Today detail: Isabel Marant Betty sneakers

I rolled out of bed today in order to go to brunch. It was freezing cold and it took all the effort I could muster just to psych myself up to get dressed.  I find there's nothing better for lazy, effortless days then a no-brainer choice of footwear. So I threw on a pair of Isabel Marant Betty sneakers for comfort and to add a bit of style cred to my basic look.  Not a bad option at all wouldn't you agree?




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Secured

I'm probably the last person to the party in regards to owning the Chloe Susan boots but alas, I have finally managed to secure a pair.   The torment is officially over and I can breathe a sigh of relief that I didn't have had to consider paying the exorbitant prices that these re-sell for (not that I would have).

If you happen to be a late bloomer (purchaser) like me and are still on the eternal search of where the Susan boots are available, I thought I would share with you just were you can find them.  The new 2012 design 'Zuzanna' is also available which is gaining a massive following already.  You can blame me for the expense and we can be broke (but happy) together!






Below are some links so you too can also find your favourite Chloe boots





MSFW

I had a little rock star influence today with the ripped jeans and tee but thought since I'm no-longer a teenager (or within the 20's age bracket... past that too), it really need a touch of class. So I added a tailored jacket and lady-like pumps.  I think the look ended up being more age appropriate and wearable rather than looking like I should be front and centre in a mosh pit somewhere.






I was just kicking around in the city today, catching up on what's new in some of the boutiques.  The most exciting aspect of the day was sorting my tickets for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (MSFW) which is to be held in September.  I'm rather excited about the entire week, but exceptionally keen to catch the first glimpse of the new collections on the runway.  The city really has a vibe in fashion week and the installations and displays are well worth taking a stroll to see.  Also not to missed is all the free action from the public runways and the style bars and masterclasses that will teach you the secrets of how to create the looks yourself located in City Square.  I can feel I will be needing to take some annual leave for all of this. I'm just wanting to get in the mix of things and soak up the atmosphere.

It's the first time I have attended the runway shows so I have huge expectations from what is up-coming from some of my favourite home grown designers. The line up for the runway show 'Designer series 1' (worth a special mention) will be showcasing Aureilio Costarella, Christine, Ellery, Gwendolynne, Lui Hon, Maticevski, Michael Lo Sordo and Scanlan & Theodore with Peter Simon Phillips at the stylist.  There are obviously far more designers and shows during the event but for me, this is the line up I would have fought endlessly to attend. For any of you that are based or visiting Melbourne during Melbourne Spring Fashion week, be sure to put on your best brights or pastels (after all it is spring fashion week).  Tickets are still available from Ticketek or you can get all the details of what's on the program directly from the MSFW site.

Come September I'm hoping to bring you some runway shots (cross fingers that the photograph opportunities and of course the lighting go my way) so I can share all the latest news.  Naturally if any of you are around for the frivolities and would like to catch up, just drop me an email to findmeamuse@gmail.com.  I'd love to meet you and what better excuse than the best girly (fashion) week of the season to do it!



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What I'm wearing:
Carven cut-away blazer (available HERE)
Truth or Dare tee
Balmain distressed boyfriend jeans
Balmain embossed leather and aged hardware belt (available HERE)
Isabel Marant Poppy suede pumps (similar HERE or HERE)



Below are a few of my favourite distressed jeans that are around at the moment and all of them are nice and affordable. In addition to the natural worn finish of the denim and distressing, I love the cropped length (making them perfect for rolling up) and slightly baggy fit. There's enough room in them to give you comfort and style, but without sacrificing the fit and making you look like you've stolen your partner's jeans which are three sizes too big.





Left to right:
Current/Elliot 'The Boyfriend cropped jeans' (available HERE)
J Brand 'Aoki cropped jeans' (available HERE)
Joe's Jeans 'Destroyed easy fit cropped jeans' (available HERE)

The Etoile Isabel Marant Kady debate

There has been a bit of debate since the Etoile Isabel Marant Kady hit boutiques. Some women are singing it's praises and love the softness of the leather.  The opposing opinions have been... I'm not sure if I would go as far to say negative, maybe just less enamoured and predominately on the basis that it's not as structural as it's predecessors. What do you think?  Yay or nay?




