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Sydney sparkling for Mercedes Benz Fashion week

17 Apr

A few days in Sydney to catch up on the latest fashions at The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week as well as catch up on some R&R was much anticipated to say the least!

Over the past weeks I had been excited to follow MBFW news in the lead up to the event which was to be held at Carriageworks for the first time in 2013.

Invitations were out and I was excited to find some our amazing designers from the West showcasing their collections during the week.

Aurelio Costarella, Betty Tran, Gypsea and Zhivago were just some of our WA designers taking centre stage at shows throughout the week and with MBFW Live being broadcast by JASU to 77 countries worldwide, the audience was set to be huge!

With bags packed and an early 4am wake up call, I departed Perth for a few days of indulgence!

One of my favourite people in the world came along for the fleeting trip and although she 'loves early mornings', our first stop after check in was a tall coffee! Our morning wasn't entirely free from hiccups, to say the least, so we were really in need of a strong drink!!

After taking in two movies and admiring the style of some admired Aussie actors on board, we arrived in Sydney in time to catch some live footage in Martin Place of MBFW fashions at the free-to-the public Pelican Bar.

With our hotel nearby we were lucky to be close to the action with the large screens showing runway footage.

Mojitos followed by dinner at a cute Cheese & wine bar marked our first night in Sydney…

The following day in Sydney was absolutely stunning with blue skies as far as the eye could see. A quick bus ride led us to the MBFW at Carriageworks to take in some of the action both on and off the catwalk.

Invitees found their seats ringside as they sipped on cool drinks doing the rounds before the show began. With 66 designers on show throughout the week, and the trade show 'Premiere' running alongside the event, Carriage works was certainly alive with fashion and style guru's.

The New Generation show featured West Australian designers Betty Tran and Zhivago and I couldn't wait to see their collections after being impressed by Dessert Designs and Faddoul among others.

A short black & white film kicked off Betty Trans show and the Betty Tran woman was defined by the strength in the label. Bold colours and a new colour palette paved the way of the beautiful collection on show…

Betty Tran
Betty Tran

Zhivago didn't disappoint as their signature lines were teamed up with fresh hues and a splash of attitude! Loved it all.


After a few days of fashion and having some retail therapy I was in need of a cocktail at the Opera Bar! The Opera Bar, FYI, in my opinion is THE best bar in Australia (well Eastern Australia anyway!).

Any occasion is made into an amazing occasion with views of the Opera house and Sydney Harbour Bridge setting the back drop. If you haven't been – a definite for your next visit to Sydney!!

So after a few days of brilliant food, perfect weather, shopping and fashion it was time to hit the Qantas air roads and head back to the beautiful West!

So thank you Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week for setting my heart racing over some amazing new fashions, adding to my list of 'must have' pieces, filling my eyes with non-stop style and increasing my desire for that shiny little black Mercedes-Benz number that was on display…



Linneys celebrate 40 years of Australian Style

14 Aug

Who needs ‘Breakfast at Tiffanys’ when they can ‘Find Love at Linneys’!

I find love everytime I veiw a Linneys collection online or walk into their store in Subiaco – my wish list is endless!!

Linneys has been creating exquisite peices since they established in the 1970’s and were the first high end Australian jeweller to showcase Australian Pearls.
 Allan Linney (an innovative goldsmith and designer) and Bill Reed (a marine biologist and pearl farmer) have spent four decades creating and designing  stunning collections which incorporate West Australian Gold, magnificent diamonds and the highly regarded Broome South Sea Pearls.

Today, Linneys is a leader in Australian Jewellery design and prides itself on collections that are not only innovative, but also traditionally stylish.
 With 2 stores in Perth, 1 in Sydney  and 2 stores located in Broome, Linneys has not only made themselves well known to the public in Australia and abroad but they are an icon in the world of ‘Style’.

In 2012, Linneys continues to work with Brand Ambassadors, Jessica Marais and Jason Dundas and the new, fresh young look heralds an exciting new era for the company in the future.
 Linney’s founder and Creative director Allan Linney has worked with his son, Justin and the team to create their latest collection, which marks their 40th Anniversary. The collection is inspired by music and each piece is a song based on a particular genre……..for more about the anniversary collection go to the ‘Influencing Faces of Style’ section of www.stylewa.com where Creative Director, Justin Linney has shared his inspiration and passion.

Whilst there are now a few jewellery designers in Australia, working with our world-class resources, Linneys stands out from the crowd as it not only is it innovative but it also has 40 years of industry experience and a name with an impeccable reputation!
 Who wouldn’t want a little package from Linneys to mark a special occasion (or even ‘just because’)!

