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Vogue Italia Covers:

You know I love magazine covers. Especially good ones that do not look like this...

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which was probably one of the worst covers I have ever seen. If you CANNOT get Pippa Middleton to pose for a proper photo shoot, it does NOT mean that the best solution is to steal a photo which is CLEARLY from the Royal Wedding and throw in an assortment of roses and dahlias and hope for the best. NO. 

Thankfully Vogue Italia has fantastic covers pretty much all the time and they have never committed such an atrocity. Observe:

JULY 2012:

Models: Vanessa Axente and Mackenzie Drazan

Photographer: Steven Meisel

MARCH 2012:

Model: Joan Smalls

Photographer: Steven Meisel


Model: Laura Kampmann

Photographer: Steven Meisel


Model: Raquel Zimmermann

Photographer: Steven Meisel

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Model: Karen Elson

Photographer: Steven Meisel

MARCH 2010:

Model: Freja Beha Erichsen

Photographer: Steven Meisel

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Model: Miranda Kerr (yay!)

Photographer: Steven Meisel


Models: Agnete Hegelund and Kamila Filipcikova

Photographer: Steven Meisel

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JULY 2007:

Model: Denisa Dvorakova

Photographer: Steven Meisel

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AUGUST 2005:

Model: Snejana Onopka

Photographer: Steven Meisel

(This one is my favourite because she has a star on her head. Is it okay if I start doing that? =P )

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Model: Karen Elson

Photographer: Steven Meisel

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So in short (or 'in sintesi' as Italians would say) Steven Meisel is a genius and a half. 

Also, looking at magazine covers is fun. So much fun, that maybe it would be a good idea if we looked at Vogue covers from other countries too. Maybe Russia next...



Resort 2013: Part 3

It has been a VERY long time since my last post. Silly exams get in the way of fun times. Any way, it is time for more pretty things.


This is a really cool collection. I love how the modernity of the bright fluros contrasts with the 50's style full skirts. However, as amazing as that red suit is, I have no doubt that I would look absolutely terrible wearing it.



Balenciaga made a lot of use out of some pretty nice cutouts. The navy and yellow pairing works beautiful but yellow and grey are a bit boring together. Thoughts?



This is really cool. The soft mint green is a really pretty shade. More importantly, I really like the fact that they shot this outside. Or at least...they appear to have shot this outside. I'm not sure if this is some sort of photography trickery and they are not REALLY standing in some sort of meadow, but I appreciate that they aren't just standing in front of a plain white wall because plain white walls are boring. 

Dion Lee:

Oh Dion Lee. You can do no wrong.

Emilio Pucci:

Wow this model looks like the coolest person in the world. Sunnies. Blue shoes. Military-esque toughness. I am both very impressed and a little bit scared. Beautiful collection.


This was a really cute collection. I love how they are wearing flats - it gives the collection a very relaxed feel, which is exactly what a resort collection should have. The florals are nice and the little embellishments on the collar are great too.

Marc Jacobs:

Marc Jacobs is my favourite person in the world. Sorry Varsh. But even I can't explain this...

The t-shirts are cute but the rest of it is a bit too cray. Thoughts?

Jason Wu:

This collection is perfect. I have nothing bad to say about it. 

Lela Rose:

This was a really pretty collection too. I love the bright pops of green and baby blue. Also the model is really different looking and super pretty. And she has cool hair. 

THE END! Which one was your favourite?


Flag Print:

As Varsh knows very well, I have a whole heap of unnecessary apps on my phone - from the Flying Penguin game to the classic Oven Break to the business card reader app, which Varsha absolutely hates. Can someone please tell her that it is actually a really sensible and useful app and I did NOT just install it because it was free.

Anyway, my favourite game app is the National Flags Quiz. To date, my highest score has been 77. So I'm feeling pretty pleased with myself. So pleased, that I may just start wearing this ensemble from TOPSHOP:


An outfit worthy of a (National Flags Quiz) champion:

Also TOPSHOP is having free international shipping right now. If that isn't a sign, then I don't know what is.

Am I being serious? Who knows. If I told you, that would take the fun out of it. Although I do think the jumper is pretty cool and looks really warm.

AND NOW FOR FUN TIMES... I have a quiz for you! 

What is the flag of Seychelles?






