Thursday, 18 August 2011

MBFW - Kelvin Harries

For the past few days, I've had the privilege of working as an assistant alongside Kelvin Harries and his team. Kelvin is known to be one of the most influential stylists in Australian fashion. Kelvin is responsible for the styling and casting of all the David Jones fashion shows and works alongside some of the greatest Australian designers to help style and develop their collections.

Kelvin and his team have put together a monster of a show for the up and coming Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. The show consists of over 260 looks featuring outfits from over 40 designers ranging from everyday wear to evening gowns. Just for the sake of name dropping, some of the designers featured include:
Alistair Trung
Lisa Ho
Alex Perry
Magdalena Velevska
Dion Lee
White Suede
Friends of Mine
Amber & Thomas
Rachel Gilbert
Bianca Spender
Manning Cartell
Camilla and Marc
Josh Goot
and the list goes on.
So yesterday, my fellow assistant Maria mustered up the confidence to ask if we were allowed to take photos, and to our surprise, we were! Unfortunately, I don't own a decent camera and had to settle for my Blackberry's 2.0 megapixel camera.

I tried to discreetly capture as much of the room as I could, although we were allowed to, I still felt a little guilty taking photos. But because I want to share this experience with you guys, here are a few snaps of some of my favourite pieces in the show

Blue Suede Neck Piece by Amber & Thomas

Friends of Mine Spring/Summer Collection 11

(From left to right) Josh Goot, White Suede and Shakuhachi

Shot showing garments by designers including Alistair Trung, Lisa Ho, Yeojin Bae, Rachel Gilbert

And being the shoe obsessed creature that I am, I chose a few of my favourite shoes from the show. There are so many more, hopefully I'll be able to get a photo of them by the end of the week.

 Friend of Mine - Suede Texan Cutout Boot

Friend of Mine - Claw Suede Boot in Black and Grey

Manning Cartell - Tan Heels

Bec and Bridge - Lilac Suede Heels 

Camilla Skovgaard - Metal Plate Heel

How AMAZING are these Camilla Skovgaard heels? They came in that single pair alone in this gorgeous angular shaped box. I was in love before I opened it. That metal plate that gets strapped around the ankle just about does it for me. And don't even get me started on the claw detailing around the heel of those Friend of Mine boots. Sigh. Now if only I had about $3000 - $4000 lying around... I'd be able to make these babies all mine. Until then I'll just have to sit by and stroke them ever so gently and perhaps occasionally nuzzle them in between fittings with models. 
Speaking of models, I may have to crush a few preconceived ideas people may have about models. They're gorgeous people, inside and out. Some are so shy, its so adorable. Oh and remember the comforting fact that models although beautiful, tall and slender are flat chested? crushed. gone. annihilated. Never again will I be able to console myself with the fact that I've got something they don't, a chest. Because they're there. I've been fitting models all week and just about all of them were B-C cup, I swear we had a D once. I know, it's a shallow thought to have, but it was nonetheless comforting. keyword. was...
But enough about that, I have to show you guys this beautiful model I met yesterday. Her name's Yifan. She's a Chinese/Mongolian model and she's probably the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. She's so reserved and modest it was endearing but when she walked she was poised, confident and so elegant, it was breath taking. 

I can honestly say, shes more beautiful in person.

So that's about it for the time being, I'll be sure to blog more about my experiences backstage at MBFW but until then follow me on my Twitter and Follow my blog with Bloglovin. Also I've finally got my LOOKBOOK up and running so feel free to check it out!


Nicole said...

Lovely lovely post. You write so wonderfully and ahhhhh it's just so refreshing :)

lolizzie said...

how exciting! lucky you! :D

Fashion Cappuccino said...

You're so lucky to work along with such a famous stylist! I wish I were in your shoes! I have to thank you for posting your opinion about models because it makes me sad and angry when I hear people talk about them badly. Best wishes on the fashion week! xoxoxoxo

Coralie said...

Wow I wish I had been there !

If you like french fashion, you should check out my blog, and maybe follow it if you wanna be the first to know when I update ;)


j. said...

wow! so envious of the work you're up to!
thank you so much for introducing those friend of mine claw shoes, i'm in love!

jessie x

the weekend project.

Anonymous said...

Oh WOW! How did you even apply for an internship? (if you don't mind me asking)

Linda Tran said...

You just have to call in and contact people. This one in particular I found out about through facebook. Lots of companies advertise internships on twitter too.

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