Emporium Melbourne Launch by Baz Luhrmann

Friday, August 22, 2014

When an invitation arrives for what is pegged to be Melbourne's exclusive 'party of the year', directed by creative visionary Baz Luhrmann, this is serious business.

 :: Image c/o Emporium Melbourne ::

Baz Luhrmann, better known for his role as Director to some of the most elaborate and glamorous Hollywood movies such as The Great Gatsby, Australia, Moulin Rouge, Strictly Ballroom and Romeo + Juliet, put together a magnificent launch of the Emporium Melbourne; the newest retail development in the heart of the city.

Naturally, an invitation to such an event requires a certain dress code, and in this case the invitation came with a wardrobe instruction 'reimagined glamour'. Reimagined, in my thoughts, would mean giving something old a new style, which is easy given the philosophy of my own wardrobe. I chose to wear:

Black Top Shop Dress, eBay 
Scarf, Gifted 
Yellow T-bar Heels, Vinnies
Karen Millen Fluffy Collar Coat, Old

:: Shameless Bathroom Selfie ::

Given the exclusivity of the party, we were not allowed to bring a guest, however, fellow blogger and pal Maria aka Sleekit also received an invitation, so the two of us donned our glad rags and set off for a mid-week night of red carpet shenanigans.

Baz certainly knows how to to party, we were treated to never ending top ups of Chandon served by suited men on roller-skates, glitter falling from the ceiling, show girls, a trapeze artist, war-era dancers, live music, a live DJ, a fine food banquet, singers, fluorescent horses with break-dancing jockey's and statuesque ladies wearing over-the-top fascinators, stunning ladies stamping grapes in a huge barrel, a fine damsel with huge hair draped across a piano and lots more that we probably missed.

We are still buzzing from the Baz quite frankly, and can honestly say, that was a night to a remember.

If you'd like to see more, check out hashtag #emporiumbybaz on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter to see other party pictures of the night.


The Best Eco-Friendly Fashion Labels Every Girl Should Own

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Guest Post: The Best Eco-Friendly Fashion Labels Every Girl Should Own by Suzy Walsh

By now, the world knows the extent to which Stella McCartney has gone to promote her love for animals and green fashion. However, she is not the only one marketing eco-friendly fashion as the coolest thing, other brands and labels are doing their bit too. If you love your fashion to be without any guilt, this is a list worth keeping a note of, for the some of the best eco-friendly and green labels available.

Kowtow: If you love organic clothing and cotton, this is a brand that you would like to own. There are some great elements of minimalism in their work, which will be appreciated by a segment. Organic clothing or best available cotton clothing is one of the best ways to show that you care.

:: Kowtow ::

Study NY: This is a brand that belongs to designer Tara St James, who has been using organic cotton and hand-dyed fabrics along with recycled materials to create amazing pieces. The products are made locally in NY, and the designer herself has developed a program of helping emerging designers to do more with eco-friendly fashion. For those that already know, the unique shirt dress from this brand proves to be a popular choice.

:: Study NY ::

Freedom of Animals: The name of this brand says it all, and this is an accessory label that lives up to the name. The bags from their collection are everything you would call classic, but what makes them special is the use of organic cotton and post-consumer polyurethane material. Their bags are a little expensive for sure, but when you care and favour hard work coupled with a choice to produce goods using ethical material, this is a brand to recall.

:: Freedom of Animals ::

Mina + Olya: This is a brand that you will hear time and again in many of the fashion circuits, as a luxury sustainable label using eco-friendly materials for all products such as organic cotton, silks and wools along with milk fibre. However, that doesn’t mean they are low on the fashion, they bring a lot of tailoring effects that you would associate with one any top designers. The designer duo behind the label, Mina Yazdi and Olya Dzilikhova, must be applauded for all the good reasons.

:: Mina + Olya, image credit www.elle.com/fashion::

Riyka: If you love geometric patterns, this brand gives you everything. Based out of London, they use some of the best available organic and recycled materials to make quality products. Add to that, collections are produced by the designer duo in their UK studio, so when you wish to buy one of their pieces, you know the hard work that has gone into the production of your new garment. Their styles are classic and fun adding a chic look to every day casual wear.

 :: Riyka ::

The author, Suzy Walsh, is an expert fashion writer who has been writing for trends, rules and much more for many years. She is currently associated with The House of Elegance Fashion.

5 Business Shirt Refashions

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Mr Recycled gave me a bag of business shirts he no longer wears; "any good for your sewing projects?", he asks. A year or so ago, I would have jumped all over that idea, giving my sewing machine a refashion project workout. With a small baby to raise, school chores to attend to, and articles to write, no sewing takes place in this house right now, so instead Salvos Stores have acquired a bunch of business shirts for resale.

Fast forward, or perhaps back a few years, when I will be / was sewing with the best of the them, the first stop would be the WWW, sourcing upcycle inspiration from the likes of pinterest, cut out + keep and similar.

Men's business shirts are often made using quality fabric (often 100% cotton) which makes up for the lack of interesting pattern or colour found in most shirts.

I have a round up here of 5 business shirt refashions that I've either had a go at before, or would like to, when time permits:

5 Business Shirt Refashions

1. The Sh-kirt 

One of my favourites, turning a button down shirt into a skirt by removing the top and arms, under each armpit, then adding casing for an elastic waist. Project details here

2. Sleeveless Blouse

This was a project I completed following Extra Petite's DIY tutorial. Sleeves were removed, and armholes closed using bias strips made using the fabric taken from a removed arm sleeve. Darts were added for a better fit, and a I made a removable neck-tie using the other removed arm sleeve.  Project details here.

