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With Escher X Nendo currently on show at the National Gallery of Victoria(NGV), what better way to see it than…at night?

I popped along last week to see all that unfolds after dark at one of our city’s absolute treasures – and I can tell you it was a hive of activity.

Music, bars, dining and of course late night access to Escher X nendo | Between Two Worlds. What amazed me was the sheer amount of people there – you can’t tell from these photos but most of my viewing was done three people deep. We did arrive later at ‘peak’ viewing time, I’m told if you arrive on time (6pm start) you can have a pleasant time throughout the exhibition, and then party on down in the gardens.

If only you knew how entrancing, how stirringly beautiful the images in my head are, the ones I am unable to express.

M.C Escher

If you like your exhibitions silent and solemn, this isn’t for you. If however you like to fuse your experience of art with a little bit of vino and some tunes, I would highly recommend NGV Friday Nights. Every Friday is a different line up, so make sure you check out their website for the full program details.

Behold all that is the gallery after dark, I promise you’ll love it!

You can see the full NGV Friday Nights Program here.

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With Escher X Nendo currently on show at the National Gallery of Victoria(NGV), what better way to see it than…at night?

I popped along last week to see all that unfolds after dark at one of our city’s absolute treasures – and I can tell you it was a hive of activity.

Music, bars, dining and of course late night access to Escher X nendo | Between Two Worlds. What amazed me was the sheer amount of people there – you can’t tell from these photos but most of my viewing was done three people deep. We did arrive later at ‘peak’ viewing time, I’m told if you arrive on time (6pm start) you can have a pleasant time throughout the exhibition, and then party on down in the gardens.

If only you knew how entrancing, how stirringly beautiful the images in my head are, the ones I am unable to express.

M.C Escher

If you like your exhibitions silent and solemn, this isn’t for you. If however you like to fuse your experience of art with a little bit of vino and some tunes, I would highly recommend NGV Friday Nights. Every Friday is a different line up, so make sure you check out their website for the full program details.

Behold all that is the gallery after dark, I promise you’ll love it!

You can see the full NGV Friday Nights Program here.

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Sussan launched their Autumn/Winter collection last week at a private residence here in Melbourne. I’ve noticed quite a few events being held at privately held properties of late, a cheaper option perhaps or just a way to find somewhere unique and chic? Because this house as you’ll see below is GORGEOUS!

I digress, t’was a lovely morning spent looking through the racks of what’s coming up from now until May for Sussan. It’s going to be all about jewel tones in soft fabrics, statement coats in camel and Wedgewood blue with a nice dose of slim line pants thrown in.

I could easily see many of the pieces being styled ‘up’ if you know what I mean – throw on a pair of Aquazzura boots, an Hermès scarf and a vintage snakeskin bag and no one would guess your skirt cost $59.

Highlights

Soft satin bias cut skirts are a highlight of the collection and will be available in emerald green, plum/wine, black and animal print. Easy to wear paired with the aforementioned boots, or a pair of trainers and slouchy knit.

While none of the coats really floated my boat (I’m particular about my coats!) they were undeniably chic. Chartreuse, Wedgewood blue, plaid and camel are all highlights and the price points are extremely attractive at under $200.

You can see more at www.sussan.com.au

  • Stylist Renee Enright shows us through the collection with Sussan buying manager Anna La Pira.
  • With stylist Anna Mac on my left, and Chelsea from I Heart Bargains on my right.
  • Wearing Stevie May dress, Zac Zac Posen bag and Murkani jewellery with Next mules.

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Just when you think Zimmermann can’t top a previous collection, Fall Ready-To-Wear 2019 comes along. And the inspiration? None other than Nancy Wake, a New Zealand born secret agent for the French Resistance during WWII.

As explained in the show notes, the Zimmermann sisters were inspired by Wake’s story because they “loved the idea of such a feminine, skillful, and selfless figure—a woman who helped people in the most difficult of circumstances.”

Imagining just what Wake might have worn as a modern day woman living a life of subterfuge, Zimmermann presented leather Coats with high waisted pants, detailed and layered frocks with trademark frills and corsetry accessorised with extra wide snakeskin belts and leather berets.

