From Down Under

Leandra Medine | May 5, 2012
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 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.

  • 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.


  • WearAbouts

    Absolutely obsessed with the orange cuffs and whatever the heck that fringe thing is that's around her neck. LOVE IT ALL <33

  • Collections

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


  • Mademoiselle Meese

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

    Love it!


    with love from Mademoiselle Meese

  • 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

  • unlikelyhair

    I'll make your hair lavender any ol day!

  • 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

  • Natasha Fatah

    Cute, cute and super cute!

    ~Natasha Fatah~

  • Ondine

    Ah it was nice seeing these ladies around the city.

  • Kesly

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

    Fashion blog:
    Personal blog:


    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!


  • 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.



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

  • kuti

    they all looks great.. love they looks too

  • 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!

  • Sketch42

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

  • WNY

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

  • LRB

    All my favorite street style stars.

  • Constance

    That's such a great selection of pictures!

  • 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.

  • Fashion-isha

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

  • Man Repeller

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

  • Sophie Loloi

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


  • 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 😀 Don't take yourself so seriously #cough Annawintour #cough

  • My Style

    love the blue sandals! they are so sexy!


  • Nina Papaioannou

    I always love your posts!!! The pictures you chose are amazing but somehow the Siamese orange bracelets are stuck in my mind!!!

  • Alice

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

  • GirlieBlogger@Beauty Fashion Blog Seattle

    These are fantastic inspirations.

  • Laura

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

  • 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.

  • Miss K

    Great photos. I like the 'athletica' style!

  • 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…


  • Vasilieva

    these are just awesome

  • 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.

  • jas

    no words can describe how much i love taylor

  • betty

    ahhh Susie Lao alll the way shes different from all x


    Great pics. Susie's sunnies are really cool

    XO Charlotte

  • 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!!


  • Uta

    Isn't it Susie LaU?

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  • 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!!

  • Creativity&Chocolate

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

  • Xen

    go crazy get a blue pink head and what not ;}

  • 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.

  • Romina C.

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

    x Romi

  • Sharon

    Nice inspiration!


  • Ría
  • Yevgeniya Yelkina

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


  • umblogfashion

    I love "athletica" style! Really nice!


  • 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. :)

  • 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!

  • Tiffany Phipps

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

  • 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


  • Leah

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

  • Dione and Krios

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


  • AmyArisse.

    the best streetstyle pics!!

    xx Amy.

  • Bonnie,Clyde and Marni…..

    love the photos!! they all look amazing!!

  • Aurélie and Angelo

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

  • monkeyshines ♥

    stunning details!


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    Blue&red; combination <3

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  • YSii Showroom

    Love the red and Blue dress/Tunic. Fabulous!!!

  • Wonderjet

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

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  • SachaStrebe

    the orange cuffs are by molten relic of molten store! another great online accessories store from down under!

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  • Bree Taylor

    Leandra if you felt like it you could check out all of the Australian collections (well almost all; I’m still working on it) here and street style here :)

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