Happy Weekend Everyone !!!! Christmas is nearly here and I am so excited to be sharing the festive season with some of my favourite family overseas !!! Today’s post is about two of my favourite polka dot pieces. One worn … Continue reading
The first we really noticed this trend here in Australia was when Romance was Born opened up Fashion week in 2012 with their superhero styled comic book collection.
They absolutely, with no question brought their very own comic book to life and took costume dress up for this theme to a whole new ready-to-wear level.
Since then I have started to notice more “pops” of this trend come about through even bigger designers and even hit the shelves in department stores.
And somehow (through my lovely job) managed to get my hands on a very special Pop art Tube Skirt From Top Shop. (below)
This beautiful comic Art inspired Skirt is absolutely GORGEOUS and such a fun piece to have.
It’s super trend driven and all the pops of Red and Yellow colour make it that much easier to Style.
The Perfect Colour Palette for this trend is obviously Black and white with a combination of Red, Yellow and Blue.
Accessories that would go perfect with this trend are high shine bags and belts and Gold Coloured jewellery.
Primary Coloured Shoes, Red, Blue and Yellow would also go well with this trend.
Although this skirt is not available on Top shops Website.
There are a number of other Comic/Pop Art inspired pieces Still available. (below)
Be Quick to purchase as they may not last very long.
Simply Click here to be directed.
To look at some other Designers who have also “WOW’d” US !
3.1 Phillip Lim, Pre-Fall 2012 Collection.
I know its Pre-fall 2012 but I absolutely love it AND it’s TOTALY RELEVANT.
"Everyone wants garments to be superheroes” said Designer Phillip Lim.
In fact, some would even agree that many of his pieces were constructed from such great high-tech fabrics with remarkable design functionality , that would be enough to actually and incredibly save you from any wardrobe strife you’d be in.
Super POWERS !
I love how minimal the core pieces in this collection are.
To View the Full collection click here.
So, before I go - A little secret between you and I – there is more to come of this trend in Summer 2013 in Australia.
So definitely keep your eyes out at the major department stores.
I have a REALLY BAD WEAKNESS for super cute dresses ESPECIALLY when they give me a vintage vibe.
Black and white polka dot dress, gathered elastic waist, peak-a-boo back, and cute little cap sleeves !
AS IF I could say no !
This dress is from Target and is from the DOLLY for Free Fusion range !
You can style it up with some PEARLS…
Get cold ? Wear my favourite little black jacket with ruched 3/4 sleeves !
Stockings if you like, even Red shoes and some Red Lipstick.
and throw a super classy pose !
Like the dress – Just click here !
xxxx Much Love, Yours Truly
After crazily editing our videos and spending hours and hours picking a song that tickled my fancy, I finally did it !
I promised all you beautiful people footage of my Fall/winter 2012 Amore Amore RTW collection so here it is !
I hope you all enjoy it – because I know my team and I sure did.
Can’t see the Video ??? Click here
WATCH THIS SPACE FOR SHOTS FROM THE SHOOT – COMING SOON !
xxxx Much Love, Yours Truly
Woke up this morning and let’s be honest – who didn’t want to go back to bed with the weather being so S#!t ????? As you could of imagined what was supposed to be a bright summer awakening started to feel like a rather sluggish wintery morning! BUT that didn’t necessarily mean a fun days of work wasn’t about to begin.
Here at T.L.O.R head quarters I have been busy expanding the RATAVOSI men’s and women’s collection with additional women’s looks for our Amore Amore Photo-shoot.
I’ve been crazily sourcing props and accessories from all over the place as well as locations to give the right touch to all our looks.
In fact, Perfect Timing for Valentine’s Day !!!!
Mid last week, I ordered a cute red wide brimmed hat and some cat eye sunnies to go with the “midnight rendezvous dress” (oh and a pair of white ear muffs JUST FOR FUN hahaha)– what felt like a knock and run today, brightened mine and my best friends day.
2 brown parcels from ASOS… oh yes oh yess !! Happily tearing apart the boxes, there they were ! It always feels so exciting and rewarding when you get a parcel at the door, I love the feeling, it almost feels like it’s your birthday ha !
And well knowing the two of us ( the usual ) decided to do a silly little luvo session with the new pieces.
Wearing My very own RATAVOSI “Sinuous Senorita Jacket” being all snobby and that with my best friend in one of my wardrobe favourites, my biker vest with a fur collar and of course our accessories from ASOS, Red hat, cat eye sunnies and our fluffy white ear muffs.
xxxx Much love, Yours Truly
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
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.
