Kid Creole and the Coconuts are having a revival at my house lately. Latin, Caribbean, and brass band, Cab Calloway kinda influences, zoot suits, pencil thin/ pencilled in, moustaches, choreographed dancing Coconut girls in bikinis, what more could you ask for really!?!
I named this band as one of my influences for the spring/summer Edgeley Collection. It always makes me feel like drinking cocktails on a yacht.
How could you not love an album titled "In Praise or Older Women and Other Crimes"?
There is this really beautiful girl who works on Gertrude street, I used to see her and admire her style and her dedication to one amazing shade of bright orange/red lipstick. As it turned out, Hanna Tusler is a friend of a friend, and she hand crafts a range of leather bags, purses, wallets and belts. Now I'm lucky enough to stock a selection of Tusler originals at Edgeley.
As if I needed another reason to fiddle around on the internet I've taken to Pintrest like a duck to water.
I'm not interested in the product shots, fonts, hideous motivational quotes or photos of food, but there are some fantastic old photographs of costumes, advertisements, old fashion magazine spreads etc. These are a few of my recent favorites. (Marchesa Casati above)
Oh Tek Tek, how happy you make me! I am brainstorming my outfit already.
Tek Tek are having an album launch Saturday 8th at Russian House (which is a lovely old Victoria building on Greeves St Fitzroy) you can book in for a Caribbean feast before hand too. Wear comfortable but fantastic shoes as dancing is a sure thing.
I've got to say, I'm really disillusioned with the current rappers and women of hip hop who have nothing to say. I find it really disappointing, I mean is that as far as you can go? Is there not a more creative narrative? Tell me something I don't know, please. Get with it ladies. Show the way
Kara Baker is having a sale so I though I'd share the invite as I think her clothes are marvellous, and I'd definitely recommend popping down for a peak. Kara Baker is a supremely sophisticated Melbourne designer, she sells to order from her salon and the cut and finish on her garments is impeccable.
Have a look at her website HERE and be sure to flick through the archive section it's amazing.
I recently made the gorgeous DJing duo the Broken Hearts matching dresses. I designed them in the style of my Edgeley silhouette dress. This dress usually has a heart on the bum but I changed that to one half of a broken heart, one for each dress. I'm so happy with how gorgeous they look in their outfits, I adore their graphic/comic style and am very proud to have them wear one of my designs!
You can always order your own custom made Edgeley dress, just send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or come and visit the shop.
The fabulous photographer, Anthony Lycett took the shot of Amber and Nisha in their dresses (above). Below that is the drawing from my sketch book.
Calling all New Zealanders and anyone else hanging out in or around Auckland!
William Llewellyn Griffiths of Metal Couture, is having a Retrospective exhibition at the Independant Saints gallery, Auckland.
If you'd like to know more about William and his fascinating life and career, he just finished a four part journal for the fabulous jewellery shop E.G.Etal (a Metal Couture stockists in Melbourne).
Read part 1. of the journal HERE