Fashfest 2017 Runway Review – MJ Bale

M.J. Bale offers strong competition for local and international menswear labels on the Canberra scene, and as I have said before – I can not think of a better gauntlet to throw for Canberran consumers than the opening of the M.J. Bale store in the Canberra Centre, and showing on the Fashfest runway.

It is no secret that while I admire and respect the craftmanship of elegant, tailored pieces from bespoke designers who show at Pitti Uomo; I am vastly under-funded to be able to shop there. As such, I am excited for the change that M. J. Bale represents for menswear in Canberra, and to see what the 2017 Fashfest collection will showcase from the brand. (more…)

Basics and Building Blocks: Japan Travel 2017

An outfit constructed out of basics that will serve you well - Grant Heino, Naha, Okinawa - November 2017

Not an overly creative outfit – but one constructed out of basics that will serve you well. Sunglasses – ASOS / T-shirt – Oxford / Belt – Trennery / Moto-Jeans – ASOS / Chelsea Boots – Redpath

 

Basics is a language that we should all be versed in by this point. It is 2017, the minimalist, normcore and aesthetics trends have all come and gone (and are likely on their way back again); and as such when you see the term basics you should know without prompting that I’m talking about those essential building-block items we all call upon when constructing an outfit. Get it? Got it? Good.

Moving on – basics are arguably never more important than when you are travelling and relying on a diminished wardrobe to pull from. Knowing how to use your basics, how to dress them up or down to suit the situation, will mark the seasoned traveler from the novice. (more…)

Fashfest 2017 Runway Review – Melanie Child

In the lead up to Fashfest 2016 I interviewed Dunedin based designer Melanie Child, and as I tend to do, I turned the discussion towards whether there was any chance of Melanie introducing menswear to her existing range of sublime denim recreations.

At the time Mel said that she didn’t have any in the 2016 show, but that menswear was on the cards for the future.

 

It shouldn’t have surprised me then to seem menswear pieces on the runway this year in the Melanie Child collection, which opened an entirely New Zealand made show this year, sponsored by the New Zealand High Commission. But to be perfectly honest, despite basically begging to see Mel’s recycled denim creations turned towards menswear, I wasn’t really expecting it.

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Fashfest 2017 GIVEAWAY – Three Platinum Passes up for grabs!

Fashfest has introduced me to amazing designers, photographers, musicians and models, not to mention a host of wonderful friends. I am thrilled to be able to offer you the opportunity to see what this great event is made of!

 

Fashfest 2017 has crept up on me this year, with doors to the National Convention Center opening for the event THIS THURSDAY!

I feel like I am woefully under prepared this year (what am I wearing? who am I excited to see? How am I getting home from the after-party?), and I feel like there must be more of you out there who are finding themselves in a similar situation.

Luckily for you, I’m going to be bringing you all the hot tips for each show, including who I am looking forward to seeing, what you should be excited for, and of course what I’m going to be wearing (when I finally get my act together)

And, with Fashfest literally only three sleeps away, and I can’t think of a better time to announce that I have teamed up with the amazing Fashfest team yet again this year, and we are giving away three platinum double-passes to this year’s events. (more…)

Zilpah Tart – A Fashfest First Three Years In The Making

The proud owner of the first Zilpah Tart necktie, featuring the gorgeous ‘Lucent Blue’ print. The bold pattern of the necktie actually works beautifully in an otherwise understated menswear look, and brings to mind the patterns of 1980s business attire.

 

Zilpah Tart has held a special place in my heart for a few years now. I love to see our local Canberra design talents develop and achieve great things, and you would be hard-pressed to find a label that is achieving as much as the creations of designer Yumi Morrissey. Bright colours balanced with sleek, feminine styling – Zilpah Tart conjures for me a sense of union between Dianne Von Furstenberg  and Emilio Pucci.

I have always resented a little that Morrissey focuses solely on women’s wear, and more so in recent years with the introduction of her signature exclusive fabrics featuring Canberra scenery and landmarks. Naturally most men would probably shy away from the bright colours and fractal patterns of the exclusive fabrics, but I’ve always had something of the peacock to me, and I have lusted after the gorgeous Canberran designs for some time.

This year, I’ve got a taste of what I have been missing out on with the creation of a very special necktie featuring the Lucent Blue print from Zilpah Tart – a menswear first for the label from the 2017 Autumn/Winter Illuminate collection. (more…)

Fashfest 2017 Tickets On Sale

 

I am so thrilled to announce that tickets for Fashfest 2017 – Canberra’s largest annual red-carpet event – are now on sale through www.fashfest.com.au. Fashfest 2017 will be held from 28 to 30 September, promising us three nights and six distinct shows of total fashion experience.

The 2017 programme showcases the work of more than 40 fashion designers—local, national and international—some putting on their own collections and some forming group shows. The event will be supported by fifteen live musical and DJ acts, bringing the designer collections to life.

Tickets start from $49. VIP and Platinum ‘experience’ include exclusive, guided backstage tours. Discounts available for two show packages and bookings of six tickets. Fashfest will be held at the National Convention Centre Canberra. The first show on each night starts at 7pm and the second at 9. (more…)

Aruveyda, Wellness and Aveda: An Interview with Sita Chan

Aruveyda, beauty, wellness and Aveda – an inspired and engaging morning at the Canberra Centre’s beauty and wellness precinct with Sita Chan’s masterclass.


Sita Chan recently presented a fantastic masterclass at the Canberra Centre, and I was so impressed and inspired that I had to share the experience here on the Blog.

The Canberra Centre excels at bringing fantastic new opportunities to Canberrans through these masterclasses, providing experts to share their knowledge and help us to redefine our understanding of beauty and wellness. Not to mention the host of exciting new retail outlets in their new beauty and wellness precinct. One such opportunity today’s masterclass with the lovely Sita Chan, where Canberra Centre and Aveda guests got to learn all about Ayurveda, and finding balance in our everyday lives.

Sita is an Ayurveda lifestyle counsellor, Aveda educator and yoga instructor based out of Hong Kong. For those who may not know what Ayurveda is, it is a 5,000 year old “science of life,” aimed to prevent and heal disease or imbalances within the body. The masterclass today will reveal the healing powers behind the ancient Ayurvedic philosophy that combines yoga, massage, acupuncture and herbal medicine for a better mind, body, spirit connection. She will also guide your dosha for health and wellbeing balance. (more…)