And a Side of Fries

Its not Schmancy…. but its definitely a little fancy.

If you have been quietly observing all the fashion week buzz like I have, you would have definitely come across Moschino’s McDonalds themed collection at Milan Fashion Week not too long ago.

And damn, fast food has never looked so good.

We have Jeremy Scott to thank for this deliciously fun collection, with his debut for Moschino having been referred to as a “mutant hybrid of Ronald McDonald and Coco Chanel” which, in all honesty, could not be put any better.

This collection consisted of the classic yellow and red colour palette and of course, the signature golden arches, with a fun play on the classic fast food chain uniform, which I’m sure staff would gladly give up their current attire for… or at least I would if I were them.

Its pretty safe to say that here at How To Run In Stilettos- we’re lovin’ it. (Too cliche?)

But of course, a collection based on popular culture would not be complete without  cameos from possibly the two other most iconic brandings- Spongebob and Fruitloops. Because, why not? right?

In an industry that has the tendency to take itself too seriously, its great to see someone flirting with fashion.

Check out some more images from the collection below and let me know what you think!

Sammy Jade xx

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Images via: Lifestyle Yahoo, Telegraph, Style.MTV,

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Monochrome Madness

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The ever so chic world of monochromatic palettes has seen a recent explosion following a popular reign of colour blocking…

And we could not be more excited!

For someone who is easily frustrated by black and white movies (what colour dress is that?!), I love the simplicity and easiness of wear this age old relationship between black and white trend- no colour clashes!

The best part about this style is you probably already have key pieces in your wardrobe (which means you’ll have more to spend on that mani/pedi you’ve been craving) and it is near impossible to get this trend wrong… perfect for those mornings you need a fool proof outfit to run out the door in.

Or you could opt for a pop of colour through some lipstick, shoes or a bag to add that bit of extra pow.

 

 

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Images via: Tumblr

Sammy Jade xx

Lisa Ho To Close Doors

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Upon hearing this devastating news a little while ago, I am still in shock that the pioneering designer, Lisa Ho, has announced the end to her label after 30+ years.

Ho’s label focused on a contemporary aesthetic, with her show regarded as a complete success during the recent Fashion Week, as well as Australian Fashion Week 2012. While this wasn’t enough to maintain sales profits, administrators of the brand are now concentrating on focusing on an orderly close of the store chains, expecting to be finalised by the end of June.

However, it is true when they say with every cloud comes a silver lining. With this particular cloud, comes a last time amazing sale from the Lisa Ho collections which have subsequently been reduced an incredible amount! Definitely go check it out here to snag a bargain on the final few items.

I’m sure that I am speaking for many when I say that this label will be missed.

Sammy Jade xx

Images via: The Australian

Mirror, Mirror.

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Some call it vein…

I like to think of it as self appreciation. 

Whatever your stance; the newest trend to emerge from the high streets will have you seeing yourself in a new light.

It appears that the top picks for eyewear this season is the reflective lens sunglasses, available in an array of colours and designs, and has been spotted on the most savviest in street fashion.

I will not lie… my first reaction to this was one of shock, as it reminded me of the sunnies I rocked when I was young, but after seeing them worn in a few ways; I am glad to say this is one I will definitely be embracing. Which is upsetting for my Tiffany sunnies. (I still love you!)

And hey…if it saves me from having to pull out my compact to check my makeup while talking to someone, then that is ay ok with me!

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Images via: Tumblr & My Friend Franky

Sammy Jade xx

Fashion Palette SS13/14

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This post is really late and I’m really sorry please forgive me!

Oh! And come find me on Instagram so we can be friends!

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Now that that’s out of the way…

Last month I was very kindly invited to attend the Spring/Summer 13/14 Fashion Palette runway show- where Australian designers, both a mixture of up and coming and established, showcase their newest collections.

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Located at the Australian Technology Park, it was a warehouse very fabulously decked out (as you would expect). Drinks flowed, music played, generous gifts were received and great company was had!

We saw trends of Versace style prints, patchwork, graphic prints

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And, of course, the amazing GALANNI delivered with their incredible collection; permeated by gold, eye catching accents and Grecian style beauty.

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However, it was certainly the Niki Teljega Elizabethan style gown that was the wow item of the night. So gorgeous.

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So many collections. So little time!
Sammy Jade xx

We Speak To: GALANNI

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I had the absolute pleasure of speaking to Lenna and Catherine, the dynamic mother- daughter duo behind the stunning label GALANNI, ahead of their showcasing at Fashion Palette SS 13/14. 

