman, offering an array of silhouettes from sheer shirts to signature jumpsuits. Playsuits build from last season, with covetable black lace and dreamy off the shoulder ruffles.

If McCall’s new collection is anything to go by, it seems the boho trend (made famous by Nicole Richie in previous years) will be back bigger than ever this Spring. Watch this space!

Will you be wearing bohemian threads this year?

May 12, 2015

Interview: Belinda Glynn of OnceWas

As one of Australia’s most coveted boutique labels, OnceWas, embodies everything a modern woman could want: Style, sophistication, and most of all, a versatile wardrobe.

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SHESAID had the wonderful opportunity to chat with OnceWas Creative Director, Belinda Glynn about her beginnings in the fashion industry, must-have pieces for winter, and some wise words for up-and-coming designers.

How did you first get started in the fashion business?

Having always wanted to work in fashion from a young age, I first started at a local fashion house and practically offered my services for free. I was happy just to get the experience and begin to understand how the industry works. I started from the bottom up and really worked hard to develop a thorough understanding of the industry.

Having developed ranges for the likes of Sportsgirl, Husk, Witchery and Country Road, I really began to come into my own in the design process and now as the Head Designer of OnceWas am able to produce collections I love and would wear everyday.

What are some of your must-have pieces for the autumn/winter season?

I’ve been living in my stretch leather leggings which are an essential winter staple, extremely comfortable to wear back with a pair of kicks or easily dressed up with a pair of heels. My reversible circular knits, both sleeveless and long sleeve are perfect layering pieces to see me though from autumn into the colder months.

How do you get inspired while designing new items?

I take a lot of inspiration from the everyday women in my life. I listen to what they need and want in terms of aesthetic and wearability. This underpins my design process along with inspiration from art, fabrics and textures. Once I start designing a collection it tends to take on a life of its own.

Interview with Belinda Glynn of OnceWas
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What are some of the best selling items from OnceWas?

Our Aster leather knit jacket, reversible knits, leather panel silk pants & Cruise leather trim silk shirts have been flying out this season.

What advice do you have for young designers just starting out?

I’m not big on handing out advice as I think quite often the best way to learn and grow is from your own mistakes and forging your own path.

One thing I wish I had known when I first started out is that nobody has all the answers, even if they sound like they do. What works for one person may not necessary work for you, so don’t be afraid to take risks and don’t be disheartened by adversity.

Interview with Belinda Glynn of OnceWas

Spill! What’s coming up in 2015… Anything exciting in the works?

We are really excited to be launching our winter collection, Intrepid, which influencer Zanita Whittingon is the face of. This is something we have worked hard on over the last six months so it is nice to see it come into fruition. Keep watch on our social platforms for collaborations with more Melbourne bloggers and influencers in the coming months.

April 23, 2015

Interview: Fashion Designer Jennifer McCloy

Amidst the craziness that was Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia , SHESAID had an amazing opportunity to chat with Jennifer McCloy  the mastermind behind Australian fashion label Jennifer Kate.

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If you just can’t wait to get your hands on some of these designs, we are thrilled to announce that the runway looks are available this week through our friends at The Iconic.

Congratulations on the recent collection at MBFWA! What inspired you this season?

The collection this season is made up of the most buttery soft leathers, structured silhouettes and easy-to-wear suedes, and we have made the range very wearable – translating the fundamental beauty of the natural fibres to make leather relevant for any climate, any occasion.

As such, I would have to say our biggest inspiration is the people around us, what they are wearing and what they are enjoying.

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Talk us through the design process. How does an idea or sketch turn into a finished garment?

We have a strong focus on tailoring, and it took us a long time to find suppliers that met with our standards. We have built incredibly strong relationships with all of our suppliers – they understand that we have high standards and they deliver on these for us.

If I am going to be honest, I would have to admit that they are likely to be frustrated by us at times, as we are often sending things back a number of times until it is completely perfect.

What is your favourite or must-have piece from the collection and why.

