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Fashion's Most Versatile Accessory

Fashion's Most Versatile Accessory

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New luxury fashion brand ADVIKA has touted the shawl as being the world's most versatile fashion accessory.

The label, which houses an array of handcrafted shawls and scarves sourced from exotic locations around the world, says the age old fashion accessory is being used by women in increasingly creative ways in a bid to complement their fashion styles and needs.

"Nothing defines a woman's style more eloquently than a beautifully draped shawl" says ADVIKA founder, Sarah Chatterjee.

"Shawls create an instant sense of panache regardless of a woman's age, status, personal style, or budget. The way your wear a shawl defines your signature look and this individual style becomes yours and yours alone."

It's a sentiment echoed by international stylist, Pina Fiorenza, who says shawls offer tremendous flexibility to a woman's wardrobe.

Daniel Bentley: The Perfect Fit

The Perfect Fit

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Find your perfect fit with Daniel Bentley's revolutionary Utopia 'swing ring' design.

The Utopia Rings open and close around your finger with a single click, giving the perfect fit without compromising form.

From December 2012, Australians with hard to fit fingers can frost their hands to their heart’s content with the launch of Daniel Bentley’s revolutionary Utopia Ring onto the Australian market.

Inder Dhillon: Pretty Tomboy

Inder Dhillon: "Pretty Tomboy"

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Fresh from Fashion Week and with the hype of contemporary design her forte, designer Inder Dhillon brings among the best in Australian fashion to the industry.

The label's official debut collection, Pretty Tomboy, "is luxury meets street, relaxed cuts with elaborate North Indian inspired embellishments" with modern western designs, traditional embellishments, and extreme levels of intricacy and precision.

Dhillon holds the title of Student of the Year and first place in the Strand Arcade Evening Wear competition, plus is set to receive the CreateIT Industry award in June for excellence in her field of study. This label clearly has much to say for itself!

"I wanted to take the preconceived perception of overtly embellished Indian techniques and translate it into something that women can wear everyday, something more subtle yet still visually striking." Inder says of the collection.

Collette Dinnigan's First Ever Showcase in Asia

Collette Dinnigan's First Ever Showcase in Asia

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The curtains closed on Collette Dinnigan's First ever show in Asia presenting a runway show in Singapore to Media and buyers from all over Asia as well as Westpac Singapore's Top 100 Private Wealth Clients.

As Australia's most Internationally recognised Fashion Designer, a large following has developed in Asia for the designer and her arriving and staging a show in Singapore was applauded, respected and loved by the buyers and media. Collette Dinnigan showed her Autumn Winter 13 collection with pieces made for the show especially for the Asian market.

This was one of the designer's biggest shows she has ever presented with 1100 guests attending (VIP clients in Singapore, A-List and Westpac Singapore's top 100 private wealth clients as well as Media & Buyers) Collette was invited to show at the Audi Fashion Festival with a stand alone show as she was recognised as an International designer with a very large following and interest in Asia and in Singapore.

Relaxed Modernity

Relaxed Modernity

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In an industry saturated by prominent trends and social influences, bespoke style, individuality and a fresh approach to fashion is sometimes mistaken for bad taste. So when the fashion industry is buzzing with trends surrounding modern cuts, architectural hem lines and more feminine power than one can handle, how do insiders create a fresh approach? It seems the solution is upon us in the form of uber relaxed modernity.

Designers are straying from the strict-cut cult with originality and flair while maintaining popular influences. Sportive inspired figure cuts create for a relaxed take on the clinched waist and make for a tranquil yet powerful image.

Play with textures leaves garments appearing chic but contemporary with a splash of effortless glam. Layering is prominent but translated from hobo winter to urban street style for the ultimate day to night dressing. Similarly, contrasting colours contribute to a relaxed glamorous effect.

Inside the Diary of Mitchell Hayes

Inside the Diary of Mitchell Hayes

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For those whom haven't yet been introduced to me, my name is Mitchell Hayes, and I graduated from MSIT with an Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology in 2012. At the end of my studies, I was lucky enough to be honoured with the MSIT (Metropolitan South Institute of Tafe) International Sponsorship Award, a prestigious award given to one fashion graduate each year, giving them the opportunity to work or study internationally. Being honoured with this award has enabled me to travel to London, where I studied at the world-renowned Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and interned for the London-based label Antipodium under the direction of the Australian head designer Geoffrey J Finch. It has been an intense four months, but I have learned so much and taken full advantage of the incredible opportunity.

