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Multiracial And Plus-Size Women Are The Refreshing New Norm At NYFW

Is fashion week finally getting more diverse?

September 14, 2016

7 Hacks For Getting Away With Wearing Activewear In Any Sitch

Anybody who tells you it’s just for the gym is kidding themselves.

March 7, 2016

5 Makeup Trends From Haute Couture Fashion Week

If haute couture fashion can teach us one thing, it’s that the clothes might be out of reach, but the makeup looks are easy for everyone to recreate.

We countdown our favourites from Paris, which are perfect for long summer days and heat-filled nights. What are you favourite makeup looks? Tell us int the comments below!

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Glowing skin

Where: Valentino

Youthful, vibrant skin is easy enough to achieve with a good foundation, and an even better illuminator. Apply a small, pea-sized amount over your nose, cheekbones, and chin to reflect the light.

Summer Makeup Trends From Haute Couture Fashion Week

Coloured eyeshadow

Where: Versace

Where: Embrace some colour this summer with shimmery eyeshadows which  can really make your eyes pop! Look for opposite shades on the colour-wheel for best results. Keep the rest of your makeup relatively toned-down, with just mascara and blush.

Summer Makeup Trends From Haute Couture Fashion Week

Bold lips

Where: Armani Privé

If you can only carry one item in your makeup bah this summer, make sure it’s a bold lipstick. It is the best way to update your look without looking OTT.

Summer Makeup Trends From Haute Couture Fashion Week

Natural brows

Where: Christian Dior

Put away those tweezers and stop threading your eyebrows to achieve one of the biggest makeup trends at Christian Dior, the natural brow. Simply use some clear gel to keep them all in place!

Summer Makeup Trends From Haute Couture Fashion Week

Rosy cheeks

Where: Schiaparelli

To get that natural glow, apply blush to the apples of your cheeks and build-up the colour. If your skin is on the pale side, use pink-based shades to bring out those softer tones. Peach or nude colours work best on darker skin tones, and complement a summer tan.

Summer Makeup Trends From Haute Couture Fashion Week

Images via Style.com

July 15, 2015

The Dreamiest Dresses From Haute Couture Fashion Week

Oh Haute Couture Fashion Week! You come by twice a year and give us the most amazing, inspiring, unbelievably beautiful dresses which we love to dream about. Let’s be real, most of us will never get to wear an haute couture gown with price tags around $100,000 and up, but that doesn’t make it any less exciting to look at haute couture collections.

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There is something so special about dresses that are clearly not made for everyday use, but only for the most special occasions. In a world where cheap, mass-produced clothes are the norm and we all look somewhat the same, it is quite refreshing to see one-of-a-kind creations, knowing that it took weeks or sometimes months to make them.

So let’s take a look at this haute couture fashion week’s dreamiest dresses that make us want to marry a billionaire just so we can see what it’s like to wear one of these gowns.

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Zuhair Murad

This off-the-shoulder sparkly gown looks like it belongs to a fashionable modern-day Disney princess. How gorgeous is the burgundy colour?

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Giambatista Valli

The tulle and pink flowers might seem innocent, but you better don’t forget to wear appropriate underwear with this revealing dress. It’s a showstopper.

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Christian Dior

If Audrey Hepburn got married today, she would wear this timeless Dior gown. Can’t you just see how it sways from side to side while she dances?

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Chanel

Three words that make every woman’s heart beat faster: Chanel Haute Couture. This interpretation of the little black dress is embellished with thousands of beads – a work of art.

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Elie Saab

Ballerina meets fairy – this flowy pink dress with gold appliqué is every girly-girl’s dream.

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Versace Atelier

Donatella brings the sexy to haute couture. High slit and cut outs – this dress is not for the timid, but the many layers of flowy silk give it a softness and playfulness to balance the sexiness.

Images via style.com

July 13, 2015

8 Street Style Looks From Paris Fashion Week

With fashion month continuing in Paris, we take to the streets to bring you some of the best outfits of the summer. Whether you’re looking for inspiration for a night out, or simply something new to add to your wardrobe, we have it covered with out ten favourite looks from Haute Couture fashion week.

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Bomber jacket

One thing your wardrobe needs all-year round is a bomber jacket. This classic style is suitable for both day and night, plus it looks amazing layered over anything!

8 Street Style Looks From Paris Fashion Week

Coloured leather

Make leather work with your summer wardrobe by choosing coloured pieces and saving the black for winter. White denim is the best way to make this look work without sweating it out in the heat.

8 Street Style Looks From Paris Fashion Week

Cropped pants

Stay cool this summer in a pair of cropped linen pants paired with a button down shirt. The material is breathable and won’t feel too harsh under the humidity of the city.

8 Street Style Looks From Paris Fashion Week

Slogan t-shirts

Bring out those slogan t-shirts from the 90s and use them to dress down a classic summer outfit.

8 Street Style Looks From Paris Fashion Week

Layering

Just because summer has arrived, doesn’t mean layering is no longer allowed. Wear your favourite palazzo pants with a lightweight skirt, and sandals.