Etoile Isabel Marant Kady quilted leather jacket (find it HERE in black)


Josh Goot

So let's start by a quick mention of two of my favourite muses, Christine Centenera (Senior Fashion Editor of Vogue, Australia) and Taylor Tomasi Hill (Artistic Director of Moda Operandi).  These two names, faces and their impeccable style will be nothing that you haven't come across before, probably hundreds if not thousands of times. These two ladies are both somewhat considered grand masters in fashion circles.  So I'm going to leave any discussion about the hype of these ladies since I'm sure you already have a well formed opinion and insight into their credibility.  Instead I would like to focus on what these two have had in common especially of late.  Naturally we are talking fashion.  Not just any fashion but Australian fashion. Josh Goot to be precise of whom I'm a devoted fan.





Josh Goot's name generates so much hype in Australia (he's somewhat of a local hero with a loyal following) and he has a massive and ever-growing rising status overseas, deservedly so. Josh Goot designs are acclaimed for their modern and clean, yet elegant aesthetics.  The up-coming and soon to be released S/S 2012 collection  is one of my personal favourites by far (and I've had a few).  This season sees the continuation of Josh Goot's exquisite tailoring and embraces structure in its purist form with ladylike and functional pieces that are nothing short of statement attire.





Images 1 (Taylor - the floral vest and black corset are Josh Goot), 2 and 3 (Christine - flower bomb corset in both and the symmetrical cut away skirt also in 3) are all designs from the upcoming collection which is due to hit the boutiques come September.  The structure and design of the corset had me speechless from the moment I laid eyes on it. I wouldn't be surprised if this corset is one of the hottest items from the collection, especially considering Taylor has also sported it recently.  The good news for any of you that have already started your Josh Goot wish list is that Maximillia has this collection available for pre-order. 






Below shows just what the S/S 2012 collection is set to deliver.  The collection is best described as structural, semi sports luxe which features colour blocking and floral decoration in terms of roses, orchids and lilies on some of the signature pieces.  I particularly love the pieces that embrace the fit of the moment, peplum and asymmetrical statement-shapes, especially the skirts.  Be sure to keep a look out for the over sized vests and bomber jackets too since they are absolutely drool worthy.





Also worth a look is Josh Goot's Resort 2013 collection which is one of the current trunk shows on Moda Operandi.  Items are available for pre-order only whilst the trunk show remains active which is until 11 pm, July 27.  The Resort collection also includes the signature 'Reptile form racer back dress' (below) which Christine recently wore at  Haute Couture in Paris.  Oh to have access to the Christine's or Taylor's wardrobes!




Out now: Isabel Marant Bazils

The hottest must have off-duty sneakers are now online and this is a post for all of the lovely ladies that have missed out previously on these beauties.  They are exceptionally hard to get now and this may just be your last chance.  Find them online and in stock, ready to be shipped HERE (Global site).





Denim + Leather

Don't you just love leather jackets?  It's a personal weakness and this is one of my favourite jackets so a necessary item.  It's odd... I had seen this jacket online for nearly the entire season and never really had the inclination to buy it, predominately due to the pricing point.  Although I was tempted I just wasn't sure. As soon as it arrived I feel in love with it and fell hard!

I figured since I wore it today and the latest similar version has just been released (at a far more affordable price), the jacket was well timed for another feature.  Find the gorgeous new framboise coloured Etoile Isabel Marant 'Kady' jacket HERE.




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What I'm wearing:
Isabel Marant Sade jacket (new season version HERE)
Scanlan & Theodore light denim shirt (similar HERE or HERE)
Isabel Marant Miro pants (similar HERE or HERE or HERE)
Christian Louboutin Feticha heels (similar HERE or HERE)


Blue skies & Batman

Today marks the first day that I'm back mingling in public after having a bout of the flu.  The sun was shining brighter than I've seen it for months.  It's amazing the difference sunshine makes to energy levels and a person's demeanour.  It's rather invigorating and nothing pleases me more to see the end of what has felt like a perpetual winter.  

Funnily enough with all the blue skies, we were in the movies for the final three hours of daylight.   We went to see 'The Dark Knight Rises' which I can only sum up as phenomenal.  Nolan really is the master of the superhero genre.  With aptly applied (yet un-expected) plot twists, in-depth character development and the sensationalistic action sequences that we have come to be expect from the Batman series, we were glued to our seats for the entire time. What a great start to the weekend.  

