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Get The British Look

By June 16, 2017 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

In the olden days, Blackfriars was a salacious district of London. Prostitutes abounded and Shakespeare’s Globe was almost directly across the river. The area was a derelict hub of creativity, poverty and uniqueness. Today the area features Victorian architecture and is the setting for the film and TV versions of Sherlock Holmes and David Copperfield.

So when I happened across Blackfriars Lane in Sydney and I got the same Victorian British vibes, I knew that ti had to shoot a British-themed look there.

I’ve updated it somewhat – Victorian steampunk isn’t exactly in my repertoire – so it’s a modern take on British fashion. Naturally I’ve included the ubiquitous trench coat. This version is a wrap tie one in a thick wool. Obviously it’s completely impractical for Brisbane, but fuck it, it’s pretty.

I’ve also drawn inspiration from Anna Quan and the oversized cuff trend that’s dominating women’s fashion at the moment. By unrolling (and ironing the wrinkle out) your french cuffs you can achieve a similar look that’s still masculine. Plus I really love the crispness that a fresh white shirt adds to a look.

Topping off the ensemble with cropped, distressed jeans and cuban heel boots, I’m ready to tackle the London rain. Like not really cos these boots are suede, but ya get the gist.

Sidenote. Guys, invest in a good pair of cuban heeled boots. They add so much height, they make your legs look better, and they just elevate your outfit so much. It’s actually insane how much I love these.

What do you think of this outfit? Did I get tha lundun look?

This look was shot by Ali Gordon, make sure you go check her out on Instagram @modestoblog or on Modesto Blog.

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Coat – Topman | Shirt – Asos | Jeans – Asos | Shoes – Asos (similar)

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Akira Resort ’18 Review

By May 21, 2017 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

A perpetual embodiment of the androgynous, oriental aesthetic, the Akira show is always one of brilliant craftsmanship, inspired ideas and unique silhouettes. Think longline layers, loose fits, and a largely white colour palette.

Highlights of this collection included a turquoise coat/pant set with a white and beige granddad collar shirt. It was cinched at the waist with the accessory of the season – a primal red karate belt, the new obi. A few extreme long line shirts skimmed the ankle and were offered up as shirts or coats. A pure white boiler suit was layered over a beige granddad collar shirt and a candy pink cocoon coat made a statement over red layers.

The Akira signature floral was back, this time in an abstract Magnolia print supersized onto shirts and shorts. Another warm-toned abstract print was made into a kimono, referencing Akira’s Japanese heritage.

Box-cut shirts and extreme wide pants rounded out a solid collection from Akira. Was this his strongest collection? Probably not. But did it push the boundaries of androgynous and unisex fashion that little bit further? Definitely. I already have my eye on what I want!

Photos provided by Getty Images exclusively for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.

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We Are Kindred Resort ’18 Review

By May 18, 2017 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

Have you ever wondered what Mary Lennox would be wearing if The Secret Garden was set in the 21st century? Well now you know. We Are Kindred presented a sophisticated, romantic and insouciant collection that answers that very question.

Wisteria-hued bishop sleeved dresses and blouses drifted down the runway, anchored by floral handkerchief hem slips. Dame Edna eat your heart out. An accordion-pleated sky-blue two-piece with japanesque floral motifs was a clear highlight.

The early 00s made a triumphant return with halter-neck wide-leg jumpsuits and handkerchief hems. But don’t think that you’ll look tragic a-la Britney and Justin. These are chic, elegant designs that will make a luxurious addition to your wardrobe.

A slouchy lace two piece was another highlight. The perfect mix between daywear and night(y) wear. We Are Kindred takes pyjama dressing to an entire new level, and I for one am damn thrilled. Ps this was one of my top 3 shows. XOXO

Photos provided by Getty Images exclusively for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.

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Zambesi Resort ’18 Review

By May 18, 2017 Uncategorized

Words by Matt Huxley

As the proud owner of approximately 20 highlighters, I am absolutely a fan of anyone highlighted af. Zambesi’s models were absolutely highlighted to the gods. What’s even better is that the clothes EXACTLY matched the shade of highlight on the cheeks.

I mean. Brilliance.

The clothes were phenomenal too. Sheer metallic overlay coats came in blazer, coat and bomber jacket form, some with rose motifs emblazoned on them. Layered over tight pants and Clarks-esque school shoes, the entire effect was one of a rebellious school boy. That may sound shit, but trust me, this is a school you’ll want to go back to.