8 Street Style Looks From Paris Fashion Week

Asymmetric pieces

Make like Elena Perminova and take an asymmetric piece and pair it with mini shorts for the day. This look is so effortless and can be easily transformed into a evening look with a small clutch and heeled sandals.

8 Street Style Looks From Paris Fashion Week

Gingham print

If you’re going to wear one print this summer, make sure it’s gingham. This style is always in fashion and is a chic and sophisticated older sister to nautical stripes.

8 Street Style Looks From Paris Fashion Week

Suede

Suede mini skirts are back and bigger than ever this season, especially with a 1970’s vibe. Pair yours with a classic button-down shirt and lace-up sandals for the summer.

8 Street Style Looks From Paris Fashion Week

Images via Now Fashion, Tommy Ton

July 8, 2015

11 Street Style Summer Looks From Pitti Uomo

With Mens Fashion Week in Florence just wrapping up, we countdown our top 10 street style looks from the scorching hot streets of Pitti Uomo.

You might notice a few familiar faces in this mix, but you’re sure to gain some extra inspiration for those future summer outfits.

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Maxi dresses

Editor Anna Dello Russo is not one to hide – especially during Fashion Week season! She makes a statement in this bold maxi dress, pairing it with Grecian-inspired sandals and a bright and colourful box-bag.

10 Summer Street Style Looks From Pitti Uomo

Jumpsuit

Don’t put away that jumpsuit just yet! It’s the ultimate piece which can take you from beach to bar, with a quick change of stiletto-heels to match. Candela Novembre finishes off this ultra cool outfit with a yellow clutch by Stella McCartney, and comfy black heels.

10 Summer Street Style Looks From Pitti Uomo

Flares

Who said flares are out of fashion? It’s all about the flares on your shirt, and this classic look will never go out of style. For a classic high-low look, a pair of vintage Levi cut-off shorts is the best way to make this style work for you.

10 Summer Street Style Looks From Pitti Uomo

Scarf

That perfect silk scarf has an excuse to come out of the closet, especially during the summer season. Wear it loosely around your neck to spice-up a white shirt, around your wrist for extra arm candy, or even over the strap of your bag before heading out the door.

10 Summer Street Style Looks From Pitti Uomo

Kitten heels

Want to look stylish and comfortable at the same time? Take some style inspiration from blogger Patricia Manfield and try kitten heels with a simple summer outfit.

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Shirt dress

The humble shirt dress is a classic way to look stylish and keep cool in the summer heat. Accessorise it with a belt, leather handbag or sneakers for an effortless look.

10 Summer Street Style Looks From Pitti Uomo

Fedora

Protect from skin from the sun in one of the most fashionable accessories of the summer – a fedora. Choose one in black or beige if you’re looking for something traditional, or break the mould in a fun summer shade to make your outfit pop.

10 Summer Street Style Looks From Pitti Uomo

Maxi skirt

Keep cool in the summer heat by pairing your favourite flowy maxi skirt with a simple white t-shirt. Business at the top, party down the bottom.

10 Summer Street Style Looks From Pitti Uomo

Crop tops

Make like Natasha Goldenberg and pair one of your favourite crop tops with a maxi skirt. Not only does this balance out the entire outfit, but will also keep you cool in summer!

10 Summer Street Style Looks From Pitti Uomo

Overalls

A few different showgoers were spotted in denim overalls which are ideal for warmer weather. Dress them down with sneakers or sandals for the daytime or beach activities.

10 Summer Street Style Looks From Pitti Uomo

Mens tailoring

The great part of Pitti Uomo is that it brings classic silhouettes back into the playing field. Wide-leg pants, button-up linen shirts, and tailored blazers are all trends borrowed from the boys which are perfect for the scorching hot summer.

10 Summer Street Style Looks From Pitti Uomo

Images via Tommy Ton of Style.com

June 29, 2015

Gisele Bundchen’s Best Runway Moments

It’s the end of an era in the fashion industry: Supermodel Gisele Bundchen retired from the runway last week.

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During her 20-year career, Gisele walked for every designer imaginable. And while she could have chosen some of the biggest names in fashion for her last catwalk appearance, the 34-year old stuck to her roots and chose Brazilian label Colcci’s fashion show during Sao Paulo Fashion Week for her farewell.

With her fierce and confident walk, Gisele knows how to own the runway, so let’s take a look at Gisele Bundchen’s best runway moments ever:

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2005: If people didn’t know who Gisele was before the 2005 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, they definitely knew afterwards. Gisele’s opening of this iconic show with her little red devil wings and a multi million dollar fantasy bra is one of the best runway moments in history. It’s the epitome of the supermodel-walk.

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2007: One of John Galliano’s best runway shows for Dior, the 60th anniversary of Dior, was of course opened by Gisele who walked down the runway at the Orangerie in Versailles in a black suit inspired by one of Dior’s first creations from the 1940s.

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2007: In the same year, Gisele opened another iconic show in an another iconic look, the metallic bustier dress by Dolce&Gabbana. It became one of the most popular dresses of the season and was seen numerous times on the red carpet and in music videos, such as Leona Lewis’ ‘Bleeding Love’.

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2010: Fast forward three years and Gisele had not only married Tomy Brady, but also given birth to their son Benjamin. Only 6 months later, Gisele returned to the catwalk looking better than ever, making new mums all over the world jealous.

