Fashion Connect – LMFF Cultural Program 2012

Wow… it’s hard to believe that LMFF 2012 is almost here! Seems like only yesterday that we headed down to the docks to check out last year’s shows.

Fashion Connect, the LMFF Cultural Program will kick off the festivities this Wednesday 7th March, at The Carlton in Melbourne’s CBD.

Fashion Connect is dedicated to the unique, eye-catching and avant-garde of Melbourne fashion. Join host, Stephanie Ryan-Smith at an intimate cocktail soiree that combines fashion and art. Guests are invited to dress ‘extravagant’ to help a good cause, with proceeds going to The AIDS Trust of Australia.

Get your tickets now and don’t miss this fabulous event… and the chance to win over $5000 worth of prizes on the night including a MAC makeup gift box worth $1000 and a Polaroid Instant Camera.

WHERE The Carlton, 193 Bourke St, Melbourne
WHEN Wednesday, 7th March, 2012
TIME 7PM till late
PURCHASE TICKETS NOW

Turtle xox

Images courtesy of Fashion Connect

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RAFW Update: Fast-forward your look with powerful blue lashes

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As a child growing up in the ’80s, I remember my first make up discovery was blue mascara. I used to rummage through my Mum’s make up and experiment with the different colours to see what I could get away with. One day I even rocked up to primary school in Mum’s Christian Dior blue mascara. I felt so sophisticated and grown up.

I got into trouble from the principal and put on grounds duty. But it was worth it. My life had changed forever. I was in love!

So imagine my delight in receiving an update today (alas I am not in attendance) from Rosemount Australia Fashion Week (RAFW) 2011 about the Magdalena Velevska show where Bobbi Brown was the make up partner.

A bold flash of blue mascara featured as a highlight, complimented by soft dewy skin. Immediately, my memories of that pivotal day of my fashionable youth came rushing back.

Magdalena’s collection features intricate detailing and a brilliant colour palette, balanced with a clean style. Bobbi Brown teamed this with an ethnic inspired beauty look that featured a touch of ’60s influence and intricate woven braids to create a modern take on the Russian bride. All topped off with those electric blue lashes.

Makeup Director Nica Marcello, International Artist & National Education for Bobbi Brown says “Much like the fashion we take a pretty, feminine and traditional look and fast-forward it with powerful blue lashes, infused with our Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Cobalt.”

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Create the Magdalena Velevska look for yourself with these products from Bobbi Brown:
– Foundation Stick (my own faithful foundation!)
– EXTRA Repair Foundation
– Face Highlighting Pen in Opal
– Beige Shimmer Brick
– Lashes coated with Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Cobalt
– Lip Balm SPF 15 + Pale Pink Pot Rouge

I know I’m rushing out to get the Cobalt Gel Eyeliner to see if I can get away with it at work!

Turtle xox

Images courtesy of Bobbi Brown
Magdalena Velevska show, Rosemount Australian Fashion Week (RAFW) 2011
Wednesday May 4th, The Cargo Theatre

LMFF: Runway 1


L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival kicked off Runway 1 (presented by GRAZIA) last night with collections from Alice McCall, camilla and marc, Collette Dinnigan, Fleur Wood, LIFEwithBIRD, Nicola Finetti, sass & bide and Toni Maticevski.

Check out the Runway 1 collections for yourself online at the LMFF Gallery and on LMFF TV.

I’ve already watched the sass & bide collection five times. Lots of opulent black with gold detailing, much like what we saw at the London Fashion Week (without the whites and creams).

I’m off to see Runway 3 tonight! Can’t wait to see the Lisa Ho collection.

Turtle xox

House of Turtle

Screen grab from LMFF website

LMFF: Melbourne’s GPO Feast of Fashion Shows – This Thursday 18 March


A taste of what’s to come!

This coming Thursday (18 March), Melbourne’s GPO will deliver its Feast of Fashion shows as part of the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival program line up.

Melbourne’s GPO is fast becoming renowned for its unique fashion events which fuse performance, art and fashion. And, this year’s LMFF shows will not disappoint.

Two theatrical shows (12.30pm and 1.30pm) will feature GPO’s newest recruits, Manning Cartell, Acne, Alpha 60 and LIFEwithBIRD, alongside high-end favourites Lisa Ho, Akira and Leona Edmiston, amongst other GPO favourites.

