Ashbeclee

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So you may have been wondering where on earth I have been ever since Perth Fashion Festival? Well as some of you may know, I am not only a loyal fashion blogger for this here SV, I am also a Fashion Stylist as well as a Costume Designer for film & TV. Sadly when Costume gigs come my way with their EPIC schedules and long, demanding hours, my general life tends to go straight down the pisser and I have no other choice than to disappear off the radar and work my little tooshie off until the project is complete. Obviously it is worth it beyond measure but posts become few and far between in the process. Such is the case with my latest project, Ashbeclee. A 7-part comedy web series we created for Perth Racing via 303Lowe Agency as part of the “Ascot Happens” campaign. It’s about time Perth girls got their own show and this is set to be rad town!

This is for sure one of the coolest gigs I have ever worked on as Ash, Bec and Lee’s styles were a very important aspect of the show. Normally I am rubbing dirt through baggy singlets to increase the feeling of ‘urban decay’ into a character’s ensemble, however this time around I was truly in my element and thanks to the collaboration with talented Director, Michael Matthews who hails from Cape Town in South Africa – it was such an aesthetically awesome experience getting to procure my craft!

The first episode of  Ashbeclee goes live this SATURDAy 1st November but check out our trailer here!!!

Follow Ashbeclee on Facebook HERE for all of the updates and to watch each episode weekly from Saturday.

They are also on Twitter HERE

Above “Ascot Happens” campaign was photographed by Juliet Taylor, Styled by me, assisted by Lorraine Koh and Holly Mumford with Make up by Hendra Widjaja. Image features dresses by Aurelio Costarella and Lee on the left wears a vintage slip dress with Reny Kestel Millinery.

Stay tuned for my Topshop post coming straight up!

‘Till next time,

xxx SV xxx

TPFF Day 4 – WA Designer Runway

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Sarah Winfield Swim – above, below & bottom

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Asuar – above & below

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Ethel & Leo – above & below

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Bruug – above & below

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Crazy hats at Asuar

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Morgan Marks

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Steph Audino – above & below

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Zed Alliance – above, below & bottom

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Morgan Marks and the awesome plaited hair part by Brad Ngata for L’Oreal Professionnel

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Wild Horses

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My favourite – Sarah Winfield Swim, absolutely beautiful and so very WA

‘Til next time,

xxx SV xxx

Day 4 TPFF – Camilla With Love

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Model idiots? Derek and Hansel aka Mason Roberts and Stirling Cauilo from Vivien’s playing up for my camera backstage at the Camilla show – but more on them soon!

The Camilla show was highly anticipated in the lead up to Day 4 of Telstra Perth Fashion Festival, with famous Australian Stylist and show Producer Mark Vassallo in town to creative direct the SS 14/15 presentation. His regimented backstage antics are notorious but there’s no arguing, the guy certainly knows how to put on a show! Backstage was completely re-fitted and on Day 4 it was weird to walk in there and see it so differently set up. Models got changed a lot closer to the runway, the show started perfectly on time, everything went as smooth as silk, photographers were kicked out and I got a pretty good talking to for trying to stay, but managed to stand my ground with a little luck on my side (possibly thanks to the beautiful One Fell Swoop gown I was wearing>?)  and Mark kindly let me, exclusively, stand in a tiny gap near the runway exit to snap away. YESSSSSS!

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Vivien’s model, Miquela Vos wearing Camilla backstage

Everyone always asks me, “What did you think of the show?” or “Did you get to see the show from front of house?” My reply, obviously being no and I usually have no idea how the show actually looked, however to me it doesn’t really matter. I like taking photographs and seeing the clothes up close and hanging with the models. To me it doesn’t even matter if a show goes badly or is a complete mess because as long as I get to take photos and work with these awesome models who have become my lovely friends and the clothes look great in them, I get my snaps amongst the chaos and am obviously allowed the access I need, then I am happy!

This show was obviously wonderful for the lens from backstage. So much detail, so many colours and patterns, beautifully merchandised, accessorised, cast and just a pleasure to see so close up. I hope you enjoy it because I would have to say this is right up there with one of my favourites and if I do say so myself, one of the most beautiful to date!