It’s hard to pick, but one piece I wear constantly is the Suede Capelet Blazer. With its strong shoulders, it is one of those pieces that can be thrown on with any outfit and really dresses it up to make a statement.

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If you could see anyone wear one of your designs, who would it be?

I love Kate Moss. I know that’s a very standard answer, but no one can argue that she is the perfect balance between classic beauty and a little rock edge. Seeing Kate in a Jennifer Kate suede piece would be a dream.

What’s a typical day in the life of Jennifer Kate?

I always make sure I fit in some sort of exercise – there is always time, and I think that it is important to have that individual time to yourself every day. I think it is a good reminder that life is not always about deadlines and meetings, and that we need to all remember that. I also speak to my parents, who live in country New South Wales every day.

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Lastly, when can we get our hands on the latest collection?

We are so excited to be collaborating with The Iconic to bring our runway collection to Australian consumers almost instantly! With the success of our collection internationally, we are super excited to be bringing it to Australian consumers – so excited in fact, that we couldn’t wait the usual six months after Fashion Week. Our runway collection will be shoppable for Australians this week – and we could not be working with a stronger partner than The Iconic.

As the leading online destination for Australian fashion lovers, The Iconic has been such a huge supporter of our business from the beginning and we are thrilled to be working alongside them to bring our collection to Australian shoppers – quickly, seamlessly and direct from the runway.

Images via Lucas Dawson

April 21, 2015

MATICEVSKI Wows At Fashion Week Australia

MATICEVSKI has become a Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia highlight over recent years – and 2015 was no exception. Designer Toni Maticevski presented his highly anticipated collection to a full house, attracting global VIPs, local and international press and buyers along with a strong front row celebrity attendance including Nicole Trunfio, Rachael Finch, Lindy Klim, Jessica Mauboy, Gemma Ward and Miroslava Duma.

The MATICEVSKI Fall 2015 preview boasted a stark white, acrylic runway spanning 30m long and 9m wide. Backed by a graphic, geometric white wall spanning 6m high, sound bites of atmospheric sounds reflecting a speed shutter of memories and nostalgia played over a overwhelming set which featured a hand-picked selection of top models who unveiled thirty-four looks which moved gracefully with the body via skillfully tailored tucks and pleats.

Jayne Wild for GHD created sleek hair to compliment the voluminous designs seen throughout the collection. The hair styling played on the idea of bringing in elements of technical moulding and working with artificial fibre against a natural beauty. Hence the bun encased latex layers, which twist and contort against the finely polished hair.

Nigel Stanislaus for MAYBELLINE, celebrated natural beauty enhancing the tone, skin texture and complexion of every girl. Instead of covering up the face each look was customised to the individual girl’s skin tone, texture and face shape ensuring a clean and refined look.

Similarly, Dinosaur Designs teamed up with MATICEVSKI creating custom jewellery created with spherical forms at the forefront. Contrasting delicate light-coloured spheres paired with a mix of precious metals enhanced the way the spheres captured light against the wearer’s skin and clothes.

Maticevski’s collection of Asylum-clean whites pave the way for dispersion into nostalgic florals and playful polka dots allowing a woman to gracefully fall into a deep, dark sky – a sky that greets the ocean on a horizon of arctic blue.

Check out the collection below:

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April 16, 2015

Steven Khalil To Launch Couture Show At MBFWA

One of Australia’s most-loved wedding and couture designers, Steven Khalil celebrates his 20 year anniversary by launching a couture collection show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.

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Renowned Australian couturier Steven Khalil will showcase his 2015 Couture Collection Show for the first time on schedule at MBFWA.

With international expansion and fans like Kylie Jenner, Dannii Minogue, Jesinta Campbell, Guiliana Rancic, Sonia Kruger, Paula Abdul and Delta Goodrem all lining up for his couture creations, 2015 is looking to be his busiest year yet.

