March 16, 2016

Champions of Diversity

Zac Posen F/W16 (imagetree)

Zac Posen F/W16 (imagetree)

It’s not often that one sentence can change your entire perspective on a topic that you think you’ve got a handle on. A switch has been flipped in my mind thanks to VAMFF and one very clever lady by the name of Janice Breen Burns.  She gave a lecture as part of Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival’s Writers’ Series Workshops and her message was simple, obvious even to some, that fashion is about more than just clothing, it’s a visual history depicting the issues and changes taking place in the world. 

I don’t know, was this notion obvious to everyone but me? I may be slow on the uptake, but nevertheless it got me thinking that if fashion is a way to represent the current condition, then each outfit that comes down the runway is a snapshot of history. With this in mind, how is it acceptable that the models, who deliver these artistic representations from designers to the world are not representative of the people who exist in it?

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March 10, 2016

The Intern’s First Fashion Festival.

Photo: Mathew Lynn/The Weekly Review

Photo: Mathew Lynn/The Weekly Review

It’s probably poor form that as an intern fashion blogger and Melbourne native no less, I’ve never attended any of the shows during Melbourne’s fashion festivals over the years. I’ve done the graduate shows, upcoming designer showcases, even helped out in a few backstage frenzies, but nothing I’ve ever seen could have compared to attending the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival‘s Opening Event Runway at the Royal Exhibition Building on Monday night. It was breathtaking!  From the setup to the meticulously styled outfits coming down the runway, I was truly captivated and no, not just because I was fan-girling over Sam Harris‘ perfection from a mere two metres away (OMG did she see me?).  (more…)

March 7, 2016

VAMFF is Here!

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Fashion weeks all around the world have had us itching for this date to arrive. It’s finally here, Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival officially kicks off tonight, and while most of the premium runways are already sold out, we’ve compiled a list of some interesting events you’ll still be able to get tickets for, and some are even free! (more…)

March 3, 2016

An Ode to the Wonder that is Ajak Deng.

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After a tumultuous week, where ongoing racism in the fashion industry was suspected to be the reason for her packing her suitcase and abandoning modelling for good, Ajak Deng has bravely returned to fight against racism and destroy the notion that skin colour is an obstacle to a successful modelling career. We thought it best to dedicate a post to the Melbourne based model and her many, many achievements both personally and professionally.  (more…)

February 29, 2016

What the Industry Could Look Like: Follow @moremodelsofcolor

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Advocacy for racial diversity in the fashion industry grows more and more momentum with each passing day of the fall/winter fashion season. New York Fashion Week in particular, demonstrated positive steps toward more equally spread representation, with designers such as Zac Posen speaking out in a bid to make the issue viral through his #BlackModelsMatter campaign. The reality remains however, that during the season thus far, ethnic models only made up 22% of those who walked.

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February 25, 2016

Dressing for Fashion Shows.

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VAMFF is but a fortnight away and the Fall/Winter fashion shows have well and truly kicked off in New York and London, with a hot bed of show-stealing celebrity styling decorating the front rows and after parties. For these celebs, it’s safe to say that fashion week is about more than just catching a few shows, it’s about how many times you can utter the phrase “it was a gift from the designer” when your outfit is a topic of conversation.

Even though our outfits will receive infinitely less attention, dressing for fashion week often causes us mere mortals undue stress. Do I look trendy enough? Am I trying too hard? How dressy do I have to be for a day show? Can people tell my ticket was more expensive than this outfit? These are just some of the questions that might run through your mind when dressing for your first fashion show. The truth is, anything goes. It’s about sticking to what you do best and expressing your personal style. Here are a few tips to let you enjoy the star-studded events without outfit panic. (more…)

February 21, 2016

Skincare: Body Edition.

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Summertime might be coming to a close, but that’s no reason to neglect your skincare routine. It’s not all about the face. As the body’s largest organ, our skin requires just as much TLC below the neckline as above. What better way to hang on to that healthy summer glow than to keep your body skin velvety smooth, long after the sun rays have shrunk behind the clouds?

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February 14, 2016

Writer’s Spotlight: Janelle Okwodu.

Grace Bol and Riley Montana by Janelle Okwodu

Grace Bol and Riley Montana by Janelle Okwodu

In a world where an internet connection is all that’s required to call oneself a journalist, the standard of published work covers the gamut from shoddy, to mediocre and sometimes even first rate. Fashion journalism is no exception. As an intern blogger (who hopefully falls somewhere towards average on the spectrum) it’s important to find those rare exceptions in a sea of amateurs, who talk about their chosen field with such passion and expertise that maybe, if you’re lucky, a little bit of their brilliance might radiate through your computer screen and sprinkle upon your desperate little head. (more…)

February 10, 2016

Iconic Looks Through the Decades: 90’s, 00’s and Now.

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Earlier in the week, we featured some iconic vintage looks from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. The 1990’s bought the era of the supermodel, where emblematic figures such as Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista and Claudia Schiffer, known as the Big 5, became as recognisable in mainstream media as the popstars and top billing actors of the time. Models became influencers as more attention was turned to their status as media personalities.

Here we have selected some looks form the 90’s and beyond, that showcase some of the top black models of their respective times. (more…)

February 8, 2016

Iconic Looks Through the Decades: 60’s, 70’s & 80’s.

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Not very often, there are looks in magazines that demand us to stop flicking, hold up that double page spread to the light and question how the women (or men) on the page are real. It could be argued that the celebration of black features in the wider community only began in the 1960’s through the Black is Beautiful movement that started in America. During this period, typically African features were increasingly lauded in the mainstream media and subsequently produced some iconic works.

So what makes a look iconic? Transcendence is the term that comes to mind. Here are a few from the 60’s to the 80’s that stuck with us: (more…)

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