AN UNDERGROUP WINTER

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Images by Nicole Cooper.
I know it's incredibly difficult to even comprehend winter clothing during this heatwave we're experiencing, but when it looks this good, you can't help but crave it - sweltering temperatures and all. Sure it may be forty degrees (Celsius) outside, but heck, I still want to throw that delicious cocoon-like LP33.3 coat over my shoulders. I may be crazy but there's something about winter dressing that I just can't help but love. I'm the type of person that will scour online stores for that perfect winter wardrobe, even during the height of our own summer. And if you don't believe me, I'm currently tossing up between this bad boy and this one. Your thoughts would actually be much appreciated.

FASHUN

Photograph and gif by Nicole Cooper.
This image is probably a lot to take in at once so I'll just ensure that the accompanying text is nice and light: Mateja from Six Wolves in a rad Emma Mulholland bikini.

AMY

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Photos by Nicole Cooper.
On a recent lazy Sunday I styled and photographed the natural beauty that is Amy, a new face at Priscillas. With nothing but a slick of mascara (seriously, she doesn't even own make up) and an empty studio space, it was a minimalists dream come true. Alongside fellow Studio Alte photographer Andrew, we shot her entire book in under two hours. Considering what my typical Sunday looks like, I'd say it was rather impressive. 

one Nathan Smith button up two Kahlo bomber, Dion Lee skirt, Aesa cuff three Kahlo bomber, Dion Lee skirt, Aesa cuff & Benah ring four Kahlo collared dress five Kahlo leather dress, eBay leather cap six Aesa crown, Nathan Smith button up, Michael Lo Sordo metallic skirt (exclusive to Desordre), Aesa cuff, Benah Ring. Everything is available at Desordre Store.

BLOCK PARTY

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Photography by Nicole Cooper.
I went to a General Pants party, and it was rad. I could leave the entire post there but I'll elaborate a little for you guys, just so I can rub it in and whatnot. Put simply, there was a buttload of silly string, spray paint, pizza, cider and good looking peeps running around getting photographed by Bec Parsons or Byron Spencer. The entire shindig was for their latest campaign, titled 'Block Party' (hence the name of this post, it's not just some ridiculously crazy coincidence). Check out the video of the night here or go and drool over the rest of the lookbook, which happens to feature my lanky legs and pasty white arms, right here.

STATIONERY

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Photography by Nicole Cooper.
Despite the digital age and the ease of technology, one thing I will never get sick of is a handwritten note. That's why when an invitation to Samantha Wills' stationery & home wares launch arrived in my inbox, I found myself gasping and getting a little more excited than I probably should have been. Samantha collaborated with the incredibly talented illustrator, Kelly Smith, to create a stationery range filled with imagery so beautiful, you'll probably want to keep it all for yourself. Not only were the products stunning, but the venue itself was also pretty darn special. Frosted windows leading all the way up to the ceiling, floral bouquets lining tables and more taxidermy than you could poke a stick at. Make sure you keep an eye on the website as the range will be dropping online in the next few weeks.

SNAPSHOT

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Polaroids by Nicole Cooper.
Last weekend I shot new face Amy in our studio space (that rhymes - totally unintentional but let's run with it). These are just a few polaroids I took on the day, so expect to see the entire shoot soon. If you're as impatient as I am, you can check out my Instagram for a little sneak peek. Just about everything you see here is available in store at Desordre so if anything tickles your fancy, make sure you get in touch with the massive babes that run the joint!

MATCHES

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting the NAC Group showroom to view some of their latest  SS13 collections landing in stores and online at matchesfashion.com. With more than 90 new designers being introduced to their already drool-worthy list, I can almost guarantee that your credit card/debit card/piggy bank will be taking quite a beating - but I can certainly guarantee that it will be worth it. The accessories were a major stand-out for me, I'm honestly one step away from throwing those winged Linda Farrow sunglasses into my cart, checking out and then riding off into the sunset with them. Heck, I'm even wanting to live happily ever after with those Isabel Marant sneakers. But hey, I'm surely not the only one that feels that way? Right? Guys? 
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VERA XANE

Meet Alex, the beauty and the brains behind the exciting new jewellery label, Vera Xane. Having trained to be a silver and goldsmith whilst still in high school (my most important decision back in year 10 was what ice cream to get for lunch), it would almost seem that she was destined to become a jeweller - and an incredibly successful one at that. Alex kindly agreed to answer five quick questions for us, so make sure you check out her responses and a sneak preview of her collection below!
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Photographs and graphics by Nicole Cooper.
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your background. I grew up in a very creative household. My grandmother on my Mum’s side was a seamstress in Egypt before they migrated to Australia, and I was brought up spending the weekends sewing with my Mum and grandmother from a very young age. My dad created and edited a cult rock n’ roll magazine called ‘Drift’, while at university in the late 1960’s. He started it when he was about my age, and it’s on record in the State Library. We still have all the original copies of the magazines in my house, and I love looking back at the interviews he did with so many incredible musicians of the time. So there was a strong creative influence in my life from both sides, and I always knew I wanted to do something of my own. I have a background in fashion and textile design. I studied (most) of a Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles from the University of Technology Sydney, during which I really focused on textile design and silk screen printing in particular. While I was studying Fashion I worked in-house designing pieces for a well known Australian fine jewellery label, which definitely taught me a lot. I am also trained as a silver and goldsmith. I actually did that while I was still in high school under the guidance of a master jeweller, and specialised in lost wax casting.
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Have you always wanted to be a jewellery designer? Pretty much! When I was little I used to spend all my time making pieces of jewellery by hand, and I always dreamt of one day becoming a designer. I even started my first jewellery label when I was 17 for my Design & Technology major work in the HSC. After high school I defected for a few years with the whole fashion design path, but it wasn’t for me. Describe the typical Vera Xane girl. The Vera Xane girl is someone who knows her own style, is adventurous with accessories, loves fashion, but certainly isn’t a slave to trends. She likes to mix high and low and has an appreciation for design, not just brands. I also like to assume she’s smoking hot…
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What was the inspiration behind your debut collection? There were quite a few different sources of inspiration that went into the first collection. There’s some obvious aesthetic references- I definitely looked at architectural structures. I love geometric lines and have always had a fascination with ways of creating illusions of size (for example the cages evolved from the idea of hollowing a large piece of jewellery and introducing empty space so it essentially becomes much more wearable). I’m also obsessed with the whole 1960’s and 70’s rock n’roll scene, so there was a strong influence from there too. I listened to music that I loved from that era and even used the women presented in the lyrics of some of my favourite songs, designing pieces that I imagined they would wear if they were around today. The collection is very much a modern representation of that all the things I loved about that time. And finally, what's your favourite piece in the collection and why? I’d say the Sunray bangle, mostly because it was just such a difficult piece to get right. I must have re-designed it about 10 times. But I’m very happy with the finished product. It’s entirely hand made and from the feedback I’ve received, people can really appreciate the intricacy and work involved in it, which is a great feeling too.
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