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VAMFF | National Graduate Designer of the Year Rachael Zheng

Rachael Zheng by Carolyn West

Remember this collection on the National Graduate catwalk at VAMFF recently? It’s called ‘Lilt’ by emerging designer Rachael Zheng, who has just been announced as the winner of Target’s $25,000 grant plus she’ll get to release a capsule ‘Designers for Target’ collection with the department store. “I am pinching myself,”

Festival of Steve 2015

Clint Peloso Photography - Festival of Steve

Calling all urban gentlemen. Festival of Steve becomes a city hub for all things manly for one day only this weekend. Forget butcher, baker, candlestick maker. Steve will host tailors, stylists and boot makers. Have your whiskers and follicles tamed (with a side of whiskey, natch), find the finishing details

Now Open | Bibelot | South Melbourne

Interior Design style at Bibelot

I must admit I’m still coming down from a Chez Dre induced sugar high. Their sister venue, the dessert parlour that is Bibelot is now open right nearby the famed cafe. Inspired by French bakeries, the Breathe Architecture-guided space is accented in chic black and gold. Marble surfaces, Isa’s Italian

Style Guide: Armadale

The best of Armadale

You may not have noticed yet, but Armadale suddenly got an injection of cool. Once it was the haunt of Toorak tractors, blushing brides-to-be and ladies-who-do-not-much-but-lunch (admittedly it still is). But now, a smattering of wine bars, loosened-up cafes and the cream of savvy-yet-sophisticated designer labels have moved on into the

APOM | Way Back When | Winter 2015


As a 90’s kid my formative years collided with the peak pop-culture dino era of Jurassic Park, the Dinosaurs tv sitcom, and Was Not Was’ one hit wonder ‘Walk the Dinosaur’ (I just aged out of getting caught up in the Barney & Friends juggernaut). By my favourite was the

Di-lia | The Rendering Graphics | A/W 2015


Dilia Ew is the designer behind the new eponymous fashion label stylised as “Di-lia” (the hyphen is a metaphorical bridge towards her future). The first collection titled ‘The Rendering Graphics’ come from a reoccurring dream Dilia experienced in which she walks through misty woodland. The colours in the range – such

Outfit Post | Grand Finale | VAMFF 2015


I have a soft spot for fashion that doesn’t take itself too seriously. So when I saw APOM’s new collection with this fab dino print inspired by one of my beloved childhood movies I was instantly happy (there may have been some rather undignified squealing and hand-clapping). I thought Romance

Romance Was Born Grand Finale | VAMFF 2015


May Gibbs’ gumnut babies may seem like unlikely muses. Yet against a backdrop of the late authoress’ voice and the comforting scent of Eucalyptus leaves, Romance Was Born created magic. ‘Bush Magic’ is their latest collection which puts the spotlight on Australiana via magpie feather prints, stunning wattle blooms and

Independence Runway | VAMFF 2015

Strateas.Carlucci at Independence Runway VAMFF 2015 by Scott Gick for

The Independence Runway at the Virgin Australian Melbourne Fashion Festival put the spotlight on last year’s Tiffany & Co. National Designer Award winners Strateas.Carlucci in a slightly-tweaked, more celebratory format that I hope continues in coming years with other indy labels that deserve to shine. Other doing-it-for-themselves labels also took

National Graduate Showcase | VAMFF 2015

National Graduate Showcase by Carolyn West for

This may be the most sophisticated National Graduate Showcase I’ve ever witnessed at the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival. Alumni of Melbourne’s RMIT, and Sydney’s UTS, presented accomplished collections based on impressively elucidated  concepts. Their inspiration points ranged from from painter Georgia O’Keeffe, to Chinatown collages, to the Japanese concept of