June 19, 2013

Never Forever - Ana Ljubinkovic AW13-14

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Photography // Milos Nadazdin
Model // Ivana Momorov
Hair // Olivera Milicevic
Makeup // Nena Ilic

Ana Ljubinkovic is definitely one of my favourite designers. Her quirky style is just so freakin' fabulous and her latest collection Never Forever has me wishing I had the money to buy everything in it! I love the scalloped hems, the mixture of different textures and patterns of course the candy coloured palette used throughout.

Here's a little blurb from Ana's blog about the collection:  "Ana Ljubinković’s creations reflect her skills and talent to tame the visual and express her inner world and the world around her. The original idea of this collection is almost incomprehensible to the perceptual consciousness, which is why we can only see self-reflection, imagination, and self-knowledge. In this candy-colored concept, forms are arabesque-shaped as they depict the fairy tale-like world of the author, wishing to grab a cloud from the sky, to paint it, and then put it back up as a transcendental understanding of the essence of the universe. Her Fall/Winter 2013/14 collection introduces solid silhouettes and a collage effect of bold color and pattern combinations. She combines heavy embellishments and perfect fit in her designs accompanied by an interesting play with details, strongly evocative of her roots in visual arts. Ana’s collection is out of time or space, impossible to be marked by era or trend – it is a true proof of the omnipresence of design."

Lulu's Summer Skies lookbook

I love Lulu’s most recent lookbook 'Summer Skies', featuring Elina Vasilyevna lounging around in a crystal clear pool, wearing lovely mint, lilac and marmalade pieces from the Summer 2013 collection.

June 07, 2013

Hammerwood House for Pom Pom Factory

Photography by Beinta á Torkilsheyggi
Styling by Alexandra Bickerdike
Makeup/hair Verity Cumming
Set Design by Nefeli Sidiropoulou
Model Annie @ mandpmodel management

May 31, 2013

Alice + Olivia Spring 2013

I know it's a fair few months old now, but I have so much love for this Spring 2013 collection by Alice + Olivia. Inspired by the late-1950s American dream, and a color palette drawn from the work of artist Ilya Bolotowsky, the collection brings together an eclectic mixture of bright hues and pretty pastels.

May 23, 2013

Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan in US Vogue

{photos via vogue.com}

I've always been a big fan of Carey Mulligan but it wasn't until An Education (2009) that I really fell in love with her. So it's safe to say I was super excited when I found out she would playing the role of Daisy in Baz Luhrmann's version of the Great Gatsby. This months issue of US Vogue sees Carey modelling the cover and an elegant editorial, appearing in character as Daisy Buchanan from the film. Photographed by Mario Testino and styled by Grace Coddington, the charming 27-year-old British actress looks absolutely stunning in Oscar de la Renta, Nina Ricci, Alexander McQueen, Miu Miu, Dior and of course, Chanel. 

Now I just can't wait to go see the film when it comes out here in Aus!

May 20, 2013

Au jour le jour Pre Spring 2013

I absolutely adore the latest collection by young Italian fashion brand, Au jour le jour. The casual and sophisticated range is choc-full of fun detailing, candy colours and amazing flared shapes that have me weak in the knees!

Turtles, pandas, penguins, elephants: these are the preferred motifs of the brand for its prints in cheerful and naive shades. Repeated on fabrics until they become geometric patterns, these little animals appear on skirts, pajamas, blouses, and they are also embroidered on colourful t-shirts. The lines are clean and even, often flared, but sometimes risking more feminine volumes for skirts or busts. And even the colours, mostly in shades of pink and violet, contribute to the creation of this feminine and cleverly ingenious feminine ideal that is definitely original. {via vogue.it}

May 14, 2013

Lucia Jonova for Elle Denmark

I love this retro-chic editorial featuring Slovakian fashion model Lucia Jonova, in pretty spring pastels and florals, for the April cover of Elle Denmark. In fact, I think Lucia is one of my favourite models at the moment - she's such a babe!

May 01, 2013

Ulyana Sergeenko SS13 Lookbook

Style Crush: Ashley Ording

Philadelphia fashion blogger, Ashley Ording is one adorable little lady with an equally adorable blog. Ashley works as a Web Merchandiser for Anthropologie, runs an online vintage shop called Fancy Fine Vintage, and also does some personal styling on the side. I'd love to rummage through her wardrobe.

April 23, 2013

Photography Crush: Stefan Giftthaler

I recently stumbled upon the portfolio of Italian photographer, Stefan Giftthaler and instantly fell in love with his dreamy editorial work. His Tim Walker-esque shoots have a real whimsical and romantic feel to them. Stefan's images have been published in Vogue Gioiello, Vanity Fair, Elle Decor, German Elle, and a variety of other European fashion magazines.

March 25, 2013

LMFF 2013: L'Oréal Paris Runway 7

I was lucky enough to get along to last nights L'Oréal Paris Runway 7 show and with many of my favourite Australian & NZ designers showing, including Karen Walker, Gorman, Leonard Street, Secret South, Kuwaii and Jole, it was definitely an exciting event. The Karen Walker collection was first up and I have to say it was probably my favourite out of them all. Reoccurring trends among the collections included bold print pants, shift dresses and ahhhh-mazing 60's inspired swing capes and duffle coats.

