Girl crush, Rachel Rutt. How incredibly cute does she look in her hand knitted dress? I’m not usually drawn to models-of-the-moment; seeing the same face in every medium of the fashion industry can get a little boring. But there is something so effortless about Rachel, she transcends any race and is eternally cool. I love her carefree attitude and raw energy, she brings a touch of dark irony to everything she touches.
In theory, the idea of black and blonde hair sounds questionable, yet on Jade it seems to work. Her feathery cut and two-tone colour is just the right amount of bad-ass rebellion and cool. I’m always envious of girls like Jade who can rock any hair colour and look so casually awesome. I’ve been the same shade of blonde for the past 22 years, so I like to live vicariously through those more adventurous than myself. Although the current issue of Yen (Eliza Humble has pink hair on the cover) is making me think it’s time to branch out.
Tuxedo perfection at Christopher Esber. His modern take on the all time classic was sharp and beautifully constructed. You can check out more shots from his SS 11/12 collection here.
Meeting so many amazing bloggers was easily the best part of RAFW. Fashion Week is as much about the people you meet as the collections you view, and I met so many incredibly talented people. In this poorly timed jumping shot is Nicole from Gary Pepper Vintage, Rachel from I Want What She’s Wearing and Zanita from her namesake blog Zanita, but there could have been another ten bloggers who would have made this shot even more ridiculous/awesome.
Gary Bigeni’s leather shorts. Ah the clean lines and buttery leather; everything about these babies is so simple and cool. Bigeni is the master of elegant minimalism, which you can see for yourself here.
Colour made a triumphant return both on the streets and the on runway. Vibrant orange was everywhere (with fuschia coming a close second) and I have to say, I love it. No idea why Furla chose not to stock the Candy Bag in Australia, they would have made a killing. And how amazing are the stacked Prada loafers?
Stevie Dance has the kind of effortlessly cool style it’s hard not to be envious of.
Josh Goot’s digital prints were fresh and achingly hip. Presented on the sixth floor of an old car park building, Goot reminded the auidence why he’s considered one of Australia’s most innovative designers. Check out the rest of the show here.
So it may have been difficult to see the clothes, but the atmospheric lighting at Kate Sylvester was unlike any other show of the week. Dark, bad-ass and a little bit quirky.
Model turned photographer Candice Lake is pretty much Australia’s own Hanneli. Capturing street style for Vogue Australia, Candice is easily as stylish as her subjects.
Seeing RAFW through the lens of Tommy Ton and Phil Oh. Tommy and Phil were rather taken by Nicole’s style (how could they not!) and took some amazing shots of her which have since appeared in every corner of the web (including Vogue.com, just casually)
I’m not going to lie, I may have a girl crush on Rachel Rutt. She walked in an impossible amount of shows, so clearly I’m not the only one who feels this way.
Modern luxury at Ellery. Such a beautiful collection, and the long-line coats were tailored perfection.
The opening video at Shakuhachi. I was too busy watching to video it, but trust me, it was cool.
Lastly, all the beautiful shoes. I’m a street style photographer and a girl, so whatever way you look at it, RAFW was shoe heaven.
A tan coat is pretty much my number one winter staple. And Nadia’s chocolaty-tan coat is perfection, I love the masculine cut and slightly over-sized fit. The mid-length is so flattering too, the long lines just look so cool and relaxed. I have a similar one myself, although it’s more a jacket than coat, and I’ve hardly taken it off since the weather has cooled down. Bring on winter!