Monthly Archives: December 2009

Shakuhachi

Through formal training in fashion, mixed with her own love for art and fashion, and desire to create something original, Jessie White gave us her dynamic label, Shakuhachi. The designs consist of vintage inspired and geometric garments, in fun prints and materials, focusing largely on clever tailoring. Jessie also experiments with pattern, colour and style in her collections, mixing soft lace and pretty florals with studs and block colours.

The Shakuhachi label, like Jessie, is highly creative and the garments that have been produced cover a range of looks, they are feminine but functional, are fun but at the same time maintain a polished aesthetic. Shakuhachi is developing amazingly with each collection, and can now be found across Australia, New Zealand, Asia, USA and the UK.

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Dora Mojzes

Dora Mojzes is a young, Hungarian fashion designer, who graduated from Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Department of Textile, in June 2008. Despite graduating less than two years ago, Dora already knows her aim, to create the image of a 21st century woman.

Her latest designs are inspired by David Bowie, Grace Jones and Blondie’s styles from the 80’s, but with a futuristic touch. The silhouette she uses is broad shoulders and a slim waist, mainly in gold and black sequins, flattering your figure whilst making you look dazzling! About your Dress loves the looks that Dora Mojzes has created so far, and thinks you will too.

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Fuzz Design Workshop

About your Dress loves a bit of statement jewellery, so I was delighted to stumble across Fuzz Design Workshop over the holidays. The Australian based brand creates unique designs that will make your outfit stand out and dress up any plain garments. With designs involving studs, birds and precious metals, Fuzz Design Workshop do not confine themselves by sticking to a solid theme each season, and the result is amazingly eye catching jewellery.

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Aleksandra Wisniewska

Aleksandra Wisniewska graduated from “Ecole Supérieure des Arts et Techniques de la Mode (ESMOD) in 2001, interning at Chloe whilst she was there, and went on to show her collection in Beijing. In 2005, Aleksandra founded her label, Aleksandra Wisniewska Collection, which “expresses the elegant, feminine and self-confident woman with a touch of extravagance”,

Her A/W 09/10 collection has an unmistakeably romantic feel, with soft colours and fabrics. However, it also focuses on shapes, with structured shoulders and silhouette enhancing dresses. About your Dress loves the unique pieces, and feels that it not be long before Aleksandra Wisniewska hits the UK.

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MINKPINK

Australian based brand MINKPINK, burst onto the Australian fashion scene in 2005, determined to give something new and different. Their influence and inspiration comes from high-end designers, current trends, street styling and vintage pieces, and their main aim is to produce fresh and flattering garments full of signature MINKPINK personality. Each piece is designed with the everyday fashionista in mind, aiming to be fit friendly and able to be combined with an existing wardrobe to create individual style.

Coming from down under, their latest collection is their Summer 09/10, which offers some gorgeous pieces to grab now and stash away for summer, or be ahead of the trend and fit them in with your winter wardrobe. About your Dress is already eyeing up the floral shorts!

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Minimarket

Swedish clothing label Minimarket, is the creation of three sisters, Sofie, Pernilla and Jennifer Elvestedt. The sisters taste’s and style all vary widely, which gives them the inspiration in finding a unifying path in design, with a philosophy based on using opposites for perfect balance. Minimarket has been a women’s wear label since 2006 and the trio were selected by Swedish Elle and H&M to be “best new designer of the year” in 2007. Today, the line has branched out from only clothing to include exquisite accessories, focusing on hats and bags.

Their AW09 collection was inspired by an old photo of a costume party from 1919 in Pennsylvania, the collection is based on the crowd you would like to hang out with at a costume party and all garments are inspired by the characters wearing them.

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Gat Rimon

French designer, Gat Rimon’s active and comfortable designs are made for the androgynous as well as worldly woman. They are clothes that can be worn for any occasion, with the main focuses being the minute detailing on each piece and the range of shapes used. The Autumn/Winter 09 collection features disproportionate shoulders, masculine blazers and shorts, as well as feminine dresses and blouses, primarily in black, white and grey. The Gat Rimon website is currently under construction, however you can purchase the gorgeous designs from monshowroom.com.

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Pearl & Pony

One of About your Dress’ favourites boutiques has to be Hoxton Boutique, and I am loving their little sister online accessory store, PearlandPony.com. They remain true to Hoxton Boutique’s original aim of stocking unique products from the world’s most original and creative designers. Pearl and Pony’s main focus is on unusual and decorative costume jewellery however, they also stock charming and pretty pieces by Lady Luck Rules OK and stunning pieces by Kloset. In addition to that, they have a dazzling selection of jewellery and accessories, which are updated constantly!

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British Fashion Awards

The British Fashion Awards 2009 was an amazing climax to the British Fashion Council’s 25th anniversary celebrations. The event recognised the most influential people in fashion today and was a celebration of the reputation and development of British fashion over the last 25 years. Unfortunately, About your Dress was not there, however I can tell you that the winners were:

Swarovski Emerging Talent Award – Accessories
Holly Fulton

Swarovski Emerging Talent Award – Ready to Wear
Peter Pilotto

Designer Brand
Burberry

Model
Georgia Jagger

Accessory Designer
Katie Hillier

Menswear Designer
Kim Jones for Dunhill

BFC British Collection of the year
Christopher Kane

London 25
Kate Moss

Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator
Grace Coddington

BFC Designer of the year
Christopher Bailey

BFC Outstanding achievement in Fashion Design
John Galliano

Sarah Seven

American based designer Sarah Seven creates gorgeously romantic dresses, skirts and shirts from recycled vintage and natural fabrics, which are tailored to you. When ordering, you just give your measurements and bra size, to ensure your dress is unique. Although the pieces are made from vintage garments, they each have their own modern twist, and About your Dress feels that they will become timeless. The dresses can be worn all year round too, in the summer they are the perfect evening dress; in the winter you can rock them with ankle boots and a leather jacket. If that isn’t enough Sarah Seven also donates 5% of all purchases to charity.

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