Summer Lovin

Sydney – siders may already know this brand as their flagship store is nestled in Potts Point, however after flicking through their latest collection for Spring/Summer I desperately wanted to share it with the rest of you.

Aje have been around for a few years now, and have been collecting a number of key industry kudos points along the way. They were awarded the Marie Claire Chambord Shine Award in 2009, and were then asked to collaborate with Sportsgirl for their Australian Designers program.

Here are some of my picks:

Perfect New Years Eve dress!

Possibly the perfect leather jacket…

Look at the beautiful collar on this blazer…

All images from their website.


Vintage Shakuhachi

About 4 years ago, I was browsing the racks at a new store that had opened up in an arcade in Melbourne. It was a seconds and samples shop for designers, although most of the labels I hadn’t heard of before. I found this funky little dress in a black and white check, with a tulip skirt and a small triangle cut out at the front. It was from a brand I didn’t know, and I brought it home for about $45. The brand was Shakuhachi. Over the next few years, I started to see this name pop up more frequently, in magazines, in shops and online. People were starting to notice and I can’t tell you how excited I was. I felt like I had discovered this brand! Although I had only purchased one dress, it was as if my support had ultimately led to her brand flourishing. It was also a nice fashion ego boost to know that my personal style and preference was backed up by the industry, who took up the brand and began to use her clothing in fashion shoots and stock in their stores. I’ll leave you with some of Jessie’s (Jessie White is the designer behind Shakuhachi) latest offerings that I could quite easily give a home to, but know that nothing I purchase will give me the same feeling as my ‘vintage’  Shakuhachi. 😉



All can be purchased online at the Shakuhachi website.

Alice’s Lace

Trawling my favourite sites the other day, I stumbled upon these gorgeous pants from Alice McCall.

Lace Insert pants from Alice McCall



I love the subtle lace hint on an unexpected item. Usually lace is reserved for embellishing tops or dresses, so this is such a unique way to get into the trend.

I think I would wear them with a loose cream t shirt tucked in loosely at the front, with some long necklaces layered down the top. Although the double lace pairing is very on trend…

The Future

Just a quick update for those readers in Melbourne and Sydney. The Whitehouse Institute of Design is holding its annual Graduate Exhibition & Parade this month.

This is a great opportunity to see some exciting new talent and ideas!

Sydney: Mon 22nd and Tue 23rd November.

Melbourne: Mon 29th November.

Tickets can be purchased on Moshtix or via order form on the Whitehouse site.

Otherwise check back here for my picks (and pics) of the shows!

Tessuti Fabrics

I spent a wonderful morning with Lisa and Hannah on Saturday at the Melbourne Tessuti store. Although the weather was drizzly, the fabrics were hot!

Inside the tessuti Melbourne store

Digital prints are being seen a lot on the runways lately, and I saw some amazing examples in the shop. In chatting with Hannah she told me that it’s actually a much more environmentally friendly process to print onto fabrics digitally. Essentially it is a large industrial printer that the fabric is fed through, which significantly reduces the amount of water and dye required for the traditional screen printing.

This Etro print has this loose paisley print running through it, but also picks up on the animal print trend with flecks of leopard in the background.

This amazing ‘Avatar’ stretch silk and…

this ‘Two Faces have I’ print were mind blowing.

They require a bit more thought as to how to use them in the most effective way, but I think that’s one of the most exciting aspects. I would use either of these as a simple, flowy, sleeveless, longer vest to wear as an impact piece over a plain black outfit. Or how about using them as a gorgeous lining to a very special jacket?

Believe it or not but this too is a digital print onto stretch silk!

It is a Cavalli print and is called ‘New York’.

Or how about the creativity of this MacDonald print called ‘Nailed It’?

I think both of these would work so well as a simple top. With a print this good, you can let it do all the talking. Maybe even a short strapless dress…


Back into some colour,

This subtle Josh Goot print was my favourite of the day. If you are familiar with Goot’s work you will recognise it as one of the key prints he used in his recent runway show. My favourite look was this print made into a very loose tank top tucked into a simple white pencil skirt.

This name of this print was so perfect, it’s called ‘Shattered Glass’. It comes in three colourways, a pink, a green that are shown above and also a grey.

Wouldn’t it be amazing made up into something similar to this Zac Posen dress?

In other fabric news, sequins are still big for evening wear.

This clever little fabric called ‘Cameo Blush’ had sequins that were white on one side and black on the other. So if you run your hand down it one way, the sequins looked white, and if you ran your hand the other way they looked black. Very Clever! I asked Lisa what she thought this fabric could be used best for, and she suggested either a very simple shift dress or a simple evening jacket without a collar.

This was another favourite of mine, for an evening look. It is called ‘Croc Glamour’ and is a burnout silk (see through). I’d love to use it for a drapey one shoulder look!

Finally, this ‘Fantail’ was just so beautiful. The most obvious use would be for bridal wear, but how much fun would it be to make a little skirt out of this, or even a neck piece.


A big thank you to Lisa, Hannah and Tessuti for having us in, and showing us some gorgeous things. Everyone should pop on in or get online and feel inspired!



Perusing the General Pants website, I found this fab little cape thing by Alice in the Eve…

A lovely light cape to throw on over a Spring Racing Dress from Alice in the Eve

It’s called the Peggy Lee Cape, and at $79.95 it is a great option for a little throw over in spring….

Off and racing

With the Spring Racing Carnival well underway here in Melbourne, thoughts naturally turn to pretty dresses, heels and hats to wear to the races. It can be tricky to find an individual outfit, as everyone tends to be shopping in the same place. I turned to Etsy to find some things that might make me stand out amongst the other filly’s….


I found this gorgeous store called Percy Handmade, which is created by Tania in Canberra. She features beautiful feminine belts, facinators, hairclips and clutches which she hand makes out of silks, chiffon’s and organza’s. Here are a few of my favourite pieces below:

Perfect for Derby Day, you could add it as a brooch to the front of your dress, pin it on your clutch or even use it as your hair accessory.

I think this stunning sash/belt is intended mostly for bridal wear (which would look amazing!), but it would work so well around any spring racing dress, and I want to belt it around a crisp white shirt for evening.

These clutches are devine! As Tania makes each item once ordered, I believe you can request which colour you would prefer (Ivory, Cream, White). I just love the fact that the colour is so neutral you could wear it with almost anything, yet the different textures make them so unique and interesting.


She has so many more gorgeous things, prices are very reasonable and she has a perfect feedback score, so why not have a browse and support our Aussie talent!