Who made my clothes? Fashion Revolution by Fashion Hub Qld

Fashion Hub Qld Q&A event for Fashion Revolution.

Fashion Hub Qld Q&A event for Fashion Revolution.

Who made my clothes?

This is the question that Fashion Revolution wants people to ask themselves this week.

It’s a question I was contemplating after attending Fashion Hub Queensland’s screening of the film, The True Cost.

Fashion Revolution’s annual campaign (April 18 – 24) seeks to ignite a revolution to radically change the way our clothes are sourced, produced and purchased.

The event on Tuesday night at QMC Cinema in Kangaroo Point, prompted by the campaign, was incredibly eye-opening and thought-provoking.

Designers' modeled at the Fashion Hub Qld event.

Designers’ modeled at the Fashion Hub Qld event.

To coincide with the screening Fashion Hub Qld held a sit down with Q&A with talented Brisbane designers who ethically manufacture their labels, a photographic expo, as well as models wearing garments from the talented designers.

The designers included George Wu, Maiocchi, Gail Sorronda, Julie Tengdahl, Black Milk Clothing and Nico Underwear.

Designers' garments on display at the Fashion Hub Qld event.

Designers’ garments on display at the Fashion Hub Qld event.

From labour and sweatshops costing lives to sustainability and the frequency of seasons, The True Cost a myriad of issues, and proved to be a true education.

Fashion Revolution’s mantra is ‘Be Curious, Find Out and Do Something’ about it.

I hope this blog post has made you slightly curious. The True Cost is a well-made documentary and definitely one I would recommend…in fact, I’d recommend organising a screening night with your friends over a glass of wine and clothes swap.

You can also take part in the campaign by posting a photograph on social media, tagging the brand and asking the question #whomademyclothes to get the real story behind what they’re wearing.

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time,

My Eclectic Muse x

A nude shoe for all skin tones

Source: Instagram @louboutinworld

Source: Instagram @louboutinworld

Flats for the win!

This season Christian Louboutin is expanding its Nudes Collection.

The brand has added a ballerina flat to the mix called the Solasofia, and it is available in seven different shades.

The campaign for the Solasfia, which I stumbled upon on Instagram, is absolutely stunning so I had to share.

Until next time,

My Eclectic Muse x

P.S You can follow me on Instagram @myeclecticmuse.

Source: Instragram @louboutinworld.

Source: Instragram @louboutinworld.

Trip to paradise: 5 tips for travelling to Fiji

Sunset on the Coral Coast, Fiji.

Sunset on the Coral Coast, Fiji.

For over a week I woke up in paradise.

Coconut trees, friendly smiles, crystal clear water and an array of colourful fish right next to the shoreline provided the perfect backdrop for a recent holiday, for which the main aim was relaxation…and utterly peaceful it was!

Located on Fiji’s largest island, Viti Levu, The Warwick Fiji on the famed Coral Coast is where I stayed for my vacation.

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The Warwick Fiji.

When the sun came out after rainy conditions for the first few days, the water sparkled.

The lagoons provided incredible snorkelling right of the shore and free use of non-motorised activities including stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, plus pool and ping-pong tables, squash courts and more ensured plenty of fun.

Sitting reading by the adults-only pool certainly was tranquil and the general landscape of the resort was gorgeous.

I noticed that The Warwick was very popular with families during my stay. There were numerous weddings held during my stay as well.

Outside of the resort, it is clear that Vitu Levu is a place of intense beauty, but also a place of striking contrasts.

One of the first things I noticed when leaving the airport was that it was quite mountainous, very lush and green (due to the country’s high annual rainfall).

In 2009 a cyclone caused significant damage to buildings and washed away bridges (our driver pointed out an unfixed bridge). Poverty remains a significant issue (thus understandable why I found myself getting stopped by locals so often who were trying to sell something or drive you in their taxi) in Fiji and many people live in informal squatter settlements surrounding main towns.

The Fijian people I met were all incredibly welcoming, however you do notice that there are divisions between the native Fijians and the Fijian born people of Indian descent.

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Sigatoka, Fiji.

Staying at The Warwick Fiji

Pros:

  • Nice lagoon with amazing snorkelling and a clear bottom boat ride available off the resort’s beach
  • Good selection of kayaks, quality flippers and wide range of free land activities
  • Huge pools including an adults-only pool
  • Buffet breakfast had plenty of options
  • Friendly staff

Cons:

  • Located 90 minutes from Nadi International Airport, some people may revel in the isolation, while others may prefer to stay in Denarau or similar and have the option to access restaurants at other hotels near where they are staying.
  • The buffet was extremely overpriced. Also, there are a few charges you don’t realise until too late, such as water being placed on the table without any explanation that if you open it you need to pay $10 for it.

The funny thing about travelling somewhere is that you find out other people you know have travelled there too.

I enjoyed hearing different perspectives about holidaying in Fiji before and after my trip and thought I’d collate a few general tips for people who are looking at travelling there.

