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December 19, 2012 · 1:37 am

Fashion tips for teenage guys

Young blokes reach an age in their life when fashion trends become important to help develop the individuals that they are. However, when it comes to researching fashion trends, there only seems to be information dedicated towards women, men and even teen girls but only minimal information is provided on fashion trends for young blokes.

As advised by my gorgeous 17-year-old brother Jake, when it comes to modelling teen celeb fashion trends, the likes of Justin Biebier and the Jonas Brothers are a definite no, no, which in fact contradicts the information provided that pop stars and boy bands start many trends.

Guys like to be more reckless in their outfits and dress according to the things they like to do. Different trends available can include punk, biker, skater, street wear, emo, sportswear and prep. These are just to name a few. The only way teens will learn about what trends best fit for them is to go out there and discover new things.

Guys should avoid baggy clothing, as the trend is moving towards streamlined silhouettes. This means shirts and pants should fit properly. Take a minute in front of the mirror. If you’re worried that your clothes look weird, they probably do.

As a basic rule, a signature look is fine as long it expresses the real you and feels comfortable. Armani promotes clothes that boost comfort and confidence, but you won’t feel either if you’re a preppie at heart trying to look Goth, or worried your too-baggy pants will lose their grip. Just because something is faddish doesn’t mean it flatters or feels good.

Here are a few key looks to be inspired by:

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My Style


A life of glamour and style makes everything that much more exciting and that much more appealing. I am a woman who has a deep love for all that is glamorous and embraces the new whilst appreciating a timeless style. My style combines classic timeless pieces with a hint of bohemian flair.

My love for the 70s hippie/bohemian vibe, from flares and suede jackets to kaftans and statement jewellery is inspired by my mum’s quintessential 1970s style. With her long hair, draped jackets and cheese cloth clothes, my mum’s vintage glamour and her free spirit persona has helped pave the way I dress.

My aspiration and fantasy life were further informed by style icons such as Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. I would get lost in watching Audrey Hepburn’s role as Holly Golightly in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s whom I’m sure has inspired women from all around the world. From the enormous sunglasses to the pearls and cocktail dress, Holly’s look is timeless and still copied today. For this reason, I have used this iconic style and incorporated wardrobe items such as the LBD and replicated outfits including the mid-length beige trench.

Looking pulled-together is a priority for me, that’s why classic, timeless pieces are important. Separates and smart, tailored styles that are transeasonal is what you will find in my wardrobe. I invest in quality classic pieces with good quality basics in the best colours for me to ensure I always look elegant and put together.

As I have a fair autumn colour palette, to complement my skin tone, I also tend to wear colours that are earthy and warm, such as camel, beige, olive, orange, gold, dark brown and even grey.

Not only do I choose styles that I love, I choose styles that complement my body shape as well.

My wardrobe staples include:

  • Several impeccably cut suits in neutral shades of navy, black, charcoal, and chocolate and extra pants and skirts for more options
  • Cashmere crewneck sweaters
  • Trench coat
  • Cocktail dress including the LBD
  • A stainless steel Gucci watch, which goes with everything
  • Black knee-length wool skirt
  • Jeans (a dark and light pair)
  • White button down shirts
  • Tunic
  • Heeled pumps and ballet flats
  • Belts
  • Oversized handbags
  • Chunky necklaces help to make outfits pop and add a touch of colour to wardrobe basics.

In the end, a gorgeous outfit is nothing without that perfect accessory. I always aim for something that elicits that wow factor be it chandelier earrings, sunglasses or a glomesh clutch in my quest to achieve that glamorous style.

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Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life

Michel Abeysekera

Michel Abeysekera

This week I had the honour of listening too and meeting an incredibly inspiring man, Michel Abeysekera. For those of you who have ever wanted to take a leap from the corporate world into doing what your heart most desires, Michel’s journey is definitely one you can draw inspiration from.

By opening his speech with Confucius’ quote “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life,” Michel shared his experiences and the lessons he had learned from transitioning as a corporate banker into the world of fashion to an audience of small business owners.

Providing a design and fashion perspective on how to successfully run a business, Michel described just how he managed to grow his businesses at both a national and international level.

With over 14 years under his belt, Michel is now a key player and a major innovator within the fashion industry. After launching Australia’s first seamless technology, based upon uniqueness and innovation, Michel has constructed a method of manufacturing garments that has now been placed into many up and coming fashion brands (such as Zara, ASOS, etc) including his very own luxury women’s clothing brand Cylk.


Cylk Arabesque Summer Collection

Besides supplying high-end fashion retailers across the globe, including department stores, national chains, mass merchants and specialty stores, Michel is also the president of the Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia, an organisation that is strongly supportive of Australian designers and promotes emerging talent.

Pushing the boundaries of seamless knitting within fashion, Michel shared with me that the idea had first appeared to him when a dear friend of his had damaged her back in an accident. As the seamless knitting technology has specialty yarns and unique jacquard, it is design to contour the body which helps to create a compression that assists in the recovery of injuries. He also shared with me that he is now channelling the direction of his technology to assist in the recovery of sports injuries.