The internet is naturally going nuts about it and I foresee many a highstreet knock off coming our way in the not too distant future. In the meantime, behold the beauty that is this RTW 2019 collection.

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When you find a pair of shoes with the same name as you, you just have to add to cart no?

Presenting the ‘Phoebe’ mules by Badgley Mischka, usually known for their bridal shoes and accessories these mules could really be worn for any occasion.

Hailed by Vogue as one of the ‘Top 10 American Designers,’ Mark Badgley and James Mischka are darlings of the Hollywood set. The design duo has made their mark over the past two decades with glamorous, stylish and wearable evening wear and accessories.

Funnily these haven’t been worn as yet because I feel like they’re so delicate – even though they’re extremely well made – and I don’t want to ‘ruin’ them. Do you ever do that with clothes? I actually don’t, I’ve always been an advocate of wearing your best clothes and jewellery whatever the occasion.

“Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them.”

Marc Jacobs

So where should they go first? The theatre? The park?!

  • The Badgley Mischka SS 2019 Runway
  • The Badgley Mischka SS 2019 Runway
  • The Badgley Mischka SS 2019 Runway

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The Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival or VAMFF has officially launched their program for 2019 and yours truly had the opportunity to hear from festival CEO Graeme Lewsey all about it. 

The invite said dinner at Mercedes Me on Collins St and to be there at 6pm for drinks. With a thunderstorm brewing I did consider whether wearing shoes made out of fabric was wise, but festival chic wasn’t exactly the looking I was going for, so the wellies stayed at home. Which makes me think: as attending a music festival includes camping, don’t you think all those people in crochet and sandals would be more comfortable in active wear? I always think that when I see street style from Coachella.

I digress.

Frocked up, the guests were Melbourne based media, a smattering of designers, board members, PR and only a handful of influencers and bloggers.  

I was inspired to hear from Graeme who’s been at the helm for 8 years but is just as excited and thrilled by the whole thing as though it was his first time in the seat.  I think he might have said ‘super excited’ at least 20 times and by the end of it I couldn’t help but feel that way as well.

The thunderstorm waited to burst until I was walking back to my car and the soggy drive home gave me time to reflect on some of my highlights. Will I see you there?  

Festival CEO Graeme Lewsey The soggy heels you can’t see but how about this vintage Enea Gabrielli frock from the Mary Lipshut estate sale? Paired with my new favourite Clare.V bag.

INDEPENDENT RUNWAYS 

It’s no secret that Melbourne is considered the fashion capital of Australia (Anna Wintour didn’t even bother with Sydney on a recent trip) and so with that comes an exciting line up of independent runways. I’m looking forward to seeing the ‘Micky In the Van’ show at Rivoli Cinemas on March 2nd, before I jet over to see what The Fashion Advocate has planned in her show at Como House called ‘Identity.’ These runways are endorsed by the festival, but the designers have complete creative control meaning you are going to see the cities finest creative minds on display.  

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY BREAKFAST 

Who doesn’t love a breakfast, am I right? Now imagine you get to listen to the likes of Camilla Franks, Miranda Tapsell and Australian marie clare editor Nicky Briger over your eggs and OJ. 

This will be Camilla’s first public foray since her diagnosis with cancer and the birth of her daughter, making this forum unique and a chance to hear her incredible story. I’ve interviewed her before and the woman is nothing if not a force of nature so the breakfast is sure to be a highlight.  

PRICELINE BEAUTY BAR 

You might remember that last year I spent a huge chunk of time here because, well, it’s STUNNING. I’m so excited the atrium will be back for another year, offering patrons complimentary touch ups, hair dos or you can try out the very latest runway trends to wear to the parades. It’s free, opens at 5.30pm every day and I can tell you right now – you will love it! 

The Priceline Beauty Bar as seen at 2018’s event. Tres tres TRES CHIC! Nunzio and Dom Bagnato Jess and Steph of ‘How Two Live’

For the full program and to buy tickets, head to www.vamff.com.au

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Flicking through a recent issue of Belle magazine, I was delighted by a feature called ‘Ladies who Lunch.’

Small circular tables laid with various textiles and an eclectic mix of objects jumped off the page. Shot in bright, clear light (no doubt a studio, I’ll make do with the sun) my immediate thought was that I could recreate something similar.

