Tuesday, January 18, 2011
|Glow Bee Armlet $POA|
VENICE Jewellery's latest collection - CREATURES OF SECTS - takes inspiration from the wonderful world of analysing our planet's flighty inhabitants.
From biotic pollination to honey producer, the honeybee's movements are carefully observed within each piece of jewellery. Natural amber entombs ants, trapped in the sticky exudations of the tree, is used as a direct reference of designer Venice Rish's interest in nature's chance occurrences and her desire to share this with the jewellery wearer.
The amber stone, like the creations of Venice, hold a similar philosophy that impurities and irregularities are a sign of increased value and desire.
|Amber Eyed Owl Cuff $580.00|
CREATURES OF SECTS see's Venice continuing to use precious metals such as 22kt gold, velvety in colour and malleable, combined with sterling silver, and oxidised silver. Put in the mix is an array or gorgeous natural stones such as amber, free-formed amber, turquoise, labradorite and lapis lazuli which create a dynamic collection of contrasting metals and stones layered for their harmonic and differential features coming together to help make up the designer's desired compositions.
|Little Sunflower Ring $440.00|
Venice's mainline collection sits alongside a unique glass series, where the designer has made her sculpted pieces more personal by developing upon the hand-carved dichroic glass pieces from her previous collection. The processes Venice utilises is sculpting, casting, mould making, fine carving and polishing, all this to produce sculptures in irridescent, aqua-blue, green dichroic and glow-in-the-dark yellow glass.
The process to produce a finished and detailed piece of glass replicating my original polymer clay model requires a higher level of knowledge, techniques and patience than metal casting ... Glass has many more variables and inconsistencies than metal, which makes it both challenging and intriguing to work with.The exciting possibilities of working with glass as a medium is endless, and because of this Venice plans to continue incorporating glass into her future collections.
|Beeze Ring $280.00|
Venice draws inspiration for her jewellery from thoughts and processes present in her photography, her major at the College of Fine Arts, Paddington. The designer works across both fields at any one time, spending days in the Australian Centre for Photography darkroom, situated just around the corner from her William Street Boutique.
Their intimate relationship is only natural ... Processing and printing film holds infinite and unexpected possibilites, you are the instigator of the process which you can manipulate and be manipulated by, at any time ... Chance occurrences, little technical intricacies, serve to alter and shape the end result, witnessing the same phenomena in jewellery making or perhaps any creative form where you take on board each step of the process.
|Snake Goddess Necklace $POA available @ Venice Jewellery|
CREATURES OF SECTS is on show @ Venice Boutique alongside an exhibition of her photography and the silk scarf creations of fellow designer Emilie Cacace's label, Andéol.
57 William Street
New South Wales
Friday, January 14, 2011
Do you create amazing clothes, shoes, bags, or jewellery and are looking for somewhere cool to stock your wares?
ESTATE OF MIND just might be up your alley.
New Year's is a time for new beginnings and 2011 brings with it the unique opportunity to be a part of a new revolution – a new concept store featuring fashion from Australia’s brightest new talent. As a quirky and eccentric fashion wonderland, Estate of Mind will be a stepping-stone for new and upcoming fashion designers who want to get their threads bought and worn by fashion savvy Sydneysiders.
Born from my own love of fashion, the concept store is a natural progression from studying at FBI, working closely in a design capacity for fashion designer Michael Lo Sordo and as Assistant Stylist for SBS Broadcasting. Having been in this industry, gave me an insight into the struggle that new designers face to get their product out there and worn by the fashionista’s of Sydney.
- Sylvie Cornu, Artistic Director @ Estate of Mind.
Cornu is currently in negotiations for a suitable retail space either in Surry Hills or Paddington, considered prime locations attracting men + women aged 20 - 30 years of age who appreciate unique and fashion forward pieces by emerging local designers. The store will be launched within the next couple of months and Sylvie is currently seeking expressions of interest from designers who are eager to be a part of this exciting project.
If you are interested in being a part of this exciting opportunity please contact Sylvie Cornu for further information on firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, January 13, 2011
|Sarah Stavrow: founder of The Fashion Institute|
With so many people wanting to get into the wonderful world of fashion, the choice of where to study can be daunting. But not everyone wants to be a fashion designer. Some want a career in (fashion but in) Public Relations and Marketing, or as a Stylist ...
The all important question: Where's the best place for me???
If you're lucky enough to live in Sydney, there's a simple choice: THE FASHION INSTITUTE! On offer is an exciting array of well-rounded subject lists to whet a thirsty fashion appetite. I'm excited to present an interview with The Fashion Institute's founder, Sarah Stavrow, as she talks about her brand new venture and the start of something very, very promising ...
The Fashion Institute has opened its doors and is about to start classes for 2011. You must be thrilled at your recent accomplishment.
