So Very Summer

Sunday, December 18, 2011


This is exactly the kind of shoot that makes me wish I was in the southern hemisphere for summer at the moment.  Featuring several of my favourite things, sweet sundresses, swimsuits and sandals of the super lovely variety, this editorial with the gorgeous Mariana Braga, is further enhanced by the stunning scenery.  There is something about pure white lace and silk that is just so perfect for long summer days.

Katie Does Vintage

Thursday, December 15, 2011

What Katie Did 'Glamour Corsolette' £65
Favoured by everyone from fashion editors to cool kids, vintage style clothing has seen a massive re-surgence in the past few years, with the popularity of recent films and television shows, in particular Mad Men and just lately Pan Am. But to get the authentic vintage look, it’s important to have just the right undergarments that create the silhouette, which is where London lingerie company What Katie Did comes in. They manufacture glamourous faux vintage lingerie, in a range of styles to accentuate the feminine shape, and give just the right look to those structured and fitted garments that are everywhere again.

The Boy From Oz

Thursday, December 15, 2011


Geoffrey J. Finch with Antipodium's capsule collection for Sportsgirl
Tucked away in an innocuous back-street in London’s east is ‘Anti Towers’, the business hub and workroom of local label Antipodium. It’s here the brand’s Creative Director, Geoffrey J. Finch, designs the successful young label, known for its subtle simplicity and quirky charm.

Feline Chic

Thursday, December 1, 2011


I adore this editorial from Glamour Spain's December issue, featuring the stunning Luize Salmgrieze.  I have a kitten obsession at the moment, so this shoot really appeals to me for it's furry-eared purr-fection.  It's also completely gorgeous and beautifully shot by Alice Rosati.

I Heart Pan Am

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Stepping back into the stylish sixties, the new television series, Pan Am, has captured my imagination and is also having a serious effect on my wardrobe at the moment.  Evoking a more glamourous era, when air travel was an occasion people dressed up for, this show is everything I hoped it would be and more.

The Gorgeous Garden Dress

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Isn't this just the perfect dress for summer?  It's so beautiful and light, with such a lovely floaty skirt.  I adore that it's in my favourite garden floral print of this season from Madame Hawke (Ruby's sister label).  I've been wearing the Garden shirt constantly since I got it in August and am so excited that it's been released as a dress for the upcoming warmer months.  Genius idea really as the shirt has been super popular.

Fabulous Forties Frida

Friday, October 21, 2011


This extraordinary shoot of the gorgeous Frida Gustavsson just caught my eye and I had to post it.  It's so very lovely and exactly what I had in my mind when I named this blog as it's really just so pretty.  Shot for Elle Sweden's November issue by Andreas Ohlund and styled by Linda Lindqwister.  It's a beautiful take on the sweet forties inspired fashion that's featured in the collections of several designers this season.

London: Brick Lane Street Style

Thursday, October 20, 2011


Huge apologies for the serious lack of posts this past month lovely readers.  Life has been rather hectic with moving to London and starting study at the London College of Fashion all taking place.  Everything is now under control and I've adjusted to my busy new life in this amazing city, with many more blog posts to come I promise.

The Super Cute Cure Shop

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Supporting a cause very close to my heart, the world's first 'Cure Shop' launched in New Zealand today, with the aim of raising funds to find a cure for breast cancer.  Glassons have long supported the Breast Cancer Research Trust in a collaboration with a bunch of wonderful NZ designers.  Having raised over $3.5 million dollars during the past 8 years with various tshirt designs sold through Glassons stores, this year they have upped the ante by creating the new 'Cure Shops', selling a range of designer created items that are perfect for summer.

With everything from swimsuits to t-shirts, inflatable chairs to sunglasses, the Cure Shops have all sorts of cute items from local designers including Karen Walker, Trelise Cooper, Cybele, Twenty-seven Names, Huffer, Ruby and Zambesi.  I adore the lovely Trelise Cooper swimsuit (above) and there are lots of pretty items that would make great gifts too.  The new 'Cure Shop' items are available at 35 Glassons stores nationwide and online here.

So much amazing research has been done in the field of breast cancer in the past few years, that a cure is getting ever closer.  Supporting the 'Cure Shop' is a fun way you can get involved and support this super important cause, while looking great and having a fantastic summer.  Apparently there has been huge demand for these products already on just the first day of sales, so you will have to get in quick to snap up a piece of this cute collection!


