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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

Nail Trends You Should Try From MBFWA

While everyone else might be focusing on the hair and beauty trends from Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia, we have recently come to appreciate the beauty of nail trends.

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We’re going to take you through some of the biggest shows of fashion week to reveal just which of the nail trends will be big during the summer.

Feature nails

Where: Maticevski

5 Nail Trends You Should Try From MBFWA

Since OPI was the official nail partner for Maticevski SS 2015 runway show, you can guarantee that the colours looked amazing.

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Make Light of the Situation with Chiffon My Mind, Care to Danse with Petal Soft, Alpine Snow with Pirouette my Whistle as the feature.

There were two main looks that went down the runway: Soft pastels and dark gunmetals. Glitter polishes were added over the top as a feature, and the looks were finished off with OPI Rapid Dry Top Coat before strutting it down the runway.

5 Nail Trends You Should Try From MBFWA
Cement the Deal with Dark Side of The Mood, Black Onyx with My Voice is a Little Norse as a feature.

Neutrals

Where: Daniel Avakian

5 Nail Trends You Should Try From MBFWA

For Daniel Avakian’s return to the runway, a stunning neutral manicure and pedicure was prepared for all models backstage. Karon McKendrick Taylor for FABY Australia kept nails looking round and trimmed, which worked perfectly to complement the clothing and open-toed sandals for spring.

Shades of Pink

Where: Ellery

5 Nail Trends You Should Try From MBFWA

Kym Ellery’s collection was the first show to open MBFWA at Carriageworks, and was inspired by women from post-impressionist paintings. Melisa Giraldo worked together with OPI to create a look which suited the entire collection.

5 Nail Trends You Should Try From MBFWA

A clean base was achieved with the OPI Clean Ridge Filler, then two coats of the OPI Put It In Neutral, and finally a sheer-pink beige from the new OPI SoftShades Collection.

A classic topcoat of OPI Rapid Dry Top Coat was applied to give a glossy sheen.

Classic white

Where: Jennifer Kate

5 Nail Trends You Should Try From MBFWA

For her debut show at MBFWA, Jennifer Kate tried a fresh look for the models walking down the runway. FABY Australia created a stunning white nail, which is perfect on all skin tones and ideal all-year round. A matte top coat was applied over the top to give nails a lived-in look.

Images via Lucas Dawson

April 24, 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.

AJE

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

Inspirational Women: Alice McCall

Each week, SHESAID features an inspiring woman who has been kind enough to share her story with our readers. She might be a leader in her chosen field, someone still on their own path striving to make a difference or simply someone with a remarkable story to tell. These women contribute their own knowledge, expertise and life lessons in order to truly inspire others.

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Tell us about your role? What is it? What do you do on a day-to-day basis?

 Being creative director of my label, I’m across everything that’s happening in the label. Normally I’m designing 2 collections at the same time, which also involves sourcing fabrics and deciding on the range of the collection. After that we have to do look book shoots, campaign shoots and sell the collection! At the moment we’re in the lead up to fashion week, so very busy! I’m in the midst of getting the collection ready, styling the show, collaborating on the set and music – lots to do!

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When did you know this is was what you wanted to do as a career? 

When I was about 6 I started designing and making clothes for my dolls, so my love for fashion came from there and evolved!

Alice McCall the label is now over 10 years old, congratulations! How has the brand evolved over the years?

Thank you – it’s still surreal knowing its 10 years! The brand has definitely grown up over the years and evolved into a more sophisticated woman. I’m lucky to have had a loyal customer base that has also grown with the label.

The fashion industry is infamous for being an extremely tough industry to crack. What were the initial stumbling blocks at the beginning of your career and starting your own business?

It is and it’s also very hard to stay in the industry as things are changing all the time. My time styling in London was a challenge as there were so many great people there, but I was lucky to work with some amazing talent and it went from there!

How did you overcome these?

It was mainly through trusting my instinct and knowing that I was onto the right thing. Making great relationships with people you could trust and never becoming complacent even when succeeding.

The fashion business is known for being fast paced and cutthroat. How do you deal with the constant pressure to continually create and impress?

I feel like every season I have something new to say, but it’s not always that easy! It helps a lot to have a great team with people you can rely on. It’s always important to take time to relax and centre yourself so you don’t feel the constant pressure.

As a designer, where do you find your inspiration?

Inspiration for me comes from everywhere – music, art and different cities. My collection for MBFWA is very much inspired from music, rhythm and romance.