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2014: In 2014, Karl Lagerfeld became slightly obsessed with Gisele and made her the face of Chanel No5, chose her for several campaigns, and of course also let her open his Chanel fashion show which was staged as a protest for equality. Gisele lead the way with her megaphone in head to toe knitted Chanel.

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2015: All good things must come to an end. Gisele strutted her stuff down her last runway accompanied by other models wearing t-shirts with famous photos of Gisele on them. I guess you can never have enough Gisele.

Images via Popsugar, news.com.au, giselebundchenfan.com, independent.co.uk

April 23, 2015

7 Street Style Trends From MBFWA

Although Fashion Week is well and truly over, the various street style pictures are still popping up all over our Pinterest, Facebook and Instragram feeds (not that we’re complaining!) So, if you’re looking for a little extra inspiration for that next outfit, keep scrolling down for some amazing ensembles worn by some of Sydney’s best.

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White shirt

A crisp, white shirt is a wardrobe essential since it can be worn all year-round. Pair with black jeans, ankle boots and a sturdy handbag for a classic look which never goes out of style.

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Suede

Model, blogger and photographer Zanita showed us the easiest way to incorporate a suede coat into our trans-seasonal wardrobe. The patchwork coat works beautifully with comfy denim and sandals.

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Khaki

What’s better than a structured blazer for the autumn/winter months? A hint of khaki! It is perfect for those who are scared of colour and want to slowly transform their wardrobe (baby steps, of course).

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Layering

Who says you can’t wear it all at once? Blogger Domenica Calarco of Vogue Vandal shows us the perfect way to pair stripes and make the most of that summer bustier.

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Flares

There is no denying that flares are back this season and aren’t leaving anytime soon. So, what is is a girl to do? Embrace it and give the illusion that your legs are super-long by pairing them with sky-high heels.

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Lace

Black lace never goes out of style, so making an investment in one of these pieces should be relatively guilt-free… right? Blogger Vanessa Hong paired her skirt with a fitted leather jacket, and lust-worthy heels by Saint Laurent.

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Statement accessories

If your outfits are relatively toned-down, spice it up with a statement clutch. Stylist Nicole Lucas was spotted at Carriageworks with this amazing Poppy Lissiman clutch.

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Images via Tommy Ton for Style.com, Le 21 Eme by Adam Katz Sinding

April 22, 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

Hair How-To: MBFWA Edition

Since we are at the end of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia, what better time to bring you the hottest looks straight off the runway?

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Starting with hair and then onto makeup, below are just some of the techniques and products you need to recreate signature show looks from Aje, GALANNI, Macgraw, Steven Khalil, Jennifer Kate, and Manning Cartell together with Goldwell.

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Australian womenswear label Aje, brought their SS15/16 collection, Vihara to life with the help of Goldwell. Try this hairstyle for yourself with our exclusive step-by-step guide below.

Hair How-To: MBFWA Edition

Styling

  1. Create a natural centre part with your fingers, apply StyleSign Power Whip evenly throughout the hair and blast 90 per cent dry maintaining the part. Direct front hairline toward the face when drying.
  2. Part the hair horizontally, mid-way behind the ear in a curve shape and follow through to the nape of the neck, leaving approximately 2cms free around the hairline.
  3. Take this bottom section and tie into a secure ponytail at the occipital bone. Lightly backcomb the mid-lengths and ends of the pony, wrap into a bun and secure to the base of the nape. This will serve as a volumising filler later in the style.
  4. Use bobby pins to attach the coloured weft around the bun and secure tightly.
  5. Dry remaining hair with a medium sized round brush paying attention to the ends, as well as the root direction around the face. Root lift should be natural, with some body through mid-lengths and ends. Be sure to blow-dry a natural movement into the hair to assist tonging.
  6. Using a 3cm curling tong, heat sections in a random shaped but consistently dense pattern, directing hair away from the face. Allow to cool and then run a wide tooth comb through to break up the style, then add StyleSign Naturally Full and gently backcomb for extra volume and lift.
  7. Loosely pull hair back at the chin and secure with a loose tie, there will need to be a moderate amount of give in the elastic to enable altering of the shape and texture of the style.
  8. Delicately pull loose hair above the ears and letting those natural, shorter hairs around the face fall away from the bulk of the hair to create a slightly ‘undone’ finish
  9. Lightly spray with StyleSign Magic Finish to hold the style.

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Colour

  1. Take an 18 inch weft and carefully distort the middle part to prepare for balayage.
  2. Using Goldwell Colorance, have the darkest colour ready to do first and apply the colour evenly and precisely paying attention to create a natural looking meld line.
  3. Once the colour has developed, rinse with Dualsenses Color Fade Stop Shampoo and towel dry.
  4. Prepare the lighter colour, apply to the weft where needed and then process again
  5. When ready, remove the colour product and shampoo and condition using Dualsenses Color Fade Stop Shampoo and Dualsenses Color Detangling Conditioner.
  6. Dry the weft to 70 per cent and apply StyleSign Power Whip mousse to give the weft some hold and blow-dry in.

