From Down Under

by Leandra Medine
May 5, 2012
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Just when that familiar wave of un-inspiration starts to take its toll–we’re in that unusual fashion week limbo where the previous weeks are too far behind to look back at and the future weeks are still too far ahead–Australian Fashion Week rises from down under and just like that: blasé no more. Overwhelming talent is most certainly coming out of there, see: Zimmermann, Sass & Bide, Ellery, Camilla & Marc and while my perception of such is streamed-through-Instagram exclusive, MBFW looked chic as shit in Valencia. Perhaps we should look to the streets though where a more precise and sharp lens caught what was up beyond the tents. Here below Tommy Ton does what he does and Style.com acts as the vehicle that will convey the Aussie style cues we should likely be taking. Ta da:
It ain’t a street style round up without a cameo by the one and only: Taylor Tomasi Hill, this time clad in unconventional neck wear in form of copious fringe to ponder and mirrored lenses. If I could retract my white-out story and instead report on reflective eye-wear, I would do it. Consider this that.

From an outfit that suggests fairly warm climate conditions to another that alludes to arctic freeze, it should be noted that if I had mongolian ombre’d fur and it was warm, the sun wouldn’t stop me either. The bright orange Siamese cuffs on both wrists add a little insult to injury if insult were code were character and injury for sweet style.

Meanwhile, Alexandra Spencer endures a popular new trend that we can call “athletica” going forward and makes us (me?) almost, almost, consider taking up soccer. I won’t do it without those heels though, nu-uh.There she is! I love an image that depicts real quirk and personality and Susie Lao is no stranger to the marriage of just that. Here she projects playfulness onto her face with pink glitter Miu Miu lenses and some kitsch onto her wrist with a python novelty purse.

Finally, Meg Gray and her swanky race car. These particular photos resonated well because even beyond the use of eclectic color, it’s nice to see familiar faces come alive. Celine and Prada and Miu Miu are great but better when served with a healthy dose of fun. The purpose of this little exercise was to offer this sort of reminder that fashion can have the power to procure sincere happiness. That’s easy to forget in a sea of thin, frail faces clad in black and grey. And because it’s hard not to compare fashion weeks to one another I’ll also have to note that it seems the mood in Australia bodes best with that of London: fashion for the sake of fashion, where saleability is just a long nonsensical word and white leather fringe suspended in mid air is no rare sight. The important question still remains: should I dye my hair or what?

Just kidding, it’s not about me.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08617709460176511527 Aves Gry

    They all look like they're having so much fun and thats what I love about fashion. It's about wearing your personality and not what is on trend. They are doing just that.

    xoxo,Aves
    http://www.thatsgryt.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07754771070155843910 WearAbouts

    Absolutely obsessed with the orange cuffs and whatever the heck that fringe thing is that's around her neck. LOVE IT ALL <33
    Rory
    http://www.WearAboutsBlog.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18359692445710227141 Collections

    I just love Taylor Tomasi Hill. It really wouldn't be street style without her.

    Collections

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06255149183642075809 Mademoiselle Meese

    Those orange cuffs are most definitely fierce.
    The style Down Under is definitely what I should be wearing.

    Love it!

    xx
    Donyel

    with love from Mademoiselle Meese

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05727126863056675120 Joana Caldeira

    I say dye it! I would love to have the courage to dye the ends of mine, but I'm too chicken for that haha xx

    http://www.callme-jo.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05293707422890496951 unlikelyhair

    I'll make your hair lavender any ol day!

    unlikelyhairdressing.com

  • http://servinupstyle.blogspot.com servinupstyle

    Haha it's funny how you mentioned that you saw Australian fashion week through instagram because I did as well!! I think I might have to make one of those fringe things myself. Who knows where I would wear it but practicality in clothing is something that hasn't crossed my mind at all lately, which is strange considering the perils of my highschool. As usual your writing style wows me!

    -xx Hannah

    servinupstyle.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00200817566554453809 Natasha Fatah

    Cute, cute and super cute!

    xoxo
    ~Natasha Fatah~

  • http://www.outofavalon.com Ondine

    Ah it was nice seeing these ladies around the city. http://www.outofavalon.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09547386389107730210 Kesly

    I love how people express themselves through fashion. You can never be bored with it!

