I’ve been taking a few nostalgic steps down Fashion Memory Lane of late.
Or more specifically delving into my huge box of photos – photos shot on this quaint thing they called film.
This fashion nostalgia has been brought on by a couple of things. First, Miss SY moved into my old university college so I just HAD to show her the photos of me in a toga in O-Week didn’t I? Because I TOTES was just like her. Except we never said TOTES.
It’s also my 30-year school reunion later in the year and the organisers are on the hunt for suitably embarrassing photos from our school days. Suitably found.
That box contains my fashion history – the good, the bad and the downright ugly. In any of its forms I’m glad it’s there. To look back on, to smile at the memory and know that the fashion choices I made were right for me at the time.
I’m not alone in this Memory Lane style trip.
Two of Australia’s iconic fashion brands are celebrating milestones this year – and that’s what we’re kicking off with in this edition of Newsy bites and style insights.
Sportscraft 100 year anniversary
The iconic Aussie brand that sells a shirt every minute has enlisted eight Australian personalities to help them blow out the 100 candles on the Sportscraft cake. The line-up of talent includes Rachel Griffiths, Michael Klim, Ita Buttrose, Kylie Kwong, Nick Farr Jones, Gracie Otto, Samantha Harris and Anthony “Harries” Carroll.
Read more about Sportscraft’s 100 Years of Australian Lifestyle here and check out the video below for a quick history lesson.
Cue celebrates 45 years
Also celebrating a milestone is Cue. Forty-five years young, the brand has called on women around the country to send in their vintage photos wearing Cue for a possible update of the You & Cue book. They’re particularly looking for Cue magic from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.
Here’s my contribution: a blue, drop-waist number from 1986 that served me well for many a uni ball mainly because it didn’t require dry cleaning. In fact, any spilt drinks seemed to just flow right off that fabric! My girlfriend had the same in purple. If you’ve got a Cue fashion gem to share, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
My thoughts on sunscreen and the need to wear it every day are common knowledge around these parts. It’s one of the statements in the Styling You manifesto and very much a part of my forthcoming book.
The Project SPF campaign (a Queensland Government initiative) is aimed at getting young women thinking about protecting their skin and has the support of some high-profile fashion and beauty leaders, including Australian fashion designer Juli Grbac (pictured below).
Juli, a Queensland girl now living in New York City, says the tanning culture is last on the style agenda in NYC. “There is a ‘health is beauty’ resurgence in the fashion industry and undamaged skin is a huge part of this,” she says.
To inspire young women to back the campaign, a design competition is calling on young creatives to submit a piece of originally designed sun-safe fashion. Details here.
Planning a wedding and love vintage-inspired feminine styling? Australian label Review has introduced styling sessions at selected stores.
The private events help bridal parties with styling for their shape and taste. Each group gets refreshments on arrival and a dedicated host to offer styling advice. More details here.
It’s been almost a year since I wrote this post about ethical fashion choices. Since that time, I’ve tried to be more mindful in my fashion shopping choices.
It’s not always easy but I still think it’s something for us all to think about and act on if we can, yes?
A new campaign is launching this month – Inside Out.
On April 24 this year, people around the world will come together to remember the Bangladesh Rana Plaza factory fire victims and raise awareness of the fashion industry’s biggest challenges. Organisers want fashion to be a force for good.
The campaign asks one simple question: Who Made Your Clothes? Wear an item of clothing inside out, photograph it and then share it with the hashtag #insideout.
More information here: Fashion Revolution Day.
It may be April Fool’s Day but I’m not fooling you with these newsy bites. Have you got any fashion-y news to share? Some vintage Sportscraft or Cue in your cupboard?