Monday, 30 April 2012

The One to Watch

Natalia Grzybowski's S/S '12 collection is mind- blowing, pure creative genius. In her collection, A Blank Canvas-Hybrid White, Natalia uses white on white, with shapes that ebb and flow. Natalia's Hybrid Printed collection uses print like I've never seen before. So amazing! Cast your eyes on this out of this world collection.

I'm really looking forward to seeing what Natalie creates for her AW '12 collection. Natalia Grzybowski is definitely the one to watch in the future. Watch this space.  

What do think of this collection. Pretty amazing, isn't it? 

Enjoy your week! 

Yours in style,

Suzi x 

All images courtesy of Natalia Grzybowski

Sunday, 29 April 2012

B & B

Bec & Bridge have an awesome new collection Jardin Exotica; a collection which offers so much in the way of nudes & pastels! 

I am a sucker for pastels. They remind me of the loveheart shaped candy lollies I used to buy as a child from the local milkbar.

My eyes were drawn to the pastel pinks as they're my favourite out of all the pastel colours in the pastel rainbow (You can also see my previous blog post for more pastel inspiration here). 

Nudes go with anything & everything and are a must have in any fashionista's wardrobe. I can't wait to show you what I'm receiving for my birthday coming up next month!

I have edited this collection, and here's my top five looks. Enjoy!

Bec & Bridge will be showcasing their AW '12 collection during the MBFWA in Sydney, Wednesday, 2nd May. I'm certain it will be a real showstopper!

I hope you've had a fabulous weekend! I'm looking forward to following the MBFWA on their website, follow this link & you can too. 

Feel free to leave me a comment as I read & respond to them all!

Yours in style,

Suzi x

Images courtesy of Bec & Bridge &

Thursday, 26 April 2012

tea for two and macaroons

My blog allows me to meet new people from the fashion world, some of which have included style bloggers, stylists, boutique owners and designers. I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to meet such amazing people and have learned a great deal from them.  So it was indeed a pleasure when I was given the opportunity to meet with emerging designer, Cathleen Tan of Cathleen Jia, "a Melbourne based fashion house specialising in the design and creation of beautiful cocktail and evening dresses."

Sipping on homebrewed peppermint tea, whilst indulging in sweet French macaroons, Cathleen offered me deep insight as to the ins and outs of starting a fashion label, from her background experiences which have helped shape her career, through to the inspiration behind her exciting new Premiere collection.

I discovered the story behind the label itself. It turns out that Cathleen's middle name is Jia and she felt this name had a better ring to it than her surname.

Experiences in retail have had a substantial influence on Cathleen's current business ethic, which is based around the importance of building up a good relationship with her clients and knowing their needs. Cathleen "believes in designing beautiful things, (and ) at the end of the day, if you don't have that service, if you don't offer that relationship with your client, your things are not going to sell and your label is not going to survive." 

Presently working full time with established Melbourne designer, Anna Campbell, Cathleen recalls that pinnacle moment in her life where she decided to pursue her dreams of becoming a fashion designer. September of 2011 marked the turning point in Cathleen's career. From this point on, she would work behind the scenes in her modest Melbourne studio, to establish her own label, Cathleen Jia. 

Melbourne studio

When asked what advice Cathleen would offer new designers who were thinking of starting their own label, she suggests firstly having a clear idea of what you really want to do, knowing your style and going from there. In conjunction with this, trying to keep it quite small to start and doing what you're capable of. Lastly, Cathleen explained the importance of networking. There are so many people in the industry who can offer such inspiration, as well as spread your label. 

We discussed the future directions of Cathleen Jia and Cathleen hopes to be well established first as a designer and then to eventually open up her very own bridal boutique.

Cathleen's second collection, Premiere (see the launch event here), is based on the movie stars and screen goddesses of Hollywood. Each gown created, has been named after starlets, such as Grace Kelly and my very own style icon, Audrey Hepburn. 

Miss Audrey
Madam Vivien
Lady Clara Bow
Lace detail
Sweetheart Lillian
Princess Grace
Dame Ava front view
Dame Ava back view
Cathleen with Darling Bridgette
Darling Bridgett & I in limited edition chartreuse

Utilising locally sourced silks, lace and beading, Cathleen Jia gowns are for any woman wanting a timeless, elegant and feminine look. Each collection consists of a signature colour palette of black, oyster and coco, as well as a limited edition colour. 

Accessories offer the perfect finishing touch. The Premiere accessories range is now available online at Etsy. Accessories include handcrafted headpieces and cuffs. Click on the link provided for more details and pricing.

Select pieces of the Cathleen Jia Premiere collection are now available at Melbourne's newest retail concept, SWOON, located at 109 Auburn Rd, Hawthorn. Alternatively, you can contact Cathleen Tan via email to arrange a private showing of her collection at her studio. 

My favourite gown is the Dame Ava cocktail dress in black. What's your favourite? 

Yours in style,

Suzi x

Some images courtesy of Cathleen

Monday, 23 April 2012

FashBizChics @ Paris '99

Last Wednesday, I attended the FashBizChic's event at Paris '99. FashBizChic's creator is stylist and wardrobe consultant, Sally MacKinnon of Styled by Sally. FashBizChics is a "networking collective of dynamic Melbourne women working in the field of fashion."1 Yahav Ron, owner of Paris '99, hosted this event in his studio, located in Elwood.

Tempted by flowing champagne and scrumptious nibbles, I was surrounded by fashionistas chatting away about various fashion related topics. It was really wonderful to get the opportunity to talk about everything and anything related to fashion and style. 

Yahav led us on a guided tour of his studio to peruse his marvellous range of high-end designer pre-loved & new garments, some of which he has designed himself. With price tags of up to 80%-90% off the original price, dreams of owning a high-end designer garment can soon become a reality. I began to feel giddy with excitement, as I spotted many items I could see working for me in my existing wardrobe.

With high-end labels such as Dior, YSL, Lanvin, Balenciaga and Chloe, amongst many, many more, what's not to love? Yahav has an amazing eye for detail. I was very impressed!

So, if you're looking for a high-end designer item for your next special event, or to just simply add to your existing wardrobe, without the heavy price tags, contact Yahav to arrange an appointment. You will be assured you will receive 'impeccable service in a personal and private setting'2. I'm really looking forward to my next visit!

I hope you have all had a great start to the week! It's absolutely freezing here in Melbourne, so I'm having to rug up in my Winter woollies already!

Yours in style,

Suzi x

1. Sally MacKinnon-FashBizChics
2. Yahav Ron-Paris '99