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Relaxed opulence backstage at Camilla

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The models were all told to stand at their first look dressing racks so everyone could check them before the show began, here’s the stunning Simone Kerr doing just that!

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Beaded backpacks

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Not a detail missed with Mark Vassallo running the show, models wipe their feet before appearing shoeless on the runway – grubby feet is not very fashun after all! Bronx Whitehorn does what she’s told, sometimes…

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Ebony Iris looking like a bird of paradise in her wrap dress, so many colours and prints

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Jess PW showing off her cool arm candy whilst having a lean before the show

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Miquela photo-bomming my close-up of Stirling’s ear cuff. We were all pretty scared of being told off at this point but there’s always room for secret naughtiness backstage haha

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Lizzie Crane stepping into line

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Gwen Owen looking so ethereal and in her element before the show. I take as many shots as I can and end up having hundreds to go through from each show and am very particular with the way I present them (hence my delay in posting them). For this show there were almost 400 to sort through and as you can see below, every shot I took of Gwen at this moment was completely beautiful so I’ve had to include them all – she looks like she is walking on air in one of Camilla’s signature Kaftan dresses

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Hair and make up checks before models walk the runway – you can see this girl is loving being poked and prodded from every angle – such a backstage action shot right there!

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Vivien’s girls Miquela and my new favourite, Dana on the right – she is so interesting looking and I was loving the blues. Not usually a fan of blue but boy it can be flattering at times and on these two, just wow.

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Now this is what I was talking about earlier. Let me get one thing straight, these boys are so incredibly hilarious it is sometimes too much to handle. They say that they love to ruin my backstage experience but the fact is, they do quite the opposite. I have known quite a few genuine, professional comedians in my life and Mason and Stirling are pretty up there with the best of them when it comes to humour and silliness. I find myself laughing out loud hours after time spent with them, remembering some of the things they say. Their little one liners and silly words seem to stick in your head. They are a comedy duo of sorts and have their own little, ridiculous language that takes time to get to know but no time at all to see how truly silly they are.

Despite their chiseled features and their being really really good looking, they are massive clowns at heart and so very down to earth. All the models are down to earth actually. All these misconceptions about bitchiness backstage amongst models is such rubbish in my experience.

I got to know Mason and Stirling when I enlisted them to do a guest post for SV from Europe – YOU CAN CHECK IT OUT HERE – when they were walking in shows for the likes of Giorgio Armani, Fendi and Zegna. We would chat on Facebook and had lots of D&M’s and since they’ve both come home, have shared somewhat of a backstage bond due to our mutual appreciation of ridiculous antics, I suppose. Their jokes are often Zoolander based and of course everyone finds them hilarious, it is not just me but it is their humour that makes MY experience backstage so much more incredibly fun. And fun is a pretty high priority in my life. I swear I am not a weirdo modelizer, preying on the young haha – they are just lovely nice friends who I do love in my own way. All the models have been saying that this year’s TPFF was so much fun, I don’t know why it seems that way, more so than other years but it would be pretty safe to say that it has a lot to do with these two.

Here they are above and below pretending to a) run b) model in a major campaign c) pretending but actually being, whilst pretending to be male models c) taking the piss out of fashion d) being VERY fashion

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e) Ruining photos whilst still being idiots behind genuine models, modeling hahaha

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Ahhh Simone Kerr, you could drop your camera and still get an amazing photo of this girl! Love the pink highlights by Hair Director Brad Ngata from L’Oreal Professionnel and the beautiful, natural make-up by the ever so talented Carol Mackie from MAC

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Beautiful accessorised male models,  Jan from Germany pictured

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It is all about the hair at Camilla, long extensions, pink highlights and feathers, jewellery and plats adorning the head

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Caitlin Lomax, how cool is this look!

