Lovage Magazine Launch

Image courtesy of LovageMagazine.com
On the 23rd of July, fellow Sydney fashion blogger - Nusardel from MintMaison.com, and his team of creatives have launched the live blog for their upcoming fashion publication - Lovage Magazine!
With Nusardel being a nominee in the 2012 Pedestrian Blogster Awards in Fashion, I have no doubt that this publication will go far and bring a different scope on the fashion scene.
I am happy to introduce to you: Lovage Magazine!

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700 Photos

A few weeks ago, my good friend Soma, Editor in Chief of Moksha Magazine, and I went to a local night called "700 photos", where 7 different local artists showcased their ability to create an interactive spectacle in the form of both performance and installation art, and encouraging all Sydney photographers to take part as well. I absolutely loved Phoenix Keating and Jesse Willesee's installations, showing two very different streams of fashion!

Phoenix Keating

When I first stepped into this installation, I could feel that strange atmosphere that one feels when in the presence of both beautiful garments and intriguing models. This installation by Phoenix Keating brings to the audience the dark glamour of high fashion goth and the uniqueness of avant-garde styling and fashion. To me, I could see the heavy influence from the late and great Alexander McQueen, especially the full body sheer suit worn by the model at the forefront and the haunting make up artistry. 

Jesse Willesee

Well, well, well, what can I say? There's only one word to describe this installation, or rather, party: crazy. I feel like I was on the set for a photoshoot Terry Richardson himself would do for i-D or Oyster magazine, especially with the styling! One thing's for sure, this definitely gave me a break from the boring fashion scene of Sydney and to the colourful rebellion of American youth.

This is how I want more and more fashion designers to showcase their collections - through interactive performance art. Hopefully, the fun of seeing fashion worn and torn in settings such as these will bring more local fashion designers to do so!

All images taken by me


Paris Men's Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 - Day 4

It's nearly the end of Paris Men's Fashion Week and then Couture week hits off!
Shows from Bill Tornade, the conceptual Bernard Willhelm, the dark and moody Damir Doma, popular denim label Acne, and the worldly Kenzo.

My favourite collections of the day came from HermesDior Homme by Raf Simons, Wooyoungmi, Miharayasuhiro and fashion's most famous sustainable designer, Maison Martin Margiela.

Hermes SS13

The careful coordination of colours is what prestigious label Hermes' collection is all about this season. Differing hues of the primary colours blue, yellow and red are mixed with calming neutrals, enhancing the collection's wear-ability and especial qualities such as selection of materials and displaced zipper details. Utility and aesthetic are key to this collection, rarely seen from the house of Hermes.

Dior Homme SS13

Throughout most of Raf's menswear collections, the mysterious shade of navy blue almost always makes an appearance. It is now translating into his work for Dior, with this season's collection emphasizing the masculinity and clean cut qualities of the colour by creating military and slim work wear inspired garments more of a fashion statement than ever before. Raf's vision is endless and futuristic, introducing shirts that resemble backward blazers and sheer tailored pants, jackets and coats. This collection is one of Raf's best as Creative Director for Dior, and further points out his ability to start trends rather than follow them.


Wooyoungmi SS13

Korean label Wooyoungmi rivals Kenzo with their use of digital mesh and mismatching prints, against simple tailored garments. The sedated colour palette brings a sense of peace within the collection, and tones down the optical pieces to wearable status. Panels and displaced print detail are subtle, but adds that touch of magnetism to the collection.


Miharayasuhiro SS13

Undoubtedly one of the Japanese fashion world's underdog designers, Miharayasuhiro stuns us with beautifully detailed statement artwear for the street. Miharayasuhiro does not compromise the elegance of tailoring nor the messages that can be conveyed through art, applying traditional South American and python prints to carefully tailored garments. The most distinct print would be the slashes of paint on suits, the colours only emphasizing the ability of designers to turn a staple garment into a statement garment. Miharayasuhiro also does this for shorts, which are made from wool mesh, jackets, by hiding the buttons under the seam, and also trousers, applying stitching that resembles python print on the whole garment.


Maison Martin Margiela SS13

One of the true pioneers of sustainable fashion design, Maison Martin Margiela has always been the go-to designer house for sustainable garments that don't sacrifice style. Clean white quilt ribbed blazers and trousers fill the collection with a heavenly atmosphere, and are paired against waistcoats and coats made from discarded patches, an indication of the house never backing down from using recycled materials throughout their collections. Eye-blinding metallic appears throughout the collection, but what caught my eye the most were the morbidly printed pants, depicting death-like figures in a fiery environment. Maison Martin Margiela has not disappointed me this season, but you must admit, the collection is an acquired taste, without knowing Maison Martin Margiela's background and legendary status in the fashion industry.


All images courtesy of Fashionising


Paris Men's Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 - Day 3

Day 3 consisted of shows from the imaginary Ann Demeulemeester, Berluti, the ever popularizing Comme Des Garcons, John Galliano, half of the designer duo for Comme Des Garcons Junya Watanabe, and the futurist Boris Bidjan Saberi.

My favourite collections from the day came from Juun.J, Kris Van Assche and Givenchy by CFDA Award winner and definitely one of my favourite Creative Directors Riccardo Tisci.

Juun.J SS13

Juun.J's latest collection is a mixture of minimalist fashion from east and west, with button ups' and blazers' buttons hidden under the seam and forming a butterfly split at the front, silk coats that are reminiscent of Eastern robes, loose fitting trousers and oversized kimono shirts. The collection once again addresses the emerging trend of head to toe monochromatic, with the main colours being white, black and creams, and of course a touch of neon could not be avoided.

Watch the full show HERE

Kris Van Assche SS13

Kris Van Assche has brought in some of the '90s statement trends, such as long sleeve shirts under short sleeves , the denim cap, the clean denim vest and low rise baggy shorts, but in ultimate minimalist style. I've noticed that both Givenchy and Kris Van Assche have been releasing the long sleeve under short sleeve look in recent times in their lookbooks and collections, and I'm sure it's going to catch on, since this look is very wearable and doesn't compromise the dynamics of Kris's designs. Kris has gone one step further by creating a short sleeve blazer that lies over long sleeves of the same material and the printed button ups gives the illusion that the shirts are made from three different materials, indicating his love and extraordinary ability of tweaking the most staple of garments to create lasting, wearable statement pieces.

Watch the full show HERE

Givenchy SS13

Riccardo Tisci has brought to us probably his most peaceful and harmonious collection for Givenchy, turning his back on bold and extravagant statement prints to more calm artwear. Baby pink is seen in this collection, as was in Givenchy's Cruise collection, and Riccardo manages to create surprisingly masculine garments using this effeminate colour, even with the use of sheer organza. Riccardo has already managed to bring in the silk kilt for men without them looking feminine, so it's no surprise he's done so with this colour and collection. Silk bomber jackets and silk crew jumpers are Riccardo's signature pieces, with each one in this collection being stamped with haunting images of women or modern watercolour paintings reflecting Medieval-Renaissance times, some featuring the signature Givenchy stars. The most intriguing piece of the silk bombers and crew jumpers is the white silk bomber, the print so subtle it seems ghostly. There is no denying that Riccardo deserved his CFDA Award, his collections for Givenchy bringing the label to an audience in my generation and redeeming it from it's off limits status, and this collection shows his diversity, only furthering his reign over high-end menswear.

Watch the full show HERE