GALANNI is a label with a unique recipe of femineity, risqué with the essence of savoir-faire. The gorgeous designs bring elements of couture to ready to wear garments, turning heads everywhere.

To see more of these amazing collections: You can go to their Website, their Facebook page, and even their Instagram (@galanni).

If you’re interested in purchasing tickets for this amazing runway show, all the information is here!

I absolutely adore all the GALANNI designs, and the way they embrace the feminine figure, while combining elements of couture with classic, wearable designs. Can you tell me how Lenna’s Greek origin has shaped and inspired both of you as designers and how the name GALANNI was formed?

L: I don’t know if it is about being Greek, but I love being a woman. I love showing off curves and being confident, and when you’re talking about evening wear, it should be about you expressing yourself. You want to wear something beautiful, and you want to show it off in a nice way. You should look classy, like a lady, but with a bit of elegance to it.

C: I think with the Greek vision, in a way, with the background, when we go to weddings and family functions we always get dolled up, thats in our culture and thats how we do it, it kind of stems from that. Wherever you go in Greece, even if it’s to a coffee shop, they always get dressed up, so I think Lenna’s background has inspired a lot of the intricate detailing on the designs.

With having such a close bond as Mother and Daughter, how do you feel this has impacted the brand, to what it is today?

C: I think it works perfect, its our secret little ingredient. In terms of the vision, we really work well as a team and we benefit from each other, and I really think that shows through to the garment. Where Lenna’s all about the design, the look, the fabrics and the wear, where as with me, I’m all about the vision and the end result with the detailing and the colours and fabrics all put together. That’s what I think makes GALANNI quite lucky with the way we work together, we don’t work as mother and daughter, we work as fashion designer and creative director.

L: I might design a dress and it will almost be done and Catherine will say “well how about adding a little bit here”. Even with the direction where the business is going to get it where it is, I’d say Catherine does more of the business side. It takes two people, one person can’t do it all.

SJ: You both compliment each other so well!

C: I was always behind the scenes when she was designing for herself and for her friends, so the roll just naturally came together, it was never assigned to me.

With each piece having such individual design elements, where do you take your inspirations from? 

L: The inspiration is really how I feel.

C: Even the most plainest fabric, we will have two completely different ideas, we’ll just look at it and we’ll go from there. When you see the fabric…

L & C: You kind of just know.

C: You just have that vision.

L: I don’t even draw, I don’t plan, I just grab those scissors and that fabric, and sit down and make it. So that way I just make the garment and I just design through there.

C: So that’s one thing that you’ll find is a little bit different with us, you won’t find any drawings or sketches, when that fabric arrives through the door, it just tells the story of where we want it to go. That’s the way Lenna’s taught me to do it like that, the material talks to us and we just listen and we follow. That way you just see it come to life and that’s where we get our kick. It’s like a painting and you can’t wait to see it, so we just go full steam ahead with that one design, we can’t wait to see the end result.

What is your favourite part about conceptualising a design?

C: Just that moment where you are creating something and you know you’ve got a winner on your hands. It’s that kick that makes you want to have that adrenaline rush again and again with the next design. That’s kind of how we do our collections. We don’t want just a pretty dress, if it doesn’t have that ‘wow’, it doesn’t get accepted into the collection.

L: And it has to be unique, we’re not interested in following the trends. If everyone is doing a green dress, I probably won’t even do one.

C: We have this rule in our design studio that we don’t want magazines, we don’t want whats in the latest trends. If you look too much a magazines or what celebrities are wearing, in a way you don’t realise that you’re just moulding your ideas into what others have done. We want a fresh palette in our heads.

Being so involved in the construction process of each design, how long does it take to create a piece or a collection?

C: Well, for example, the next collection that’s coming out, that was actually designed in a week. We’re on such a roll where we’re always busy, because we’re so hands on with the company, we are short in time, but Lenna just somehow, with some miracle, it just gets done. We don’t analyse and we don’t get stuck with whats on-trend, because when you do that, you can get stuck with ideas. Just get the fabrics lined up and just keep a roll. There are no mannequins, its just on Lenna’s body, a true size 6, because with mannequins it does make it hard to visualise it on a person.

L: Because my methods are self taught, they’re probably different to a normal way. Some designs could take five minutes, others could take a couple of hours, there are some that have a bit more to tackle, but the end result has to be a stunning dress, otherwise it doesn’t make it.

C: When we allow for longer time, which we have allocated for this year, there are going to be phenomenal pieces, but a normal duration for when a collection is made up, is a week. We think of the quality and detailing before all else.

