Wednesday

Banksia Print Dress SS12

I love the big island I'm lucky enough to be a citizen of. In a sort of homage to my home, my Spring Summer collection features Australian Native Flora prints. The Banksia Print dress is 100% cotton, drop waist flip dress with leatherette (faux leather) embellished collar, and short sleeves
There was so much inspiration for this Spring/Summer collection, this dress in particular, with its young modern flirty silhouette, was the first to evolve. Drop waists are about in full rage at the moment, and I especially love the ones popping up in Victoria Beckham's collections.
The lovely Samantha having fun here modelling the range in the 11th hour before my trip to Italy
I design & produce each dress to order and can make to your specific measurements. $200.00 Includes postage. Send your details to me here

Monday

Neck statement

A great jewel is not necessarily a big jewel, but in the case of my Anton Heunis necklace, statement making is first on the list. From his AW2013 collection, it was gifted to me by my best friend for my Maid-of-Honor role. Part of the 'Blade runner' inspired collection, it was hand made in Madrid out of chunky crystals, each a different colour, hugged by two heavy black pyramids of glass. Undoubtedly the most interesting statement necklace in my treasure box, it made its mark on this rainy day in Florence

Friday

THE MALL

Tucked in the depths of the Tuscan countryside, amongst vineyards, rolling fields and bubbling creeks, 'The Mall' lays in stark contrast to its surrounds. An Oasis of the finest designer labels concentrated into a miniature outlet city. The buildings small and sterile, reminding me of the empty "Hotel" artwork that sits by the highway on the way to Sorrento from Melbourne, or the desert Prada store in west Texas. 
For a day I felt as if I were some strange country, an alien amongst the Japanese and Arabic tourists. I got my chance to get up close and personal with my designer idols, McQueen, McCartney, Dior, Burberry, Valentino, pouring over the delicate stitches and fabrics of seasons passed pieces. At outlet prices, I could actually afford to shop in Prada, and than there was the Lindt store... 

Sunday

MARILYN in Florence

I have found my place in the world. 
Below the streets of Florence, in the cellars of the famous Salvatore Ferragamo Flagship store, lays exhibition like no other. Most of my readers know that I am enchanted with Marilyn Monroe, and one of the facts I have always known is that the great Salvatore himself designed and made most of her foot ware. Living in Florence, the home of Ferragamo, going to the Museum was inevitable. I had up until now put it off, knowing that it would be something pretty amazing, and most defiantly inspiring. I had, in a way, saved it for my "rainy day", the day when the beauty of Florence and its inhabitants might cease to provide me with the inspiration to create my best work. More than 2 years on, "rainy day" yet to pass, I found the perfect opportunity with a friend who is also a great admirer of the Iconic Blonde bombshell.
Descending the dark stairs into the cavernous rooms below the Ferragamo building, glass cases with hand crafted high heels inside, caught my eye as we paid our 5 euro entry fee. On the walls where photographs, magazine covers and digital screens playing all things Marilyn. Copies of her personal handwritten diary lay open below original Renaissance artworks and sculptures of the female figure. The curators have cleverly sought to interpret the genesis of her most iconic images with art works showing similar poses and expressions, as made by the Greats of my favourite art period, and the period that Florence is most renowned for. My favourite comparison in the 3rd room; Renaissance at its finest: Botticelli's Birth of Venus and one of Marilyn's final, and most famous photo shoots (shot by George Barris) displayed on a giant LCD screen, morphing back and forth~ A perfect union of two of my most influential images growing up.
What I was not at all prepared for was the next room, hidden by a small archway and thick champagne coloured velvet curtains, a circular room filled with the actresses ACTUAL costumes. Divine dresses within the reach of my hand. Dresses that I have tried to recreate over and over, referencing old book prints and pausing movie scenes. Emotion overcame me.
Room after room followed, her 'Seven Year Itch' halter dress, the Swarovski covered gown she had to be sewn into to sing Happy Birthday to JFK, her personal wardrobe; the sun dress she wore, made famous by photographs of her and her new husband, Arthur Miller, at their summer home in Connecticut. Too much for just a couple of hours...

Friday

No Autumn in Sight

Rome really showed off on our last day. The flowers were out in bloom, the skies were clear, no Autumn in sight.

Thursday

Silk Shell

My Spring Shell tops are coming in handy in Italy. I have almost worn at least one, once a day. This day I slipped out of the Thurley knit and into the silk shell print top for dinner. It had rained during the day and now the heat was setting back in. I love the print on this style - little buddhas & zebras! I paired it with my SS12 black velvet stretch pin skirt. We passed by the Trevi on our way to the Pantheon, where we had pre dinner aperitif & drink plans with friends. For dinner we took the tram outside of the centre for the most amazing pizza's and deep fried assortment!

Friday

When in Rome

Arriving in Rome I had little more than 2 things on my mind... Spaghetti Arrabiata and sleep. But gorgeous weather meant the second was nearly impossible. With boyfriend on arm, we toured the ancient city, sporadically stopping for lattes, wine and wherever the urge, my favourite spaghetti dish.
I was afraid I wouldnt be able to wear any of my new Spring collection. Coming off a cool winter/ fresh spring and into an European Autumn, I was pleasantly surprised with, so far, 5 days of sunny 25+ degree's (and a few showers) I wore my light floral SS12 pieces everyday.
On the airplane over, I watched the new Woody Allen film 'To Rome with Love' and it really is as cliche in reality as the film...

Saturday

a bloomin sendoff

I like to think I'm a true blue Aussie. I cook my tofu steaks on the barbi, hang my washing on a hills hoist, and prefer flip fops, or no shoes at all. The thing is, I'm hardly ever here, and even Aussie's ask me where the bloody hell i'm from.... maaate! I grew up in the hills of Byron Bay
So today is another last day in Australia, I'm on the evening flight to Rome, where i'll spend the Autumn and Winter. 
Spring has been kind these last few days - we shot me in a couple of my SS12 garments while we were waiting for our model to arrive. I dont actually have a hills hoist at my apartment in Richmond, so we relocated to my best friends home, which happens to be the classic, unchanged, Aussie haven
I'm wearing SS12 Lilac Floral print shell top / SS12 Lilac print skirt / ASOS sling backs
SS12 is made-to-order here

Tuesday

Retail Therapy

Westfield Doncaster is having their very own Fashion Festival - This week from Thursday to Sunday
Perfect timing to publish some pics from my recent visits, mostly due to an amazing prize I won during Fashion Week
In the last post, I re-capped all my looks from the week, and some of you took a guess which was the winning look...
We attended the Electric Lounge Launch hosted by the lovely Lady Melbourne and Style Melbourne, and was chosen as most stylish of the evening (:D) The prize was a $1,000 Westfield Wardrobe. It was such an honour to be considered, but even more so, that I was wearing my own designs.
 Over 2 late night shopping spree's, I picked up some great Australian designer duds, a blingy hand piece and a fresh cut. Got to love a new look for Spring! ~ Even that I only have another 4 days to enjoy it!

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