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STYLE FILE // isabella blow

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The embodiment of a fashion fantasy, Isabella Blow’s incomparable style is celebrated in the exhibition ‘Isabella Blow: A Fashionable Life’ at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. As an English stylist, editor and muse she nurtured and supported many designers such as Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy, Hussein Chalayan and Julien Macdonald. A true visionary, she saw their talent and wore their designs and now you can see complete outfits of her clothes, hats, shoes and jewellery.

This exhibit is a beautiful tribute from her friend Daphne Guinness who purchased Blow’s collection and has now shared this personal story about the woman behind the clothes. You can feel the true bonds with her fashion friends, clearly reflected in the number of Alexander McQueen pieces on display along with Philip Treacy hats. Her devout friendship with McQueen is touchingly on show with a video of them on the grounds at her Gloucestershire estate, where a young McQueen learns to handle a falcon while a fabulous Blow in all her finery walks across the fields.

Her sincerity is accurately shown in this quote. “Fashion is a vampiric thing, it’s the hoover on your brain. That’s why I wear the hats, to keep everyone away from me. They say, ‘Oh, can I kiss you?’ I say, ‘No, thank you very much. That’s why I’ve worn the hat. Goodbye.’ I don’t want to be kissed by all and sundry. I want to be kissed by the people I love.” A woman who loved the fashion world but truly adored the creators who had become her friends.

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STYLE FILE // monochrome shine

top - IRO Paris // necklace - sass & bide // perfume - Philosykos by Diptyque

top – IRO Paris // necklace – sass & bide // perfume – Philosykos by Diptyque

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coat – Tibi // bag – Alexander Wang // sunglasses – Sunday Somewhere // earrings, cuff – Amber Sceats

Monochrome is an easy palette to use for dressing since you can get ready quickly without worrying about clashing colours or prints. Black and white are wardrobe staples and a stylish look anyone can wear.

The simplicity of black is always a winner when putting together an outfit, but it can look as gloomy as the rainy weather in the colder months. Sometimes I like to accessorise with gold pieces to warm it up but the contrast of sleek silver can create a cool, tough edge. Liquid metal hardware used as accents on clothes and bags topped with shiny steel jewellery creates a classic yet modern combination.

STYLE FILE // closet cull

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I have always had a neat and organised wardrobe and being a visual person I only use one kind of hanger so it all looks orderly. Despite all this my wardrobe is somehow becoming an issue, it feels like the clothes are expanding and the storage is shrinking.

1st mistake – I didn’t clear anything out when I last moved (which was five years ago).

2nd mistake – I hadn’t done a good cleanse before moving (which was five years prior).

3rd mistake – I’m not a hoarder but a designer (which means I hang onto items because I like the print or detail but I won’t wear it again).

My goal is to start using all my clothes and not only the ones within reach and visibility. My hope is that I will get dressed with ease, but also get excited by rediscovering my style. It’s amazing how much your mood and inspiration can be influenced when dressing for the day ahead. So I am beginning the detox mission and dividing up items into keep, donate or sell. The only question being is how can I recycle those fabrics I love but have gone past their wearable expiry date?

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