Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tom Binns and the First Lady

Who would have thought that an Irish bloke who learn how to make jewellery from Middlesex Polytechnic would end up selling his wears at prestigious stores worldwide including Collette Paris, Harrods in London and Net-a-porter, and go on to collaborate with Vivien Westwood and Malcolm Maclaren and have his designs worn by a First Lady? Tom Binns is he and his designs are it. I just love his tough take on modern classics and his use of colour and that he is a man most unlikely. Check out these neon chandelier earrings and Michelle's hot look below.

Tom Binns neon earrings

Michelle Obama wearing Tom Binns necklace and a Tom Binns design


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Topshop FINALLY Downunder!!

Australians need no longer despair at the latest Topshop Unique collection as Topshop is set to open here in 28 days (as reported in SHM) or 2 weeks (as advised by Incu when I asked)! Sydney's Incu has secured an exclusive deal with the chain which will see Topshop move into Incu's Oxford Street Store. TO get you excited here are just a few of the looks from Topshop Unique's London Fashion week show. Think 80's band Bananarama, singer Boy George and cute mechanic cool. The collection is easy and fun and well suited to the masses of fans worldwide that love and live the brand.

PS Don't miss out on Topshop's Crocodile Print Dress by Christopher Kane Its great if you loved Frederick Gray's SS09/10 dark tube dresses but can't afford the price tag!

Exxy and Cheapie

Christopher Kane for Topshop Crocodile Print Dress

Friedrich Gray SS09/10

Monday, September 28, 2009

Siren calling!

The latest collection for Siren shoes is hitting stores and you don't want to miss out. Can't afford YSL and Louis Vuitton? Neither can most but you needn't worry as Siren mimics the European looks and sells their shoes as prices we can afford! You're guaranteed to be seeing these in the editorial pages of your favourite mag soon.







Images: ScooterShoes

Sunday, September 27, 2009

I am finally the owner of a copy of The Sartorialist the book! I was so excited when I saw it in Borders on the weekend. It is amazing how fashion lovers and non lovers alike enjoy this book which will no doubt be a historical reference of fashion culture for years to come.

It was exciting to see Australia editors featured - Kate Lanpher, Vanessa Coyle, Christine Centenera, Michelle Jank and Yasmin Sewell. Keep it coming girls and keep snapping Scott!

Images: The Sartorialist

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Licorice high

Josh Goot got all trippy this week displaying psychedelic colour and illusionary prints at London Fashion Week. I'm not sure what the inspiration for the collection was but it reminds me of high times and licorice all sorts. The prints play on shape and change the body by drawing the eye away from the normal figure lines.

Goot's collection looks to a colourful summer to come. If you love colour but are unsure about wearing it, introduce it in accessories. Colour lifts the mood and makes for a playful day. If you aren't afraid to wear colour be careful not to go too far. Pair your Josh Goot coloured tank dress with mushroom or tan coloured heels, you don't look like a Pro Heart or Ken Done painting!!

Images:,, peeptoe, dinosaur designs

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sidewalk scene

If you, like me, love to check out the street wear on show during New York Fashion week make sure you check out Jak & Jill Blog and They offer all the best of the sidewalk show...

Images: Jak & Jil Blog

Crochet for Cate Blanket I mean Blanchett

What a storm in a tea cup Cate Blanket I mean Blanchett has created by wearing this one off creation by Romance Was Born. The press are in a tizz over her appearance at the opening of the Screen Worlds at ACMI in Melbourne yesterday in Shock Horror a crocheted dress that looks like your grandmother's favourite throw or her much loved tea cosy. The dress, part of the Romance Was Born's much lauded Spring Summer 2009-2010 collection, was reported to have been crocheted by Anna Plunckett's mother. Anna is one half of the Romance Was Born design duo, the other being Luke Sales.

The Herald's fashion commentator Melissa Hoyer was unimpressed but Adelaide Now reported that "Project Runway Australia mentor Henry Roth gave Blanchett a "gold star" for being imaginative and different". I too give Blanchett the thumbs up! Of course there are more beautiful dresses out there but Blanchett was having fun with it and I love that. Cate is a champion of the arts and this is just another example of her getting behind her creative pals.

It will no doubt be debated whether crochet is suitable for the red carpet but this particular number at least matched it!


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

BACKSTAGE Alexander Wang AKA "Woolly Wang"

Further to my Tuesday blog post regarding the latest collaboration between Alexander Wang and Australian Wool Innovation (owner of the world renowned Woolmark brand) I came across these backstage photos from show and just had to share. These shoots give a much clearer perspective of the collection. The last photo of Australia's Abby Lee is just beautiful! For the full photo story go to Stylesightings.



Last night I attended the launch of the book Crooks Like Us by Sydney author Peter Doyle at Sydney's Justice and Police Museum. The book launch coincides with the exhibition of 1920s police "special photographs" many of which were taken in and around Darlinghurst and Surry Hills, Sydney.

Crooks Like Us features black and white photographs taken by Sydney police during the 1920s of "individuals they thought were, or were likely to become, professional criminals". The images were unearthed from the museum’s Forensic Photography Archive by author Doyle while he undertook research at the archive.

The images are haunting, touching and very intriguing and are accompanied by the stories of the photographs subjects carefully researched by Doyle. The book which was published by the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales is a follow up to Doyle's City of Shadows: Sydney police photographs 1912-1948 which also features dark yet fascinating police photographs of Sydney crime scenes, criminals and their victims.

Check out the exhibition on until 7 March 2010 at the Museum found on corner of Albert and Phillip Streets, Circular Quay, Sydney. The book can be bought at all good book sellers and at the museum.