Monday, June 29, 2009

Venice - Fashion’s Labyrinth

This June saw me in the winding alleyways and canals of Venice. If you’ve ever been there, you will know that the city is a maze of labyrinth style streets, men in striped shirts offering you a trip down the canals in their quaint gondolas, amazing food and of course in true Italian form, fashion to die for. The streets are ablaze with the latest styles. The shop windows are inspiring alone which creates a new love affair around every corner, be it with leather gloves, exquisite tailoring or the latest ‘it’ bag.

Like most cities, Venice is one of contradictions. In parts of the city where tourists flock it is an invasive assault on the eardrums, however when you walk a little further and go beyond the centre, the silence is deafening. The buildings of Venice seem so beautifully fragile yet almost every wall is flawed with graffiti. And the latest trends are a mix of bright hues encased in stark white, sharp tailoring against whimsical creations and pretty dresses with rock n roll accessories. French navy, burnt orange and rich purple sit along side nude and mink to complete the palette of the season.

All of that said, I cannot write of fashion in Italy without mentioning menswear. With iconic designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Versace and Giorgio Armani, men have been allowed to express a form of elegance in their dress not seen in any place in the world. This can be seen in their accessories alone; Cashmere scarves, detailed leather shoes and stunning leather holdalls which grace the arms of perfectly groomed gentlemen. Now, if this isn’t a reason for Italian women to spread their fashion wings and look the part of ladies, then I don’t know what is. One thing’s for sure, Italy is definitely one step ahead of the fashion pack… but most of us already knew that…

Thursday, June 11, 2009

What’s this all about then?

The romanticism of fashion and life will be captured many times over on this journey. From a self named fashion label, to capturing the tunes of style around the world, to working for ASOS.COM in London.

It’s more than just telling you about me, it’s about maintaining a presence that will help you to remember that there is beauty in everything – you just have to know how to look.

What’s it all about then? Wouldn’t you like to know? ;)

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Australian Fashion Week AW2009/2010 - Aurelio Costarella

The lights are dimmed. Voices fade until there is no sound bar the click of cameras and stilettos. The warehouse has been left empty with only carefully placed gold circles on the concrete floor. A faint shadow of willowy limbs stands straight and confident at the end of the runway. Deep beats cascade into the room a little too heavy on the bass before the music becomes slightly softer and an exquisite creature comes into view. She is quietly seductive in a way that makes you almost forget about the clothes until you realise that this is the intention of Aurelio Costarella. The woman should be noticed first and foremost, no matter how beautiful the gown.

The thinking behind these extremely feminine clothes was light-hearted. The way in which these garments were constructed was not. The carefully hand moulded silhouettes wrap around the body so artistically and the ruffles are placed so elegantly that a few of the dresses actually take my breath away.

The collection is a mixture of earthy tones, bright bangles and metallic beading with immaculately stitched embroidery. There is a selection of teeny cocktails dresses not for the faint hearted and floor length gowns that billow softly with every step.
An interesting contrast between the femininity of the embellished fabrics and the little quirks of the clothing is apparent throughout the show. The low cut corsets are enough to make one blush which twists the glamour around on its heels and make the whole show feel a little more provocative and a little less sweet.

As I leave other shows, the striking impression left by this collection becomes more apparent. There was a certain charm about the interaction between the audience, the construction of the garments and by Costarella himself as he mingled with people who had come to marvel in his works of art. Although achieving simplicity in fashion is one of the toughest things to do, achieving the striking beauty and originality of Costaerella’s collection is just as tough and somehow a little more rewarding for both the designer and the very fortunate one who will eventually own one of the pieces of the season.

Catwalk Genuis

Catwalk Genius is a UK based website that stocks new up and coming designers as well much loved established designers including Laura Lee’s, Tatty Divine and Nicola De Main.

My collection “Beautiful Side of Everything” was captured by their amazing stylists and photographers to create this image which I love!

Monday, June 08, 2009

Beautiful Side of Everything

Kelly Love is my self named fashion label. It all started when I packed my bags and moved independently to Japan. It was here in a tiny photography studio that the idea of a clothing line originated whilst helping a Japanese Fashion Designer, Sin Nakamayal, to launch his own label.

After travelling around Asia, studying at KVB Institute of Technology in Sydney and completing work experience with Akira Isogawa, Charlie Brown, Fleur Wood and Hussy I landed a job working for the prestigious boutique label “Baccini and Hill.”

It was during this time that I launched my first collection “Beautiful Side of Everything" at Australian Fashion Week, New Generation Show. A collection of light and feminine styles were created, including floaty dresses, silk camisoles and French knickers using a palette of cream, antique peach, willow green and Black.