GALANNI

Mother/daughter design team Lenna and Catherine Vasilas of couture label GALANNI went for a sultry look to accompany their SS15/16 collection.

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Hair Director Ida Tirimacco took the lady-like glamour from the GALANNI collection and workshopped a sophisticated and elegant hair look for the show.

“With the structured components of the gown, we decided to go for a softer, sexier and more fresh hair look to in the hair. We wanted to maintain the femininity and glamour of the range, but have some movement in the hair.”

TECHNIQUE

To achieve the GALANNI hair look, follow Ida Tirimacco’s step-by-step instructions below:

  1. Apply StyleSign Double Boost root spray to the roots of the hair and section a parting up straight from the corner of the eye from right to left, back to crown.
  1. Take inch squared sections Spray each section with StyleSign Hot Form styling lotion and spray a little StyleSign Unlimitor onto the ends only to help thicken.
  1. Use a conical iron on each section and pin to hold, continue this process all the way around the head, alternating the direction of each row. When working the top section, take each part on a diagonal forward and pin half on and half off base as the roots will need to be looser here.
  1. Spray StyleSign Big Finish all over to set the curls and let cool.
  1. Once hair has completely cooled, start un-pinning and allow hair to fall and relax. Run a couple of drops of StyleSign Melting Diamonds through the ends before brushing section by section with a Mason Pearson brush.
  1. Spray StyleSign Satin Guard as you brush to keep the hair fro separating too much and reducing any natural frizz in the hair
  1. Part the hair as low as possible to give an edgier look, without too much height on top of the head, this will allow the soft curls and movement to really make a statement.
  1. Finish with a spray of StyleSign Magic Finish to add a glossy finish and set the style.

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STEVEN KHALIL

Featuring his couture collection for the very first time at MBFWA, Steven Khalil showcased his fine attention to detail through outstanding blouses, pencil skirts and breathtaking gowns.

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Hair Director Sharon Blain took a nod from Steven’s chic couture styling by creating an intricate style which had a classic simplicity to it:

‘The idea for this hair look evolved from looking at the gowns, the fabrics, their textures and also the embellishments. We wanted a design to complement the collection but not to overpower.’

TECHNIQUE

To achieve the Steven Khalil hair look, follow Sharon Blain’s step-by-step instructions below:

  1. Spray the hair with StyleSign Hot Form styling lotion and directionally blow dry the hair with a paddle brush from a centre pony tail, towards the nape to create a smooth finish.
  1. Make a parting in line with the top of the ear from ear to ear, dividing the hair into two sections. Run StyleSign Diamond Glossthrough the hair for a high shine finish.
  1. Work a three strand scalp braid in a 5cm panel down the centre of the forehead down to the back at the nape. Secure with a small band to hold. This can be lightly roughed for texture, but the braid should be tight.
  1. Direct the sides softly back on both sides and secure at the nape. A light back combing on the sides with finer hair will help give body.
  1. Divide the pony in two sections and work a three-strand braid to the end, band to hold.
  1. Make a loop out to the sides and secure the ends at centre to hold.
  1. Repeat on other side, pin well and spray with StyleSign Magic Finish to hold.

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MANNING CARTELL

Recently celebrating their 10th anniversary, Manning Cartell showcased their newest SS15/16 collection, Introduced Light. A collection of light, reflection and contrast pulsated with a dynamic synergy of colour and print and a strong hint of glamour.

The hair was all about volume, texture and even a hint of an athletic streak which is right on trend this season.

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Hair Director Dale Delaporte took inspiration from the patterns and textures of the fabric when working the 70’s references into the hair look. Recreate this style at home with the following key products and techniques.

TECHNIQUE

To achieve the Manning Cartell hair look, follow Dale Delaporte of Prema salon’s step-by-step instructions below:

  1. Take a deep, diagonal side part finishing at the outer corner of the left brow. Without losing parting, section from ear to ear intercepting the crown and clip front away
  2. Apply StyleSign Power Whip evenly throughout back area until the hair is saturated, then blow dry in sections with plenty of root lift.
  3. Using a small hot tong, create movement in the back by winding generous sized sections of hair around the tong, so as to not create curl. This step is for creating movement to be manipulated later.
  4. Take a two-inch section on the occipital bone from ear to ear, leaving one inch around hairline for coverage. Scalp braid this section and then double over braid and pin into a spiral reaching to either end. Add padding to the area surrounding and pin firmly to the braid.
  5. Saturate front left section with StyleSign Glamour Whip and dry, while stretching the hair upwards towards the crown, then spray lightly withStyleSign Magic Finish and hold in place with crease free clip to set.
  6. Move to right side and apply StyleSign Glamour Whip until saturated. Take the bottom two inches and dry, stretching directly back with zero volume.
  7. Take the front inch of free hair and dry with zero root lift forward over face. Over direct hair closer to parting just slightly to the left to give extra swing in the fringe.
  8. Repeat with remaining sections, progressively directing hair more diagonally forward as you get to less and less hair left over. This will ensure there are no holes.
  9. Apply a small amount of StyleSign Roughman to the very top layer of the fringe area to maintain a solid, and smooth surface. Then, using a very fine bristle brush, shape the fringe to sit forward and skimming the bridge of the nose to then cover the right eye. Occasionally mist with StyleSign Magic Finish over the top to help grip the brush and keep the desired shape.
  10. Continue shaping until the fringe covers the eye and curves to tuck behind the ear. Secure fringe section to behind the ear with a small pin, leaving hair above for hiding the pin under.
  11. Lightly brush out the rest of the hair, being sure not to lose any volume, then collect the hair in the bottom section of hair, and following the direction of the hair, loosely tie off with a small elastic to remove bulk and allow easy styling finish.
  12. While spraying the hair with StyleSign Naturally Full loosen up and create the desired shape in the back. Being sure to accentuate where that padding was place earlier.
  13. Use a small amount of StyleSign Roughman and rake through the left side in front of the ear, keeping that upward motion and spray withStyleSign Sprayer to secure.
  14. Remove any clips still in the hair, and use more StyleSign Sprayer through the fringe area to keep shape and create a glossy sheen.
  15. Spray StyleSign Magic Finish through the back are of the hair to keep texture in place, and make the most of that volume.

