Queen of the sea

These are not your regular gowns or accessories, bursting as they are with oceanic references and bordering as they are on wearable art. Handmade in Melbourne by Aleem Yusuf for couture line AYC, the tasselled bunches of phosphorescent white or teal are like sea anemones that have been plucked from their watery home. Strands of beads are coral coloured or made to look like black pearls. The whole collection, titled ‘Flow’, takes its inspiration and its colour palette from the ocean.

Couture Inq

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Couture Inq S/S '12 by Peter Coulson
Couture Inq S/S '12 by Peter Coulson
Couture Inq S/S '12 by Peter Coulson
Couture Inq S/S '12 by Peter Coulson
Couture Inq S/S '12 by Peter Coulson
Couture Inq S/S '12 by Peter Coulson
Couture Inq S/S '12 by Peter Coulson
Couture Inq S/S '12 by Peter Coulson
Couture Inq S/S '12 by Peter Coulson
Couture Inq S/S '12 by Peter Coulson
Couture Inq S/S '12 by Peter Coulson
Couture Inq S/S '12 by Peter Coulson
Couture Inq S/S '12 by Peter Coulson
Couture Inq S/S '12 by Peter Coulson
Couture Inq S/S '12 by Peter Coulson

And of course being no regular collection, the look book was shot by no regular photographer. Peter Coulson (peter-coulson.com) took these darkly beautiful images of model Natascha Verkaik, turning her into an ocean Queen reigning over a deep sea kingdom.

View the full shoot by clicking on the gallery.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.