Quite possibly the easiest throw-on-and-go piece from the whole utility trend is boiler suit. The perfect everyday piece that you can wear paired with simple tee and sneakers. If you are looking for a sophisticated boiler suit that you can wear it at your office, try one in leather and style it with extra feminine pieces.
Look guys... I made something! I will admit I had no idea what I was doing, all the way up to when I was uploading it to youtube but I think it's turned out okay for my first ever vlog! I'm no Sammy Robinson but I hope it gives you a nice sneak peak into this years Fashion Festival. There was so much happening - a photo really couldn't capture it all! Make sure you watch it in HD - mainly because it took me 3 hours to upload in HD so I need it needs to be appreciate haha! Let me know what you think! xx
It's Friday (TGIF) and I can't wait to kick off my heels and get casual! I don't know about you, but this winter I've lived in vintage tee's, denim and my Bubish fur! I have to keep it corporate during the week so as soon at the weekend hits I like to mix it up with pieces that I don't get to see during the week. I'm all about comfort on the weekends but I love to keep it fresh so here is some #inspo to take you into the weekend!
At the risk of looking like a Crayola here are my top 5 tips on the art of tonal dressing. Do you rate it? or hate it!
1. If you feeling shy, pick a subtle shade for a softer look. Try nude!
2. One of the simplest ways to master this look is to do it with tailoring! Try a matching blazer and trouser combo.
3. Don't be afraid to mix different shades of the same tone. Try light pinks with hot pinks!
4. Be sure to contrast different textures of the same colour like to give your outfit dimension. Try leather and silk!
5. Be brave! It always feels a little ridiculous to try out a new bold trend, but wheres the fun in playing it safe?
“She’s certainly not bourgeois or classic,” said Vaccarello. “She has a huge respect for Saint Laurent, but not in the first degree. So I thought of her taking a vintage dress and cutting into it.” Anthony Vaccarello chose to hold his debut show for Saint Laurent in the impressive surroundings of a palatial building site—a former monastery, later a military headquarters, which has been derelict in the heart of Paris and is now being restored as the Saint Laurent headquarters.
Embracing the ’80s he played on it with plunging bustier tops in leather or velvet, pelmet skirts and boyfriend jeans, a section devoted to draped gold lamé, iterations of skinny smoking suits, and variations on one-sleeved dresses.
Since building a relationship is a two-way street, today’s post is about how brands could improve the way they reach out to bloggers. In my last few years of blogging, I've been approached by and worked with many labels, brands and products. For me, the difference between me going over and beyond for a label is mutual respect.
If you have a brand or label and are approaching a blogger for promotion here are my tips:
Don’t just assume you’ll get free coverage
It’s quite a common misperception that bloggers can and should provide free coverage, and if you approach them with this angle you can easily offend some of your best potential partners. Building a relationship is a two-way street. Personally, I’m very selective in terms of the brands I work with, so I know I’ll love the products I’m writing about. If a brand is pushy about me doing a ton of things for them (with nothing in return), I can quickly feel unappreciated. Its important to understand how much time and effort posting for your label can take. For example, if I'm sent a pair of swimwear in exchange for images the things I need to do include: organising a photographer -this can mean paying for a professional, or bribing a friend with food, this also means I have to be able to co-ordinate a day that both myself and said 'photographer' have free. As a uni student with a full-time job, my time off is limited, trying to co-ordinate this with someone else to take photos can take 2-3 weeks! Further more being photo ready means a night of fake tanning, make-up, washing my hair and more. It means petrol to take me to the location and waiting for good weather conditions if working outside (wind, rain and bad lighting are enemies of any blogger). On average it takes 1-2 hours to photograph a look. More if the client is after an entire blog post. Once the photos are taken, I then need several hours to download the images to my phone, edit the images, and then a further few hours to put a blog post together. As you can see it takes time and it takes resources, so its very important that you take all of these elements into consideration before asking someone to shoot for free for you! .