FUN TIMES. Now I'm off to go do something productive improve my score. 



It's cold. You need a nice jumper.




So it took me aaaaaaaaages to find the right one but I finally picked one up from Cue on sale for $42. I'm quite the bargain hunter. Anyway, I've done the hard work for you and because I'm so super helpful, I've sorted them into price ranges. Go me.

Super Cheap:


ASOS Merci Beaucoup Jumper was $51.02 NOW $23.81ASOS Dip Dye Jumper was  $71.42NOW FROM $34.01

ASOS Aran Jumper In Pastel was $59.52 NOW $27.21ASOS Peruvian People Jumper was $68.02 NOW $33.16  


Kensie Colorblock Sweater Was: AUD 70.26 Now: AUD 17.46




A Wear Panda Jumper $42.51 - asosRiver Island Ombre Jumper $54.42 - asos

Mango Pink Stripe Detail Jumper $59.50 - asosASOS Bonjour jumper $59.52

Princess Polly

The 50's - $50 - princess pollyThe 50's -  $50 - princess polly






Princess Polly

The Bond $70The Bond $70

Chilled $65Mellow $60

Arcade $60MINKPINK First Frost $75


Mini Sequin Sweater - $79.95Textured Knit -$69.95Textured Knit - $69.95Contrast Stitch Sweater - $69.95Contrast Stitch Sweater - $69.95



JUICY COUTURE Tropical-print cotton-blend jersey sweatshirt £66.67 - NetaporterAUBIN & WILLS Melksham intarsia knitted cotton sweater £79.17 - Netaporter

ZOE KARSSEN Bat cotton-blend jersey sweatshirt £79.17 - NetaporterZOE KARSSEN Oh La La cotton-blend jersey sweatshirt £79.17 - netaporter


Lurex Deco Knit - $109.00 AUDLurex Deco Knit - $109.00 AUD


Zoe Karssen Love Cross Sweater was $161.55 NOW $113.08 - asosZoe Karssen Creme De La Creme Sweater $161.55 - ASOS


MARC BY MARC JACOBS 'Trixie' Mixed Stripe Sweater - AUD 118.72 (sale)MARC BY MARC JACOBS 'Bobbie' Bouclé Sweater -173.58MARC BY MARC JACOBS 'Bobbie' Bouclé Sweater - 173.58MARC BY MARC JACOBS 'Vanya' Sweater -AUD 235.57

Only in my dreams (yes, that is actually a category):

MARKUS LUPFER Tinsel Star merino wool-blend sweater £270.83 - netaporterMARKUS LUPFER OMG intarsia merino wool sweater £225 - netaporter

MARKUS LUPFER Union Jack Bag sequined merino wool sweater £258.33 - netaporterMARKUS LUPFER Crown sequined merino wool sweater £250 - netaporter

MARKUS LUPFER Cat intarsia merino wool sweater £229.17 - netaporterMARKUS LUPFER Kapow! sequined merino wool sweater £262.50 - netaporter

And my personal favourite (mostly because I just like winning things)...

MARKUS LUPFER Medal sequined merino wool sweater £216.67 - netaporter

Is it too early to pick my Christmas present now?



Forever New's Ice-cream Parlour: Collection Review

It has been a long time since I have posted and I am very sorry but this week has been cray busy. And no, not because I have been watching Being Lara Bingle online (great show, by the way, full of wisdom) but because I have actually been legit busy!

But enough about me, Forever New's latest collection just came out and it is STUNNING. There are pretty polka dot prints, chandelier necklaces and peplum complemented by delicate shades of cream and baby pink, all styled with some very cool, very futuristic looking heels, ie: lots and lots of prettiness. Also on a sidenote, the model is really pretty and there are balloons and carousel horses in the photo-shoot. FUN TIMES.

