Designer Profile – The Prodigal Daughter


  If you love colour, pattern and flair in your wardrobe then The Prodigal Daughter is a brand you need to know about. The designs from former human rights lawyer Phoebe Mwanza are exactly the vibrant ray of sunshine to wake you up from the chill of winter; and it was on one of those cold blustery days that I sat down with the lady herself to talk about her brand. Born in Zambia, and growing up in Zimbabwe, Phoebe was always drawing and making things as a child. She found that she was often dressed a little differently (and… Continue Reading

The Clothing Exchange – A Fun and Ethical Way to Shop


  Admittedly, heading to your first clothing swap can be pretty daunting. Aside from handing over a maximum of six items from your own beloved wardrobe, there are the occasional rumours of boxing-day-sale style rushing-elbows and all. I had heard that there could be some serious competition and that I might be up for a fight if any piece I picked up was on someone else’s wish-list, and to be honest I’m not really that type of shopper. However, the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF) clothes swap run by The Clothing Exchange (TCX ) in association with the Global… Continue Reading

Designer Profile: Ben Lalic


  It’s no secret that the National Graduate Showcase is always at the top of my festival list, and Target’s third outing at VAMFF this year was no exception. With a tantalising group of twelve stellar graduates from around the country; the colour, texture, and pattern were exactly the artistic level of creativity that make me love this event. One designer in particular caught my eye this year with cleverly cut weaves in an athletically inspired collection, UTS graduate Ben Lalic. After the festival I was lucky enough to interview Lalic and learn more about the man behind the label.… Continue Reading

VAMFF ’16 – Wrap Up


It’s that time of year again, and in 2016 the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival has moved into a glorious new home at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton. The Festival Plaza, nestled between the entrance to the older building and the modern Melbourne Museum, features the obligatory late night café from Lavazza, Priceline Pharmacy Beauty School for pre-show tips, and the stylish Runway Bar to celebrate in afterwards. Opening night saw a dazzling array presented by David Jones including Bianca Spender, Romance was Born, and the bohemian splendour of Camilla With Love. One of my favourite collections on show… Continue Reading

VAMFF ’16 – The Dress Collective Runway


On a balmy summer night in a typical Melbourne venue (converted warehouse hidden down a laneway), comes the first offsite runway for the 2016 Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival. And what better way to start than with The Dress Collective Runway, whose long line of independent designers include the first women’s-wear collection from Cameron and James, and personal favourite of mine The Prodigal Daughter. The offsite runways provide real bang for your buck, always providing a longer than usual show with a wide range of interesting designs and a crowd passionate about creativity in fashion. Both of our FASHFEST [Canberra’s… Continue Reading

Invest In Black Pants


This piece of advice is definitely one to take on board. Investing in a good quality pair of black pants is a must. Not only is black slimming but it essentially goes with everything. A black trouser can be dressed up or down, be just as at home in the office or at after work drinks. Look for good quality fabrics and a timeless flattering fit. Make sure to care for them properly and a versatile piece such as this will last you for years. So do as our illustrator Johanna says, go forth and invest. After all you don’t… Continue Reading