Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia: Alice McCall

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AliceMcCall-styleonthecouch-sydneyfashionweek-6London born, Australian designer Alice McCall founded her namesake label in 2004 following a career as a stylist, working with fashion titles such as Dazed & Confused and pop and rock icons Beyonce and Deborah Harry.  The brand reflects all of this history and development: McCall’s is a brand of feminine charm meets bohemia meets rock star cool.

It is claimed that Kate Moss helped McCall get her first break:

“While working as a stylist in London in the late 1990s, McCall began creating and selling one-off silk tops and dresses through a select few London stores. Moss snapped some up and heads turned.” – Vogue Australia

A very characterful collection for the recent Sydney Fashion Week, McCall brought us her usual eclecticism, serving us bold lip prints, sheer and mesh fabrics and frills and flounces in her 10th anniversary line.  Prints were the highlight – some styles featured galaxies-meets-Lawrence-of-Arabia-meets-vintage-pin-ups – expect Chloe Sevigny and Alexa Chung to be wearing these very soon.

“[In 2004] The Alice McCall girl was born, magnetic and glowing; pretty and in love and completely carefree. Unsurprisingly, international attention followed, and following the brand’s AW06 showcase at London Fashion Week, the collection was applauded by Vogue UK: ‘If we gave out cups at the end of Fashion Week, Alice McCall would have a hat trick: best newcomer, prettiest collection and easily the most popular in class’.”  - MBFWA

You can browse and purchase McCall at ASOS, Nasty Gal, David Jones and online via her e-boutique.

Photos: Sonny Vandevelde.

Details: Stephen Einhorn Jewellery

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When it comes to jewellery, I have always been most interested in something that is more than pure fashion – I’m interested in something elegant yet simple and something from a heritage brand, emblematic of fine craftsmanship.

Stephen Einhorn is a fabulous designer of men and women’s jewellery, based in Islington, North London.  Einhorn was somewhat of a trailblazer for men’s accessories – Paul Smith commissioned Stephen’s very first men’s jewellery collection.

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Einhorn’s London base is more than a design studio, it is also a workshop and retail unit, where the team use new techniques and technologies in their creations,  continually pushing the boundaries and experimenting with different materials.  The result? A design signature of elegant simplicity:

“I am interested in designs that are totally wearable, including my more avant-garde bespoke pieces. I have worked to create a style that is instantly recognisable and that appeals to someone who appreciates design, style and quality.

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As a born and bred London designer who runs my own fine jewellery label and workshop, I am proud to be part of London’s vibrant creative scene and feel passionate about keeping British jewellery design and production alive and flourishing. Part of the reason for starting my own company was a really strong desire to develop, and at the same time promote, British craftsmanship which is slowly disappearing from this country. Britain used to have a strong tradition and reputation of manufacturing and design all around the world. It’s a tragedy that this is not being nurtured. In my own small way I want to bring it back. I want to use these skills and I want to pass them on to others to use. I’m lucky because my customers seem to feel as strongly about this as I do and have been loyally supporting me for 16 years. I want to build on the solid base I have already got, and feel excited about my company’s future.”  - Stephen Einhorn

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Recently, Einhorn produced a ‘Making of…‘ video, going behind the scenes at their London base to demonstrate the craftsmanship and exquisite design detail that goes into the production of a ring, showing the entire process from concept to creation.  The idea behind the film was to show the care and attention that goes into making each and every piece of Einhorn’s jewellery.  Such pieces are original and exclusive, created with high quality craftsmanship and cutting-edge design with the British sensibility I cannot help but adore.

From the women’s jewellery collection, here I am wearing the Viper 6 silver bangle, engraved with my initial ‘S’ on the interior. It is a beautiful and contemporary piece, flat on the outside and curved on the inside.  It is a slim and close-fitting cuff, understated yet stylish – perfect for me.

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I urge you, Blog Reader, to visit the Stephen Einhorn website to explore for yourself the beauty of their collections.  To purchase one of these pieces is to buy into a great tradition of British craftsmanship as well as receiving something fabulous and exquisitely designed.

Fashion Essentials: 4) Denim

William Williams style on the couch-31Next up in my Fashion Essentials series is denim.  Originally only for manual laborers because of its durability, Levi Strauss popularized denim in the 19th century, manufacturing overalls or ‘jeans pants’  as they were known, for coal miners in the USA.

“By the 1930s, cowboys in the United States had also adopted this seemingly indestructible pant. The rise in popularity of Western movies in the U.S. introduced the general public to jeans and soon every boy and man wanted to imitate their screen idols and get a pair. The rugged lifestyle of jean wearers helped to create a jean identity.”- from the History of Denim

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In the 20th century, jeans were transformed into a pop culture fad: think bell bottoms in the 60s and 70s.  Currently, denim sales are skyrocketing.  The metamorphosis of jeans from a commodity to a fashion item happened during the 90s; when jeans evolved into a number of various other items such as jackets, shorts, skirts etc.

How many denim items do you own?  I bet it is more than four, maybe even over ten.  I counted that I have nine: two pairs of boyfriend jeans; two ripped pairs, three skinny.  I have one denim shirt and one pair of denim shorts.  As my own capsule collection of denim has evolved over the years, I am now sharing with you my favourite denim essentials (for which I always stick to my rule: keep denim below the waist):

A) Boyfriend jeans

a. ACNE pop trash boyfriend jeans 260.00 GBP

b. Paige Denim Callie / Naomi deconstructed 229.00 USD

c. Shop Wasteland awesome baggies 145.00 USD

B) Essential skinnies

a. Paige Denim Colette super skinny legging 179.60 GBP

b. Current/Elliot The Ankle skinny 198.00 USD

c. ASOS Ridley high waist jeans 30.00 GBP

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C) Shorts

I am a complete sucker for shorts with the pockets that creep out below the hemlines, as if a little DIY-ed happened at home before you stepped out the door.  Remarkably hard to find online (is there more DIY going on than I thought?) here are some of my best finds:

1. Paige Denim Jaxx knee shorts (not since Carrie Bradshaw appeared in pedal pushers in Sex and The City will I ever look back wearing this shorts style.) 138.00 USD

2. TopShop Moto high waist denim shorts 28.00 GBP

3. Levi’s rolled hem shorts 40.00 USD

D) Overalls (okay, okay so I am breaking my rule just a little bit here.)

Since I spied one of my blogger favourites Style Heroine in her Stella McCartney denim overalls I had to go try out the style myself.  I prefer something slouchy for dungarees, and Frame Denim have this slouchy pair you might like. Alternatively, here are my top picks:

1. ASOS overalls (as in my picture) no longer available, but closest match here, 45.00 GBP

2.  Paige Denim Sierra Overall 279.00 USD

3. Shop Wasteland LA overalls 145.00 USD

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Want to know more? Check out my two favourite denim-centric sites Eat. Sleep. Denim and Donna Aida.  Or see additional ideas on my Pinterest.