Category: All I’ve Seen

M S F W # 2

Renowned for their spot-on spring racing style, David Jones ambassador Emma Freedman and Caulfield Social Ambassador Scherri-Lee Biggs, led a showcase of this season’s biggest trackside trends at the David Jones Spring Racing Runway at the MSFW: Hub.

Striking pinks, whimsical purples and chic black and white proved to be key trends for the coming season. Boys shone in tartan and varying shades of black, blue and navy.

Hair up styles from Love Kevin Murphy complimented feature fascinators and fresh make-up with feature lips from Mecca Maxima completed the look.

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Photos: Lucas Dawson Photography 2014

M S F W # 1

On Friday night the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week launched the extraordinary 2014 program with the MSFW: Opening Night Shop-Hop. This one-night-only shopping event invited Melburnians to embrace the thriving retail stores that make our city Australia’s fashion capital.

Little Bourke was transformed in to an urban runway, exciting events and live entertainment was enjoyed across the city and shoppers made the most of the exclusive offers as MSFW: Opening Night Shop-Hop, while major partner and newly launched Emporium Melbourne came alive.

 

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Photos: Kristian Dowling 2014

 

S A L T

“You shouldn’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t eat”

This is the SALT attitude, and for a beach bum like me, I think it’s a pretty spot on way of thinking.

SALT  believes in loving and nourishing your skin and body. Their products feed your skin with vitamins and minerals straight from Mother Earth, so you know you’re doing yourself a favour.

Here is a list of the nasty ingredients you will NOT see in any SALT products:

Fragrances
this is a broad term to cover hundreds of synthetic compounds and chemicals used to enhance or mask the smell of a beauty product. Many of these have been found to be Neurotoxins. Phthalates are one of the types chemicals used, this has been connected with hormone and fertility issues. Many people are allergic to fragrances causing allergies, skin irritation and immune system damage.

Mineral Oils
Mineral oils are derived from petroleum, this is fossilised fuel used to also make crude oil for petrol, plastics and other synthetic products. It is often used in skincare products as a preservative due to its affordability. Mineral oils can block the pores in the skin, this inhibits the skin to ‘breathe’, interfering with the ability to eliminate toxins and blocking sweat and oil glands. Due to this it is a major contributor to acne and uneven skin tone.

Alcohol
Ethanol can strip the skin of natural oils, this drys the skin out leaving the dermal barrier susceptible to absorb other chemicals from the environment such as pollution. By drying out the skin this also contributes to premature ageing.

Parabens
Avoid any ingredient with this word eg. methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben. Research as shown it is associated with Oestrogen imbalances and other hormonal issues such as skin problems, it also is now shown to be linked with cancers.

Artificial Colours
Are toxic to the skin and can cause allergic reactions and rashes. Your skin will absorb these chemicals, which can then make their way into the blood stream and may cause hormonal disruption and other health issues.

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P I N K – L O U L O U

With only two days into Spring, would it be wrong for us to start thinking about Summer already? The Pink LouLou collection rightfully titled Australian Summer, will be releasing in October and has us already excited for the hot summer months.

Designer, Skye Campbell, draws inspiration from the thoughts, moments and feelings of a wonderfully long Australian summer. Imagine tropical fruits, sea shells, and the emotions evoked from sand sinking in between your toes on a hot summers day (yes please!). Pink LouLou is a brand celebrating memorable keepsakes, with a little bit of Australiana to suit everyone.
Love where you are from and where you have been. – Designer, Skye Campbell.
Check out some of the gorgeous pieces from the Australian Summer collection and be transported to a summers day filled with coconut scents and salty seas.

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Photographer: Pierre Toussaint
Model: Stephanie Cherry
Stylist: Nadene Duncan

K A Y L E N E – M I L N E R – T H E – C A R M E N

 Kaylene Milner has collaborated with Carmen Hamilton from The Chronicles of Her to launch a made-to-order cable knit dress aptly named “The Carmen”.

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Originally a one-off, Kaylene decided to invest in her own knitting machine to satisfy the demand from Carmen’s blog post which first featured the dress in orange. The overwhelming response of the collaboration has Kaylene placing her sights on knitwear, steering her eponymous label into an ethical made-to-order knitwear direction. All I’ve Heard had a chat with Kaylene Milner, about the change in direction for her label.

