Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

Last week, in-between a whirlwind of work, errands and outings, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week came and went.  I have finally gotten through watching the shows and am so excited for fashion this upcoming spring/summer, even though we’re only hitting colder weather now. Here are some of my favourite looks from MBFWA. It seems I have a thing for volume at the moment. It’s all about full skirts,  long vests, and roomy tops.

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Camilla and Marc ElleryCamilla & Marc / Ellery

Karla SpeticKarla Spetic

By Johnny Bec and BridgeBy Johnny / Bec & Bridge

ShakuhachiShakuhachi

MaticevskiToni Maticevski

Easton Pearson Roopa Pemmaraju copy

Easton Pearson / Roopa Pemmaraju

All images form Vogue & MBFWA .

If you want to see more of my favourites you can check out my Pinterest HERE

Happy Half Birthday

Lilt 6 months

Fashion blogs are going crazy at the moment with talk of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, which started yesterday morning.  It’s been driving me crazy that I have not yet had the chance to check out what Australian designers have in store for us this year. But yesterday kept me nice and busy, and so I only got small glimpses on what was going on from Twitter and Instagram.

Yesterday was a special day, as it was Grange’s mum’s birthday, and so my day was spent, working…then, dining, celebrating and stuffing my face with cake.

But it was also a special day for me, because it was exactly 6 months since I started Lilt-blog. I really enjoy posting on the blog and creating a little space where I can put my thoughts and inspirations, and although I have been a little quieter than usual these past couple of months, I have lots planned for the blogs future!  Thank you to anyone and everyone who checks out my blog posts, likes my statuses and reads my rambling thoughts.

So now I am going to celebrate this half birthday, with some left over cake, cup of tea and pretty pictures of whats been going on at MBFWA.

LIFEwithBIRD- Collide Dress

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Collide dress by LIFEwithBIRD

Gym Gear

Gym Gear
One of my goals this year is to start exercising more regularly.  A good way to bribe myself into actually doing it is purchasing some nice sports gear.  Did a little bit of online research today and found these beauties. Now… to organise my exercise regime.

Trend Spotting – Yellow Coats

Yellow CoatsI’ve been out of action for a while but I’m back!… Now, lets talk yellow coats, they have made a strong appearance on street style blogs and catwalks. Would love to get my hand on a nice tailored coat in such a bold colour.  What a lovely way to add a bit of sunshine to Autumn and Winter… Don’t you think?

photos:  Who What Wear / Fashion AgonyGary PepperJak & Jil /  Cédric CharlierMichael Kors / Le 21ème

Every Studio

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Last week I had the pleasure to hang out with the lovely girls from EVERY Studio.  EVERY is a multi-disciplinary design studio founded by Melbourne architects and designers, Sarah Crowley and Alessia Pegoli.

These clever ladies have created a wonderful and colourful range of both interior and fashion products which are perfect for adding a pop of colour and liveliness to any outfit or interior.  From beautiful white ceramic vases, teapots and trays with splashes of neon colours, to beautiful fluro hand knitted necklaces and felt collars and bows.

On top of creating these great products both Sarah and Alessia are  also ARBV registered architects and provide services in Architecture, Interiors, Graphics, Branding, Exhibition Curation, and Product Design.

 So smart! and also very kind, They have donated a super cute Felt Up Reversible Collar  for one of LiLT’s lucky readers. To be in the running to win, like LiLT  on Facebook and share this post on your wall (you can do that by heading to our facebook page too)!  Winner will be announced on 25th February!