Set against a dramatic backdrop of black and gold, GPO’s Feast of Fashion shows will be reminiscent of opulent baroque glamour.

For those of you without tickets to the shows, be sure to pop in to Melbourne’s GPO this Thursday anyway, as the doors will be open from 10am to 8pm for special in-store offers and designer appearances.

See you there! Keep an eye out for post-show round up on House of Turtle this Thursday.

Turtle xox

House of Turtle


Image Credits
Models
Silvana, wearing Acne (pink & white jacket) Adelaide, wearing Manning Cartell (black dress) Ruby, wearing Lisa Ho (black feather skirt & leather jacket) Zoe, wearing Leona Edmiston (long dusty pink dress)
Headwear Kerrie Stanley, Milliner Hair & Makeup Caterina DiBiase, Heading Out Hair & Beauty


Images courtesy of
PPR

LMFF: Melbourne Central’s Friday Nights of Fashion


To celebrate L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival, Melbourne Central presents Friday Nights of Fashion – Starting tomorrow night, Friday 12 March from 6pm-9pm.

Pop in to your fave stores for special offers and discounts, whilst you enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly.

Further to these fabulous offers, acclaimed photographer, Christian Blanchard, will also be taking live shots this coming Wednesday 17 March for a fashion editorial styled by Phillip Boom.

For full details and special offers, visit Melbourne Central now.

Turtle xox


House of Turtle

LMFF with APP-Titude



LMFF is almost here. And we can’t wait!

For those without tickets to all the events, and for those who do, LMFF have ensured fashion fans can interact with the excitement of LMFF in lots of fun and unique ways.

Festival Director, Karen Webster is excited about LMFF‘s new “high tech and high touch” approach. “LMFF is about bringing fashion to the people and the fashion consumer is our VIP. We look forward to sharing great content with them, be it here in Australia or around the world.”

iPhone users can access their very own LMFF app which features all the festival information you need, including a full program, designers, venues and more. Plus you can check out your fave outfits in a gallery and on LMFF TV. For those visiting Melbourne for the festival, LMFF have also included a ‘little black book‘ section of their fave bars, boutiques and restaurants.

And, if you want a little bit more, you can interact with the crew and friends via Facebook and Twitter.

For those of us using Blackberries and regular phones, you can still check out all the LMFF gossip and updates at the LMFF website and blog, and subscribe to LMFF Swingtag, the festival’s e-newsletter.

I’ll be keeping you up-to-date over the next week with all my highlights and must see events! See you there.

Turtle xox

House of Turtle

Images courtesy of AMPR

H-O-T Read: V Magazine



As you may have noticed, each month I feature a H-O-T Product and H-O-T Read on my blog and Facebook page.

This month’s H-O-T Read is V Magazine. V is no stranger to those in the know in the fashion world, or those simply in love with fashion. But, if you are a stranger to V, you should really pick yourself up a copy. Not only is it filled with cutting edge fashion, styling and photographers, it’s a great one to keep on your coffee table.

In the words of V themselves, “V is large-format and visually-driven, international in scope and collaborative in spirit. V is a magazine about fashion with a capital F and all the things that go with it: art, music, film, architecture…you name it… V is a place where uptown meets downtown, celebrities mingle with total unknowns, high art converses with underground culture. Chic, wacky, fun, fabulous…in a letter: V.”

Get V now at Borders or Mag Nation.

Make sure you check out the web page too for more regular updates from the fabulous world that is V.

Turtle xox

http://houseofturtle.com.au

L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival (LMFF) 2010 Designer Award Finalists

Dhini announced as one of this year’s seven finalists

Seven finalists have been selected to present their capsule Autumn/ Winter collections at this year’s L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival for the 2010 LMFF Designer Award, presented by Woolmark.

Dion Lee, Dhini, Gail Sorronda, Gary Bigeni, Lui Hon, Konstantina Mittas and Therese Rawsthorne were all selected as finalists from an increasingly competitive field of entrants.

The winner of the 2010 LMFF Designer Award will be presented at the conclusion of the runway presentation, to be held on Tuesday 16 March at 7.30pm at Atlantic, Central Pier, Docklands.

With a line-up like this, judges will no doubt have a tough job selecting who will win the lucrative prize from Woolmark of $10,000, as well as exclusive introductions to Woolmark’s extensive network of contacts locally and overseas.

