Friday, March 25, 2011

Phong Chi Lai Handcraft AW11 Collection: 004 Detail

Introducing his fourth successful season, Melbourne-based shoemaker Phong Chi Lai has launched his Autumn/Winter 2011 Collection – 004 Detail.

Phong Chi Lai's eponymous footwear label – Phong Chi Lai Handcraft - presents itself with an organic design aesthetic. Aimed at the individual rather than the fast fashion mainstream, his work essentially celebrates the wearer's personal style regardless of age or gender. 004 Detail is inspired by Lai's love of the small things – the simplicity in detail - that can change the shoe. 


Phong Chi Lai Handcraft's 004 DETAIL certainly does not disappoint. True to form, Lai's autumn/winter Trans-seasonal Collection features a dark palette of black and charcoal, handstitching and blanket stitching details. Wedges are concealed. Toes feature relief details ...

004 Detail looks at the theme of nuances: those finer details we sometimes miss while taking a quick glance. On closer inspection we find that there's more going on, more than initially meets the eye. The devil, as they say, is in the details.

Phong Chi Lai Handcraft is currently stocked in selected boutiques in Australia (Melbourne: E.S.S, Wilfred & Enric; Sydney: Artwear, Brick Lane) and New Zealand (Auckland: The Mill House).

Thursday Friday - The Anti-Status, Status Bag

How cool are these!

Thursday Friday designers Roni Brunn and Olena Sholomytska are obsessed with style as well as the ideas of luxury and iconography.
“We realised we were using shopping bags as proxy accessories. They were additional but essential to supplement our ‘real’ designer bags so we decided to take these bags to another level, to have the bag itself declare what's going on.” 

They ended up with a surreal design that references luxury at the highest end but is ultimately an anti-status, status symbol!

However decadent and depraved, chances are you are not going to use a Birkin to carry your groceries, soiled gym clothes, dirty laundry, heavy books or bits and pieces that you accumulate in the course of a day. The Together bag is a canvas tote perfect for all of these things and more. 
The Together bag features the iconic ‘It’ bag printed on the front, back, bottom, and sides, thus creating a fabulous trompe l'oeil from any angle! Take it shopping, or bring it to work/school. Pair it with your handbag or use it in place of one. It’s fully lined, and the inner patch pocket keeps your keys and phone within reach. The chic handles are long enough to throw over your shoulder comfortably and soft once there.
The only question is, “which colour?”


Nicole Ritchie's New Specs Available Now @!

Nicole Richie's exclusive new sunglasses collection now available to pre-order @!

Continuing the enormous success of House of Harlow 1960, style icon Nicole Richie has added oversized vintage style sunglasses to her accessories line.

The gorgeous debut collection of House of Harlow 1960 - Sunglasses is personally designed by Richie herself, using premium materials and lenses which meet the strict Australian Sunglasses Standards Code for UV protection. Her signature styling is transparent throughout the collection – dramatic shapes, 60’s round frames, Cat-eye and immaculate gold detailing on Richie’s favourite pair, aptly named ‘Nicole’.

Regularly worn by the doyen of oversized glamour shades, Nicole’s vintage Hollywood allure is the overriding influence for this coveted range. 

House of Harlow 1960 - Sunglasses are now available to pre-order exclusively online in Australia at

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Besties: Art With A Conscience At Somewhere Gallery

Detroit Dog City by Harriet Hudson

I'm honored to let you all know about an exciting group art show on at the moment at Somewhere Gallery!  

Besties, A Fundraiser For Our Friends At The Lost Dogs Home is a group exhibition featuring the works of 22 artists, depicting the special relationships they have with their kitties and poochies!  All artwork is available for purchase and you'll feel pretty chuffed knowing that 100% OF ALL PROCEEDS go to The Lost Dogs Home in North Melbourne, helping them care for the thousands of lost, abandoned and injured dogs and cats in their care.  

What A Mess by Craig Dermody & Gillian Tucker

We hope that through this event we can raise awareness for the wonderful work The Lost Dogs Home does caring for animals in need and in doing so encourage more people to consider adopting a shelter pet.    --- Somewhere   

The exhibition will run until April 6th, so be sure to pop into Somewhere Gallery in Melbourne to check it out.   

Shop 29
The Royal Arcade
314 Little Collins Street

Update:  Here's some more info from launch nite: 

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