Just a quick shot from the marking day | Full story here.
As we all know I’ve been busy as hell trying to get my toosh into order for a very hectic time of year in a “ fashion student world ”. So I finally Present to you the entries of this time as I couldn’t blog them right away.
Monday – the 14th of November – first week back into it fully –
All I have are my patterns, myself and my fabrics. Some things need tweaking, others need redesigning and reworking or just simply need to be sewn. Status about getting finished right now is “totes not going to get there”
Tuesday – the 15th of November
8 more days – all I get done is the bustier shell – Freaking out process starts to kick in, in the later hours of the night.
Friday – the 18th of November
By Friday all I had done was a bustier shell, separate front and back pieces for my ladies pants, and a very small no seams Ponte dress silhouette and that’s about it. So many problems begun to arise and soon enough I had all these negative thoughts up in my head about not being able to finish on time ! By the late afternoon the pants were ready to go with something as stress-less as a hook and bar to be sewn onto the waistband. Something in my paranoid little head made me want to put it on someone with a model like figure to really make me believe that another garment could be almost finished. Luckily there were fit models next door – unfortunately, as i had anticipated, her foot couldn’t make it through the tight jodhpur leg (the zips I added just weren’t long enough) ! yes – you guessed it – that meant NOT a finished garment, but one that had to be unpicked as well as new longer zippers being bought ! A disastrous cigarette leg that not even an anorexic leg could fit into What a great way to end the college week – some more disappointments, greater stress to calm level. Not one complete look and menswear hadn’t even begun !
I’d been working long hours, every day AND night – was the slightest bit of progress too much to ask for ? Seriously, Haven’t I been through enough ?
So the weekend arrived, I had to suck it up even more and work even harder as I was the only one far, far behind ! It was very hard – not recovered well, hardly eating or resting – it was painful and yes I whinged and cried and threw little tantrums ( tantrums that I personally felt I was entitled too !) I tried to do my best with my men’s looks as the dying and bleaching had to be done on the weekend or else it would never dry in time ! Slight success with the colours, but I was still a little “iffy”.
Monday – Week that its due – 21st of November
And again all I have completed is a bustier and now a men’s top that I used as a replacement ( there was no way that I could have my men’s jacket done in time – no leather left, no money, no time)
It was all about reworking and trying to stay on task, as hard as it was – I was able to do it.
I tried my hardest to sew the shell of my jacket with the help of a very lovely family friend who assisted me along the way ! ( for that, I greatly appreciate her time and efforts )
At this stage, the men’s pants needed to be sewn as they had now been treated and were at drying, the ladies jacket and ladies dress both needed to be worked and that was all left for the only machine time before the marking on Wednesday afternoon !
Wednesday 23rd November – a Day before the marking
Time : 9.40 pm
Status: just got off the train, super tired – body about to shutdown.
I had my final booking with my machinist “ Connie” on Wednesday (Connie – who it would have been impossible without – I thank her a million times over !)
I had been working very late every night last week and this week as well, trying to get the collection done. Aiming to bring to life a collection within a tight period of one and a half to two weeks was not easy. The weather was dull and Rhaya Ratavosi was definitely not going home – no way – not until all of this had been done ! I had been working too hard now and had put my body through so much pain to just quit now and not have anything done ( AND BESIDES its totally NOT MY STYLE – to not finish something I Begun, that’s a big fat FAIL for me ). After a long day working my heart away, i was relieved to see the collar on the dress being sewn and buttonholes being marked. That meant the last thing that would complete my collection was almost done.
So i finally get home and the buttons and buttonholes get done – they weren’t perfect like I would usually have them but a home job here and there I can live with.
Overall, I’m quite proud of myself. I hope they are proud of my efforts and accomplishments too ! That would really make my year !
Here’s to a very short but well-earned 4 and a half hours of sleep before I have to be up again.
Thursday – Marking Day
8.50am – my first model arrives. Just seeing the process, from my own eyes and knowing what I went through, witnessing the first look on a live model, was just divine ! It felt so good – like everything Id been putting my health up for was finally up in my face complementing me back. Marking went great, with only a few minor changes here and there, they were proud of me and I was very pleased with the outcome. Looks like all the hard work paid off. Now only a little bit more stress to go until it’s really all over.
