Fashion

Fash Fashun, The Real VAMFF

I’ve been going through a thing lately. An existential kind of thing. I feel like I’m starting to look at fashion and social media differently, and almost see through it in a way I couldn’t before. I feel like I’ve spiritually levelled up after a d&m with my soul sister @jacqfruit.music.

As this epiphany happened right before fashion week, I felt suddenly deeply anxious about my two frivolous upcoming weekends. Jac advised me to find the “real” fashion events, the gritty underground stuff, the stuff that pushes buttons, crosses boundaries, the stuff that has drawn me to this world in the first place. So I did.

I had seen @tenfingerz post about an event in collaboration with Famous Artist @sebastianberto. Epic bags of dirty clothing were being piled inside a shipping container. There was a call out for creatives to attend the event, swim through the nasty piles of landfill-destined clothing and create a look that would then be modelled straight down the runway, #fastfashun. I knew I had to be part of this, so @monutella and I carved out time in our afternoon to visit @testinggrounds and put together an entire look in 1 hour.

I was instantly drawn to a fitted Topshop work jacket, and a tacky floral polyester dress. We pulled out bits and pieces in some kind of colour scheme from the piles of clothing and gathered them into a corner in the shade. Next, we found scissors, safety pins and elastic bands. There were options to use sewing machines and hot glue, but as time was of the essence we used this rapid styling and inspiration. We ripped, shredded, tied, pinned, coiled and knotted a head to knee look (shoes not included, except for one baby sneaker tied as a necklace).

The runway was sectioned off by clothing strewn into the shape of a catwalk, and Tenfingers was a glamourous MC. There was even a cute mini model – baby Matilda, who was a show stealer. I was in awe of the creativity in every single one of these looks, they were endlessly interesting and such statement makers. The models were real, diverse, inclusive and fun! This was by far one of my favourite events I attended during all of VAMFF.

Enjoy these photos and marvel at the fact that I found the real good fashion stuff. Only more of that from now on, dear readers.

To support and help fun the important project at the heart of this event, head to www.fastfashun.com

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In Vogue

It’s a dream come true – I’ve finally made it onto the pages of Vogue Magazine, out today. I was one of 8 world changing millennials invited to participate in a round table interview discussing all the hot topics. The photographer shot on film, and by the end of the session I felt like I’d truly connected with every single person there. Bravo to Vogue for being forward thinking and inclusive enough to do a story like this.

Click the articles to zoom and read.

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Biome Clothes Swap

When I recently hosted a Clothes Swap as part of my new role at Biome, I had to find somewhere for all the unwanted clothes to go at the end of the event. I reached out to a small, local Women’s shelter in the hopes that they wouldn’t be one of the charities recently inundated with clothing after the recent Marie Kondo nextflix special.

When I called, the man on the phone told me that they currently had 12 women in their care, and 12 SHIPPING CONTAINERS worth of clothing donations.

Read the full story in the blog post I wrote for Biome by clicking HERE

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Fashion, Fashion Hack

The Fabric Store ‘Little Black Dress’ Fashion Hack Tutorial

After an overwhelming response to the fashion hack I did on The Fabric Stores Little Black Dress for charity, I decided to create a video tutorial and free downloadable pattern so that you can make one at home too!

I purchased my two dresses for $25 each, and $7 from each dress will support Orange Sky – a Brisbane Charity that helps to positively connect people experiencing homelessness through free laundry, showers and conversation.

This hack is pretty simple and is suitable for beginners to established sewers. It involves first hemming the maxi dress and transforming it into a cocktail length. Next, you use the excess fabric from the hem to create two ruffles which are then topstiched onto the dress. Piece of cake!

I’ve created a free downloadable PDF pattern of the shoulder frill right here –  Shoulder Frill Pattern

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Eco, Fashion

GARAGE SALE TRAIL – My Top Brisbane Picks!

This weekend (Oct 20th and 21st) garages, front yards, back yards, sheds and balconies all across Australia will play host to the annual Garage Sale Trail. Both Saturday and Sunday, Aussies everywhere will be selling their unwanted goodies in an effort to reduce, reuse, recycle and keep stuff out of landfill. If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that finding fashion bargains at garage sales is by far one of my favourite ways to spend a Saturday morning.

Below are my top picks for the weekend, the essential “must visit” list. These are the garage sales I’ll most likely be stopping by! To find Garage Sales near you, click here.

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Pop Up Balcony Sale – “From 50 cent bargain goodies, to beautiful vintage treats, and brands like Sass & Bide and Camilla, we have something for everyone. Mostly men and women’s clothing, shoes and accessories, but plenty miscellaneous and home wares, come check us out!” Saturday & Sunday

Visit 118, Blackwood Avenue, Morningside, QLD, Australia, 4170

 

Toowong Hands and Hearts Fair, Preloved Market – “6 Monster garage sale in our school hall with large variety: clothes (men, women, children and babies), kitchenwares, books, games , jewellery, dresses, bags, sports gear, bric-a-brac and all sorts. Nonhanging clothes $2, hanging clothes $5, bulk buy 4 hanging items for $15 and 5 items for $20. Community effort from our small school of around 300 kids.” Saturday Only.

Visit t 37, Saint Osyth Street, Toowong, QLD, Australia,

 

The Eclectic Mix – Vintage & Upcycled – Gifts, Homewares & Furniture – “Where OLD meets NEW… A passion for items of interest especially from the past with a mix of the latest fashions, gifts, homewares, furniture, collectables & more. We proudly stock…. Up cycled, pre loved & new. Always looking towards a sustainable future… Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse, Reduce. In store you‚ you’ll find items that are Antique, Retro, Vintage, Shabby Chic, Country Charm, Hampton‚ Style, Modern & so much more. Cafe “Melidrop” on site – Shop till you drop, then coffee & lunch!!” Saturday & Sunday

Visit 98, Main Street, Kangaroo Point, QLD, Australia, 4169