Style X Travel: MBFWA wrap up diary

As you probably have seen, I’ve written a ton of stuff for Broadsheet on MBFWA, so I’m going to make this short and sweet. Here is a more personal view of my time at fashion week. As you can see, I had a great time.

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Where I stayed: The Waldorf Apartments in Chippendale.
I chose the hotel mainly because it was self contained (so I could eat), was within a 5 minute walk of Carriage Works and I could book it through work. It turned out to be the BEST place to stay though. Not only did it provide me with fantastic reality tv to turn my brain off with (Toddlers and Tiaras forever), but the staff were so friendly, it was next door to a hipster bakery and had the most beautiful rooftop pool, spa and sauna.
What I wore:
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Penny Lane custom-made coat, Made by a Friend of mine tee, Lovisa necklace, vintage belt, Cue pants, Acne boots.

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Christopher Esber dress, Girl on a Vine Frida Kahlo kimono

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By day 5 I’d run out of things to wear and it was far too warm to wear my red velvet dress, so I got creative and wrapped it around my waist and teamed it with a white singlet and lots of gold jewellery.
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Where I worked: The media room was totally tropical cute this year complete with pineapples and wall hangings by Camilla. Tropical is may have looked, but freezing it was in temperature! Chilly conditions aside, my fellow desk buddy, photographer Nicole Cooper was a lovely neighbour to have throughout the week.

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Who I met: Having been stuck in Brisbane for so long, I was really looking forward to meeting some of my fellow writers. The first person I spotted when I walked into the media room was girl crush Nadia Bailey who runs social media for Asos and her blog Animal Orchestra. Throughout the week I loved hearing her thoughts on shows and analysing all of the metaphors. Another highlight was meeting the uber talented Hannah Rose of Capture the Castle. I was stoked to discover that she is such a warm and bubbly person and even gave me a hug hello which was a welcomed relief after days facing the intimidating fashion crowd solo.
At the Vanishing Elephant show I managed to finally meet fellow Bris-girl and killer designer Ana Diaz who I have recently collaborated with and will be able to reveal all shortly. Backstage at Dion Lee, the Golightly PR team were fantastic to hang with and really fun and down to earth to talk to (considering the stress they were under). I couldn’t have survived the week without some down-to-earth and familair hangs with Daily Life writer and fellow Fairfax home girl Annie Stevens. And while I didn’t really meet her properly, I managed to take a photo of stylist Lesley Crawford (above) who was by far, in my eyes, the best dressed of the week. Look at that warm smile. I love you Lesley!
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What I couldn’t have survived without: I absolutely adore this Jackie Anderson bag. It was the perfect bag to take to fashion week too. Big enough to fit my camera and cheeky snacks but small enough to just carry as a clutch and go. My House of Harlow sunglasses were also fantastic to hide behind.
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What I got: There were plenty of goodie bags this year. If anyone needs fake tan you know who to call. The products given away at the Watson x Watson show were particularly good (as was the show). I really loved the zine given away at the Vanishing Elephant show which was edited by Broadsheet. Ok so maybe I’m a little bias. Look at those cardboard seats too! I must admit they were a little scary to sit on though.
What I loved:

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The industrial locations at Christopher Esber and Vanishing Elephant.

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Renee Warne of Billy Bride might be getting dirty looks from the front row in this picture, but I thought she looked totally rad. Killer body too. Werk it gurl!

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There’s just nothing like watching a Romance Was Born show. This year I just wanted to get up and dance and howl amongst the candy wonderland. When I grow up, I want to be their violin playing fairy.

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Seriously, I just love this kimono so much!

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The Ellery show was definitely the slickest of the week, with the best dressed attendees.

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The Manning Cartel show wins the award for longest runway and best ghetto-fabulous soundtrack.

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The only show I went backstage for, and in my eyes the best. Being amongst the action before the Dion Lee show was fascinating. He’s such a cool player.

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White pleats. Gold. Under the sea references. Alice McCall spoke to my inner mermaid this season.

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The Serpent and the Swan presentation was really interesting. Great hair all round too.

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Virgina Killory Liu’s collection at the Raffles show is one that has really stood out in my mind.

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I was really impressed by the debut of Han. All white but all incredibly wearable, I thought the collection offered something incredibly fresh (after one too many digital prints) and directional vision. The only downside was it was very difficult to get into, despite there being plenty of empty seats.
Just when you thought they couldn’t do anything more with leather, this season Kahlo‘s collection was their most impressive yet. The snake and croc textures were absolutely incredible. Can not wait to get my fingers all over them. Above image by Brad Hick.
karla-specticOf all of them though, Karla Spetic’s stunningly ethereal show was my favourite of the week. And I couldn’t get enough of Rachel Kara‘s backstage shots for Broadsheet (above).

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