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Bikini babes

05 October 2012, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Bikini Babes

Image sources: Jennifer Hawkins Cozi Bikinis from Myer.

For someone who spent her entire winter eating and moving between the couch and wine stash, I am inordinately excited about bikini season. Blame it on the luscious rays of sunlight, the promise of olive skin, or on the fact that a glut of summer tops this season are essentially bikinis, but I cannot WAIT to hit the shops and get myself a bikini or 20. (My excuse for wanting 20 bikinis, if you were wondering, is that changing them up blurs your tan lines). So now that it’s hot enough to hit the beach and visions of triangular tribal print swimwear is haunting my dreams, I bring you a guide to the best swimwear. In October. It might be a bit early, but if department stores can pimp tinsel and Christmas lights in September then I’m allowed to ponder swimwear before its officially summer. Anyway, enough chat, more beautifully patterned scraps of lycra!

Wild colourful prints, you say? Retro shapes, you say? Frills too? Sold! Look, while I don’t believe Jen Hawkins is particularly interesting trash magazine fodder (she has a sports-playing boyfriend and they’re healthy, happy and engaged? Zzzzzzzzzz – give me car crash Lindsay Lohan or a pregnant Kardashian girl any day) there’s no debating the woman knows her way around a bikini. And I don’t blame her – if I had a stomach that flat I’d wear swimwear 365 days in a row regardless of the weather. Jen’s label Cozi delivers on style, cut and quality every time: and the front frilly underwire bikini is no different. It’s flirty and fun, but also practical – those reinforced, wired cups are going to keep you upright and, for lack of a better term, fastened up. I’m also partial to her moulded balconette one piece, which employs the similarly effective scaffolding for your ladies and a bit of tummy coverage – not to mention the totally flattering zig-zagged pattern to draw the eye diagonally across your body. And lastly, for a little bit of scantily clad fun, you can’t really go past a leopard print sting bikini. It’s a touch of LA raunch subdued by colour, and is perfect for women with athletic body shapes – so the sliding triangle top doesn’t move, and your body doesn’t either.

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Tags: Fashion, Myer, Trends

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Perth Fashion Festival: a task list

21 September 2012, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Perth Fashion Festival

Image sources: Mel B in Perth photo from Perth Now, Peroni Beer (sponsor of PFF) from Perth Fashion Festival, Sarah Pauley photo from The West.com.au.

Along with Scary Spice, Sarah Pauley: the tallest model in the world and interestingly enough, Italian beer, the Perth Fashion Festival has kicked off once again, ready to showcase some of our best and brightest, some best and brightest from other parts of the country, and mostly to cripple our feet as we make a week-long commitment to uncomfortable yet beautiful shoes. We’ve got four more days of foot-murdering glory left to go, so I’ve done the helpful thing and cherry-picked events for the weekend to make sure you make the most of your PFF time.


San Cisco Friday, September 21
Tonight has got to be all about Fashionably Loud at Brookfield Place. Not only is it FREE, sweet cheeks Fremantle band San Cisco (who are the first-ever Australian band to sign to Fat Possum/RCA; the same label that The Strokes, The Black Keys and Kings of Leon are on) will be rocking out while total babes styled by Zara Bryson hit the catwalk in labels like Ellery, Equipment and Karen Walker. Banging.

5pm @ Brookfield Place - 125 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Hatch Saturday, September 22
How does another free event sound? Fantastic? I thought so. At the very least, you can save all your pennies for the threads you’ll want to buy after the fact. WA designer boutique Hatch has two runway shows on offer, parading iconic and emerging West Australian talent (so probably, what PFF is all about) – take a sneak peek at what designers like Zhivago, Bhalo and Jeromy Lim have in store for you and wear the next big thing before everyone else does.

Saturday 22nd September, 11am | Sunday 23rd September, 2pm @ STM Fashion Central, Forrest Place
Student Runway Sunday, September 23
OK, so this one is ticketed but in my opinion, the Student Runway is always the best show of the lot – a rampaging parade of fresh ideas and creativity… and a chance to see design in it’s infancy, before it becomes diluted by the constraints of commercial viability. If nothing else, you can be the annoying one to turn around and say “I saw their first ever show” when they make it big – and await all the rolled eyes and slaps from your grandchildren.

