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Clever shopping with Bettina Liano

 

WARNING: The information below will blow your mind. You may feel a sudden urge to shop, to shop like you have never shopped before. So, I thought I would be kind enough to warn you.

 

Australian designer, Bettina Liano, is currently in the middle of an enormous clearance sale. Clothes are discounted at up to 80 percent. Yes, you read correctly, discounts at up to 80 percent!

The warehouse sale is situated at 210 Brunswick St, Fitzroy.

You cannot possibly miss the storehouse as Bettina Liano’s signature colours of yellow and black are splashed loudly across the front windows.

From a distance and in a state of utter excitement, the yellow and black signage gloriously shines at you, like a holy temple, luring you to go in and explore the fantastical treasures.

Well, I was in for a rude awakening. In entering the warehouse I came to the quick realisation that I was definitely not in a religious temple, despite my observation of people running around the store religiously scrummaging for clothes.

My confession: I slowly joined the scrummaging bandwagon, yes guilty as charged. But it was all worth it. I bought some amazing pieces, and there was still plenty left to go round.

The warehouse was highly organised split into specific size areas, from size 6 to 14. There was a range of jeans, tops, shorts, dresses and samples to choose from, suitable for spring or this upcoming summer.

Despite having to change in a communal change-room, (rekindling images of backstage fashion week) it was a very rewarding day of bargain hunting.

The sale is on for another week, running until Sunday the 4th of October, or until sold out. I highly recommend the bargain shopping adventure. It is the cleverest way to shop.

 

Below are images taken at the Bettina Liano sale:

 

210 Brunswick St, Fitzroy. Melbourne.

210 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, Melbourne.

  

 

 

 

 

There were so many dresses!

Signs up around Melbourne

Signs promoting the sale in Melbourne, Australia.

 

Blue bow floral dress, purchased for $79.00

Blue bow floral dress, purchased for $79.00

 

LM xx

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Brownlow Glamour

Australia has whole heartedly embraced a collision of AFL football culture and glamour, together at the 2009 Brownlow.

On the blue carpet there was a fusion of diamonds, neutral and metallic coloured gowns, jeweled clutches, and satin shoes defining pure elegance.

Big crowds were anxious to see high profile names, such as Rebecca Twigley and Lauren Phillips.

Twigley continued to ‘wow’ critics with her couture J’Aton gown, accessorised with diamonds valued at a quarter of a million dollars from Myer.

Phillips wore a metallic beige gown with a heavily jewel neckline designed by Thurley proving “that when you’re on a good thing, you should stick to it,” Phillips said.

Heads turned as Taylor Wilson, girlfriend of Collingwood’s Dane Swan, glittered on the blue carpet. She wore a dazzling diamond-infused creation by Aldo Terlato Couture of Richmond.

The gown is worth half a million dollars, imported from America for this momentous night.

The Brownlow is not only a celebration of football talent, but it is a celebration of beauty and Australian fashion, serving to be a successful fashion project.

 

Below are some images from the blue carpet, courtesy of Nine MSN and the Herald Sun

 

Geelong's Gary Ablett with partner Lauren Phillips. Image from nine msn.

Geelong’s Gary Ablett with partner Lauren Phillips

 

Geelong's Gary Ablett  talking to the media with partner Lauren Phillips

Geelong’s Gary Ablett  talking to the media with partner Lauren Phillips

 

Collingwood’s Dane Swan with partner Taylor Wilson. Image from the Herald Sun.

Collingwood’s Dane Swan with partner Taylor Wilson.

 

Taylor Wilson wearing Aldo Terlato Couture of Richmond. Image from the Herald Sun.

Taylor Wilson wearing Aldo Terlato Couture of Richmond

 

Carlton's Brendan Fevola and wife Alex Fevola. Image by nine msn.

Carlton’s Brendan Fevola and wife Alex Fevola

 

Carlton's Chris Judd and partner Rebecca Twigley. Image by nine msn.

Carlton’s Chris Judd and partner Rebecca Twigley

 

Rebecca Twigley in J'Aton

Rebecca Twigley in J’Aton

 

Carlton's Bryce Gibbs and partner. Image from nine msn.

Carlton’s Bryce Gibbs and partner.

 

Carlton's Marc Murphy with partner Sara Williamson. Image from nine msn.

Carlton’s Marc Murphy with partner Sara Williamson.

 

Fremantle's Matthew Pavlich with partner Lauren O'Shannassy. Image from nine msn.

Fremantle’s Matthew Pavlich with partner Lauren O’Shannassy.

 

Geelong's Jimmy Bartel with partner Nadia Coppolino. Image from nine msn.