Who has had the most impact on you as a designer? Do/did you have a mentor?

I would say different eras like the ’60s and ’70s have had a lot of impact on me. And then great icons like Carine Roitfeld and Vanessa Paradis.

What are your goals for the future?

I just want to keep creating pieces that people love to wear. Would love to open more retail stores and grow presence in the US and China.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to follow the same path as you?

It’s important to maintain an aesthetic true to you and trust your instinct.

To shop or find out more head to alice McCALL

April 13, 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.

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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

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

Bec & Bridge At MBFW Australia In Sydney

“She realised that there was no final destination, and with that epiphany, her journey really began.” Bec & Bridge’s inspiration for Spring/Summer 14/15.

“Blazing a trail across continents, both those of her heart and the earth, she took her time, invoking the spirit of those that had come before her and those that would inevitably follow. Taking techniques and elements from each land she embraced bohemia.

“In the morning it’s a modern nostalgia; layers of fluid sand and battered indigo. Textured linen and hand dyed silks –  well worn leather and the lightest of denims. Contrasts that feel nothing if not nostalgic. As the sun goes down she sheds her skin and things become simple; fitted and fluid at once and exactly perfect for what the night might hold.

“An adventure. Due North.”

April 12, 2014

TALULAH At MBFW Australia In Sydney

TALULAH presented its new Swim & Resort Crystal Tropics collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia in Sydney. Show guests watched in delight as TALULAH runway team lead by creative director Kelli Wharton, showcased the new collection in a colourful parade of spring brights, elegant prints and tropical theatrics.

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Hosting high profile guests including Australian actress Demi Harman from Home and Away, Layne Beachley and Kirk Pengilly, Sydney Fashion Blogger Antoinette Marie, Nikki Phillips of Styled By Phillips Blog, reality TV star Tully Smyth and General Pants creative director Pip Edwards, alongside leading retailers David Jones, ASOS, and House Of Fraser.

The spring/summer collection by Wharton came alive in a sensory overload of theatrical props, floor to ceiling printed wallpaper and exotic florals – with set design by Sarah Ellison, Interior Stylist and Real Living Style Editor and show stylist Jesse Hart.

The key spring looks of the upcoming season were highlighted with bronzed beauty features and beach swept hair by show partners Bobbi Brown, Alter Ego Italy and Essie polish. The showcase will be TALULAH’s fourth catwalk parade at Mercedes Benz fashion Week Australia, leading the designer brand into its 10th year of operation, with designs headed by TALULAH creative Director Kelli Wharton.

Showcased at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia 2014, the Crystal Tropics collection comprises of over 150 TALULAH pieces, celebrating TALULAH print, colour and creativity in a modern bohemian story to lead the designer brand into its 10th anniversary year. Designed for exotic vacations and spring oceanside escapes, silhouettes are soft and feminine, juxtaposed with strong graphics, detailed finishes and silk fabrics to instil confidence in its wearer.

The collection will be available from July at David Jones departments stores, selected specialty boutiques and online at talulah.com.au.

April 9, 2014

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Launches In Sydney

Carla Zampatti officially launched Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia in Sydney last night to a host of local and international guests, including celebrities, fellow designers, buyers and bloggers.

On receiving the offer to launch 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, Carla Zampatti said: “I am delighted to work in partnership with a brand like Mercedes-Benz. It is synonymous with innovative, timeless design and excellent quality just like my own brand. I feel very honoured to have been asked to open this prestigious event.”

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In 1965, Carla Zampatti produced her first small collection for Zampatti Pty Limited, followed two years later by a national launch and, in 1970, by the establishment of Carla Zampatti Pty Ltd. The Carla Zampatti label is now renowned for beautiful clothes that combine Australian creativity with Italian style.

Over the years Carla Zampatti has continually expanded her retail network to create a chain of 27 boutiques and concept stores across Australia. Today her clothes are a distinctive part of the modern Australian lifestyle.

The Australian Fashion Laureate was awarded to Carla in August 2008. An award polled by members of the industry, an initiative of the New South Wales Government and IMG Fashion. This award recognizes outstanding achievement and is the highest award honoured in the Australian fashion industry.

Already a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), Carla was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2009. This honour recognises Carla’s contributions to fashion and business as well as being a role model for women.

Images via Megan Hess, Carla Zampatti and MB Fashion Week on Instagram

April 7, 2014