Commemorating the brands 20 year Anniversary alongside MBFWA’s twentieth year, designer Steven Khalil thought it would be a great way to kick off his anniversary. “Celebrating 20 years of my brand is a huge milestone for me- I have worked very hard and had some wonderful achievements along the way. Showcasing my 2015 Couture Collection at MBFWA along with my fantastic partners is the perfect way to start what is going to be a huge year for the label.”

We all can’t wait to see what’s in store for the collection which launches Wednesday April 15 at 11am in The Theatre, which will be the first time Steven Khalil will show his collection in association with IMG and MBFWA.

The collection boasts a variety of exclusively designed pieces and embellished fabrics featuring blouses, pencil skirts, breathtaking gowns and a few surprise guests will be seen on the day.

Hair and makeup direction provided by Goldwell with hair director Sharon Blain, makeup by Alphie Sadsad of Bobbi Brown and nail colour by Essie.

April 6, 2015

Interview With Gabi Levi Of Eve & Kane

You’ve probably seen their colourful shoes all over social media, but the masterminds behind Eve & Kane have been working on their eponymous label for a number of years.

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With mens, women’s, and children’s luxury loafers already under their belt, we spoke to one half of the creative design team, Gabi Levi to chat a little more in-depth about the entire process.

Where did the idea of Eve & Kane come from?

I had been working high end retail management for a while and felt uninspired. I have always been a creative person and into fashion – I would work all week to buy a pair of jeans!

But a lot of the fashion brands out there lacked quality and were unaffordable to the everyday person who wants to look stylish. I pitched the idea to my sister and few months later we launched Eve & Kane.

Interview with Gabi Levi of Eve & Kane

What are some of the main characteristics behind creating the trademark suede loafer?

Comfort is key when it comes to the driving loafer. Ours has always been to make quality, stylish pieces but still ensuring that our price remains affordable – so you don’t have to limit yourself to only one pair of shoes or colour!

And how do you come up with the fabulous colours behind each shoe? They are mesmerising! 

I would love to claim the credit, but we listen to our clients. Many of the colours have been by request from our loyal clients. I do take some creative liberties – for example, reverse cheetah horsehair was all me!

Could you tell us a bit about the design process? Where do you get your inspiration from?

The design process can be long since we are always striving to better our product. Our clients have told us that wearing our loafers are like walking on clouds but we want to make them even more comfortable, which at a certain point becomes challenging. Inspiration comes from everywhere – our clients, street style and my own personal preferences.

I often see something I love but wish it was slightly different, for example it was lighter or had some texture. Eve & Kane is sort of an outlet for those frustrations.

What kind of advice would you give to someone starting out in an industry like yours?

Believe in yourself and find others who believe in you. The hungrier you are the more success you will have.

What’s next for Eve & Kane in 2015? 

We work each day to bring the best products to our clients at an affordable price and will continue to offer new products in 2015. Without giving too much away, you should expect more sneakers, slippers, boots and some crazy colour ways.

www.eveandkane.com

April 1, 2015

Australian Fashion Designers: Dyspnea

The story behind the inner-workings of Dyspnea is pretty short and sweet: Two friends, Rach and Jam met at TAFE and started designing one-off party pieces for themselves and a few friends around Perth, Western Australia.

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Now, just a few years on, they have shown their first collection at Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2013, another which followed in Paris Fashion Week 2014, and now, their big stand-alone show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in less than one months time.

What you can expect from their show at MBFWA is nothing short of spectacular, especially if you’re looking for a few eccentric pieces for your own wardrobe. The collection won’t be short of pink, glitter, fluff and of course some good music to set the mood.

Australian Fashion Designers: Dyspnea

Past collections have also been a hit amongst fashion bloggers around the world, and at home. Shop their pretty pastel pieces from their official website, or similarly a number online stockists.

March 30, 2015

Australian Fashion Designers: Georgia Alice

There is little known about Australian fashion designer, Georgia Alice, but her collection of clothes really speak for themselves.

The autumn/winter drop is all about easy dressing, regardless of where you need to go. Comfortable flare pants, loose shirts, and soft cotton jackets to pull an entire outfit together.