Respect a blogger’s private space
Our job is pretty much a 24/7 thing, but that usually doesn’t mean it’s OK to get in touch at the most random times and on private channels. I quite often get Facebook messages from people that I’ve never met, on the weekend, asking me if I can do them a favour. I once had a man contact me about his mothers boutique launch via personal text message (god knows how he got my number) and then continued to insist we have coffee to discuss it further. My email is in my bio for a reason! For most bloggers I know, e-mail is the preferred way of being contact. It allows time to think about a proposal, allows us to re-read information at a later point, and tells us that you are professional.
We all have busy schedules. Just because I'm posting beautiful photos at the beach doesn't mean I don't still have a job to go to, uni assignments to do and dinner at home to cook. Having a bikini sent to you is always fun, but when its the middle of winter and your next trip to the beach is months away, it makes things very unrealistic. Make sure in your contact you are inquiring about upcoming plans and projects. This way you will be able to tap into something thats already planned which makes life easier for all involved. I will often let a company know when I will be going away or if I have events coming up so that I can co-ordinate products being sent with real-life events. Be realistic, if I've agreed to shot your bikini in the middle of winter, understand that this may take longer than in the middle of summer! A pet hate of mine is when a company takes a month to send you a product, however expects you to have a post up within 24 hours. For me its first in, best dressed. I schedule in one day of each week to shoot! Ill shoot as many looks as I can that day and in the order that they have arrived, this can mean your post can take up 7-14 days weather and life permitting!
Personalise your emails.
Just as brands don’t like bloggers they’ve never met asking for freebies (not chique!), bloggers don’t like being approached in a very impersonal way. E-mails that start with ‘Dear blogger…’ go straight to Trash for me. I recently received an email that read "Dear Rebecca, we love your blog .." you don't have to go overboard, but in the same way you expect me to get your brand name correct in my posts, try to get mine right before asking me a favour! What I do love in a email -tell me why you want to work together! Its especially helpful when a brand uses one of my posts as an example as to what they would like me to post for them!
Be clear on your brief
More often than not, blogger collaborations have a super tight deadline. Once you’ve agreed on working together, be very clear on what you are going to want and need from a blogger before, during and after the project. Be clear on what you are looking for, so that I can be clear with you on what is achievable.
Give a blogger creative freedom
While there are tons of bloggers who are mainly curators of content, most of us do create everything on our own. Requesting a blogger to publish a fully finished article (in the sense of “Here’s our press release, please post it this week, okthanksbye“) kind of completely undermines the work that they do. Keep in mind this is my creative space and I want the post to represent my style,
Melbourne based jeweller Linden Cook launched her label in late 2013 with eldest daughter and now business partner Georgie Amad.
With the desire to turn their talents into a successful and unique Australian brand, the dynamic mother-daughter duo was born. Linden’s key components when creating her jewellery line in her Melbourne studio are always simplicity and individuality. Cook chooses to custom design each individual piece within the collection and no two pieces are ever the same due to her embracing organic forms, lines and shapes.
Each piece within the new Collection 2.0 captures complete style and character in such a way that excites lovers of both fine and bold jewellery everywhere. “The unrefined beauty of the materials and uniqueness of each piece is heightened by our love of imperfections”, says Amad.
Linden Cook’s ethos includes using all recycled materials where possible to maintain sustainable production. “I try not to overwork some materials but simply mould and shape them carefully in order to retain their already unique and beautiful imperfections”, says Cook.
The latest collection, ‘Collection 2.0’ is bold, mysterious as well as being easy to wear. The designs are raw, textured and sexy with on trend yet unique pieces including lace up chokers, textured hoops and chain earrings.
Linden Cook aims to create pieces that have never before been imagined, by using only organic and raw materials and predicting trends mixed in with the desire to create pieces that will forever remain stylish and in demand.
No two pieces are ever the same! My current favourite piece is the Lace up Choker in Sand shop here
I think it was Axel Rose who originally elevated the bandana to the 'cool', but in 2016 we've found a whole new appreciation for this humble accessory. Not only can it add a pop of colour to your outfit, it is very versatile. Recently spotted wrapped around the handles of Louis Vuitton bags, scarves are the next hot accessory trend. Easily styled; my favourite way to wear is folded and wrapped around my neck as a choker.