3. Cuff Coin Purse

:: From upcycleyourlife ::

Cute coin purses made using the cuffs of old business shirts. These would be great to make using arm leftovers from another business shirt refashion. See more here and here.

4. Child's Dress

:: From Dana Made It ::

I adore this gorgeous child's dress, made using an old business shirt with an added yellow fabric waistband. See the full project and more stunning photos here.

5. Adult Shirt Dress

:: From MyPoppet ::

I just love this one hour shirt dress project by Cintia over on MyPoppet (who is by the way, currently sharing a Thrifty Kid sewing series that you really need to follow). Cintia took one of her own dress shirts, cut away each sleeve and a section from the bottom, and stitched in the bottom half of a dress she no longer wears. In just one hour, Cintia made herself a chic summer dress to wear. Imagine the possibilities using other combinations following the same technique. See Cintia's how-to here.

Readers, if you have any business shirt refashion favourites, whether they be your own projects or others, feel free to leave a comment below with a link.


Recycled T-shirt Scarf Necklaces by Madja Kancir

Sunday, August 3, 2014

I've talked about recycled t-shirt scarf necklaces on the blog before, and even had a go at making one myself.

When Croatian based Madja Kancir shared her 'Happy Recycled Homemade' page on Facebook, I noticed her t-shirt scarves are a little different from the norm, with perfect little circle 'flower' embellishments added to her necklaces using the same t-shirt yarn in complimentary colours.

Madja has quite the following on Facebook, the only place she sells her products, with over 9,200 followers. She has been making recycled accessories for three years, initially using old t-shirts from her husbands wardrobe, now sourcing t-shirts in second hand shops.
Madja tells me her best sellers are larger necklace scarves with complimentary wrap around flowers. 

Due to the success of social media networking, Madja has sold her wares to customers in distant shores including USA, Canada, Germany, Slovenia and Switzerland.

Follow Madja's beautiful work on Facebook, and be sure to mention Recycled Fashion should you decide to buy a piece!


New Zealand Eco Fashion Exposed

Monday, July 28, 2014

New Zealand embraced eco fashion last week with New Zealand Eco Fashion Exposed gathering ethical, sustainable, ecologically friendly, yet stylish and cutting edge fashion from both New Zealand and beyond over a five day festival

 :: Designer: Green Embassy Photo: Simon Armstrong ::

This year's event took place in the beautiful city of Lower Hutt, a 30-minute drive from Wellington International Airport, New Zealand, featuring several runway shows, a series of workshops, a designer pop-up and the Exposed Eco Expo.

Stylist Nora Swann of Kila’s Style presented a unique segment of the show in 'thrift shop challenge', presenting and coordinating stylish looks using thrift store bought garments.

Director of Exposed, Denise Anglesey, supplied her own upcycled range to the runway, with a presentation of 20 looks in the an 'eco vintage challenge' via her label Denise H. Anglesey created looks using vintage dresses, reused fabrics and other garments, presenting each design on the runway before the secrets of its origins were revealed. 

:: Designer: Denise HPhoto: Maxine Shea - Captur8 Photography ::

Friday’s show also featured a wide selection of eco designers, and the Dulux Eco Designer Runway took place at 7pm on Saturday 26 July.
 :: Designer Dane Dagger  Photo Masanori Udagawa / photowellington.com ::

In addition to the Dulux Eco Designer Runway, Saturday’s schedule also featured a pop-up shop and expo held at 151 High Street in Lower Hutt featuring items for sale from a selection of the showing designers, plus other fashion and accessories.

 :: Designer Melanie Child, Photo Masanori Udagawa / photowellington.com ::

If you'd like to follow NZ Eco Fashion Exposed, you can find out more on www.nzecofashionexposed.co.nz and Facebook.

Nice job, NZ.


Recycled Fashion Blog Update

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Readers, as I settle into life as a mother of two, Recycled Fashion blog posts have been rather sporadic in nature. I know it has been 8 months since baby #2 arrived in my world, but the adjustment has taken some getting used to.

For the time being, I'm afraid blog posts will still remain rather infrequent until such time that my little guy settles into life as a child beyond baby years.

I will continue to write when I can, share facebook posts relevant to the content of this blog as well as instagram and tweet when a spare moment arises.

One day, I will dust off ye old sewing machine again ... one day.

In the meantime, here is the older 'baby', turning 6 soon, showing off his recycled efforts.

:: "Look Mum, I'm a Ninja!" ::

Until next time ...


Second Hand Disco Party Dresses

Friday, July 11, 2014

I have an invitation to a party, not just any ol' shin-dig, this is an excuse for a dress up, complete with an award for the 'best dressed'. The dress code for the night is a fun one - second hand disco party dresses; frocks of glitter, shine, ballgowns and op shop horrors, now if that isn't the start of a top night out I don't know what is. As yet, there are no frocks on my shortlist, but a browse on the www has raised a few eyebrows and opened the disco shopping floodgates.

Should I go for:

..a 70s glitter mini dress with a touch of glam rock

:: from Fat Vintage ::

..a gold party dress with vintage flair

:: from Harlem Rag Shop ::

..an 80's prom dress complete with gold geometrics and party bow

:: from Dogstar Bazaar ::

..a 90's gunmetal taffeta number

..a sleeveless beaded flapper-esque piece

:: from Detroit Clothes ::

...or all out sequins

:: from Polina Ivanova ::

Whaddya reckon?


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