Cure Shop in Newmarket Glassons

Cybele

Twenty-seven Names

Huffer

Ruby

Karen Walker

Twenty-seven Names

Images from: http://www.glassons.com/cure-shop and Showroom 22

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Riveting Rose

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


I've always thought Rose Byrne was breathtakingly beautiful and these new shots of her from Muse magazine caught my eye immediately today.  A nice break from all the runway photos I've looked at over the past few weeks, this editorial, shot by Will Davidson and styled by Zoe James, is retro inspired and just gorgeous. 

I love how elegant these shots are and how the loosely styled hair adds a slightly dishevelled feel that's quirky pretty, instead of perfect pretty.  The feel is relaxed glamour, which is emphasised by the dramatic black and white.  Rose is definitely exquisite looking and as much as I love all these shots, there is something really charming about the last one, amazing!








Images from: http://fashiongonerogue.com/rose-byrne-will-davidson-muse-fall-2011/

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I Got Colour Bugged!

Saturday, September 17, 2011


The cutest little bright bug is creeping into hair salons in NZ, and after having a sneak preview at NZFW, I just had to try it myself.  I love colour, especially coloured hair, but I've always been a bit shy about putting any bright colour in my hair.  Mostly because I'm a bit fickle about these kind of things and change my mind fairly often, so you can imagine how excited I was when I found out about Kevin Murphy's new product Colour Bug, which is temporary pretty colour for hair.

I was invited along to Stephen Marr at the Department Store to give the cute Colour Bug a try.  The lovely Kristelle styled my hair (how pretty are those curls) and applied my chosen pink colour, which was really easy but a little messy for her hands and brush, fortunately it washes off easily.   

It's a fantastic little product that is totally temporary and like make-up for hair (it's kind of chalky in texture).  Because it's easy to apply, you control how much you want to put on and it washes out, so you can choose another colour tomorrow! 

I absolutely love the results, especially how Kristelle applied it so the colour and length varies a bit.  I can't wait to get my hands on some more so I can have a play myself too.  Kevin Murphy Colour Bug comes in three colours: pink, purple and orange and will be available at Stephen Marr soon for just $25 each.  I will let you know as soon as I have the onsale date so you can snap some up for yourself. 

Thanks again to the awesome Kristelle at Stephen Marr, my hair looks so cool I don't want to wash it!
 


Images from: My iPhone 4

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NZFW 2011: Kathryn Wilson

Sunday, September 11, 2011


Closing NZFW with a stunning display of sexiness and some fantastic shoes, Kathryn Wilson's second NZFW show was a triumph that she shared with a huge crowd of several thousand fashion lovers.  Taking the unusual approach of opening her show up to the public, instead of the standard closed event for just VIPS, media and buyers, her fans certainly appreciated the chance to see a proper NZFW show in person and turned up in droves.

The show itself was a gorgeous display of beautiful shoes from her upcoming Winter 2012 collection, showcased on models wearing exquisite Pleasure State lingerie from their couture range, entitled 'Black Diamond'.  The shoes themselves were everything we've come to expect from Kathryn Wilson, fashion forward, versatile and super stylish.  Flats, pumps, wedges and boots were all included in the collection with styles and colours to please every shoe lover.

Brilliant chanteuse Kimbra (also wearing Kathryn Wilson) performed songs from her newly released album 'Vows' straight after the runway show, which were enthusiastically greeted by the crowd.  It was a fantastic evening of style and was followed up the next morning with the opening of Kathryn Wilson's first store.  A gorgeous little pop up shop in Britomart, designed to look like a Kathryn Wilson shoebox.  The store carries both the Kathryn Wilson and Miss Wilson ranges and will be open for the next 6 months into summer.  Kathryn's brand is going from strength to strength and I really can't wait to see what she does next.  









The new Kathryn Wilson 'pop up' shoebox store

Images from: Pleasure State and Kathryn Wilson

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NZFW 2011: Beautiful Brady

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Antonia Prebble in Brady

Theresa Brady is a very busy woman with a rather stylish aesthetic.  The woman behind both Sable & Minx and Brady presented her collections for Winter 2012 at NZFW in a show that was modern, subtle and truly elegant. 

Presenting her label Sable & Minx first, which had lots of dresses in strong colours and clever draping.  The lengths were demurely to the knee, but the plunging necklines kept things interesting and added a soft sexiness to the garments.  Styled with long pretty hair and quite natural make-up, this collection was lovely and effortlessly chic.

