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Currently obsessed with Pinning!Posted in The Symphony Style File on: 31/05/2011
How cute is the site Pinterest? Check it out if you haven’t already and especially if you love the Visual Diary section of this site: it is like the social media ‘Visual Diary’ and interactive pin board. It’s wonderful. You’ll love it!
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Music MondayPosted in Music Monday, The Symphony Style File on:
Rolling In The Deep by Adele. Submitted by @SymphonyTweets family members @Gilaaa88 @itsNoura and @sarankjones
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Rosemount Australian Fashion Week | A look at how the other side of the world do fashionPosted in The Symphony Style File on: 23/05/2011
Zara Sydney opened its doors on Wednesday April 20th 2011 to queues around the block
With the recent introduction of international high-street favourite Zara in Sydney causing pandemonium Vogue Australia Editor Kirstie Clements warned of a dramatic change in Australia’s fashion landscape before 2011 is out…
Australian Vogue’s Kirstie Clements
“The game is going to change so radically: just look at what happened when (Spanish clothing retailer) Zara opened two weeks ago and people were lining up at the door – and there are still queues around the block for those clothes. Zara has got that point of being on trend and at a lower price point and a lot of Australian designers in the middle ground are going to have to lift their game if they want to compete, or get out” commented Clements.
A recent BOF Newsletter entitled ‘The Fashion Trail | Australia Against All Odds’ also pinpointed some crucial concerns regarding Australia’s fashion industry:
“In multiple ways, it seems the cards are stacked against the Australian fashion industry. Apart from the fact that Sydney is more 20 hours away by plane from all of the major fashion capitals, the value of the Australian dollar has increased by over 100 percent in the last ten years, from 53 to 106 Australian cents to the US dollar. This has made products exported from Australia very expensive, though raw materials and services from abroad have also therefore become much cheaper, an important consideration in a country where local apparel manufacturing is scarce. But, the complexities continue. Unlike other secondary fashion markets like Brazil, India and China which have huge local populations, Australia has only 23 million people. To build a sizeable fashion business therefore, international growth is imperative. However, the fact that Australia is seasonally opposite means that in order for designers to build global businesses, they have to find some way of catering to both their local market at home, as well as the large Northern hemisphere markets in Europe, North America, China and Japan.”
Certainly it is a little confusing that the designers at RAFW have just shown Spring/Summer Collections whilst the rest of the fashion world is preparing to show Cruise 2012; but this issue of being seasonally opposite to the rest of the world does have some benefits. In a hot-climate such as Dubai, for example, the Spring/Summer Collections which just showed in Sydney will be most welcome when they hit the stores in August, they will also be popular with customers who live in colder climates but who are travelling to warmer climes – acting as a pre-Cruise Cruise if you will. On the other hand, many designers adapt their collections for the international markets, offering the Spring/Summer Collections as “Cruise” and vice versa with Autumn/Winter.
Interestingly the question of “opposing seasons” is what most intrigued BOF Founder & Editor Imran Ahmed when he visited earlier this month to attend RAFW for the first time, but what he discovered was quite positive. Ahmed spoke with the designer duo behind established Australian label Zimmermann:
“More than twenty years ago, Zimmermann and her sister began designing swimwear, and shortly thereafter began showing at fashion week in Australia. Unlike the straightforward swimsuits which are ubiquitous in a country where the lifestyle is built around beach culture, Ms. Zimmermann has specifically sought to associate her product with fashion, and has built a global following for a core product that is “transeasonal”.
The Zimmermann Sisters
“We sell swimwear pretty much the whole year round,” she said to me as we sat down for lunch in the chi chi food court of the brand new Westfield shopping mall, where the brand has opened its latest Australian store. “We knew from the very first season that we would have a seasonal issue, but we always linked it to fashion which has now enabled us to add our own ready-to-wear line,” she explained. Zimmermann and other Australian brands like LOVER also split their collections, targeting part to the local market and part to the markets in the Northern hemisphere. The strategy has worked wonders. Zimermann now has more than a $25 million in annual sales, 14 stores across Australia, and plans to open its first international outpost on Los Angeles’ Robertson Boulevard later this year.”
Vogue’s Clements and Simon Lock, founder of Australian Fashion Week, said that in some cases it was the sameness of design that was impeding the growth of the local fashion industry:
RAFW Founder Simon Lock at this year’s Rosemount Australian Fashion Week
“People want to come to fashion week and find things that are different to what they see in Europe and North America,” Lock said.
Whilst buyers travel to Australia on the hunt for “something different” on the other hand, designers understandably want to compete with the European and North American offerings which are becoming increasingly readily available in Australia, especially with the boom of luxury e-commerce. As BOF pointed out:
“Australia is now the third or fourth most important market for many international fashion e-tailers, a ranking that is disproportionate to the country’s relatively small population.”
The fact that respected bloggers Tommy Ton and Susie Bubble have visited RAFW two seasons in a row must prove that the key players in Australia’s fashion industry don’t have to fly into a panic just yet. In fact Australians are widely considered fashion mavens in the street style stakes, often cropping up in bloggers sites such as the illustrious Jak & Jil by Ton.
