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Hurray for Ray

11 April 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Aurelio Costarella

Image source: Ray’s 30th anniversary show at MBFW courtesy of Stefan Gossati/Getty.


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Top to bottom: Costarella brides on show at L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival 2013; Snapshots of Ray’s 30th anniversary show at MBFW courtesy of Stefan Gossati/Getty and thewest.com.au

30 years in the game and he’s still got it – Aurelio (that’s Ray to us chi-chi fashion types) Costarella recently celebrated his pretty astounding milestone at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Sydney. For the uninitiated, Ray is something of a West Australian designer legend – famed for his ethereal, embellished gowns; he’s dressed everyone from celebrities like Kelly Rowland, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Danni Minogue to blushing brides, all the way through to (arguably normal) people like my sister at her 21st. I might be playing favourites, but Ray was my first WA designer love – I was drawn to his eclectic use of materials; the soft femme silhouettes contrasted with raw, unfinished edges; the stunning, risk-taking artistry. When I was younger and considerably more deluded about my future, I would dream about my Ray Costarella couture wedding dress – a confection of found materials: the ultimate dream dress.

When he’s not jetting about the place laying down the fabulous, Ray still designs and works out of his studio in North Perth, he continues to use West Australian models to showcase his work – he even flew WA singer Grace Woodroofe to sing her heartbreaking blues at his MBFW anniversary show (seriously, Grace is a treasure. Check her out: gracewoodroofe.com.au. At the end of the day, he loves Perth and he’s said as much on many occasions: that’s why he continues to base himself here. And in a landscape where most creatives feel the need to uproot themselves and move east, it’s refreshing to see that not only is his love steadfast, but it’s sustainable. Feel the need to check the genius in person? Aurelio Costarella is stocked at Myer in Forrest Chase – you can peruse the Myer website for a sneak peek of what’s available in store. www.myer.com.au

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I do not know how I feel about this

04 April 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

TLC

Hilarious TLC images sourced from style.mtv.com, things-we-heart.blogspot.com.au

Don’t shoot the messenger, but they’re back. They’re positively, absolutely back. That uniform of painters, 90s teens and Mario Brothers alike, the overall has crept it’s way back into fashion - probably using those straps like little denim grapple hooks in the night, scaling the prison wall of un-chic and into the minds of sleeping fashion designers, whispering quietly: “Remember that time Kate Moss wore us with one strap down? That was fun, right? Let’s do it again, it’ll be great.” The return of overalls was sealed when I saw a pair of white denim shorteralls in an Arabella Ramsay look book a year or so ago. Adorable youths seeing grunge fashion for the first time – they cannot resist the playful allure of the shorterall. It’s like a playsuit, but denim! Like shorts, but with a pocket on the front! Straps! And in a way (The way being when you’re under 25 and your legs are approximately the same width as my arms), I think they’re more flattering than the full length overall: you don’t lose your entire silhouette in a swathe of bulky, hitched up denim. BUT. The full length overall is here, too. I know it is because both Alexa Chung and The Man Repeller are wearing them constantly with varying degrees of success. On the plus side, we’ve got this:


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Images sourced from manrepeller.com, thestylemethod88.com

Playful, fresh – a little androgynous. I particularly like blazer layering and fringe shoes on Man Repeller, it’s a pretty successful way to sex-up the overalls without wandering around with one breast pointing at unsuspecting strangers. I am also a total sucker for stripes, and therefore I thoroughly enjoy Alexa’s St James tee under corduroy. These are all good. I can live with these.

And then there’s Maude:


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Images sourced from manrepeller.com, mydaily.co.uk, peoplestylewatch.com

It takes a lot of misshapen denim to make Alexa “legs of a malnourished child” Chung look like my mum when she was pregnant with my little sister in the late 80s, and yet HERE WE ARE. I honestly cannot look at any of these – particularly the pair with the V shaped panel in the front– without thinking “who put those photos of mum on the internet? She will die when she finds out about this”. These are just SO UNFLATTERING. Leandra in the leather pair – dear lord. Too many trends, dancing way too close to what a bondage daddy might wear to the farmer’s market on the weekend, and SO MUCH CROTCH. Examining these – it seems I’m OK with the short and cannot handle the body-mutilating shapes of the long pairs, but enough about me - how do you feel? Does the thought of overalls make you want to retch, or are you running straight out and grabbing yourself a pair to skip about in on the weekends?

