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Wednesday, 12 January 2011 02:58

Get backstage at fashion week

Written by Daniel P Dykes

We've only just put the Melbourne fashion festival to bed and yet the Fashionising.com is already preparing for the next fashion week in our diaries: RAFW. As an 'industry only' fashion week most people will only ever get to see it courtesy of publications such as our own, though this year things will be a little different for one competition winner.

zimmermann spring 2010

Something of a pre-fashion week promotion, this competition will allow one person and their camera to get backstage access to the spring 2011 showings of Zimmermann (spring 2010 pictured above and below), Marnie Skillings, Gary Bigeni and Yeojin Bae.

Perfect for bloggers, to make the opportunity your own:

  • Style up your most fashion week-worthy outfit, snap a photo of yourself, and e-mail it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Like MCMPR, the PR company running the competition, on Facebook
  • Cajole your friends, blog reads and Twitter follows to vote your look up: the photo that gets the most Likes wins

And that, dear fashioniser, gives you something of an opportunity. Get in quick and the extra time you have between now and when the competition closes on 27 April will afford you some crucial extra votes.

Australian fashion week kicks off on 2 May this year. Fashionising.com will be bringing you all the key coverage and looks - stay tuned.

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Tuesday, 05 April 2011 08:57

A preview of the graduate showcase

Written by Daniel P Dykes

With less then a month until it kicks off Australian fashion week is very much on the mind of that country's industry. So it is that rumoured schedules are being bandied around along with discussion of which models may or not be in the country at the time. Most of it is, however, little more than hearsay. What is very much fact, however, is that the four following looks will be taking to the catwalk of RAFW.

rafw students

All four looks will be seen seen on the catwalk of the student graduate showcase at Australian fashion week, with the photo coming courtesy of Ragtrader. Unfortunately the name of each designer wasn't provided along with the photo.

The spring 2011 showings of RAFW begin 2 May, 2011. You can find out more by following the link.

Update: It has been announced that the selected students are TAFE Fashion Design Studio graduates Charlotte O'Carrigan, Leah Hibbert, Emma Mulholland and Anna Westcott.

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Written by Daniel P Dykes

With less then a month till Australian fashion week (RAFW) kicks off in Sydney, the lid is slowly being lifted on what we can expect for the spring 2011 collections scheduled to be shown. While most designers are still keeping mum about whether they'll be showing or not, swimwear label Lisa Maree is being anything but shy about the fact that they're showing. After all, when sexy swimwear is your signature style shyness simply isn't an option.

Ahead of the fashion week Fashionising.com caught up with the label's designer, Lisa Maree Boersma, to see what women can expect of their 2011 bikini choices.

lisa maree autumn 2011

Specifically we wanted to get a feel for how the Lisa Maree spring / summer 2011 collection would compare to the autumn / winter 2011 collection (pictures of which you can see above and at the bottom of this article) - would it be a natural evolution, or would it sit in stark contrast? As Lisa Maree tells us;

"The summer 2011 / 2012 collection is titled 'Under My Skin'. This season my inspiration comes from the native animals and landscape of Africa and its infamous Serengeti Sunrise. The focus is on warm hues, rusts and prints. As a former Graphic Designer, I design all of the prints myself, so everything is unique and exclusive to Lisa Maree.

Crochet swimwear is still very strong for us for summer 2011 / 2012, and we have some great colours and styles in both one pieces and bikinis. Following on from the success of our winter collection, we've expanded the lycra swimwear range, this will be a very strong sell point for the brand as we now have so many options to offer in the swimwear category. The prints in the lycra range work back with our luxe resort wear collection.

In terms of fabrication, the coming Lisa Maree resort wear collection is made with 100% silk fabrics."

You can get a another feel of what to expect from Lisa Maree come RAFW by clicking on the thumbnails below and browsing through her autumn / winter 2011 collection.

Published in clothing
Friday, 28 January 2011 04:56

Miss Unkon: a kaleidesope mind

Written by Tania Braukamper

You see a girl. She has a youth that's an attitude, not an age; she wears feminine layers and beaten up boots, she's unafraid and unaffected, and she wants to change the world.

