Sunday, 23 September 2012

The diverse creativity on show at the student exhibition at MSFW

Kirby Hanrahan
Another great free exhibition during MSFW was the student exhibition at 1000 Pound Bend. I always look forward to this exhibition during fashion week as it's great to retreat into a space where you never know what you will see but you know that you will always be intrigued and entertained by some creative design and intricate workings. I was really impressed by the work and the use of materials including blankets turned into menswear. It will be interesting to see what these designers can come up with next. 
Cesar Chehade
Nick Brown
Teegan Meade
Amanda Lee
Sunjit Bhatt
Marcia Miller
Alice Campbell
Hugh Egan Westland
Audrey Thomas-Hayes

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Parallel Tensions at MSFW

Well even though I know MSFW is now a distant fashion blur, there was so much to see and do and cram into one week. Reporting back on all of them in time, was unfortunately not possible, but that doesn't mean that they are still not worth showing you. One of those events was a free exhibition held at fortyfivedownstairs of emerging designers showcased by strips of fabric and mood lighting, giving off great shadows and atmosphere like installation pieces of art. It was a chance to see some clothes up close and observe the construction and although not all of the pieces were necessarily wearable, the concept behind them were interesting to see. What do you think? 
Christina Exie
Melanie Bower
Francis Leon
Jason Hewitt

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Levi's rocks my world

One of the highlights of MSFW is that if you can't afford to attend the main runway shows at the Town Hall, you can still see some great fashion on the runway for free with daily free shows held at the City Square. I unfortunately missed a lot of them because I was watching fashion films at ACMI (you can't be at two fashion spots at once) but I was thrilled to be able to catch the Levi's show which I was looking forward to. I must say I am already a fan of this label as it fits within my 'look' which is denim, denim and then some more denim! And yes- I have double dipped my denim- both in the 80's with an acid wash ensemble and of late, mixing denim hues and accessories. I just love it, and I think you can make it work, as this runway show can attest. Levi's is all about a relaxed look, but still put together and giving the wearer the chance to feel comfortable, fitted and yet presentable. This show was obviously inspired by 'On the road' with movies once again influencing fashion, and had a story of the traveller and the effortless pieces you can wear while 'On the road', accompanied by a live band to set the 'youthful, edgy scene'. I do love the simplicity of a great cut jean and a striped t-shirt or a denim dress and a great pair of boots so it was a delight to see a wearable show that anyone can incorporate into their wardrobe.
Is it just me or is this model a spitting image of Johnny Depp!! Hello!!