Sunday, 28 June 2015

Shoe Weekly - June 28

We all need to put our best foot forward. Makes it easier when you are wearing some hot shoes. This is the Fashion Vaults weekly edit of the top three!
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Saturday, 27 June 2015

Happy Bday Solange!

Happy birthday to Solange Knowles.
This fashion queen turns 29 today (24th June). She's a constant source of style inspiration. From bold colours to clashing prints and pushing the envelope on silhouette . TFV admire you! 


Sunday, 21 June 2015

Shoe Weekly - 21 June

We all need to put our best foot forward. Makes it easier when you are wearing some hot shoes. This is the Fashion Vaults weekly edit of the top three!

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

You've only got $100 left before pay day ... 17 June 2015

One day left until pay day and you have a spare $100 to indulge. What to buy? Check out our picks!


Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Braddon Tailors New Store Launches

There is a new store in town unlike no other, Braddon Tailors is now offering its contemporary tailoring and ultimate bespoke experience in its brand new store in the Ori building. The launch of the new store is a testament to Braddon Tailors' growth and success over the last few years.

TFV was at the VIP launch and later caught up with owner Pip Morgan to find out a little bit more about the concept behind Braddon Tailors and what we can expect from the predominantly menswear brand in the future.
Owners Pip Morgan and Lisa Salter

1. Tell us about the concept behind Braddon Tailors? What sets it apart from other menswear stores in Canberra?
Braddon Tailors is distinguished by the detail of our garments, and the quality and expertise invested in the design and manufacturing processes, which defines our philosophy of fundamentally simple and elegant style in every garment. We’re known for providing timeless, elegant and ultimately wearable garments of the highest calibre to clients.

Braddon Tailors is really set apart from other menswear stores in town by the uniqueness of our product. We are the only menswear retailer in town to be operated by the designers of the clothes that are sold. No matter what sort of garment a client has in mind, we work with them to create a unique piece.

A sneak peek into the garments created by Braddon Tailors

2. What's your background and what led you to dive into the tailoring business?
The Braddon Tailors – Braddon store really now has a two pronged frontage with both Aidan and I being involved. Aidan is an Irish lad who came to Australia a number of years ago, and has found his way into retail after a number of roles in customer service and hospitality. He has also modelled, including for Fashfest. For the last few years Aidan has been managing the Canberra store of an iconic Australian fashion label, and helped make the store one of the most successful outlets for the brand in Australasia.

Aidan has been training with Braddon Tailors for around six months now, and has spent time with some of our French and English mills to learn about the fabrics they produce, as well as a number of leading tailors from around the world to learn about fit, style, cut and what really suits men and women. Aidan will be managing our new store on a daily basis.

I’ve been in the industry for around five years now and have had a fair bit of training too.

Aidan O'Sullivan

Designer ties from Braddon Tailors' own brand

3. You recently showed your designs at the Virgin Melbourne Fashion festival. Tell us about your experience and what reaction you received?
We did, and it was a wonderful experience. At the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival we showcased our first run of ready-to-wear garments, and tested the waters with the designs. It was a super launching pad for this collection, which we hope to have in-store in the next six months.

We also showcased our Wintery Exploits collection at Fashfest 2015. This was our second time on the catwalk at Fashfest and, again, it was a super experience.

The reaction we received from both fashion shows, both here in Canberra, and elsewhere was fantastic. From the local Canberra community there was a lot of interest generated around what we do, and how we go about it, which was fantastic. And that includes a surge in interest from women, since Braddon Tailors isn’t just for men. It’s also for women who love to look smashing in a perfectly fitted shirt, jacket or suit.

On a broader scale, we have generated a great deal of interest from a number of selling agents who are keen to work with us to develop the Braddon Tailors ready-to-wear collection and wholesale these to other retailers in Australia and internationally.

VIP customer being fitted at Braddon Tailors launch

4. What excites you about the local fashion industry and how do far do you see it growing in 5 years?
There are two things which are really taking shape locally that excite me.