Geelong’s Jimmy Bartel with partner Nadia Coppolino.

 

Geelong's Tom Harley with partner Felicity Percival. Image from nine msn.

Geelong’s Tom Harley with partner Felicity Percival

 

Hawk's Luke Hodge with partner. Image from nine msn.

Hawk’s Luke Hodge with partner.

 

Paul Chapman and partner. Image from nine msn.

Paul Chapman and partner.

 

St Kilda's Nick Dal Santo and Leigh Montagna with their partners. Image from nine msn.

St Kilda’s Nick Dal Santo and Leigh Montagna with their partners.

 

Western Bulldog's Adam Cooney and wife Haylea Cooney. Image from nine msn.

Western Bulldog’s Adam Cooney and wife Haylea Cooney.

 

 

LM xx

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Shining light on young talent

The Fashion Project’s goal is to promote the awareness of emerging fashion designers.

RMIT’s fashion student, Amelia Agosta, a promising young designer, took some time out to talk to The Fashion Project about her inspirations, hopes and admirations within the fashion industry.

 

AMELIA AGOSTA

Amelia Agosta

 

What motivated you to begin studies in fashion and design?

My family are heavily involved in art. I guess my creative side has stemmed from my father, as he is an architect and also my grandmother’s passion for sewing.

I used to stay at my grandparent’s house, a small country town in NSW, for weeks at a time. There was never anything exciting to do, so I would play with the scrap materials in my grandma’s sewing room making outfits for my Barbie dolls.

In secondary school, the subject ‘textiles’ was my favourite subject. I loved making special gifts for family and friends and of course, loved making clothes for myself

 

What is it that you love about fashion design?

The freedom to create anything you can.  Exploring different techniques and materials and being a part of the process and evolution of a product.

 

Who inspires you?

I don’t really draw my inspiration from one set designer, it depends on what the brief and theme is. I have looked upon the works of Maison Martin Margiela, Comme des Garçons, Christopher Kane, Hussein Chalayan and many more.

The most valuable source of inspiration is the advice and ideas provided by my peers and teachers.

Also, I gain inspiration from things which aren’t necessarily fashion related – like random photographs of objects that are obscure or unusual.

Inspiration is also drawn through taking photographs and reproducing them into Photoshop or illustrator. I like to create a collage or a distortion of the images which I then can create designs from based on the photographs lines and shapes.

 

What is the most important thing that you have learnt over the course of your studies?

The most important thing that I have is to be true to yourself, follow your instincts and to never stop looking as it may serve as inspiration.

 

How would you describe your own personal style?

Within the past two years spent at RMIT we have been given the opportunity to work on many different fashion projects.  So I am lucky enough to have worked on a variation of clothing styles.
At the moment I feel that my style is quite sporty and fun perhaps influenced by my sporting background.

 

What advice would you give to high school students looking to get into RMIT’s fashion design course?

Your design folio should have a range of different concepts that show you are creative… You don’t have to be superb at sewing they just want to know that you have the ability of being creative and innovative. The folio can include items like paintings, graphics, drawings and designs etc.

It is not always the final outcome of the product that the lecturers are interested in. They want to see your development and processes in how you have reached your final product.

 

What are you planning to do after you have completed your forth year at RMIT?

Hopefully I will travel and see the world, gaining inspiration from different cultures.

Then who knows from there…

But the plan is to work on projects with interesting and inspiring people within Australia, Paris, New York or London. Then if all goes well maybe I will be designing for my own label. 

 

And finally when will we be seeing your designs out in the Australian fashion market?

You will be seeing my designs hopefully in the near future!

 

Below are images of Amelia’s sketches and designs

Collage of Amelia’s designs from semester 1, 2009.

Collage of Amelia Agosta’s stretch designs from Semester 1, 2009.

 

Amelia Agosta's final design from semester 1, 2009.

Amelia Agosta’s final stretch design from semester 1, 2009.

 

Amelia Agosta's final designs in semester 1, 2009.

Amelia Agosta’s final stretch designs in semester 1, 2009.

 

Amelia Agosta's final design in semester 1, 2009.

Amelia Agosta’s final stretch design in semester 1, 2009.

 

Amelia Agosta's final design in semester 1, 2009.

Amelia Agosta’s final stretch design in semester 1, 2009.

 

Amelia Agosta's final design in semester 1, 2009.

Amelia Agosta’s final stretch design in semester 1, 2009.

 

Amelia Agosta's sketches in semester 1, 2009.

Amelia Agosta’s tailoring sketches in semester 2, 2009.

 

Amelia Agosta's sketches in semester 1, 2009.