Where to buy? Keep in mind: as good as a new scarf is, a vintage one can be even better. My sister recently nabbed the coolest vintage scarf from our local second hand shop -very hermes inspired. Otherwise check out the range of bandana's from
Bell sleeve tops are fun to wear with shorts, pencil skirts, and your favourite pair of jeans. And they’re on the fashion forecast for 2016!
Just months after flared jeans made a reappearance on the streets , voluminous sleeves are also having a moment.
This look is all about tops and dresses with sleeves of the statement making fluted variety. It's a look that's super easy to recreate thanks to a number of styles on their way into stores now!
If you're looking to invest: Ellery
If you're looking to dabble: Keepsake the Label
Want to add a bit of sophistication and edge to your outfit? Then a choker is the right jewellery piece to incorporate into your look.Chokers have been around for a few decades now, especially in the predominant 90’s when it was ultra cool to wear chokers to any and every event imaginable.
How to style? Chokers are best worn with a deep neckline, where there is little fabric around the neck to showcase the statement piece. To create this look for less head to your local spotlight store! You'll find loads of different ribbons and suedes that can easily be DIY'd into a choker piece!! My favourite is thick black suede ribbon!!
With summer well and truly here, chances are you're already deep into your bikini haul of summer 2016! I've got news for you, if you think you've already got your go-to sets sorted, you're about to fall in love with the newbie of swimwear -same swim! These are the bathers you're about to see all over instagram! Recently donned by Hailey Balwdwin, Tash Oakley and Kendall Jenner , these super cute bikinis are pricey! Staring at $240 for the tops (yes you read correctly, thats not including bottoms)
To shop the range yourself, before it sells out, head to sameswim.com
After three sellout years in a row Honda Presents: A Night of Fashion at the Art Gallery returned as the latest addition to the 2015 Adelaide Fashion Festival program.
A Night of Fashion at the Art Gallery showcased a stellar collection of leading designers within the distinguished Elder Wing at the Art Gallery of South Australia. The breath taking 80-metre runway spanning the length of the gallery saw models from Adelaide’s leading agencies Pride and Finesse strut their stuff in new season designs from both familiar names and new designers. The parade exhibited designs from Carla Zampatti, Bianca Spender, new Adelaide-based label Acler and Australian Fashion Label’s latest addition TY-LR. Designs from milliner Suzy O’Rourke complemented the looks on the night in a timely nod to Racing season that is upon us!
The event also featured menswear collections from Jack London, Calibre and Rhodes & Beckett.
On the catwalk guest were treated to a show of strong shilouttes, modern tailoring and time-less cuts. Each label uniquely explored the concept of the contemporary woman. Crepe was prominent and neck detailing was pronounced across the labels. Attendees were introduced to TY-LR for its first feature in Adelaide Fashion Festival. TY-LR is Australian Fashion Labels most sophisticated offering yet. Sharply tailored separates in clean silhouettes and luxe fabrics make the labels aesthetic which is designed to target the career woman.
This strong aesthetic was a perfect complement to the boxy structured cuts of Carla Zampatti. Zampatti explored yellow crepe, floral brocade and splashes of Dahlia ( Pink), creating a fresh burst to her signature cuts. Looks included structured shoulders, crepe cuff pants and geometric gowns. The classic Carla cuts we have all grown to love -in colour!
Bianca Spender was a stand out on the night. Recently named by W Magazine as a 'Designer to Watch', Spender was also nominated for the 2015/16 International Woolmark Prize, one of fashion's most prestigious awards. Designs from Spenders SS15 range “the Rite of Spring” were showcased on the night. Spender is previously quoted as saying she designs for “the strong woman who cares about detail” and this was ever evident in the strong looks showcased on the ANOF catwalk. Tones included hues of green “blue” and head-to-toe ivory looks.
After the catwalk, guests were treated to fine wine, beers and special cocktails by The Collins Bar and deserts by Cotto Espresso.
The entire night was perfectly recapitulated in the words of Charlotte Chambers of Clique Magazine, "it is truly a place and event where we can say that art meets fashion.” Definitely one to pencil into the diary for next year!
Click through to Clique Mag for more photos of the night and a sneak peak backstage Cliquemag.com.au