Congratulations on your up and coming showcasing at Fashion Palette, I’m so excited to see the entire collection on the runway!

C: We’re so thrilled! this is our first runway. We’ve never really focused on PR or getting our dresses in magazines, we’ve just thought “lets make beautiful dresses” so this is our first and we’re so excited!

What was the process like for you in preparing for this show? 

C: The process is mayhem at GALANNI, I find that there’s fabric everywhere, at the same time theres calmness, because we’re confident in the designs. It makes you realise why you’re in this industry, for this moment. This moment is what makes the label and what makes it successful. Its all hands on, we work really late hours, we don’t have any time off. At the moment GALANNI is seven days a week, we work early mornings and late nights, we had no sleep at all last night, so we’re on a twenty-four hour stretch with the photo shoots and the detailing and because we work in couture, I find that we dare to do what a lot of other labels don’t because it is a lot of work. Some of these dresses have the same detailing as a wedding dress and they take six months to get made.

What kind of tone are you expecting to set?

C: Its an unusual bundle even through to our music choice. We have this song that has the most amazing beat to it and the lyric choice of it is actually saying good bye to their loved ones. We love it because everyone usually goes for the love songs or the happy beats, and this kind of has a sensual, very sexy tone but with the beat. So, music alone gives it a very unusual lift to the room, and our dresses are very much like that, they’re very sensual, they’re very structured, it’s definitely a ‘wow’ collection, with the tones through from gold, nude, black, red, the palette even is very seductive, but vibrant at the same time, the detailing brings it to another level. My vision from the music through to the runway is very sensual, its feminine, and all about the woman’s body. The more you look at it, the more depth it has, and thats just like the song choice, and thats the look that we’re going for. 

Since 2004, when GALANNI was launched, the brand has achieved so much growth, what goals do you hope to achieve for both yourselves and the brand, in the future? 

C: We still have the same set of goals that we had when we started in 2004, I find once you achieve those goals, you sometimes get lost. When Lenna first started I remember asking her what her goals are and where she wants to be, and she just said “I don’t have any goals, I just want to design a gorgeous collection”. So we’ve never really set goals to have X amount of celebrities wearing our collections or be in magazines or on Tv, we just want to always maintain the look we wanted from day 1 and grow from there.

L: Just like a person may feel differently in two or three years time, thats how my designs are, it just grows in how my environment and everything around me makes me feel.

C: We don’t dive into PR, our past collections were a hidden little treasure, and we do some PR, but we never want that to sidetrack us from our designs, because thats very easy to do in this industry, to focus too much on exposure and forget about the production. At the end of the day, you can take a great photo but we want that dress to look fantastic to every single person that walks in the store, we don’t look at it from a money point of view, we want them to look good. Our hard work at the end of the day, we want it for the customers- thats our main goal.

SJ: That will make all the difference in the end. 

C: It does, just all those tiny little things, we’re so hands on with everything that it helps GALANNI grow, we’re hands on with everything, I think once you pass it on to other people, the communication gets lost, and we want full communication through everything- from customer service to our online store to beading.

SJ: That’s incredible, not many people do that anymore

C: And I don’t blame them, it’s a lot of hard work, it takes all your day and night.

L: And if you’re after fast money, thats not a way to do that. A lot of labels find a look that they like and that works for them, and they stick with it.

C: As Lenna has always said, with success comes commitment, not convenience, and thats the way we’ve always been, it’s always about our collection, from our Instagram to our designs.

How do YOU run in stilettos?

L & C: [Laughs] We clutch our handbag and go full steam ahead. We run with the stilettos, we don’t run against it, we’ve got our sexiest pair on, doesn’t matter if its a thin stiletto with no foot support, we love the shoes on the foot and we just run with it.

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Sammy Jade xx

NYFW ’13: Favourites

With London Fashion Week well underway, what better chance than to recap of our past New-York-fashion-filled-week.

With many designers showcasing this years collections, we have so much to look forward to, and we can already tell that 2013 is going to be a year of remarkable trends.

Here are my top three favourite collections from NYFW ’13.

Ralph Lauren

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I’ve already spoken of this collection, which showcased within the first few days of NYFW, and yet, I am still completely hung up over it.

Something about the vibrant mix of striking colours, accents of turquoise, and the major spanish influences has just sat with me over this past week. ¡Me encanta!

