Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Sydney – Day 4 and 5

Photos by – Yunn Chin Photography

LAN YU

Lan Yu’s bridal gowns were absolutely Stunning!

The gowns were displayed on elevated boxes through a live installation allowing the viewer to walk around the designs. A mix of live models and mannequins were used to display the gorgeous gowns. Each of the 12 gowns represented a star sign, all beautifully designed with intricate fabrication, delicate beading and lace. We had the pleasure to attend the Lan Yu after party where we were able to view the gowns in closer detail.

The designs were simply amazing, I loved every single gown and I especially enjoyed the interactive installation in contrast to the typical runway show.

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I had the great pleasure to meet the insanely talented designer Lan Yu and she was just as gorgeous as her gowns; incredibly graceful and elegant.

JAYSON BRUNSDON

‘Rio’ A collection filled with jacquard and silk dresses, with shimmer tones of earthy colours; this is a collection I adore. Exotically wild with golds, coppers, sequences and feathers; designs that translates the fun and the tropical environment of Brazil.

It was truly a breath of difference compared to the designs I had seen throughout fashion week.

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MACGRAW

Oh MACGRAW how I adore you!!!

The peter pan collars, the puffed sleeves, the polka dots, the stripes, the print on print, everything about this collection is GORGEOUS!
This collection was one of the few that I could see myself wearing everyday. Current, youthful, fun, relatable and cute, I simply must have it all hahahaha!

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IXIAH

I have so much love for this label!!!

The amazing designer behind Ixiah, Krystel Davis never ceases to amaze.
I have followed Ixiah for some time now and WOW! It has grown into an astonishing label with such a unique aesthetic, standing apart from the rest.
Debuting for the first time in Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Ixiah pulled out all the stops with their signature detailing, tribal aesthetic, incredible fabrication teamed with bold and strong silhouettes.

It was incredible!

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AJE

Reflecting on Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Aje by far had one of the best displays. A live installation showcasing their designs through live models blissfully relaxing around and under a Sahara-like cabana.
Peekaboo sheer fabrics with lace and detailed floral beading, the designs were beautiful.
We were able to walk around the collection and look at the designs closely whilst champagne and canapés were served. Viewers were able to freely converse about the collection, it was an interesting change of environment compared to the intense atmosphere at a runway show.

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SONG FOR THE MUTE

Song for the Mute closed the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week with a daring and edgy Men’s collection. Grey tones with black and white layered aesthetic teamed with ribbed and textured coats. It was also interesting to see Lupe Fiasco close the show and he did it with such attitude and swag that only a Rapper embodies.

Masculine, intense, dark and structured designs; it was a great way to end our first Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Sydney – Day 3

Photos by – Yunn Chin Photography

Hello Everyone!!!

We were hoping to post the photos from Mercedes Benz Fashion Week on the week of the event but since it is our first time editing thousands of images, there has been a slight delay HEHEHE.

Day 3 of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week was just as crazy as the first 2 days.

We saw a total of 5 runway shows:

TALULAH

The Swim & Resort “Crystal Tropics” Spring /2014 collection presents a visual bohemian story, filled with soft feminine silhouettes, strong graphics; geometric and organic prints on silk fabrics and tasseled finishes.

A collection with playful shorts, one-pieces, cute separates, girly maxis and kaftans, styled with big beaded layers statement necklaces. Bold floral and leopard prints, pastels against black and navy with strong warm tones. The pieces are an essential to have for spring and summer.

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LEROY NGUYEN

I was really excited to see Leroy Nguyen’s runway collection, from what I’ve seen from him in the past, his collections are bold, beautifully youthful, colourful and fun.
2014’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is Leroy Nguyen’s first stand-alone runway show and we see a different stylistic collection compared to the ones before it.

“Blue Rose” a collection inspired by the memorable fantasy movie “Pan’s Labyrinth”. Projected cool tones through baby blue pastels, royal blues, touches of purples and pinks. Rose prints and cuts really brings the designers “Blue Rose” concept to light.

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CAMEO

Cameo is one of my favourite labels!
When I found out that their “Boggie Nights” collection would be presented at Fashion Week, I was determined not to miss it.
The Angular edges, minimalistic prints, beautiful green tones, lace and sheer textures.
Mature, strong and feminine silhouettes, Cameo always has a unique aesthetic to their designs, which you can spot from a mile away.

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MATICEVSKI

Maticevski, Maticevski, MATICEVSKI! The more I see of Toni Maticevski’s designs, the more in love I fall. Everything about the collection; the colour, to the structure, the monochromatic prints, the bold midi skirts and the coats, oh the coats!!!!

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GALANNI

Wildly romantic, flawless, elegant designs that shout the essence of pure glamour. It was a great way to end our third day into Fashion Week.