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Already featured in Elle Australia, worn by Shine by Three blogger Margaret Zhang, and with a strong following on Instagram, the young label seems to be finding its place in contemporary Australian fashion.

Our must-have pieces for the autumn/winter season are all easy to wear, and look stylish but never too put-together.

1. Penelope coat

An easy to wear coat made from denim material with side pockets and tie. Featuring raw edges on the bottom hem and arm cuffs.

Australian Fashion Designers: Georgia Alice

2. Marooned off-shoulder tee

Already one of Georgia Alice’s cult items is the off the shoulder tee which has been recreated from the success of the Utopia shirt. Featuring off the shoulder style with short sleeves. Made from a silk and cotton blend.

Australian Fashion Designers: Georgia Alice

3. Father Yod blazer, cream stripe

A staple for the winter season has to be the double breasted blazer. Our favourite piece features gold buttons and a stripe material which is on trend, but similarly will never go out of style.

Australian Fashion Designers: Georgia Alice

What’s your favourite piece from the collection?

March 23, 2015

Sarah Ellen Takes Over Alice McCall’s Instagram

Social media starlet Sarah Ellen (@Sarah3llen) has just been announced as the face of Alice McCall’s latest campaign and Instagram takeover.

The young fashionista, who boasts over 755,000 followers on Instagram alone, will be styled exclusively in items from the Autumn/Winter collection, Between The Shadow And The Soul.

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This is the second social media takeover for Alice McCall, with the first being model and personality Mimi Elashiry. Not only did Sarah sit front row at the Alice McCall show in Sydney last year, but she brings her own unique style to the clothes and makes them come alive.

Drawing inspiration from the chic sophistication of French Vogue, designer and stylist Alice McCall has styled the shoot to showcase yet another dimension of the applauded collection.

If you want to get your hands on some of the pieces, they are available at all Alice McCall boutiques, as well as online.

March 18, 2015

Stance Socks: Punks and Poets Blogger Preview

Stance Socks recently held an exclusive preview of their new collection at Bondi Harvest last week, with a live art installation from one of their muses, Rose Ashton and showcased the entire new range, paying homage to Punks and Poets in style.

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Bloggers and celebrities on the day included Mimi Elashiry, Kate Peck, Dena Kaplan, Joelle and Prinnie Stevens.

Punks and Poets are our free thinkers, our innovators, our models, designers, artists and rebels from all walks of life. They inspire us with their quirks, style, evolving passions, motivating us to think with a more inventive state of mind.

They don’t just push the boundary between ordinary and extraordinary, exceptional and conventional, bold and been done, they obliterate it. We are united by our unique vision, and tied together by The UNCOMMON Thread.

Guests were treated to goodie bags featuring unique sock designs, nail-art by exclusive designers, and even some delicious drinks and nibbles by the boys at Bondi Harvest.

Images via Life Without Andy

www.stancesocks.com

March 15, 2015

Mimi Elashiry Fronts Alice Mccall’s Social Media Campaign

Australian fashion label Alice McCall has recently unveiled Mimi Elashiry to front their newest social media campaign for autumn/winter.

With more than 640,000 followers on Instagram alone, Mimi is no-doubt one of the most in demand fashion models at the moment.

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Not only was the campaign styled by Mimi herself, but it was also shot in the picturesque backdrop of Rozelle in Sydney’s inner west by photographer Jody Pachniuk.

Mimi Elashiry Fronts Alice Mccall's Social Media Campaign

The first drop of the collection titled ‘Between the shadow and the soul’ is already available both in-store and online now, with the second drop expected in March.

Mimi Elashiry Fronts Alice Mccall's Social Media Campaign

Expect a fresh outlook on winter fashion which includes lots of autumnal tones, textures, and of course that quirky design aesthetic which Alice McCall is known for.

#MIMIXALICEMCCALL

www.alicemccall.com

February 26, 2015

Ryder The Label A/W Lookbook

It’s already a good year for Australian designers, and it’s just about to get better with the release of Ryder’s new collection for the chilly weather.