Australia Harpers Bazaar Editor
Blogger Susie Bubble in Sydney for RAFW
Photos by Tommy Ton. Full coverage of Mr. Ton’s RAFW Street Style Snaps can be found here
One thing for sure is that Australia has provided the fashion world with some of the most successful fashion models to ever grace the international runways, ranging from the supermodel Elle McPherson to the girl du jour Abbey Lee Kershaw, Victoria’s Secret Angel Miranda Kerr to newcomer Cody Young. One would be hard pushed to visit style.com and not see dozens of Australian models walking the runways for established fashion houses such as Chanel, Marni, Marc Jacobs and Lanvin. However, drop down the “designer directory” tab on style.com and you have another story, with only a handful of Australian designers being featured – most notably Willow – who show their collections at NYFW.
Cody Young’s star is soaring in America. The “new face” opened Marni Fall 2011 and walked in shows such as Marc Jacobs, Lanvin, Chanel and Calvin Klein. The doe-eyed beauty has also covered Australian Vogue in 2010 in that infamous Miu Miu dress.
However, despite the various fashion hurdles that Australia might face, no-one, and we are sure Clements would agree, can deny the fact that this is a country with some serious design talent. RAFW has achieved much acclaim this season with beautiful presentations from the likes of Zimmerman, Toni Maticevski, Camilla and Marc, Lover, Lisa Ho and Karla Spetic. Vogue’s Kirstie Clements cited Maticevski amongst her favourites commenting “He is one of Australia’s major players, and I would suggest that (his) was show of the week.”
Take a look at our favourite looks from the Spring/Summer 2011/12 RAFW…
Inspired to procure a piece of Australian Fashion?
Karla Spetic’s Borderlands Autumn/Winter 2011/12 collection will be available at Symphony, The Dubai Mall from mid June 2011. Zimmerman Spring/Summer 2011/12 (as pictured) will be available from August at Symphony. Willow Spring/Summer 2011 is in-store at Symphony now.
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Music MondayPosted in Music Monday, The Symphony Style File on:
Together in Electric Dreams, Phil Oakley. Submitted by Belle Sauvage designers, Virginia Ferreira and Christian Neuman.View Comments / Make a Comment
RIP Gossip Girl Season FourPosted in The Symphony Style File on: 20/05/2011
Blair in Alexis Mabille Couture Fall 2010
Blair in a Alberta Ferretti Fall 2010 coat (worn over the Alexis Mabille couture gown)
Serena in Jenny Packham Cruise 2011
Blair in Jenny Packham Spring/Summer 2011
Serena in Marchesa Fall/Winter 2010
Blair in Oscar de La Renta Resort 2011 jacket
Blair in a Versus Halter Neck Dress
Blair in a Natori Josie Nataorious Robe
Serena in Louis Vuitton Resort 2010
Lily in Luisa Beccaria AW10
Blair in Oscar de la Renta AW10
Blair in Jill Stuart S/S 2011 RTW Ruffle Blouse, Ikasho Fall 2011 Evita Red Felt Hat, Louis Vuitton S/S RTW Teardrop
Necklace and a Chanel Spring 2011 Mademoiselle Bag
Serena in J Mendel Dress and Susanna Galanis necklace
Cynthia Rowley in Cynthia Rowley SS11
Serena in Carolina Herrera AW10
Eva in Rachel Antonoff Spring 2010 Skirt , Prada Heels and a Fendi Firenze Frame Bag.
Mendel SS10Juliet in J Mendel SS10
Blair in Ralph Lauren SS08
Serena in Zuhair Murad AW10
Blair in Nanette Lepore Dress and Nancy Gonzalez Satchel
Vanessa in Suno shorts and Miu Miu platforms
Blair in Oscar de la Renta Pre-Fall 2010 Gown, Harry Winston Padparadscha and Diamond Necklace, Roger Vivier Pouchette and Christian Louboutin Ernesta Bow Sandals.
Blair in Oscar de la Renta Top & Shorts SS10
Serena in Suno Trousers, Dries van Noten Spring 2010 Raffia Booties and Fendi Peekaboo Leather Tote.
Serena in Emilio Pucci Spring 2010 Metallic Jacket, Joie Saunders Metallic Stripe Tank, Tibi Spring 2010 Blue Pants, Brian Atwood Loca Studded Pumps and Chanel St. Tropez Classic Flap Bag.
Serena in George Chakra Spring 2010 Couture Swarvoski Cage Corset Dress, Rag & Bone Razor Coat, See by Chloe Cherry Mini Bag, J.Crew Camden Suede Brogues and 76 Trombones Hat Spring Summer 2010 by Yestadt Millinery.
Blair in Moschino Resort 2010 RTW Print Cherry Dress, Christian Louboutin Quepi Reci Platform, Chanel Cruise 2011 Plaid Cuffs and Chanel Resort 2011 Multicolor Patchwork Classic Handbag.
…Tell us: Which is your favourite look from Season Four?