    Fashion blog: panda-fashionista.blogspot.com
    Personal blog: sweetparfaitdreams.blogspot.com

  • http://swimwiththecurrent.com/ swimwiththecurrent.com

    Tommy Ton unfortunately only snapped the famous. There was better dressed and more eclectically-dressed people than this, I was there all week :) its so sad when fame over shines true style!

    Chloe swimwiththecurrent.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17850634239551807303 Gabrielle @ LookSharpSconnie

    Feeling pretty uninspired lately – really like your reminder that fashion should be fun.

    I think blogging endangers that joy in its over-analytical self-reflexivity.

    I miss putting on whatever feels good and just….feeling good.

    Things like your little matza video & quick cell-phone shots remind me that clothes are for living in. Thanks.

    -Gabrielle

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03201766713620454961 RHODA

    love all the photos! and of course, all the great big pieces of clothing (:

    http://www.styleandshades.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07471761895362916937 kuti

    they all looks great.. love they looks too

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10536244216664912207 Sketch42

    The neck fringe is ZARA! I have it in black.. its leather, and I didn't know how to wear it, but now i do yo!

    Love all these pics!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10536244216664912207 Sketch42

    Or it just occurred to me that I might be wearing the copy of whatever designer thing her neck fringe is.

  • http://wnyfashion.blogspot.com WNY

    Love that outfit of Alexandra Spencer!
    Playing soccer in heels, that would be fun :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16603701673468071750 LRB

    All my favorite street style stars.

    http://www.littleredbook-thatshaute.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16697896850140610707 Constance

    That's such a great selection of pictures!

    http://www.afrenchinlosangeles.com/

  • http://cecylia.com cecylia

    You are my favourite blogger in the world. I consider you the love child of a wordsmith and a comedian. The best combination. Please let me know if you ever decide to visit Australia, because I will need to hire bodyguards to stop me gushing at you.
    xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16633411311924944798 Fashion-isha

    Love this post…ah that "familiar wave of un-inspiration.." SO TRUE!
    xo
    Sharon

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03401686887977484323 Man Repeller

    Really interesting point about blogging inducing the end of that joy, especially we initially came here to re-inject it. Cycles, cycles.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12228225170832818322 Sophie Loloi

    Lovely post!!! Ah I wish I could have been in Australia right now…Melbourne street style is amazing!

    x

    http://theparallelstyle.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09667142332264503375 Paula Shoe-feind

    Meg Gray's shoots for Aussie Vogue are always so fun and vibrant. Gotta love her ;)

    And your'e right, fashion should be fun :D Don't take yourself so seriously #cough Annawintour #cough

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02903640722114840583 My Style

    love the blue sandals! they are so sexy!

    xoxo
    Mady

    thegirlfromthemirror.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16648998828100677713 Nina Papaioannou

    I always love your posts!!! The pictures you chose are amazing but somehow the Siamese orange bracelets are stuck in my mind!!!
    XOXO
    Nina
    http://trendsurvivor.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17414561939721752886 Alice

    I think you should try playing soccer in heels, but do not under any circumstances dye your hair!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12570872654773804597 GirlieBlogger@Beauty Fashion Blog Seattle

    These are fantastic inspirations.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01946815554576535583 Laura

    your posts are those "cupcakes" with my morning coffee. this was no exception.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17012941713719198226 Amanda

    Woohoo! MR posting about MBFWA street style. I feel somewhat proud of my southern hemisphere island. Taylor Tomasi Hill caused a line of jaws on the floor in Sydney – her style is amazing.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08784047289138430006 Miss K

    Great photos. I like the 'athletica' style!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00895152914452877928 Ms.Fashionista

    Love street style! Taylor looks amaze and I am digging the whole fringe appeal with the layering. I am not too into the whole athletic style clothing. It just reminds me too much of something I would buy at the guys section at Walmart and then consider an outfit…

    http://www.alifeinthefashionlane.blogspot.com

    xo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01514627554329642237 Vasilieva

    these are just awesome

    http://www.vasilievablog.com/
    x

  • http://brijetblog.wordpress.com/ brijetblog

    While I may be slightly biased, being from down under and all, I love our Australian designers. They totally rocked MBFWA and my pants regions. TTH is one of those cool girls that you want to hate because she is so effortlessly cool but can't because she is just too sweet.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15157331294725300872 jas

    no words can describe how much i love taylor

    http://jas-tidbits.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01176243240937929546 betty

    ahhh Susie Lao alll the way shes different from all x

    http://betty-freestylescraps.blogspot.co.uk/

  • http://www.thefashionguitar.com THEFASHIONGUITAR

    Great pics. Susie's sunnies are really cool

    XO Charlotte

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01204052275819356588 Fashion Recession

    Just love how you write, here are my faves from this post, so love the shades from taylor, really like that soccer dress from alexandra and that pink hair with the jacket how fabulous is that!!

