Skirts = the new Pants

Hello Spring!! I’m mighty glad the Melbourne weather has been warming up. And my legs definitely agree. I’ve always been a jeans gal, but over the last year or so I have somehow been gathering a larger number of skirts than ever before in my wardrobe, and perhaps with that a growing confidence to show my legs. (I have to say this new found skirt-wearing confidence + collection is gonna be hella useful when I move to Alice Springs in a few weeks because it’s gonna be way too hot there for jeans!)

Anything buttoned, embellished, frilled & asymmetrical etc. has been my latest obsession. Who needs boring straight hems and pencil skirts when you can have wrap over sides and raw edges and eyelets and high-low hems and heaps of fun bits & bobs!? Here is specimen A in my new fav skirt ft. cheesy ass posing:

Shiny gold buttons. FRILLS. Where more could you want 😜

Atmost&Here Sienna Button Frill SkirtThrifted striped turtleneck top – Karen Walker sunglasses – Country Road Natasha Earring

If you wanna get in on the bare-legged, button-happy, frivololity-ness, here is the link to my new fave skirt and a couple of other picks of mine from The Iconic:

Hope everyone is off to a great start this week!! Get those legs out, and soak up that sunshine!

Stacy x

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GOLDEN HOUR ✨

Dusk is my favourite time of day – it’s the cusp between afternoon and evening, when shadows start to lengthen and everything starts to slow down and unwind. There’s a reason they call it the “golden hour” and it’s not just because of the soft lighting that we get when the sun starts to set. Though that indeed is a perk and why I choose to take most of my photos at dusk.

This outfit from the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF) is one of my favourites, black with a hint of metallic. It’s simple, yet intricate. It’s elegant, yet edgy. When I saw this skirt on ASOS I knew it had to be mine, and what better place to wear it than to fashion week 🙂

ASOS midi skirt // Kookai everyday crop // Dune London bag // Senso Taffy heels

I attended the VAMFF designer runway show on Saturday night with Celeste and we saw some amazing new collection pieces from Thurley, Misha Collection, White Suede and other gorgeous labels. Definitely true to say that we both added a few new pieces to our fashion wishlist for the Autumn/Winter coming. I always love an opportunity to frock up too!

Anyway, gotta go, it’s dusk. Time to make some magic happen ✨✨✨

What’s your favourite time of day, and why?

Stacy x

BIKER JACKET

A well-fitting, good quality biker jacket is a trans-seasonal must have in my fashion books. It’s classy and timeless, yet edgy and fashion-forward. It can be worn in so many different ways, whether you have a more feminine style or you like to look grungy, or you’re into street wear. It suits almost every style I’d say.

For those who are ethically conscious, there are plenty of pleather and leather alternatives out there. I for one don’t buy real leather jackets – a) I prefer to know an animal wasn’t harmed for my outfit and b) there’s no way I would ever be able to afford it anyway 😛

Here is a little style board I put together to show you just how cool biker jackets are.

I bought one from Sportsgirl recently and it has been on high rotation ever since.

What do you guys think of the whole biker jacket trend?

Happy weekend lovelies!

Stacy x

ANNA QUAN – HIBERNUS

 

Anna Quan’s new collection lookbook is a dreamy delight for the eyes. Shot in front of a textured rocky backdrop, this collection features relaxed, flowing silhouettes in subtle grey and white, camel and eggshell blue. The delicate combination of wool, linen silk looks absolutely luxurious.

I’m a big fan of the flared sleeves and relaxed, oversized hemlines. These pieces will be perfect for that Autumn transitional period between Melbourne’s warm sunny afternoons and those bitter chill mornings.

Hooray for Aussie designers kicking goals!

Stacy x

images sourced from annaquan.com

VAMFF ’16 – PREMIUM RUNWAY 6

This is the runway show that was held in the Melbourne Museum underground carpark. How very Melbourne hipster of you, Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival! It showcased some of Melbourne’s more indie/alternative brands – bul, Kuwaii, Limedrop, I Love Mr Mittens, Obus and Ryder.


