Fall Ready-to-Wear ’18 in Illustration

What better way to celebrate the release of our favourite luxury designers’ Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear collections than with a few fashion illustrations?

From Chanel’s breath-taking set design (with Karl Lagerfield transforming the Grand Palais into a living, breathing forest) to Alessandro Michele’s surreal, clinical vision for Gucci’s runway as an eerie laboratory, our imaginations were constantly challenged.

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If converting a fashion runway into an intricate story complete with immersive sets and spectral invitations (I’m looking at Michele’s ticking bomb) is the magic of now, then surely  it’s the duty of attendees and the media to respond with equally creative measures, if only to prolong those last few sparks of excitement.

I’ve rounded up a handful of personal highlights from the Autumn collections and given them a splash of watercolour. First up, my all-time favourite maison de mode: Christian Dior.  

Maria Grazia Chiuri focused her 2018 fall ready-to-wear collection on the theme of student protest, drawing inspiration from ’60s, the same year Dior released its first ready-to-wear line. The set this year was covered in reproduced magazine covers and protest art of the 1960s, relevance lying in the current student protests against American politicians in the wake of several school shootings. According to Nicole Phelps at Vogue Runway, “Chiuri took up the clothes of the late ’60s—the crochets, the embroideries, the patchworks—and filtered them through Dior’s luxury lens.”

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Christian Dior 

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Tsumori Chisato 

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Martin Grant

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John Galliano

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Christopher Esber

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Marie Claire Up Late

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To the people who say “the magazine industry is dying,” please step aside, because Marie Claire just hosted Brisbane’s trendiest night of the year.

The wonderful team behind the fashion magazine ventured up to the sunshine state for an evening of exclusive discounts, must-have giveaways and, above all, the celebration of fashion. Elite shopping district James St transformed into an open runway as everyone dressed in their trendiest get-up… however, nobody’s outfit was complete without a Marie Claire gift bag slung over their arm. The first freebie of the night, the goodie bags contained chocolate bars, fortune cookies, discount codes and best of all, their 2018 April issue featuring Reese Witherspoon.

The second freebie was not so much a giveaway as open platters of bites to eat. I’m sure these snaps can speak for me when I say the platters were hella decadent.

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These tiny cakes weren’t the only gorgeous miniatures up for grabs, as The Daily Edited held their own pop-up stall, handing out red and pink heart tags to be personally monogrammed on the spot. (In case you’re wondering, I chose red!) As some women joined the line for TDE winding around the room, others visited MAC cosmetics for glowing makeovers, or asked for skincare advice from the experts at Endota Spa.

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It wasn’t only girls enjoying the festivities, however, as Zak stayed glued by my side as I trekked up and down James St. Boyfriend of the year? 100%. Not only did he hold my sparkling water as I perused racks of designer clothes, he also looked extra stylish himself in a vintage Nike polo and RM boots. He was rewarded for his boyfriend dedication with some sugary fairy floss from Camilla’s hippie tent, where you could stick a bindi on your forehead or have your hands tattooed with henna.

As if the night couldn’t get any better, we stumbled across a runway show happening right in the middle of Calexico Boutique, showcasing playful and colourful pieces from their latest collection.

 

After all of this magic and fun, the highlight for me was meeting the lovely Nicky Briger, Marie Claireeditor. Surrounded by beautiful clothes, we chatted about the digital media landscape and our mutual love of fashion journalism, which ultimately led to her hinting at the chance of an internship in their Sydney office. I was one very ecstatic journalism student… fingers crossed!

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Sunsoaked Rules the Runway

Sunsoaked swimwear is set to take out Brisbane Fashion Month’s resort runway with their Spring/Summer ‘La Dolce Vita’ collection. The luxury label is the brainchild of designer Kate Davis Steer, who had a vision to create a clothing line that focuses on sun protection without compromising chic style.

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This is Brisbane Fashion Month

With the arrival of Spring to the Sunshine state comes the first long-anticipated event of Brisbane Fashion Month. National and international designers old and new will showcase their pride and joy (i.e. their clothing lines) to stylish audiences flocking the streets of Brisbane city this October.
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Stop & Smell the Roses

Every time I cross the Storybridge in Lancelot (my silver lancer), there’s a feel good song blasting on the radio, my windows are rolled down and the stretched city landscape rushes past in a blur of tall buildings and metallic colours. Looking at these photos transports me to this really special space in my mind where I’m flying across the bridge but in slow motion, caught in the moment with ample time to stop and smell the roses.
We live in a fast-paced environment, constantly connected to our phones and squeezing as much activity as we can into the shortest amount of time. With Spring comes the opportunity to take a step back, breathe deeply and just chiillll.

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Cast me in a Ferris Bueller remake

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Cast me in a Ferris Bueller remake. 

Ditching lectures, uniforms and any hint of responsibility in lieu of impulsive adventures in the 80s sounds like a jazzy time to me. If you were to cast yourself in a Ferris Bueller remake, would you visit an art museum, borrow a Ferrari, eat at an over-priced restaurant or become the star attraction in a glitzy parade? You won’t know until you try it, and for when you do, here’s how to make the most of your day off: Continue reading “Cast me in a Ferris Bueller remake”

Coffee Coats

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So I am SUPER EXCITED about this lil’ blog post. Mainly because I can’t wait to show off this coat; I’m completely obsessed and wear it every chance I get, even if it’s just to drive to work. Speaking of my job as a waitress, over the hols I was earning $ nearly every day, so used the quiet hours to learn how to work the bar. You’re now looking at a trained barista who can mix & pour every drink under the sun- from iced chocolates to lattes, kahluas and short blacks. I love pouring caramel-coloured coffee into milk that’s been steamed to resemble wet paint, hearing the whir of the grinding coffee beans and swirling whipped cream into a ’50s-style milkshake glass. Everything’s coming up roses! Continue reading “Coffee Coats”

Attitude of Gratitude

When I realised that my first semester break from university would be two months long (yes, you read correctly: two MONTHS), I couldn’t imagine what I would do with all of that free time. Turns out, I spent most of those long weeks watching movies on my laptop, sleeping, spending money on food, catching up with friends and working double-shifts in order to save up for… well, food.

One thing I did do every day was practice gratitude. When I was 12, my uncle gave me a book about the law of attraction which taught me the importance of being appreciative. Since then, nearly every day I catch myself reeling off a list of 5 things I’m thankful about. It’s a sweet little habit that really helps to put all the not-so-pleasant things into perspective.

As today was my first day back at university and getting into the groove of things, I decided to share my ‘attitude of gratitude’ and put into writing the top 10 small things/events that made my autumn-winter break pretty wonderful.  Continue reading “Attitude of Gratitude”