Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia: Cameo

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Cameo-sydneyfashionweek-styleonthecouch3Sydney Fashion Week, whilst perhaps not the most well-known of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week cities, is one of my favourites. I have an affection for Australian designers, you might recall Shona Joy recently on the blog, along with Dion Lee.

Cameo have produced several experimental and directional collections since their inception in 2010.  The collection shown at Sydney is titled ‘Optics’, inspired by the refraction of light; it’s behaviour and properties including its interaction with matter.  The designers explored this concept beautifully with the use of prisms shapes, holographic prints and neon colours.

“Each of Cameo’s 11 yearly collections are created around a central theme. This concept is teased out through the shapes, fabrication and design details of the garments. . “Every step of a garment’s creation involves directed artistic input,” says Head Designer Kathryn Forth. “From the drawing stage to blocking the pattern pieces, from developing the exclusive fabrication to designing the prints or artwork to grace the fabric.” The central theme is encapsulated by the beautiful lookbooks and campaign imagery which encompasses each collection.

To wear the Cameo design is to embrace a creative concept and lay further expression upon it. Each time you wear a Cameo piece, it continues to evolve with your own unique personal exploration.  “Styling a cameo Cameo garment is more than just complimenting design. You are creating an overall look which reflects your mood or evokes the persona you want to project for that day.” – Cameo

You can browse Cameo at several online boutique including Fashion Bunker.

Photos: Sonny Vandevelde.

Bold Floral Prints (I Left my Soul there, Down by the Sea)

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I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.” – Anais Nin

These photos were taken at my ‘happy place’ by the sea in Mexico last year.  Our last morning there felt very sad, as is always the case when you must leave the sun and relaxation behind and return to real life. However the rich colours of the sea and sky along with my outfit that day reminded me of the power of colour and print in a design – and spring / summer 2014 will certainly bring an abundance of romantic and edgy prints and rich shades for us to choose from.

This Zara dress has seen me through three summers now. It is a beautiful slightly-racer neckline that accentuates the shoulders and the body con style seems to suit my shape at this length (I cannot go body con and short, which is why I have given up on the prospect of Herve Leger ever working for me*).

Zara have a couple of lovely colorful print dresses selling now that I wanted to let you know about:

Boat-neck printed dress 59.99 GBP

Printed dress with wide straps 59.99 GBP

Bigger budget you say? Well then try Prabal Gurung’s florals.  Oh, and readers of size EU 34 might want to head over to The Outnet right away to snap up this Stella McCartney bargain.

We’re having some beautiful weather in England right now. I hope you had a lovely weekend wherever you are, Blog Reader.

*This did not stop me from returning to NYC’s SoHo store every two months or so and trying on the whole collection when I lived in Manhattan. To the team at Herve Leger SoHo, sorry-not-sorry.

Photos: William Williams

Friday Lingerie: Lascivious SS14

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LascivousOne of my most loved and hence written about lingerie brands Lascivious recently released their SS14 collectionReminiscent of 1960s Playboy shoots and the ‘summer of love’, Lascivious have created feminine styles with a vintage feel, yet still in keeping with the brand’s artistic tastes:

“Floral embroidery is combined with signature cut-outs, and powdery pastel, ivory and mint ranges are given weight with classic black and rich purple pairings. Light, flirty shapes are combined with subtle nods to the brand’s more erotic aesthetic, producing a balanced offering of lingerie pieces which allows individual interpretation:

The Liana range (featured above) is my favourite from the new collection:

“This sexy range combines a pop of sea-bright mint jersey overlaid with a delicate black circle lace and finished with a scalloped trim to create a modern, feminine collection of luxury lingerie.”

The provocative Liana suspender, featuring curved cut-outs on the hips, fastens around the neck and extends down the front over the bust to a waist band which highlights your narrowest point.  It is an intricate and alluring shape that works alone or sits beautifully with the rest of the Liana lingerie range.  If you choose just one piece from SS14, this should be top of your list.

The luxe and very pretty Lucy range features a long-line bra, cut-out basque and a gorgeous selection of different brief options. Utilising an unusual embroidered, 60s-style floral lace,

Excitingly, this season Lascivious have collaborated with some Friday Lingerie faithfuls such as Marika Vera in a series of unique departures from their signature styles.  Of these I am more interested in the unique and artisan designs by William Wilde -  a latex pencil skirt, bolero jacket and neck-bow – the skirt being the  ultimate celebration of the female form, hugging and caressing every curve.

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Finally, Lascivious’ Flower skirt is a perfect addition to this summer range.  With its bubble-hem, skater style and delicately embroidered with super pretty aqua coloured flowers and beaded appliquéd floral embellishment, it is heavy enough to offer coverage on a breezy summers day and will make a gorgeous addition to any wardrobe.

Head over to Lascivious to see more of their new SS14 collection.

Photos: William Williams.