Kuwaii


Obus


Limedrop


Ryder


Ryder


I Love Mr Mittens

I loved the classic, flattering cuts and the quirky understated prints that came down the runway. Almost everything that was showcased by these brands I could see hanging in my wardrobe this Autumn, and that’s a really important point for me, because often Australian fashion labels send beautiful pieces of art down the runway which are not work or uni or everyday appropriate at all! So kudos for that. I suppose my only real criticism is that the clothes seemed quite ‘safe’ and stuck to a formula. There was no particularly ‘WOW’ factor to anything. But if you find a winning formula, why change it, right?!

Well that’s a wrap! VAMFF is done and dusted for another year. See you next year!

Stacy x

VAMFF ’16 – PREMIUM RUNWAY 4

Seeing the runway photos from Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival has got me excited for Australian fashion again. I must admit, for a while I was feeling pretty bored with the recycled and regurgitated trends that were dropping into shops everywhere. I’ve seen enough off shoulder tops and adidas trainers to last a lifetime tbh. Not that I have anything against them, in fact I quite enjoy both those trends, but seeing the same thing over and over can get a little tiring and uninspiring after a while… 


Ginger & Smart


Martin Grant

VAMFF’s Runway 4 got me good – I’m loving the relaxed, flowing silhouettes of Ginger & Smart. Check out the gorgeous dark floral print! As I said in my previous post, not a huge fan of florals. However this one is disguised as a graphic splotchy paint-like print, Continue reading

FARAWEN SILKS

My housemate’s beautiful friend Carmen makes scarves. Hand painted hand created illustrated silk scarves. Storytelling scarves to finish an outfit. They are absolutely beautiful and unique – a timeless product that will withstand trends and fads. Lately I have been interested in cutting down on fast fashion and reducing my wardrobe to basics and more timeless pieces. I decided to interview Carmen about her Farawen Silks, and what inspires her work.

Watch this absolutely breath-taking video of the scarf-making process!

Tell me a bit about your background growing up, and your hobbies.

I’ve grown up in Bath, England. I spent a lot of my time growing up with my family visiting art galleries and theatres on holiday, which definitely influenced my choices and paths. I went on to do an art foundation and studied Theatre and Performance design in Liverpool. After working freelance for a little while I did a complete U-turn and moved to Greece for a couple of summers, worked for a diving company and met some wonderful people. Now I’m back in my hometown and following my growing passion for silk painting.

Where did the idea for Farawen Silks come from?

I first worked with Silk on a costume design project at University. I created silk jacket linings for the schoolboy roles in the musical ‘Spring awakening’. I loved the expression of the paint and the ease of transferring an idea, concept, or artwork onto a wearable piece.

Can you describe your process for making your silk scarves? How long does it take?

I buy the silk white and on the roll. First it has to be washed, dried, sometimes pre dyed and then stretched onto a frame. I then use a gutta, which outlines the patterns and creates borders in the silk. Next I use silk dye, water, and silk to add colour and texture to the scarves. Once finished the dye is iron fixed, washed, ironed and then I hand roll the edges to create a flowing finish. A large detailed large scarf could take around 10 hours of working time.

What’s the most challenging part of what you do?

Farawen silks is a very new business venture for me. So I think keeping the faith that I can achieve and grow and continue to push forward is the challenge for me.

What are your top three must have items in you wardrobe?

Mmm… my wool slippers from Greece because I have extra cold toes, a fabulous coat, (I have a weakness for them), and my knee high brown leather boots!

Do you have a life motto?

No. I see life as a work in progress.

Where do you see Farawen Silks in 5 years time?

I plan to have my own workshop and art retail space! Watch this space!

Do you have any advice for people wanting to peruse a creative business idea?

You won’t lose anything by trying, so go for it!

Farawen Silks ships worldwide, so if you’re looking for the perfect present for Mother’s Day, a birthday or just a gift for that special someone, look no further 🙂 Farawen Silks scarves are available in the ETSY SHOP and check out more photos on the FACEBOOK PAGE.

Have a great weekend everyone!!

x x Stace