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I didn’t get to do the usual mini interview with this elegant and lovely lady as she was in a hurry.

All the elements come together in this outfit, it is timeless yet youthful at the same time. The trench and the clogs are both very current elements, yet on her they are absolutely effortless. The hat adds a hint of eccentricity. Love it!

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Top side - LMFF

Top side - LMFF

Do you see a pattern here? I’m intrigued about this hair style, I’m not too sure how I feel about it, whether I like it or not, though these young men are rocking it! One thing is for sure, the top mop definitely caught my eye.

Top side - LMFF

Name: Mike
Occupation: Graphic designer student
Describe your style: European gentlemen style inspired.
Favourite fashion designers: Claude Maus
Favourite clothing stores: Claude Maus, Alphaville.

It is way too late and the sensible me is telling me to go to bed because I got work tomorrow, but alas the other half has gotten the better of me. My giant back log of posts from Melbourne doesn’t help either, so many great looks to share with you, so little time.

This week, Sydney’s going through some sort of a mini heat wave which has sent me scrambling to put my jackets back on the rack and digging for my summer clothes again. Averaging at 25, 26 degrees during the day, this is definitely feeling like the last of summer. Hmmph, I was enjoying the cooler weather and looking forward to unleashing the jackets and coats I acquired in New York, but autumn is making me wait. It’s alright, I suppose I can wait a little, just a little.

I love light summery looks, they remind me of the beachside, of road trips, of carefree long summer holidays. The salty ocean air that I love, a paper parcel of fish and chips, a bottle (preferably glass) of super chilled coke (never diet coke, never!). Mmmm, the things that puts a smile on my face.

A light dress, an oversized shirt, that is summer. Simple, stunning, Australian summer fashion. Relaxed, not self conscious yet so so pretty. Guess what! I found the perfect examples in Melbourne.

The last of summer - LMFF

The last of summer - LMFF

Name: Katie
Occupation: Fashion designer
Describe your style: Contrast of styles, a bit more androgynous, not typically pretty.
Favourite fashion designers: Arnsdorf, Alexander Wang, Ellery
Favourite clothing stores: Siberia (Melbourne)

The last of summer - LMFF

The last of summer - LMFF

Name: Alex
Occupation: High school student
Describe your style: Going for a summery look before winter sets in.
Favourite fashion designers: Sass and Bide, Arabella Ramsay.
Favourite clothing stores: None

The weatherman says 25 degrees and sunny tomorrow. Now what do I wear??!!! Dress? Skirt? Oversized shirt perhaps?

This time last week, I was in Melbourne, probably just finished shooting the second runway show of the night, hopping along to grab a bite before heading back to my friend’s pad at St Kilda because I would’ve been dead tired and eager to see all the shots from the day. How funny that seemed like ages ago but also feels like yesterday. The week was wonderful, lots of running around, a glimpse of the high fashion life. I came away inspired, energised and ready to wear 10cm heels, ALL day, EVERY day!

On my first evening at L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival I spotted Hailey, funder of Melbourne street fashion, I introduced myself to her and to my surprise, she’s aware of my blog. Chatting with Hailey were 2 impeccably dressed young gentlemen, I asked to take their photos. They were charming and pretty much in matching outfits. When I interviewed them, they told me they were fashion designers, silly me for not prodding further, it was the next day that I realised these 2 were brothers Tim and Alex of Melbourne home grown menswear label From Britten.

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The second evening I bumped into them and again took their photos, they turned up just as sharp as the day before. Their style is… hmm… to borrow their words “Classic with character”, but it’s more, much more. It’s sartorial, simple, yet so youthful, well Tim and Alex are both very young, both in their early 20s I believe. With a successful label already under their belt, these brothers will go far and they’ve only just begun, yet they’ve already achieved much.

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Alex from the second evening.

Name: Alex
Occupation: Rag trade
Describe your style: My style is my own individual style.
Favourite fashion labels: Alber Albaz and Martin Margiela.
Favourite clothing stores: Giuliano Fujiwara (Tokyo), Topman, Design a space (Melbourne) and Incu (Melbourne).

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Tim from the second evening.

Name: Tim
Occupation: Fashion designer
Describe your style: Classic with character.
Favourite fashion labels: Martin Margiela, Jil Sander.
Favourite clothing stores: Isetan (Japan), Fat (Melbourne), Design a space (Melbourne) and Incu (Melbourne).

I found an interview of Tim and Alex online from a Melbourne paper, in the article they said they created From Britten because they wanted to design and make clothes they wanted to wear themselves. Arh, if only more young men want to dress like these 2 fine young fellows.

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Tim from the first evening.

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Alex from the first evening.

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Please be sure to check out From Britten and their wonderful clothes and remember to support local Australian young designers.

In London I was struck by how well dressed the business men were, their seemingly natural knack of that British look, think Burberry, think Ralph Lauren, but better, much more elegant, better put together yet so effortless. It was in their nature. Some would call it breeding.

I never liked the office clothes people wore in Sydney, I remember seeing a lot of white jogging shoes worn walking to work with a suit, for men and women. Horrendous! “My eyes!! They burn, my eyes!!!” Ok ok, that was a little over the top, but you have to admit, it’s a horrendous look. Men, at least invest in some black leather sneakers, there are some great dressy and comfortable ones out there. Women, wear flats! Hello!!!

I’ve started working already, it’s 9 to 5, so I’m rushing around at peak hours and well, funnily enough, amongst the jogging shoes, I’m seeing some rather stylish office outfits. Sydney, I’m impressed. You lot aren’t half bad.

Corporate ladder - Sydney CBD

Corporate ladder - Sydney CBD

Corporate ladder - Sydney CBD

Corporate ladder - Sydney CBD

I shall be collecting some more office outfits in the near future and bringing them to you.

Just because you work in a corporate office it doesn’t mean you should automatically dress bad and boring. Put a little effort into it, invest in a well cut suit that actually fits you, not 2 sizes too big, because you think a fitting suit looks gay, a baggy suit makes you look so much older. Ladies, buy some flats to walk to work in, not hideous white jogging shoes, even black havianas will do the job.

This all leads to a top secret project I will be starting tomorrow which is office related, it’ll be a new recurring feature I will be doing for xssat here, but not always office related. Oh, I better shut up now before I give everything away. Be patient kids! You’ll see the results soon enough.

Have you been noticing the surge of red trousers or jeans in London and especially on guys? Well I certainly have and here’s a little collection of them :)

Red - around London

Red - around London

Red - around London

Red - around London

Red - around London

I promise I’ll write more next time but I’ve been feeling a bit worn out lately and need to take it easy, which will come very very soon. So bear with me beautiful boys and girls and I’ll write proper very soon.

Oh, I’m getting a haircut tomorrow, wish me luck!