Music MondayPosted in Music Monday, The Symphony Style File on: 16/05/2011
Dancing on My Own by Robyn. Submitted by LUV AJ Designer Amanda ThomasView Comments / Make a Comment
Paris PatisseriesPosted in The Symphony Style File on: 14/05/2011
Anyone off to Paris this summer? Make sure you brush up on your pâtisserie knowledge with this cute little video from Louis Vuitton Guides.View Comments / Make a Comment
FINSK for SymphonyPosted in The Symphony Style File on: 10/05/2011
FINSK designer Julia Lundsten talks us through the exclusive FINSK for Symphony Spring/Summer 2011 collaboration.
FINSK for Symphony is exclusively available at Symphony, The Dubai Mall now ♥
STITCHIN’ FASHIONPosted in The Symphony Style File on: 07/05/2011
Inge Jacobsen uses intricate and, at times, painstaking techniques such as embroidery in her artworks, “I am disrupting the easy consumption of these images” the artist observes. For example in this series made up of Vogue magazine covers, Jacobsen has cross-stitched the covers rendering them very tactile and thereby creating something that is impossible to reproduce on a large scale because each piece is unique and handmade. “I feel I have taken it out of circulation and made it something of my own”…
Jacobsen’s work has been greatly inspired by artist such as John Baldessari, Vik Muniz, and Aliki Braine. Their non-traditional use of photography and use of other mediums have helped expand her knowledge and furthered Jacobsen’s work. “I’m particularly interested in making objects and images – or images made from objects- as it helps me become more involved in the process.”
These Vogue Covers by Ingrid Jacobsen are exhibiting at Kingston University in central London in June 2011. For more information click here: http://kingstoncollect.tumblr.com/View Comments / Make a Comment
WE CAUGHT UP WITH THE DESIGNER BEHIND A NEW ACCESSORIES LINE EXCLUSIVELY AT SYMPHONY: ALEX MONROEPosted in The Symphony Style File on: 04/05/2011
British Jewellery designer Alex Monroe
Symphony: A lot of your designs are obviously inspired by nature – why is that?
Alex Monroe: It’s who I am. I was raised in the countryside and moved to London in my late teens, but everything I am is affected by my childhood. Now I love to walk in the countryside with my kids and find things and draw and collect. It gives me no end of ideas!
Symphony: What is your favourite piece from this collection and why?
Alex Monroe: I think for me it would have to be the bike necklace. It’s so cute and the wheels move round! It’s based on the Raleigh I recently fixed up for my daughter, and it has a tiny ruby and diamond for lights! It’s really fun. But the pieces with the mouse are fun too….
Symphony: What led you to jewellery design?
Alex Monroe: It was a mistake! I wanted to do fashion design but didn’t get on to the course, so I did jewellery instead. Lucky I love it so much!
Symphony: Who would you love to see wearing Alex Monroe?
Alex Monroe: Actually I really like seeing nice normal everyday people wearing my jewellery. It’s supposed to be for everybody, from Kids to Grandmothers! But I have a secret thing for Audrey Hepburn so imagine how cool that would be. Emma Watson wears it and I think she’s very sweet and slightly impish looking so that’s great. Carey Mulligan? She’s lovely too.
Symphony: Tell us a secret
Alex Monroe: Hsh bsh twshhh shshhtwss wsh shhhh, but keep it to yourself.
Symphony: You are quite the traveller! What has been the most inspiring place in the world that you have ever visited?
Alex Monroe: That’s the odd thing, I don’t really like travelling! But the most life changing trip was my cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Over a thousand miles on beautiful little country lanes, watching the landscape slowly change. I saw the whole of this lovely island we live on, Great Britain. It was very inspiring, almost like a pilgrimage.
Symphony: If I was not a jewellery designer I would be…
Alex Monroe: ….a fruit farmer or a bee keeper or a boat builder or a gamekeeper or a gardener or a bicycle frame builder or an architect or an inventor or a house husband or a professional cyclist-explorer or a landowner or a woodsman or carpenter…… I could go on and on. There’s so much to do!
Symphony: What has been your greatest life lesson thus far?
Alex Monroe: There’s not enough time!!!! But seriously, here’s my motto; you only get out of life what you put in.
The Bicycle Necklace exclusively available at Symphony is one of Alex’s favourite pieces from his new Spring/Summer 2011 collection
“DAISY, DAISY, GIVE ME YOUR ANSWER, DO. I’M HALF CRAZY ALL FOR THE LOVE OF YOU!” THE WELL KNOWN SONG, DAISY BELL, SERVED AS THE INSPIRATIONAL STARTING POINT FOR ALEX WHEN HE BEGAN WORK ON THIS NEW COLLECTION FOR THE SPRING/SUMMER 2011 SEASON. JOIN US FOR A RELAXED BICYCLE RIDE IN THE COUNTRY, THEN LATER WE’LL STOP FOR A CUP OF TEA AND CUPCAKES AMONGST THE DAISIES. YOU’LL DISCOVER A BEAUTIFULLY DETAILED VINTAGE BICYCLE, DELIGHTFUL TEA CUPS AND SAUCERS, AND A CUTE LITTLE GUEST THAT’S COME TO JOIN OUR PICNIC…
The Alex Monroe ‘Daisy Bell’ Spring/Summer 2011 Collection is exclusive to Symphony in the UAE.
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