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Akina Bridal Couture Photoshoot – Behind The Scenes

Behind the scenes photographer – Yunn Chin 

There is a first time for everything and styling this bridal shoot was definitely a first for me.

Before every shoot during the research, planning and preparation stages, this is the time where the vision I’m trying to portray becomes clear as day. However, since I had never styled bridal before, I was unsure of which direction to go.

It was the photographer Nelson Cortez (also the photographer behind the (Photoshoot with Versace, Emporio Armani and Gai Mattiolo) who assured me that I would do fine and looking back now I’m so grateful for that little push of encouragement, resulting in such beautiful images.

Even though the end result was so much more amazing than I could of imagined. There are definitely some improvements that I would make from my end that could of really helped during the photoshoot. That’s what I love about styling, every time I do a shoot, I always look at the things I could have done better and take it as learning experience to better myself.

This time we had a big team of makeup artists, hair stylists, gorgeous models and photographers, which consisted of some of the most talented people I have met so far.

The gowns we were working with were from Akina Bridal Couture and each gown was beautiful, seriously! Having a small fashion design background, I really appreciated the craft and sensitivity seen throughout the designs by owner and designer Tracy Woodham.

Here are some behind the scene photos from the shoot, I’ll be posting the finished photos soon so stay tuned.

Thanks for visiting 🙂

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Photoshoot with Versace, Emporio Armani and Gai Mattiolo – FINAL EDIT

Stylist and Wardrobe – Ethel Manalo (me)
Photographer – Nelson Cortez
Hair and Make Up Artist – Raizel Caringal Signo
Model – Christiana Fischer
BTS Photographer and Assistant – Yunn Chin
Wardrobe Supplied By – Designer outlet store Voi (located at 1/72 Castlereagh Street, Sydney

In May, I was asked to style a photoshoot for Christiana Fischer, an international model and finalist for Miss Universe Australia 2011.

I was lucky to also be working with an amazingly talented photographer Nelson Cortez, who was the photographer for Miss Universe 2010-2012 and Miss country.

The make up artist behind the stunning hair and make up was Raizel Caringal Signo.

As I mentioned in the behind the scenes post, the wardrobe I used to style the photoshoot was from the designer outlet store Voi, who have just launched their new online website with up to 70% off designer labels – www.shopatvoi.com

As promised here are the final photos from the photoshoot :).

To see more of Nelson’s incredible photos check out – http://finphotographyfashion.wordpress.com/

You can also see more of Nelson’s and Raizel’s works on facebook (don’t forget to like)-

Nelson Cortez: http://www.facebook.com/pages/FIN-Photography/23185216396

Raizel Caringal Signo: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Raizel-Rose-Makeup-Artist/432227403517880

Hope you guys like it!

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Fashion Bloggers outing to Voi

I’ve been meaning to post this for sometime but didn’t get the chance till now.

A couple of weeks ago after the bloggers gathering at the WhatIWear.com event, Camille Sioco, ( Fashion Blogger- www.frillyskirts.net ) invited Jessica Truong ( Fashion Blogger- www.mindbodyshop.blogspot.com.au ) and I to attend an event at a store called Voi.

Located in Sydney’s CBD central shopping area on Castlereagh street, I was surprised that this was the first time I had heard of the store ‘Voi’.

Voi is an outlet store stocking all the desired brands from Burberry, Gucci, D&G and YSL which have been slashed to affordable prices.

We were fortunate enough to meet the owner Gennaro and share a glass of bubbly with to celebrate the end of fashion week. He was kind enough to show us a new up and coming wine bar that will be opening right next to his store. Seriously, wine and shopping… what more could a girl want? 🙂

Before stepping into the store, I always thought that brand named items on sale were only available in designer warehouses or in American outlet stores. But after checking out the prices at Voi, I definitely can’t wait to go back and do some serious damage to my savings.

On Sunday, I styled a photoshoot for the photographer Nelson Cortez, Voi generously provided the gowns for the shoot. The gorgeous, statuesque like model Christiana Fischer, was absolutely stunning in the Versace gown and Gai Mattiolo skirt.

To get a sneak peak on the amazing photos, I’ll be posting up behind the scene photos soon so STAY TUNED !!!

This week Voi has just launched their online shopping website so check it out – http://www.shopatvoi.com

To get more discounts and for updates on new stock, follow Voi on instagram – @voisydney

Photos by -Yunn Chinn

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With Jess – www.mindbodyshop.blogspot.com.au and Camille – www.frillyskirts.net

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Another great one with the gorgeous Jess and the stunning Camille

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Fashion bloggers Jess, Camille and I with owner Gennaro, Sheila and Voi staff

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