So the Brownlow has come and gone, and such a surprise it was this year!
I was very very impressed with most of the dresses and wanted to share my top 5 with you
Winner of the night:
Nadia Coppolino wearing Connie Simonetti
This dress ticked all the right boxes. It fit perfectly to her body and dropped in all the right places. The fabric was on trend and although completely hand beaded it wasn't too flashy. Her hair and makeup complemented the look and didn't age her. Its a perfect 'Black Tie' dress.
Taylor Wilson wearing Baccini and Hill
Old school glamour always has a spot at 'Black Tie' events. The dress was proportionally correct and the minimal sequinned panel on the shoulders didn't overtake the look. The colour was on trend bringing the dress into a modern look. I do think her bag was far TOO big and looked out of place but minor details in an overall beautiful look. And a finger fringe may have been a better option!
Kylie Brown in Lisa Ho
This dress is stunning. Very on trend and fashion forward with the colour and drape method. I'm not usually a fan of all things Lisa Ho, but this dress stood out as a winner for me. The colour matches Kylie's skin tone and the draped panels fell in the right places. The silhouette was feminine and didn't make her look like she was trying too hard.
Not a WAG in any sense. but a stunning dress. The emerald green was a standout on the Blue Carpet. Once again, fell in all the right place and didn't show too much skin. The ruffle was large and elegant. I would have gone for an 'up-do' hairstyle to show off the back of the dress, but that's a personal thing I guess!
(all photos courtesy of HeraldSun.com.au)
This dress was COMPLETELY overlooked which is such a pity. Her overall look was elegant and glamorous. The print was refreshing in a sea of solid colours. The purple/navy is a big trend coming thorough for next winter, but when the colours are used in a style such as this, it works. A big tick for hair and makeup too!
I did adore Ms Twigleys dress but think Aurelio Costarella has produced far better things then what she wore. The colour was a little off, but the hand pleated flowers along the hemline were stunning! Im sure she had a bit to say in the creation of the dress which is probably why it wasn't as beautiful as I hoped for!
Anyway, this is my wrap-up! What do you think? Was my top 5 your top 5?
Life just happens, and when it does something has to give!
Unfortunately it always seems to be this blog.
I apologies and now I will start fresh...... again!!
I will be blogging 3-4 times a week.
Fridays will be my 'Top 5 List'. Not something new to all you blog lovers out there, but something which will keep this blog up to date!
So to start fresh, lets talk bout 'Porcelain Lady'
It is set to be released on October 1st. The entire collec
tion is something I am very proud of and cant wait to get it out there. Don't want to give too much away but lets just say its full of organza and silk's and completely feminine! Wont show all the pics, but just an updated one for you all!
When I plan all my photo shoots I always have a clear direction of how I want the photos to turn out. I decide on the hair, makeup, model, lighting, camera positioning, poses, colours and anything else you can think of!
It may be a little extreme, but I have such vivd images in my head, and to produce exactly what I want to see, I need to take control of everything.
I have a great team around me that understand how I work. My work ethic does not suit everyone, but luckily the people around me understand my slightly manic brain!
I stumbled across an AMAZING fabric store on Brunswick Street a few weeks ago by the name of The Fabric Store. This is the sister store of their Sydney one, and I'm thrilled that they now reside so close to me!
Fabric makes me so happy. Its the fundamental part of my design process, as I don't start designing until I find the perfect fabric, colour or print! So you can imagine my delight when I walked past it with my husband one morning after breakfast... Was he delighted..? not so much!
The look on my face of sheer excitement made him laugh a little!
You MUST head down there!
Oh... and the sales girls there are so lovely and helpful!
Using a cheap fabric, in a similar weight, I cut the pattern and fit it to my mannequin.
To get the best fit, I pin the seams to make the waist tighter. There was some excess fabric at the strap which i pinned out. On the mannequin the fit was great. It was firm and structured and had no gaping!
I don't know where the week went, and feel terrible for neglecting my little blog :(
But I am back on track!
So, alabakov has been invited to be apart of a new website called Daily Labels.
Its a new concept where each day has a new garment for sale. The catch.... its only available for those 24 hours! So each day you will get an email letting you know what's available and you have 24 hours to purchase!
I love this idea! Its quick easy and constantly delivering something new. The best thing about it is that alabakov will be designing garments exclusively for Daily Labels! So excited!
So go join up to their database and let the fun begin!
Last November I was asked to be a guest speaker at the Creative Women's Circle meet.
It was such an amazing experience, and I am very grateful that Tess invited me along.
Its a great initiative that invites a different guest speaker along to discuss their own personal experiences in their chosen field. I spoke about being a young designer within the industry and the pros and cons of my business concept. I received some very kind feedback by those who attended so I was very pleased to say the least!
And so now I open up the invitation to you all. Below are the details.
alabakov is headed up by designer Stephanie Carello. Stephanie has been enthralled in fashion since before she could remember. It was only natural for her to one day end up mastering her craft.
Working within the industry for a few years allowed for her creative energy to form. From this, alabakov was born. The vision of alabakov is colourful, elegant and chic. Her pieces are made to be noticed, yet designed to last for seasons to come