{Photos via L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival}

Breaking The Rules

For an industry that prides itself on individuality and creativity, fashion sure has a lot of rules, huh? Blue and green should never be seen (the same with black and brown), always match your bag to your shoes and belt, never mix prints etc. While these golden rules may have been valid fifty years ago, I can't help but think they're completely irrelevant today. In fact Alexander McQueen was spot on when he said "it’s a new era in fashion - there are no rules. It’s all about the individual and personal style". Rules are meant to be broken, right? So if you're comfortable wearing clashing prints or sporting black shoes with a white clutch then that's all that really matters isn't it? Find what works for you and wear it with confidence. Because in the end, confidence is the greatest accessory in any outfit and that's one style rule that should never be broken (well that and tights are not pants). Above are a few looks that break the rules and look amazing at the same time.

March 23, 2013

Red Valentino SS13

In true Valentino style, the new Spring/Summer 2013 collection from Red Valentino is undoubtedly romantic, feminine and fresh. The stunning collection mixes different influences, leaving room to experiment with couture and give it an edge. There's a variety of prints seen through-out the collection, but to no surprise, my favourite would have to be the floral prints. Oh, how I do love a pretty floral frock.

July 20, 2012

Rookie Road Trip

Rookie Mag, went on a road trip with Urban Outfitters to shoot this whimsical, 90s vintage-inspired look book. Shot by Canadian photographer Petra Collins, the look book is full of dreamy filters, dappled light, flower crowns and heart-shaped frames. It reminds me of the 1997 version of Lolita and kinda has me wishing it was Summer time again.

July 17, 2012

Art & Fashion

I've always thought that art and fashion go hand in hand and that neither could exist without the other. So naturally I love it when illustrators/artists collaborate with designers to create beautiful garments and collections. Some of my favourite collaborations include the Karla Spetic AW 2010 collection with illustrator Caitlin Shearer, the Parlour X Ten Year Anniversary limited edition scarf designed by Del Kathryn Barton, and Rebecca Torres collection with artist Saskia Pomeroy.

July 16, 2012

Photography Crush: Jesse Koska

Nashville based fashion photographer, Jesse Koska has quickly become one of my latest photographer crushes. His aesthetic is very cool and I can't believe he's only been into fashion for the last 3 years! I especially loved when he said, "I love the process of dreaming and making women feel and look beautiful... I aim to improve my work more with each image" in an interview with Marius Troy from Ben Travato

July 02, 2012

Down the Rabbit hole

I think I adore clothes with bunny prints on them as much as I adore actual bunnies! We're used to seeing clothes and accessories with animals such as birds or cats, but ones with rabbit prints are a little less available. These lovely rabbit print pieces that I found online are so freakin' adorable and a fun way to make a basic outfit stand out.

June 25, 2012

Skirts skirts skirts!

I've always loved full, long skirts and I'm so glad that they've crept back into fashion. Especially the midi skirt! The style is just so flattering for girls of any shape and they keep your legs just that little bit warmer in winter. Pair it with a blouse, a funky necklace and ballet flats or heels and you're set! Ulyana Sergeenko's skirts will always be my favourite but there's no way I could ever afford one! Luckily ASOS and The Iconic have a pretty good selection of affordable and pretty ones to choose from. There's also a few lovely ladies on Etsy who sell custom made swing skirts so if anyone is after a specific colour or length etc I suggest having a look on there too.

March 03, 2012

Style Icons

"The way we act, dress, talk, buy, well basically anything we do is done in a way to present ourselves in the best way we can to the world. Everything we do is a statement. Whether that statement is saying, “I want to be different” or “I want to be the same” we were influenced in making it. We are the influencer and the influenced." (Josip Petrusa, "The Cycle of Influence", 2010) We influence and we have been influenced. I think the cycle of influence is quite beautiful - the way we draw on everything around us; the good and the bad, the people we meet, or the films we see. While we may be unintentionally influenced by others we are all still a little unique. Here are some of the women from the 20th Century that have had a huge influence on my idea of good style and beauty:
Much like Marilyn, Actress Jane Russell is valued as a popular icon in the 50's due to her famous curves and signature pin up style. Jane was known at the time for wearing fashion-forward items which pushed the boundaries of style.
1920's model and actress Louise Brooks was a leader in the movement away from the restrictions of Edwardian fashion, rocking a daring bob haircut as well as shorter dresses and even some menswear-inspired pieces she epitomized the perfect flapper look and kicked off the trademark bob cut hairstyle.
Always one to go with current trends instead of fighting against them, Vivien’s style in the 1930s was bold. Thin eyebrows, bright colors, short hair. It didn’t matter whether she wore a full-length mink coat or an old jumper, she knew how to work an outfit. She had a natural air of confidence and glamour.
Fashion model Evelyn Tripp first appeared on the cover of Vogue in 1949 and from there went on to splash the covers of over 40 magazines throughout the 50's and 60's. With her dramatic features, a high round forehead, prominent chin, broad cheekbones and wasp-like waist, Evelyn exemplified the postwar American fashion industry's emphasis on glamour.