Oh and ladies, you will love this, not only does Michel’s retailer brands cater for plus size voluptuous women (sizes range from an eight to a 24), he even has designed compression tights which are proven to reduce cellulite! Yes, you read that right, reduces cellulite! The seamless garments conform to your body, while also enhancing the feminine form.

Yes, venturing out on your own inevitably will have a few obstacles when first starting out, as Michel shared with his audience, but taking that risk and following your dreams could lead to something so much more as proven here.

Life is too short to at least not try!


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Where does Australian fashion sit on the world stage and why is it unique?

As a product focused industry, Australia is fast becoming a ‘must have’ that the global fashion community cannot get enough of. The original and unique style of Australian fashion is increasingly taking the world by storm with down under designs being stocked in over 75 countries around the world even in some of the most unexpected and remote countries such as Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.

Inspired by an extraordinary range of Australian fashion textiles and cultural influences, many Australian designers have made their mark around the word including dynamic designers such as Sass & Bide, Wayne Cooper, Carla Zampatti, Easton Pearson, Nicola Finetti, Bettina Liano, Martin Grant, Michelle Jank and Lisa Ho.

The work of Collette Dinnigan has also been making its mark internationally since the 1990s.  Dinnigan’s work was the first Australian to mount a full-scale ready-to-wear parade in Paris in 1995.  Dinnigan now has a store in Los Angeles, displays her label twice yearly in Parisian Fashion parades and has an extensive high-profile fan list with the likes of Naomi Watts, Sarah O’Hare, Helena Christensen and Charlize Theron.

A more recent designer who has broken into the international market is Sydney designer Ben Pollitte.  Pollitte has been selected to join the Australian Wool Industry’s international protégé project, a program in the brainchild of Franca Sozzanie, editor of Vogue Italia, who pairs promising young designers with some of fashion’s most prominent figures like Karl Largerfeld.  The mentorship will have Pollitt working with big-name designers to create a collection using Australian wool.

Whilst the global downturn has injured the fashion industry, in Australia and abroad, healthy sales are still being made in all-Australian New York fashion shops from designers such as Jayson Brunsdon, Camilla and Marc, Kirrily Jonson and Mad Cortes, among others, with predicted sales in excess of $60 million compared with $40 million in sales last year and just $2 million in sales 10 years ago.

Austrade alone also continues to attract international buyers to all Australian fashion events including Rosemount Australian Fashion Week and the Melbourne L’Oreal Fashion Festival with representatives from top fashion houses in the USA, the UK, Canada, Italy, Singapore, Ireland, UAE, Japan, Hong Kong, China and New Zealand.  Austrade’s role is to ensure they have the opportunity to show and meet with international visitors and maximise their chances of making significant export sales.

As fashion continues to be a successful export market for Australia, equal in measure is the growth that has occurred in other employment opportunities in the fashion industry including fashion journalism, fashion styling, make-up and hair styling, fashion photography and modelling. Australia has developed an international reputation for producing some of the emerging stars of the fashion world, from designers to models. Supermodels such as Elle McPherson (now with her own high-end lingerie line), Miranda Kerr, Gemma Ward and Megan Gale have reinforced Australia’s place on the world stage.

With Australian designs seen on celebrities including Cameron Diaz and Kate Moss, Australian designers will continue to have their eyes set on the global fashion stage and aspire to achieve similar success experienced by those who have successfully made their mark internationally.


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See it, love it, pin it on Pinterest to win an online colour analysis report

Before & Afters

What a colour analysis report can do for your image

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Dramatic Lace

Originally used by clergy of the early Catholic Church as part of vestments in religious ceremonies, the craft of lace began in the first half of the 14th century, but did not come into widespread use until the 16th century.

Traditionally, lace was used to make tablecloths and doilies and then later in both men’s and women’s clothing, however today lace such as chantilly, kenmare, bobbin, knotted or crocheted has been reinvented and crafted into many garments including accessories such as shoes and dramatic lace skullies.

This versatile fabrication, originally made from silk or cotton, has evolved with laser-cut lace appearing throughout a number of the Resort 2012 collections. This technology savvy technique, which uses the accurate targeting of a laser cutter to precision, provides an inspired 60s retro floral anatomy cut out in modest shapes of light-hued lace and other fabrics bringing out the inner lady in all of us.

Elle Fanning in Louis Vuitton from the Spring 2012 collection

Delicate lace has also consumed the collections of many designers.  Sheer fabrics and lace adorned the runways in the collections of Dolce & Gabbana, Oscar de la Renta,Vera Wang, Christopher Kane and Christian Dior.  Even Donna Karen’s pre-fall 2012 DKNY collection (which has previously been known for its girly grunge look) was full of obvious feminine silhouettes with laser-cut lace and eyelet used in day dresses and short and long sleeve t-shirts.

A favorite of mine channeling the Victorian lace look is the recent McQueen 2012 collection by Sarah Burton, presenting the most magnificent and intriguing display of mysteriously lace masked faces and corseted bodices. Women’s Wear Daily described  it as “fetish of the prettiness sort”.

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