Anna Kendrick's On Pointe

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Anna Kendrick in Net-a-Porter's magazine The Edit.

It just so happens that this editorial from Net-a-porter's magazine The Edit features two of my current favourite things, one being ballet, and the other being actress Anna Kendrick.  I've recently gone back to ballet classes myself after a long absence from dancing, so it's interesting timing for me that this recent imagery has popped up right when I'm thinking about my dance wardrobe and incorporating some of it into my everyday wear.  One of the things I like best about this shoot and the current ballet-inspired trend is that the references are quite casual rather than literal, no big tutus here.  There's a softness and elegance to these looks which is exactly how I want my autumn wardrobe to be.

Deadly Ponies' French Fancies

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

New Deadly Ponies bags in blush and cheetah print with knotted bag charms.

Doesn't it feel like Deadly Ponies new handbags and bag charms would be right at home in the sumptuous court of Marie Antoinette?  The delicious accessorising of tarts and treats in these images certainly adds to that perception and it will come as no surprise that this season Deadly Ponies have entitled their new collection 'Pompernickel' which is indeed inspired by 18th century French luxury. Those familiar with the brand's work will know that these bags are impeccably made and finished to an exceptional standard which certainly adds to their status as highly-coveted accessories too.

Hand Made With Love In France

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A silk rose being assembled by hand at Maison Legeron.

There is nothing quite as hallowed in fashion as haute couture, the creations are painstakingly assembled by hand from the finest of materials, the finished results being garments that fantasies are made of and millions covet, yet they are worn by a select few who can afford the sky-high price tags. As much as many of us have exclaimed with delight over the photos on and the Instagrams of those fortunate enough to attend the haute couture shows, the outside world knew very little of the maisons who work with the ateliers of the couture houses, providing unique services that help bring these amazing creations to life.

Juliette Hogan's New York Winter

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Juliette Hogan's Wilde T and Dior Skirt from her Winter 2015 collection.
There are few winter collections I've been anticipating the arrival of as much as Juliette Hogan's 'Take it or leave it' range which showed on the runway at NZFW last year.  Aside from being one of my favourite local designers of the past decade, Juliette has consistently produced stellar collections that epitomise modern femininity and sophisticated wearability.  As part of the Spark Lab fashion season last week, she presented a session which dissected the ideas and inspiration behind her designs and her path over the course of her career which has seen her achieve great success.

A Vogue Road Trip: Taylor Swift And Karlie Kloss

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Celebrating relationships in their many forms seems to be a common theme lately, so it's lovely to see Vogue honouring female friendship with their new cover of best friends (who could also pass as sisters) Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss.  In an age where a lot of celebrity friendships are documented on Instagram (including Taylor's and Karlie's) it's fascinating to hear the stories behind the photos and the interview that's online certainly makes for an interesting read.

Kate Sylvester's Novel Winter

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Kate Sylvester Birdie dress from her new Tartt collection

The art of storytelling is one that lends itself surprisingly well to fashion, a good designer can set the
scene for a journey as evocative as one written with words.  Kate Sylvester is one such designer whose collections are carefully considered to tell a story through the construction of each garment and its styling.  She often and fittingly takes her inspiration from literature, one of her previous collections drew inspiration from Nancy Mitford's 'Love in a Cold Climate' and this season she has referenced Donna Tartt's 'The Secret History' and 'The Goldfinch'.  Kate's collection, simply entitled 'Tartt' interprets the classic, preppy fashion described in the novels with her signature feminine tailoring with a twist.

Lonely's New Love: Talisa

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Lonely Blair set in white from the new Talisa range.

I love this time of year, the sales have wound up and new season pieces are arriving everywhere, bringing with them fresh ideas, different colours and the promise of more to come.  Among the new arrivals is Lonely lingerie's latest collection entitled 'Talisa' which is a range I've been anticipating for a while.  Lonely has become one of favourite lingerie brands over the past few seasons and I've added more of their pieces to my wardrobe with every passing season as I love their beautiful, soft fabrics and comfortable fit which I also find really flattering on my shape.  

Liam's Leading Lady: Emily Miller-Sharma

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Liam Diffuse dress from Autumn 2015  

Could you imagine designing your own wardrobe every season with the only real limit being your imagination?  As the designer for local label Liam, Emily Miller-Sharma comes up with each collection herself, aided by her design team.  It's a seasonal task that begins with finding inspiration and then figuring out the practicalities of how to turn it into a collection.  Liam is several season in now, having launched at New Zealand Fashion Week 2011, and it's continuing to grow with each range, allowing Emily to demonstrate her impeccable skills as a designer.  
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