 

Oscar De La Renta

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The De La Renta Fall 2013 collection was absolutely stunning, and with the division of influences of hooded cape coats, cloche hats, lace dresses and dramatic gowns, contrasted with  so clear, it almost appears as though two collections were shown. Both equally as stunning as the other.

Michael Kors

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Two words- Sports Chic. In his collection, Kors showcased a collection of glamorised sportswear all within a strikingly bright palette which included the likes of neon orange and taxi cab yellow.

However, it was the combinations of cinched in waist belts and the oh-so-classy houndstooth coats that stole the show for me.

 

With all the amazing collections showcased this year, its going to be a hard act to follow.

Sammy Jade xx

 

Images via: The Fashion Spot

White Hot Spring 2013

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The return of the white shirt this spring is the perfect way to bring back simplicity, class and crispness to your wardrobe, and, despite the complete contrast, is a great transition colour throughout the seasons.

Previously considered the supporting article for on-trend items, the white shirt is expected to step out from the shadows and present itself full force this year!

So let’s ignore the typical monotones of winter and cast our excitement towards the anticipated return of this uber chic trend!

My personal favourite that I can’t wait to sport this year is the tailored shirt- one that is derived more from the mens work shirt. I think that, if worn correctly, it can add a combination of class and feminism to the completed look.

The best way to achieve this would be to pair the shirt with a form fitting pant (and some killer heels wouldn’t go astray!)

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Combining this style with one that connotes to a contrasting vision, such as the edginess of spray on leather pants or liquid leggings, is a great way to spice up the outfit.

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Besides, why should our outfits conform to one look when there are so many amazing styles out there?!

We’re halfway through the Australian summer, is it too early to be looking forward to Spring?

Sammy Jade xx

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Oh, Marc Jacobs!

Paris Fashion Week.

Need I say more?

Recently I saw pictures and videos (through all my devastated tears of not being able to be there myself!) of the show that Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton presented at PFW.

Being described as Marc Jacobs “Mod Army” it was a dazzling array of a flashback to the 60’s with the adorable Twiggy style shift dresses and the geometric mod designs, which was complemented so perfectly with the vibrant palettes.

It was clear that PFW this year was intended to be shifted into full throttle, as seen with Chanel’s giant windmills, and, most importantly, Marc Jacob’s escalators which so cleverly presented the models in such a graceful way.

But seriously, who can even pull off escalators and high end clothing at an international fashion show?!

Bravo Mr Jacobs.

For those of you who haven’t seen yet, here are some amazing pictures from the show.

Enjoy!

Sammy Jade xx

Images via: pinterest, My Proffs 

A Spring Safari

Image:  Harpers Bazaar.com

No, your eyes don’t need checking, after what feels like (to me) forever, I am back again. Apparently my version of uni holidays is to get as much on my plate as possible, which includes a wonderful internship with the amazing blog Breakfast With Audrey , where not only am I experiencing the behind-the-scenes of the industry, but I have also been given the opportunity to write for them too! My posts go up most Fridays so keep an eye out.

All things aside, this post is a result of the vibrant Safari trend, seen running rife throughout NYFW, with some of the top designers all too keen to show off their fun prints and designs.

Albeit, animal prints when not exercised with caution, can turn out a bit extremely tacky. However, when centred as the focus piece, this print is incredibly quirky.

The idea of this outfit is to maintain the printed pants as centre focus, while alluding to a sort of ‘rawness’ that would otherwise be found within the safari outback (all while, of course, looking good). Getting the right balance can be a challenge, but with the know-how, it’s a piece of cake.

I firstly started off with these Sass and Bide The Late Movie Jeans , which became the staple safari element. I then worked everything else around the texture and colours of these. A simple Black Jersey Tunic Slouched Top is perfect for the Spring, and the drape of it is a flattering contrast to the shapely style of the jeans. Colour blocking is key for statement pieces, we don’t want too much going on at once. These Morea Shoe Boots from Spurr are extremely complementary, bringing out the brown tones from the jeans, as well as the style adding femininity.

Finally, the accessories tie the whole look together. I was instantly drawn to the texture of this Guess Leather Chestnut Handbag, the raw look of it, to me, screams safari, while the texture and colours of this Sheilding Necklace from Forecast is a strong contrast to the simplicity of the black top, something about it reminds me of Indiana Jones.

And last, but certainly not least, I just had to add in the Michael Kors Rose Gold Watch.Not only was Michael Kors one of the first designers to express his love for this trend at Fashion Week, but its current status brings us back to the modernity of the outfit, not to mention I just love it.

I don’t know about you, but this spring I will be kicking it Safari style.