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RAFW: Roopa Pemmaraju ‘Royal Edition’ S/S 11/12

Inspired by the regal past of her home country, Melbourne-based designer Roopa Pemmaraju looks to India’s Nizams for her upcoming ‘Royal Edition’ collection as showcased at fashion week. Her second “rewarding” showing at RAFW was marginally less stressful than 2010’s debut. Last minute drama ensued when the model’s footwear was

RAFW: Accessories in focus

Melbourne designers are appearing on the Australian fashion week runways with more frequency than ever before. Though some are unsung heroes; as the accessories labels that adorn mainline collections with the shoes, bags and jewellery that add the final flourish to the show. I’m already mad about Arnsdorf‘s envelope clutches and delicate

RAFW: Yeojin Bae Premiere S/S 11/12

Oh, Yeojin. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love that you’re inspired by all things Gallic. I love that your collection Premiere is so appropriately titled for your debut at Australian Fashion Week. I love that you always balance uncomplicated coolness with unashamed femininity. I

RAFW: Shakuhachi Tresses

With its youthful energy and nearly-neon brights, Shakuhachi‘s collection succeeded in capturing the essence of a modern summer. The show’s hair director, Paloma Rose Garcia from Oscar Oscar for Cloud Nine, managed to take a break from the previous day’s hair trials to let me in on the look. Inspired

RAFW: Amber&Thomas Tresses

The latest Amber&Thomas collection is purportedly inspired by European holidays; yet we think the tan suede and fringing lends itself to a contemporary Navajo woman as muse. While fresh injections of white, blues and diamond prints kept the collection from becoming too thematic; there was still a vague element of

RAFW: Friend of Mine Tresses

Friend of Mine‘s Rosemount Australian Fashion Week Show kicked off with white lace, leather harnesses, itsy bitsy bleached denim shorts and a vintage, rock and roll attitude. In keeping with the youthful rebellious look hair director Philip Barwick for Redken says the look, “has some real cheek about it”. So

RAFW: Arnsdorf Tresses

Jade Sarita Arnott’s label Arnsdorf was the first of the Melbourne labels to hit the official runway at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week. The collection, which possessed a resort vibe, was defined by Indian-style tunic shapes and Arnsdorf’s signature shirt-dressing. Tropical paradise hues of iced mint and fuschia punctuated crisp whites

(Pre)RAFW: Thurley Tresses

Thurley‘s pre-RAFW showcase was set amid the Woollahra Post Office, which was transformed into almost a Garden of Eden atmosphere with vines and fruit laden tables. Designer Helen O’Connor’s  show was a profusion of sequins, feathers and fringing. When it came to transformation of the model’s locks however, the Schwarzkopf team were

(Pre)RAFW: LIFEwithBIRD Beauties

LIFEwithBIRD‘s pre-RAFW gallery showcase of their ‘The Way’ collection was a fusion of transparency and florals (hydrangeas to be exact). While it will be a little while until pieces hit shelves, one thing we can get instant gratification from now is their pretty-as-a-posie runway beauty look as designed by M.A.C.

RAFW: Xiomara

Melbourne shoe label Xiomara is moving past bridal footwear into the fashion realm. Throughout the recent Rosemount Australian Fashion Week model Hannah Ubl turned heads by showcasing Xiomara’s designs lounging variously on a chaise, in a martini glass or in a bathtub. The pair I’d choose are the sparkling Swarovski-laden