Video: friday flashback

The full length lookbook clip from my first 2011 Spring collection, shot by the amazing Dave Cleeve
modelled by Jackie Coogan
photography by James Ballard


a few pointers

I can skip a day or two when my hair needs a wash, or forget to put moisturiser on, or take my make up off, but a chipped set of digits always puts me off. My work focuses so much around my hands, designing - sewing/drawing/writing/etc, that when I have a mental/creativity block, a fresh coat of varnish tends to be my happy distraction. With all the rain about at the moment here in Florence, Ive been playing with pyramids using masking tape...
below my claws via Instagram: @Radapriya


upside down

Enjoying the brief afternoon sunshine in my local park, 10 minutes outside of Florence


Neon 2tone

My version of the T-Shirt dress - bright, chic and 2toned. I call this my "hero dress" as its not only my favourite piece, but its also the one that gets the most attention... possibly because its bright neon yellow...!
Neon 2tone dress ~ Cotton Jersey dress in two tone neon yellow with short sleeve and centre back split Made-to-Order $300.00 AU


Burgundy rain

Its raining here in Florence. Sleeping in til after midday, watching old movies, long strolls and late night-caps 
Wearing my SS12 Shell jacket with Zara knit and Jeans, H&M belt and cashmere scarf from the Florence markets


Lilac Flora Print Set SS12

It wouldn't be a Rada Priya Designs Spring collection without a super girly, lilac, floral print, skirt set! If the weather permitted I would be a happy woman in a skirt set variation for the rest of my days. Lilac The Flora Skirt Set  is made of 100% pure cotton - shell top with cap sleeve and open end centre front zipper. Skirt is full with high waisted matching band $250.00 AU SET



this little number on the streets of Florence - My Eller Tunic Dress from my Spring 2011 collection looking lovely on Areta. I can't tell you what a nice feeling it is to see my designs out and about. I love how she has styled this spring piece perfectly for the Autumn, here in Italy, by adding leggings, boots and a waist belt.
The Eller Tunic dress is still available here


cloudy with a chance of rain

I wish it would hurry up and snow already. 

Facebook earned points connecting up school friends with us along their Great European Tour. Glad to play host and have some good old Aussie company, Jarrah and his sister Cobberty, reminded me of the down to earth nature of the people I grew up. I miss home now. 
Their last day in Florence, Julian and I took them up to Michelangelo's square, and despite the previous days downpour dyeing the river muddy brown, and the dull nebulous sky hanging low, the city sight was as spectacular as ever. It easy to see why so many people love this place.
ASOS delivered my latest purchase early this morning - the super trendy wedge trainer in black, not nearly the Isabel Marant iconic kick, but just as comfy. Black jeans, easy tee (from my current SS12 collection) and necessary puffer jacket from H&M, I'm on track to blending in with the locals.



Currently keeping warm in Florence ~ Wearing H&M Scarf, belt and stripe top / Zara Jeans / Country Road Jacket 


short shorts

This season the classic Tee joined my collection with my most favourite fashion illustration decorated on the front. I drew the original print almost a year ago, most recognisable as my choice for blog banner. Finding the perfect cut tee was so important, than a quality printer to capture all the fine pencilled detail. One of my most worn items in my current closet (even that its almost winter here in Italy!)
The leatherette high waisted short was a natural response to the T, I wanted to design something simple, with a touch of edge, and I think the black faux leather achieved without shifting the unity of the SS12 collection. All my designs are made to order, simply email:

Illustrated Tee ~ Original Fashion Illustration printed on super soft thick 100% cotton t shirt $65.00 AU 
Leatherette Shorts ~ High waisted faux leather short shorts with stitching detail $100.00 AU


White Palazzo ss12

My Spring collection would not be complete without a crisp white Palazzo pant. The shape is so flattering on the body, super elongating when paired with a pair of well fitted heels and a long hem. To continue the theme of high waist that runs through my collections, I made this seasons Palazzo waist high and panelled in a light wool crepe.
Chic and lady like - check out the Palazzo street styling
White Jersey Blouse ~ Jersey panelled blouse featuring long sleeve with feather cuff detail $100.00 AU
Palazzo Pant ~ Wool blend high waisted Palazzo pant with drop waist panel and wide led $200.00 AU


Sunday Church

Our apartment manager won't turn on the internal heating until sometime this month, and now that the weather has taken a nasty turn, its been unbearable spending time in a cold home, so we have been frequenting the warmth of cafes and an occasional church - like there isn't a better excuse - these places are divine in all sense of the word
The boys at the fountain, Amanti, Marjo & Julian 


Santa Croce

I designed the SS12 Silk Shell top with high waisted bottom half in mind, but this cool Autumn afternoon in Florence I decided on low cut black denim | black singlet | suedette ankle boots to take me from day to night
SS12 Pure Silk Shell top $150 Made-to-Order here


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