Thursday, August 5, 2010

LMFW 2010 - I Spy Style Fashion Career Workshop

Earlier this year in one of my posts I spoke about a wonderful opportunity I had in attending the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Week WGSN Edit: 10 Global Issues that Count in 2010. It was all a big thanks to iSpyStyle and for attending their first Fashion Careers Workshop (as part of the LMFF Cultural Program) held at the Whitehouse Institute of Design on Bourke St.

iSpyStyle Fashion Workshop is about being inspired, informed and connected with others in the fashion industry. It is also a great opportunity to gain some professional insight from industry experts, and is the perfect marketplace to network with other creatives.

(Me and friends from Stylehunter, and JacintaCatherine)

The workshop was divided into two sessions: Session 1 - Creative Careers in Fashion (Design, Styling and Visual Merchandising); and Session 2 - Business Careers in Fashion (PR, Marketing, Media and Production and Events). I decided to attend both sessions as I was really excited by the impressive line-up of speakers throughout the day! The speakers were:

Cathryn Wills (Creative Director, Mimco), Philip Boon (Celebrity Stylist, StylistSays), Aimee McCallum (Freelance VM of 'Husk Stores'), Jade Roberts (PR Manager, Sportsgirl), Rachel Tuffery (Director, Pronto Productions), and Kate McKibben (Managing Editor, Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily).

Jade Roberts (PR Manager, Sportsgirl), Rachel Tuffery (Director,Pronto Productions), and Kate McKibben (Managing Editor, Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily).

Each speaker introduced themselves and spoke about their career paths and experiences that has taken them to where they are today. They provided realistic industry tips and advice regarding education, resumes and CVs, how to approach companies to gain work experience (and how 'not to'), and networking tools and fashion resources.

The workshop was run and hosted by Kate Vandermeer, Senior Spy and Director of iSpyStyle - which is a creative collaboration network for the Design Industry. Kate possesses over 10 years experience in the fashion industry in a variety of areas such as Trend Forecasting, Design and Development, Marketing, Branding,Visual Merchandising and Online, and is undoubtedly a well-known figure throughout the Australian fashion scene. She was also the co-founder of the online fashion magazine Stylehunter, and currently writes for WGSN and lectures at the Whitehouse Institute of Design among a whole list of other freelance projects and activities!

The workshop covered a lot of important topics and answered a myriad of questions regarding a career in the fashion industry - whether you're a graduate, a small business, or if you're considering a change in career.

The exciting news is that iSpyStyle is holding another Fashion Career Workshop with another impressive line-up and this time, they are part of the official business program of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2010. Speakers include: Arabella Ramsay (Designer and Director, Arabella Ramsay), Romy Frydman (Creator, StyleMeRomy), and Amander Henderson (Director and Founder, Gloss Creative). But wait, there's more!

iSpyStyle is also launching its first iSpyStyle Fashion Marketing Bootcamp Workshop, which is about arming emerging designers, students looking at starting up their own label, and small fashion brands/labels with the right tools to succeed in the fashion industry! Speakers include: Karen Rieschieck (Buyer, Alice Euphemia) and Trish Nicol (PR, Trish Nicol Agency), who will be covering topics such as: dealing with Media and PR; and ways to approach wholesale buyers; website, social media and e-commerce solutions.

Both events will be held on Saturday 4th September 2010 at Melbourne International Fine Art (MiFA) on Collins Street, and tickets are available now here. Check out iSpyStyle for more information and learn more about Kate Vandermeer here.

Monday, August 2, 2010

I wanna be a Rockstar

Haha! Ok, so I went to a friend's birthday party in the weekend, and there was a dress-up theme: "Childhood Dreams - What do I want to be when I grow up." I love going to dress-up parties as they are so much fun (and I love creating costumes!), but this time round I left things pretty last minute and had to whip something up quicky from my existing wardrobe.

It just happened so that I recently bought this fantastic little batwing top covered in shaggy tassels from MNG, which gave me an idea. No...I wasn't going to get dressed up as a yeti...but as a rock star! Paired with some stretch PVC leggings, platform snakeskin booties, and plenty of accessories - my outfit was complete! Well - almost complete. My bf also made me my own microphone...which I wish I had taken a photo of because it was quite a good effort! Didn't last too long in the night tho as the golf ball (microphone head bit) kept falling off!

(wearing: MNG yeti top, MNG PVC leggings, Spacesuit Chain Belt, Witchery snakeskin booties)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Escape to nowhere

With the rise of military, tribal and ethnic fashion influences, marketing campaigns and photo shoot spreads have also made their own shifts. Deserts and barren landscapes seem to be popular choices for setting the scene of our new season's fashion collections, giving us a sense of mystery, escapism, and the beauty of faraway places.

Chronicles of Never Nomad in the Desert

(Men's Vogue China via thefashionisto)

(Super sartorial summer H&M for Fantastic Man via thefashionisto)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Burberry Prorsum Fall RTW 2010

Last year we couldn't stop talking about Balmain's Spring RTW collection with his statement shoulder military jackets and his bleached, ripped skinny jeans. This year, we can't get enough of Burberry Prorsum's Fall 2010 RTW collection. Famous for its Outerwear, Burberry has come up with an utterly desirable collection of giant-collared shearlings, military and aviator-style jackets, overcoats, and parkas that has many a fashionista gagging to get a hold of one - me included. Pics below are some of my favourites, and as you can see, I love my furries!

Burberry Prorsum Fall 2010 RTW

Friday, July 23, 2010

When it rains, it pours.

We may be suffering from water-shortage in Australia...but when it does rain in Melbourne, it pours. And without warning too. I've been caught out one too many times in Melbourne's crazy down-pours and am a little tired of having wet, cold shoes and feet all day. So I finally decided to buy myself my first pair of rainboots (well, my first pair since I was a wee toddler anyways). I've already spoken about the wide range of rainboots that are available here, but I what I really wanted was a pair of rainboots that didn't look like obvious rainboots - a pair that could almost get-away with looking like a pair of classic knee-high boots.

Loeffler Randall Matilde Boots

Loeffler Randall makes the most beautiful shoes and I particularly love the 'Matilde' Boot with its sleek and slender toe and subtle wedge heel. If I could afford these boots I would buy them in an instant...however when I discovered that there was a rainboot version of them I had to do some research! I found a few online stores that still stocked these boots and was chuffed when I found a pair on sale - brand new for USD59!
Loeffler Randall Matilde Rainboots

I'm normally a shoe size US 5-6 and ended up getting the size 5. They are pretty snug a around the foot area, but I love how they are narrow in the calf so they don't look big and clumsy like normal rainboots. I wore them over leggings to the Victoria Markets in the weekend and they were perfect as I didn't have to worry about puddles and getting my shoes dirty. Now bring on the rain I say!

Loeffler Randal Matilde rainboots

Monday, July 19, 2010

Hair Inspiration

Not only are these girls from Saboskirt absolutely stunning, they have the most beautiful hair and gorgeous braided hairstyles...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Vintage Oversized Blazer

I bought this fantastic oversized wool blazer a little while ago off Trademe for $5.50!! Bargain price I tell ya, and it's really nice and warm too. The top part of the collar can be buttoned across the front as well, but today I decided to leave it open - beautiful sunny winter's day outside :o)