5th South West Fashion Festival Comes of Age

Stylo is thrilled to share the South West Fashion Festival (SWFF) journey, which will be presenting a series of ‘Futurism’ themed fashion events from 7th to 8th August 2015.

SWFF Face 2015 Mehala Ward – CM Management (Photo – Bianca Turri Photography)

This will be the 5th annual SWFF whose aim is to increase awareness in the South West for fashion designers and related industries.  SWFF provides opportunity to showcase, network and promote design.

Mehala photographed at Mercedes Benz Bunbury wearing Betty Tran
(Photo – Bianca Turri Photography)

5 years is a significant milestone so the SWFF crew want to mark the occasion. This event has proven to be a major springboard for regional models so it only seems fitting to invite past “Faces” back, plus Bunbury’s own Caitlin Lomax, a past Perth Fashion Festival Face. Caitlin was a founding member of SWFF and she is thrilled to support this event as an ambassador.

Caitlin Lomax

So what is in store for 2015! Friday evening will begin with Futurism inspired Art to Wear. Each artist has created garments based on the Icosahedron shape, combining their interpretation and art genre to make something quite unique. Special guest Charlotte Smith, renowned fashion curator and collector will interview local celebrity guests, all broadcast online. Designer parades will follow with hand-picked clips of past faces, festivals and shoots. On Saturday morning American born and Blue Mountain based Charlotte will host a Champagne Brunch at Casellas. Using her natural charm and skills she will enthral guests with her fashion stories while showing a snippet from her vast collection of both contemporary and vintage couture (Her entire collection is in excess of 8500). Charlotte will then go on to present a lecture at 3pm, where she will focus on Future Stars in fashion.

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Maison Martin Margiela for Darnell Collection

Particularly exciting in 2015 is the expansion and re-inventing of the “Retail Parade”. This will occur on the Saturday at 1pm and will be a show stopper! Ranges from local boutiques and agents, as well as students will be shown alongside a new segment focusing on Celebrity Looks that can be bought at local stores. Combining vintage with new, it promises to be a fantastic feature of the event. And a brilliant showcase of what Bunbury has to offer, proving that we sit up their alongside any strip shopping centre in the world.


The grand finale on Saturday evening will be a spectacular affair with designer parades including some of Perth’s significant and up and coming labels, forming part of the WA Designer Roadshow.


Each evening we will be partying on with Willow Bridge Wines, great food and entertainment. Log on and get your tickets now to the South West’s premier fashion event.


Confirmed designers  –

SW – Lulu and Vee, Glytch, Vestir Apparel, Aqua Blanca

WA – Base by Ben, Empire Rose, Betty Tran, Jonte Pyke, Only One Ashley,  Alister Yiap, Cebiche

WA Designer Roadshow – ae’lkemi, one fell swoop, BRUUG, Chalice, House of SKYE + Conchita




Cinemo Paradiso

Summer is coming fast! Lazy days and balmy nights… what to do, what to do!?

Retro is the new thing, so why not get your friends together and have a good old-fashioned movie night in the back yard. Throw down the mattresses, the bean bags, the blankets… hang the party lights in the trees and relax. Just make sure you have a well stocked Candy Bar, and refreshments for the grown ups!

It’s the Stylo thing to do…

Be inspired.

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IMG_5949Photos courtesy Emma Kenward


Bunbury Shines at Melbourne Cup

Stylo was out and about yesterday at the Bunbury Turf Club to share in the excitement of the “Race That Stops The Nation”. We were more than impressed with the effort so many had made in dressing for the occasion.  There is no doubt the Bunbury crowd have raised the stakes this year. As 1 punter commented, it was a classy event. Here is a few of our favourite outfits. And we will start with this one. It is a perfect example of how keeping it simple can still look amazing.  And love the Gorman shoes with the touch of rose gold.


Stylo is always seeking out some one who can carry off Vintage, and we have a winner here


Four girls who can do no wrong when it comes to putting it together, including our Stylo Kristy.


Classic navy in between 2 on trend floral numbers.


Black and white – Black and white – Black and white. Another winner.


Stylo loves a family that all dress to impress – and these guys nailed it – and were more than happy to pose for our pic.


If some one asked what colours were in for this season – we can only say all.  While there were lots of floral and bright tones, the pastels were featuring strongly too. These girls looked beautiful together.


Visitors from the Gold Coast thought they would see how Bunbury celebrated the Melbourne Cup.  We hope we didn’t disappoint, and are glad they made so much effort to dress for the day.


Young and funky, has to be part of the Cafe 140 team.


Don’t you love how these three tone in so beautifully.  Harrison is a lucky man to be amongst 2 beauties.


Look at those legs. Hot. the nude underlay really helps in featuring the intricate lace in Shiralee’s dress.


Very clever tie in with the multi coloured fascinator.


This is the first 3 beauties I photographed yesterday and they set the bar pretty high.


So many, many, many great looks.










And I am going to finish this post with 2 pics that show what the day is all about.  Melbourne Cup provides an opportunity for communities to celebrate together and share in fun and laughter.



Vintage Style in LA

Vintage and second hand shopping in LA is of paramount importance to this Stylo.  And so I went scouring them all, from the second hand denim and t-shirt stores along Melrose, to the higher end “couture” specialists on La Brea.

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As I was browsing one of the biggest vintage stores in the country, and resisting the urge to re-mortgage for the sweet Hermes collections in the corner… I was able to listen in to a team of fashion forecasters for a major international chain. They were there to pick the brains of the staff. Anyway, these forecasters asked what I was thinking regarding new trends and my thoughts are that the big trend for the teenage market is ‘90s bands, like Nirvana. Looking at any teenager its easy to see the early ‘90s is a huge inspiration. The grunge/slacker theme is back on trend with the kids. I had been marveling at $500-$800 t-shirts, simple 1970’s rock band tees, in pretty amazing condition. But at those prices I would love to know their provenance.

Doris Raymond in Moshcino, from 1991.

Down the street on La Brea, I had a chance to talk to Doris Raymond, owner of a fantastic store ‘The Way We Wore’.  Doris is also the focus of reality show L.A. Frock Stars of which one Stylo is hooked. With an easy friendliness we were able to talk about the links with Australian designers and their sourcing trips to find new inspiration from vintage pieces. Doris is full of great things to say about our designers and optimistic for the future of design coming from Australia.


As I was visiting “The Way We Wore” I got to meet a beautiful woman from Sydney who is opening her own online vintage store very soon… I’m keeping quiet until it opens then I’ll spill the details!….. The pieces I just loved the most were those simple 1930’s bias cut silks, in gorgeous florals. My eye kept going to the beautiful 1950’s dresses with their layers of petticoats in vibrant colours but what really kept me riveted was as always, the accessories. In every vintage store I visited, I found myself making lists of the jewellery, belts, hats, bags and shoes that I could easily take home! And upstairs at” The Way We Wore”, I fell for the unpriced Dior headpiece  that was sitting in amongst countless super valuable couture pieces… If I ever get to do red carpet in LA, and vintage is an option… I know where I’ll be heading!


All images from “The Way We Wore”.


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