1. The Carmen is no doubt a work of knitted art, where did you draw influence for this beautiful garment?

The original garment was part of my graduation range, which was inspired overgrown textures in nature. I wanted the cables to be part traditional cabling/part wild vines mapping the contours of the body.
2. Originally a one-off piece, what made you decide to invest your knitting talents and your label into an ethical made-to-order direction?
After Carmen from Chronicles of Her posted photos of herself wearing the dress, I was flooded with emails from people asking how they could buy the dress. I set to work trying to find a knitwear manufacturer who could replicate the dress, however I was unable to find one who could faithfully replicate the dress without compromising design details. So rather than admitting defeat, I purchased a domestic knitting machine, and taught myself how to operate the intimidating piece of machinery. Originally I had not foreseen it would result in such an ethical way of producing. The fact that there is no wastage sits well with me, and I only make as many dresses as I have orders.
3. Has knitwear always been a key trend throughout the labels existence? 
I have included knitwear in each collection I have produced so far. I still have so much to learn, which I intend to explore through each subsequent collection.
4. Through the introduction of this slow-fashion line what do you hope to create for your customers?
I hope to create a “slow fashion” garment that my customers can cherish for a long time. I also really enjoy engaging directly with customers, and hearing which aspects of the garment they would like altered to suit their needs. It’s not something that customers can generally experience in this age of fast fashion.
5. With this change of direction to the label, do you think you will be able gain a wider clientele?
I’m not sure if it will be a wider clientele, or a more focused clientele, who appreciate the time and effort which goes into each piece. I guess only time will tell.
6. Your garments are made to be cherished and worn year after year; do you think for that matter they will be more appealing to your buyers as one-off pieces? 
The customers who engage with me are aware that this is a dress that I make myself, and that they will have to wait a few weeks before receiving it (unlike instant gratification purchases from Zara etc). It’s proving to be quite a timeless design though, so I think it’s worth the wait.
7. You are currently taking orders for made-to-order pieces, how has the demand been so far?
Let’s just say I’ve been able to keep up with the demand so far, but only just!
The made-to-order piece can now be purchased exclusively online at: www.kaylenemilner.com

S A B A – S S 1 4 / 1 5

SABA has released their new season Spring Summer 14/15 Campaign, which was shot by acclaimed UK photographer Roger Deckker. The campaign was shot on location for the first time. Roger captures the beautiful composition between the harsh industrial backdrop, and sophisticated collection perfectly.

Roger Deckker has also worked closely with an impressive profile of personalities and brands including, Anna Wintour, Oasis, Karen O, Lanvin, Dolce & Gabbana and British Vogue. It is  an incredible experience for SABA to work with such an internationally respected photographer, and the end result is a stunning and very engaging campaign.

Careful composition of the collection creates a powerful tension between the harsh environment and the natural fibres and clean lines of the garments. Capturing the essence of the new collection’s elongated proportions and amplified volumes, the spring summer campaign sees the label introduce a broader, more directional aesthetic that remains true to the modern simplicity and high quality design of the Saba signature.

Effortless dressing encompasses precise tailoring and luxe athleticism crafted though superior construction using lavish fabrications. Premium textiles and superior fit remain hallmarks of the brand. Timeless lines are augmented with statement colour, textural fringing and metallics, plus innovative construction like rubberised glue seams and laser printed detail.

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B . C . B Y – B L E S S ‘ E D – A R E – T H E – M E E K

This August, Australian label Bless’ed Are The Meek is launching its first basics collection, B.C. by Bless’ed Are The Meek. In stark contrast to the Bless’ed Are The Meek main line, B.C. (an acronym for Basic Collection), embraces the clean lines and minimalist aesthetic that is prevalent in Scandinavian design.

Using the highest quality fabrications – high twist crepe, 80’s count cotton poplin, superfine voile, modal jersey, double faced sateen and the softest lambskin – B.C is about providing wearers with staple pieces that can be mixed seamlessly into their existing wardrobe or simply worn with ease on their own.

Seasonal colour accents anchor each range, with key shapes such as boxy shifts and midi dresses, tailored cropped tops and slouchy shirts evolving with every collection. The designer Tarek Kourhani says, “The concept is not about creating another basics range, but to provide a base collection that can be easily integrated with the Bless’ed Are The Meek main line. There are no jeans or denim jackets, just modern, polished, on-trend shapes that work for everybody, everyday”.

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