21st April 2013
Sydney is one of those place you arrive and never want to leave – the food, the lifestyle, the people – on every level it’s one of the greatest cities in the world. And when the city is over-run with fashion fiends vying for a bit of tommy ton action and you get to sample new collections while skimming free coffees from the star lounge? Sydney couldn’t get any better. As usual fashion week seemed to fly by in a blur of seeing a few shows, going to meetings and shooting a segment with The Today Show, to be honest I’m looking forward to heading back to Hong Kong tomorrow and relaxing! Here’s a peek at what I’ve been upto.
Loving my sparkly new Macgraw short suit, and using my transparent satchel to death (stay tuned for the DIY).
Drooling over Elle’s Dylanlex neck party (stay tuned for a tutorial from the creator herself!)
Waiting waiting waitinggggggggg for the shows to start at the Carriageworks. The shoes? A sneak peek of an exciting collab I’ve been working on (insert winky face here).
Carpets and cuties at Camilla.
Shooting for The Today Show with Jamie Ashkar (missed it? Catch the segment here).
Models and ankles backstage at Jamie Ashkar .
Structural warehouse lego land at Christopher Esber.
Wearing DIY mesh skirt, thrifted Gap tee, H&M jacket, Zara heels, DIY transparent satchel.
A quick pit stop at the Boy Charlton pool – Sydney certainly knows how to do the great outdoors.
Can we talk about the set at Camilla?
These Camilla carpets need to get on my floor asap.
Beauties in kaftans.
Jamie Ashkar sheer top and white skirt, Tony Bianco Heels and DIY transparent satchel.
Morning walk before hitting the shows.
Warehouse chic at Manning Cartel.
More shooting with The Today Show.
Macgraw short suit (can you tell I love a short suit?) and my new Mischa bucket bag.
I could get used to this! But alas, it’s time to head home.
20th February 2013
Very excited about all the laced up heels I’ve been spotting at fashion week. What’s not to love? This is one trend I’d definitely going to be trying (and DIYing!).
4th December 2012
People sometimes ask me about what inspires my DIYs, and I think most expect that I get ideas from the runway, streetstyle, or designer collections, and naturally I find inspiration in all those places. But to be honest, more often than not I get ideas for projects from the materials I can get my hands on, regardless of how random they are (remember this
? and this
?). This skirt is the perfect example of that. My friend MISCHA
recently held a party for the 4th anniversary of her brand, where I hosted the press preview with a super fun crafternoon. In the process of deciding the type of DIY we wanted to do during the press preview, she shared with me all these insanely intricate pieces of vintage Japanese obi fabric she had collected in japan when sourcing for her first series of handbags. For those of you not familiar with obi,
it’s traditionally used as the sash part of a kimono and is tied in a multitude of different knots at the back of the kimono. From what I understand many of which are used to indicate the availability or situation of the female wearer. I was immediately taken with the rich colours and hypnotic hexagons used in the patterns of the obi, and knew a few pieces would be the basis for a clothing DIY. The hard part was choosing the nicest piece of out so many including these
! I decided to make a super simple obi panel skirt, by now you’ll know how much I love skirts
and I think that when you have something as amazing as this piece of obi you don’t want to complicate its presentation.
- a piece of obi fabric
- a black skirt (or a skirt that matches the background of your obi fabric)
- black thread
- A sewing machine
Click below for the full tutorial
Instead of buying a ready made skirt I picked up a super cheap midi length skirt from my local secondhand store (ahem, $1.50) and turned that into a mini. I love to do this because it allows you to choose your perfect length, and in this way this project is also a before & after
, because you all now how much I love a good before & after. You can also just buy one ready made too though.
1. To create the base skirt, I laid a skirt I own over the top of the midi skirt to check the right length, and then cut if off a few inches below to allow for the hem.
2. Iron and then sew the hem to create the perfect length for you.
3. Pin the obi fabric to the front of the skirt, making sure it sits symmetrically, and then sew all the way around the edge. I folded the top edge of the obi fabric over the top of the waistband of the skirt so it looked more complete.
And there you have it. Such a simple way to create a standout garment for your wardrobe. When I wore it to the event you won’t believe how many people wanted one for themselves – the power of the obi no doubt!
Thank you Mischa
for the lovely pieces of fabric!