25 August 2014

Swedish Minimalism: A Timeless Trend

You've gotta love an item you've had in your wardrobe for almost a decade (wow- do I sound that old?) and one of the oldest pieces in my closet is a simple navy blue t-shirt that I bought in Gothenburg, Sweden when I was sixteen. At 23 that garment still serves me well due to it's timeless, minimalistic, cut and high quality fabric.

No one knows minimalism quite like the Swedes and their clean cut, strong lined neutral coloured fashion are items that you can invest in today and be sure you're still rocking tomorrow!

But what makes Swedish minimalism a trend that seems to stand the test of time?

Well, that's start with a definition. The boffins at say that:

‘Less is more’ accurately describes much of Swedish fashion. There’s a fondness for discreet colours and a pared-down, refined appearance. As with so many aspects of life, Swedes tend to take a practical approach to what they wear, but this doesn’t mean there is any lack of creativity.'

The simple discreetness of Swedish fashion is exactly what makes it complex (check out that for an oxymoron!) The lack of fuss and over-design means that garments allow the eye to be drawn to complex lines, shapes and folds. It's all about the texture of the garment! Guess that's why this look is guaranteed to make you look expensive...

Take, for example, this little number from Cos (above): what it lacks in pattern, colour and combination of fabrics, it makes up for in its quirky square within a square silhouette.
 On the 2014 Runway
It's not just the Scandanavian's that look the cool chicness of minimalism. This year, catwalks around the world have been celebrating everything clean, neutral and tailored.

Calvin Klein RTW S/S 2014
The collection presented a beautifully minimalistic sports luxe appeal with crisp white tailoring and sporty square zip detailing.

David Anderson S/S 2014
David Anderson plays with textures to the max in his newest collection. Perforated leather, pleats and leather inserts make give this minimalist look a bit of a wow factor. 

Michael Lo Sordo S/S 14-15
The Aussie designer took the basic trench and implemented tying structures alongside the relaxed, yet tailored cut of the garments.

Karla Spetic S/S 2014-15
You can't get more minimalist then a white shirt!

Get The Minimalist Look
Minimalism is your one-stop shop for looking effortlessly chic: think off-duty model. And best of all: you need a minimal wardrobe to do this!  Less is always more with this one ladies...

(Cheap Monday)
Some amazing minimalist labels include Helmut Lang, Cheap Monday, Acne and Mango. Or basically, trust anything Swedish!

The hit list:
  • White shirts or shirt dresses.
  • Trench coats.
  • Earthy or neutral colours.
  • Soft tailoring.
  • Denim.
  • Garments in plain fabrics. 
  • Oversized. 
 Give it a miss:
  • Bright colours.
  • Eccentric patterns.
  • Clashing fabrics.
  • Embellishments.
  • Over-accessorizing.
Swedish Minimalism

Mango collar dress, 64 AUD / Cheap monday sweatshirt, 68 AUD / Mango biker vest, 32 AUD / Helmut Lang wrap skirt, 125 AUD / Birkenstock one strap sandals, 80 AUD / Sergio Rossi metal purse, 720 AUD


P.s: IFB featured me in their weekly link roundup (yay). Here's some more lovely fash-piration to feast your eyes on:

Links à la Mode: The IFB Weekly Roundup

19 August 2014

Fashion and The Global Picture: Where Does Australia Stand?

As my blog name highlights, I love to inject a little bit of luxury into my everyday life, whether that be a new pair of sparkly heels, a Michelin Star Vanilla soy latte or the newest glossy, and yesterday was no exception.

As I sat down, coffee in hand, eager to lust over the newest pretties adorning the pages of Harpers Bazaar Australia, I was happy to find a free little piece of luxury in the form of a new season guide. Score!

Ah… ‘The definitive guide to the new season Autumn/Winter 2014-15’. 

Wait a minute. Isn’t winter just about to be over?

