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The buzz backstage is crazy, especially when you have garments that are showing. The relief is remarkable. Enjoy watching Runway #2 of the 211 Graduate Fashion Collections, Men’s and Womenswear
“R.T.W F/W 2012 – RAW ENERGY”
“Interior Circulatory systems exude intense power in conjunction with the forces of the universe. This most basic pulsation represents the connection between the human body and the Earth’s core, signified by Red hues. Energy is released with this primitive, adrenaline-fuelled trend. Our men and women in red are like fire on ice.”
The designers ( in order of appearance) :
Diyana kosso (3 garments)
Chattida Prasartkul (3 garments)
Jessica Rodgers(3 garments)
Dewi Rumawisari(3 garments)
Jia Ying “Jenny” Xue(3 garments)
Madeline Kassis(2 garments)
Tarek Taouk(2 garments)
Melody Hay(2 garments)
Lo Louise Tam (3 garments)
Alice Kawk (2 garments)
Rachel Howieson(1 garment)
Vanessa Villegas(3 garments)
Rhaya Ratavosi(3 garments)
Paris Tucker(1 garment)
Pajaree Thirawattanawong(1 garment)
Alice Kawak(1 garment)
Cherie Arthur(1 garment)
Amanda Noor(1 garment)
Pinmarra Prasartkhul(3 garments)
Chang Song Lee(3 garments)
Paris Tucker(1 garment)
xxxx Much love, Yours Truly
So I finally received footage from my lovely PA’s ( ha-ha wait ‘till they see this) and FINALLY got around to putting it up for everyone to enjoy !
I’m sure you can all tell which one is mine judging from my blog photographs.
Padded Sheaths and Arctic Pelts
“Soft and cushiony adipose tissue is recreated using knitted material. Filler and padding add sculptural interest. Large-scale cables and ribbing stuffed with soft wading increase voluminous silhouettes in arctic grey or lavenders and the palest of nudes and yellows.”
The designers ( in order of appearance) :
Yours Truly, Rhaya Ratavosi
Ingrid Vitriana Husodo
Thi Thuy Duong Ngyuen
xxxx Much love, Yours Truly
So if you haven’t read my blog about intense retail therapy, I suggest you:
1 – Read it
2 – Do as it says
Simply because Asos still has their Sale on !!!!
AND all of the items below are just a small handful of my picks – all below $30, so if you’re feeling a little blue and feel as if you haven’t done something “productive” today you really can’t go wrong with this link !!
Enjoy Ladies… and men ?
xxxx Much love,
Before the afternoon fades into a wild night I’d Just like to wish all my followers and blog visitors a Happy New year ! Wishing you all the very best for 2012 – May it be filled with … EVERYTHINGG !!!!!!
xxxx Much Love, Yours Truly
So 2011 is gone… Wow Here’s Goodbye to one of the most “Hectic” Years of my life.
A lot actually Happened in 2011 for me – I Think the last couple of months were actually the most busiest months of the year to be honest, in terms of it all coming to an end ( together!) before Christmas and new years !
As I mentioned There’s been a lot of Farewells, girls night outs and the new one – a love ! I’ll share it with you now so we can hit off 2012 with a spark !
