4 style bites to start your week

Nikki ParkinsonFashion 18 Comments

Christian Louboutin – the book

I have a girlfriend who owns a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes. She prioritises her fashion wardrobe budget around luxury shoe purchases, choosing to wear her existing clothes but with a spectacularly updated heel.

Naturally, she was the first person I thought of when I received the most stunning press kit about Christian Louboutin – the book, which celebrates the designer’s 20-year history through photos by Philippe Garcia and an interview with Eric Reinhardt.

The press kit didn’t include the book itself or a pair of shoes for that matter but it was beautifully bound and included some gorgeous stills from the book printed on thick card. They’re just asking to be framed, if you ask me.  If you’re a shoe or fashion addict this one should find its way to you this Christmas. Shouldn’t it?

© CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN, Rizzoli New York 2011

© CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN, Rizzoli New York 2011

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Miss Unkon for Sportsgirl

I do love a designer collaboration. And I do love chain stores supporting young fashion design talent. That’s the case with Sportsgirl‘s last collaboration for 2011, teaming up with Miss Unkon. Miss Unkon designer Courtney Meyer has designed seven styles that feature an exclusive foral print – as seen in the maxi dress here.  Look for the range in store and online from November 14.

Miss Unkon for Sportsgirl maxi dress $140. On sale from November 14

Miss Unkon for Sportsgirl maxi dress $140. On sale from November 14

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Ethical Clothing Australia

I always get excited about finding clothes that are Australian-made but this week I learned that that did not necessarily mean the garment had been produced ethically. There are about 50,000 workers in the textile, clothing and footwear industry, many who work from home and are vulnerable to exploitation.  The Ethical Clothing Australia program has received government funding to ensure these workers receive fair pay and conditions.

It’s all part of a campaign called Meet Your Maker, where you can head online and connect with the actual makers of the garment you plan to buy. You can also now look out for the Ethical Clothing Australian swing tag or label (an “e” symbol). When you see it, be assured that the garment of your dreams was made in Australia and that everyone involved in its production received as a minimum the legal rates of pay and fair working conditions.

Labels that are Ethical Clothing Australia accredited and involved with the Meet your Maker campaign include Ginger & Smart, Gideon Shoes, Nobody Jeans, Cue, Lydra, Otto & Spike, The Social Studio, Silver Fleece and New Model Beauty Queen.

For a full list of Ethical Clothing Australia accredited brands and manufacturers, visit www.ethicalclothingaustralia.org.au.

Meet Your Maker support ethical clothing production in Australia

Meet Your Maker support ethical clothing production in Australia

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The Kardashians are in town

Reality TV stars-turned-accessories-designers, Kim Kardashian and Khloé Kardashian Odom, are heading to Sydney on Thursday to launch their Kardashian Kollection handbag range in conjunction with Strandbags.

To get a glimpse at THAT ring and some seriously high heels, head to Westfield Miranda before the girls arrive at 4.30pm. Kim and Khloé will meet and greet Strandbags fans for two hours – and if you’re one of the first 200 to purchase a bag you’ll get an autograph as well.

There are 67 pieces in the “kollection”, “is inspired by Kourtney, Kim and Khloé Kardashians’ own personal style and fashion instinct”. Prices range from $39.99 – $139.99 – a bit different to that which I saw in their wardrobes in a recent mag spread.

Bag a Kardashian bargain at Strandbags

Bag a Kardashian bargain at Strandbags

Me? I won’t be able to get to Sydney to meet Kim and Khloe but I have got fashion on my mind today. Tomorrow I’m off to the track to celebrate my girlfriend’s birthday and some little horse race that’s happening.  Are you heading somewhere to celebrate Melbourne Cup tomorrow? What are you wearing?

 

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  1. Ethical Clothing Australia accredited brands and manufacturers is a fantastic initiative. Fair trade practices are not just required for developing nations but developed countries like Australia as well. Thank you for recognising this & well done for spreading the word Nikki. Fashion can be fun, fair & ethical! I enjoy your newsletters. Cheers, Carol The Green Pavilion.

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  2. Oh I am a huuuuge fan of Ethical Clothing Australia, it is something that I whole-heartedly want to embrace.

    I’m heading to the race course here in Adelaide tomorrow- I’m excited to be putting on my Annah Stretton ‘Chameleon’ Dress…it is the most amazing dress ever 🙂

    Have a fabulous day tomorrow x

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  3. Love these bite-sized style morsels!

    My goodness, who is the PR for the Louboutin book? Great idea; I’d love to frame those images for my office! I just picked up some Kat Macleoud postcards to do that with over the weekend. Have you seen her fashion illustration and collages for Michi girl? Whimsical and so delightful; I am a big fan!

    Yes great to see Sportsgirl supporting our local designers- I loved Miss Unkon’s collection at RAFW this year and am looking forward to this capsule collection too. Thr only thing that would make it even better for me is if the collection (as a precursor to the rest of Sportsgirl!) was accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia. I think the Meet the Maker campaign is a great consumer-awareness raiser with some wonderful storie that show the journey the industry is on… And as someone who enjoys great working conditions, is something I’d like to support for those who make my clothes, grow my food and heck.even service the airlines I fly on!

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      They are indeed gorgeous images – can’t wait to see the actual book. And yes, I love Kat (Michi Girl) and have followed her for a long time. Totally agree – that would be the icing on the cake: a designer collaboration that supports young Australian designers with garments ethically made in Australia. Happy Monday, Busichic!

  4. “Kollection!”

    That has already made my day! Will be listening to the race on the radio wearing cargos I suspect, while waiting to pick up the kids. Why do they put it on at that time?

    xx

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      I know! And re Melbourne Cup, it’s the only day that I’m glad QLD doesn’t have daylight savings – race done before school pick-up … except tomorrow I’ll be a little *tired* to do the pick-up so have out-sourced.

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  5. Hi Nikki. I really enjoyed reading your article on “Meet Your Maker”. If we knew the history behind the production of some of our clothes it would certainly take the shine off the purchase and make us think twice. Thanks for bringing it to our attention, if we have the knowledge then we are in a position to do what is morally right. Have a great day and enjoy the races tomorrow. Jo

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