MBFW : FASHION WEEK 2016 “IT’S BEEN FUN”

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AUSTRALIAN FASHION WEEK 2016

Yet again the weekend edition was all that was expected! Glamorous and stunning in the rustic building that is Carriageworks.

Loved the runway show…. and I’m one of those people who loves models. The tall, slender beings with arms and legs that go for miles and pointy, sharp, defined features. Some with graceful, gliding walks…. others not so graceful… more like a preying mantus!! And there couldn’t be a show without the all to common nip slip… yep had one of those… and feeling that moment of dread for the model, although I’m pretty sure she didn’t care, it was all in a days work really! And she had a nice pair!

I decided to go monochrome…. with a touch of dark grey down below. I was pretty happy with the new top I purchased from White Suede…. fit me like a glove and had the structure to shape me nicely and split arms for that Ellery type look (sometimes you just can’t afford the top notch stuff). I went with a boot because I wanted to add some edge… the glamorous pump would have been great too… but I think the boots strengthen a more stylish look. And let’s be honest a bucketload more comfortable for a night out. And that clutch…. a little bit of hair and gold trimming…..what more can I say! Winning!

Fashion Week…. it’s been a pleasure!!!

OUTFIT : Top – White Suede, Skirt – Witchery, Boots – Nine West, clutch – Zimmerman. 

SYDNEY’S FASHION WEEKEND : BARGAIN HUNT

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Good for a bargain?? I’m going to say yes!!!

This is the second year I have been to Sydney’s Fashion Weekend….I was probably a bit more in awe the first time…. the second time the shininess wears off.

I did get some great bargains… no doubt! Black leather, ponyhair pumps and a white tuxedo style jacket…. But for me most of the stuff was well out of season.. like four or five seasons ago….! Don’t get me wrong there is a lot of stuff you can buy that is timeless and will always be good in your wardrobe, like leather for example…. there was bucketloads of leather on sale to my delight…. and the price markdowns were pretty good. I mean who doesn’t like leather… it seems to creep back every year, it’s just something that never really goes out of fashion.

I would however like to see more upmarket designers….Scanlan and Theodore, Sass and Bide, Oroton, Josh Goot??? I think a couple of designers like these would be a real wow factor…. a drawcard! I loved that By Johnny was there… but I actually saw the same dress I bought last year still on the rack…. but I guess that’s why it’s going for a bargain!!

The fashion show was very short!!! The music was great, the runway looked ok… although there wasn’t a lot of pieces I took a liking to… and the ones I did were usually sold out (that’s what happens when you go the last day on a Sunday)!!! I was however a bit disappointed my tickets said front row, although I got placed 3 back… mmmmhhh. Oh well!

One thing that was really annoying…. lack of mirrors and change rooms but I guess the space is limited. It’s just hard to use a mirror for 5 seconds to see what something looks like when there’s a million others girls trying to use it OR there’s that one girl who can’t decide if she looks good in something so proceeds to stand in front of the mirror turning and twisting while a bunch of other girls look on waiting to get a short glimpse….frustrating….

Would I go back again? YES I probably would….!! There was, like I said, great bargains for things like leather and there was also some great priced shoes….BUT I came away wanting more…. although I did save my pennies on what would have been an otherwise expensive shopping trip!!

OH and Australia’s sweetheart Jen Hawkins made an appearance…. the young girls were more than excited to see the stunning, tall beauty…. lining up for a photo and gasping at how gorgeous she is. That I can definitely agree with…. beautiful!

AUSTRALIAN FASHION WEEK MBAFW…… A STUNNING EXPERIENCE!

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Australia Fashion Week….. Just Fabulous!

Got to the weekend runway show and the atmosphere was great….! Housed in a big old shed… with rustic interior (Carriageworks) hid a medley of art….. a hot car (Mercedes Benz was the sponsor)….dining and wine… and of course fashion!

While fashion might not be everybody’s thing…. AFW should just be experienced….!! Although short and sweet for me… it was enough to keep the fashion juices flowing…. in an industry that I love and admire.

