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Today I share some of my favourite looks from London Fashion Week.

I have to say Emilia Wickstead is quickly becoming one of my favourites each season, and especially so this collection with her boxy but feminine shapes and subtle use of colour. I am loving the wearable brights and patterns at Saloni and the mix of textures and finishes at Markus Lupfer.

What were your favourite shows at London Fashion Week this year?

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KAELEN NOVIS PAMELLA ROLAND THAKOON ADDITIONGIULIETTA THE ROWI’ve finally had the chance to sit down and go through this year’s NYFW shows.  Here are some of my favourite looks from this season. My mind seems to be on either quirky, creative work wear or casual wear and NYFW did not disappoint on either parts.

Volume is still everywhere, which I welcome with open arms considering I love a bit of drama in my garments. And there is a strong presence of orange highlights which are perfect for the sunnier months! Can’t wait to start wearing this hue teamed with tan or pale pink, as seen at Theory and Giulietta.

What was your favourite collection at NYFW this season?

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WISHLIST BOXY WHITE SHIRT

On top of my wish list at the moment is a crisp white shirt.  I don’t personally work in the corporate world, but more and more I am wanting to invest in classic pieces that I can wear in professional environments.  However a plain old boring shirt will not do, and so it’s all about the cut and the details!!!

Boxy white shirts are a hot item at the moment, with designers experimenting with lengths, sleeves and shapes. So if you do work in the corporate sector, it is a perfect way to add a bit of creativity into the cookie cutter “uniform”.

Here are some of my current picks! Which is your favourite?

1.Scanlan Theodore Boxy White Shirt /  2. Ginger & Smart Duplicity Shirt / 3. Life with Bird Cross Back Shirt / 4. Oak Cropped Cotton Poplin Shirt  / 5. Cameo Midnight Show Shirt / 6.  Country Road Poplin Shirt

Lilt Instagram August 14 A Lilt Instagram August 14BBAugust on LiLT Blog’s Instagram – Pretty much the best month I’ve had all year! Got engaged to the handsome and talented Mr. Grange, met an amazing number of incredible people at Problogger event, and found a huge amount of inspiration and energy to input into this wonderful little blog! Hope you all had an incredible month too!

Make sure you come and find me on instagram at @luci_lilt_blog

I’d love to hear, what were your favourite moments this August?

 

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Melbourne has been giving us a taste of what’s to come lately. Blue sky!!!! Sunshine!!! I’m pouring over all the resort collections in hopes that the distraction will make the promise of summer arrive quickly. I am counting down the days.

 Having started their label many moons ago with the focus on swimwear, there is no other Australian label that screams “Summer!!!” more than Zimmermann.  Their Resort 2015 collection, full of boho vibes (executed in the most sophisticated way), is a prefect example of elegant, chic summer style!

I can just imagine myself frolicking around in floppy hats and lacy 70’s inspired gowns. So much love for this collection. (You can view it in its entirety at Style.com)

What are you looking forward to wearing once it gets warm?

 

Fathers Day Gift Guide 2014

My Gaaaawd it’s September! And that means that this Sunday 7th is Father’s Day!  If you’re still on the lookout for a present for Dad, fear not!  Here is my Father’s Day gift guide – a selection of some of my current favourite manly things!

Lomography Fisheye2 Camera at Asos / Teroforma Whiskey Stones /  Aesop Shaving Brush / Iacoli & McAllister Hex Bottle Opener – can also be purchased at Douglas & Bec / Fossil Braided Hook Bracelet / Vanishing Elephant Sneakers / Grange Wallis Limited Edition Sport Mascot Prints /  Gentleman’s Hardware Shoe Shine Kit / Nomadic Unisex Long Weekender 

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OVNA OVICH is a creative studio based in Auckland, New Zealand, which was founded, by Designer and Director Marina Davis in 2012.  Over the past couple of years the label has been demanding the well-deserved attention of the fashion world. Having, presented their second ever collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia (2014), and more recently being nominated as finalists in the ‘Ones to Watch’ category at the Ethical Fashion Forum’s Source Awards, which recognises excellence in sustainable fashion globally.

 What instantly struck a chord with me, when I was first learned of OVNA OVICH, was the label’s aim to create sustainable and ethically produced clothing.  As someone who blogs about fashion, (one of the world biggest consumerist industries), I often lament on the effect that the industry is having on our world and it’s people.  Wherever possible I look to support local designers, especially those who support local suppliers and makers, so when I hear that these values are at the core of a brand, it is music to my ears! We must support it!