Amelia Agosta’s tailoring sketches in semester 2, 2009.

 

Amelia Agosta's designs in semester 2, 2009.

Amelia Agosta’s tailoring designs in semester 2, 2009.

 

Amelia Agosta's tailoring designs in semester 2, 2009.

Amelia Agosta’s tailoring designs in semester 2, 2009.

 

Amelia Agosta's tailoring sketches and designs in semester 2, 2009.

Amelia Agosta’s tailoring sketches and designs in semester 2, 2009.

 

Amelia Agosta's umbrella design in semester one, 2009. What is pleasure dome? Inspired by an igloo.

Amelia Agosta’s umbrella design in semester one, 2009. What is pleasure dome? Inspired by an igloo.

 

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MSFW 09- RMIT fashion show

Behind the scenes of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week’s RMIT show, one can immediately notice the passion, the drive, the fearlessness, the perfectionism that our young designers have employed into their lives of fashion and design.

Melbourne’s finest fourth year RMIT students showed off their impeccable designs on Saturday night as MSFW drew to a close.

The parade offered a compelling viewing of artistic flare, precision to detail and design, and the mixing of unusual fabrication.

RMIT’s Fourth-year Fashion Co-ordinator Denise Sprynskyj, from the School of Architecture and Design, said “students this year have been inspired by the human body, the application of millinery techniques to cloth, the work of international artists, and global events like the financial crisis.”

There was a definite focus on women’s wear this year, whilst some chose to venture into the design of swimwear and children’s wear offering a fresh ultimatum.

There were many highlights of the show, but one in particular was the enthusiastic designer Nadia Napreychikov captivating the audience with her collection as it mimicked a “parody on the obsession with shoes/footwear.”

Napreychikov explained that her collection is based on “the ‘statement shoe’ as the shoe takes over the whole body, and essentially becomes the whole outfit.”

The RMIT show has provided an array of superbly talented young designers that we must keep an eye out for in the future.

 

Below are some images taken backstage, the front of house and some of the designer’s sketches:

 

Models wear clothing by Duane-Kristy Villegas

Models wear clothing by Duane-Kristy Villegas (Designer is on the far right hand side)

 

Model Laura Andric wears Duane-Kristy Villegas

Model Laura Andric wears Duane-Kristy Villegas. I love this look especially how it is accessorised with i-pods! It just screams fun, energy and dance. Image by Lucas Dawson.

 

Napoleon make-up set. Image by Lucas Dawson.

Napoleon make-up set ready backstage. Image by Lucas Dawson.

 

Model wearing Amy Falentine's designs. Image by Lucas Dawson.

Model wearing Amy Falentine’s designs. Image by Lucas Dawson.

 

Model wearing designs by Georgia Lazzaro. Image by Lucas Dawson.

Model wearing designs by Georgia Lazzaro. Image by Lucas Dawson.

 

Models wearing Jessica Jones's (third from the right) designs backstage.

Models wearing Jessica Jones’s (third from the right) designs backstage.

 

Models wearing designs by Houda Mcheileh (first on the left hand side)

Models wearing designs by Houda Mcheileh (first on the left hand side)

 

Model wears design by Cami James. Image by Lucas Dawson.

Model wears design by Cami James. Image by Lucas Dawson.

 

Dresses assisting model in design by Nadia Napreychikov.

Dresses assisting model in design by Nadia Napreychikov.

 

Sketches by Nadia Napreychikov for spiked design.

Sketches by Nadia Napreychikov for spiked clothing design seen above and below.

 

Models backstage in designs by Nadia Napreychikov. Image by Lucas Dawson.

Models backstage in designs by Nadia Napreychikov. Image by Lucas Dawson.

 

Model in designs by Nadia Napreychikov. Image by Lucas Dawson.

Model in design by Nadia Napreychikov. Image by Lucas Dawson.

 

Sketches by Nadia Napreychikov.

Sketches by designer Nadia Napreychikov.

 

Designer Nadia Napreychikov lacing up her clothing design.

Designer Nadia Napreychikov lacing up her clothing design. We timed this process and it took a whole hour to lace up the design on the model!!!

 

Sketches by designer  Nadia Napreychikov.

Sketches by designer  Nadia Napreychikov.

 

Model wearing Lida Farinaccio designs. Image by Lucas Dawson.

Model wearing Lida Farinaccio designs. Image by Lucas Dawson.

 

Model Claire wears designs by Lida Farinaccio. Image by Lucas Dawson.

Model Claire wears designs by Lida Farinaccio. Image by Lucas Dawson.

 

Model wears designs by Rosa Lindynata. Image by Lucas Dawson.