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Tags: Fashion, Trends

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All the leaves are brown…

21 March 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Bikini Babes

Sort of. I mean, some of the leaves in my carport are brown but that’s probably because I’ve never swept it and I don’t think we even have an outdoor broom. ANYWAY my point was that it’s autumn! Happily, Forrest Chase is helping you to envision your chicest possible Armageddon scenario with their latest campaign – one that is sure to BLOW YOU AWAY, HAHA. Sorry. But their message is apt: yay for boots, jacket and scarf weather! Yay for stepping outside and having all of your makeup still adhered instead of melted in a puddle at your feet! Yay for sleeves and the option to wear pants without dying, and yay to rich, earthy autumnal colours that suit pretty much every person everywhere! Not to play favourites, but I’m probably most excited about coats making a re-appearance in my daily life. It’s the perfect finish to an outfit – heavy or light, tailored or draped, there’s just something about a sleeve on top of another sleeve that says “Check it, I’ve got my life together.” Plus, there are approximately seventy jillion coat trends coming through this winter – along with the classic pea coats pictured, you’ll also find bomber jackets, capes, khaki military jackets, and leather jackets of both the biker and the blazer variety. Basically, you’ll be all but undressed without a coat of some description this Autumn/Winter. And you don’t want to be caught naked in the inevitable twister Armageddon that Forrest Chase has magically foretold, right?

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Work it

14 March 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times: dressing well for work will make you feel better about life, yourself, your co-workers and after your inevitable daily interactions with idiots, the future of humankind. You’re in your work clothes more than any others, so it should follow that a: you buy something of a decent quality that will wash well, and b: whatever you wear, you should look good in it. I’m not sure who spread the rumour that your workwear should also double as an unmarried primary school librarian costume circa 1936, but it isn’t and you shouldn’t. Got a colour that makes you look fabulous? Found a particular cut of pants that makes your legs look a mile long? WEAR THEM, PLEASE. There is no reason to shy away from colour, print or anything else that might make you look happy to be alive: because the key to successful work attire is all in the tailoring. You can say “I’m professional” with a neat row of buttons and a jacket that’s cut like a knife, and then you can maybe ALSO say “I’m ever so happy to be here, please give me a raise” with a bit of print or an excellent accessory or two. At the very least, you’ll be happy with whatever stares back at you when you leave the house at 7am.

To work it:

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Image sources: Jacquard peplum skirt, $225, from Cue, Pop colour crop blazer in black, $99.95, from Portmans, Button through shirt, $79.95, from Witchery.

Using black, white and grey as a base, a bit of contrasting print and peplum: the trend that refuses to die, this is a rad outfit with plenty of separates you can mix and match with your existing clothes.


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Image sources: Ocelot tee, $129.95, from Witchery, Hi There by Karen Walker bow pants, $96.75, from Myer, Elessa boots, $149.95, from Ninewest.

Animal print at work? Oh heck yes. The cut of this boxy tee and the zip to the back definitely means business: while the bows to the nude trousers soften the masculine shape of the tee. Cap it all off with ankle boots – I favour a heavier, tougher boot, but you could just as easily wear it with something more streamlined (or a nude pump).


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Image sources: Oriental Crane print jacket, $339, from Cue, Wish division pant, $110, from Myer, Button through shirt, $79.95, from Witchery.

This nifty look incorporates colour AND print! I know, it’s crazy town. But the leather panels on those straight-legged pants are the perfect complement to the satiny jacket – just a touch of gloss without going OTT shiny. And the watermelon shirt/ trouser combo can certainly hold it’s own if it’s too hot for the jacket: all of them great, tailored pieces with a twist.

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Tags: Fashion, Portmans, Trends

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