God knows I own an inordinate amount of objet not to mention beautiful scarves, accessories and beauty products.

So here you are, the first of many perhaps? I hope so!

Clare.V cross body bag with bag charms attached, antique alabaster bookends, various Penguin classics from my own library, Frapin ‘Paradis Perdu’ eau de parfum, Mukani jewellery earrings, L’Oréal lipstick in ‘Scarlet Silhouette’

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I’ve been writing to you now for 12 years if you can believe it. The last couple of months I’ve experienced severe writers block, to the point where I’ve considered walking away completely from LM and everything I’ve built.

The feeling is one of simply having nothing to say. Which if you’ve been reading for a while, will know is unlike me to say the least. The crowded landscape that is social media in 2019 feels sometimes claustrophobic and really, a little bit boring. Do I want to add to that? Is a blog essentially based on my musings and opinion really adding anything to the world?

I was reminded of this in a stark way where here in Australia, and Melbourne in particular there were many events over the weekend. My Instagram feed was overflowing with pictures of people dressed up, desperate to tell us all where they were going and what they’re doing. Some events overlapped and I was surprised to see the same people attending them all, albeit with outfit changes in between. It was the realm of the glamorous and elite, a world that I certainly have been able to mix in due to the blog over the years. Some were catching helicopters to get them there on time, others were brand ambassadors or #sponsored for the day by brands they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford on a bloggers pay check.

But you know what? I really didn’t want to be there, let alone updating Instagram or Facebook with posts that suggest, ‘Look where I am suckers!’

Dress from St Frock, heels are Schutz from Shopbop.com, Bag is Zac Zac Posen, scarf is Hokum.

I think this feeds into the more general sense of writers block, because suddenly the world that I moved in, and really helped in forge seems suddenly vacuous and pointless.

I hear people talk about themselves a ‘brand,’ and happen upon people who label themselves a ‘public figure’ for no other reason than for a sizeable social media following. And I am #bored by it all.

However, I’m not done yet with my little corner of the internet. It’s been 12 years after all! Really it’s about changing and finding a voice when not just humans but AI are now adding their bit to the social media scene.

There is a voice but it will be different, and rather than being old, cranky and cynical I will be curious as I was when I started LM all those years ago.

Just need to get a few things off my chest first. Stay tuned.

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Work wear in summer? As the weather warms up it’s time to ditch the heavy coats, scarfs and boots in favour of a much lighter approach. But what to wear? Seeing the mercury creep towards 30 degrees might make you sweat just looking at that black suit.

There’s some great options available however that will see you waltzing into the office like a cool breeze and have everyone wondering how you look so chic. Forever New asked me to come in store and see what I could put together – would it be possible to find a dress, pants and tops perfect to to wear to work? I said, I’ll do you one better and put a head to toe look together!

So here’s some great workwear options for Summer and beyond, behold…

The Light Suit

While these light blue co-ordinates are the perfect summer suit, how wonderful would they be as separates? You could easily throw the jacket over black pants if you need a more corporate look, or whip off the jacket and wear with a blouse.

I love it together though, isn’t the colour heavenly? Here I’ve paired it with a white tee for a more casual look. If blue is just a step too far, you could try light grey, millenial pink or snapppy check.

Outfit details: Forever New ‘Natalia’ boyfriend blazer $119.99, ‘Natalia’ tie waist tapered pants $99.99, ‘Brielle’ Mademoiselle graphic tee $29.99 ‘Abigail’ tubular vamp heels $79.99, ‘Maya’ Glam Sunglasses $39.99, ‘Camilla’ head scarf (on bag) $24.99

The Dress

It’s an outfit in itself right? From a black shift or wrap dress to something more bright, the benefit of wearing a frock in summer is 10 fold. If need be you can wear it with a jacket or scarf, or with bare legs and slides on casual Fridays for a look at says, ‘Can’t talk, booking flights to Ibiza.’

I absolutely love wearing a dress and my tips for summer are to look for a lightweight fabric like cotton, linen, rayon or silk. Breathable fabrics are really what you’re looking for.

Outfit details: Forever New ‘Blair’ stripe dress $169.99,  ‘Abigail’ tubular vamp heels $79.99

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