Past winners of this prestigious award include Ben Pollitt (Friedrich Gray), Toni Maticevski, S!X, Mad Cortes, Josh Goot, TV, Yeojin Bae and Romance was Born.

My favourite from the line-up would have to be Dhini, however all seven finalists are bound to give the high profile judges a tough task of choosing who will win the award this year.

Visit LMFF for further information.

Turtle xox

Image courtesy of AMPR

http://houseofturtle.com.au

L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival (LMFF) Sets the Industry Agenda in 2010


LMFF is just around the corner and with it comes some of Australia’s most anticipated business events, including the Business Seminar, Marketing Breakfast and Designer Forum.

This year’s Business Seminar guests include Christian Blanckaert, Former Chairman and CEO of Hermes and Sarah Curran, Founder and CEO of my-wardrobe.com. Melbourne born designer, Michael Angel returns home for the Designer Forum. More speakers yet to be announced.

KEY DATES FOR 2010:

Designer Forum – 3pm, Monday 15 March, Sketch, Central Pier, Docklands (invitation only)
Herald Sun Marketing Breakfast – 7:30am, Thursday 18 March, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins
Business Seminar – 8:30am, Friday 19 March, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

Tickets available at Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com.au or Tel 13 61 00
Booking fees may apply

For further information visit
LMFF

Turtle xox

http://houseofturtle.com.au

MSFW Update: RMIT 4th Year Collections at Melbourne Town Hall

RMIT 4th Year Collections: Natalie Bortolotto
RMIT 4th Year Collections: Rosalind Ynat
RMIT 4th Year Collections: Christiana Livaditis
RMIT 4th Year Collections: Nadia Napreychikov

RMIT 4th year students presented their collections to fashion enthusiasts on Saturday night at the Melbourne Town Hall. This show presented some of the most inspiring and unexpected designs of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. No doubt we won’t need to wait long to see where these young and emerging designers pop up next.

Check out my MSFW photo album on Facebook for more photos.

Turtle xox

Information and images courtesy of That’s Melbourne and Professional Public Relations Pty Ltd

Want more MSFW news? Check out:
MSFW Update: Show 4 of Designer Series at Melbourne Town Hall
MSFW Update: Show 3 of Designer Series at Melbourne Town Hall
MSFW Update: Show 2 of Designer Series at Melbourne Town Hall
MSFW Update: Show 1 of Designer Series at Melbourne Town Hall
The Spirit of the Black Dress Gala Opening and Exhibition
Melbourne Spring Fashion Week is finally here
Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2009 – A Spring Fashion Fantasy

MSFW Update: Show 4 of Designer Series at Melbourne Town Hall

Show 4 of Designer Series: Bold and beautiful with Gary Bigeni
Show 4 of Designer Series: Ant!podium takes to the runway
Show 4 of Designer Series: New take on swimwear from TV


MSFW ended the Designer Series on Friday with new classic twists on cool from Alpha60, Ant!podium, Arnsdorf, Fat, Gary Bigeni, Obus and TV.

Check out my MSFW photo album on Facebook for more photos.

Turtle xox

Information and images courtesy of That’s Melbourne and Professional Public Relations Pty Ltd

Want more MSFW news? Check out:
MSFW Update: Show 3 of Designer Series at Melbourne Town Hall
MSFW Update: Show 2 of Designer Series at Melbourne Town Hall
MSFW Update: Show 1 of Designer Series at Melbourne Town Hall
The Spirit of the Black Dress Gala Opening and Exhibition
Melbourne Spring Fashion Week is finally here
Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2009 – A Spring Fashion Fantasy

MSFW Update: Show 3 of Designer Series at Melbourne Town Hall

Show 3 of Designer Series: Bright and bold for the boys with Arthur Galan’s stylish creations
Show 3 of Designer Series: Make an impact with Wayne Cooper
Show 3 of Designer Series: Jack London creates Spring Racing fashion even men can enjoy


The boys came out to play with the girls at MSFW Designer Series 3 on Thursday night with designs from
Arthur Galan, Bettina Liano, Jack London, Leopold, Nevenka, Nylon Flock from Nicola Finetti and Wayne Cooper.

My personal faves at the show were definitely the bold colours and flowing fabrics from Arthur Galan and Wayne Cooper. Bring me a pina colada quickly!

Check out my MSFW photo album on Facebook for more photos.