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MACGRAW

This year, Goldwell continued their partnership with fashion design duo Macgraw, to create a look which brings life to the SS2015 collection, Shepherdess.

To achieve the Macgraw hair look, follow Goldwell hair director, Benni Tognini’s step-by-step instructions below:

Hair How-To: MBFWA Edition

Technique

  1. Start by blow drying the hair into a full, voluminous style with a centre part, using StyleSign Double Boost at the roots and working StyleSign Naturally Full through the ends of the hair
  2. Spray the sides of the hair with StyleSign Hot Form spray and wind each section into knots. Run hot irons over the knots and then brush out
  3. Back comb the back of the hair to add some volume to the roots and create the slightly messy texture, spritz with StyleSign Magic Finish to hold the body
  4. Draping the hair over the ears, pull the sections together and secure into a low pony tail at the nape of the neck.
  5. Backcomb the pony tail once secured and mist StyleSign Sprayer to set the style. Add ribbon to finish the look.

Hair How-To: MBFWA Edition

JENNIFER KATE

With a clean aesthetic for her debut at MBFWA, Jennifer Kate paired her must-have leather and suede pieces with a modern take on the traditional braided ponytail.

Hair Director Marie Cain worked to create a look which would allow each model to still look individual, through a statement hair look made with clean lines in the structure, but still had an element of softness.

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TECHNIQUE

To achieve the Jennifer Kate hair look, follow Marie Cain’s step-by-step instructions below:

  1. On thick hair apply a generous amount of StyleSign Hot Form styling lotion, to dry hair from roots to ends. On fine hair apply a generous amount of StyleSign Double Boost root lift spray from roots to ends
  1. Directionally blow-dry the hair into either a side or middle part (depending on which finish you prefer) and blast dry hair, then mist the same product lightly back through and texture blowdry with a small round brush or very lightly tong with a medium wand, this is to create the right amount of texture to do the remainder steps.
  1. Generously spray hair throughout with Dualsenses Ultra Volume Dry Shampoo, this will help to catch the flyways and build a chalky texture
  1. Take a section of hair, approximately 4cm wide, that starts in at the top of the crown, and section straight down to the nape. Keep the section very clean and tightly braid down and tie off tightly and neatly at the bottom of the nape.
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Take one hand in ponytail position at the bottom of the neck, with your free hand feed the hair into the stationary hand, the detailing of this part is very important as this will allow for hair to be fly-away and soft. Tie hair into ponytail with clear hair tie, secure it a little closer to the nape and then drag down once fastened.
  1. Take another tie, place around the first tie once, then half loop through, allow for flyaway and long pieces to fall out, take a very thin piece of hair to wrap around and cover the hair tie, fasten only with a spritz of StyleSign Sprayer to hold.
  1. Finish the look by tucking hair behind the ear, pulling pieces of hair out and exaggerating the softness of the look. Spray with StyleSign Big Finish to secure the look, but keeping the soft finish.

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What’s your favourite style from MBFWA?

April 17, 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

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

Fashion Week Survival-Kit Must Haves

If you’re a fashionista in the know, then it’s no surprise that you’ve already received your accreditation to fashion week in Sydney, congratulations! The hard work is yet to come however, especially coming up with those killer outfits to get street style snapped by only the best: Tommy Ton, Adam Katz Sinding, and let’s not forget, Phil Oh.

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To prepare you for the week ahead, we have compiled a must-have list of essentials to keep you sane (and looking stylish) amongst the crowds at fashion week.

Plasters

Let’s not forget those new boots, heels, and sneakers that you purchased especially for fashion week, don’t lie. So to avoid a shoe-related nightmare, you should always pack a few plasters in your clutch, just in case of an emergency. We recommend the thick, material blend instead of the old latex ones which usually just slide off the feet.

Water

If you’re hopping from one show to the next, it’s important to keep your body hydrated. There’s plenty of food available on site (albeit with a heavy price tag), so why not keep something small in your handbag to nourish your body during the day.

A muesli bar is a great (and an inconspicuous option), but don’t forget to eat a hearty meal before leaving home for the day.