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A magic moment of movement – handing back the flags after the show

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‘Til next time,

xxx SV xxx

Day 3 TPFF – Galvanised

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After Ruth’s Tribute show at Ascot Racecourse on Friday night, Telstra Perth Fashion Festival brought us Galvanised – a show featuring 33 Poets, Empire Rose, Zhivago, Manning Cartell and Alex Perry. The local designers seriously rocked it, 33 Poets designer, Rebecca Paterson really knows how to put on a show – using jewelled crowns, eclectic pieces of statement jewellery from Behind The Monkey and red roses on model’s heads with some even continuing down on thick black ribbons to bunches with deep green leaves hanging at the hips. 33 Poets is definitely a favourite of mine. I first saw her work back in 2008 at the very first show I ever covered for PFF and I’m so glad to see them back on the runway this year. Empire Rose is another favourite and one of my go to labels for flattering cuts and wearable cool casual designs. Designer Kathryn Cizeika’s signature drop crotch pants this time came covered in navy blue sequins worn head to toe with draped v-neck tops and strapless sequined jumpsuits. Headpieces designed by milliner Reny Kestel were worn by models who carried live birds down the runway – a spectacle that was welcomed by the crowd. Zhivago showed some pieces from last season but their highly anticipated new collection to appear on the runway tonight (for closing night of TPFF) is what we’re all really waiting for. In comparison to the incredible styling by the likes of our WA counterparts, Alex Perry and Manning Cartell didn’t thrill but in saying that, they obviously have a very solid place in the Australian fashion landscape.

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Tiggy Ridgway from Viviens is just the most incredible creature to photograph, I love her look and that skin! I die

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Tiggy Ridgway and Fabienne Vanderhagen backstage at 33 Poets

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Red roses and golden crowns backstage at 33 poets

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Above and below, designs by 33 Poets

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More sequins at 33 Poets with fluro orange beading

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Designer of 33 Poets, Rebecca Paterson with model Gabrielle Sullivan

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I was so lucky to be gifted this t-shirt dress after the show, it is inspired by Ruth Tarvydas and designed by 33 Poets

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Bunches of roses hanging at the hips

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Ruth Wilmer centre and Simone Kerr far right, too stunning for words! All looks above by 33 Poets

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Backstage with Empire Rose

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Foxtel’s The Face AU contestant Shenika Rule wearing Empire Rose backstage

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Empire Rose

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Sequinned boob tubes at Empire Rose, hair pieces by Reny Kestel

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Simone Kerr who cannot take a bad photo, in fact she can only take an incredible one!! We are so lucky to have so many top models who have done their thing overseas and come back home to wow us with their talents. Here she is wearing Manning Cartell

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Alex Perry

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Manning Cartell

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Ebony Hunter wearing Alex Perry

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Bronx & Grady working their magic. I’ve almost shot every Perth model in every combination with each other but not these two. A good coupling for the camera – duly noted!

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‘Til next time,

xxx SV xxx

Day 3 TPFF – Ruth Tarvydas Tribute

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Ruth’s tribute show on Day 3 of Telstra Perth Fashion Festival was absolutely stunning and the work that went into honouring this incredible woman was clearly apparent, making it all the more heartfelt. From the second I got out of my Uber I could see that this event was true to Ruth’s essence from start to finish. There were hundreds of candles framing the long bitumen path on the walkway to Ascot Racecourse, the night was still, it was twilight and up ahead was a sea of sparkling chandeliers high up above a mountain of deep red roses with even more candles all over the ground making me feel like I had walked onto the set of Romeo and Juliet.

I knew this was going to be emotional, I feel like I had a strong connection with Ruth – I suppose everyone who knew her felt that way but what I didn’t realise was how emotional I would get. When I found the backstage area, the second I walked in, I saw all the models getting dressed in the archives and strangely a thought popped into my head.. “Oh where’s Ruth?” followed by the realisation that of course she wouldn’t be making it today. The first time in 7 years I have not seen Ruth’s glowing face and heard her happy voice when I entered her show from back of house. Well at least she wasn’t there in the physical form but I really do think she was there – believe it or not, I could feel her presence. Knowing Ruth, she wouldn’t have missed it for the world. I immediately started crying. I was due to be filmed for this upcoming Channel 9 segment and so after wiping away my tears, I got miked up and started doing my SV thing.