Model wears designs by Rosalindynata Gunawan. Image by Lucas Dawson.

 

Model wears designs by Rosalindynata Gunawan. Image by Lucas Dawson.

Model wears designs by Rosalindynata Gunawan. Image by Lucas Dawson.

 

Model wearing design by Alessandra Dean. Image by Lucas Dawson.

Model wearing design by Alessandra Dean. The shoes wever covered in sand! Image by Lucas Dawson.

 

Model wearing design by Alessandra Dean. Image by Lucas Dawson.

Model wearing design by Alessandra Dean. Image by Lucas Dawson.

 

Model wears design by Laura Emerentia. Image by Lucas Dawson.

Model wears design by Laura Emerentia. Image by Lucas Dawson.

 

Model wears design by Laura Emerentia. Image by Lucas Dawson.

Model wears design by Laura Emerentia. Image by Lucas Dawson.

 

Children models wearing designs by Charani Wijerathna.

Children models wearing designs by Charani Wijerathna.

 

Children models wearing designs by Charani Wijerathna. Image by Lucas Dawson.

Children models wearing designs by Charani Wijerathna. Image by Lucas Dawson.

 

Models wearing colourful designs by Natalie Bortolotto (Third from the right hand side) Image by Lucas Dawson.

Models wearing colourful designs by Natalie Bortolotto (Third from the right hand side) Image by Lucas Dawson.

 

Model wearing design by Natalie Bortolotto. Image by Lucas Dawson.

Model wearing design by Natalie Bortolotto. Image by Lucas Dawson.

 

Model Ivana wearing designs by Chistiana Livaditis. Image by Lucas Dawson.

Model Ivana wearing design by Chistiana Livaditis. Image by Lucas Dawson.

 

Model Maria wearing design by Chistiana Livaditis. Image by Lucas Dawson.

Model Maria wearing design by Chistiana Livaditis. Image by Lucas Dawson.

 

L.M

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MSFW 09- Designer Series Two & Three

The crowd is anxious, waiting for the fashion show to begin. A military drumming beat begins to blare. Soft blue and yellow lights hit the catwalk. Models stream out from the black curtains and walk along the runway, no no sorry not walk, they strut.

Models carry a stride with attitude as they showcase some mesmerising collections from our very own Australian talented designers – forecasting some inspiring trends for this coming spring/summer at the Melbourne Spring Fashion show.

Catwalk fashion appears perfect. Clothing is perfectly styled, perfectly fitted, perfectly steamed and the show is perfectly choreographed. But what goes on behind the runway is definitely not so perfect.

Tiresome hours of work is required to ensure that a fashion parade is a success.

I had the pleasure of assisting stylist, Kate Gaskin on her two shows- Designer Series Two and Three. Designer Series Two featured big commercial names such as  DhiniLIFEwithBIRD, Kirrily Johnston, Nicola Finetti, Gorman, and Ginger and Smart.  Whilst Designer Series Three featured the designers Arthur Galan, Bettina Liano, Jack London, Nevenka, Leopold, Wayne Cooper and Nicola Finetti’s diffusion line, Nylon Flocks.

The fitting of a fashion show almost demands chaos. It is imperative that all models try on their designated outfits and shoes prior to the show commencing, this has proven over and over again to be a tedious activity as most of the models are in either a rush to leave for their next show, their shoes don’t fit their feet or in the case of Nicola Finetti’s Nylon range many of the dresses were too tight barely covering some of the model’s behinds!

At the fittings, Melbourne couture designer Dhini Pararajasingham was the only designer to have stayed all day to view her military lime-mustard collection on the models. She was a perfectionist and did not accept anything less than perfect when it came to fitting her collection on the models.

“Those pants don’t sit on her right, they are much too big Kate,” insisted Parararjasingham.

Gaskin’s response was seemingly positive, “ok let’s try something else then.”

Gaskin’s styling flair shone bright amongst all of the franticness on the day of the fittings. She catered for Pararajasinham’s needs and at the same time knew which outfits required that extra ‘something’, which outfits didn’t work and which outfits needed to go to which models.

Gaskin is an exception to all stylists as she never once lost her cool. She stayed professional at all times and was highly organised throughout the show.

 Minus a few burnt ears in the hair dressing department, blistered fingers and aching feet both shows were an utter success right from Dhini’s navy and gold military hats right through to Nevenka’s gypsy-girl inspired dresses.

Beyond the coloured lights, beneath the constructed make-up and styled hair, through the curtains lies a heavily organised and successful fashion project.

 

Below are some images taken backstage and front of house:

 

MSFW flags flying on Swanston Street

MSFW’s flags flying high on Swanston Street.

