Monday, November 24, 2014

Harrolds to open Luxury Women's Boutique

Originally published on Broadsheet - read it here

Fashion straight off the runway will be hitting a Sydney department store early next year.

By Sophie Gallagher

The Harrolds luxury department store has always been the place for men to find their favourite designers. But from February 2015, women will also be able to access the world’s most in-demand designers, when Harrolds opens its first store for women.
Set to revolutionise luxury retail in Australia, Sydney’s new purveyors of womenswear will stock the minimalist chic of Saint Laurent Paris, esteemed racks of Balenciaga and Balmain, looks from the eccentrically stunning Alexander McQueen and the always on-point Acne Studios, Lanvin, Kenzo, J.W. Anderson and Thom Browne.
Following in the footsteps of its menswear counterpart, it will also be the only Australian retailer to exclusively stock Tom Ford, due to the store’s special relationship with the internationally renowned brand.
The family-owned business is currently positioned as one of the top 30 innovative menswear retailers in the world and is catering to the demand for luxury fashion and classic craftwork for Australian women.
With the decor of the men’s boutique resembling a French apartment, with dark and brooding timber, Harrolds women’s department store will surely impress when built nearby in Sydney CBD’s Westfield shopping centre. Start saving now; you’ll need it come February.
Harrolds’ women’s departments store will open at Westfield Sydney, on Pitt Street, in February, 2015.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Paris Street Style

Don't we all wish we could be Gisele wandering down the Parisian streets, past the Seine and glowing bistros, wearing nothing but Yves Saint Laurent? There's something magical about Paris at night, the street lights reflecting off the cobble stones, and the history breathing through ancient cracks in the walls. Gisele Bündchen in the Yves Saint Laurent F/W 2007 campaign by Inez and Vinoodh, with its vintage sheen and subtle radiance, encapsulates everything that's beautiful about Paris. The travel bug has been piqued - take me back to Europe!


Currently Reading: Lena Dunham's 'Not That Kind of Girl'

"I'm already predicting my future shame of thinking that I had anything to offer you., but also my future glory in having stopped you from trying an expensive juice cleanse or thinking that it was your fault when the person you are dating suddenly backs away, intimidated by the clarity of your personal mission here on earth. No, I am not an expert, a psychologist, or a dietician. I am not a mother of three or the owner of a successful hosiery franchise. But I am a girl with a keen interest in having it all and what  follows are hopeful dispatches from the front lines of that struggle."

If you want a book about the journey to success and having it all, as well as all the missteps, mistakes and tribulations that face that path, have a read of Lena Dunham's new book. It's an interesting perspective and experience about a life that's certainly been lived. 


Monday, November 17, 2014

Lovers in the Parking Lot: Solange's Wedding and that perfect jumpsuit

There's many times in my life when I see someone, look at their style, and think, "Let me be her, I need that fashion in my life". It usually occurs with the outfits that would never, and could never, suit me. Which is why I died a thousand deaths whilst simultaneously praising Solange Knowle's wedding dress, jumpsuit, aesthetic, and life today. 

Firstly, the photos. Spreads of the wedding party in Vogue, backdropped with the regal grime of that interior, sparkling in white and gold dresses and finished off with bright, powerful shades of lipstick. Perfection. Solange, you're werking it. Please give me those gold cuffs.

Secondly, the jumpsuit. It's feminine but powerful, and gives her so much strength. Everything about these shots by Rog Walker are amazing. Traditional yet modern, stylish yet strong; Solange shines. 

Finally, the bike. Not only does she wear that incredible jumpsuit, but she rides away from the wedding wearing it, on a bike. Flawless. 

She's stepped up the wedding game and called on all jumpsuit aficionados to bow down. Solange, you're the queen. 


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Clean Eating: Orchard Street Dispensary and Elixir Bar, Bondi

The best way to spend a sun-drenched Sunday afternoon is by the water. So today, I finally made it to Orchard St in North Bondi for some raw and natural goodness.