I’m very thrilled!! Everything has fallen into place so nicely and I’m very fortunate to have an amazing team working with me making sure everything is on track.
What, in your professional opinion, sets The Fashion Institute apart from other fashion institutions?
Having worked in the industry for many years and also teaching at another fashion college I wanted to give our students a completely unique experience. What sets us apart is the awesome line up of teachers who are all industry leaders – I challenge you to find such high profile teachers at any other fashion college anywhere in Australia. Our diverse curriculum gives students the opportunity to have a ‘taste test’ of the industry and see what works for them; along with the support and mentoring that not only myself but my very experience staff will provide to them.
|The Fashion Institute|
What do you hope to achieve with The Fashion Institute?
Our main aim is to build a reputation for producing talented, highly skilled and motivated students who have an edge over others and will go on to work and be very successful in the fashion industry. I want the industry to look to TFI (The Fashion Institute) first when hiring new staff or choosing candidates for Internship programs.
I’ve read you dreamed of working in fashion, but couldn’t find anything specializing on the business side of it - it must have been frustrating for you. How did you get around this?
I settled on a business college specialising in PR and Marketing, where I met some amazing contacts, through which I actually got my first job at a PR agency Ultimately I would have loved if there was something out there like TFI but I look at it like: I worked out how to make it easier for the next generation of fashionistas.
With a client list boasting high profile brands such as Bonds, Seafolly, General Pants, Country Road, Berlei, Miss Louise, Sunsilk and Ella Bache, your work as a Fashion Publicist is impressive - did you always want a career as a Publicist?
I actually always dreamt of working for a magazine, but fell into a PR job when I was 18 and never regretted it. I’ve been very fortunate to work for many great brands and talented people. Owning my own fashion college was the last thing I thought I would be doing but now, after having the opportunity to teach at another college and combining my experience in the fashion industry and my passion for nurturing young fashionistas, I
can’t imagine doing anything else.
In your opinion, how has the role of Public Relations and Marketing changed over the past five years, and where do you see it heading for the next season?
Obviously the online world has boomed. Social mediums like Facebook and Twitter along with bloggers and websites are a big part of any strategic communications plan these days, which was not the case 5 years ago. It will be interesting to see where the next five years will take us. There has also been a change in the way people view consumerism. Eco-Marketing is now a trend including in the fashion world. Organic cotton, locally made products are now very popular – 5 years ago no one cared!
|The Fashion Institute|
What can The Fashion Institute offer someone wanting to pursue a career in fashion?
They can expect a first class education from industry leaders; guidance and mentoring from teachers and staff and industry experience at leading Australian fashion companies (arranged by TFI) and once in a lifetime opportunities such as working at Fashion Week and parades. Standout students will also be offered the chance to go behind the scenes on TV shows such as Australia’s Next Top Model and Project Runway.
You offer your course part time over a one year period - why is it part time?
The course is designed to make be very flexible to suit all individuals. It allows you to work, study and undertake work place training all at your own pace without being stressed and feel under pressure. It means it’s accessible to those who need to work to support themselves throughout the year.
This course provides a well-rounded fashion education. What’s the feedback you’ve received from prospective students?
Students love the fact it covers Business, Design and Industry modules as it allows them to be exposed to all aspects of the fashion industry. I also think it’s important that future fashionistas have a well-rounded view of the industry - this is what will set them apart from others.
How has The Fashion Institute been received by the industry? Did you find people were positive about your new venture?
I’ve had amazing feedback from people in the industry; so many great people have stepped up and approached me directly to teach. It’s very overwhelming.
I’ve read that confirmed teachers include Fashion Editors from some of our nation’s top magazines. How did that come about, and what was the rationale behind this decision?
I wanted to ensure that our students had the very best people teaching them, I’ve always had a personal mantra to “aim high” and this is exactly what we did. We have teachers from magazines including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Yen, Shop Til You Drop, Grazia and Famous just to name a few.
Also on board, you have Donny Galella (Celebrity Stylist); Natasha Silva-Jelly (Fashion Editor at SMH); Elle Halliwell (Journalist at The Sunday Telegraph; Tahli Koch (Senior Publicist at David Jones); Hamish Tame (Designer at LeSpecs); William Lazootin (Project Runway); Stephanie Somers (Buyer at General Pants); Nadine Andrews (Head Female Booker at Chic). PR teachers include Publicists from ARC Factory, Maxted Thomas PR, Tailormaid PR as well as Detail Marketing Communications - these are big names!
Very big names! As I mentioned before I don’t think you’ll find such high profile teachers like we have at any other fashion college in Australia. These teachers are exclusive to us and all of them will be offering student work experience and mentoring.
I notice that the Business Module includes a comprehensive subject list including, but not limited to Magazines, Blogging/Online Magazines, PR, Marketing Management, Styling, Visual Merchandising, and Buying … would you consider offering this module as a standalone course?