Dry shampoo

Who has time to wash their hair every single day, especially during fashion week? Not us! Dry shampoo can be your best friend and provides your hair with volume, bounce, and even helps to hold a curl. But please, choose a formula which won’t leave a white caste on the scalp – eek!

Scarf

Silk, cotton, or polyester – it’s really your choice. But a scarf or shawl is a must-have, especially if you’re in and out of shows all day long. Not only can it spice up a fairly simple outfit, but it can keep you rather warm in the cold, air-conditioned rooms.

Blotting paper

Even if you don’t suffer from oily skin, it’s important to keep your makeup under control with some blotting paper. Rather than applying layer after layer of finishing powder, a blotting paper removes the excess oil without making your foundation look too cakey.

Portable charger

Pack a portable charger into your handbag because believe it or not, your phone will run out of battery – fast! Especially if you have Twitter feeds to update, Instagram pictures to share and emails to send back to the office. Never fear, there are charging stations available, but good luck finding one that’s free between shows!

Reading material

Whether it’s a magazine, book, or even a menu, make sure you have something to do read – shows often go overtime, and you’ll find yourself waiting around for most of the day.

Have we left anything out? What are some of your fashion week essentials?

Image via Style By Shahnaz

March 24, 2015

Paris Fashion Week Trend Report

Paris Fashion Week is the the grand finale of fashion week month, the cherry on top of the big fashion cake, and undoubtedly most fashionistas’ dream destination. It is in Paris where most trend-setting labels show their collections, such as Isabel Marant, Christian Dior, and Chanel.

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There is a reason why Paris is called the fashion capital and not even New York can claim that title; Parisian women simply have that je-ne-sais-quoi that all of us non-Parisians try to achieve. Nobody looks as good in an all-black outfit as a French woman walking along the Seine river. Maybe that’s why the fashion shows in Paris are so popular. This season, the following trends dominated the Paris runways:

1. Frills

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If you have a no-frills attitude, that’s great, but it doesn’t mean your outfit should be. Small frills could be seen at Isabel Marant whereas Viktor&Rolf showed big, bold frills. We like both!

2. Ankle boots

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This is a trend that’s easy to copy. Ankle boots will be all the rage (again), which is great news as they are so versatile. Whether you combine them with a skirt or pants, they go with almost anything and can be very flattering.

3. Tassels

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This is the next step up from fringes. Tassel trims or complete tassel outfits will find a place in our wardrobes soon. Tassels might not be very practical, but they sure look great swaying from side to side when you walk.

4. Lace

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Lace and Paris go together like copy and paste, so of course there was no shortage of the sexy fabric on the Parisian runways. At Nina Ricci, lace was used in a more subtle, wearable way whereas Balmain showed a sheer full body jumpsuit that leaves little to the imagination.

Images via style.com

March 13, 2015

6 Beauty Trends From Milan Fashion Week

Since we’re finally in the last leg of fashion week, what better time to talk about the beauty trends from the Milanese catwalks.

Showcasing a stark difference to London and New York, Milan actually embraced more colour, bronzed skin, and wearable fashion trends than the other fashion weeks.

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Statement eyes

Where: Versace

Models at the house of Versace were treated to a smouldering statement eye which is sure to make your entire outfit pop.

While the rest of the face makeup was relatively toned down, black kohl was used to line the top and bottom waterline, not to mention the numerous lashings of mascara for a truly sultry look.

Beauty Trends From Milan Fashion Week

Strong brows

Where: Missoni

Don’t forget your brows, ladies! The look at Missoni was definitely all about the eyebrows, making them look full and sculpted with a bit of power.

Use a fine angled brush to create subtle hairlines, and brush upwards with a clear gel.

Beauty Trends From Milan Fashion Week

Matte lips

Where: Emilio Pucci

Matte lips were definitely trending this season, with models at Pucci sporting soft pink and corals.

Not only are they easy to apply (just dab onto your lips and you’re done), but they won’t leave an harsh lines after a long night of dinner and drinks.

Beauty Trends From Milan Fashion Week

Graphic liner

Where: Fendi

Never too scared to shy away from making a statement, the models at Fendi were given a cat eye with a twist.

The wing was linked into an outline of a smokey eye, which took the place of a standard eyeshadow. Definitely a trend we’ll be trying once the colder weather hits – or simply if we don’t have an eyeshadow palette at hand!

Beauty Trends From Milan Fashion Week

Dewy skin

Where: Gucci

Wow. If there is ever a time and place for dewy skin, then Gucci definitely nailed this look for their autumn/winter show.

Apply a sheer, lightweight tinted moisturiser, and allow your natural oils to shine through.

Beauty Trends From Milan Fashion Week

Red lips

Where: Dolce and Gabbana

It’s become tradition that Dolce and Gabbana are known for their wine-stained lips, and this season didn’t disappoint. Apply your lip stain with a pencil, then dab off any excess with a tissue, no need to set with a gloss!

Beauty Trends From Milan Fashion Week

Images via style.com

March 13, 2015

9 Major Street Style Trends From Fashion Week

As the last leg of Fashion Week quickly comes to an end, the images of fashionable attendees are still rolling in.