The runway show (what you come to see) is where it all happens….! I find it rather spellbinding. The lights dim and the music starts pounding, with the thud of the beat felt beneath. THEN…. these beautiful, skinny and rather whimsical creatures appear….. covered with sensationally tailored and interesting attire, some stunning…. some just plain weird…but nonetheless all different in their own right.

Most walk with a stern… emotionless look, strutting to the beat…. the occasional stumble, thanks to a big heel or a loose fitting pump…. but they regain their grace and continue their stride free of emotion.

As this happens the crowds of eager (one of them being me) watch excitedly on…. analyzing every step and every outfit (or sometimes model) like something never seen before…. people holding up their phones to capture the moment of pure elegance and style.

THEN…. 30 minutes passes and the models all come out in a row… a few hand claps and gestures to those who creature their coverings….a wry smile before disappearing into the side of the stage. It’s followed by a cheer from the crowd and a surprised chatter as the music is slowly altered to a background tune…..

It’s all over ….. but for some…. the experience well worth it. Like an artist admiring a painting and a chef with a gourmet creation…. it’s appreciated and loved all in an instant.

OUTFIT : The dress over pants get-up… The new trend alert..!

Dress – Arthur Galan, Pants – Sportsgirl, Shoes – Wittner, Bag – Charles & Keat

 

YOU JUST NEED TO LET GO…… THE BIG CLEANOUT!

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YOU REALLY NEED TO LET GO!

Believe me this is harder to do than most people think. We can have an emotional link with some of our pieces of clothing :’This is the skirt I kissed that guy in’, ‘this is the top I got my job promotion in’. BUT why keep it, if we’re never going to wear it again???

This weekend instead of doing a shoot to post as an outfit blog, I knew I needed to finally clean out some of my OUTDATED clothes (and let’s be honest I had a few, way too many)… to make way for the news ones, my new style and of course some closet space. (which is needed that’s for sure!)

HERE’S FIVE TIPS ……

FIRST STEP : Allocate a good hour or two to doing this as it can be time consuming (well yes in my case because I have so many clothes…. and it’s tiring, you’ll need a cuppa and a piece of cake after to recover)

STEP TWO : Know who you are and what your style is and represents. I have completely changed my style in the last year. Colour it seems has gone out the door (although there is the exceptional hot red dress!!)Black, white and tan seems to be my style mantra, so looking at my wardrobe it didn’t really reflect that because there were too many old clothes.

STEP THREE : Be harsh! Yes it may still look good on you still but my TIP is “Did you wear it in the last season?” If the answer is NO then WHY do you need to keep it? Get rid of it….. OR “Have you worn it in the last 6-12 months?” If the answer is again NO, sorry but it goes onto the ditch pile. And just because it’s a DESIGNER brand doesn’t excuse keeping it…. !!!

DON’T JUST KEEP THINGS BECAUSE YOU THINK THEY’RE GREAT, IF THEY DON’T FIT PROPERLY, THEY ARE NOT YOUR STYLE…. IT’S NOT WORTH CLOGGING UP YOUR WARDROBE.

STEP FOUR : Once you have a pile of things you are ridding from your wardrobe, think about whether they are good enough to sell them….WHY not make some $$$$$ Is it still a great item someone else would like to wear? Then sell it on EBAY (more money to buy fabulous things you want)…. otherwise donate to Vinnies or the SALVOS… it’s all for a good cause and the disadvantaged can also look stylish.. or the hipsters!!!

STEP FIVE : Rearrange your wardrobe so it is more organised, pants in one section, tops in another….. so on. Maybe colour co-ordinate. A clean and organized wardrobe makes it so much easier when you’re in a rush to see the fabulous clothes you have and so they’re not hiding away… believe me I have forgotten some things I have bought and then months later discovered them when I could have been wearing them all that time.

FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOUR CULL!

Treat yourself by buying that fabulous top or stunning skirt afterwards….. the pain eases pretty quickly.

WHAT ARE YOUR TIPS FOR A CLEANOUT!!!