Expect to see an abundance of prints and pops of colourblocking which have been inspired by the rugged Victorian beaches, bringing a country to city aesthetic into your wardrobe.

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Creative director, Penny Brown has best described this new collection as something unique and easy to wear. Perfect for women who want to inject a bit of authentic Australian style into their daily wardrobe, regardless of the occasion.

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“I find a lot of inspiration in the variety of the Australian landscape and where the country meets the city. I grew up on sunny beaches, hiking through the Australian bush. I’ve travelled a lot and every time I come home, I have renewed love for our laid back culture I enjoy expressed that through unique easy-to-wear styles,” said Penny.

The collection boasts a large selection of denim and checks, which are some of the seasons biggest trends as we roll into autumn and winter. You can be sure that we’ll be rocking some of our favourite threads with a chambray shirt and heading out the door!

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Shop the collection exclusively through their online store, flagship boutique, and other selected stockists including MYER.

www.ryderthelabel.com

February 21, 2015

Bless’ed Are The Meek Launch Winter Collection

Australian fashion label Bless’ed Are The Meek have finally dropped their new autumn/winter collection which has us all more than excited for the chilly weather ahead.

You can find a number of chic silhouettes which are very much inspired by the 1970’s, as well as a number of cosy knitwear pieces which will of course be on high rotation between the months of June to August.

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We’ve singled out just a few of our favourite looks for the winter season, albeit with a touch of sophistication from one of our favourite Australian brands.

Knit dress

Who could resist a beautiful knit dress for the colder season? Our favourite piece combines a form-fitting dress with trendy stripes which will never go out of style.

Bless'ed Are The Meek Launch Winter Collection

Bustier

A smart-casual bustier makes for a stunning piece which all women need in their winter wardrobe. Wear them with a fitted blazer and tailored trousers for that ultimate French Voguettes-look coveted by women around the world.

Bless'ed Are The Meek Launch Winter Collection

Sweater

A cropped sweater is a must-have when the weather drops since they are so quick and easy to style. One of our favourite ways to wear this look is with a pair of fitted leather pants, and finish off with a stylish tote bag.

Bless'ed Are The Meek Launch Winter Collection

Asymmetric skirt

One of the most stylish pieces to come out of 2014 had to be the asymmetric skirt. Whether you love it or hate it, there is no denying that this trend isn’t leaving just yet. We’ve picked this navy blue shade since it’s fun and girly as opposed to your standard black.

Bless'ed Are The Meek Launch Winter Collection

Shearling jacket

Lastly a shearling jacket is one of the main pieces you need this winter. Why? Not only is it warm and cosy (seriously, you don’t even need to layer it up), but it’s so versatile!

Bless'ed Are The Meek Launch Winter Collection

What are some of your favourite pieces from the new collection?

February 12, 2015

Welcome To The Jungle: A/W Accessories Report

David Jones’ autumn/winter 2015 fashion collection was showcased to a select group of VIPs in Sydney last Tuesday, but SHESAID readers can also enjoy the ride!

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Here, we showcase the retail giant’s on-trend, new-season animal-print fashion accessories via Sambag, Tony Bianco or Kurt Geiger, just to name a few.

As the big chill sets in, it’s time to access your inner animal instincts and show your personality via top-shelf fashion accessories.

It’s all about heeding the call of the wild! Shop all these wondrous, new-season accessories from leading Australian and overseas fashion designers online via www.davidjones.com.au.