Further down the track I will look at offering the Business modules as a standalone course (with the option of a Statement of Attainment in Design) and also a comprehensive Design course….stay tuned!
What career opportunities can graduates expect on completion of the Fashion Course?
Most students will go into Junior / Co-ordinator roles within fashion companies, PR agencies and magazines but the world is their oyster!
Sarah, what you’re doing is really exciting. I wish it was available way back when I was looking at fashion courses as it would have been absolutely perfect for me! I noticed that you offer Blogging and Online Magazines as a subject in your Business Module. With the fashion industry starting to embrace bloggers more over the past few years as a valid form of exposure and distribution, what’s your personal view on the role of the blogger today, and why did you decide to offer this as a subject?
Blogging and Online Media is a massive part of the fashion industry, we’re seeing blogs generating more traffic than traditional magazines, it’s definitely the future of our industry and I wanted to make sure the course was relevant to our Generation Y and I students We have some great Online media teachers including Nicole from Gary Pepper Vintage, Valeria from X&Y Magazine, Eleanor from Pretty Gritty – and if you’re interested I would be happy to have you on board too!
What are your plans for the future of The Fashion Institute, and will you be adding courses to the mix?
Next year we will be offering Business as a standalone course, you can choose to add a Statement of Attainment to it, also a more in-depth Design course. Our Styling and Design Workshops start in March and will be a monthly event; these workshops give prospective students an insight into the industry. We’re also looking to open campuses around Australia in the coming years.
|The Fashion Institute|
I’m just wondering, for people reading this article with an interest in your course, when do classes begin for the year, and how do they go about enrolling?
Classes officially start January 31st but prospective students are free to start any day of the year. If you would like to enroll contact us on 1300 FASHION (1300 327 4466) or email email@example.com
What important piece of advice would you give anyone wanting to pursue a career in fashion?
Work hard, always be nice to people and do any job - even if it’s taking out the bins with a smile - and you’ll go far!
I hope you enjoyed reading about The Fashion Institute as much as I enjoyed writing about it! You still have time to enroll in this amazing course, and it will be absolutely fantastic to have the college expand and be situtated in other states. Please come to Melbourne .... !!!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
|Photography by Ondrej Bires|
Today I have the pleasure of interviewing a very talented young designer, Lenka Padysakova. With a deep interest in theatre and the glamour of 1940's Hollywood, let's take a look at what makes this gorgeous Slovakian fashion + costume designer tick ...
You graduated from London College of Fashion with a degree in Fashion Design in 2008. What inspired you to become a fashion designer?
It is something that I always wanted to do without even realizing it. Since I was a child, I was making outfits for my dolls and later on in my teenage years I signed up for an evening sewing course and started to make clothes for myself. But what exactly inspired me, I honestly don't remember. What I know is that I had many ideas in my head and I needed to let them go out.
When did you launch your label + what makes it unique?
I launched my label at the same year of my graduation - 2008. During my studies at London College of Fashion I was standing out from my schoolmates because of my female, lady-like style. Because of my rich colours. All the others were doing androgynous collections, cold, minimalistic, using only black and white colours. My sense of elegance, Hollywood glamour and unusual colour combinations made my label unique.
Where are you currently based?
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
In Hollywood in the 1940's.
Who would you say are your favourite designers + why?
Erte, Edith Head, Colleen Atwood, Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, John Galliano. I like them mainly because of their approach to their work. Edith Head was creating gowns according to the needs and enquiries of each actress. And that's how I work, too. Dior brought us unforgettable elegant and flattering "New Look", Coco comfortable materials and Galliano is breaking borders between fashion and theatre.
I think it might be fair to state that style is an important part of life - do you agree?
I definitely agree. Your own style is something you can be recognized for. Remembered, described, standing out from the long crowd of only followers.
What are the 5 fashion essentials every woman should have in her wardrobe?
Fitted trousers, long sleeved blouse with standing colour, brooch for the collar, blazer and I would also add as essentials for every woman, quality perfume and lipstick.
Do you have a style icon?
How would you describe your personal style?
Elegant, feminine but mixed with items from men's wardrobe.
What's the one thing you simply can't live without?
Red nail polish.
|Photography by Miss Aniela.|
Your work has a distinctly theatrical aesehetic. Is this deliberate on your behalf, or is it subconscious?
It was subconscious from the beginning, but after I realized it my work changed and I would say that I am more Costume Designer than Fashion Designer. Theatre and film is what I am concentrating on.
What is your favourite fabric to work with + why?
Fabrics for interiors - curtain fabrics. I love their texture, their strength and recently I've found beautiful and interesting colours and patterns. I made dresses, skirts or corsets out of them and the result is fantastic!