 Harpers Bazaar A/W Runway Report and my new slider sandals: A juxtaposition of luxuries. 
I had a flick through the pages, but instead of being blown away by bikinis and sun dresses, I found myself staring at wollen coats and boots. Erm, what? Sounds a bit strange for a country that’s just entering Spring doesn’t it?

Let me be honest: in the face of fashion as a global picture: it doesn’t. As a nation of fashionistas driven by northern hemisphered-based seasonal trends, the question on everyone’s lips should be: 

Where does Australia stand in the global fashion market?

Lets literally map it out...
Global fashion and its influences are ruled by the 'big 4' fashion weeks, which are, in descending order of size and influence, New York, London, Paris and Milan. Consequently, this see's trends being predominantly ruled by the Northern Hemisphere, leaving Aussie fashionistas baffled by the reverse season problem.

What is the reverse season problem?
Although not officially dictionary defined (I did make it up after all!) the reverse season problem is basically when us ladies see an influx of trend influence aimed at the seasons that are the complete opposite to what we are experiencing. 

The result: We are bombarded with faux fur vests and knitwear in the summer and are forced to stare at saucy swimwear when we are freezing our pants off!

Oh Cara, I do love both you AND Burberry coats, but not when I'm reading this stuck to my office chair with sweat! (Burberry A/W 2014)

But rejoice! We are NOT alone! Hello lovely ladies and gents of South America: You feel our pain (however, I doubt Rio ever reaches the one figure frosties of Melbourne!)

Maybe we could all get together and start a Southern hemisphere fashion revolution, after all, don't we have the chance to wear new season trends before the higher half of the world.

Correct! With New York rolling out the red carpet for Spring and Summer fashion in the September runway shows, surely we are able to rock these trends straight after? Unlike the Northern Hemisphere that has to wait until it's defrosted....

This all depends on Australian fashion retailers : do they choose to take the winter trends and use them as an inspiration for a summer collection or do they keep on the ball and go for 'next years' summer trends?

Unfortunately, they did not attend Hogwarts (to my knowledge) and thus don't possess the extreme magic needed to design and create an entire high street collection in the matter of weeks since they debuted at New York Fashion Week.

 'Aloha-marni!!!' We wish! (

However, YOU can still be a trendsetter. You're blessed with the warm weather, so why not get inspired by the New York collections as soon as they debut: a bit of tweaking to your existing wardrobe and some visits to the thrift shop should do the trick.

What About Sydney Fashion Week?
Although Australian Fashion Week has being criticized for being 'out of sync' with the global fashion network, Australia has some incredible designers- hello... Sass and Bide? Zimmerman? And with incredible designers comes an incredible fashion week. 
Me looking very short at Fashion Week back in April- take me back pleassse!

Fashion week takes place in April each year and showcases collections for the following summer. This gives Australia the basis for being able to have it's own unique runway-inspired trends, of which fashionistas of the country can rock comfortably. No sweating or freezing required!

Inevitably, the lack of influence in the country makes Australia a harder place to fulfill a promising fashion career. I can honestly admit that, as someone that only moved here two years ago from the UK, some people judge the decision this can have on my fashion media career. 
North Queensland: The One Season State
If you're a regular reader, you've probably seen a lot of palm trees in my outfit posts. To be honest, tropical Queensland doesn't see a lot of 'Winter' weather. But where does this put us in the fashion picture?

On the plus side, we can be influenced by the Spring/Summer catwalks all year round, whether it be Sydney's for this summer, or New Yorks for next summer, we have summer trends down to a T.

Tallulah Swimwear S/S2014 (Picture courtesy of

But are we completely missing out on winter trends? False! As I explained earlier, many Aussie high street designers find inspiration in the Northern Hemisphere winter collections and translate these into garments ready to wear on sunny days. 

The result: We are always on trend, but never cold!

Ahhh FNQ (

So I'm going to take that Trend report from Harpers Bazaar and utilize it for inspiration. After all, sunshine makes everything look better!