That girl is the Miss Unkon girl. A figment of the creative process the label's Creative Director Courtney Meyer goes through with each collection's creation. Meyer's clear vision and understanding of her customer is what makes Miss Unkon a stable yet evolving brand, and one we're looking forward to seeing on the runway at the impending RAFW (Australian fashion week). So much so that we borrowed more then a few moments of Meyer's times to see just we and other Miss Unkon enthusiasts have in store when her spring 2011 collection takes to the catwalk.

miss unkon autumn 2011

When asked what spring 2011 will hold for Miss Unkon, Meyer tells us it's an extension of the autumn / winter 2011 story of light fabrics mixed with the cut-outs. For spring and summer, however, the collection moves to seasonal shorter pieces and more feminine shapes. The spring collection goes under the name of 'Girls with Kaleidoscope Minds'. Meyer tells us it's all about the magic of the imagination; the "part of a girl that has that deeper creativity, sometimes hidden, where she is quite free to express her emotional essence of herself."

Colour wise we can anticipate that the Miss Unkon's RAFW runway will be awash with the soft, dreamy colours we expect of the label: dusty mauve, cream, and mocha, mixed in with coral and mustard. An on-trend palette that fits the 70s fashion revival themes of freedom, sandy deserts and faded photographs.

So what does it mean to have a kaleidescopic mind? Meyer would undoubtedly know. We can't help but think that the passion that's central to the Miss Unkon girl is reflected in - or is that a reflection of? - Meyer's own. Similarly her view of dressing rings true for many a fashioniser:

Fashion comes alive when all three things come together, the girl that connects to the essence of the collection, the feeling that the environment creates and the way her personality shines through the clothes. A statement piece for me is a piece that a girl makes her own, rather than it standing out alone."

Fashionising.com will bring you full coverage of Miss Unkon's spring 2011 collection, along with all the other key RAFW catwalks, during the first week of May. In the meantime, you can take in Miss Unkon's autumn / winter 2011 look book by clicking on the photos below.

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Saturday, 12 March 2011 07:04

Catwalk makeup with MAC

Written by Joanne Cleary

As RAFW (Australian fashion week) again draws near and fashionisers click their heels in anticipation of one of the most celebrated (and busiest!) events on the Australian fashion calendar, those uber-talented creative types are busily working behind the scenes to finalise the looks which we will covet in the months to come. We were fortunate enough to chat with one of these creative minds who also happens to be one of Australia's most talented makeup artists - Nicole Thompson, senior artist for MAC Australia, official makeup brand for RAFW.

One look at Nicole's resume and you know the vision of RAFW is in more than competent hands. As a part of the International MAC Pro Team, Nicole spends part of the year travelling beyond our borders to rather glam assignments- international fashion weeks, opulent events and luxe photoshoots. Career envy starts now. Beyond the drapery, imagery and silks on display, Nicole and her 50 strong team will execute the artistry at RAFW to complement the vision of the designers.

Unsurprisingly, inspiration for the Australian catwalks begin with our European counterparts and spring 2011 trends such as the sumptuous metallics are expected to translate here, with a home grown twist. Read Nicole's exclusive preview of RAFW makeup and begin your inspiration now...

backstage at rafw 2010

Q. Fashionising.com is read by a lot of the industry's emerging and established make up artists. For those who are on the up, can you give us a feel for what your role as a M.A.C Senior Artist entails?

A. As Senior Artist for MAC Australia I am part of the International MAC Pro Team that represent this great brand! I spread myself across many departments.. Doing make-up for photoshoots, events and fashion weeks (local & International). I do many written and live interviews talking about all the new innovations and milestones in make-up at MAC! I am also part of the training team that trains our talented artists in store.

For RAFW, I am heading up a 50 artist strong team to execute the make-up for the shows!

How long does the planning / preparation take?

We are planning for the next Fashion Week, as soon as it is over! We are always looking for new ways to improve ourselves and the way we do things.

The 2 months before Fashion Week is when it hots up. All the shows get confirmed and the trials to decide the looks begin and that's the best part!

And on the day, do you find yourself largely directing the action or getting in amongst it?

Getting amongst it! I couldn't stand by and watch people do the best bit and what we all love - the Make-up! I direct the team on how to achieve the particular look and then we all get in there and do it together!

How do you go about designing a make-up look that works perfectly with both the clothes and the selected hairstyle?