Felt Up Reversible Collar / Tied Up Bow / Pop Home Ceramics / Crowd Control Basket Bowls / Crowd Control Knitted Neckpiece / Don’t Look Artwork /

LiLT January Instagram

Lilt January InstagramSome of my January snippets on Instagram. You can follow me at @lucianacorrales

1. With the lovely Bec from Frocks and Crumpets / 2. Cute earrings made by Judy / 3. Nibbles and champagne on Australia day / 4. Movie night / 5. Girly wedding snaps / 6. Hanging out with my girls / 7. Getting my hair did / 8. Summer breakfasts with the family / 9. Hanging out at the nursery

Carl Kapp Chameleon Dress

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Carl Kapp Maxi Chameleon Dress

Designer Profile – Lauren Marinis , Killer Heels

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I seriously love shoes! Like….Alot! And Yes,I am aware that I am not the only female on this earth who feels this way.  I find it amazing how a pair of shoes can quite dramatically change an outfit, and even more fascinating is how it can make women feel more confident.  I personally think that a staple in every woman’s wardrobe should be a great pair of killer stilettos.  And if you are after a seriously HOT pair of shoes, you need look no further than Melbourne based label Lauren Marinis.  

The label was launched earlier last year by my stylish friend & designer Lauren Marinis.  Lauren has injected her impeccable taste and extreme love of high heels to create what is, in my opinion, an incredibly drool-worthy collection of classic styles, (stilettos, ankle boots and knee boots) in an array of modern colours and patterns.  What I love about her shoes is the real thought and detail that has been put into the silhouettes. They are really quite stunning shapes and the heel on the pumps are serious “not-messing-around-12.5cm heels” that make you feel pretty damn amazing once you’ve got them on.

I’ve already started my love affair with the label and purchased the amazing Gilda Leopard Pump, and Scarlet Ankle Boot, with a few more on the wish-list. You can check out the website and purchase here

Lauren invited me into her home, to have dinner, play with mountains of stilettos and talk all things shoes:

Q&A With Lauren Marinis

What made you start your own shoe label?  Being fortunate enough to travel around the world for past jobs I loved being able to source the globe for the next shoe my wardrobe had to have (not me, my wardrobe!) and I always felt sad that I couldn’t find what I wanted in Australia, my home town. So I thought what better way to put all my industry knowledge to and start my own label. Give people the opportunity to get a great shape, interesting, all leather pump here in Melbourne.

How would you describe your style?  2 years ago I could have summed it up in one word Black. Now my style changes from day to day, depending on my mood, from floating girly dresses to sharp tailored layering, really depends on what side of bed I wake up on!

Why do you think that we as women are so obsessed with shoes?  Personally, I think it’s the one thing we put on that we wear for ourselves. Everyone notices the outfit, face, body shape but shoes don’t judge you.

What do YOU love about shoes?  We have a love/ hate relationship me and my shoes. Their kept all safe and loved in their boxes but by the end of a night out their flung across my bedroom floor being cursed at!

What inspires your shoe design and creative decisions?  It all starts with the leathers, I travel to the most amazing leather markets and I go around with my scissors cutting off swatches that interest me. From there a range is created.  Designing the shape of the shoe is the technical side, it’s all about the finer details so it might be going back a forth with the maker and changing the point or heel shape by millimeters. It’s a process that evolves and can sometime create something very different to what you begun with.

What is your favourite part of the design and production process as a shoe designer?  Receiving the stock! After all the hard work it’s the best feeling to unpack boxes and boxes of shoes and seeing what you have created.

What do you think is the must have item in a woman’s shoe closet?  A classic black suede pump?? Next question!

 Who is your favourite shoe designer?  Nicholas Kirkwood and Costume National their attention to detail, having a pair of their shoes is like a work of art.

Which is your favorite shoe from your collection?  Winter’s coming so I am loving the burgundy suede pumps, they are a staple in my wardrobe and add a touch of colour to a winter outfit.

How many pairs of shoes do you own?  Hahaha nope, lips are sealed!

What next for the label?   Lots of exciting things this year which I can’t reveal yet but the focus will be on taking the brand overseas and expanding the range.

Do you have any advice for anyone who wants to start his or her own shoe label?   I hate saying it but save, save, save…money makes things a whole lot easier and being open to failure when you do it makes it a whole lot less painful…oh and get a good accountant!