In this edition:
- Festive Glamour: When the festive season throws you an occasion, you need to glam it up.
- Andrew McUtchen looks for fun in cricket with former Australian cricketer Damien Fleming.
- Take a look at our Christmas Gift Guide.
The cocktail collection debuted at Mercedes-Benz Australian Fashion Week in May, and the response has been fabulous. Theres interest from overseas buyers, but the collection in shops August/September is all about bringing quality garments to the stage. Its up there with Collette Dinnigan and Toni Maticevski when it comes to glamour.
Its also the first time the brand opens up to a new market and urges women to embrace lace in the cocktail hour. Hardwick is all about mini lace dresses and some longer for grander lines. Theres high-waisted leather skirts, laser-cut leather, georgette silks, Chantilly lace and metallic shades that are electric and warm.
Doing a fashion range is something we have always talked about, says managing director Rebekah, who started as a 19-year-old assistant and became marketing manager after completing her university degree. We knew there was a demand for this sort of thing because people who love the Mariana Hardwick brand have often asked if we would ever expand to include something like this. When our creative director Anneliese went to Paris she was inspired to buy some lace, and that started the process of releasing the fashion range. I got right behind her on the idea.
It helps that the folk at Hardwick are comfortable with lace, working with it and taking it from the catwalk to the high street. Rebekah says the new collection is all about flattering lines, embracing curves and making women feel sexy in silk, lace and sequined numbers.
Hardwick will be available in selected boutiques and the flagship shops as well as online. Rebekah says the lace riding jacket is an instant winner its versatile and can be worn over an event dress or paired with leggings and layered accordingly.
The collection is all about juxtaposing lace and letting her own the modern world, Rebekah says.
Lace has changed so much since it was first used in fashion. It was seen as quite traditional but with so many fabric developments and modern techniques out there now, its brought it back to life.
Embrace lace in the cocktail hour with a new diffusion line making its debut for spring 2012. Titled Hardwick, the brand is also right at home with Chantilly lace, georgette silks, cropped lace riding jackets and laser-cut leather from Italy.
Melbourne designer Jane Dixon has been making jewellery since 2006. Her pieces have been featured in Marie Claire and Cleo and shes all about modern and feminine styles. Her brand Liberte is big on cuffs, long necklaces, sparkly pendants and chunky, bold rings.
Staccato Shoes has its heart set on spring/summer 2013; this earthy-green sandal is taken from its forthcoming collection. We love the spirited summer stripes which hint at Missoni and embrace European summer shades for the warm days ahead.
This series of guitar-pick pendants by Hannah Chambers has been inspired by key musical moments think Purple Rain by Prince and Pink Floyds Another Brick in The Wall. Handcrafted in sterling silver with amethyst and Australian sapphire.