Taking inspiration from Vogue editors, buyers, bloggers, and even the photographers, we show you some of our favourite trends from the autumn/winter season.

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Big coats

The bigger, the better! Oversized coats have been trendy for the past two seasons, but this doesn’t mean that they’re outdated.

Christine Centenera isn’t afraid to play with colour, and was spotted in this green oversized coat exiting the shows at Paris Fashion Week.

9 Major Street Style Trends From Fashion Week

Detailed shoes

The eye is in the details, and these pair of Christian Louboutin heels were on everyone’s Insta-feed after the shows in Paris.

Worn with a long green parka by TSUM buyer Natasha Goldenberg, they seemed to be the focal point of her entire outfit.

9 Major Street Style Trends From Fashion Week

Fedora

A large-brimmed fedora hat is perfect to keep the sun away during the summer, and keeps your head warm in the winter. This particular show-goer paired her fedora with a thick, comfy sweater and leopard print brogues.

9 Major Street Style Trends From Fashion Week

Shearling

Large shearling coats took the place of leather jackets this season, and minimised the amount of layering for the cold New York City snow.

Who doesn’t love a classic, all-black outfit during the winter?

9 Major Street Style Trends From Fashion Week

Key chains

Those adorable key chains you accessorised your bags with in the 90s are back and bigger than ever this season. We spotted a number of show-goers clipping them to their keys, purses, and even a Saint Laurent handbag!

9 Major Street Style Trends From Fashion Week

Beanies

Eleanor Pendleton of Gritty Pretty was spotted wearing another big trend, the beanie!

This subtle accessory keeps your head and ears warm from the winter chill, and conveniently rolls into your handbag once you’re inside.

9 Major Street Style Trends From Fashion Week

Double Denim

Blogger Lorna from Symphony of Silk showed us another way to make double denim work in all seasons.

The formula? Pair with a logo or statement jumper for best results. A knotted silk scarf completed her outfit, and gave a nod to her blog – all in a days work!

9 Major Street Style Trends From Fashion Week

Mom jeans

Remember those old, high-waisted jeans that your mum would wear in the 80s?

They’re back in fashion, with a number of bloggers, and stylists sporting them in various washes this season. Pair with ankle boots and a blazer for instant-glam.

9 Major Street Style Trends From Fashion Week

Wrap skirt

The wrap skirt is a hit each season, but we didn’t think it looked this good until blogger Camille Charriére was spotted in this khaki version.

Wear with a pair of killer stiletto’s during the evening, and zip ankle boots for the day time.

9 Major Street Style Trends From Fashion Week

Images via Collage Vintage, Style.com, Tommy Ton, Vogue Paris, Athens Street Style

March 12, 2015

London Fashion Week Trend Report

There is no rest for the wicked, especially the wicked in the fashion industry. And so after the latest trends debuted in New York, the shows continued across the big pond at London Fashion Week. The British capital is the home of some of the most popular designer labels of the moment, including Christopher Kane, Maria Katrantzou, and Burberry Prorsum.

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Known for its more edgy fashion compared to other fashion weeks, London didn’t disappoint, showing bold prints and lots of colour on the runways. There were four trends in the autumn/winter collections that most designers seemed to agree on:

1. Turtlenecks:

Primarily reserved for geeks in high school, turtleneck sweaters might have a major comeback next season. They sure keep you warm and the good news is – if Jonathan Saunders’ collection is anything to go by – there will be silk turtlenecks which are not only super chic, but also perfect for warmer weather.

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2. Vinyl Pants

This is not for the timid, but shiny vinyl and lamé pants were seen on numerous runways in London, reminding us of some horrible outfits we wore in the 90s. The blue and green colour might make this an even harder trend to pull off, but paired with neutrals it can be a bold yet classy fashion statement.

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3. Black

You cannot go wrong with head-to-toe black. In order for it not to be boring, though, combine different fabrics and textures or show a bit of leg as seen on Simone Rochas’ runway.

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4. Embroidery

It was all in the details at Peter Pilotto and Burberry Prorsum. Clothes were adorned with stitched patterns and gems, making jewellery an unnecessary accessory. So forget the statement necklace next season and invest in an embroidered statement dress instead.

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images via style.com

March 3, 2015

New York Fashion Week Trend Report

It’s that time of the year again, fashion season kicked off with New York Fashion Week, giving us an idea of the trends we’ll be wearing soon.The city that never sleeps is even more awake during this crazy time with fashionistas flocking to the runways and celebrities fighting over front row seats. While there is a lot of hustle and bustle, in the end it all comes down to the fashion shows.

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With London, Milan, and Paris Fashion Week to follow, New York’s designers are the first ones to show the fashion obsessed how they are supposed to dress in about 6 months time. Curious? I spotted the following trends:

1. Sheer skirts

Showing some skin without looking “cheap” can be quite tough, but the easy solution is sheer fabric. Jason Wu, Diane von Furstenberg, and Derek Lam show how it’s done with dresses that cover and reveal just enough.

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2. Bright red

The Fall collections are usually rather full of neutral tones and lots of black, but this season there was a popping colour on almost every runway. Bright Red will be a must have, especially when it comes to coats.

