Saturday, 21 October 2017

Dior and I and My Friends

Sharing the exquisite beauty of Dior -70 years of Haute Couture exhibition with my friends Elizabeth and Silvana in Melbourne recently. This is at the entrance to the exhibition and showcases the Bar, afternoon ensemble from 1947.
The stunning floor in the foyer of the National Gallery of Victoria was painted by Michael Lin in collaboration with several local artists.
My outfit for the day included the Sarah Paccini skirt , a seqinned black cami and a vintage silk oriental embroidered jacket. I added black patent leather wedges , a vintage bag, black beads and a little hat from local milliner Susan Macarthur.
We also caught up with Elma, in purple ,who is a Melbourne based instagrammar , and these three gorgeous young ladies who graciously joined us for a photo.

The first Christian Dior haute couture collection was shown in Paris in 1947.The exhibition consists of more than 140 garments ranging from 1947 New Look to examples from the latest collection by Maria Grazia Churi.The House of Dior brings to life the rich history of the fashion house and its designers , Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferre, John Galliano , Raf Simmons and Maria Graza Chiuri.  Below in no particular order is just a few of these truly magnificent garments and some exquisite millinery.

Linking with Patti for Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday , Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb and Nancy for Friday Link Up.


Sunday, 15 October 2017

An Instagrammers Meet Up In Melbourne

 Last weekend I flew to Melbourne to share a weekend of fun, fashion and conversation with these stylish women that I met through the joy of Instagram.
L-R Suzanne  @airofdistinction, Silvana@embellish_or_perish, me, Elizabeth@timeless_styling.
 Elizabeth is from Brisbane in Queensland  and we met last year when I was there on holiday. We have kept in touch online but it was so good to catch up in person again.
 After lunch and a spot of shopping , guided by Suzanne who is a Melbourne local and a fashion stylist and of course knows the best spots for something special, we headed to Hosier Lane , a popular photographic location with its street art.
 Instagrammers in action, I had to show the back of Silvana's Frida jacket by Suzi Click that she purchased on a recent trip to L.A.
 Elizabeth found her Italian linen dress at a local thrift shop and added the applique and embroidery.
A perfectly co-ordinated bangle stack , rings and necklaces in a variety of colours and shape the perfect finishing touches., as are those glorious metallic brogues.
 Silvana hails from the mid New South Wales coast and is a lover of colour and accessories and has the most glorious silver tresses .I also wish to thank Silvana for generously sharing her photos , I have included some here along with several of mine.
I went for my favourite all black - Moyuru skirt, Issey Miyake pleats please jacket ( purchased at a recycle store last year in Paris), teamed with black and white bangles , black and white diamond shape earrings that I found at a little shop in an arcade the day before , Preen black and white sunnies and silver shoes.

We topped off a memorable weekend with a visit to the National Gallery of Victoria for the 70 years of Dior exhibition. A post of the exhibition will follow as soon as I have finished sorting my many photographs.

Linking with Patti for Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday, Catherine at Not dressed as Lamb#iwillwearwhatIlike and Nancy's Friday Linkup.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Bronze and Black Oriental Vibe

I discovered this black and bronze oriental inspired coat at a local recycled clothing store some time ago and had been biding my time until our weather warmed a little to bring it out to play.

 The day started out with promise but by the time we reached Corra Linn , a local picnic spot by the river, it was cool and as the photos show quite windy.

 I must admit it was the contrast with the bronze and black and the embroidery work that really drew my attention to this coat because if I am truthful I really do not need another coat .
I teamed this coat with my Moyuru pants , black vintage pixie hat, Robert Clergerie bronze wedges from many Summers ago , a few bangles and bronze Gucci sunnies , that I have kept for so many years they are now vintage and a brown and black necklace .
I am off to Melbourne at the end of the week , a rather social time planned including seeing my son, catching up with Melbourne friends and spending time with two girlfriends in Melbourne from other states , we are going to see the 70 years of Dior exhibition at the National Gallery. I am still in the throes of sorting my outfits , a challenge with carry on luggage .
Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday , Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Black and White Amongst The Blooms

Back in my perennial  favourite combination of black and white to showcase the beauty of the Spring blooms in my garden.The magnolia with her pale pink blooms is a breathtaking sight.

 The flowering currant behind me with its bracts of pretty pink flowers reminds me of past times spent with cousins in my grandmother's garden in the countryside.
 This camellia reticulata with its large hot pink blooms is probably my favourite of all the camellias in the garden .
 Today's black and white outfit is a combination of elements from my closet. The starting point was my Sarah Paccini vest , paired with a white shirt and Moyuru pants.I added my little wool hat that I purchased earlier this Winter , a brooch, black and white gloves from Paris last year ( a souvenier that keeps on giving) and Fly London shoes ( a charity shop find for a whole $4.00).
Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Fashion Friday.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Cream and Red Play in the Park

 A sunny albeit windy Spring morning was the perfect opportunity to break out a lighter outfit for a visit to the City Park , which is looking quite a picture with all the Spring blooms.

 After my darker colours of Winter it was fun to don my old favourite cream and pair it with red. The asymetrical red spot and cream top by Alembika is a new seasons purchase and I know when our weather finally warms up will have many outings.
 The top is paired with drop crotch pants by Western Australian designer Megan Salmon and a jacket from Ted Baker , an old favourite of mine. I love a jacket and have amassed quite a collection over time, with our unpredictable weather they always come in handy.
 A taupe bag , cream tassel brogues , red circle earrings, Chanel sunnies in taupe and black and a bangle stack in cream and red complete todays outfit.
Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb,
Nancy for Funday Friday .

Monday, 4 September 2017

A Berry Start To Spring

Spring has arrived in my part of the world heralding the arrival of the first magnolia blooms on my tree , an event that never ceases to amaze me as the bare branches become a confection of pink blooms.

To celebrate the arrival of Spring my colour of the day was berry or grape depending on your point of view. I am not one to embrace the supposed colours of the season as dictated by "experts", as far as colour goes I simply choose to wear what I like and what suits me.
Spring also comes with uncertain weather , today went from sunshine to rain to hail and then back to sunshine , thus a change of location mid photo session today from the garden to the industrial site.

Both of today's berry pieces are from Return to Splendour , a local consignment store. The skirt is from Kokomorino and the jacket from Bec and Bridge , Australian designers, I love the blanket stitch edging on this little jacket, takes me back to school sewing classes.
Finishing touches are a black knit beret , a double string necklace that I have had for many years, sunnies from Karen Walker , a multi- colour bangle and a wide belt from Crochetta . I am enjoying rediscovering my belt collection, goes to prove never part with anything , its time will come again.

Joining Patti for Visible, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday, Nancy for Friday Link Up.