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a taste of summer style

Deirdre Brennan - Tuesday, November 11, 2014
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Spring/Summer 2015 by Chanel ... soft colour, soft fabrics.

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Summer details ... vibrant colour ... just a splash.

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Summer styling ... crisp white, pastels and a hint of gold.

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Spring/Summer Chanel 2015 ... the glamour of white linen and gold accessories.

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Summer wardrobe ... elegance and organisation on a small scale. 




milan furniture fair meets fashion week australia

Deirdre Brennan - Monday, April 15, 2013

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I was spoilt for choice this week not knowing which to look at first ... the Vogue blog covering Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia or the Vogue Living report each day from the Milan Furniture Fair.

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I was definitely more interested in Fashion Week's Street Style than endless images from the catwalk !

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Meanwhile in Milan, my favourites included Missoni (top photo) combining daisies and its traditional zigzag (only seen on the ottoman on the left) and above, the fabulous brights from designer Paola Lenti.

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It was all happening at Carriageworks in Sydney ... what a fabulous venue for Fashion Week (yes, with the exception of the parking).

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More of Paola Lenti's collection 'In the Key of Colour'. The furniture is available through Dedece, Sydney. 

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Paola Lenti chose this fabulous Franciscan Monastery, complete with orchard and gardens, for the showing of their collection in Milan. 

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the stylish alexandra golovanoff by garance dore

Deirdre Brennan - Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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  alexandra golovanoff by garance dore

 

classic black trouser ... timeless

lace shirt ... so now

wow the cape ... so interesting

stylish sunglasses and fabulous jewellery

so elegant ... so chic !!

 

 

 

bring on summer ...

Deirdre Brennan - Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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Summer is nearly here ... but not quite.  We do have to live through the overcast and stormy days of November and December first.  Yes we do get a little taste of sunshine here and there but not for long. Just when we are dying to leap into a bit of outdoor entertaining, pop into that floaty sundress ... even a trip to the beach.  The only consolation at the moment is that nobody has the time for any of the above.  The end of the year is fraught with breakup parties, christmas parties and the dreaded christmas shopping.  I guess what I really mean is 'bring on January'.  

Loving London Fashion Week SS 2013

Deirdre Brennan - Thursday, September 27, 2012

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Navy is heaven .... and the only thing smarter than navy and white is 'stone' (better than cream) and white ..... anywhere anytime.

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Just love the simplicity of Margaret Howell.

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Paul Smith does it again.  I use Paul Smith colours (his patterns, trims and jacket lining) as often as I can .... as accent colours in interior schemes .... cushions etc. These colours always look fabulous with black, navy, cream and white.

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You can pick the striking patterns and colours of Mary Katrantzou's collection at a glance .... fabulous for the one off designer piece of furniture.

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Pringle of Scotland .... subtle texture, pattern and classic lines ....

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along with a divine colour palette.

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The romantic Christopher Kane.

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Hope you liked my pick of the Parades !!

chanel's little black jacket

Deirdre Brennan - Friday, August 31, 2012

 

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The exhibition everyone is talking about .... Chanel's The Little Black Jacket.

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This project by Chanel's creative director Karl Lagerfield, along with former Paris Vogue editor- in-chief Carine Roitfeld, made its debut in Tokyo .... gathering force as it swept on to New York, Taipei and Hong Kong.  Next stop London .... (the Saatchi Gallery of course) and Moscow !!

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Coco once said  "fashion isn't just present in dresses  ... fashion is in the air, it's borne by the wind, we sense it, we breathe it, it's in the sky and on the tarmac, it's everywhere, it comes from ideas custom, events ..."

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For an update on how to incorporate your Little Black Jacket .... Marie Claire's September Issue (page 56) gives you some suggestions .... it's timeless !! 

 

mulberry autumn/winter 2012

Deirdre Brennan - Monday, July 23, 2012

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I love this fashion shoot by Tim Walker for Mulberry ... I also love this wild colour !!! Fabulous in winter. Do look at the Mulberry Blog ... it is worth subscribing to. Great way keep up to date.  I first discovered Mulberry in Harvey Nichols in London in the early 80's and have been addicted ever since.  I am also a regular visitor to the Mulberry store in Westfield CBD which, by the way, has a very good sale each season. 

chloe autumn/winter 2012 .... a fabric fantasy

Deirdre Brennan - Monday, June 18, 2012

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Regular inspiration from the Sartorialist is essential .... I love the fabrics and textures he captures .... and this plaid fabric is sumptuous.

His fashion on the street photography is gorgeous but often the streetscape itself can be equally as gorgeous.  Think Milan, Paris, New York and London.  It gives me my fix.

PS The fall and cut of this coat are worth a mention .... I guess it is Chloe.

 

 

inspiration from .... the sartorialist and garance dore

Deirdre Brennan - Wednesday, May 23, 2012

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The Sartorialist has captured this gorgeous look .... with all the elements I love ..... the wool, the tweed, the fur and that shade of camel that I will never grow tired of .... stylish fashion .... stylish for furnishings.

And while I was enjoying the Sartorialist I strayed off into Garance Dore to find she also loves her white jeans in winter !!! They look fabulous with a camel, black or grey cashmere jumper .... city or country, ballet flats, boots or Hunter wellies !!

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a little inspiration from chanel during australian fashion week

Deirdre Brennan - Tuesday, May 08, 2012

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As fabulous as many of the designs were during Australian Fashion Week .... and I am thinking Zimmerman and Toni Maticevski who I particularly admired, nothing came close to the sort of detailing that Chanel is famous for. 

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I love these textures and fabrics and colours !! and just when I thought the beautiful shade of nude was on its way out. I love working with these gorgeous neutral shades for upholstery whether it be wools, flannels, mohair, linen or velvet ... and on whatever style or period of furniture.  

Antiques can be modernized and reinvented by upholstering in neutral textiles.

Natural and neutral tones for textiles and rugs work as a backdrop for the warmth of timber furniture, flooring and even subtle architectural detail.  These interiors being both harmonious and .... inviting to live in. 

 


 

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