By looking at the "whole story" not just one element. Even in make-up, if you only get one element right - it doesn't look polished. For a show that makes an amazing statement, it all has to come together to tell a story - the clothes, the styling, the hair and the make-up!

We always do a group trial with everyone there to make sure everyone is on the same page and is harmonious.

How best can our readers make that same decision everyday?

By looking at your whole story. We are all saying something with what we look like- and its up to us to decide what that something is!

Make sure you own a full length mirror, so you can check out your outfit from head to toe before you walk out the door.

It may sound dorky - but plan your outfit! It takes the pressure and the panic out of it in the morning if you have everything ready to go the night before.

Whenever we go backstage there are nearly always inspiration boards hanging up for the make-up and hair artists to work from. How heavily are these used? What's dominating your own inspiration boards for this season at RAFW or otherwise?

Inspiration boards are a powerful way to illustrate the look and feel of the show. Creative people are visual people - and this helps us all be working to achieve the same finished product.

My inspiration boards are dominated with different skin textures, polished skin looks and various ways of sculpting and shading the face in unexpected ways.

I am also obsessed with custom mixing colours for the lips and face with all different products - so I am colour swatching like crazy!

What MAC product will you not be able to survive the day without come RAFW?

Fix Plus Spray ($28). Fashion week or no Fashion Week this is my most used products. Everyone wants healthy looking skin - and this is the secret ingredient! Packed full of vitamins and minerals, this hydrating spritz is the perfect way to put some life and moisture back into the tired skin during the week!

Focussing on make-up trends for the season:

You're working across a number of shows at RAFW this year, and each is unique. Despite that, are there any make-up styles, colours or elements are so ‘on trend’ that they work across the board and will feature in multiple shows?

Healthy, glowing skin with a slight shine is a must, and you will see it at many shows this season! Strobe Cream ($55) will be very popular with our teams!

There is a mix of caramels, copper and gold tones around at the moment and I predict hints of these across the catwalks - they are such flattering shades for all skin tones...

What do you see as the key make-up colour palettes for spring / summer 2011?

Golds, caramels and coffee tones with a metallic modern twist. Glamorous with an easy feel..

What tips would you suggest for our readers who want to work those colour palettes into their own look once the season comes along?

Get a multipurpose product in a caramel shade that you can work around the face! Try HoneyFlower Lipstick ($36) as a sheer wash of caramel on the lips and then press into the cheeks for a monocromatic chic look that is super quick.

How much, if at all, do the make-up trends that become big in Australia different from those that dominate the catwalks of Europe?

Europe is where all the trends start. That's where we take our inspiration for the following season..clothes, hair and make-up, In Australia - we twist it up and make it our own, never taking it too serious!

Published in Beauty

Written by Daniel P Dykes

Update: you can now find a full gallery of social and runway photos from Thurley's spring 2011 presentation at the bottom of this article.

Like many another label keen to avoid the madness that is any fashion week, Thurley's spring 2011 offering debuted ahead of the official cutting of the 2011 RAFW (Australian fashion week) ribbon. Fashionising.com headed along to the label's showing, sitting down with designer Helen O'Connor to explore the differences between Melbourne and Sydney, discuss why Paris is her favourite city, and why the Thurley girl wears sequins to breakfast.

Q. What's the mood of Thurley spring / summer 2011/2012?

A. The collection is titled Hybrid. Where it all came about was when I was travelling for work and I noticed the increasing globalisation. I wanted to capture that essence of 'East meets West' in my garments. The oriental and beautiful luxe gets a western feel from the tailoring. It's a beautiful melt of it all.

While designing a collection, what inspires you the most?

Fabric is really where I start. You'll see it from the complexity in the fabrication I use. But then straight after, cuts and style follow the inspiration ladder. Also, my friends and customers inspire me. I have been hearing that people aren't seeing enough sparkle in their wardrobe, so I gave them that.

thurley spring 2011 presentation

How was preparing for RAFW 2011 different than previous years?

I have started to push myself in terms of cuts, fabric and technique. For me, it's not only the end product that's important, but also the entire process of getting it to that stage. Dressmaking is an art and I've realised that.

What's new in 2011 for Thurley?

Introduction of day wear. It doesn't come naturally to me, but I've got someone to help me with it. I'm creating some daywear pieces that can be mixed up with the evening gowns from my spring/summer collection. It's something different.

Which city inspires you the most?