Marigold, moss green and pistachio are the new it colours, breathing life into revere-collar shirts, jumpers and carryall bags. Paired with cropped high waist loose trousers, they took relaxed to a high fashion level. Socks were layered over the physical shoes, matching the high athletic socks present on most of the models. This had the added benefit of softening the clip clopping of the shoes on the runway – sometimes intrusive at other shows.

Metallics came into play in another big way with the addition of pleated tops and skirts, cinched with matching jackets. An off the shoulder asymmetric cropped jumper over a pleated skirt was another highlight. Side stripe hotelier pants were paired with a gold vest for the men. Understated, yet a statement. This is the type of clothing that I expect from an international brand at fashion week.

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Zhivago Resort ’18 Review

By May 16, 2017 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

It’s really no secret that I have a deep, undying love for all things Zhivago. The edginess, the fact that the creations are inspired, and the fact that it’s all just so goddamn extra. It speaks to the inner drag queen in me. Somewhere inside of me, there’s a Latrice Royale just screaming to escape.

But I digress. Miami Nights was a resounding success for Zhivago.

What is immediately clear to me in particular is that the brand has matured. There’s still the same quintessential motifs; the power shoulder, the plunging neckline, the just-above-the-knee length and the structured, ribbed, elasticised hems. But it’s been elevated. Restraint has been shown and experimentation has occurred.

A gigantic highlight was the integration of sequins into the collection. Arrayed in a rose pattern, they were appliquéd over fishnet to create a unique and textural material for jumpsuits (a la Met Gala Bella Hadid) and gowns.

Another experiment that went oh so right for Zhivago was the puffy sleeve. Whilst this may conjure up Jerry Seinfeld-esq horror stories, this was done the right way. Guaranteed you will want to look like a pirate. Cut in velvet, they gave me all the saloon realness. Particularly paired over the sequinned pants. The hourglass figure created is a celebration of womanhood and the female form.

There were many hits in the show, including a hotelier inspired red and black number, a muted floral fluted hem dress with a slit back and the OTT Zhivago branded sunnies and ear cuffs. Snooki eat ya heart out.

What’s also clear is that the entire show was conceptualised and thought out. From the music, to the fact that the models’ lipstick matched the shoes and the toenails, every single detail was checked off.

All in all, I think it’s pretty evident that this show was a resounding success, so let’s take a gander at the best images (provided by Getty Images exclusively for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia duh).

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Steven Khalil Resort ’18 Review

By May 15, 2017 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

Do you remember that scene in The Devil Wears Prada where Miranda Priestley is at James Holt’s atelier and purses her lips at the catastrophic dress that he had designed specifically for her? Well it unfortunately happened today at Steven Khalil for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.

That probably makes it sound like the collection as a whole was bad. It really wasn’t. There were some truly standout pieces. A burgundy 50s silhouette dress was well structured, a cream dress had an elizabethan twist with a high ruffle neck, a boat-neck silver dress had exquisite shoulder ruffling reminiscent of an elegant cornice, and a peppermint tulle gown would’ve been loved by Frances Hodgson Burnett in all of her secret garden glory.

My ultimate fave was a thigh slit silver 90s style dress with a wrap sleeve. It clung to the stunningly curvy model with aplomb and was definitely my highlight of the night. Whilst it was clearly there as a buyers piece, it’s one that was successful and that I think will fly off shelves.

But. There was one catastrophe. A 50s style black and lemon creation with a gigantic cerise bow on the back. Unfortunately it was just irredeemable.

There were a few other misses; a drop waist wasn’t quite executed as well as hoped, one or two necklines were taken into J-Lo level of neckline plunge and a leotard with a lone strand of tulle went a tad too far into ice skater territory.

That being said, the entire quality of the collection was top notch. The fabrics were all of a beautiful quality and the cutting is always of the greatest precision. I’m a real fan of collections that have reference points, and this collection did have that, misdirected as some of them were.

Overall this wasn’t Khalil’s strongest showing, but it’s a showing that proves he’s trying to step out of his comfort zone, and that’s a step in the right direction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fashion Bravery

By May 3, 2017 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

The Met Gala is something that i look forward to each year. It’s a place where creativity and high fashion can be showcased on the highest people in the fashion, music and celebrity industries.

In case you’re brand new, each year the Met Gala runs to a particular theme, corresponding to the fashion exhibition that the Met has on. This year it celebrates legendary Comme Des Garcons designer Rei Kawakubo.