What is the most interesting + rewarding aspect of your work?
That my work is to make people happy and feel good about what they wear.
You've chosen a challenging industry to work in. How are you finding it + what's the biggest lesson you've learnt so far?
It's hard and stressful with lots of competitors. I've learnt that it's important to know what you want, believe in it, and stand for it. To be sure about your steps. You have to make others believe in you by showing them your knowledge. But the biggest lesson I've learnt is that the only person you can really trust and rely on is ONLY YOU! There are lots and lots of very selfish and fake people around us!
Do you remember the first design you created - if so, what was it?
Yes, I remember. It was a red pencil skirt I made out of an old cotton fabric I found at home as I didn't have enough money to buy new one. It was an incredible feeling once I finished it. I was so proud of my work. I was 12 years old!
I read somewhere that you also style for many private shoots - are you able to tell us a little about this?
I work as a Stylist for different modelling studios and also for private clients. It means that anyone who needs help with their own style whether it's a private person, singer or band or in need stylist for a photo shoot, video filming etc can hire me.
|Photography by Jon Gee|
Do you personally style your fashion shoots + catwalk shows?
Yes, I always do. While creating an outfit, I am thinking of everything. What accessories are going with it, what shoes, hair, make up ... it's part of it. An outfit is not complete for me without all of those details.
How did you get into styling for Toni & Guy?
I stopped once with a friend in one little cute bar in East London for a last drink before going home. It was already quite late. There were only a few people in the bar, pretty drunk but very communicative and friendly. One French boy started to talk to me asking me what I do for a living, etc. When he found out that I am a designer, he gave me his business card asking me to contact him. He was one of the best Toni & Guy hair stylists in London. Two weeks after that we were doing our first photo shoot together.
Which films have you designed costumes for? How different is it compared to designing for fashion?
Designing for film is very different compared to designing just fashion. In film the character is the priority. Even though film is a mixture of fashion, costumes, history ... I worked on a few short movies, videos and TV series like for example 'Armstrong And Miller', 'Jon Culshaw' and I also designed a dress for a film 'Burlesque Fairytales'.
You worked with Vivienne Westwood - is this true? Please do tell!
It is true. During my study at college and a bit after my graduation I worked at Vivienne Westwood studio. I was working closely with the main pattern cutter. I created patterns and some of them were used for her Gold Label Collection. It was an amazing experience. I learnt a lot! I was also a fitting model and that helped me to see Vivienne in action - I could see how Vivienne is thinking, how she is changing toiles and creating new shapes.
I've just been watching BLACK BEAST on YouTube. Can you please tell us about the idea behind it?
I've been approached by the director of this video, Bet Orten, to design the costume for this video but also to be the main character. It was about a crazy girl who wanted to bury herself alive. Bet wanted to create the contrast between my elegant look and madness. She wanted me to look as glamorous as possible but behave as made as possible. The final dress I made was from over 10 metres of black fabric with a huge crinoline underneath and a tight corset. Having this dress on gives you completely different attitude. You feel so powerful. We were shooting in a forest during the most coldest day of the year. I was so freezing that you can still see my red nose in this video ;) But it was real fun!
|Velvet Cabaret - Pascal Pino|
I noticed that you sponsored Velvet Cabaret. How did that come about?
After I designed staff uniformas for MICCA CLUB in Rome, I wanted to continue collaborating with this club. I absolutely love MICCA, it's my favourite club ever! During my stay in Rome, MICCA started a new night called VELVET CABARET which was the idea of the artistic director of MICCA, Alessandro Casella. I offered him to create costumes for some of the main performers of this cabaret, and for himself. My promotion helped me to bring customers from different parts of Italy.
You've recently been collaborating with MR PUSTRA for his VILLAINS shows. His costumes are absolutely stunning! You've done an amazing job - are you pleased with the end result? How did you find the experience?
Thank you for your lovely words, Enkha. Yes, I am very pleased with the result and there is still more to come! I have been designing and making costumes for MR PUSTRA for over a year now. I like his style and very much enjoy his performance. Because I was working with MICCA CLUB I helped him to perform at VELVET CABARET as his acts were perfect for this cabaret.
|MR PUSTRA. Photography by Oliv|
After seeing VILLAINS in London I recommended this show to Alessandro Casella from MICCA CLUB. And here we are, in a few weeks VILLAINS will be at the TEATRO PALLADIUM in Rome. It's going to be a fantastic show, with lots of costume changes.
Where can people purchase your gorgeous collections from?
All the details are on my website lenkapadysakova.com but I am working mainly for made-to-order clients.
Darling, if you were a cocktail, which would it be?
I don't have one favourite cocktail but I have few favourite bartenders in Rome in the MICCA CLUB and in Sabaudia. They always make a cocktail especially for me. It tastes and looks fabulous!