Let me be an example – an example for those people who think they cant achieve what they want to achieve. Let this be an example to give courage, faith and belief to people, to have it in themselves , that they are capable of doing impossible things. Let it inspire those who at times burn out and need guidance. You’re not alone – I used to think I was – but we’re not. Do what you have to do, go for what you want to go for – don’t let others chose that for you.Plenty of people go through life changing things, misfortunes, and challenges on a daily basis – it all depends on how you chose to conquer it. Will you sit back and state the obvious that you’re a fragile being that cant do anything or will you suck it up and pull through it because u are still the same person deep down – a dam fighter ?
I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t easy. It never is ! It’s not easy to be motivating yourself at all ! In fact, I didn’t think Id make it but there I was Thursday morning coming home from marking sitting on a train and thinking to myself F*#k I did it – its done. OMG ! I’m a bloody legend. ha-ha !
Last night having something as little as buttons and buttonholes to do – yes it took long for it too finish and yes it was quite late into the night and sleep was a minimum but after all I’ve sacrificed I’m sure that part was the easiest. The feeling that a big weight ha been lifted off your shoulders is the most rewarding relief ever. To be able to look back and see how Quickly I was able to turn over the pieces was amazing !
After all – by tomorrow this event will be part of the past… see…
Well it’s time for the ‘dnm’ to be over – I took some quick shots of my collection. Hope you enjoy them.
before I end this post I’d love to thank everyone who was part of this, from dealing with my stresses to helping me bring the collection to life ! I love you all.
xxxx much love, Yours Truly
One of my most favourite parts within designing a collection is the fabrication. I could spend Days, even weeks just looking at different fabrics, textures, weights and contents. It fascinates me because you have to have a great eye not only choosing the appropriate fabric but also colour for the season and collection. You not only have to make the sketch come alive but you have to be able to tell a story, to make sure people understand and most importantly its flow.
For my mini men’s and womenswear collection “amore amore” alot of thought went into the fabrication. It’s a very important part depending on which way you work – whether you select your fabrics first then design, or vice versa.
For the women’s collection I wanted to focus more on accentuating feminine curves and mixing it up with a touch of androgyny such as masculine tailoring which is very evident in my ladies dress. It’s very two faced – in the sense that you look at it once and you say “wow she looks gorgeous, an absolutely stunning feminine piece – great shape”, but then you look at it again and you say to yourself “man I should step back – she’s in charge” – There’s a big boom of dominance in the female pieces ! Their trendy yet edgy !
Coming to fabrication – Feminine fabrics such as sheer silk organza’s and laces were a priority as well as mixing it up with a completely opposite heavy, authoritative, and grunge yet expensive clean look, the fabrics that shouted that out were genuine leather and real fur. Driving from one wholesaler to another in Sydney, trying to find what it was that I Loved and wanted the most – I must say It took forever but the reward the journey brought was great ! There is a bit of quilting evident within my designs which I think is a very strong element of masculinity as well as leather slashing !
The men’s look was kept very basic in design but it is the busy fabrication that will give you that touch of luxury as well as making you stand out from the crowd. For the men’s pant piece I chose the classic 5 pocket styled jean and for fabrication it will be a very crazy random tie dyed red and burgundy denim. I’ll keep it quiet on the men’s look and just surprise you all when the time comes !
The colours I chose for the looks for the brie are very “amore amore”. Burgundy and deep reds with a splash of live reds and black. At the same time, you can’t allow yourself to get too crazy because it’s a RTW collection so people have to be able to wear it on a day to day basis.
It was good to have been designing for FW 12 – stepping away from last years summer themed briefs. I really do enjoy my course and for those of you who think it’s all fun and games and dress ups – its honestly not – I must say those who have turned around and said that to me really don’t understand ! – That shirt you’re wearing – yes even those designer pants ! It has taken someone through a very stressful yet enjoyable journey and has been successful enough to make it into stores and into your closet ! Appreciation for the industry, whether you like that designers style or not – I appreciate it … Do you ?
It’s been a very long journey for me this semester, considering my operation – I’ve had some time off from it all trying to recover ( which i might add – slow process much !!), I’m really looking forward to next week back – I’ll have three weeks to re-work my patterns – those that need to be fixed – then to be re sampled/toiled, and finally to produce the actual collection – EEEEKKK !!! the amount of pressure and stress – I’m sure you’ll hear from it on my blog !
Cannot wait to share the collection with you !
p.s Check out the beautiful Lace samples I got ! The first is a French Lace, followed by Guipure Lace which is the one I’ll be using as it goes well with the amore amore - blood/veined theme. Bot
xxxx much love, Yours Truly