Alyssa Sweetheart Dress $129.99
Clare Enamel Hoop $12.99
Chelsea Set Of 6 Enamel Bangles $19.99
Marta Wedge $69.99

Star Lace Dress $129.99
Darla Pearlised Multi Bead Drop $16.99
Dee Jewelled Belt $24.99
Marta Wedge $69.99

Whitney Collarless Blazer $99.99
Andie High Low Tank $69.99
Phoebe Printed Soft Pant $69.99
Hannah Diamante Stud $12.99
Kara Double Plate Short Necklace $19.99
Reena Leatherette Twist Lock Bracelet $24.99
Summer Enamel Band Ring $14.99
Ice Cream Clutch $49.99
Tammy Elastic Strap Heel $99.99

Petra Pleated Dress $119.99
Tess Trilliant Stud $9.99
Lorelai Pave Bow Short Necklace $16.99
Siracuse Hard Case Clutch $39.99

Isabelle Peplum Piping Mini Dress $119.99
Tess Trilliant Stud $9.99
Kara Double Plate Short Necklace $19.99
Nicole Sports Luxe Bangle $19.99
Glam Geo Hard Case Clutch $59.99
Marta Wedge $69.99

Rosa Strapless Prom Dress $119.99
Chanelle Small Stone Stud $12.99
Jolie Chandelier Necklace $39.99
Jazmin Coated Crystal Sized Ring $12.99

Yay, pretty things!! 

- Jessica


Resort 2013: Part 2

I am feeling a bit like Usher today. Not because I have suddenly acquired musical talent, but because like Usher, I too must split my 'confessions' into two parts. Anyway, while Usher may have confessed to having a 'chick on the side', my confessions are merely about what I thought of these resort collections. In all honesty, that isn't nearly as exciting, but do read on anyway.

Monique Lhullier:

One of my favourite Resort collections, the Monique Lhullier played with every neon shade. The collection started with swirly floral prints and as the outfits progressed, the prints disappeared and bold block neon colours took centre stage. The styling was amazing, with the middle-part hair style adding to the sophistication of the overall look. Also, the printed shoes were super cute.

Peter Pilotto:

Peter Pilotto's show managed to somehow look to the past and the future. Some prints were reminiscent of the stained glass windows that you see in old Cathedrals while others, with their techy digital prints, had us thinking of some sort of futuristic society... in which everyone wears cool pants. Sounds like a great place to be.

Rachel Zoe:

There was a surprising amount of colour in Zoe's collection. The beautiful cornflower blue contrasted nicely against the metallic materials and abstract shapes. The thing that really stands out in this collection though is the immaculate styling...but we would expect no less from Rachel Zoe!


Always feminine and beautiful, the Valentino Resort collection was full of beautiful citrus shades, from a stunning lime to a soft lemon yellow to a muted coral. There was lots of very pretty lace which added a sense of femininity to the classic shape of a white collared shirt. Most importantly, I was particularly excited about the kitten heels because they are so much comfier than normal heels and if they are advocated by Valentino, then I need not feel guilty! 

Matthew Williamson:

The always fantastic Matthew Williamson presented a collection that had a very 'resort' feel to it. Sometimes I feel like there are designers who make lovely collections but which don't feel very resort-y. Williamson's classic silhouettes fused with cool shades of coral and mint lended a sense of relaxed sophistication to his resort collection. I loved the turquoise detail on the shoes and the delicate beading on the dresses. 

Well that is part 2 of the Resort 2013 collections. And we still haven't finished all the designers. Usher was able to confess concisely in two parts and I will need at least three to round of the Resort collections. I feel unaccomplished.

Happy weekend!

- Jessica


Q&A with Kobi Levi:

We tend to love all shoes (except maybe Crocs) but Kobi Levi's shoes hold a special place in our hearts. His designs are an innovative fusion of art and wearability, managing to somehow be funny and beautiful at the same time. Kobi is not only talented but so hard working and it was after Lady Gaga wore one of his creations that he finally got the attention he deserved! We're certain that soon, the name Kobi Levi, will be one of the biggest names in fashion. We had a chat to this emerging designer about his experiences and his plans for the future.

Kobi in his work-space

FM: When did you realise you had an interest in fashion?

Kobi: I started to create shoe designs while in high-school. I guess I always knew this is what I want to do.

Contemporary Chinese


FM: What drew you to shoes specifically?

Kobi: There is something magical about shoes that I like. They are like an extension of the body that can be designed to alter the posture and silhouette of the whole body.  I find that exciting.

Blonde Ambition

FM: How did you kick start your career?

Kobi: I studied design in college and also went to "old school" shoe makers to learn the technical aspects of the craft. This way I acquired the tools to create my designs by myself.

