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Viva Las Kookai!

It seems Kookai are upping the sophistication level this Autumn Winter season. The Melbourne label’s Viva Las Vegas inspired collection, presented against a backdrop of crooning Elvis and bright light motifs, features high necklines, lady-like retro silhouettes and weightier fabrics in knits and neoprene. Naturally there’s still plenty of slink for

Behind the Scenes | Kookai A/W 2014

‘Some folks like to get away, Take a holiday from the neighbourhood, Hop a flight to Miami Beach, Or to Hollywood, But I’m taking a Greyhound, On the Hudson River Line, I’m in a New York state of mind’ Kookai designer Danielle Wagner was inspired by New York City landscapes

Kookai ‘The Colour of Night’ A/W 2013

New York based model Nicole Trunfio returned to our shores to front Kookai‘s campaign for a second time and headed up the label’s catwalk for their Autumn Winter 2013 showcase last week. The collection, entitled ‘The Colour of Night’, relies heavily on a vampy look of hip-hugging skirts, skin-tight dresses

Kookai “Hotel Particulier – Somewhere in Paris” Winter 2012

Kookai revealed their Winter collection earlier this month, once again revisiting the French inspiration that provided the spark for the label’s beginning. The range is titled “Hotel Particulier” in ode to the charmingly peculiar place the Kookai’s founders stayed in (unbeknownst to them, the hotel was infamous for hosting ladies

Kookai ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ A/W 2011

Inspired by the “freedom and carefree spirit of the of the eternal traveller”, Kookai presented their Autumn Winter 2011 collection entitled ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ at one of the rare solo shows for LMFF. To me, this season’s Kookai traveller makes most of her journeys along an urban landscape;

Kookai: LMFF Sidewalk 4

During LMFF’s fourth ‘Sidewalk’ parade at Federation Sqaure, Kookai presented a collection for savvy young urbanites. For the label, this autumn winter season is about well cut black basics – particularly leather jackets paired with abstract prints. A hint of a Parisian influence is also present in stripes, berets and ruffled

Kookai ‘Love and Lies’ Collection Review

Love and Lies – two words that seem simple enough, but that have a hidden complexity within. Surprising, uplifting and full of mystery, these words appropriately name the Autumn/Winter collection by Kookai. So, where is the ‘Love’ in this collection? Love is in the classic feel of the designs, the

Kookai VIP Evening South Yarra

Personally, I love my Aussie labels. Besides building on my sense of patriotism when I ‘buy Aussie-made’, no other overseas brands seem to translate as seamlessly into my life, taking into account our environment, local trends and variable weather. Think huge shaggy fur coats in our mild winter. Sweat stains

Kookai opens on Acland Street in St Kilda

St Kilda has long enjoyed a place in Australian popular culture and its very psyche. The 1985 Paul Kelly song ‘From St Kilda to King’s Cross’ praised and immortalized the beachside suburb; Kelly states that he is willing to trade all the land and water of Sydney Harbour for that

Beyond the Birdcage | Melbourne Cup Carnival 2014

Erykah Badu for Lavazza

So the Birdcage at Flemington during the Spring Carnival is really like another world that only a relative, privileged few are permitted to enter. It would be easy to dismiss this Melbourne institution as yet another display of our consumerist excess sometimes verging on the debaucherous (past Lavazza invitees; you know who