 Designer, Marina Davis, takes great pride in OVNA OVICH’s dedication to producing sustainable collections. Materials and processes are carefully chosen in relation to their qualities and impact. Primarily using eco-friendly organic fibers, and choosing to work digitally with their textile prints as it reduces ink, fabric, electricity and water wastage.

OVNA OVICH’s second capsule collection, Construct, draws inspiration from the juxtaposition of an austere built environment and the human body.

 “I live in a body made up of malleable, curved lines. I live in a building made up of hard, straight lines.”

 Designer and director Marina Davis explains more about the collection:  “Our surface designs for Construct are based on concrete and freckles, each bearing resemblance to the other but of completely different origins. One is hard and ever lasting, the other soft and ephemeral.”

 The collection is truly beautiful, minimalistic in style and made up of simple but strong silhouettes, with the fabrics used adding to the sculptural aesthetic of the garments. Colours are mostly monochromatic, with black and charcoal primarily used alongside accents of nude and glass green shades. In adding to the labels sustainable values one of the key pieces, the ‘Otsek Dress’ is designed to be worn in various ways.

 Beautiful, Versatile and Inspiring,  OVNA OVICH is definitely a label to watch, support and get your hands on.

Scroll down for our interview with Designer, Marina Davis.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and how OVNA OVICH came about?

I grew up on an isolated farm down the bottom of New Zealand, which gave me a huge appreciation for the natural environment. It also gave me plenty of uninterrupted time to develop my creative thinking. Dance being my first passion gave me an awareness of the visual arts and my Russian Mother’s penchant for the dramatic drew me to decoration. Every single step (and a lot of hard work) down my path has informed my desire and decision to start my own journey with Ovna Ovich.

What inspires your design and creative decisions?

Inspiration comes from thoughts about our world that I want to pursue. My main objective is to frame my work with an idea, that people could connect with on a deeper level, rather than only aesthetics. Creative decisions come from gut instincts, ones that will have a less negative impact on the environment and people and then sometimes a lot of humming and harring and coming back to things.

We know that one of the key elements of your brand is the importance of sustainable and ethical fashion. Can you explain to us why this is so important to you and the OVNA OVICH brand?

I would not be working within the fashion industry if I wasn’t trying to help change the short-sighted go to decisions. So really it is of the utmost importance to myself and the brand (and the world) to produce clothing that is more sustainable and ethical through its production processes to end result.

How would you describe your personal style?

Whatever I feel that I will be comfortable in, it could be anything depending on what I need to do that day/night. I guess you would call that eclectic.

What are 5 essentials in your wardrobe?

Jeans, t-shirt,  an ugly jumper, a crazy coat and something to go for a run in.

Who are some of the people that inspire you and why?

My partner as he has a very inquisitive and knowledgeable mind. Also, my generation as they start to poke and prod at the systems that have been created before them.

If you could design a garment for anyone in the world, who would it be?

My mum and friends.

What are the top 3 resources which you turn to for inspiration?

Books, documentaries and the endless world-wide web.

What is next for the label? Where do you see the brand going in the future?

With each collection we hope to evolve bit by bit. Looking at visiting potential Australian stockists in the near future and then further afield after that!

Do you have any advice for anyone who wants to start his or her own business in fashion?

Get as much know how and savings behind you before you start and be willing to dedicate most waking hours to it when you do.

Wishlist Derby Shoe

More increasingly I am becoming interested in experimenting with masculine pieces in my fashion attire. For me, masculine pieces should be used as an accent to make an otherwise girly outfit a little bit more edgy.  An easy way to do this is through footwear, and the on trend Derby Shoe is a perfect way to work the look.

I personally wear my guys with voluminous skirts or slouchy black pants, but if you’re all into the masculine dressing wear them with a loose shirts and rolled up boyfriend jeans. Here are some of my favourite Derbys by Australian designers – which is your favourite?

1. Búl – Ruhnu Shoe2. Habbot – Lang Derby Lace Ups / 3. Marssi – Custom Derbys / 4. Kuwaii – Two Tone Derby Flats  / 5. & Attorney – The Moriati / 6. Vanishing Elephant – Patent Derbys / 7. Marssi – The Roo /