Turtle xox

Information and images courtesy of That’s Melbourne and Professional Public Relations Pty Ltd

Want more MSFW news? Check out:
MSFW Update: Show 2 of Designer Series at Melbourne Town Hall
MSFW Update: Show 1 of Designer Series at Melbourne Town Hall
The Spirit of the Black Dress Gala Opening and Exhibition
Melbourne Spring Fashion Week is finally here
Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2009 – A Spring Fashion Fantasy

MSFW Update: Show 2 of Designer Series at Melbourne Town Hall

Show 2 of Designer Series: Bold and beautiful Ginger & Smart took to the runway
Show 2 of Designer Series: Dhini‘s striking military-esque opening
Show 2 of Designer Series: Cute playsuits from LIFEwithBIRD
Show 2 of Designer Series: Jessica, Ashley and Rae sit front row

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week continued to take over the city last night (Wednesday) with Designer Series Two showcasing an extraordinary parade from designers Dhini, Gorman, Ginger & Smart, Kirrily Johnston, LIFEwithBIRD and Nicola Finetti.

Check out my MSFW photo album on Facebook for more photos.

Turtle xox

Information and images courtesy of That’s Melbourne and Professional Public Relations Pty Ltd

Want more MSFW news? Check out:
MSFW Update: Show 2 of Designer Series at Melbourne Town Hall
The Spirit of the Black Dress Gala Opening and Exhibition
Melbourne Spring Fashion Week is finally here
Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2009 – A Spring Fashion Fantasy

MSFW Update: Show 1 of Designer Series at Melbourne Town Hall

Show 1 of Designer Series: Akira showcasing his dream-like collection

Show 1 of Designer Series: Gwendolynne

Show 1 of Designer Series: MATERIALBYPRODUCT designers dress models on the catwalk

Last night, Melbourne Town Hall came to life as the MSFW Designer Series debuted to a buzzing audience. Fashion lovers witnessed a spectacular show featuring designs from Akira, Aurelio Costarella, Christine, Easton Pearson, Gwendolynne and MATERIALBYPRODUCT.

Check out my MSFW photo album on Facebook for more photos.

Turtle xox

Information and images courtesy of That’s Melbourne and Professional Public Relations Pty Ltd

Want more MSFW news? Check out:
The Spirit of the Black Dress Gala Opening and Exhibition
Melbourne Spring Fashion Week is finally here
Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2009 – A Spring Fashion Fantasy

MSFW Update: The Spirit of the Black Dress Exhibition and Gala Opening



MSFW Event:
The Spirit of the Black Dress – Gala Opening

Date: Monday 31 August, 2009

Location: Georges, 195 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

On Monday I attended the Gala Opening of The Spirit of the Black Dress – an exhibition which promotes and showcases emerging Australian talent.

The Spirit of the Black Dress brings together different factions of the fashion and textiles industry to create a vibrant community that commands equal social, environmental and economic success. An endeavor that is much needed in response to the recent global financial crisis and increasing demand for products which have a reduced impact on our natural resources.

The Spirit of the Black Dress is now on and will run from 10am to 8pm everyday from 1st – 6th September as part of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.

When you arrive at Georges, you will see ten beautiful dresses showcased throughout the gallery – each complimented by powerful images of models styled in the dress. It is clear straight away that an incredible amount of work and detail has gone into each dress, and whilst they might be all ‘black’ – they are also very unique and different. Be sure to read the descriptions as they provide an insight into the vision and aesthetic of each designer.

The opening itself was well attended by designers, stylists, media, and more. Georges had once again been transformed into one of Melbourne’s finest fashion institutions with red carpet, glittering chandeliers and the original 1800s ‘Georges’ logo imprinted on big glass windows. Funky looking waiters wandered around with champagne and canapes. The mood was light and fun, with everyone showing their enthusiasm for this inaugural exhibition.

Congratulations to all the designers, and to The Spirit of the Black Dress founder Tullia Jack, Jane Hayes, and their supporters for putting together a wonderful exhibition. One we hope to see again at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week in 2010.

Go to my new Facebook page for more images or visit The Spirit of the Black Dress

Turtle xox

Images from House of Turtle

Top Image
Left: Claire Djuve’s and Airdrie Makim’s dress
Middle: The Spirit of the Black Dress logo
Right: Sonya Kraan’s dress
Bottom Image
Close up of Alyana Eau’s dress