Sunday, September 25, 2016

Poppy Lissiman

For the last how ever many months, I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of rounded sunglasses to the Poppy Lissiman website. Instead there's the new range of holographic wallets and purses, photogenically showcased alongside Australia's new $5 note. The bag I'm most excited about is the floral flap bag, featured in the most amazing spread shot by Man Repeller.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Shrimps Fall 2016

The Shrimps collection for Fall 2016 delivers a smattering of hand-drawn illustrations in among a myriad of other prints, sheer and iconic furs. London-based designer Hannah Weiland, founder of the somewhat eponymous label Shrimps (her childhood nickname) has created a collection which seems inextricably linked to the 'Scream Queens' universe. Increasingly, lounge wear or luxury pyjamas are becoming a social norm, especially within the mainstream fashion community and as someone who has the same energy levels as a sloth, I couldn't be happier. Just because you're dressing for comfort, doesn't mean it can't be visually immersive or incorporate texture.
The protagonist of the lookbook sporting carefully tousled locks and sharply drawn red lips demonstrates that the only thing better than ultra chic clothes is a devil-may-care attitude. Failing that, you can't go wrong with a pair of fur lined shoes or stiletto heels emphasised by sheer ankle socks.

Impressive as the clothes is the set design, giving my goosebumps and lofty ambitions if I ever pluck up the courage to claim space within my boyfriend's house. Although if I am to be completely honest, an imitation marble beach chair holds no interest for me whatsoever. Rather it's the soft gradient from one pattern melting into another that I'm most attracted to. It's not something reflected in the clothes themselves, but I think the contrast between one pattern or the marabou embellished hemlines is what really packs a punch visually. Nothing compares to the striped faux fur jackets, and without fail the coats are the highlight of each collection from season to season. This season stripes are back in style, with faux fur scarves adding pops of colour to silky ensembles in a variety of silhouettes in shades of red, black and blush. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Emma Mulholland

One of my favourite Australian designers, Emma Mulholland released a small capsule collection a couple of months ago featuring the same tongue and cheek humor delivered via slogans and iconography. But what really grabbed me was that despite the fact all of these great new clothes were available, it came unannounced. It's not a collection in itself, but rather marks the end of the commercial viability of collections which keep audiences waiting for six months. The future of fashion may instead be the persistent revolving door presenting the next greatest thing.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Katie Jones Fall 2016

Katie Jones Highland Fling AW16 Collection from Isobel Mehta on Vimeo

Katie Jone's Autumn/ Fall 2016 collection, aptly named 'Highland Fling' is a melding pot of vintage influences and traditional British sensibilities. Primarily inspired by the 60s and Scottish Highland dress, Jones takes her Eco-friendly approach to high fashion giving vintage inspired threads a modern twist by way of embellished Juju sandals. Materials are sourced from designer surplus, factory seconds and textile waste reducing that sent to landfill and creating innovative and one of a kind pieces. Behind Katie is an intimate team of makers and creatives, including her mother Annie as well as right hand woman Sara Liz Marty. Together, bespoke designs are molded around the fabric and wool available, with each piece taking anywhere between ten and one hundred hours, all crafted with love in London.

This collection sees the growth and expansion of the brand into accessories, moving beyond the commonplace pom pom earring and instead features embellished leather off cut earrings. With so much knitwear, it's difficult to distinguish between a pom pom lariat and the cropped pom pom jacket with textured collar and cuffs but the results are far from boring. There's also something warrior-like about some of the outfits, whereas others remain playful and inspired by the swing dresses of the 60s giving women freedom and movement. The collection also features a unique take on the traditional sporran, while also bringing new meaning to the phrase heart shaped box. In keeping with past collections, Jones sense of personal style and the colour palettes she uses really capture the imagination. There's a long list of designers I would love to wear (if I won the lottery) and with such a unique and green approach to fashion, Katie Jones is firmly at the top of the list.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Orla Kiely Fall 2016 Campaign

Irish fashion designer Orla Kiely's most recent ad campaign features perfectly manicured lawns, pastel hues and sensible shoes. Such elegant dresses are akin to those made by y&m clothing. In the campaign, cute little brick houses nestled in suburbia are kind of like the modern day gingerbread house, looking perfectly sweet on the outside (but who knows what's going on on the inside). I love houses from the suburb as the backdrop for amazing dresses, created by unique dress designers. Perhaps I'm letting my imagination run away with me, but it sure beats taking everything at face value. Especially when it comes to fashion and the narratives they inspire. For more fashion news, check out Stylewe.

hy by Venetia Scott

Groove thing

Wearing: Asos heels and a vintage dress.
Sometimes it takes a psychedelic dress and a seriously sassy pair of shoes to put a smile on my face. Especially after pulling a twelve hour shift and having a one day weekend. Fortunately I treated myself to three new pairs of shoes (although I should really be investing in some new skirts or shorts for summer) which should give me plenty of motivation. However, I'm feeling a little uninspired when looking at my wardrobe lately. It's been such a long time since I last went thrift shopping, and I'm craving the thrill of the hunt as well as the eureka moment of discovering something weird, and very cheap. At the same time, I wonder what different looks I could create if I tried to imitate some of the more striking beauty looks from photo shoots and runways. It's only a matter of time before the weather becomes too hot to even attempt to wear makeup.