    All<3Lola

    http://www.fashionrecession.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05431807884465749540 Uta

    Isn't it Susie LaU?

    utacreations.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06681284541885288937 pinkmate
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18277998746503354624 Jasmine Nicole

    Fun Fashion!!! I agree with you…MBFWA does remind me of London fashion week…fun, fearless, and free. It's what inspires me the most.

    Great Post!!

    creeperchic.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16288432619173575521 Creativity&Chocolate

    I;m totally in love with that athletic look! Love the shirt!

    http://www.creativityandchocolate.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12972407396062492788 Xen

    go crazy get a blue pink head and what not ;}
    http://zendresscut.blogspot.com/

  • http://pinkwedges.wordpress.com Sheyla

    I like that everyone's doing their own thing.There's no constant, except for the use of bold color which is expected because it's warm and on trend.Now I'm thinking of DIY-ing my own leather fringe. Great post.
    Take care.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06502998148007689018 Romina C.

    Love all the pictures they inspire me a lot, like your blog do!

    x Romi
    http://blaastyle.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12186901125870069099 Sharon

    Nice inspiration!

    http://style-chameleon.blogspot.com/

    FIRST DUTCH VOGUE GIVEAWAY!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01321688876180838093 Ría
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02351869206880031770 Yevgeniya Yelkina

    such precious shots. love this happy go lucky style. it makes the rest of us goths see a bright side

    xx
    Yevy
    http://www.hypnoticfascination.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14685380199763797058 umblogfashion

    I love "athletica" style! Really nice!

    Kiss

    http://umblogfashion.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11913398976363078432 Marnie Thao Nguyen

    "It's about wearing your personality and not what is on trend." I love that. Short and sweet sum up of what streetstyle is. :)

    http://marnienpthao.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11913398976363078432 Marnie Thao Nguyen

    I say you die your hair. Some color that goes with repelling men. Pink? Or neon maybe.

    PS: I never told you this but reading your blog makes me smile. Silly man repeller!

    http://marnienpthao.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18107736484144688907 Tiffany Phipps

    Jesus, Taylor is ALWAYS perfect…that woman is style perfection.

    http://www.tiffanyphipps.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16470560341150718917 Nathan Moy

    yes for taylor!! so chic!
    good selection of street style pics that really encapsulates the awesomeness of the down under fashion week!

    xx nathan.niche

    -FIND YOUR NICHE-
    http://style-niche.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10732957692645575852 Leah

    Well said but yes: you should dye your hair.
    You could handle some blue I think.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06671811982489029295 Dione and Krios

    Such a fun week! Love Australian Fashion Week, always a week of madness and magic.

    http://www.dioneandkrios.com

    xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16047443954388518124 AmyArisse.

    the best streetstyle pics!!

    http://www.thepinkshades.blogspot.com

    xx Amy.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15992012518203792325 Bonnie,Clyde and Marni…..

    love the photos!! they all look amazing!!
    http://bonnieclydemarni.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06569563852426205282 Aurélie and Angelo

    Love the Céline and Reebok dress, and the sandals in the third photo!

    http://aurelieandangelo.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05226243830970581304 monkeyshines ♥

    stunning details!

    Bises,
    monkeyshines
    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02853753997297949718 dictionary_of_fashion

    Blue&red; combination <3

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12010380646538438245 YSii Showroom

    Love the red and Blue dress/Tunic. Fabulous!!!
    http://ysiishowroom.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08366838083471961247 Wonderjet

    Does anyone know where Taylor's sunglasses are from? LOVE them!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10065006856059751064 SachaStrebe

    the orange cuffs are by molten relic of molten store! another great online accessories store from down under! http://www.moltenstore.com

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