The first is the growing understanding, and groundswell of appreciation, that is emerging in the Canberra community (and more broadly in the Australian community) of what we are actually wearing. People don’t seem to be gravitating as much towards the normal, everyday, same old-same old chain stores offering anonymous clothing at discounted prices. From what I have seen over the last two to three years especially, is people taking time to understand the uniqueness and individuality of the clothes they wear.
The second major thing that really excites me is the brilliant Fashfest event. Not only is this event an amazing opportunity for the Canberra community to come together to meet local creative designers, it is also an incredible unique event globally and is leading the way with how fashion events are choreographed and presented. I know a number of other cities and events around Australia and internationally that have taken note of what is happening here in Canberra, and are re-modelling the events they host into a similar format.

Jonathan McFeat at Braddon Tailors new store launch

5. In 5 words describe the Braddon Tailors man?

Can I do it in 11 words? Because really: Every man (and woman) is the Braddon Tailors man (and woman)!

Canapes at the VIP launch
DJ Ashley Feuraude at the VIP launch
Photography by Jessica Rolfe
SP xo


Friday, 12 June 2015

Style Stalker - Vintage Grunge

The 90s' grunge trend has appeared throughout the last few seasons - from celebrity style to ready-to-wear collections from Bardot, Sportsgirl, and Zara.

Our resident stylist Jessica Rolfe and photographer Jessica HM took the streets and spotted the trend with a vintage twist. We just love seeing global trends being interpreted on the streets in individual styles. 

Kate - a preppy take to her outfit, Kate looks chic by layering up her favourite pieces.


Sweater: Portmans
Shirt: Kmart
Stockings: Forever New
Bracelet: Myer
Glasses: MCAX

Anna - gave her army jacket from last season’s Sportsgirl and a 90's grunge edge. I absolutely loved this look! a statement jacket is always a must regardless of the season. 

Jacket: Sportsgirl
Cardigan: Surf Dive N Ski
Shirt: online artist by the name of Mertle Quilamoor
Jeans: Lee
Boots: Kathmandu
Rings: Palace, Pandora and Lovisa

Sam and Isabella - this fashionable couple based their vintage-inspired looks from around various Op Shops. Pairing over-sized jumpers and skinny jeans is a current theme for this winter season, you can re-create this look at an affordable price from any of the Salvos or Vinnies around town.

Jacket: Op Shop
Checkered top: Op Shop
Grey Shirt: Op Shop
Jeans: Top Man
Shoes: Converse

Sweater: Op Shop
Jewellery: Cartier
Jeans: Just Jeans
Shoes: Witchery
Bag: Ruby and Kite
Key Ring: Ebay 

TFV xo
Spotted by @Jessicarolfe1 
Photography by @Jessharmc


Thursday, 11 June 2015

Top 3 Tony award gowns

Holy mackerel! If only I could have these gowns as my brides maid dresses then I would be in wedding heaven.

To kick off the first look we have:

3. Jennifer Lopez, I mean I'm not in love with this neckline and it doesn't do all that much for her body shape BUT it is Valentino! The shade in blue and jewels make up for the shape. 
2. Our second pick was Joan Smalls in this gorgeous Givenchy number. If I had pins like that then I for sure would wear a split up to there too! A bit if drapery in gowns never went a stray.
1. Vanessa Hudgens, looking girly and dainty in this Naeem Kahn dress. This look was the hands down winner. I would like to say a few weeks ago Vanessa Hudgens looked pretty full figured and has slimmed up pretty quickly. Thanks V for reminding us of spring, summer in the sun. You look ace!
Who did you like most? I know who didn't and that was the custom-made pink “faux-fur” mini dress by Calvin Klein. Not flattering at all, best thing about the outfit was her shoes.

JL x

Photographs by: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images


Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Runway Re-cap - Luke Chiswell New Day Collection Viewing

A man with many talents, Luke Chiswell is a visual artist known for his image “Straight Face” drawn when he was only 17 - already showing talent at a young age.  On Friday 29 May he showed his New Day Collection at Monster Bar, New Acton which debuted last month at FashFest 2015.