Straight from school I started to work in the footwear industry as a freelance designer. Meanwhile I created my own designs just for my own pleasure. In April 2010 I started a blog and uploaded the images of the designs. The initial idea was to share my passion with my friends and family and send them a link rather than heavy emails with images.

Very quickly the blog got a life of its own and people started to react to it and spread the word. I got emails from all over the world and realized that people enjoy the designs and appreciate them.

I think the highest moment of that time was when Lady Gaga chose my Double Boot for her "Born this Way" music video. Then it hit me that this can also become a business.

Double Boot


FM: What is an average work day like for you? Is being a designer anything like you thought it would be?

Kobi: I work hard and spend long hours in the studio. I hardly take any vacations and sometimes even forget to break for lunch.

This way of life is the most natural thing for me; because I get to be creative and do the thing I like the most. For me being a designer is not a "job", because the images and ideas flow in my mind wherever I go and I am always thinking about the next design and the next project.


FM: How long does it take to make each shoe, from the design process to the end product?

Kobi: When creating a new design, the whole process from the 1st sketch to the prototype can take a month.

Once the prototype is ready, duplicating it takes a few days, depends on the complexity of the design and structure.


FM: I love all the shoes but I can’t get over how amazing the ‘Slide’ shoes are!  Is there one pair of shoes that you’ve designed that stands out as a favourite?

Kobi: I like all my designs, but style Miao stands out for me. I think it's a great example of catching the essence of a unique movement and translating it into a shape of a shoe.



FM: Any big plans for the future?

Kobi: My main focus right now is developing my brand and exposing it to as many people as possible.


FM: And plans to open a store in Australia?

Kobi: Sure! I get lots of emails from Aussies inquiring about the designs and asking where they can find them. It would be great to find a local partner who can collaborate with us on such a project.

FM: Any further comments?

Kobi: I am grateful for the attention and exposure. It's great to hear people like your creations and smile when they see them. Having fun with design is the most important thing for me.


And here are some more fantastic creations:


And these are my friend Seren's favourites:

And I know I said the Slide shoes were my favourite but now I am having doubts because they are all so amazing! We cannot wait for Kobi's next collection (hopefully there will be a meerkat- themed shoe *hint hint*). 

Here is your next muse, Kobi. Work your magic.

- Jessica


Resort 2013:

Tis the time for RESORT COLLECTIONS! Just looking at these fantasmo collections makes me feel all summery even though the weather in Australia is pretty dreary. However, resort collections also have the opposite effect, making me feel sad because I am very, very busy and not in a fancy resort, wearing a big hat as I should be. As we all should be. Sigh. Let us continue before I have an emotional breakdown:


A truly stunning collection from Erdem. The dark blue graphic prints contrasted effectively against the white while the shoes, also in the dark blue print, managed to look incredibly chic rather than matchy-matchy. Gentle peplum inserts and trapezium-esque back cut-outs added a sense of sophistication and the florals set against the dark background made for a truly magnificant collection.

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Somehow the Chanel show managed to be both futuristic and old school. I loved the big skirts and the architectural attention to structure as well as the very cool swirly prints. 

Chanel 2012/13 Cruise Collection - RunwayChanel 2012/13 Cruise Collection - RunwayChanel 2012/13 Cruise Collection - Runway

Both of these dresses were my favourites out of the whole collection. The matching mint green hat is just too cute:

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However, as beautiful as this dress is, I am not really sure why the model appears to be wearing shin pads...on her arms. Those are for your legs, dear, and they are a little bit more 'high school hockey team' than they are Chanel. 

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And while I know that it is rather blasphemous to say bad things about Chanel...

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It appears that two characters from Final Fantasy snuck into the show. Someone call security!

Styling-wise, I thought the little Chanel symbol beneath the model's eyes was a very nice touch, even though the pink eyeshadow seemed a bit too severe.

Chanel Resort 2013

However the crux of the issue is not to do with pink eyeshadow or fluffy green pants but rather...Chanel Resort 2013

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A BOWL CUT MARRIES A PONY TAIL. AND DEAR FRIENDS, IT IS NOT A HARMONIOUS MARRIAGE. Probably because bowl cuts should stay alone in their room and not marry anything.

Apart from those little issues, it was a beautiful show. And the location was amazingly fancy...

