In a few weeks time, a small group of close friends and I will be heading to the glorious south of Perth for a weekend of camping. With it being winter, there will be thick cable knits and warm woollen scarves with a touch of cashmere to keep it soft, a mix between the cozy wraps to keep the chill away in the evening and a baker boy hat for morning trips into the woods (more like the lush wine regions of the south). Though the nights will be cold, it will be filled with gatherings around the fire as we share stories known to very few; and amongst all that, laughter will ring true as the flames dance in the winter night.

Daydreaming of the getaway aside, here are five things that belong on a winter camping trip:


A parka to keep the warmth in and the rain out


A carry-all for all your gear.


A moka pot – an absolute essential


Cable knit pull over for those chilly mornings


And lastly, your most trusted pair of boots.

Hope you’ve had a lovely start to the week.


Top image from lookbook of Spanish brand Nice Things by Paloma S. (via Kittenhood)


a new week + soft pastels


And already, a new week is upon us as we are past the half way mark of February. Summer in Australia (Perth at least) is still in full swing. Some may call us lucky but I can’t help but long for the crisp morning wind and the cool evenings that come with my beloved autumn. So in a longing for autumn, I bring to you lavender purple skirts, relaxed eggshell blue tweed jackets and even a cable knit cardigan in the most perfect shade of cream.02.03.lofficiel04.lofficiel05.lofficiel06.lofficiel07.lofficiel

Hope the weather is just perfect for you wherever you may be.


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A quick hello






Amidst small bursts of work here and there, a drive this evening for some star gazing, and coffee, always freshly ground coffee, just a quick hello from me to you before we start the weekend. Following this week, posts will hopefully jump back onto the road of design, but for now, a little bit of romance and a touch of sparkle. Whoever said that we can’t indulge a bit?


Images: office | quote | jacket | calligraphy | chanel

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Exigo 2013

My oh my how the days have so swiftly passed. The latter half of November was filled with music concerts, artistic showcases, and graduations, so many graduations. And now December is upon us and the festive inspiration will trickle in. But before we leap into gift guides and all things colourful, I must show you the young Perth designers from Polytechnic West who recently held a grand runway showcasing each student’s collection.

And so I present to you Exigo:

Naomi Randall

Hayley Mosenthal

Chanelle Gibbs

Claudia Princi

Charissa Schlink

Joshua Berthelsen

Natalie Rolt

Nadia Chisari

Sally Geach

Jess Stobie

Mya Vreugdenburg

Sair Kelly

Emily Lewien

Sharnah Abbott

Susan Tran (that’s my sister’s collection) (she won range of the year!!)

Monica Blaauw

Alana Opden-Akker

Kirsty Payne

Adrian Woolnough

Most Outstanding Design Award: Naomi Randall
Gerber Training CAD Award: Charissa Schlink
Range of the Year Award: Susan Tran
Periscope Mentor Program: Chanelle Gibbs
Xpress Fashion Graduate Award: Charissa Schlink
Most Consistent Student of the Year Award: Claudia Princi
Product Management Award: Alana Opden-Akker
Textile Innovation Award: Mya Vreugdenburg
Design Development Award: Adrian Woolnough
Student of the Year: Naomi Randall

{two favourites}
one | Chanelle Gibbs
Big fan of the use of laser cutting and heat setting on the acrylic, in addition to the my favourite dress of her collection (pictured above). The shorter side of navy blue (it looks much darker in real time) greatly contrasts with the rest of the dress, cutting a very flattering silhouette.
two | Naomi Randall
Love her opening dress (also pictured above)(my obsession with the darker hues of blue, may it be navy or indigo or cobalt, doesn’t seem to wane does it?), from the colour to the gathered skirt to the pops of  orange and yellow. Beautiful!

Translating from Latin to befittingly mean to complete, Exigo was held at the magnificent Crown Perth and attracted over 600 guests; many that night were friends and family but there were a few among the crowd who were big names in the industry, ready to offer jobs to the cream of the crop. My sister, Susan Tran, won the range of the year award not only due to her strong tailored designs but also because of her digitally printed fabric, which she designed herself.

At the end of the show, she was approached by one of Western Australia’s most exclusive names in bridal and evening wear, Samantha Wynne, offering Susan to be a part of the design team at her boutique in Mt Hawthorn. As the congratulations were winding down, Susan was then approached by the talented stylist Emily Howlett seeking permission to use her collection for a photo shoot in collaboration with the beautiful Gabrielle Sullivan and to be captured by the amazing Stef King. And so here is a sneak peak of the photo shoot:


Beautiful, no? (I love the little fire monster that sits in the middle of the skirt. Can you see it?)

And just when we all thought the excitement over Susan’s collection is over, she tells me that she has just express posted one of her works to North Bondi for another photo shoot! If I may be so bold as to say, I truly think she might make quite a name for herself. But I’m sure she’s not the only one from the night who has met with such success. So if you’re still reading, well done! And thank you for letting me brag (just a little) about my little sister and all her hard work.

So to finish off, I leave you with a few more photos ( of a more lighthearted nature) of the fantastic night we had at Exigo, graduation of class 2013:

For more write ups on the event, do stop by The Fashion Catalyst or adornYou.


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ps. don’t forget to stay updated as the festive DIYs and holiday inspiration comes flooding in.

Images: all runway images by Songy Knox // Marina halter top and Marina flare skirt: designed by Susan Tran of San Cora Photographer Stef King Model Gabrielle Sullivan Stylist Emily Howlett // images at the end by my dear friend Luke Klingenberg

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…just a little bit of lovely to kickstart your day.


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Perth’s culture, may it be in the field of fashion, design, art or music, is truly expanding. It was only in the past week that Sydney-based designer (but very much loved internationally), Josh Goot, flew into Perth to open his Spring/Summer 2013/14 collection at high end fashion boutique Ricarda (read about his visit here, as was featured in STM *mind the small text*). At the beginning of this year, independent media website Crikey published quite an interesting article about Perth flourishing arts scene. But to kickstart the upcoming season of festivals, here are some details on a night of fun in Leederville.

Date: Thursday 5 September
Venue: Oxford Street. Leederville
Time: 5.00pm – 9.00pm, with an after party at the Leederville Hotel
For more details on the schedule of the night, click here.

Perth fashion enthusiasts? Will you be going? I will definitely be there, so if you happen to see me, be bold and come say hi (it would honestly make my day). I promise I’ll be nice.


All The Fine Gentlemen


With the stormy weather of late, I can’t help but admire the gentlemen that cross my path who not only manage to stay warm but also dress in the most elegant ways, pairing the right colours and patterns with the right cut and material…

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What do you think about the colours and patterns? Perfect? Too much?

Hope you’re having a beautiful day, perhaps a little less blustery than mine.

-The Fine Duchess

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