His garments are made entirely from raw and clean materials, flowing fabrics, layering silk, linen and lace. He explored cut, surface, decoration, texture and silhouette through his collection. He gathers inspiration from his travels to New York, LA and when he lived in his caravan in the bush near rural town Collector. 

Luke specialises in abstract work, screen printing and sculptures. Overall one of my favourite designers from Fashfest. Definitely a designer to look out for!

You can see more of Luke Chiswell's work at
Here are a few looks I picked out from his launch showing a Melbourne-inspired approach by his audience. Furs, denim and leather were among the favourites worn that night. 

By Jessica Rolfe  xo

Jacket by Luke Chiswell

Photography by Jessica Rolfe

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Modern Movement - Margaret Zhang

TFV was invited to attend 'Modern Movement' – Instagram workshop by Fashion Blogger extraordinaire Margaret Zhang hosted at Canberra Centre.

Margaret, photographer by trade and current Law/Commerce student started her prominent career in fashion as a 16 year old whom had recently given up ballet and ‘was bored’ with high school which led her to create her fashion blog shinebythree. Her self-confessed obsession with technology and strong creative vision seem to be the perfect pairing to attract a following of 436,000 followers of her Instagram account.

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Margaret was a recent participant of the first season of TV series Fashion Bloggers alongside, Sarah Donaldson from Harper and Harley, Amanda Shadford from OracleFox, Zanita and race wear queen and celebrity columnist Kate Waterhouse. A workshop participant expressed her disappointment that Margaret was not going to be joining her blogging peers in the season 2 of the show and I must say I am not surprised, as Margaret modestly revealed an extensive and impressive working portfolio including global fashion brands Louis Vuitton, Swarosvki, and a soon-to-be-released Clinique campaign. Margaret consults with these brands as a photographer, stylist, creative director and as a social media guru and her work has recently taken her to and from Milan, Paris and New York for the latest New York Fashion Week…of course.

When asked how she finds the time to fit all of these incredible creative projects in (not to mention her law/commerce studies) she candidly revealed she is not a coffee drinker and does not own a TV and ‘ will sleep when I die… I guess’.

Throughout the workshop she was an open book and kindly gave away her top tips for dominating Instagram to an eager audience including local fashion bloggers and stylists, media and other local creatives keen to learn the tricks of the trade with smart phones, tablets and cameras in tow.

Margaret discussed 5 key photography elements to a great Instagram pic:

1. composition
2. lighting 
3. colour balance 
4. vector/ lines; and 
5. the importance of developing your own signature for strong brand presence.

She shared her ‘trade secrets’ being her favourite filter smart phone apps which enhance colour saturation and allow you to improve the quality of your images but she stressed the importance of starting out with a great raw photograph as the foundation.

The audience was treated to a behind-the-scenes insight into Margaret’s famous flat lay which adopted the hashtag #zhangflat. If you are an active Instagrammer and think you haven’t come across her signature flat lays think again, I assure you if you search the hashtag you will recognise at least one of the hundreds of #zhangflats which are strategically placed with trinkets and lifestyle items around a ‘hero subject’. Margaret joked that she is probably the only person in the world who ‘can be bothered spending half an hour’ to create her signature flat lays. For the background she regularly uses a flattened Ikea table and shoots from above – if you watch the first season of Fashion Bloggers you will catch Margaret in action, elevated on a ladder all to snap the perfect #zhangflat.

Flat lay prepared by Margaret Zhang

Her self-confessed style is boyish with a touch of feminity stating her 5 must-have wardrobe essentials are:
1. a great black blazer 
2. black leather pants
3. a pair of black heels – whether a pump, boot or wedge 
4. a timeless watch in either tortoise shell or gold naming Michael Kors as one of her favourites.

Margaret is clearly a true creative talent with her success being no surprise and a testament to her inner drive and professionalism. Throughout the workshop she expressed the importance of being authentic true to her self in whatever you do to promote a strong following and why would you want to be anyone else if you were Margaret Zhang.

Me, Margaret Zhang and our Beauty Editor Melissa.

SP xo

Photography by TFV's Daniella Cheung (DJ)

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