Chanel 2012/13 Cruise Collection - Cocktail And Performance

And yes, those are macarons on the table! Yummo!

Oscar de la Renta:

Oh Oscar. You are truly the champion of life.

The classic monochrome dresses looked absolutely stunning and those cut-out detail shoes were particularly beautiful. There was a lot of colour too and use of classic fabrics like lace in innovative way. The scalloped cut was beautifully done as were the numerous ruffles. We also saw some peplum here too and my goodness, that purple graphic print is out of this world. AMAZING:

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Also that clutch is great.

Also Oscar, you are the best!

Temperley London:

Fantastic asymmetry from Temperley London. The minimalist colour scheme was supplemented by the innovative cuts - I've never seen an ankle length shirt that actually looks good and not at all silly up until now. The simple tailored pants were a nice addition too, considering that the monstrosity of super wide-legged pants that we are seeing a lot of now. And what is a resort collection without a big hat? 

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Che bella! Well, since there is no way I can simply whisk myself off to the Hamptons where I could actually wear these clothes, I will have to content myself with wearing a big hat and sipping water with one of those paper umbrellas. This is truly the life. 

Chanel 2012/13 Cruise Collection - Runway

Enjoy your Monday. Eat a salted caramel macaron and at least pretend to be on holiday =P

- Jessica



Backstage at London Fashion Week:

It's almost the weekend. You know you don't feel like reading because you're tired and looking at pictures (especially good pictures) can be so much fun! We absolutely love backstage photos because they show the models having a bit of fun in some truly fantastic clothes and it's a nice change from the rather expressionless walk down the runway that we're all used to.

Here are some amazing pics taken by some truly talented photographers who were backstage at London Fashion Week, which we've grabbed from the London Fashion Week FB page. These are our favourites:

Backstage at Matthew Williamson - photographs by Billa Baldwin:

Backstage at McQ - photograph by Billa Baldwin:

Backstage at Jonathan Saunders - photograph by Billa Baldwin:

Backstage at Holly Fulton - photograph by Billa Baldwin:

Backstage at House of Holland - photograph by Billa Baldwin:

Backstage at Peter Pilotto - photograph by Roo Kendall:

Backstage at Osman - photograph by Roo Kendall:

Backstage at Mary Katrantzou - photograph by Billa Baldwin:

Backstage at Michael van der Ham - photograph by Billa Baldwin:

And my personal favourite...

Backstage at Temperley London - photograph by Billa Baldwin:

Pick a favourite and let us know! Happy weekend! =)

- Jessica


Wedge of Glory:

I am positively certain that Lady Gaga would be super proud of my pun.

I suppose out of all the high heels, wedges, on the surface, appear to be the most sensible of all heels. They cover your whole foot which is probably good for...your posture? However, the type of wedges I am talking about in this post are not the usual black leather wedges with a Mary Jane strap that you would expect a deputy principal to wear BUT RATHER:

Mulberry: Runway - LFW Autumn/Winter 2012Mulberry: Runway - LFW Autumn/Winter 2012Basso and Brooke: Runway - LFW Autumn/Winter 2012Basso and Brooke: Runway - LFW Autumn/Winter 2012 Jean Paul Gaultier: Runway - Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture S/S 2012Jean Paul Gaultier: Runway - Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture S/S 2012


ie: amazingly mind blowing wedges. Wedges that won't make people think 'wow, what amazingly sensible shoes' and prompt them into a deep and peaceful sleep but wedges that are so unique looking that people will probably fall over in jealousy.

RMK 'Louisa' wedge - $139.95 - the iconic.comMesseca  'Coraline' wedge - $170 - the iconic.com

Sam Edelman Kendall Cut-Out Wedge Sandals RRP $232.90 sale $149.60 - asosASOS HABIT High Wedges with Straps $76.50 - asos

Seattle Bootie shoes by Nude - $150 - princess pollySeattle Bootie shoes by Nude - $150 - princess polly

COMBINED WEDGE 69.90 USD - zaraT-BAR WEDGE 49.90 USD - zara

FLORAL WEDGES 79.90 USD - zaraFLORAL WEDGES 79.90 USD - zara

LINED WEDGE 69.90 USD - zaraLINED WEDGE 69.90 USD - zara

Happy weekend!

- Jes