To start making your Linneys ‘wish list’ go to; http://www.linneys.com.au/#/home/
Here is where your loved one can spoil you –
Linneys store locations;
 Perth  (37 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco and at the Crown Promenade, Burswood)
Sydney (Westfield, Castlereagh St, Sydney)
 Broome (Chinatown, 25 Dampier Tce and Cable Beach Club Resort, Cable Beach)

The face behind the Flannel empire – Kristy Lawrence

26 Jul

I love the label Flannel. Walking into a Flannel store makes you feel like you have just found a gorgeous boutique somewhere on the outskirts of Paris.
The shop front itself is a feast for the stylish eye and the creative mind and its the place where award-winning designer, Kristy Lawrence has successfully translated her lifestyle into a signature range of fashion and home wares.

With an upcoming trip to the US as well as Flannel’s involvement with this weeks’ STYLEAID parade, Kristy Lawrence is busy to say the least!
With that said, Kristy has been lovely enough to take time out to chat about all things Flannel and the insight has made me love it even more!
stylewa:  When Flannel opened its first store here in WA, did u ever expect the label would grow as rapidly as it has? 

K.L:  Flannel started as a partnership with my sister Brooke. It came about from my love of creating and both of us wanting to earn some extra funds for us to indulge in our love of travel together with our children. After successfully selling to independent stores we went on to open our first store in Cottesloe. It was more as a love of the Flannel product and wanting to showcase it in its entirety with our homewares etc. We were so excited by the immediate reaction from clients both wholesale and retail and the continuous growth we are still discovering now 5 years later! What started as a hobby has grown to a very exciting, successful and fast growing business.

stylewa:  Your style is so effortlessly chic- what are your inspirations when designing garments? 

K.L:  For me its about being simply chic with a little attitude and most importantly comfortable! I design for what I would like to wear and get much of my inspiration from women in the street, it could be their attitude, a particular colour, fabrication or design detail. I love to travel and people watch!

Our philosophy really suits how I feel..

Live, Work and Play!
“Paris meets New York for the Australian lifestyle. Flannel’s collections create a relaxed, luxurious, playful feeling, chalky hues, with a fresh hint of colour, understated, graceful style with an edge of a rock-bohemian chic, for customers who appreciate the finer things in life. Unique and simple, Flannel is a consumate label full of covetable everyday pieces.”

stylewa:  The name Flannel……how did it come about? 

K.L:  Over a red wine with friends! We love how the brand is a contradiction to what people immediately think of the name but at the same time it still suits. Conjuring thoughts of comfort, home etc. It becomes a topic of conversation.

stylewa:  You already have stores in Perth, Sydney and feature at David Jones, what’s in store for the future at Flannel? 

K.L:  A very much anticipated store in Melbourne adding to our 4 stores in Perth. (Cottesloe, South Perth, Garden City and Subiaco) and our Mosman store in Sydney. Very exciting things to come in the US. Keep you posted!!

Kristy Lawrence you are one very talented designer!
Thankyou for your time and we look forward to watching for Flannels next exciting edition.

You can follow Flannel and Kristy’s latest at; http://flanneldesigns.blogspot.com.au/

happiness on hobart street………

16 Jul

A very stylish Rebecca Judd (Myer ambassador & model) has a very gorgeous web page – http://rebeccajudd.com.au/
In this very gorgeous web page she drops the names of some very cool Perth places to dine………………one of which is Beluga in Claremont (a favourite of mine) and the other is Hobart Deli on Hobart St, North Perth – noted for their high standards in coffee.

As Ms Judd also added that Hobart Deli was opposite a park, I thought I’d venture North of the city to check it out.

So I lined a friend up, scored a sunny winters day in Perth and had a quick look online for Hobart Deli before departing for my 10am date with a new favourite corner shop!

Well, the street was bustling around the corner cafe and it was easy to see why – fabulous coffee, beautiful cakes and slices and service with a smile…………..

My son liked the decor (a feast for the young eye) and the sweet selections! We chose the lemon pistachio slice – to share (although it was a mistake to think he’d leave me more than a bite!). It was a bite of heaven anyway!

The best part about this very chic Perth cafe was, as Rebecca noted, that there was a fantastic part right opposite – perfect for burning some of that sugary energy that little Perth-ite’s consume………….and perfect for enjoying a take-away coffee and some winter rays for any grown-up!

***A little stumble while searching for Hobart St – the following web page is a useful tool for out & about in Perth; http://acoffeeinthepark.com/hobart-st-north-perth

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