There was definitely a sombre mood amongst the models and backstage crew – a quietness, an extra level of politeness and a hush of the eerie. That wasn’t the only time I cried that night. In fact, I cried about 4 times – a second time before the show started, this time I was being filmed and the camera followed me everywhere, even to take a moment to pull myself together, wipe my eyes with a napkin (haha – classy) and whilst bent over, I spotted a sea of black gift bags that looked so cool – so teary and a mess, with make up running down my face, I got the camera and got that shot. My life through a lens. The third time was just as the show started because the music was so incredibly cool (orchestra playing over the top of a punk rock type song with violin screeching in the most epic way) – she would have loved that music! Then once again between changes and you know when you try to hold it back but at this point it was too hard, I had literally opened the flood gates and ended up blabbering – everyone could see, I was being filmed for crying out loud (again literally hahaha) and Elle the lovely show caller hugged me to show her sympathy. No one else was crying backstage. I heard that a few people were in the show but others had cried so much at the time, they found the event a beautiful relief. I was at Ruth’s funeral but I really felt like this was a sort of second funeral for her, just the way she would have dreamed it up for herself, if she could have.

Well done to everyone involved, Mariella, the team at TPFF, Aly May for helping with the archives and David Britton for producing the show. It was absolutely stunning in every single way.

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Ruth’s signature backless gowns, heightening the sensuality of a woman in the most beautiful way. A model told me after the show that she once wore a Ruth dress and she will never felt how incredible it made her feel. That was Ruth’s gift, selflessly bringing power, confidence and inner and outer beauty to everyone who wore her magic

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Mathew Knight, the Director who captures everything, including the loss of my dignity haha

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The mid-cry gift bag photo

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Carol Mackie working her make-up magic

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Caitlin Lomax and Rebecca Twigley who made it over for the show – Caitlin actually wore ‘that dress’ in the show and she rocked it, true to form

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Vale Ruth Taryvdas

xxx SV xxx

Day 2 TPFF – Flannel SS 14/15

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Flannel is a WA label that has gone from strength to strength in Australia and Internationally with not one but two stores in one of Perth’s ritziest areas on Napoleon Street in Cottesloe and now with a Los Angeles leg in Venice Beach and a menswear line all under their umbrella, this is a WA success story at it’s finest. Designer Kristy Lawrence and her savvy, business prowess has launched this label into a serious brand and found a fashion following amongst the perthonalities and A-listers alike.

The collection was inspired by 1970′s beach culture with soft jewel tones and easy to wear, relaxed silhouettes perfect for the Perth or LA summer climate.

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Hello Courtney Rodgers, it’s been ages

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Evelyn Leckie who causes hearts to flutter where ever she goes

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1970′s croche detailing and big hair backstage at Flannel

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The 70′s are back at Flannel

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Easy, breezy, beautiful Ali Caldwell in Flannel. I could totally see myself wearing this outfit. As I have no bust, the 70′s should really be my era

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Simply stunning

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Model run order on a massive tent wall backstage

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No one does the tiered skirt like Flannel’s Kristy Lawrence. Here she is making some final adjustments before a model steps onto the runway

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Last minute adjustments backstage. I don’t know if I say this often enough but these photos are all a miracle for me to capture. I was zooming in from a corner, trying not to get in anyone’s way. Sometimes they look so serene as though everyone is walking on air but I suppose that is really the beauty of photography – a still moment captured forever. However it is more often than not amongst a sea of bedlam that I find these beautiful moments. Lately with my new camera, I am loving an action shot and am now able to take them more clearly – the action and movement is more true to form backstage

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peach nails, blonde babes, strong lips, big hair and loose silhouettes

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Gatsby-esque suiting backstage at Flannel for Spring Summer 2014/15 and don’t these two just look the part!

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These two, always being cheeky backstage but I wouldn’t have them any other way. Stirling Caiulo and Mason Roberts, my faves – checking out Stirling’s comp card and clearly loving it

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Amy, Rachel and Sarah loving life and looking stunning in Flannel gowns and sequined caps

Are you following @stylevoyeur on instagram? So much more action from TPFF14 backstage – check it!

‘Til next time,

xxx SV xxx

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