The Girls Night Outs | Novembre
It would be wrong for me to say that 2011 turned me into a workaholic because I’d started to be like that ever since I started my bachelor degree, so in that case I’ll use the terms Choice and Risks. This year I became MORE OF the workaholic that I had already become – Not taking breaks, getting to college and immediately going to my level to start/finish my work instead of chilling out front, going to bed late and waking up a few hours later to finish up work, not making time for girls night outs/ get togethers, not attending events I would usually be the first one to say yes to etc. This last semester specially, I had fallen into a habit of not making it to kick-backs at my best friends house, because I was simply and truthfully not making time for anything ( not even my health – clearly) besides my assessments, It was too much of a risk for me to take. I’d say “oh yeh I might come depending on how it goes” and all night I’d be killing myself and working on my assessments and designs meanwhile the girls were chillaxing and enjoying each others company with sweets and cups of tea ! I started to realise after my surgery just how much I missed it – and how horrible it felt that when I came back to thinking when the last time it was that the four of us were all present (ESPECIALLY ME),it was quite a vague memory ! Yes we are always there for each other and yes we always care but sometimes thoughts over actual presence doesn’t count. So where risk taking and choices come in is when I decided to ( in the midst of all the surgery stress and deadline mayhem) erase the word Priority and replace it with “Rhaya-say-yes-to-a-break-every-now-and-then-…please!” and so I did. I was there 10 pm, dead tired, eyes almost rolling back into whatever was left of my brain at my best friends Tuscan Avenue house for the very last time before they moved. I said yes to other things like that too like coffee catch ups and even a date and get-to-know. This probably may not make sense but the whole choice, risks and “Rhaya-say-yes-to-a-break-every-now-and-then-…please!” plays a very important part in “The love | Decembre”
The love | Decembre
So every year on my birthday I get crazy about making a wish – I have to make a wish, It’s just my thing– Its dumb because it probably never ever comes true but in case that one time it does – I always do ha-ha ! I usually make the same wish – typical – “I hope I find a normal boyfriend, I hope I don’t die lonely, I hope I find love, I want it to last and be perfect and blah blah blah” and other than wishing for that I also wish for a successful career, beautiful life and and a great year la la la. So having lost a little bit of hope in the love sector I said to myself you know this year I’m not going to wish for that, there is no point in wasting my wishing minutes on something as stupid as that !
So instead I wished for my studies – so that I could be given the strength to finish and meet the deadline for the men’s and women’s collection marking as well as making all three looks from the mini range into the fashion show, self fulfilment. ( mind you – that came true … Thank god! )
A few weeks before my birthday I was sharing a coke with cupid, and I said to him “you know I didn’t wish for love for my birthday this time but because we’re having a friendly dnm here do you think you can adjust your aim a little and maybe hit a bullseye on someone – just one person – who will be great for me ?” And He said to me “you know I think If you speak to my friend Santa pretty sure he can do seal the deal for you” – So i Shared a coke with Santa and he said “you know I’ll give you one wish – any thing” –and I said “all I want for Christmas is what I didn’t wish for this year, that I wish for every year – a click, a normal person that I can look to and say hey you’re my partner and I’m very glad you’re here with me and we can do this thing called life together, Someone who is strong enough to carry not only me but themselves – ( to be, at the same time, calm and collected when I’m not !)”. A few Weeks after that I Took a risk and one of those “Rhaya-say-yes-to-a-break-every-now-and-then-…please!” – I gave it another chance, one last chance and kaboom ! The start of December and I’m in a relationship – it’s almost been a month and I’m really happy !
It just magically happened, it’s funny how when you don’t wish for it and when you don’t want it so much, that it just happens – I don’t even know how it happened but it was the choices I made – the taking breaks and taking it easy thing – its how it all fell into place. By giving things a chance I was able to fulfil one last thing I’d been longing for.
The great ending of 2011 has rolled into 2012 and I quite like how It’s going and where It’s at – I think I’ll look at it positively and say its for the better and that everything that I’ve been through and experienced both good and bad was worth it. Here’s a big one to 2012, I hope you’re a great year ! One definitely to remember !
One last time | 2011 I’d like to say a sarcastic thankyou for all the hard times and suffering you put me through and a heartfelt thankyou for the beautiful memories, dnm’s, and the happy ending you gave !
xxxx Much love, Yours Truly
Hello Hello – And I’m back into it again.
As you’ve probably all noticed I haven’t blogged in awhile. This is because I decided to take a few weeks off after the show to do what normal people do … Work, Shop, more work, more shopping…see absolutely normal… ( what ?… It’s Christmas ha-ha and besides I did good )
Amongst that there has been farewells, girls night out, and a new one to the life of rhy … a time for a love to blossom. And this time I’m not referring to shoes, a new outfit or a timeless tiffany charm, I am in fact referring to the actual thing itself … a boy !
My last post was just before the fashion show – all the crazy hustle bustle deadlines before show time !! The fittings went well and as for the show itself – It could not have run any smoother.
It’s the greatest relief – the greatest reward after all that to have your collection on the catwalk for people to view. Because I guess only you know what it took to get yourself there.
Here’s a few shots from the day/night taken from our very own Raffles Facebook page as well as some of my own.
The Setting – Couture On ice it is !
