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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?

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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.

Just a quickie. Melbourne girls love black! But they wear it well I have to say and black will always be the new black.

Black with a dash of red - L'oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival

Black with a dash of red - L'oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival

Name: Alice
Occupation: Architect
Describe your style: Dresses made by me and my mum.
Favourite fashion labels: None
Favourite clothing stores: Alpha 60

Alice’s red socks caught my attention, then I noticed the cardigan as scarf, love it! Turns out, Alice was wearing stockings, but it was too hot, so she bought some red socks and changed. She’s too lazy to carry the cardigan in her hands so wrapped it around her neck. Et Voila! Little unique touches always does it for me.

Blue & owl - Glebe street fair

Such a cute bag! I like the simple blue dress, matching earrings, paired with down to earth brown shoes and bags. Timelessly quirky.

Trend watch - Oversized manbag

I’m really liking all these oversized manbags I’m seeing around the streets of Sydney, so I’ll be keeping my eyes out and bringing you more. This bag is an old Gucci, quite worn out at the handles but still handsome and stylish.

I like this outfit too, so easy to put together, so simple yet perfect. Why can’t men dress like this more? A pair of fitting jeans, a crisp ironed shirt, a belt and a good pair of shoes, done! Is it really too much to ask of straight guys?

Lovely smile - Surry Hills

She walked with great confidence, gave me a cute pose and had such a lovely smile. I wish more people I ask would pose a little instead of just stand there. But I don’t want to intrude or impart too much, after all it’s them, their outfits and their personalities that I want to capture.

This is a simple, elegant and romantic ensemble, works amazingly for her. But this is one of those instances, where she, this lady makes the outfit, the same outfit on someone else just wouldn’t work so well. So well done, for knowing and wearing what works best for herself.