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Fashion alert: orange

22 August 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Fashion Alert

Image source: buzznet.com.

You know when you have a really terrible day and everything seems to go wrong and the pratfalls of your life seem almost comical? Inevitably, the day will end and you say “I should base a sitcom on myself” and then you say “never mind, at least that day is over forever”. And then you drink your dinner and go to bed, mind restful that the exact stupidity of that day will never again be repeated, and you grow and hopefully learn from your mistakes.

Yeah, fashion don’t do that. Unfortunately, the metaphorical hilariously bad days of the decade that was 1990, aka: those trends that you only just finished laughing at are already back, lesson far from learned. Basically, these are trend zombies – ready to bite, infect and spread to anyone who doesn’t know better. We’re officially at fashion alert: orange because at least 70% of idiotic 90s looks have returned. We haven’t quite got to homemade beaded tiger-tail earrings or heavily embroidered jeans yet but IT IS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME. Stay vigilant.

Peasant headscarves

Fashion Alert

Image sources: instagram.com and deargq.blogspot.com.au.

I nearly fell over when I saw this backstage shot from a David Jones show on Emily Green’s instagram. Those tiny triangle scarves herald the arrival of everything else peasant - get ready to witness off the shoulder cap-slevees, ¾ length bias cut cotton skirts and a whole lot of embroidered cheesecloth.

Cherubs

Fashion Alert

Image sources: theimagist.com, sassisamblog.com and billskinnerstudio.co.uk.

Remember those two? Well, they and all of their renaissance and religious iconographic friends like the sacred heart and shrines and altars have well and truly made their way back. While I actually love the D&G recreation (hilariously, they’ve gone so far as to even put dudes in dog collars in their campaign), I am less enthusiastic about cherubs literally adorning everything again as they are in those Bill Skinner earrings.

Flower pin ALL THE THINGS

Fashion Alert

Image sources: hellogiggles.com and seattlefashionistas.com.

Carrie Bradshaw’s ubiquitous pin was truly, truly overused. In the late 90s (and even into the early naughties), if there was a free lapel, belt loop or strap on any outfit, a gigantic flowerclip (sometimes several) was quickly adhered to cover it up before anyone saw. Yesterday, I was in a highstreet fashion shop and there were more varieties of flower pins than I felt comfortable counting. I fear for our future.

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Tags: Fashion, Trends

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How to… do a smoky eye with a twist

15 August 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Smoky Eye

Image sources: fashionising.com.

I know this sounds like some sort of new cocktail in one of those bars where the wank factor is turned up to 11, BUT this is actually an eye makeup tutorial! Which woman doesn’t want that classic “I’m going to go out looking incredible and sort of dangerous in a sexy Bond villain way and come home after a big night with shoes in hand” look? These eyes can also be applied for classier evenings where you don’t choose to argue with your cab driver about politics if you so wish – but the fantastic thing about this makeup is that if it wanders a little (from, say, the eye watering strain of belting Mr. Big’s classic anthem “To Be With You” at an impromptu karaoke session), nobody will ever know.

So, the look we’re going for (pictured above) is from the runway for a designer called Francesco Sconamiglio (don’t worry, I don’t know who he is either). It’s basically a winged smoky eye with a touch of glitter. As you can see, the shape of the makeup varies greatly depending on your eye – all of those models were parading in the same show but different aspects are played up depending on the shape of their lid and their bone structure.

Smoky Eye

Image sources: 1. Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes, $59, from Myer; 2. Benefit Bad Gal waterproof eyeliner, $39, from Myer; 3. BYS glitter crème, $4.95 each, from Gloss.

If you’ve never managed to get the hang of a smoky eye, Benefit’s Big Beautiful Eyes kit is basically the best starter’s kit you could ever hope for. It has everything you need – brushes included- AND it comes with illustrated step-by-step instructions. It’ll work for our smoky eye, too. You’ll also need a black kohl pencil (or something with a bit of smudge) and fabulous glitter.

  1. Leave your under-eye concealer for last, but do apply a little foundation on your lids first –it helps the makeup to stick. Curl your lashes.
  2. Draw the eyeliner across the top lash in an extended wing shape (following out past the end of the eye) and fill in between your lashes. Run it along the bottom outer corner of each eye, blending in toward the inner eye.
  3. Take the lightest colour on your palette and brush it over the entirety of each eyelid. Take the middle brown and use it to shadow over the back end of each lid leaving a light spot on the middle to inner eye. With the mid brown, trace up and into the crease of your eye. Use this to create the base “wing” shape.
  4. Take the darkest colour and run it into the crease of your eye, darkening your wing shape as big and dark as you want it to go. To keep your eyes looking big, you want the heaviest of the dark shadow to be in the end corner of each eye, and then feathering out to the “wing” – which traces up toward the brow and to the under eye to blend with your eyeliner.
  5. Apply your glitter to the light sections, and remove any excess with a bit of sticky tape.
  6. Brush away excess eye shadow from under your eye, and apply your under-eye concealer and mascara.
  7. Celebrate with a drink.

