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Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2011: Top 10

The Grand Hyatt’s ‘Residence’ space was transformed into a Springtime tableau last week courtesy bouquets of lisianthus, roses and orchids: a fitting setting for the 2011 Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (MSFW) program launch. As you have probably heard by now model Sophie Van Den Akker has been unveiled as the face of the festival

Look. Stop. SHOP!

Now that the mania of stocktake sale season is petering out it’s time to reclaim the simple joy of shopping. Look. Stop. Shop as part of the State of Design Festival simply adds to the pleasure of browsing, hunting and gathering. In keeping with this year’s festival theme of “design

Lookbook: ‘The Treasure Chest’ Coelho S/S 11/12

Shalini Coelho‘s debut collection entitled ‘The Treasure Chest’ is a gilded range of versatile pieces intended to travel fluidly from officewear to an outfit suited to after 5 (or as I prefer to call it “martini-o-clock”). Below, the budding Melbourne designer shares the Coelho story so far… Can you tell

Emerging Melbourne designers shine at iD Fashion Week

Last week, iD Dunedin Fashion Week presented its International Emerging Designer Award to a rising star for the seventh time. From a field of 26 finalists (from 120 entrants across 20 nations) RMIT’s Kate Bolzonello was deemed the most promising as judged by Vogue online editor Damien Woolnough, Akira Isogawa, Stefano Sopelza and

Floriferous fashion

Florals are so hot(house) right now. Last week I found myself surrounded by green-thumbs rather than the usual glam set at a major event. The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, held annually in the serene Carlton Gardens and sometime catwalk venue of the Royal Exhibition Buildings, still managed to plant

National Graduate Showcase preview

The L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival and Sportsgirl introduced us – along with past ‘Sportsgirl likes’ designers Alpha60 and LIFEwithBIRD – to the 12 graduate designers from around the country that have been chosen to be an integral part of the 2011 festival. Formerly called Metamorphosis, the national Graduate Showcase will

Fashion Hall of Fame 2010 & Spring Runway

Couturier Robert Fritzlaff and Arthur Galan (of the label Arthur Galan AG) joined the ‘crème de la crème’ of Australia’s fashion industry as they were inducted in to the Stonnington Fashion Hall of Fame. “It’s vintage…I’m vintage” chuckles Robert Fritzlaff as his 1963 Gown of the Year is paraded down

Dress Code: MSFW Wrap

Feeling comfortable isn’t an alien concept at Fashion Week for me. I’ve done it so many times and I’m surrounded by so many friends and colleagues that I don’t feel out of place anymore. I’ve worked super hard for a long time to find my place. That level of comfort

Tessa Blazey jewellery

Constructing a piece of jewellery is no ordinary process for Tessa Blazey; a designer whose truly unique collections are created from her passion for geometry. Sourcing rare mineral elements, Tessa has developed an imaginative collection of remarkable rings, bold necklaces and structural cuffs – what Tessa calls ‘miniature architecture.’ Here

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2010

Only 28 beauty sleeps to go until Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (MSFW) blossoms into being once again, for a sweet 16th time. This morning the steps of the Melbourne Town Hall were given a breath of life courtesy real grass, potted pansys and lavender as the MSFW lineup for 2010