6:30pm @ Fashion Paramount, WA Museum

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Lighter shade of pale

17 September 2012, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Lighter shade of pale

Image source: Alexandra Cameras.

SO. Bold, neon colour not for you? Find yourself whistling sweetly to cartoon birds and running through the streets of a tiny village in France singing about the merits of books more than you do thrashing about wildly to songs regarding cherry pies and/or every rose and their inherent thorns? Thank your various fairy godmothers for chalky PASTELS, a tonal spectrum that’s just as on trend as neons but with typical fashion logic, the exact opposite. Hurray! Just another slice of “have your cake and eat it too (as long as the cake is actually a vodka soda)” from the same people who brought you sequins during the day and sneakers with a built in heel – and just in time for spring racing!

We have, mostly, the omipotent Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton to thank for bringing this one back: the incredible Spring Summer 2012 campaign (that looks like it was dreamt up by a bunch of unicorn-obsessive 8 year olds on a Disney high) really captured everyone with an eye for fashion and/or desserts, and so the trend has already filtered down to high street fashion like a particularly efficient Brita jug.

This time around, pastels are extra-pale and incredibly youthful– all fluffy 50s silhouettes, lace and feather textures, peter-pan collars and nipped in waists. As with any colour trend, they’re easiest to first digest by teaming them with a colour you’re accustomed to; any tone deeper than the chalky one you’re sporting or a faded denim should just about do the trick. If pastel AND femme shapes AND feathers are all a bit much for you, wear your pastel piece with your boyfriend jeans or boxy tee or a metallic accessory to harden it up. If not, chuck your tiny white dog in your handbag and your hair in a beehive and skip your way to the shops with a song in your heart because there is an overwhelming amount of paler-than-pale shades waiting for you.

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Bold and the beautiful

07 September 2012, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Bold & the Beautiful

GUYS, GUYS, HEY GUESS WHAT. September is up in the house – and you know what that means (aside from 3 weeks of football finals related jibber jabber from everyone in your immediate vicinity)? Spring is here! Relinquish your black garments and bring forth colour (and a daily antihistamine to ensure that colour stays out of your eyeballs, because that is totes tres not chic). Here’s the thing; this year, while the sun is out, colour is going to be one extreme or the other. This week, we tackle the top end of the spectrum: wild, retina-challenging neon brights that ensure your friends will never lose you in a big crowd.

That’s right, folks. You may have noticed the nuclear flood of acid greens and yellows, hot pinks and an electric blue that appears to have been sourced directly from the vaults of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust days absolutely saturating summer shelves. In case you’re wondering, we have the resurgence of early 90s sportswear style to thank for this. Between that radical baller, LA hip hop thing that’s happening what with the hightop sneakers, leggings and oversized tees/sideways baseball cap, and the ultra streamlined scuba-diver style that’s taking hold of everything from cocktail dresses with chunky wide plastic zips, to digitally printed ponte (that’s like wetsuit material) and streamlined, contrasting panels, we didn’t really stand a chance.

So, give yourself over! Acid pops are going to work really well with your bronzed summer sunkissed skin. They’re going to make your heyfever-y eyes look whiter and brighter and are going to definitely be at their most chic when you wear them as an accent to neutral tones, like tan or white or denimy blues. You are absolutely under no obligation to wear them clashed together and skin tight like a 1980s Oz Fit instructor… that much I would like to make ABSOLUTELY CLEAR. It’s about clean lines, neutral anchors and chic silhouettes that leave something to the imagination – or down and dirty LA rapper style with loud leggings and louder tees; whatever floats your boat as long as it hasn’t come via DeLorean .

However, if you’re still unconvinced, I have excellent news! There’s a whole other spectrum of sun-safe colour on trend for you. “But what?” you cry, arms extended and half naked, awaiting my instruction. I’m sorry, Perth nudist. You’ll have to wait until next week for that one.

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