I've been interested in raw, natural and organic food for a while. My diet isn't completely raw, however when I can I like to try new green concoctions from cafes around the city, because it always tastes so good. To have a slice of cake that is completely good for you is something that still amazes me. Healthy cake that is delicious as well? Yes please!

Orchard St is the creation of naturopath Kirsten Shanks, who was inspired by the raw and vegan lifestyles flourishing on Orchard Street, New York. Though their expertise is juice cleanses, Orchard St have still opened two dispensaries and  Elixir Bars in North Bondi and Bronte, where you can purchase an array of fresh lunches, Ayurvedic meals, cleansing wraps, cakes and juices.

Strolling up to Orchard St from the beach, we shared a gorgeous Dulche De Leche cake, infused with cognition enhancing rosemary and rolled in an activated cashew crust. I washed it down with their No. 1 cleanse, Green Guru, made with kale, banana, avocado, milk thistle, chia seeds, lemon, spirulina and probiotic green superfoods. It was so easy and pleasant to drink, I would definitely recommend it! 

Next time you're in Bondi, pop into Orchard St for a fresh lunch to take to the beach. Healthy and delicious, what's not to love?

Saturday, November 01, 2014

First Look: 30 Years Of Japanese Fashion At The Goma

You won’t want to miss this groundbreaking exhibition of Japanese fashion at Brisbane’s leading art gallery.

Originally published on Marie Claire Australia

Rei Kawakubo. Photo: GOMA.

Rei Kawakubo of Commes des Garçons, Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake… These are the biggest names in Japanese fashion design, and you’ll find them all at the ‘Future Beauty: 30 years of Japanese Fashion’ exhibition at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA).

This exciting exhibition gives Australians the opportunity to see the true innovators of Japanese style, featuring more than 100 garments by iconic designers as well as younger radicals such as Jun Takahashi of Undercover, who are inspired by the dynamic street life of Tokyo.

Junya Watanabe. Photo: GOMA.

Embodying a hybrid of tradition and techno-couture, the designs reflect an array of influences from punk to classic Japanese aesthetics. Divided across four themes, Tarun Nagesh, Associate Curator of Asian Art at GOMA, said the exhibition highlighted the immense impact of Japanese culture on world fashion, revolutionising the way we think about fashion today.

The exhibition opens tomorrow and runs till February 15 2015. It is accompanied by Australia’s first Commes des Garçons store, exclusive to GOMA, stocking the iconic Play line.
Yohji Yamamoto design. Photo: GOMA.

Undercover. Photo: GOMA.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Gisele Bündchen Takes Aim At Critics In New Ad Campaign

Originally published on Marie Claire Australia. View it here.

The critics may be tough, but Gisele Bündchen is tougher. 

When the supermodel, and Forbes’ highest earning supermodel , was announced as the first non-athletic spokesperson for American active wear brand Under Armour, Bündchen was ready to prove herself to the haters. The ad for the “I Will What I Want” campaign premiered on Thursday, showing Bündchen kickboxing as negative comments like, “Stick to modelling sweetie,” canvas the walls around her. 

Visibly puffed and sweaty, her athletic prowess could not be doubted. The deeper the insults, the harder she punches. But given Bündchen’s incredible abs at least, was there really any doubt about her ability?

According to Under Armour, there was. The brand seemed to be prepared for the controversy of signing a model over a traditional athlete to its brand, with Leanne Fremar, Under Armour's creative director of its women’s division telling The Cut, “We are expecting that there will be people that question the authenticity of our choice and the authenticity of women’s choices. All of that commentary will be there for the audience to see in real time.”

The “I Will What I Want” campaign aims to celebrate powerful women and strength, with ballerina Misty Copeland and skier Lindsay Vonn having previously been featured.

Bündchen says of her attitude, “Having the strength to tune out negativity and remain focused on what I want gives me the will and confidence to achieve my goals.”

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