Paris! That's where I get my fabrics from for each season. European mills really push themselves to come up with these amazing fabrics. European sensibility really inspires me. They put so much thought into everything they do.

thurley spring 2011 presentation

You're originally from Melbourne. How is a Melbourne girl different to a Sydney girl?

A Melbourne girl would be like Cate Blanchett. She's someone who is a little more conservative in her fashion choices. She's all about tailoring and wears much darker hues.

A Sydney girl is like Kylie Minogue who is more courageous in her fashion choices and is willing to embrace trends and colour.

Who is the Thurley girl?

Someone like Anna Dello Russo, she would be my muse. I can just see her wearing some of my favourite pieces from this collection. A Thurley girl is someone who has a character of wearing something different and unique; like sequins to breakfast. Someone who values quality over fast fashion and wants something different that lasts forever. Timeless pieces, really.

thurley spring 2011 presentation

Published in clothing
Friday, 15 April 2011 09:14

Zimmermann's Halcyon Days

Written by Daniel P Dykes

It was at the point where the Sydney harbour bridge reaches the ends that RAFW (Australian fashion week) first official show began in the form of Zimmermann's spring 2011 showing. Outside traffic swelled as drivers began their arduous treck into the city for a full days work ahead, yet none of that chaos was repeated within the car garage cum catwalk Zimmermann had opted to make the home of this collection's debut. In fact, backstage was strangely calm, amongst the calmest of catwalk backstage spaces I'd ever been to.

Was that a sign of the collection to come? Not quite. Serene some pieces might be considered, but this was a collection that more effectively imprinted hard lines, usually with tribal overtones, in one's mind.

A case of detail set against detail, the elements that Zimmermann have included in their spring / summer 2011 collection aren't all new. Some, such as those tribal features, feel so old that we may soon start considering them evergreens. Others like the lace, the impossible to ignore 70s resurgence, thigh scraping splits which command your gaze, and the digital cut outs are wholly on trend.

zimmermann rafw spring 2011

Seasonal fabrications weren't the only on-trend elements (the touches of futurism and a hippie revival were hard to miss) but fabric and finish is where you'll find the statements in this offering from Zimmermann. You'll find these most obviously in the weaves with their sheer overtones but it was the use of linen, its frequent knots giving a look of Irish linen, that seemed most unique. And also smart; linen is oft overlooked much to the detriment of our wardrobes.

I'd also look to the collection's offering of jewelry for statements. While the arm cuffs looked to offer anything but a generic fit the same can't be said of the collection's other dominant accessory: its ear cuffs. These hang from a sole ear, the length reaching a shoulder, their look highlighted by straight hair tucked firmly behind the ear.

Zimmermann's 'Halcyon Days' spring / summer 2011 / 2012 collection can be seen by clicking on the thumbnails below and browsing through the gallery.

Published in pictures
Sunday, 06 March 2011 14:44

LIFEwithBIRD shows us The Way

Written by Shitika Anand

Heralding in next week's RAFW (Australian fashion week) with a private pre-showing in Sydney, LIFEWithBird's spring / summer 2011 collection is a refreshing distraction from the chilly wind outside.

Floating on romanticism and modern classic look, this summer is all about pastels, sheer fabric and soft tailoring.

life with bird spring 2011

Titled The Way, designers Nicholas Van Messner and Bridget McCall explore the feeling of rejuvenation. This understated collection is armed with beautiful basics and several layering options.

A chiffon crop top, oversized boyfriend blazer and pleated maxi skirt, all fuel the label's aesthetic of loose and effortless silhouettes. Their flowy fabric is like a summer dream. The subtle shapes are emphasised by pairing every sheer dress with a figure hugging skin leotard.

Playing on the idea of minimalism, the colour palette is centred on washed out shades of lilac, greys and flesh tones. The most architectural aspect of the look, are the strappy sandals and resin sole wedges in bright tints.

This contemporary and young collection will make you love your skin during the forthcoming warm season, even if the full brunt of the current cold one is yet to be felt.

You can see more pictures snapped today at LIFEwithBIRD's spring 2011 below. We'll update this article with more pictures should they come to hand.

life with bird spring 2011

life with bird spring 2011

life with bird spring 2011

life with bird spring 2011

life with bird spring 2011

life with bird spring 2011

life with bird spring 2011

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