Brady was up next, which is the younger sister label to Sable & Minx, it featured lots of slinky separates and dresses.  The fabrics and draping of Brady were also really gorgeous, with luxurious silks trimmed with gold tassle details in a coulour palette of turquoise, black, yellow, tan, brown and blue.  Actress Antonia Prebble closed the show in a beautiful sea green dress (above) before being joined by Theresa on the runway for the finale walk. 

I thought both of these collections were really wearable and pretty, with modern pieces that are versatile and were graceful on the runway.  With the return to more ladylike dressing with a sophisticated edge, I'm sure there will be a sizable market for these charming creations. 





Images from Alex Tee @ thepeople.co.nz

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NZFW 2011: Fiery Hot Phoenix

Saturday, September 10, 2011


Bringing an energetic dose of pink glitter glamour to Fashion Weekend was the incredible Phoenix Cosmetic's show.  Featuring a lineup of gorgeous girls and dapper gents, including loads of local celebrities, a parade of amazing lingerie inspired outfits and astounding make-up came down the runway in the most entertaining show of the week.

Proving to be the most dramatic show seen on the runway in a long time, the opening sequence was a Bonnie and Clyde scene complete with a runaway couple, gangsters, cops and gunfire, which was directed by Shortland Street's Kiel McNaughton.  Set in the 1920's and 30's the show was non-stop glitz and glamour, performed with infectious enthusiasm by it's radiant cast.  Burlesque dancers and singers also paraded down the runway in dazzling displays of skill and beauty, performing songs from the film 'Burlesque'.

The intricate make-up really had to be seen to be believed, it was totally jaw-dropping and must have taken hours to create.  Pearls, sparkles, lace and all kinds of bodypaint adorned the models in a rainbow of beautiful colours.  Fittingly the wonderful 'pink ladies' team of make-up artists led by Phoenix Renata took to the runway in the finale walk alongside their amazing creations.

I loved this show for it's pure joy and excitement, as well as the fantastic sparkle factor.  The models smiled and danced down the runway, loving every moment of it and reflecting healthy sized bodies and attractiveness, which is something I wish we saw more of on the main runways during the week.  Outstanding work done by a remarkable team made for a truly beautiful spectacle.






Images from: Phoenix Cosmetics

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NZFW 2011: Modern Miss

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Ruby

Womenswear ruled on the runways at NZFW, running the gamut from pretty to sexy and just plain cool.  I chose to put these three labels together for their modern approaches to Winter 2012.  From the futuristic at Ruby, sportswear luxe at Lonely Hearts and sleekness at Coop there were lots of looks for ladies who like to look individual and fashion forward.

Ruby presented an exciting collection which pushed the boundaries in a way that's just a bit edgy and oh so cool.  A bright range of prints and colour blocked outfits paraded down the runway, with metallic embellishments capturing the imagination and creating looks that are retro influenced but totally modern.  Knitwear, party dresses and winsome separates all felt ultra modern and perfectly styled, those prints worked perfectly together when worked into the same dresses, which isn't an easy thing to achieve and a credit to designer Deanna Didovich.  The shoes were also totally awesome and the amazing metallic strappy versions will end up on every girl's wish list for the new season I'm sure.

From the opening pounding Prodigy track, it was clear Lonely Hearts were going to present a strong show, having been absent from the NZFW runway for a few years.  The collection certainly didn't disappoint, with a pretty take on sportswear and some gorgeous girly dresses (but not too girly) in rich hues of crimson, burgundy, yellow, brown, black and bright cobalt blue.  Their delightful shearling jackets appeared again in this collection, this time in covetable crimson and black which I'm sure will sellout upon delivery.

Making their debut at this year's NZFW, new label Coop by Alexandra Dunn and Lauren Connelly, who are Trelise Cooper's design assistants, also presented a fresh, modern collection for young women.  There were lots of black sexy garments with red, dark pink, grey, mint green and ivory making up the rest of the colour palette.  Sparkly embellishments, pintucks, lace, velvet, leather and exposed zips all added to the gorgeousness of the garments, with sexy black stockings and slicked back hair amping up the hotness factor. 
I enjoyed all three of these collections for different reasons, as a girl who loves dresses and femininity there were ample choices to add to my own wardrobe for Winter 2012.  I loved that we saw real growth from Ruby and Lonely Hearts, I think it's fantastic when designers try new things and new directions, learning from what works and doesn't work for their label.  Coop made a strong debut, they certainly had everyone's attention, I'll be interested to see what they come up with for next season, but that elegant red dress is on my must haves list for next year.

Ruby

Ruby

Lonely Hearts

Lonely Hearts

Lonely Hearts

Coop

Coop

Coop

Images from: Michael Ng @ NZFW

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