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Harness Your Style
Right now everyone is talking about harnesses. A little bit bondage and a whole lotta rock'n'roll, this is one versatile look that can go from coffee to cocktails. Sienna Miller shocked the critics back in 2006 but in 2010, every girl is trying to get her hands on one. Blake Lively looked ravishing earlier this month in her straight-off-the-catwalk Lanvin and Roberto Cavalli recently showed off his interpretation for Spring 2011, incorporating the new season trend of nude colors, as seen below.
However, we are more inclined towards Australian label Sass & Bide – who seem to have been showing them for two seasons now – many attached to dresses and tees. ‘The Answer Harness’ made from a combination of crocheted lace and leather with gold stud detailing. In black and ivory (RRP $290). Wear this regal piece of body jewellery over long simple maxi’s and plain scoop neck tee’s or tanks for maximum impact. Remember, this item is the statement piece, so keep the hairstyle & extra bling super simple, or risk looking overdone.
Next up on the hit list is by independent Sydney based brand, Metallic Dreamer. Exclusive in their form, these intricate works of art are hand crafted by the very creative Tanya Arlidge. Think mysterious & somewhat tribal, this brand is so on-trend it had clothing label, Tallulah, use pieces to style out their lookbook. This brand isn’t for the meek – with Tanya describing her collection as less jewellery and more styling/layering tools. The pick of the collection? The ‘Black Ceremony’ harness (RRP $120.00). Picture the perfect mix of black leather, crochet appliqué with dirty silver pyramid stud detail & ostrich feather trim Work them back with bodysuits and form fitting shifts. http://www.metallicdreamer.bigcartel.com
Now you know you’re on to a good thing when the likes of Miranda Kerr, Gwen Stefani, Kate Bosworth, Emma Booth and Megan Gale are wearing their pieces, so look no further than Damselfly. At the helm is Melbourne based Christianna Heideman, with the ‘Mesh Body Chain’ (RRP $189) from her new range "I hate myself for loving you". Ultra sexy and rock inspired, this adornment is an intricate web of silver plated brass based chains and will be available from www.damselfly.com.au from early December, or check out her pop up store - Shop 20-28 Chatham Street, Prahran.
More Kaleidescope than Casio (Digital Print Dresses)
Digital print dresses are a breath of fresh air for Fashionistas in a sea of played out Boho and overdone Retro. Finally, something that hasn’t been done to death and it seems that the fashion savvy are embracing the look with gusto.
Josh Goot pioneered this look here in Australia for his Spring Summer collection in 2008, using a more neutral colour palette, as if to be testing the buying public. These days he’s confidently made a bigger commitment in his collection to Digi prints – using brighter, almost fluoro tones, his fabrics are like a dream of acid paint swirls and lightening strikes that make for a bold statement. Of his latest collection, the pick has to be the Mirrored Sleeveless Mini Dress (RRP$945). Keep accessories to a minimum and let this piece speak for itself.
Moving on to my love of this Kaleidoscope inspired look is design sensation Dion Lee. Bursting onto the Australian fashion scene only last year, the 24 year old LMFF Design Award finalist presented an impressive and highly anticipated collection showcasing Ultraviolet coloured Rorschach (ink blot) prints, as seen here Dion is certainly the designer to watch, invest in his pieces now to pass down to future generations.
And finally we have the scandalous Sydney based fashion trio ‘Illionaire’ with their interpretation – the ‘Worshipper Frock’ (RRP $638) available in the very wearable tones of peacock emerald and bronze. This dress has very structured tailoring with its layered and folded hemline – work this back with ankle boots and a blazer for a softer look.