 

Dhini's collection at MSFW fittings.

Dhini’s collection ready before fittings.

 

Model board.

Model board for MSFW – Designer Series 2 & 3

 

Assorted clothing ready for fittings

Assorted clothing ready for fittings

 

Backstage

Backstage at MSFW.

 

Backstage survival kit

Backstage survival kit. Including everything you could possibly need in case of an emergency backstage!

 

Fashion Designer Dhini Pararajasingham and assistant Chloe Adelle Partikas

Fashion Designer Dhini Pararajasingham and assistant Chloe Adelle Partikas

 

Model's in Dhini's collection

Model’s having fun backstage in Dhini.

 

Model Rachel Grasso in Dhini

Model Rachel Grasso in Dhini. Image by Lucas Dawson.

 

Vanessa Milde in Dhini. Image by Lucas Dawson.

Model Vanessa Milde in Dhini. Image by Lucas Dawson.

 

Model Jane in Gorman. Image by Lucas Dawson.

Model Jane in Gorman. Image by Lucas Dawson.

 

Model Jane in Gorman. Image by Lucas Dawson.

Model Jane in Gorman. Image by Lucas Dawson.

 

Model Vanessa Milde in LIFEwithBIRD. Image by Lucas Dawson.

Model Vanessa Milde in LIFEwithBIRD. Image by Lucas Dawson.

 

Host from Fashion T.V

Host of Fashion T.V

 

Designer Rosemary and colleagues from Nevenka.

Designer Rosemary (third from left hand side) and colleagues from Nevenka.

 

Model Cassie in Nevenka

Model Cassie in Nevenka. Image by Lucas Dawson.

 

Model Rachel Grasso in Kirrily Johnston

Model Rachel Grasso in Kirrily Johnston. Image by Lucas Dawson.

 

Model Stacey Grant in Kirrily Johnston. Image by Lucas Dawson.

Model Stacey Grant in Kirrily Johnston. Image by Lucas Dawson.

 

Model Candice in Nicola Finetti. Image by Lucas Dawson.

Model Candice in Nicola Finetti. Image by Lucas Dawson.

 

Hair and make-up area

Hair (Kevin Murphy) and make-up (Napoleon) area.

 

Male models in hair and make-up.

Male models in hair and make-up.

 

Models in hair and make-up.

Models in hair and make-up.

 

Model in Authur Galan

Model in Authur Galan.

 

Models Morgan, Stacey, Amiee, Julia and Philippa waiting in between shows.

Models Morgan, Stacey, Amiee, Julia and Philippa waiting in between shows.

 

Models Morgan and Amiee on camera.

Models Morgan and Amiee on camera.

 

Model Amiee in leopold. Image by Lucas Dawson.

Model Ammie in Leopold. Image by Lucas Dawson.

 

Model Annaleise in Leopold. Image by Lucas Dawson.

Model Annaleise in leopold. Image by Lucas Dawson.

 

To see more photos from MSFW please see The Fashion Project’s Facebook page.

 

L.M

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The Fashion Awards Australia

The Fashion Awards Australiaannual presentation evening was a spectacular night as it welcomed the whole community to support and honour emerging talented designers, rising stars and up-and-coming brands of Australian fashion.

All eyes were on the runway as Wyndham staged the prestigious presentation of fashion design.

Fashion Awards Australia allows contestants to show off their skills and creative flare in the design and construction of clothing.

The fashion event featured many talented young designers from secondary schools, TAFEs and professional designers- giving them the opportunity to experience backstage fashion whilst pushing forward the recognition of Australian textile design.

“The event was about giving young designers the opportunity to come together and show what they had worked on,” said Director, Heather Marcus.

Young designer, Lauren Acciarito said “The Fashion Awards is a great way to showcase our designs. The event is a stepping stone for me into the fashion industry.”

There were 12 categories ranging from recycled art, day wear to cocktail and long gowns.

Through illuminating the best in Australian fashion design, the country is put on notice that we have some promising future fashion designers on our hands.

Winners of the event can be found on: http://www.fashionawardsaustralia.org/documents/secondary.html

 

Below are some images I took backstage:

 

Designed by Blaise McFarlane

 

 

Red and black pleated gown.

 

Black and white corset dress and lemon flowered dress designed by Lauren Acciarito

 

Grey zip jacket and chiffon detailed skirt designed by Elyse Metaxas

 

Models waiting to walk on the runway.

 

Backstage frenzy.

 

Race wear, designed by Geanie Todaro and made by Leffy Demeris

 

Orange and pink race wear designed by Craig Braybrook.

  

Models waiting backstage.

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