Tuesday, 11 November 2014

DESIGNER PROFILE: VIKTORIA + WOODS

PHOTOGRAPHY BY DREW WHEELER
BEAUTY BY VICTORIA ANDERSON
MODEL | PHILIPPA GLEESON
INTERVIEW AND STYLING BY IMZ


In a light filled studio in Richmond, surrounded by racks and racks of beautiful clothing, we find ourselves in The Lofft Agency, a future driven fashion agency and showroom managing a mix of local and international designers. The open space, that is surrounded by large tall windows adorned with sheer floor length curtains is also the home to Melbourne based label Viktoria + Woods.

Having modeled their campaigns two seasons in a row, and being an avid supporter of Viktoria + Woods ever since, it is with great pleasure that i got to interview the labels founder, Margie Woods and style their new SS14-15 resort collection for a small designer profile on the brand. Expect luxurious materials, a soft pastel palette, fun feminine prints, and clean tailoring. It's all about beautiful basics and clothing that lasts the test of time, both in its quality of finish and design.


TELL US WHO MAKES UP THE BRAND?
Margie Woods, Founder & Creative Director, Lisa Reynolds, Head Designer

HOW WAS V+W BORN?
In 2005, with a small suitcase, consisting of one long line skinny Cardigan in 100% Merino wool, Made in Australia and available in a multitude of colors.
I was very lucky. Some of the best stores in the country loved it, and so did their customers. It was literally an overnight success, and from there, the collection has grown to include coats, basics, silks and so much more.

DESCRIBE THE LABEL IN THREE WORDS...
Timeless, modern, functional and luxurious – these 4 values sums us up.

WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?
Meeting customers who truly love our brand and what we create. We also get to work with some amazing talent and incredibly creative people. One of the highlights this year was seeing Cate Blanchett in top to toe Viktoria + Woods…A pinch yourself moment.

WHAT'S THE ESSENTIAL V+W PIECE THIS SEASON?
From the Spring RAPTURE collection, it has to be the Fiasco Biker Jacket in Bloom. Its so simple to wear every day and although its a statement colour, It is still perfectly understated

TELL US ABOUT YOUR CAMPAIGN WITH BLOGGERS LINDY KLIM AND NADIA FAIRFAX...?
Both Lindy and Nadia are friends and huge supporters of the label. We consider them brand ambassadors that represent the diversity of Viktoria + Woods and how style transcends both body and age. The campaign aimed to communicate the versatility of the collection, and how perspective and interpretation provides so many options with our designs. 

YOU ALSO DID A VERY SUCCESSFUL CAPSULE RANGE WITH KLIM, CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO ANOTHER RANGE, OR AN EXCITING NEW COLLABORATION TO COME?
We love collaborations. We definitely can expect another, but this one will be a hard act to follow up, so we will make sure its perfect.

WHAT'S NEXT FOR V+W?
We opened our first retail store in the boutique strip of (High Street) Armadale, Victoria recently. We hope to follow this up with another, and continue to engage with our customers on a more personal level through our flagship stores.
few other fun questions for thought... (Answer what you can and want)

IF V+W WERE AN ANIMAL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
A Fox: Sleek and cool, they are urban dwellers, a little bit canine/feline. 
So they can fit into different environments. This kind of sums up Viktoria + Woods.

IF V+W WERE A TIME OF DAY, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
8.30am school drop off, 9am, work, 6pm, after work drinks….V+W is day to night…it all works!

IF V+W WERE A TASTE...
Liquorice, sweet but sophisticated.

IF V+W WERE A DESTINATION WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Melbourne, New York, and Paris… Chic!!
















Monday, 10 November 2014

ON THE ROCKS | FASHION GONE ROGUE

PUBLICATION | FASHION GONE ROGUE
PHOTOGRAPHY BY EMILY ABAY
MODEL | ANJA KONSTANTINOVA @ MARYLIN AGENCY NY
HAIR AND MAKEUP BY ANIA MILCZARCZYK
STYLING BY IMZ


ON THE ROCKS, IT IS ALL ABOUT TIMELESS TRANSITIONAL FASHION, SOFT NATURAL COLOURS AND COSY KNITS BY THE LIKES OF JAC AND JACK, ELLERY, ELISA MCGOWAN, AND RIVER ISLAND AMONG OTHERS. ANJA COULD NOT BE A MORE PERFECT MERMAID COME HUMAN FOR FASHION GONE ROGUE...