5 Fiji Travel Tips

Look for a special and inclusions

Usually you can find deals if you are staying at the same resort for over 4-6 nights. Also, look into the inclusions. For myself, having the buffet breakfast included was fantastic, while other people I have talked to had passes that included three meals a day or drink packages, etc.

Keep in mind the weather

Maintaining a balmy climate year-round, make sure you pack plenty of sunscreen. You can expect dry weather from late March to early December, while rainy season runs from December to April where heavy, yet brief downpours are common. However, there can still be showers in the dry season.

Take a day trip – Kula Eco Park is worth  a visit

There are plenty of sights to see on the different islands. Wandering through Kula Eco Park was one of the highlights of my trip and definitely somewhere I would recommend others to visit if they are staying on Vitu Levu. Positioned along the walkway and merging into the forest backdrop are large purpose-built habitats that form the park displays. Many of the enclosure are walk-though, with no barriers between you and them. You get to enjoy seeing birds, reptiles, bats, sea turtles, tropical fish and more.

Take the local bus

Buses are efficient and inexpensive in Fiji, so pick up a copy of the timetable.

BYO

Buying alcohol at duty-free and a few snacks can keep you going if you don’t want to eat out all the time, especially if where you are staying isn’t close to other towns. I went into Sigatoka for a day trip and bought some simple foodstuffs from a supermarket. Also, bringing your own beauty items, sunscreen etc. is recommended.

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Until next time,

My Eclectic Muse x

 

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MBFF Brisbane Arcade Group Show

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Tengdahl. Brisbane Arcade Group Fashion Show

Designers, celebrities, media and local fashion lovers have descended on the John Reid Pavilion at the Brisbane Showgrounds this week to honour ten years of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival.

The festival coincides with the arrival of the labels’ spring/summer collections in stores, meaning the public can purchase their favourite new looks immediately.

I attended the Brisbane Arcade Group Show on Tuesday night and was truly impressed with everything from the set-up of the venue, professionalism and of course the designs.

Brisbane Arcade Group Fashion Show, MBFF Brisbane

Brisbane Arcade Group Fashion Show, MBFF Brisbane

The show featured some of Queensland’s most celebrated fashion houses, including Irma J Smith House of Fashion, Maiocchi, Pia du Pradal, Tengdahl, Bora and Darb Bridal Couture.

The catwalk was set up in a large U shape, with fantastic views from all rows, and the show opened with an incredible score reminiscent of an old Hollywood film.

As for the collections, there was plenty of gorgeous detailing, a nod to spring racing, with a combination of more structured pieces, muted tones and bright florals, plus bohemian 70’s vibes with earthy tones, in keeping with current trends.

The Irma J Smith House of Fashion created alluring looks through classically silhouetted suits and evening gowns, using vivid colours and faultless workmanship.

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Irma J Smith House of Fashion, Brisbane Arcade Group Fashion Show

Maiocchi twisted nostalgic silhouettes into fresh modern garments with a focus on handmade details, quirky touches and delightful textures.

There were bright happy colours and prints as well as soft pastels and muted neutral tones on show from Pia.

From leisure and corporate wear through to cocktail and evening, Tengdahl’s innovative yet timeless designs reflected confidence and sophistication. With a sense of glamour and adventure, they epitomised Brisbane’s relaxed lifestyle.

The unique and creative garments on show from Bora featured an east meets west story, using traditional oriental jacquard fabrics and organza. With daring silhouettes, pink and black dominated the colour palette.

Darb Bridal Couture, Brisbane Arcade Group Show

Darb Bridal Couture, Brisbane Arcade Group Show

The romantic and sophisticated gowns by Darb Bridal Couture provided the perfect finale for the show. The extravagant, figure highlighting couture was simply awe-inspiring. You would truly feel like a princess, albeit a contemporary and fashion savvy one, wearing the designs.

The state’s leading fashion festival has been delighting audiences since Sunday with an exciting program of runway shows and related events.

If you want to see more from this week or shop any of the looks from above definitely check out the festival website HERE.

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned! There will be lots more blog content coming soon, so if you aren’t already I’d love it if you followed me on Bloglovin.

Until next time,

My Eclectic Muse x

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White on White Outfit Envy

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With spring truly sprung in the Northern Hemisphere it’s no surprise white clothing has made a resurgence at the moment.

White lace in particular is everywhere this season, with dresses, shorts and tops with beading and paneling filling the runways.

Models for Valentino,Chloé and Louis Vuitton were dressed in delicate fabrics that played on the transparency of ethereal white lace with a nod to Romanticism.

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Valentino 2015 Spring Ready to Wear via Pinterest.

Although traditionally associated with a spring/summer looks, paired with other fabrics, items with white lace can transition into other seasons (luckily for us Southern Hemisphereans).

While black basics are many women’s wardrobe staple, an all-white ensemble makes for a refreshing statement.

It’s easy to feel intimidated when putting together a monochromatic look, so if you are worrying about being too over the top, try grounding an outfit with pop of pastel or other neutral tones.

Want some serious outfit envy? See below for 10 gorgeous ensembles for some white on white style inspo!

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Photo of Olivia Palermo via Pinterest.

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