Fashion

Dressed by the Best Gwen Gillam Exhibition

Dressed by the Best Gwen Gillam Exhibition

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It was a time of fashionable change, discovery and evolution, creating style that has been etched into the trends of modern day women. The 1950's and 1960's undoubtly holds a vast effect on contemporary fashion and to celebrate, the Queensland Museum pays tribute to the time's most influential designer, Gwen Gilliam in an exhibit very aptly titled Dresses by the Best.

How To: Team with your Man

How To: Team with your Man

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It's a long debated issue, to match or to not match? There's certain circumstances under which wearing a matching outfit with you date is perfectly fine and others where its most definitely not. However it can be difficult to establish to which extent the matching should occur. After all, this is a person to whom you accompany, not an accessory.

Nicholas Morine of Suite 101 assesses the situation, "Dressing to match one's date is perhaps one of the most nuanced attempts a gentleman can make that has the greatest impact during the event proper – be it a high school prom, an extravagant and beautiful wedding, or a romantic and intimate candle-lit dinner."

Goddess of Babylon

Goddess of Babylon

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If fun and flirty is the essence of the season than Goddess of Babylon embodies not only this but epitomizes bohemian luxe with alluringly styled chic all at once.

Starting out in 2005, based in Byron Bay and recently opening a brand new store in Bali, Goddess of Babylon is capturing international attention with their designs. Designed by Chantel Barber, inspired by her world travels from the medinas of Marrakech to the vivacity of Mexico, creativity is drawn from places rich in culture and wreathed in smiles. Spending her time between Byron Bay and Bali, Chantel divides her work and play in two equally artistic subcultures.

Wendy Makin Reveals Latest 2013 Couture Collection

Wendy Makin Reveals Latest 2013 Couture Collection

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Wendy Makin's 2013 collection of signature couture wedding gowns was previewed to an exclusive selection of Brisbane's fashion elite in an intimate salon showing.

The atmosphere was set with a morning champagne high tea and showings of Wendy's signature, simple, elegant designs. Five of the six pieces have previously been recognised at the Queensland Bride Design Awards, taking out the Supreme Award.

Customise your own Longchamp bag!

Customise your own Longchamp bag!

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Sur Mesure has been a huge success around the world and for a limited time fans of Longchamp can now order their very own bespoke bag in Brisbane.

You can now create your very own Le Pliage or Le Cabas tote bag, made to your order in France.

Customise your own bag, from 15 colour ways and linings, followed by your choice of hardware, length of handle as well as embroider initials or your name on a Le Pliage, or simply emboss your initials on a Le Cabas. It's your choice!

Season after Season

Season after Season

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We spend endless resources planning and sourcing our outfits each season. When the air becomes cooler, the days shorter and the leaves brown, suddenly our entire wardrobes are in dire need of replacement. While, admittedly, it's a good excuse to purchase multiple new outfits, it's probably not overly necessary.

So how exactly do we coordinate our wardrobes to suit season after season? The answer lies in layers, investment pieces and high quality. Choosing items that will last for multiple seasons is key. Don't be afraid to invest in something a little more luxurious, because, chances are it will last a lot longer than other more economical items.

The go-to Collection of the Season

The go-to Collection of the Season

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Lisa Ho Autumn/ Winter 2013 Collection Review

It's one of those collections which combines chic classics, modern shapes and deliciously complimenting shades all in only a few ready to wear outfits. Lisa Ho's 2013 Autumn/ Winter collection provides the basics, necessities and lust have pieces for the ultimate wardrobe as the fresher months approach.

Ho combined the trendy brights of summer with cosy and sophisticated Autumn tones to create a truly versatile collection.

Cynics Accessories

Cynics Accessories – "I Am You, You Are Me"

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"I Am You, You Are Me," is the traditional interpretation of the Mayan greeting, "In Lak'ech." Cynics, the unconventional accessories label, has re-interpreted the moral code behind the greeting into inspired wares for its latest collection.

"I Am You, You Are Me" in Mayan is the basis for a way of life, an acknowledgement of an intimate connection to all life in and beyond the physical dimension in which we exist.

Von Follies by Dita Von Teese Valentine's Collection

Von Follies by Dita Von Teese Valentine's Collection

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Dita Von Teese has launched her new glamorous Von Follies Valentine's Day lingerie collection which will be available at Target Australia from February 2013.

The new collection incorporates luscious reds, feminine pinks and classic black elegance – perfect for the most romantic time of year.

The release of the Von Follies by Dita Von Teese Valentine's Day collection at Target Australia follows a wave of success for the brand, having launched in Europe in November 2012. To celebrate the international expansion of her lingerie, Dita Von Teese modelled key pieces of the 2013 collection in a stunning new campaign shoot, with a selection of new images to debut alongside the Valentine's Day collection in Australia.

Valentine’s Day Wardrobe

Valentine's Day Wardrobe

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In the words of Percy Bysshe Shelley, "Soul meets soul on lovers' lips." It's that or something a little less forties poetic and a little more twenty-first century realistic that defines Valentine's Day. It's a season of over-exposed love and a very good reason to spoil somebody special, if not be spoiled themselves! Or indulge a little yourself out of spite. Whether one is single, taken or somewhere in between, Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity for your wardrobe to have a bit of a flirt and stray from the norm.

Valentine's Day Underwear

Valentine's Day Underwear

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They're more than often carefully disguised, covered over by layers of clothing in such a way as to revealed only at the most appropriate of times. A woman's underwear does wonders for her self-confidence, comfort and appearance, so why is it that 'nice' bras and knickers are kept for special occasions? Why is it that everyday attire calls for average underwear and only when somebody else is likely to see them are the fancy coordinates worn? Valentine's Day is one of those occasions, one lonely day in February when the pretty pieces are given their cause of ownership. What about the other three hundred and sixty-four days of the year? Are they not good enough for pretty undies?

There's nobody who loves talking about underwear more than Oprah Winfrey who famously said in a segment Do You Need New Underwear, "There's a reason they're called foundation garments: Clothes look better because you're lifted or sleeked in the right places, and your spirit is nourished by cute, stylish, seductive stuff".

Stilettoes: Sexiness vs. Practicality

Stilettoes: Sexiness vs. Practicality

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They lengthen legs, create the illusion of soaring heights, accentuate the butt and deliver a sexy and sophisticated image. Yes, the humble stiletto does as much for our image as to our confidence, creating a certain uplifting wardrobe moment that men will only ever have the opportunity of appreciating and never experiencing. But when is the line defined between sexiness and practicality? When do stilettoes turn from our best friends to, combined with certain terrain, our worst enemies?

In the very wise words of Harriet Morgan, "Strong women wear their pain like stilettos. No matter how much it hurts, all you see is the beauty of it".