SUIT BY ELISSA MCGOWAN
DRESS BY LP33.3
SILK BLOUSE BY JAC AND JACK, SKIRT BY RIVER ISLAND
DRESS FROM ELLERY ARCHIVE
BLOUSE BY JAC AND JACK
JUMPER BY JAC AND JACK
DRESS BY A'LKEMI, KNIT BY RIVER ISLAND
ELLERY

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

FELLA X FAIRFAX

DESIGNER: FELLA SWIM
PUBLICATION: FAIRFAX JOURNAL
PHOTOGRAPHY, ART DIRECTION, STYLING AND WORDS BY IMZ

THIS SHOOT WAS FOR MY MINI FAIRY FRIEND AND HER UBER COOL BLOG SHE RECENTLY STARTED CALLED THE FAIRFAX JOURNAL. THE SHOOT WAS AN IMPROMPIOU PLAY ONE SUNNY AFTER NOON IN BRONTE WITH OUR OTHER WONDERFUL FRIEND CHRISTINE TANG - CO DESIGNER OF SWIMWEAR LABEL FELLA. THREE CLOSE FRIENDS TOGETHER DOING CREATIVE THINGS. NADIA APTLY TITLED THE POST 'IT'S COOL TO HAVE COOL FRIENDS'. CLICK THROUGH TO HER BLOG TO SEE WHAT OUR FRIENDSHIP MEANS TO EACH OF US, OR STAY TUNED HERE WHILE I ASK NADIA A FEW LITTLE QUESTIONS ABOUT HERSELF...

NADIA WEARS FELLA SWIM THOUGHOUT
NECKLACE BY KIRSTIN ASH
ROUND TOWEL BY THE BEACH PEOPLE


WHO IS NADIA FAIRFAX?
- A hopeless romantic, who dabbles in fashion and pop culture. 

WHAT DO YOU DO?
- I'm not exactly sure. Haha. Do you know? I'm not a giant fan of the word "Blogger" but I guess thats what I'm currently doing - Blogging... So, Basically wearing fab outfits and "attempting" to model! Key word: Attempting. 

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS...
- Mischievous, vivacious and Bold. (Yep, these traits often get me into trouble, Especially the last one!)  


 WHO INSPIRES YOU THE MOST?
- My parents. They are wildly in love after 38 years. I dream of having something similar. 

WHAT ARE YOUR WARDROBE ESSENTIALS?
- White Shirts, Jeans and little black dresses.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGNERS
- This is forever evolving! Lets stick to Australian designers, As I couldn't possibly choose if we bought in the internationals.  - Ellery, Aje and Viktoria and Woods, All for very different reasons. 

TELL US 4 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF...
- I'm petrified of sharks. 
- If I have the time, I will lie in my bed for days watching endless episodes of Law and Order. 
- The cold drives me mad.
- I was on a Gymnastics scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport for almost 8 years.



WHICH 3 PEOPLE WOULD YOU HAVE AT YOUR DINNER PARTY?
- Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson. I just think they would be a total blast. 

IF YOU WERE AN ANIMAL WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
Ummmm, A flamingo or a Snow Leopard. Haha. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK?
- Haha. Oh god, The Iceman (A book about the serial killer, Richard Kuklinksi) and, Born or Bred: The Martin Bryant story - I really enjoy true crime novels. 



FAVOURITE FILM?
- Overboard with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell and Stardust - Its pretty much a children's movie but it is just so delightful ( i suggest watching it) 

WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO?
- Frank Sinatra ( Always ) and usually whatever is on the radio. Yep - Top 40. Sad I know. 

IF YOUR LIFE WERE A NOVEL IT WOULD BE...

- A romance novel of some sort. Some of you may have heard me say this before, But LOVE CONQUERS ALL! I have forever worn my heart on my sleeve and will continue to do so for the rest of my life. 



Tuesday, 14 October 2014

CHECK MATE

PHOTOGRAPHY AND STYLING BY IMZ
MAKEUP AND HAIR BY VICTORIA MARTIN
MODEL SHANNA @ MAVERICK

IT WAS A COOL CRISP MELBOURNE MORNING BEFORE THE LAUNCH OF SPRING FASHION WEEK. SHANNA WAS IN TOWN FOR THE EVENT. THE TWO OF US HAD THE SAME JOB TO GET TO THAT AFTERNOON. WHY NOT MAKE THE MOST OF THE FREE TIME WE HAD TOGETHER, I MEAN HOW COULD YOU RESIST THOSE DOE EYES, GAP TOOTH AND COMPLETELY FLAWLESS SKIN. I TOOK TO THE CAMERA AND TEAMED UP WITH EXPERT MAKEUP ARTIST VICTORIA MARTTIN, WHILE SHANNA POSED IN A FEW RAD CLOTHES FROM JIMBO JONES AND GRACE STORE. I'M SURE YOU CAN SEE THE CURRENT TREND AMONG DESIGNERS, AND I HAVE TO TELL YOU, I AM ABSOLUTELY LOVING THE CHECKS TOO. SEE BELOW FOR VICTORIA'S TIPS ON HOW TO GET SHANNA'S LOOK USING ELLIS FAAS AND BUMBLE AND BUMBLE.