Kawakubo is renowned for her sculptural avant-garde designs, a theme that (one would think) would be a relatively popular one to replicate. But alas not, apparently it proved intimidating to most, who ended up arriving in basic ass gowns. The very few who attempted (and largely succeeded) to stick to the theme were then lambasted by peasant outlets such as The Daily Mail. Long story short, people who don’t know fashion shouldn’t attempt to decipher it.

But that’s not what this post is about. This is about fashion bravery. Fashion is there to push boundaries and for you to take risks. Granted, I myself do not push the boundary in the biggest way possible, but I do so in a way that both suits my style, and the environment I’m in. Not to mention my budget! Fashion is about utilising trends and iconographic pieces in clever ways. Sure it may be great that your outfit is featuring every current trend, but why not take that Gucci shirt and fishnet tights and use it with other pieces to reference an iconic era or person. That’s truly fashion for me.

Take risks, push your own personal style to a new level, and ffs don’t wear a basic gown to an avant-garde event.

This look was shot by Ali Gordon, make sure you go check her out on Instagram @modestoblog or on Modesto Blog.

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Jacket – The Bronze Snake Shop (similar) | Jeans – Topman | Shirt – Cotton On

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Vampiric

By March 10, 2017 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

I feel like it’s no secret that I’m attracted to the darker style of things. A shaded corner, the colour black, notions of vampires, ripped clothing and gunmetal. All of these attract me like a piranha to a carcass and now that 90s grunge is back in fashion, it makes it all the more acceptable to start dressing like Dracula.

I’m also interested in playing with lengths. Long layers always flatter tall people, smoothing out any lumps and bumps and elongating your torso. They’re also the perfect trans-seasonal piece for – what is supposed to be – autumn. I’ve subverted the usual layering that I do (long shirt over jeans) and have instead opted for a long flowing coat over a shorter under layer – shorts in this case.

Breezy and dramatic, I think i’ve stumbled on to a winner, especially with the weather still being ridiculously hot.

This look was shot by Ali Gordon, make sure you go check her out on Instagram @modestoblog or on Modesto Blog.

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Coat – Boohoo | Shorts – Ziggy Denim | Shoes – Oxford (similar) | Shirt – Connor

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Marina

By February 7, 2017 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

I was on a boat off the coast of Vietnam when the feeling hit me. A gigantic gut bubble that built in my stomach and expanded until I was drunk with queasiness. Stuff the buffet that was being laid out on  the upper deck. Screw the stunning views and humid sunshine. I had issues. A short, calorie expelling journey later, and I was feeling better. The eye in the storm some might say. Day tripping has never been more awful. Needless to say, ever since then, boats have been my nemesis. I have never gone on a cruise, floating pontoons are evil and even a trip on the CityCat renders me apprehensive.

That being said, naval-inspired fashion is an area that I do enjoy. Blues and whites, crisply starched shirts and brocade. It’s great. Navy and blue serve as a great way to break up the ubiquitous black, yet still staying within the cool-toned, darker colour palette.

I’ve taken those marine inspirations on board in this post. Mixing a navy coloured tie-dye shirt with white jeans and navy brogues allows that perfect blend of classic insouciance that is my forte.

So whilst I can’t go anywhere on a boat, at least I can feel like I am in my wardrobe!

This look was shot by Ali Gordon, make sure you go check her out on Instagram @modestoblog or on Modesto Blog.

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Shirt – Factorie | Jeans – Asos | Shoes – Zu | Rings (assorted) – Joshua Hall and Michael Hill

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All Black

By November 12, 2016 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

You all know that my fave combo of all time is definitely black on black. I love the statement that monochrome makes, and being a tall, pale figure in all black, it definitely cuts a striking look.

However to avoid looking like a makeup artist on a break, there’s a few things worth adding in. Texture is one of them. I’ve achieved this by tying a long, cheesecloth shirt around my waist. Not only does it billow out behind me as I walk like I’m batman, but it also serves to break up the silhouette of the look, taking it to the next level. Plus the contrasting fabric adds an extra dimension to the outfit.

I’ve also added biker jeans to give a tougher edge to this look. I’ve accessorised with my Vanacci beaded bracelet, the lockstone technology of this piece is really cool, it actually absorbs scent. So when I squirt it with the current scent on rotation (John Varvatos’ Vintage) it releases it slowly over a period of time. If you’re interested in trying anything from Vanacci, use the 10% discount code madeyoulook on checkout ;).

This look was shot by Amie Casey, make sure you go check her out on Instagram @amiecasey.

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Shirt – Connor | Shirt (around waist) – HM | Jeans – Ralph Lauren | Boots – Vintage | Bracelet – Vanacci

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