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3. Buckle up

The body part that we want to accentuate next season is definitely the waist. Belts around the models’ waists in all sizes and shapes served as the it-accessory at Opening Ceremony and Jason Wu, making even the most androgynous look a little bit more feminine.

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4. Turquoise

Yes, it’s a tricky colour to pull off, but according to Derek Lam, DKNY, and Zoe Jordan, Turquoise is the new Black. Pair it with Whites for a crisp, beachy look or make a bold statement by pairing Turquoise with Browns and Reds.

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Images via style.com

February 23, 2015

5 Major Hair And Beauty Trends From NYFW

While NYFW has just wrapped up and we’re already in the midst of London’s time to carry the torch, there are so many new trends which went down the runway at Bryant Park this season. From the eyebrow piercings at Rodarte to super-slicked hair by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen of The Row, this season is full of inspiration which is sure to shine over the next few months.

Trend: Highlighted cheeks

Where: Theory S/S 2015

The Theory presentation displayed girls with dewy skin, glossy lips and prominent cheekbones. To achieve this natural glow, apply a touch of highlighter with your fingers over the tops of your cheekbones, on the cupids bow and even on the brow bone.

5 Major Hair and Beauty Trends From NYFW

Trend: Straight locks

Where: The Row S/S 2015

Inspired by a hot summer in the Hamptons, models were sent down the runway with clean hair, parted down the middle with extra shine at the tips. Use a straightening iron to keep hair super-straight, but make sure to use a heat protectant before applying product onto the ends.

5 Major Hair and Beauty Trends From NYFW

Trend: Pink lips

Where: Victoria Beckham S/S 2015

The former Spice Girl has come a long way from glitter eyeshadows and prominent lip liner, with models walking down the runway sporting a natural pink lip. Define the lips with a rose coloured lip liner, then blend with your finger to create a subtle shade of pink over the centre.

5 Major Hair and Beauty Trends From NYFW

Trend: Eyebrow piercings

Where: Rodarte S/S 2015

Rodarte took it to another level by channeling punk rock in their latest Spring 2015 collection at NYFW. Models were fitted with fake piercings all over their brows – but we’re not suggesting you do the exact same! Multiple piercings are definitely back in style, and who knows, maybe this trend will be huge over the next few months.

5 Major Hair and Beauty Trends From NYFW

Trend: Shaggy bob

Where: Marc Jacobs S/S 2015

Black shaggy bobs were worn by all the models, which not only flatter every single face, but are very easy to maintain. Of course the hairstyles used for the show are just wigs, but this cut is definitely versatile – especially if you want to create the illusion of thicker hair.

5 Major Hair and Beauty Trends From NYFW

Images via The Fashion Spot, W Magazine

September 15, 2014

Get The Look: Alex Perry SS14/15

The inspiration for the makeup at Alex Perry’s recent Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia showing was sport luxe – with an edge. Softer translucent elements contrasted by structure and sleek silhouettes. A varsity-inspired colour palette of navy, black, white and blush. The mood he was going for was youthful vitality and health. A fresh-faced glamour that only an Australian girl can pull off. Slightly pretty with the perfect amount of polish.

Napoleon Perdis, who created the makeup look, says:

“If a makeup look can reflect a culture then this is Australia to me. It really speaks to that freshness and vitality for which Australian girls are so admired.  So, for Alex’s show, the focus is on the skin, and creating the most translucent texture. I wanted the complexion to look absolutely perfect – like the kind of skin you’re either born with… or you’re not!

“Everything’s about embracing luminosity but without adding a million products. Cheeks are balanced with a touch of matte bronzer, for a natural-looking flush, like the girls have just stepped off the hockey field. This look has an enviable ease to it; minimal effort, maximum impact.”

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May 12, 2014

Serpent & The Swan At MBFW Australia In Sydney

A crumbling piece of metal from a journey to Eastern Europe has morphed in to a wearable collection for Serpent & the Swan Spring Summer 2014/15. Design sisters Hayley & Lauri Smith took to ‘The Box’ to unveil their new collection in a sensory runway showcase featuring a haunting live performance by the inimitable Sarah Blasko with harp accompaniment by Clare Cooper.

The Bronze Age is an ode to ancient rituals, taking thousand year old sculptures, artefacts and symbology and essentially transforming these into pieces of wearable memorabilia.

“There was this old archaeological museum in Bulgaria which held these incredible artefacts, it was breath taking,” said Hayley Smith, one half of Serpent & the Swan. “There was this one particular piece which was just a fragment of deteriorated metal from 1600 BC, which caught my attention. I turned the photo of this in to a yardage print which then inspired our whole Spring Summer collection.”

The collection also features a serpentine placement print created by musician Annie Hamilton of Australian band Little May styled with a collaborative jewellery collection specifically created for the runway by LA-based jeweller Luv AJ, cracked metal and patent shoes by ROC and braided hand stitched men’s leather shoes by Mere Footwear.

Subtle pentagram cut out details in leather feature in the collection alongside high neck perforated neoprene and metallic tops and bombers and silk slip dresses and culottes. Trademark sheer and leather pieces are present throughout with traditional silk and leather kimonos becoming hero pieces of the collection.

April 13, 2014
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