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Talented girls - Part II

I present to you, Alicia of Sea of Ghosts. I spotted her hovering around the media registration desk at L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival (because I was hovering around too >__>), loved her black lipstick and huge gorgeous eyes so took her photo without evening know who she actually was. Of course we chit chatted a little and swapped cards too, lovely lovely girl she is. Don’t forget to check out Alicia’s blog!

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Ruby Rose - LMFF

Ruby Rose - LMFF

Ruby Rose is a MTV presenter here in Australia, a bit of celebrity spotting at LMFF :D

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.

Emma - Surry Hills

When I was asked to shoot the series for H&M magazine, I almost panicked, fearing I won’t be able to get many stylish people on the streets of Sydney, at least not to the standard of say The Sartorialist and Facehunter. So in my panic, I asked Emma whom I’ve photographed once before, if she would like to put together an outfit for me. She did not disappoint me, I love her sense of style and the way she puts a whole bunch of things together and it just works! Shame these photos won’t grace the pages of H&M mag. Oh well, at least I get to share them with everyone now.

Emma - Surry Hills

Name: Emma
Job: Vintage and retro fashion seller
Style icon: Marla Singer from Fight Club
Describe your style: A grandma who tries to keep up with the latest fashion by looking at 80s womens magazines.
Essential summer item: Cropped blouses, tied up at the waist.

Love the grapes, love the outfit and I just love the crazy spaces at Hibernian House. Thank you Emma!

A few more from the H&M magazine series that fell through.

Girls - Paddington

Name: Xaviera
Job: Artist, film maker and photographer.
Style icon: Comme des Garcon
Describe your style: Simple, relaxed upscale.
Essential summer item: This dress.

Xaviera’s look was my favourite from that day. The casual cool of the dress, her head scarf, the way she tied up the dress, perfect summer look.

Girls - Paddington

Name: Aalia
Job: Fashion sales assistant at Kookai
Style icon: Nicole Ricci, Sienna Miller and Eva Mendes.
Describe your style: Casual pieces with statement shoes and accessories.
Essential summer item: Little cotton dress and a great tan.

Aalia’s shoes and belt really make the outfit stand out.

Girls - Paddington

Name: Joyce
Job: Media student
Style icon: China Chow and Agyness Deyn.
Describe your style: Cupcakes!
Essential summer item: Ribbons

Her glasses frames are from American Apparel.

Girls - Paddington

Name: Ali
Job: Flight attendant
Style icon: Kate Hudson
Describe your style: Simple and easy, less is more.
Essential summer item: Bikini

Ali’s ex bought her the dress 2 years ago from Peel, I was quite surprised, considering maxi weren’t in fashion then and this dress looks great right now.

With the brief of cool, creative, stylish and personal looks, I went style scouting for H&M magazine. Alas the project fell through, they ran out of space for my photos. However it’s still fantastic to have to recognition from a big fashion player like H&M, hopefully I will get my photos in the mag next time. I have many great looks to share, I’ve been itching to upload them. There are lots of them, so I won’t flood you, I’ll feed them through a little at a time.

The following pics were taken outside the Fringe bar market, I picked out a few well dressed stall holders, it was fantastic! Part of H&M’s brief was to ask the people a few questions, that I really enjoyed, I may just keep on doing it. The questions opened up a dialogue and I felt more of a connection with my subjects, I think they felt the same way too.

Girls - Fringe bar market

Name: Olivia
Job: Fashion designer
Style icon: Victor & Rolf
Describe your style: Girly, frilly and flirty.
Essential summer item: Girly loose top.

skirt

Girls - Fringe bar market

Name: Nikki
Job: Jewllery maker, vintage clothes seller.
Style icon: Chloe Sevigny and Lil Kim.
Describe your style: Run of the mill fashion victim.
Essential summer item: Big gold earrings.

Though this look is quite popular this summer, the singlet with short skirt or shorts, but Nikki made it her own. I love the head scarf and the tattoos hints at her personality and adds to the look.

Girls - Fringe bar market

Name: Cherry
Job: Fashion wholesaler, maker.
Style icon: Gucci, Prada.
Describe your style: Simple and structured.
Essential summer item: Long flowy skirt and a simple tshirt.