My knitwear on the catwalk ❤
Raw Energy – Mens wear ! hot hot hot !
Congratulations to the 2011 Graduates !! hoora !
ay Jay – My Hottest boy friend ❤ him to bits !
Backstage Mayhem Begins !
The beautiful Marnee Kidd in our Fashion show – on the left ! She’s absolutely gorgeous !
The boys getting their hair and makeup done !
Marnee Kidd in Graduate Paris Tuckers Major Work.
Mucking around with Kristen at rehearsals !
Model Joella in an outstanding graduate piece !
Seconds before the Show starts !
Claudia Millham (graduate and internship winner) with Robert Di Giovanni ( program Director)
Model Mitchel Looking Seriously Fiery in RAW ENERGY !
Ladies getting their makeup done !
Amelia Tulloch stunning as always
Cheeky as always.
As I mentioned in the blog “Couture on Ice” there were some farewells ! Miss Meli B, one of my best friends is on a vacation to Sri Lanka and Bangkok so I’m terribly missing her and simultaneously wishing her a safe yet awesome trip !
So, in reference to the post title “ Night of the While” one thing I Love is colour parties – yes sometimes I don’t Exactly Dress up according to the code they’ve set but It’s always nice to see everyone wearing one colour at the same event !
My good Friend Keegan’s 21st was set as an All white Party ! Mel and I, fashionably late … as usual, and also delayed by a few things had quite an awesome night… in White –
Check out our video from the night ! ha-ha
xxxx Much Love, Yours Truly
Just a quick shot from the marking day | Full story here.
Looking at photographs from Last years Runway – swimwear – Remembering the stress and pressure – I kind of liked it ha-ha !
I guess I spoke to soon because we are only 27 Days away From the End of year Fashion show 2011 !!
Men’s and Women’s wear – NO FINISHED PIECES AND A CRAZY CHANGED DEADLINE – A WHOLE DAM WEEK EARLY ! WOW wow WOW
Better get this recovery business sorted so I can do what I do and Move on.
xxxx Much Love, Yours Truly
It’s that time of year again when urban originals have their awesome warehouse sale !
This is an opportunity NOT-TO-BE-MISSED LADIES !
For those of you who haven’t heard of Urban Originals – It is an Australian brand by Susan Cates that began with a handbag collection. Their collections have now expanded to accessories consisting of amazing jewellery and distinctive headband pieces as well as footwear. To read more on their story click here.
Having gone for the past few years I must say you can pick up quite a great bargain for such good quality bags !
Everything from their wallets to their bags as well as some accessories up to 80% off – I wouldn’t lie ladies !
So if you get a chance this week – November 3rd, 4th and 5th Head down to the Urban originals Warehouse Located at : 15 Chard Road Brookvale.
Remembers its cash only !!
If you’d like to view their website simply click here
Having received the luckiest chance to be able to work behind-the-scenes at such a spectacular show it truly became an amazing experience. I worked closely with Stylist Jono Nicholls and JBP productions staff, to casting and fitting models, arranging looks and sections to bring to the public a “not to be missed opportunity for Sydney fashionistas”
The morning was a fairly crisp one and everyone’s fingers were crossed that the rain wouldn’t ruin the outdoor experience at Circular Quay’s Customs house. As the crew put together the last of the 44 metre catwalk and seating the sun began to warm things up.
Backstage, the hardworking hair and makeup artists from Napoleon Perdis, as well as the brilliant dressers (including of course yours truly) were assisting with the pampering up process of the 100 models that were to star on this runway. We went from perfecting the sections, and organising the running order to taping all the beautiful shoes provided from Brands like Ellery, Peep toe, Guess, and Tony Bianco. Finally it was Show time, getting the garments perfected on the models in running order and ensuring things were running smoothly.
Having a Sharp eye for design details and labels, I not only fell in love with half the collections on show but I also realised that Ladakh was amongst the gorgeous garments. With the Runway Being a complete success, we can shop selected Ladakh items from Westfield like never before, all our favourite brands in the one spot. “Unlimited shopping, One Checkout”.
Over and out – Rhy x
There comes a time in every fashion designers life where they take their first pair of needles, their first ball of yarn and learn to knit.