JIMBO JONES JUMPER AND MEN'S JACKET, HOUSE OF HOLLAND SKIRT AND RAG AND BONE HAT, BOTH FROM GRACE BOUTIQUE
ASILIO COAT, JIMBO JONES TROUSER
APRIL MAY EAGLE TOP FROM GRACE BOUTIQUE
JIMBO JONES JACKET AND JUMPER, RAG AND BONE HAT
CARVAN COAT AVAILBALE FROM GRACE BOUTIQUE, AND JIMBO JONES JACKET AND TOP UNDERNEATH
BEAUTY NOTES BY VICTORIA MARTIN

1. Be confident in your own skin, for everyday go with little to no foundation and just use a small amount of Ellis Faas Skin Veil to conceal any redness using your fingertips to press and blend. 

2. For a different take on a smokey eye, and one that will make your eyes really stand out, blend Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes in E104 in both the inner and outer socket of the eye with a soft fluffy brush, leaving the centre of the eyelid bare. Bring the colour along the lower lash line to complete the look. Finish with Ellis Faas Mascara E401.

3. For a fresh modern lip, opt for a stain rather than a perfectly opaque finish using Ellis Faas Creamy Lips L104 over your favourite lip balm. 

4. Embrace your own hair's natural texture, spritz some Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray into towel-dried hair and then blow dry roughly with your fingers, scrunching as you go to bring out natural wave and curl. 

Thursday, 9 October 2014

LA DOLCE VITA

PUBLICATION || SUMMERSITE
PHOTOGRAPHY, WORDS AND STYLING BY IMZ
HAIR AND MAKEUP BY FILOMENA NATOLI
MODEL KENDAL SCHULER @ CHADWICK MODELS

The air is warm and clean and sweetened by frangipani.
The palms are rich with fruit. Soft green grass covers the earth beneath the trees. 
Her long limbs lightly tap the ground as she dances around the garden.
The air glides around her bare skin, her body is free.
A light breeze caresses her as she dreams of swimming naked through the ocean, the water flowing around her, between her fingers, through her legs. 
She lives 'La Dolce Vita'







FOR FULL CREDITS VISIT SUMMERSITE. SPECIAL THANK YOU DAVID HEMPTON.

Monday, 29 September 2014

BLACK MAGAZINE: LET'S FACE IT

NEW FACE: LUCINDA EVERIST @ VIVIEN'S MODEL MANAGEMENT
PHOTOGRAPHED BY JESSE O'BRIEN
STYLED BY IMZ
HAIR AND MAKEUP BY JUSTIN HENRY
DIRECTION BY BLACK MAGAZINE CONTRIBUTING EDITOR JUSTIN HENRY

NEW FACE. FUR REAL!! 






CREDITS: Image #1 Ostwald Helgason patch jacket (from a selection at Grace boutique), Kisskill leather look bra and brief; Image #2 Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Dress (from a selection at Grace boutique), Kisskill Lingerie Hearts Bra; Polaroid #1 Thakoon Addition dress, Ag denim jacket, both from a selection at Grace boutique; Polaroid #2 Earnest sewn jeans, Kisskill Lingerie bra, American Apparel denim bumbag; Image #3 Rag and Bone Jean skirt and vest, from a selection at Grace boutique; Image #4 Thakoon Addition dress, Ag denim jacket, both from a selection at Grace boutique; Polaroid #3 Bassike tee, kisskill lingerie knickers; Polaroid #4 Ambra body soft bra, bonds briefs; Image #5 Ostwald Helgason skirt, from Grace Boutique, Scanlan and Theodore Coat; Image #6 Ambra body soft bra, Berlei briefs, Yak fur poncho from Eurotrash.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

WHO'S HER ALIAS? X SUMMERSITE

"WHO YOU WANT TO BE.
WHAT YOU HIDE BEHIND.
THE PERSON YOU WANT TO SEE.
WITH A DIFFERENT NAME, BUT THE SAME MIND." (NIKKI X)

WHO IS SHE AND WHERE IS SHE FROM?... 
ANJA KONSTANTINOVA WEARS SHEER WHITE TAILORING AND FLOWING CLEAN LINES AGAINST THE FRESH OCEAN IN THIS EDITORIAL FEATURING ALIAS MAE'S NEW SUMMER SLIDES FROM THEIR SS2014/15 COLLECTION. WE SMASHED OUT TWO EDITORIALS OUT IN THIS DAY, I COULDN'T HAVE DREAMED OF A BETTER TEAM OF FOUR GORGEOUS LADIES. FOR FULL STYLING CREDITS VISIT THE SUMMERSITE LINK BELOW. 

PUBLICATION: SUMMERSITE
PHOTOGRAPHY BY EMILY ABAY
STYLING AND WORDS BY IMZ
HAIR AND MAKEUP BY ANIA MILCZARCZYK