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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

Spring Racing Do’s and Don’ts With Ann Shoebridge

The Spring Racing Carnival is one of the most glamorous occasions for fine fillies to frock up – here, leading Australian milliner Ann Shoebridge gives SHESAID readers her top tips on how to join the winners’ circle.

And Ann knows a thing or two about spring racing style: a go-to millinery label for Australia’s racing carnival circuit, Ann’s artistic headwear creations have a loyal celebrity following from the likes of Rachael Finch (pictured above and bottom), Lara Bingle, Jennifer Hawkins (pictured below) and Kate Waterhouse.

Spring Racing Carnival, milliner, Ann Shoebridge

Distinctively modern and with a sophisticated elegance, Ann’s designs are always stand-outs. Renowned for bringing sculpture, colour and light to her collections, Ann Shoebridge collections are stocked at Myer, Napoleon Life.Style, Fleur Wood, Alannah Hill and Laine Melbourne. The milliner is also planning to expand into prestige boutiques in Paris, London and Hong Kong.

Drawing inspiration from art, film, music and nature, Ann’s collections pay homage to traditional hat design, while expressing a modern, stylistic element, with original design and playfulness at the heart of each avant-garde piece.

With a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours), it was this love of creativity and design that inspired Ann to launch her eponymous label, with her studying millinery at Swinburne University to hone her craft. Launching her first collection in 2003, Ann’s designs quickly achieved widespread acclaim, first sold through leading accessories boutique Christine’s in Melbourne, before gaining a loyal following Australia-wide.

Experimenting with new textiles, materials and stylistic design, Ann personally handcrafts each piece in Sydney with fabrics and supplies sourced from the finest millinery providers worldwide. Last year, she achieved a major milestone, with her designs acquired for permanent collection, Australian Fashion & Textiles, at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Her latest millinery collection, Mono Daily (pictured below), pays homage to the survival of the daily print newspaper. Visit www.annshoebridge.com for more information.

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What are your Spring Racing Carnival do’s and don’ts?  Do carry bandaids, bring a jacket that matches your outfit (for Melbourne’s inclement weather) and do wear your hat on the flight down to Melbourne – the plane looks fabulous with a sea of gorgeous headwear!
Spring racing don’ts: never carry your shoes and walk barefoot, take off your hat (beware hat hair!) and drink too much – that also goes with betting!

Who is the one celebrity you would most love to dress? I would love to create a headpiece for a stage queen, let’s say: Lady Gaga, Grace Jones, Madonna or Kylie – any of those talented songstresses.

What’s best about your new Mono Daily collection? It’s simple, strong, and elegant, with a timeless design.

What do you love most about designing millinery? I love how a hat completely transforms an individual – as famous UK milliner Stephen Jones says: “A hat is the exclamation mark at the end of an outfit!”

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September 26, 2014