  1. Camilla ruler of the underworld canvas clutch, $79.95.autumn/winter fashion trends, accessories, david jones
  2. Gregory Ladner twill animal border scarf, $39.95.autumn/winter fashion trends, accessories, david jones
  3. Kurt Geiger London britton court shoe, $540.autumn/winter fashion trends, accessories, david jones
  4. Samantha Wills bohemian bardot ring, $79.95.autumn/winter fashion trends, accessories, david jones
  5. Sylvia Toledano red panther swarovski minaudiere with pen, $1999.autumn/winter fashion trends, accessories, david jones
  6. Sambag fifi loafer, $169.95.autumn/winter fashion trends, accessories, david jones
  7. Gregory Ladner wool gloves, $59.95.autumn/winter fashion trends, accessories, david jones
  8. Samantha Wills cavalier necklace, $279.autumn/winter fashion trends, accessories, david jones
  9. Tony Bianco cherry crossbody, $99.95.autumn/winter fashion trends, accessories, david jones
  10. Samantha Wills shimmering dusk earrings, $119.95.autumn/winter fashion trends, accessories, david jones
  11. Tony Bianco moscar pump, $159.95.autumn/winter fashion trends, accessories, david jones
February 5, 2015

Sisters The Label Design Profile

Summer calls for an easy, effortless, silk ensemble which can be used for the beach, bar, and anything in between.

The girls behind Sisters The Label have created a trendy playsuit which is not only made from 100% silk, but can be worn in a variety of ways.

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The luxurious feel of soft, summer fabrics is the main reason Sisters The Label have enjoyed recent success since they entered the Australian fashion scene in 2014. The mission was to provide young women with an item which could do it all; create a variety of different looks without purchasing a completely different outfit.

Sisters The Label Design Profile

There is no denying that the multiway playsuit is a stand-out piece from the collection, since it can be worn in over 15 different ways. You can find a complete tutorial on how to create these looks at home without any difficulty whatsoever.

All orders come with complimentary free express shipping, and can be found exclusively from their website.

www.sistersthelabel.com

January 16, 2015

You Can Leave Your Hat On With LYLA&BO

There must be something in the water in the Sunshine State, for yet another young, Brisbane-based emerging fashion designer is making a name for herself both at home and overseas.
Michelle Moore, 27, (pictured) is CEO of accessories label LYLA&BO, via www.lylaandbo.com, which has both celebrity fashion fans here in Australia and has just broken into the highly competitive NY fashion market, securing its first stockist, in Brooklyn.

Her stunning fedoras, in particular, have also proven a hit with both Australian men and women, but Michelle isn’t content there, striving to take her brand global.

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A QUT graduate, Michelle was born in England, grew up in Brisbane and recently returned from a two-year stint living in Canada. The designer is also fortunate to travel back to NYC frequently for work and aims to live there soon. Here, she shares her design inspiration with SHESAID readers and why hats and accessories are everything.

Why do you specialise in designing hats and jewellery and not clothes? I have always gravitated towards buying accessories over clothes. For me, accessories are such a simple and effective way to create a fashionable look that doesn’t take hours to put together and won’t break the bank. It’s the smart way of styling! A bag, a statement necklace, cute shoes and, if the occasion calls for it (which it always does for me), an amazing hat. Done!

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What’s your background in fashion? I have worked the odd fashion retail job here and there while travelling, but my work background was always business-marketing related, sometimes at the complete opposite end of the spectrum to fashion, like tech start-ups. But, as a child, you would always find me cutting up fabrics, making scrunchies on my sewing machine and creating a skirt or dress here and there. I was always making something and before going to university I was lucky enough to win a few costume design awards which saw me travel overseas. I’m very hands-on, I love making things from scratch and creating something from nothing, I take after my father like that.

Did you studying fashion boost your career? I graduated from QUT in 2012 with a Bachelor of Creative Industries with a major in fashion and business. I knew I always wanted to do something within fashion, but I was fully aware of the struggles in trying to tackle an industry that is so hard to break into. With that in mind, I took a variety of business subjects as a smarter/safer option. Although looking back, I am so happy that I decided to do this. I initially thought my mind was more fashion-orientated, however over the years I have realised that I am definitely as equally interested in the business aspects of what I do. I love building, creating and learning and my degree gave me the tools to be able to look at LYLA&BO with both a fashion and business perspective.