As much as I enjoyed the movie, the tragic news of the injuries and loss of life at the Batman premiere in Aurora, Colorado really puts things in perspective. All my thoughts are with the people affected by this senseless tragedy.




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What I'm wearing:
Etoile Isabel Marant Rolf knit (similar + loads of Isabel Marant HERE)
Isabel Marant Maddox (Roller) pants
Isabel Marant Dicker boots (Camel HERE or Black HERE)
Mulberry Zebra Travel bag (different version of same bag HERE)


Mirror Mirror

I've been attempting to fight off a winter flu and been bed bound for the best part of nearly two weeks (yep my holidays included).  So as you can imagine I'm suffering from severe cabin fever.  I'm just hanging to get outdoors, pop on my new Gucci heels and breathe the fresh air.  After having too much down time I could use a little extra sparkle to put the bounce back in my stride. Hello pretty heels!  Just what the doctor ordered.  Unfortunately the most action these babies have seen since they arrived (due to poor flu timing) is me photographing them for this post.  I hang my head in shame.  This injustice will be rectified soon.



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Gucci metallic leather, suede and mirror heels (available HERE)


Mulberry Campaign: A Forest Fairytale

I tend to bang on about brands I love a little and Mulberry is one that firmly sits within that realm.  Mulberry is one of the brands that I've watched carefully over the past few years and have enjoyed seeing the brand evolve, not just in what it designs and produces, but also the campaigns, runway shows and events.  Mulberry has become a force, yet again, to be reckoned with and with its latest campaign it shows no signs of loosing steam.

Titled "A Forest Fairytale" the beautiful and evocative series of images (shot by renowned British photographer Tim Walker) reminds me of "Where the Wild Things Are" but maybe that's due to the freshness in my mind of later. Mulberry describes the Autumn/Winter 2012 campaign as a story play on the romance and darkness of children’s fairy tales, inspired by Creative Director Emma Hill’s visions of explorers, mysterious stories and fantasy travels.  The casting of model Lindsey Wixson  (in her third campaign for Mulberry) couldn't be more perfect. Lindsey has this presumed innocence which whilst showcasing the fashion aspect of the shoot, she also manages to captivate you and make you feel like you want to follow her into the deeps woods to come face to face with the giant furry forest creatures.  She's absolutely believable in character, not just a model inputted into a scene.

Now for the campaign...




All images sourced from http://www.mulberry.com/


The behind the scenes details:  Mulberry Autumn Winter 2012 campaign was shot on location on Blackheath Common, Surrey, in the UK by renowned photographer Tim Walker.  Hair styling by Sam McKnight, Makeup by Val Garland and Andy Hillman's team who were the prop positioning masterminds.

Below are a few images that just couldn't be excluded, taken by Mulberry of behind the scenes whilst capturing its latest campaign.  I think it's rather nice to see these as well to truly appreciate the level of work and dedication (and hours) that goes into producing the final six still images.  Although I'm sure it's exhausting, from a career point of view and even a self-fulling aspect, what a project to be involved in!




All images sourced from http://www.mulberry.com/

Wearable western

I love a tad bit of western influence but lets be fair, for the majority of us it's quite difficult to pull off without giving off the vibe that you're trying to relive a childhood fantasy and simply playing dress-up.

Whilst undertaking my regular blog updates on Carolines Mode I came upon these images.  Styled by Caroline Blomst herself and photographed by Daniel Troyse, they are the perfect balance of how to integrate western in to an everyday look without being consumed by the 'theme'. I personally loved how the styling is rather relaxed and neutral and the western is introduced more in the terms of one or two simplistic and understated accessories (for example, a bag here, a studded belt or fringed vest there).  This is brilliant namely for the reason that as your love for the wild wild west lessons (which undoubtedly it will), you won't be burdened with items that are too much of a 'statement' and that can't be mused into other styles (bohemian first springs to my mind).  After all waste not, want not.  




All images sourced from Carolines Mode


Caroline is brilliant at creating 'wearable' looks.  For those of you that already follow her you will have noticed that in her own looks, she never strays from what can only be referred to as her 'uniform'.  I must say I really admire her for the integrity of what she delivers in her day to day looks in that they are always fashionable, yet purposeful at the same time.