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Tags: Fashion, Myer, Trends

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Stocked up on stockings

25 July 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Vogue fritts

Image source: Raymond Meier, US Vogue.

If you’re anything like me (and I'm assuming most Perth people are) there is just no point in a wardrobe full of winter clothes. Aside from about one cold month out of the year, every other day is above 25 degrees and your summer wardrobe is always going to take precedence. So this basically means that every winter outfit is made up of something from summer + stockings + coat + boots = ready for public consumption and icy winds. That’s fine though - it’s great to get the miles out of your summer buys, plus you can get away with not shaving your legs. But, my washing has started to look like a crowd of very thin Greek widowers. Black stockings seem to be the staple winter fashion accessory and it's beginning to feel like every day I’m forcing my legs to mourn even when they might not have anything to be sad about. And while I’d never suggest you stop living your life stocking clad, I’m going to suggest you look into patterned stockings: because for about $20, your outfit has been given some lift – and at least that party on your leg will not look like a wake.

Working girl

Working girl

Image sources: Voodoo ‘Empire’ 70 denier, $12.95, from Myer; Spot tight, $39.95, from Witchery; Voodoo Metro Rib tights, $19.95, from Myer.

Pop on these bad boys if you work in a corporate environment and are interested in keeping your soul alive – there’s a little bit of punch without crossing the line.

Cute as a button

Cute as a button

Image sources: Ditsy floral tight, $7.95, from Sportsgirl; Miss Shop heart print full length tights, $14.95, from Myer; Miss Shop leopard tights, $19.95, from Myer.

If florals, ukeleles and fixed gear bikes with puppies in the front basket are your speed, you’ve probably already got a closet full of stockings like this already. Here are some more to add to your army of whimsy.

Ooh la la

Ooh la la

Image sources: Basque flower seam pantihose, $15.95, from Myer; Leona Edmiston Elegant stay ups, $22.95, from Myer; Jonathan Ashton back seam fishnet tights, $19.95, from Myer.

Got a hot date lined up, or a night on the town? Be quite cold but incredibly sexy in this classic hosiery, a splash of lipstick and a pair of slowly batting eyelashes.

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Tags: Fashion, Myer, Sportsgirl

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School’s Out

11 July 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

School is out

Image source: Radical tween-age Olsen twins from lintothegloss.com.

According to my high school teacher roommate and to the scores of small people roaming the streets supping on blended juices, rolling around loudly on skateboards and discussing the musical importance of someone called Timomatic, it is school holidays. And as your children have been freed from their educational prisons for the next few weeks (dammit) and perhaps they have outgrown all of their stuff from last winter and are starting to shiver from the cold, I thought we might focus on clothing the hardest possible demographic there is to clothe: your tween-aged daughter. Yes, because when you’re about 10 to 13, not only are you filled with self awareness and forced to start considering who you ARE but have no independence or experience to explore it, not only are you wedged between feeling pretty old but being treated like you have been for the past 10 years, plus the beginnings of a crippling self doubt that will follow them well into teenager-dom - not only all of this, but you have to wear clothes, maybe even wear clothes who express who you are, without looking like a toddler or someone who has just discovered the nightclub scene and it’s just. Not. Easy.

And it isn’t, I’m sorry. Retailers are getting much better at accommodating the tween market but your kid’s head still might explode trying to find something she likes while maybe admitting that she likes herself in it. My top tips for shopping for your tween? If they have siblings that enjoy teasing (and let’s face it, what siblings don’t), try and shop without them (or keep them heavily distracted with an addictive hand-held gaming console). You don’t need a voice of dissent to complicate things. Pinpoint the shops you’re going to look in before you leave the house. Your tween probably does not have the shopping stamina you do. Try not to get distracted looking at shiny things for yourself until after you’ve found something for her – it’s demoralising when it seems so easy for you to find things that you like. Also, it drags out proceedings. And lastly, try primarily for separates: as her legs shoot out from underneath her or she suddenly acquires shoulders, you’re more likely to get the wear from the half that hasn’t grown as much. It’s also easier to get a good fit – you can accommodate long torsos and short legs or vice versa.

To help you along the way, I’ve pulled a couple of looks for your tween:

Cutesy


School is out

Image sources: Assymetric top with print, $9.99, from Pumpkin Patch; Knit bomber jacket, $20, from Pumpkin Patch; Tilii chambray denim skirt, $29.95, from Myer.

Cool


School is out

Image sources: Baseball jacket, $20, from Pumpkin Patch; Lost Girls gold mine top, $34.95, from Myer; New York jeans, $20, from Pumpkin Patch.

Girly


School is out

Image sources: Knit blazer, $20, from Pumpkin Patch; Bardot junior striped jewelled tee, $44.95, from Myer; Floral print skirt, $19.99, from Pumpkin Patch.

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Tags: Fashion, Myer, Pumpkin patch

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