Shiny Pretty Things

The last few weeks have been insanely busy! With that been said, I’ve always been one who works best under pressure so I’ve been embracing the extra workload that I’ve had presented to me as of late.

My label is now available at a boutique based in Park City, Utah as well as another online retailer, www.closet411.com . I’m also preparing for a very exciting launch with a popular luxury fashion website based in London, UK. As well as this I’m in the process of setting up my e-commerce store which will launch with my seasonal RTW collections including the introduction of a small resort/daywear collection.

This week in the studio, we’ve been finishing our SS15 collection which will feature unique hem details and finishes (see below) and as mentioned above, a small collection of daywear will be launched featuring a beautiful yellow knit that I was lucky enough to scour all the way from Paris.

What better way to tackle all of the above than wearing a fabulous silk brocade trophy jacket? I teamed this beauty, which is also under my label, with some vintage DIY torn denim jeans, a chiffon vest and some sparkly heels.

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Love Catherine Lowe

A large part of my inspiration and the philosophy behind my brand is drawn from strong, confident females who know what they want and how to get it. So when I see someone like Catherine Lowe (formerly Guidici) wearing one of my outfits it makes me feel like I’m slowly achieving my goals as a designer.

Catherine wore the “Frances” capelet and matching pencil skirt from the AW14/15 collection and looked chic, stylish and sophisticated.

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Tom&Serg Dubai

As well as a full-time clothing designer and fashion/art lover, I’m also a massive foodie with an appreciation to culinary details (in a less fancy way, I love food and drink)!

I felt it would be appropriate to convert this category of my blog into a “lifestyle” section where I’ll be sharing anything I think is cool; From eateries to bars, to architecture and installations, you’ll be able to find it here and see what the ideal world of Vou La La looks like…

I’m currently in Dubai, a place like no other and which is constantly developing. You can find pretty much anything here in terms of food and drink as well as shopping to satisfy the most selective Fashionista.

Yesterday I went to the super-cool eatery, Tom&Serg, formed by two friends (Tom&Serg, obviously) with a shared love for good food and quality coffee. I personally love a good background story so you can read more here.

Industrial inspired concrete floors and walls meet high exposed ceilings to create an atmosphere found in big cities such as New York and London and how I can only imagine in Melbourne given as I have never actually been before. Regardless of the trendy interior and creative touches (center table tray with salt, sugar etc) there is nothing pretentious about this place. The staff are friendly and the service is fast.

Most importantly the food was amazing and the coffee was just as good. I love when i eat at places where the food doesn’t require extra seasoning and this was just that. I had the Seared Tuna which I would highly recommend. The coffee was amazing and different to the kind you’d find at your local franchise coffee shop; it reminded me of authentic coffee found in small European coffee shops.

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Vintage Pleats

I’ve said before in previous posts that I personally, am a fan of Mondays. I feel that they are another chance to do better at what we didn’t do so well on the previous week, because let’s face it…there’s always room for improvement!

So experiencing this self disciplined feeling intensely this morning, I decided to truly express myself in vintage. A few months back I was going through my mums storage when completely by chance I came across this pleated, houndstooth calf length skirt. I decided to team it with a simple, black, cross-over top form H&M and I wore the look with some pointed gladiator inspired stilettos.

I do love vintage!

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Easter Friday!

So with it being Easter Friday and all, I figured it would be nice to break out of my style mold and bend my boundaries a little. I mixed some stripes with some boho and added some vintage accessories to bring some culture to the total look! My nautical inspired look wouldn’t have been complete without some touches of gold with accessories from Nostalgic Thread and a splash of red lipstick.

My day began with the completion of a new order for my jewelry company I run with best friend, Nostalgic Thread. I then ran a few errands for my own label and concluded with some coffee with my mum followed by drinks with friends in the evening. All in all, a great way to end a very busy week!

 

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Shrug off the chills

Spring is slowly but surely creeping in. Personally, it’s my favourite season of all; you can experiment with layers in a more playful way, sandals are making their way back into our lives and you can freshly blow-dry your hair without the fear of a downpour that will make you look like the “before” shot of a Frizz Ease advert.

My Friday entailed sending out another order to a lovely customer as well as scouring through books for inspiration for my next collection. I wore a simple outfit comprised of earthy and nude tones. To keep off the rare chills I wore a wool shrug from my AW 13/14 collection and I got to wear my sky-high Topshop wedges.

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Tailored Tactics

Today was a good day.  It started off with some alterations for an order that will be sent out tomorrow…the receiver of this order? All will be revealed soon!

I’ve been busy with line sheets, orders, finalizing collaborations and lots of other things. Whoever said running your own fashion label was only about designing pretty dresses was WRONG!

I’m excited with the direction my labels headed and I can’t wait to share this with you in due time.

I had a meeting this afternoon so I decided to go for a cool but tailored look. I feel that jumpsuits are such a cool take on the classic woman’s suit so I decided to wear one of my favourites from my first RTW collection from AW 13/14 (always representing the brand!).  The fabric is a British cashmere suiting blend and the details are leather. I love this jumpsuit because you can style it with accessories easily due to its neutral, earthy tone and the black leather gives it that edge that’s eye catching but not over-powering. My necklace is from Nostalgic Thread and I wore my super high wedged and boots for an extra “power-girl” feel.

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AW 14/15

After months of work, yesterday was the day we shot our AW 14/15 look book.  With this being my third collection, I can honestly say that it is the happiest I’ve felt with my work thus far.

Having a buying background makes you develop a “safeness” when bringing a collection together. Even though business plays an important role in fashion, as a designer you have let go of your inhibitions and tap into your fantasy realm.

I was extremely fortunate this season to have the pleasure of working with some real talent. The photographer for the shoot was Filep Motwary. Filep is extremely creative with years of experience in the fashion industry. He has true vision and enabled my work come to life.

I had a great team with great energy. All of this was the perfect recipe for a wonderful photo shoot

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