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A Personal Favourite, Ellery

Every runway photographer has a favourite runway to shoot. It’s a different label that appeals to each of them, but it’s a show that they’ll never pass up should they have the chance to photograph it. For the last several years my personal favourite has been Australian label Ellery. So, despite only having recently landed back in Australia after helping Fashionising.com cover the international fashion weeks, I…

Leonard St: playful prints

Who said Melbourne was obsessed with black? VAMFF‘s L’Oreal Paris Runway 3 was intent on showing that other side to Melbourne fashion that often gets overlooked in the dark-and-edgy pigeonholing. It’s the side of Melbourne fashion that loves to play. And last night the likes of Gorman and Leonard St proved that it has a strong contingent. Leonard St’s prints brought us flocks of winged…

David Jones’ epic opener

The word epic probably sprang into many a mind as 300-odd outfits barrelled thick and strong down the runway at yesterday’s VAMFF (Melbourne Fashion Festival) opening show. Presented by department store David Jones, it was a show that sold itself on a promise of having something for everyone, be they boy, girl, man or woman.

David Jones A/W '12 show
David Jones A/W '12 show
David Jones A/W '12 show
David Jones A/W '12 show
David Jones A/W '12 show
David Jones A/W '12 show
David Jones A/W '12 show
David Jones A/W '12 show

The Spirit of the Black Dress lives on

Say what you want about the black dress, but you can’t deny the importance it holds. It’s entry into the English language as the black dress is a dead giveaway: how many other items of clothing hold that status? The black dress is, collectively, an institution. This year the Melbourne Fashion Festival calendar sees the black dress rightly celebrated by 10 designers in The Spirit…

The Spirit of the Black Dress '12 Gala Launch
The Spirit of the Black Dress '12 Gala Launch
The Spirit of the Black Dress '12 Gala Launch
The Spirit of the Black Dress '12 Gala Launch
The Spirit of the Black Dress '12 Gala Launch
The Spirit of the Black Dress '12 Gala Launch
The Spirit of the Black Dress '12 Gala Launch
The Spirit of the Black Dress '12 Gala Launch

The Spirit of the Black Dress 2012: sneak preview

It’s become a well-revered fixture on the annual Melbourne fashion festival calendar. Promoting both beauty of design and sustainability, The Spirit of the Black Dress always wows with it’s ability to showcase new design ideas time after time. Yesterday a media launch was held to give a sneak preview of the 10 dresses involved in this year’s event. You can get a taste below, but…

5 top picks for LMFF: tickets to buy

The program of this year’s VAMFF (Melbourne fashion festival) is overflowing – so it would be ambitious to try and make half of the events, let alone all. So with the program now out, it’s time to sit down and pencil into your diary the must-go events of the week – and to start booking your tickets before they sell out. We’ve already given you…

From Grace Kelly to Hermes: 5 LMFF events to see for free

The VAMFF (Melbourne fashion festival) program has been released; and while you’ll hear plenty around Melbourne about the major runways, there’s also an impressive list of events that forgo the exclusivity and open their doors to all. Here are 5 top picks of fashion and cultural events that you can see or do for free during LMFF.

Dita Von Teese & Claudia Schiffer name dropped for LMFF

On the first day of December it’s unlikely that you’re focussed on much beyond Christmas and, perhaps, New Year’s Eve. Not so in the fashion world, however. With shelves stocked and fingers crossed in the hope of a good Christmas for retailers, the industry en masse openly admits that it has turned its focus away from the remainder of the year and is instead focussed…

Rachel Rutt: the calm

Rachel Rutt’s Australian-Singaporean genes were a melting pot of unique beauty just waiting to boil over. She has that ability to look steamily hard and tough or sweetly innocent, as if by the flick of a switch; though when we snapped this photo backstage at VAMFF (Melbourne Fashion Festival) it was a rare glimpse of Rachel being neither. Just taking a peaceful moment outside in…

Trimapee: the Birth of a collection (video)

Cult Melbourne label Trimapee know that the future is in film. It’s become customary for a video to be released alongside their collections, but they’re not the usual model-posing-for-lookbook pieces. No, what Trimapee produce are cinematic films with visual appeal that goes well beyond the clothing featured. For autumn 2011 its a dramatic piece by photographer Christian Blanchard and filmmaker Steven Protuder that centres upon…

Mimco’s clear coats: an update

When I revealed my not-so-secret love of the clear plastic coats that went down Mimco’s VAMFF (Melbourne fashion festival) runway, it didn’t take long for other like-minded individuals to share their similar sentiments. And in fact all the questions that came my way centered on one thing: where to buy one? So here’s an update: the designer of the plastic coats and dresses was actually…

Anna Wintour on new media

Anna Wintour has clearly got many a thing right in her career, not the least of which has been the meteoric rise of her profile in recent years. Largely spurred on by a novel-cum-film, Wintour successfully maintained her image despite the fact that The Devil Wears Prada portrayed others such as Grace Coddington as the real heroes behind Vogue. When it comes to new media,…

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