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Studying textile-related short courses at Central Saint Martins has opened my eyes to a whole new level of innovation and creativity. There's an electric vibe throughout the campus. Everywhere you look you're presented with exciting works from the next big things in art, fashion and design. I completed courses in Digital Print on Textiles, Inventive Textile Manipulation for Fashion, and Machine Knitting, and already genuinely feel like a much more skilled and well-rounded designer for it.

I have particularly taken to machine knitting, and have purchased and set up a noisy machine in my room, much to my housemates' displeasure. At St Martins, I was fortunate enough to see some of the knitwear students' portfolios which were inspirational to say the least. One fourth year student I spoke with had just completed a year's internship with Proenza Schouler and Dior, and another student with Chloe and Prada.

A Unique Twist

A Unique Twist

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Are you looking for a fashion accessory customised for you with a unique twist? NOOSA-Amsterdam is a brand that allows their customers to tell a different story. You are able to choose and create your own bracelets, scarves, belts, bags and sandals by choosing unique chunks to create an item that is truly one of a kind.

The NOOSA-Amsterdam range is available to buy online or in-stores across Australia.

David Jones Half Yearly Clearance

David Jones Half Yearly Clearance

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Incredible Savings on Big Name Brands

David Jones launches its biggest and best ever Half Yearly Clearance at 8am, tomorrow morning!

David Jones' has always been Australia's leading destination for clearance with huge savings offered on the most sought after Australian and international brands across fashion, accessories, beauty, home and food.

After meeting today with David Jones' Regional Manager, Rowena Derksen, she informed us that they are aware that their customers are looking forward to the Half Yearly Clearance. "We are expecting quite a few of our customers to arrive early, before the doors open at 8am."

This is their genuine midyear sale with offers up to 60% across everything storewide. There are millions of items on offer across all departments, including over 130,000 pairs of women's shoes, 170,000 towels, 30,000 handbags and so much more.

Phoenix Keating: Not for the Weak

Phoenix Keating: Not for the Weak

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During a week renowned for fashion runways, prominent trends and endless glamour, one designer removed their collection from the norm in more ways than one. Phoenix Keating might not necessarily be amongst the most well known at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia but his collections are more powerful than any mass-produced trend.

Keating showcased his SS13/14 collection in an intimate salon style showing complete with models upon podiums, adorned with dramatically high hair and intensely bold makeup.

A western theme with a modern elegance was channelled as the pieces were individually showcased in a unique progression.

Heavy materials in hessian-like texture were juxtaposed by feminine tulle, beading and silk. Hem lines were long, and silhouettes tight.

Runway Wrap Up

Runway Wrap Up

This up-coming fashion season we bring you the most prominent trends as seen on the runways at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia.

Spring Summer 13/14 is all about black verses white, metallic, reflective materials alongside crisp cotton and linen, fierce suiting, accentuated waists, short and long hem extremes, delicate details, cheeky cut-outs and a keen eye for accessories.

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Bronx & Banco SS13/14

SUBOO SS13/14 - Photography: Lucas Dawson

Watson x Watson SS13/14

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Futuristic Forecast

Futuristic Forecast

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As designers fuse the old with the new it's anyone's guess what tomorrow will bring.

This season has left the fashion industry abuzz with excitement, lust, wonder and anticipation for what is to come. Current prominent trends are all about power and independence with some super strong influences, leaving those to wonder what could possibly beat them. The winter season is upon us and there are big things coming to our wardrobes.

Coming off a futuristic season, designers are forecasted to turn to a slightly classical theme while maintaining a modern feel. Fashion is all about change and revolution so a yet-to-be-seen twist is expected. Think long full skirts, pleats, capped sleeves, belted waists and vests teamed with suited jackets.

Print and colour has proven strong for many past seasons, and winter 2013 will be no exception.

Feminism in Fashion

Feminism in Fashion

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Firstly and foremost, you are not about to read an article about feminism by a feminist directed towards non-feminists in an attempt to convert them to feminists. Google the term and five million articles can be found on that topic. Instead, we are here to provide insight into how the feminist movement has affected the contemporary fashion industry and the how your wardrobe came to resemble what it is today. Without a rant about women's rights (but that's important too).

Many conflicting opinions surround feminism but one thing can be determined officially; the concept has dramatically affected modern day womens' style and fashion trends. To confirm the point in question, feminism is defined as a 'belief in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes'.