My first knitting experience occurred during the autumn of ’11, something I doubt I’ll ever forget. Our Design Brief was “padded sheath“ with a Winter white colour palette and highlights of light grey, flesh or baby yellow tones. This had to be designed in relation to our researched non-western culture.
Hours and hour of research go into the history factor within design. It is important you know what comes from where, and especially how it got there! During my research I decided to choose home, none other than the indigenous aborigines of Australia. In particular I looked at the aborigines of the Arnhem Land, Their art, their history, what their story was, and what they were trying to tell us. Within my research I found that these particular inhabitants had a certain style of art known as Rarrk. Rarrk was the style of cross hatching within their art, usually characterised by a number of parallel lines, and a repeated pattern of different diagonal segments. I gained inspiration from this for my Jacket and Skirt.
So now I knew directly where my inspiration was coming from and exactly what my boundaries for colour and concept were. I adopted the style of rarrk and combined it with the padded sheath theme, and innovative sleeve ideas for my jacket. It took 4 weeks to come up with a complete look for this brief as it was my first time dealing with hand-knitting, padding and wadding. But we all know what that meant – another 4 weeks, to master knitting and finish the garment, as well as doing other assessments like my portfolios and attending other classes and their assessments. Monday through to Saturday I was at college. Waking up at 5.30, getting on a bus for 2 hours with the m2 traffic, being at college all day, coming home and being so exhausted – like never before. I would work on Sundays – a Full shift from nine till six to make up for the days I couldn’t work and sometimes I’d even pull a long 7 till 6 when asked.
I never complained, always did my work, put in my best efforts, sucked up any pain and just gave it all I had, because I had it in me. It was like a live wire, and it still exists. Its this crazy passion that motivates me and fuels my determination. I experienced 8 weeks of a rollercoaster, with my cousin flying in from Los Angeles for 6 weeks, as well as crazy deadlines every week, full time-no rest weeks, playing the role of student and tourist guide was a constant ride. Sometimes I wanted to break down on the ground and just cry and scream for hours to relieve me of all the built up pressure. You get tired with such intense hours, expectations and deadlines. You don’t get a break, no one feels sorry for you, there are no excuses, and you either work till you finish it or you die trying to. This is what you chose not the other way around !
It was my cousin who kept me strong though, her positive attitude and the fact that she was not from here, made me build a wall of strength for myself to lean up against. I honestly don’t know how i did it, but i got through it. It was the greatest pleasure having her and I loved every bit of it. Family is one my first priorities, Cousins from overseas really brighten up your day. It’s different when you live in Australia far far away from them all ! You really start to appreciate things people normally wouldn’t !
Life throws unexpected challenges your way and you just have to deal with it.
What i was yet to learn though was that there was something more to it all – this wasn’t the end – there was no happy vacation for me yet ! If anything this was just the beginning !
Monday – 2 days before Marking and shoot day Wednesday 29th June 2011. 7:30 pm I had reached the final stages of my garment but the design wasn’t going to work and it had to be changed – There was absolutely no way The original padded Skirt layers were going to stay on and work with the knitted skirt. What the hell was I going to do ? An absolute disaster. With only one full day Left to work on it – and that day being a Tuesday which I had a different class and assessment due – what was I going to do ? Luckily my Mentor and I sat down and Re-worked my design and my options. I had picked up crocheting throughout the term break and that is what I decided to use to portray the rarrk on the skirt. There was no other way of working an idea in such short period of time ! Eventually the process of this conceptual knitwear craze would be completed and all I’d have to worry about would be presentation for marking day and the shoot.
I had The Pleasure of having my beautiful Friend AND beautiful Model Marnee present it – The most amazingly kind hearted person I have ever met ! My Best friends Melina Bloc ( a very talented music artist) as the hair stylist and Yasmine Parker ( my lovely besty who captures the finest of moments) from 000 photography taking my shots. My cousin Nicole assisted with the makeup and together my friends and I had a blast !! It was a great day, Marnee was fantastic and patient as was everyone else ! Over 500 shots were taken in just over an hour and they all came out so great !
Watch the video and let me know what you think of it – as well as the Collaged Photos !!!!
Knitwear drove me insane, in fact knitwear made me sick – so sick that I had to have an operation.
To be continued … 2011 – Health – The Emotional Aspect.