How has the brand evolved? I’m a fairly whimsical person when it comes to my outlook on life. I never thought that two years ago I would be on the path that I am now and yet I am so happy to be exactly where I am. My goal for LYLA&BO is to keep it growing and constantly evolving. When you build something from the ground up and are able to watch it grow, it becomes your baby. Having recently broken into the New York market, my ultimate goal would be to keep expanding on both a local and international scale. There is no greater, more satisfying feeling than seeing people wearing your pieces 14,000kms away from where you started your brand.

How does it feel to have celebrity fans like Jessica Gomes? It’s always such a thrill to see customers wearing one of your designs no matter who they are. Just the fact that someone loves it just as much as I do, is the exact reason I work so hard. But I have to say, seeing people as fashion savvy as Jessica Gomes (pictured below) and [fellow NY-based, Brisbane fashion designer] Juli Grbac (pictured at bottom) wearing your fedoras, is quite surreal and amazing all at the same time. It’s a feeling of gratification and accomplishment that never gets old.

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Who would you most like to dress? There are so many people I would love to see styled in LYLA&BO pieces. But, if I had to name a few, I’d say supermodels Miranda Kerr and Gigi Hadid and power blogger Nicole Warne. I’m so in love with the sophisticated, everyday looks that these girls put together and they all look amazing in a fedora.

What are your favourite Australian and international brands? There are so many and for different reasons. Even if it’s not something I would particularly wear, I try to look at labels and their designs with an artistic perspective. I take a lot of inspiration from things I don’t like as much as things I completely adore. I also try to support Australian designers, as I am all too familiar with the struggles of the industry. With that said, some of my favourite labels at the moment are Cameo, The Fifth, Dion Lee and Jaguar. I’m most attracted these labels use of fabrics, prints and textures, especially as it’s coming into summer.

Who is your core customer?
 When creating the brand, I thought my core customer were fashion-conscious girls around my age, with similar styles. While this is true, as LYLA&BO has grown, so has my market. I now have unisex fedoras that look amazing on both men and women, something I never initially set out to do. Because accessories can be styled differently and with ease, LYLA&BO has such a broad market. The similarity that ties each customer together, however, is the confidence to pull off their look.

Australian fashion designers, LYLA&BO, emerging designers

What’s your ultimate goal? I have a lot! I believe it’s important to always set yourself goals in life, to ensure you stay motivated and I believe that’s how I’ve managed to get this far. I am my own worst critic and I live by my planner. To survive in such a fast-paced industry means always being ahead of the game. I am constantly looking for new avenues to branch into and my ultimate goal with LYLA&BO is to become the No.1 boutique for all things headwear and accessories. If I can do this successfully on both a local and international scale then I will feel as though I’ve accomplished my ultimate goal.

What’s best and worst about having your own label? There are so many good and bad things about having your own label. It is very stressful at times; I am a complete control freak and I often worry about making the wrong decision, but over the years I have learned to trust my instincts and have managed to do pretty well so far. But to put it quite simply, it’s a juggling act – drawing inspiration for new collections, keeping on trend, maintaining the business aspects, conversing with manufacturers, wholesaling, shipping – I don’t remember the last time I had less than 10 things on my mind at once. However, the gratification you receive from people taking such an interest in something you have created from all of that stress and worry, most definitely outweighs any negatives. And having a million hat samples to choose from everyday is also a pretty amazing plus.

Who or what inspires you? I’m inspired by places just as much as I am people. I have been lucky enough to have travelled quite a bit over the last few years and I often find myself drawing inspiration from beautiful cities, the colour of fall, someone’s hat I saw once in Italy, that kind of thing. I’m inspired by everything I have seen, learned and are still learning. I’d like to think that my designs are a culmination of things I have experienced, along with aspects of past and current trends.  

What do you love most about fashion? I love that it’s forever changing. You just never know what is on the cards for the next season and I love being a part of that. I not only love what’s currently happening in fashion, I love the history of it – the way that current trends have evolved from previous ones is so interesting to me. Fashion always comes back around, just with something a little different each time!

You Can Leave Your Hat On With LYLA&BO

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